SPIA

           OVERVIEW OF DEGREE PROGRAMS

WHICH DEGREE PROGRAM IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

Undergraduate

Major, Minors & Accelerated Masters

SPIA offers a wide range of undergraduate programs to cultivate future leaders who will shape public policy and the natural and built environment. Prepare for cutting edge fields related to smart and sustainable cities, real estate, and environmental policy & planning.

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Graduate

Masters & PhDs

See the graduate degree comparison chart below. A SPIA advisor can provide you with one-on-one consultation about which of our degree programs may help you reach your career and academic goals.

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Certificates

10+ Specializations

Graduate certificates are available to both non-degree and degree students in over 10 specializations. By completing certificate programs which pack a powerful amount of content into an expedited curriculum, students are able to stand out in cutting edge fields.

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Degrees Description Contact Locations Credit Hours
Masters in Public Administration This degree is designed to prepare students to lead and manage in public service through classroom and applied learning in quantitative methods, management, and policy analysis. Dr. Sara Jordan
srjordan@vt.edu
Arlington, Blacksburg, Richmond 36
Masters in Urban & Regional Planning This degree prepares students to be professional planners who can address the economic, environmental and social consequences of growth and change, and to be leaders who foster a more just and sustainable world. Dr. Ralph Buehler
ralphbu@vt.edu
Arlington, Blacksburg 48
Masters in Public & International Affairs This degree prepares professionals to reach next-level engagement with national and international actors and understand the impacts and evolving challenges of globalization. The regional politics of the Middle East, post-Soviet Eurasia, and Latin America are analyzed in particular. Dr. Giselle Datz
gdatz@vt.edu
Arlington 39
PhD in Planning, Governance, & Globalization This degree prepares the next generation of leaders and scholars with truly global perspectives on government, corporate and non-profit sectors.

Two concentration tracks: (1) Governance & Globalization (GG) (2) Urban & Environmental Design & Planning (UEDP)

PGG-GG
Dr. Giselle Datz
gdatz@vt.edu   ||  PGG-UEDP
Dr. Steve Hankey hankey@vt.edu
Arlington, Blacksburg 90
PhD in Public Administration & Public Affairs This degree prepares professionals and scholars with leading analytical and academic skills to promote good governance and advance capable and ethical public service. Dr. Sara Jordan
srjordan@vt.edu
Arlington, Blacksburg 90

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