Special Academic Opportunities
Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society
Every spring, a select group of Baruch MPA students are inducted into the Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) Honor Society for Public Affairs & Administration. To qualify, students must have completed at least 21 credits of the MPA program and must have a minimum GPA of 3.7. An application and invitation to apply are mailed in the spring semester to qualifying students.
Membership in PAA 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 memberships are national memberships with a local chapter affiliation. All categories of membership enjoy the same rights and privileges.
The national organization of Pi Alpha Alpha is directed by a national president, vice-president, and national council comprised of twelve members elected to four year overlapping terms. The president and vice-president each serve two year terms; the vice-president also serves as president elect and succeeds to the office of president. Officers are elected at the society's biennial meeting, held in the fall of each odd numbered year in conjunction with the Annual Conference of NASPAA. In addition, a national director, appointed by and serving at the pleasure of the national council, provides the society with staff support.
Students should direct inquiries about the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society to Sandra Fajardo.