University of Georgia School of Public and International Affairs

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School of Public and International Affairs
Type Public
Established 2001
Dean Dean Stefanie Lindquist
Location Athens, Georgia, USA

The School of Public and International Affairs, also referred to as SPIA, is a political science, international affairs and public policy school within The University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens, Georgia, United States. It is the fourth ranked public affairs school in the United States.[1]


The seal of the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia

The School became a standalone entity in 2001 when the department of political science separated from the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences which had been founded in 1801. Since then, the School has added two additional departments (international affairs and public administration and policy). The Master of Public Administration program of SPIA which began in 1966 in Franklin College is currently ranked fourth in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, surpassing Princeton University with which it was previously tied. The school boasts 50 full-time faculty members and has produced 11,000 alumni since its founding. Most notably, it produced two Rhodes Scholars in 2008.

Departments and centers[edit]

The following departments are part of the School:

  • Department of International Affairs
  • Department of Political Science
  • Department of Public Administration and Policy

The following centers are part of the School:

  • The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS)
  • The Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS)

Degrees offered[edit]

Undergraduate degrees[edit]

The following undergraduate degrees are offered by the School:

Graduate degrees[edit]

The following graduate degrees are offered by the School: