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Pi Alpha Alpha: Frequently Asked Questions

What is Pi Alpha Alpha?

Pi Alpha Alpha (PAA) is the national honor society formed to recognize and promote excellence in the study and practice of public affairs and administration. PAA recognizes outstanding scholarship, promotes excellence in public service studies, and fosters integrity and professionalism among its many members. To become a member, undergraduate students must be in the top 10% of their graduating class by their last semester of junior year; have completed at least 15 hours of coursework for their public administration, public policy, or subfield degree; and have achieved and maintained at least a 3.5/4.0 GPA for all degree-related courses and maintained at least a 3.0/4.0 GPA for all other coursework. Graduate students must have achieved and maintained a 3.7/4.0 GPA and have completed 50% of their public administration, public policy, or sub degree coursework.

How do I know if I am eligible for Pi Alpha Alpha?

You must meet all the academic requirements.  Applications MUST be typed and all fields must be completed unless listed as “optional.”

Completed applications will be submitted to the chapter administrative support team and will be forwarded to the Pi Alpha Alpha national chapter after the membership drive has closed. 

When are membership drives conducted each year?

Membership drives will be conducted annually in the Summer and Winter terms.  

Is there a fee?

There is a one-time $70.00 non-refundable fee to be paid at time of application.

How do I order Honor Regalia?

A certificate and pin will be ordered and mailed to each inductee into Pi Alpha Alpha by our Administrative Support personnel after each induction ceremony.  Students may order honor chords or honor stoles to wear at graduation from Kenneth E. Jernigan and Associates at:

Is there more information about PAA?

More information about PAA can be found at:

What is the name of the Walden Chapter?

Pi Alpha Alpha - Walden Chapter
School of Public Policy and Administration
Chapter Advisor:  Dr. Jason Lum
Email Address: