The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at the University of Georgia (UGA) is ranked among the best Public Affairs Graduate Schools, according to U.S. News & World Report.

In the latest edition of U.S. News & World Report’s rankings of public affairs graduate schools, SPIA rose to No. 5 among almost 300 schools of public affairs. Since the very first ranking of public affairs schools in 1995, the Department of Public Administration and Policy has consistently been among the top-tier graduate programs.

Other institutional rankings place SPIA among the top programs in public administration. In 2018, Shanghai’s Academic Ranking of World Universities ranked UGA fifth globally, and first in North America.

“For the Department of Public Administration and Policy and its programs to consistently rank in the highest tier is gratifying,” commented Matthew R. Auer, dean of the School of Public and International Affairs. “It demonstrates, at once, the faculty’s reputation for excellent scholarship but also for outstanding teaching. Our faculty work incredibly hard on their teaching and this shines through in the quality of students we train and send out to the professional world, whether in government, the non-profit sector, or the academy.”

In addition to the overall ranking, SPIA ranks No. 3 for the Public Finance and Budgeting specialty and No. 4 for Public Management and Leadership.

“Our department continues to recruit and retain some of the best scholars in the field,” said Bradley E. Wright, head of the Department of Public Administration and Policy. “Our specialty rankings are due to internationally recognized researchers such as Katherine Willoughby and Gene Brewer as well as our partnerships with institutions such as the Carl Vinson Institute of Government and Seoul National University.”

U.S. News & World Report provides annual rankings for graduate school programs.