The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration


Do you believe that one person can make a difference from within a system? Do you want to develop your understanding of management, leadership, evaluation, administration, statistics and policy while being in the heart of Washington, D.C. – the nucleus of political power in the USA? Are you ready to apply your new skills and knowledge to details like budgets and program evaluation as well as big picture issues including health care and education reform? Do you want to be an agent for change in the public, private or nonprofit sector? Then learn more about the programs at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration:

MPA or MPP: Which Degree is Best for You?

Both the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) are strong, valuable, recognized degrees. At GW, the basic structures (and amount of coursework) are virtually identical between the two degrees. However, the degrees do have distinctions in terms of the course emphases and recommended fields of concentration.

Be Connected

The Trachtenberg School is the highest ranked public affairs program (#12 of 266 schools ranked in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings) in the heart of Washington, D.C. More than 2,000 Trachtenberg School alumni live in D.C., Maryland and Virginia and they are ready to help current students make connections to the government, consulting and nonprofit opportunities that abound in this area.

Also, Trachtenberg School faculty are experts in their field with practical experiences – including testifying before Congress and training public administrators through the U.S. government and around the world – that enhance and inform their teaching.

Be Equipped

The Trachtenberg School will give you the tools you need to advance your career. Learn about how recent graduates use the knowledge they gained at the Trachtenberg School in their daily work.

Be Involved

A good graduate program should provide more than classroom instruction. At the Trachtenberg School, opportunities abound for you to be involved beyond reading and writing. Join the Trachtenberg Student Organization for social (trivia, fall ball, etc.) and educational (policy forum) opportunities.

Be part of the school’s 25+ year commitment to the Anacostia neighborhood in SE D.C. and help tutor students at Anacostia High School. Provide pro bono services to government agencies and nonprofits as part of your capstone course. The time you spend outside the classroom might be the parts you love most about your experience.