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 school (#13 in the 2016 U.S. News and World Report graduate school rankings) in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

More than 2,000 Trachtenberg School alumni live in the area and are ready to help current students make connections to the government, consulting and nonprofit opportunities that abound here and around the world

Trachtenberg School faculty are experts in their field with practical experiences – including testifying before Congress and training public administrators through local, federal and international governments – that enhance and inform their teaching.

The school's connections become your connections when you join the Trachtenberg School community.

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.