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Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha shares offices and staff with the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. NASPAA is a professional education association dedicated to the advancement of education, training, and research in public policy and administration. The Association's membership consists of the undergraduate and graduate education programs in public affairs and administration of more than 250 academic institutions in the United States. Affiliated with NASPAA are many federal, state, and local government agencies, university public affairs and administration programs in other nations, and national public interest groups all of whom share a concern for improving the quality of public management.

Collegiate programs in public affairs and administration are represented in NASPAA through the programs dean or director, called the program's "principal representative" to NASPAA. The principal representative may serve as the local Pi Alpha Alpha chapter faculty advisor or another member of the program's faculty may be designated to serve as the advisor. Communications between local chapters and the national office typically flow between the chapter advisor and the national staff.

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Masters Degree Student Memberships

Students may be inducted from among the master's degree students in the department, institute, or school wherever the Pi Alpha Alpha chapter membership is based provided:

1. They have maintained a GPA of at least 3.7. A chapter may set higher GPA requirements if it chooses.

2. Master degree students must have completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the required course work (a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours). A chapter may set a higher percent of completion if it chooses.

Doctoral Students - Doctoral students who meet the requirements for Pi Alpha Alpha masters degree student membership or who have completed all the requirements for the MPA or its equivalent, may be inducted without restriction as to number based on Dr. Edwards' approval.