Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Nelson Millan Nales is a graduate student pursing a Master of Public Administration. Nelson began taking MPA courses in the spring of 2021 during his role as Program Specialist of International Business Programs office at Terry College of Business, where he helped pioneer the department’s inaugural Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) Program with the University of Liverpool, and inaugural domestic field study program, Global Georgia. He holds a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in English Literature and Government.


– B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, English Literature, & Government, 2018
– Certificate, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, Global Institute for Human Rights, 2021
– Certificate, Science Po, International Relations & Diplomacy, 2021

More About

Although born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Nelson considers Austin, Texas his hometown, the longest place he’s ever lived, where he graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature, with a focus on modernist literature, and a minor in Government & International Political Economy.

Nelson is an active member of the community, serving on the leadership board for Georgia Association for International Educators (GAIE), as Chair for the Georgia International Leadership Conference (GILC), a conference for international, study abroad, and students with a general international focus from institutions of higher education to come together in one place to share ideas, network, and above all, develop their leadership qualities. Nelson also serves on the Steering Committee of the School of Public & International Affairs, Graduate Student Association (SPIA GSA).

Nelson most recently worked at the Georgia Institute of Technology, Undergraduate Programs Office, the #1 ranked Undergraduate Career and Academic Advising team in the U.S. (Poets & Quants, 2021). Nelson is native bilingual in English & Spanish and working towards fluency in French.

Honors, Awards, and Achievements

– “Diplômes d’honneur” for “Exceptional Work in Advanced French”, awarded by the Department of French & Italian, University of Texas at Austin.
– Scholarship Awardee, University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, 2021

Research Interests

Nelson is interested in researching higher education/non-profit administration, education law & policy, and international/comparative law & administration.