Academics

The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration offers two master's degrees – public policy (MPP) and public administration (MPA) – a PhD in Public Policy and Administration and a Certificate in nonprofit management. The programs integrate theory and practice in scholarship, teaching, and service and embrace multiple perspectives for advancing critical analysis and practical knowledge of public policy and public administration.

Full-time and part-time students are welcome in all degree programs at the Trachtenberg School. Most classes take place in the late afternoons and evenings to allow part-time and full-time students to learn together. Classes are held in person on GW's Foggy Bottom campus to encourage you to learn from the faculty and each other.

At the Trachtenberg School, you learn quantitative and qualitative problem-solving skills to ensure you can bring about change in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. You will apply theories to cutting-edge research and real-world problems in each of the degree programs.


The Trachtenberg School's master's programs in public administration (MPA) and public policy (MPP) integrate theory and practice in scholarship, teaching, and service and embrace multiple perspectives for advancing critical analysis and practical knowledge of public policy and public administration. The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration offers a rigorous multi-disciplinary curriculum that prepares students for careers in university teaching and research, research institutions, federal, state, and local governments, and international organizations.

Both the MPA and 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.

The Trachtenberg School is one of only two universities in the nation to offer both the MPA and MPP degrees with accreditation from NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

Academically Challenging

In the 2013 US News & World Report grad school rankings, the Trachtenberg School is ranked overall as #12 of 266 Public Affairs programs and ranked #10 in Public Management Administration, Health Policy and Management and Public Finance and Budgeting, and #19 in Public-Policy Analysis.

MPA or MPP?

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.