If you believe that public service research and theories should be applied to the challenges facing governments, nonprofits and the private sector today and into tomorrow, then come join us and learn how to do good and do it well.

The Trachtenberg School prepares graduate students for careers in public service, including government, the nonprofit sector, and private business. Our degree programs are overseen by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, including the admissions process.

If you want to be in the heart of Washington, D.C. while you gain knowledge and skills you can use to tackle big challenges all around the world, The Trachtenberg School, located on the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus, is waiting for you. All your classes within the Trachtenberg School will take place on campus. We do not offer online or distance learning programs or courses.

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Want to know more?  Attend an upcoming Open House or Information Session!

Register to attend an MPA, MPP and Certificate Programs Information Session on:

Register to attend a PhD Information Session on:

Sign up for a live webinar covering all Trachtenberg School graduate programs:

  • Monday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. EST. To register, send your request to

Register to attend a Joint Graduate Admissions Panel.  Representatives of the following graduate public policy and international affairs programs will be available:

--Carnegie Mellon University - H. John Heinz III College

--George Washington University - Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration

--Georgetown University - Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service

  • Thursday, October 30
    6:00 p.m.
    444 N. Capitol Street, NW
    The Hall of States
    Conference Room 383
    Washington DC  20001

Watch this previously recorded online webinar info session:

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.

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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.

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.