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#2021APPAM Spotlight: School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia


The #2021APPAM Fall Research Conference will feature some fantastic sponsors from across the policy research spectrum. Today we're shining a spotlight on School of Public and International Affairs, University of Georgia.


What types of programs does your school offer?

  • Public Administration: MPA (ranked 9th in the nation by U.S. News & World Report) and PhD
  • International Affairs: AB, MIP, MA, and PhD
  • Political Science: AB, BS, MA, and PhD
  • Criminal Justice Studies: AB (co-offered with the Franklin College)

What would you list as your school's greatest accomplishments in the last 5-10 years?

Our school has been consistently ranked in the top 5 programs for Public Management & Leadership as well as Public Budgeting & Finance since the USNWR rankings began in 1995. We are also ranked 6th among public administration programs in the world (

Our school also 8 current and active emeritus faculty who are members of National Academy of Public Administration – the Congressionally-chartered academy of experts who advise public sector leaders.

Why should potential students choose your school or program?

Although we have research active faculty with strong national and international reputations, our faculty enjoy teaching and working with students. Our program has small class sizes (15-30) to allow for more interaction with our students. Our program has a very strong placement and an active alumni network. Unlike many other top ranked programs, the vast majority of our graduates work in government and nonprofit (as opposed to private) organizations

If you are hiring, what makes your school a great place to work?

We have great faculty and staff that enjoy working at the University of Georgia and living in Athens, consistently ranked as one of the best college towns in the country.

What is an interesting, unique, or fun fact about your school?

Chartered by the state of Georgia in 1785, the University of Georgia is the birthplace of public higher education in America — launching our nation’s great tradition of world-class public education.

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