School of Public and International Affairs


The School of Public and International Affairs challenges students, promotes research, and fosters partnerships within and beyond the JMU community to enhance the quality of life at home and abroad. Through a focus on civic engagement, SPIA is committed to nurturing the civic skills and attitudes necessary for promoting responsible and effective democratic citizenship.


Preparing engaged, active and responsible citizens.




Master of Arts in Political Science – European Union Policy Studies Concentration NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! 

James Madison University’s Master of Arts program in Political Science with a concentration in European Union Policy Studies (EUPS) is a rigorous and exciting one-year graduate program. The program, which is based entirely in Florence, Italy and involves multiple academic trips to Brussels and Strasbourg, develops students’ policy analysis skills and provides them with a comprehensive mastery of the European Union (EU), the EU’s role in contemporary global affairs, and the forces that move policy debates and developments within and beyond Europe.

The master’s program culminates in an applied internship experience or a fully articulated research project. EUPS alumni work in positions that demand broad intercultural competence, advanced policy analytic skills, and practical knowledge of the EU and global political and economic trends. They pursue careers in government and politics (including diplomatic service), international business, international organizations, non-governmental organizations, global media outlets, and academia.

All applicants must submit their mateirials to The Graduate School via the online application system by February 24, 2014: For more information, visit the EUPS website

Washington Semester Program NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! 

The Washington Semester program enables students to explore the wealth of political and cultural opportunities available in the Washington, D.C. area. The program includes semester-length internships, courses taught on-site, panel discussions by people in various professions, cultural activities, and networking opportunities with JMU alumni working in the DC area.This program is open to all majors and is offered every semester. The application deadline for the Fall 2013 semester is February 24, 2014. For more information, visit the Washington Semester website

SPIA Faculty

Dr. David K. Jeffrey, Dean
Dr. Jessica Adolino, Associate Dean

Political Science Faculty (Includes Political Science, International Affairs and Public Policy and Administration faculty)
Justice Studies Faculty


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