academic leadership

Those with academic distinction are offered the opportunity to apply to nationally recognized professional organizations or to earn professional certifications. This opportunity can provide valuable networking opportunities to both graduate and undergraduate public affairs students.

Pi Alpha Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration invites graduate and undergraduate students in public affairs to apply each spring semester. All memberships are national memberships with a local chapter affiliation.

The Nonprofit Leadership Alliance (NLA) is a co-curricular undergraduate and graduate program that awards the Certified Nonprofit Professionals (CNP) certificate upon completion of the program. To be accepted, you must register for a 3-credit internship course, complete 300 hours of nonprofit service, participate in leadership activities, and attend a national nonprofit conference.

Professional Development

Each year we encourage our students to apply for funding to attend professional public policy and educational research conferences such as APPAM, AERA, and ASPA.

By attending these conferences, you'll be able to network with peers and faculty from other universities globally, and immerse yourself in key public policy issues and research themes.