Congratulations, Spring 2019 MPA and MPP Graduates!


Another year, another amazing group of graduates taking on the world! The School of Government and Public Policy Spring 2019 Convocation Ceremony took place on May 13th, 2019, in Crowder Hall on the University of Arizona campus. This year's esteemed graduation speaker, Keith Allred, Executive Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, regaled students and their guests with stories of his own academic and professional journey, along with providing encouraging words for our future public servants. 
We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate this year's recipient of the Rombach Student of the Year Award, Alexis Quets, and recipient of the Theodore H. Koff Outstanding Teacher Award, Allison Vaillancourt. Both are pictured below, respectively, with Program Director Craig Smith at the PASA End of the Year Party. 

School of Government and Public Policy Updates


This year is the School of Government and Public Policy's 10th birthday! Look out for correspondence from us on Facebook , through email, and at University of Arizona Homecoming events !
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The department would like to personally thank those of you that participated in last year's alumni outcomes survey - the information has helped us learn where our alumni are, what you are doing, and what we can do to better prepare you for a successful public service career. Thank you!
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Want to help new graduates from our program as they begin their public service careers? Consider signing up for the UA Alumni Association's Bear Down Network ! Join today to:

  • Expand your Wildcat network through an alumni directory and groups.
  • Amplify your UA experience with university news and events.
  • Share your journey on the network and group feeds.
  • Elevate your career with mentorship opportunities and an alumni job board.
  • Give back to your Wildcat community by mentoring and sharing job opportunities.

Students at the Capitol


The Public Affairs Student Association (PASA) funded and arranged a trip to take a small cohort of masters students to the Arizona State Capitol. While at the Capitol, the students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center, the Arizona Citizens Clean Elections Commission, the Arizona Governor's Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting, and had the unique privilege to meet with Senate President Karen Fann.

Program Updates


The program is welcoming new faculty!

Suyeon Jo joins School of Government and Public Policy faculty in Fall 2019, after completing her PhD in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Her research interests include public and nonprofit management, collaborative governance, public participation, and volunteerism.

Seung-Ho An is an Assistant Professor of Public and Nonprofit Administration in the Department of Political Science at Texas Tech University. He holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Texas A&M University. His research and teaching interests include public and nonprofit management, human resources management, bureaucratic representation, public sector leadership, and quantitative research methods.  
As always, thank you for your continued support to the School of Government and Public Policy. Please feel free to contact Diane Darling , SGPP Graduate Programs Manager, directly should you have any questions about the program, or if you have a prospective student you'd like to refer to either program.