The Trachtenberg Difference: Get a Degree Here, Take It Anywhere



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At the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA), we believe that informed and engaged citizens can improve every sector of society. Part of George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, TSPPPA has more than 60 years of history offering the highest quality graduate education in public policy, public administration and environmental resource policy.

In our top-ranked degree programs, students gain knowledge, networks and experience that advances their careers in government, nonprofit and business and build interdisciplinary toolkits that are relevant to all sectors.



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Enjoy and leverage TSPPPA's unique Washington, D.C. location — blocks from the White House — while you enhance your professional qualifications for work anywhere.



Our faculty are sought-after experts and gifted teachers. They are caring mentors and advocates who thrive on helping our students succeed.



We offer tailored professional advancement programs and lifelong services for students and alumni at all career stages seeking meaningful work.



We are fiercely committed to an equitable, collaborative learning environment, meaning students have a voice in leadership roles and professional development opportunities.



Customize your degree to your life — and your public service aspirations — with part-time options, night or daytime courses and a personalized capstone program.


Our Rankings

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Top 9%

Our degrees consistently rank in the top 9% for public affairs programs by U.S. News and World Report

Top 2% International Global Policy & Administration
Top 3% Public Management & Leadership
Top 3% Health Policy & Management
Top 3% Public Finance & Budgeting
Top 3% Homeland Security & Emergency Mgmt.
Top 4% Public Policy Analysis
Top 6% Social Policy
Top 7% Nonprofit Management
Top 10% Urban Policy





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Alivia Roberts



“The MPA program gave me a real glimpse of the type of work I can expect as a public servant. For me, it was important when I chose a graduate program that I was learning skills that could be immediately applied in my career, and I find myself doing this every day.”

Alivia Roberts
MPA '20
Political Appointee, U.S. Department of Justice





Alumni Spotlight

Simon McNorton

Simon McNorton, MPP '13
Simon McNorton works at the UK's Department for International Development, where he oversees risk management and effective delivery of the UK's humanitarian support for Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

New and Noteworthy

Spring 2022 Field of Study Course Offerings

PAD 6048.10 – Financing State and Local Government

Apply to be a TSPPPA Research Assistant for Spring 2022

As a Graduate Research Assistant, you will work up to 10 to 15 hours per week with Trachtenberg School faculty and staff.

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