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.



Graduate Virtual Open House: October 17-27

CCAS Graduate Virtual Open House



Registration is open for the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) Graduate Virtual Open House! The online event includes program-specific information sessions and opportunities to engage with current graduate students, faculty and our admissions team.

The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration is hosting a career services session on Monday, October 17 at 12 p.m. EDT and an application workshop for prospective graduate students on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 p.m. EDT.

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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.

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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.

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

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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

BEST Grad Schools in Public Affairs, 2023, by U.S. News & World Report


#12 in Public Affairs Schools

TSPPPA's 2023 rankings by U.S. News and World Report:

Global Policy: 6th
Homeland Security and Emergency Management: 7th (tie)
Public Management and Leadership: 8th (tie)
Health Policy: 9th (tie)
Public Finance and Budgeting: 11th
Overall Public Affairs: 12th (tie)
Public Policy Analysis: 17th
Non-Profit Management: 18th (tie)
Urban Policy: 18th (tie)
Social Policy: 20th





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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

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TSPPPA Ranks among the Best in Country

Columbian College’s Trachtenberg School increased its overall standing among public affairs schools in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of the nation’s top graduate programs.

Letter to Masters and Combined Degree Students

Dear masters and combined degree students,

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