Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society

Pi Alpha Alpha LogoPi Alpha Alpha is the Global Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration that seeks to promote the advancement of quality in the education and practice of the art and science of public affairs and administration. Its purpose is to encourage and recognize outstanding scholarship and accomplishment in public affairs and administration, and to foster integrity, professionalism and effective performance in the conduct of government and related public service activities.

Pi Alpha Alpha is administered by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA). There are more than 160 chapters located around the world at NASPAA member schools. Visit the official Pi Alpha Alpha website here.



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Criteria for Membership

The California State University Dominguez Hills Chapter of Pi Alpha Alpha invites all qualified students to apply for membership in this prestigious honor society. 

Undergraduate applicants:

  • Must have completed at least 15 semester units (300- or 400-level) in public administration
  • Must have reached the equivalent of the last semester of the junior year
  • Must have a GPA of 3.5 for all courses in the public administration major
  • Must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 for all college work completed

Graduate applicants:

  • Must have completed at least 18 units (500-level) of MPA courses
  • Must have a GPA of 3.7 or higher

Alumni applicants:

  • Must meet the above criteria

All applicants:

  • Must be “sponsored” by a full-time Public Administration faculty member


Membership Application Process

There is an $85 fee for initiation and the first year’s membership. Annual dues (currently $25) are established by the chapter. Applications are accepted in February-March of each year. The applicant must submit a completed membership application and a copy of most recent transcript to the Pi Alpha Alpha faculty advisor. The faculty advisor reviews the application to determine eligibility. The applicant will be notified prior to the Spring induction ceremony (usually held in April-May of each year) regarding the applicant’s acceptance.

For more information, please contact PAA Faculty Advisor, Dr. Rui Sun at rsun@csudh.edu.


Awards Programs

  • PAA Best Capstone Awards: The purpose of the awards is to recognize students’ achievements in their public administration capstone projects and promote academic excellence. The awards are given annually to a graduate student and a group of undergraduate students who have successfully completed their capstone projects in the previous calendar year (through PUB 490 or PUB 592). A cash prize of $200 is awarded to the best paper and $50 to the runner-up. The awards are funded by the PAA-CSUDH Chapter membership fees and donations. Both individual and group capstone projects are eligible for the competition. To compete for the awards, the student author (or at least one of the student co-authors) must be a Pi Alpha Alpha member. Students must submit an application form and a copy of the capstone paper. Applications are accepted in February-March of each year. For further information, please contact Dr. Rui Sun at rsun@csudh.edu.
  • PAA Research Fellowship Awards: The purpose of the awards is to promote graduate and undergraduate scholarship in the CSUDH Department of Public Administration. Each awarded student will be granted a fellowship amount of $700 for working on a research project of his or her interest under the supervision of a faculty mentor. Awarded students are expected to work on the research project for at least ONE semester and up to two semesters during the award period and must submit a deliverable (such as a manuscript for scholarly journal publication, a paper or presentation at the Student Research Day or other academic conferences, a proposal for capstone project or external grant applications, etc.). The awards are funded by the PAA-CSUDH Chapter membership fees and donations. Applications are accepted in August-September of each year. For further information, please refer to the Call for Applications here.


Membership Application

Best Capstone Award Application

Research Fellowship Award Application

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