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College of Public Affairs

School of Public and International Affairs

Immerse yourself in the in-depth study of public and international affairs.

Interim Executive Director
Larry W. Thomas
410.837.5361

Academic Program Specialist
Briana Clark
410.837.6094

Academic Program Coordinator
Tylis Cooper
410.837.6197

With its abundance of government, public-sector and nonprofit organizations, the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan region is an ideal location to do just that.

The School of Public and International Affairs offers programs that explore public administration, government and international affairs at all levels of study. Our M.P.A. program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA).

In addition, Maryland's leaders have the opportunity to gain the comprehensive, applied public-sector management skills needed to meet the complex demands and challenges of a 21st-century public management environment through our Certified Public Manager Program®, offered by the Schaefer Center for Public Policy. The program runs 15 months in a nonresidential format and accepts cohorts of 25 participants.

Our faculty members include some of the nation's leading theorists and practitioners; they have first-rate credentials and extensive experience in the full range of public administration issues, and they are extensively involved in applied research and management consulting for federal, state and local agencies.


Honor/Academic Societies and Student Associations

  • Global Affairs and Human Security
    Global Affairs and Human Security Student Association
    Advisers: Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan, 410.837.5328;
    Professor Carla Barqueiro, 410.837.5344
  • Government and Public Policy
    Pi Sigma Alpha
    Contact: Briana Clark, Program Specialist, 410.837.6094
  • Negotiations and Conflict Management
    Negotiations and Conflict Management Student Association
    Adviser: Professor Ivan Sascha Sheehan, 410.837.5328
  • Public Administration (M.P.A. and D.P.A.)
    Pi Alpha Alpha
    Contact: Briana Clark, Program Specialist, 410.837.6094 

    Master of Public Administration Student Association Adviser: Professor Heather Wyatt-Nichol, 410.837.6173

    Doctor of Public Administration Student Association Adviser: Professor Lenneal Henderson, 410.837.6198