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Government and International Affairs

Welcome to Government and International Affairs (GIA) Program of the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech. Our program has two locations, in Blacksburg and in Old Town Alexandria. The GIA program offers two degrees for full- and part-time students: a Masters in Public and International Affairs (MPIA) and a doctoral program leading to a Ph.D. in Planning, Globalization, and Governance (PGG).

Degrees & Certificates

The PhD in Planning, Governance, and Globalization (PGG) draws insights from the social sciences and humanities into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. The faculty and students work jointly to cultivate their experience, knowledge, and skill with regard to the governance practices, political institutions, social dynamics, cultural values, workplace conditions, spatial formations, historical trends, and ethical conflicts that intersect in the workings of government, business, and not-for-profit organizations. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.
The Masters in Public and International Affairs draws insights from the social sciences and humanities in learning into the multidimensional study of governance processes in all levels of society and international affairs. Program graduates work in a range of nonprofit/NGO, public and private organizations at national and international levels.
The Graduate Certificate in Global Planning and International Development Studies builds on Virginia Tech’s internationally recognized, 30-year specialization in international development planning and an innovative partnership between faculty in programs such as Urban Affairs and Planning, Public Health, Geography, and Building Construction. The certificate seeks to prepare graduate students in multiple disciplines to engage in meaningful global professional leadership and academic positions to systematically tackle and resolve these global planning and development issues.
The Masters International Program allows students to earn credit toward their advanced degree through their Peace Corps service. Over 80 universities participate in one of these programs. In order to qualify, you must first be accepted into the degree program at the university that offers the program you anticipate studying prior to applying to Peace Corps.

Virginia Tech currently has two Masters International Programs, both through the School of Public and International Affairs: in conjunction with the Master of Urban and Regional Planning and with the Master of Public and International Affairs.

More information about the Peace Corps

An exciting and unique opportunity to study in two centers of intense political activity, Brussels and Washington DC, awaits you! Virginia Tech and University of Kent, Brussels partnered to offer a dual Master’s program in Euro-Atlantic and international studies. Students spend a year in Brussels and one in Washington DC, at the VT Alexandria campus, and earn two Master’s in two years: one from VT, and one from Kent University. In today’s job market, having two Master’s degrees in international relations, from two different institutions makes one an appealing candidate, a truly global prospect with good opportunities for employment
GIA Faculty & Staff

GIA News

SPIA Leadership Program Impacts State Facility: Leads to Mentoring Collaboration

Tiffany Absher, April Alford, Dee Anne Brooks, Denny Brooms, Amanda Craig, Barbara Edwards, Oscar Flores, Charlene Guynn, Danyale Lundy, Matt Miller, Melissa Nester, Rebecca Nester, Don Newberry, Katie Newman, Rebecca Oakes, Lisa Patton, Thomas Smith, [...]

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Financial Resilience: Virginia and Beyond

Public schools. Police and fire services. Trash pickup. Water and sewer. Road construction and maintenance. Many of the services we associate with government—and which are basic to our everyday quality of life—are delivered at the [...]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Faculty Stories|Comments Off on Financial Resilience: Virginia and Beyond

Addressing the state of America’s trust in government

This year’s Ridenour Conference and High Table Celebration will address the central theme of “Faith in the System: Restoring Trust in Government in a Time of Complex Governing Challenges.” The two-day event will include a [...]

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