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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

Governor McAuliffe Announces First Virginia Management Fellows

RICHMOND – Governor Terry McAuliffe today announced the inaugural cohort of the Virginia Management Fellows program. The program is an initiative of the Commonwealth of Virginia developed with Virginia Tech to meet the state’s needs [...]

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SPIA Course Announcements

SPIA is thrilled to announce some of our courses which will be available in the Winter and Spring semesters. SPIA 4984: Small Cities, Resilience, and Global Change GIA 5264: Global Conflicts, Local Impacts SPIA 5624: [...]

By | December 6th, 2017|Categories: Faculty Stories|Comments Off on SPIA Course Announcements

Launching the new Virginia Issues and Answers (VIA): A digital discussion providing policy insight for state and local decision-making.

We are excited to announce the launch of the new Virginia Issues and Answers (VIA), a digital discussion providing policy insight for state and local decision-making. The new VIA will offer SPIA faculty opportunities to [...]

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School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) workshop : The Beloved Community ‘Dream Reset’ Richmond Gathering

The School of Public and International Affairs is pleased to announce a workshop developed through the efforts of the Beloved Community Initiative (BCI). The Beloved Community ‘Dream Reset’ Richmond Gathering is a three-day event hosted in partnership with Virginia Union University and will be held at various locations in Richmond, Virginia, starting on December 3, 2017, and closing on December 5, 2017.

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