Honor Societies

Pi Alpha Alpha

USC Price encourages membership in public policy-related honors societies. These organizations unite peers of distinguished academic merit, character, and achievement.

Pi Alpha Alpha

Pi Alpha Alpha is the National Society for Public Affairs and Administration and is an affiliate of the American Society for Public Administration. Its purposes are to:

  • encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment among students and practitioners of public affairs and administration
  • promote the advancement of education and scholarship in the art and science of public affairs and administration
  • foster integrity and creative performance in the conduct of governmental and related public service operation

To be eligible for membership, undergraduates must have completed 15 semester hours in public affairs or public administration, maintain a 3.5 GPA in public affairs/administration and 3.0 GPA overall, and hold 2nd semester junior year standing. Graduate students must have completed at least fifty percent of required course work (minimum of 18 units) and hold a minimum GPA of 3.7.

The Pi Alpha Alpha induction ceremony is held in the spring.

Pi Alpha Alpha applications may be submitted to:

Krystle Zhang, Student Services Advisor
Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 108
(213) 740-3353

Upsilon Phi Delta

The mission of the Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is to recognize, reward, and encourage academic excellence in the study of public health administration.


  • encourage interest in academic preparation for careers in healthcare management and policy
  • promote activity that elevates the standards, ideals, competence, and ethics of women and men preparing for careers in healthcare management, policy, and leadership
  • provide scholarships to outstanding students pursuing degrees related to careers in healthcare management, policy, and leadership
  • recognize, by means of granting honorary memberships, individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the profession

Membership in Upsilon Phi Delta Honor Society is open to individuals who meet national and local standards of the organization and who are initiated into membership of a collegiate chapter. Membership is open to students, faculty, healthcare executives and administrators, and those contributing to the healthcare administration profession.

Eligibility: Undergraduates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4.0 scale in 18 credit hours of work after
officially declaring a healthcare administration major at an AUPHA Member Program. Graduate members must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 based on at least 18 credit hours of graduate work at an AUPHA Member Program.