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Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for public affairs and administration. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, promote the advancement of education and practice in the art and science of public affairs and administration, and foster integrity, professionalism and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service activities. Membership is limited to persons who demonstrate academic achievement in public affairs and administration programs in NASPAA member schools and/or outstanding public service, and who fall within the following classes: student, alumni, faculty, and honorary. All membership is national membership with local chapter affiliation. Candidates for master's degree who have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7 and have completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the required course work (a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours) are eligible to be inducted into Pi Alpha Alpha.

PAA sponsors an online journal publishing excellent papers by students in public affairs and administration courses. Manuscripts are given peer review by PAA members -- volumes of the journal may be viewed on the NASPAA web site. PAA also sponsors two annual awards for the “Best Student Manuscript in Public Administration,” one for masters and one for doctoral students.

The MPA Student Network

The purpose of the MPA Student Network is to serve as a common interest group for MPA students, including advocating for MPA students’ interests and contributing to personal and professional development. The Network facilitates a number of networking and other events throughout the year. If you would like more information or to get involved, please contact Dr. Eikenberry at You can also get updates on Network activities on Facebook.

The Waldo Society

The Waldo Society is an organization created by and for public administration doctoral students. The Society organizes several workshops, discussions, and social events throughout the year. For more information, contact Anthony Campbell at or follow the group on Facebook.