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We are thrilled to announce three significant milestones within our esteemed faculty! Let's give a big round of applause to Dr. David Bieri for being awarded tenure, to Dr. Stephanie Davis on her promotion to Collegiate Associate Professor, and to Dr. Ralph Hall on his promotion to the esteemed rank of Professor.


These remarkable achievements exemplify the passion, drive, and expertise our faculty members bring to their respective fields of study. We are immensely proud of Dr. Bieri, Dr. Davis, and Dr. Hall, and we thank them for their significant contributions to our academic community. Their accomplishments inspire us all and reinforce the spirit of excellence that defines SPIA.

Our three leading programs cover the scale and scope of public and international affairs engaging students to learn in a truly interdisciplinary environment.

From the capital to capital — Washington D.C. Metro Area to Richmond  and to the heart of Virginia (Blacksburg), we offer programs across three campuses.

We value offering a tailored educational experience. In this spirit, SPIA advisors would be delighted to discuss with you whether our program meets your needs.

Our Vision

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Our programs span the study of public administration and policy, urban affairs and regional planning, government, and international affairs. We also offer undergraduate degrees in Smart & Sustainable Cities and in Environmental Policy & Planning, the first of their kind in the nation. 

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Skills for Success

VT SPIA offers experiential learning, study abroad and training programs for students of all ages and stages in their careers to continually cultivate their vision and impact change.

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Serve through Scholarship

VT SPIA leads several interdisciplinary research efforts. Faculty and students dedicate their scholarship to help address complex, pressing issues, such as the refugee crisis, affordable housing and sustainability practices.

VT SPIA Dedicated to Excellence

U.S. News Best Grad School 2020: Public Affairs
Ranked #22 in Urban Planning in the U.S

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