Pi Alpha Alpha is the global honor society for Public Affairs and Administration. There are more than 160 chapters located around the world. The purpose of this honor society is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. Pi Alpha Alpha membership identifies those students with the highest performance levels. Qualifying M.P.A. students in our department are contacted and asked to apply for Pi Alpha Alpha membership every spring. If you have any questions, please contact our faculty adviser, Dr. Michael Hayes.

M.P.A. students with at least a 3.7 GPA or higher are eligible to join Pi Alpha Alpha.

Please visit the National Organization website for more information.

Dr. Michael Hayes
Faculty Advisor


Dr. Michael S. Hayes received his Ph.D. in Public Administration & Policy from the School of Public Affairs at American University.  His research interests include public budgeting and finance, K-12 education finance, summer learning loss, value-added models, and state and local tax policy.  He has been honored with the Emerging Scholars Award by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs & Administration (NASPAA), and his research published in various academic journals including Public Budgeting & Finance, Public Management & FinanceEducational Policy, and Economic Letters.  In addition, he has been interviewed and cited in numerous media outlets including The Wall Street JournalCBS Local KYW-AM, Press of Atlantic CityEducation WeekNBC 10 Philadelphiaand The Brookings InstituteProfessor Hayes teaches Quantitative Methods, Foundations of Policy Analysis, and Financial Management of Public Programs.