Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Pi Alpha Alpha at Florida International University

The National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration

The purpose of this society is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration. The society seeks to promote advancement of quality in the education and practice of the art and science of public affairs and administration. Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) objectives foster integrity, professionalism and effective performance in the conduct of government and related public service activities. PAA membership identifies those with the highest performance levels in educational program preparing them for public service careers.

How do I apply?

CLICK TO DOWNLOAD: PAA Membership Application.

Please note there is a one-time only membership fee of $50, payable by check or money order, which may be paid in one to three installments. Payments should be made out to Pi Alpha Alpha at FIU.

This fee includes the NASPAA Certificate and Pi Alpha Alpha Pin to wear at Graduation, as well as Induction into the local chapter.

Please submit the completed application, transcripts, and membership fee, by Midterm (Week 8) of the Fall or Spring semesters, to:

Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society, 11200 SW 8 Street, PCA 257, Miami, FL 33199

Who is eligible?

Membership is open to undergraduate and graduate students in schools of public affairs and administration, faculty, alumni, public officials and scholars who have made significant contributions to the field.

Students must meet the following criteria:

Undergraduate Students

  1. Completed 15 semester hours of course work required for the public administration major
  2. Hold a 3.5 GPA in all courses in public administration, and at least a 3.0 in all course work
  3. Must be in the last semester of their junior year or a senior (Transfer students who meet the qualifications for undergraduate membership may be inducted after they have completed a minimum of one full year of course work in the school in which the chapter is located).

Masters Degree Students

  1. Completed at least fifty percent (50%) of the required course work (a minimum of 18 semester hours or 27 quarter hours).
  2. Hold a minimum 3.7 GPA

Doctoral Students

  1. 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.

What are the benefits of membership?

  • Qualification for a federal pay grade increase due to Superior Academic Achievement
  • Lifetime membership in Pi Alpha Alpha along with a Certificate of Affiliation and Graduation Regalia
  • Opportunities to receive research, conference, and travel funding from GSA, SGA, CSO
  • Exclusive participation in networking events and community engagement projects
  • Access to special Pi Alpha Alpha scholarships and awards through NASPAA
  • Leadership development and expand your understanding of public affairs

Do you sell other graduation regalia?

Once you have been inducted, you can purchase additional Pi Alpha Alpha regalia such as medallions and honor cords to be worn during commencement at (PAA Student Store).

Please contact paa.fiu@gmail.com if you have any other questions.

Faculty Advisor:

Dr. Agatha Caraballo

305-348-1006 office


Call to Action:

Leadership and Committee (Membership, Events & Public Relations) Positions are Available: Students should email a brief Statement of Interest to paa.fiu@gmail.com