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The George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) prepares hundreds of graduate students each year for futures in public policy, public administration, environmental resource policy and much more. Founded in 2003, TSPPPA is part of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and serves as a focal point for public affairs education, research and public service at the university.

TSPPPA ranks among the top public service programs in the world, with some of the brightest minds in the public affairs field among our faculty. Located just a few blocks west of the White House and with a diverse network of alumni around the world, the Trachtenberg School offers a superior education for students seeking careers with meaning, purpose and success.

NASPAA Accredited: The Commission on Peer Review and Education


The GW Trachtenberg School's Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) are accredited through NASPAA, the global standard in public service education.


Get to Know TSPPPA





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



Policy Perspectives Journal 

Policy Perspectives printed journal



The Policy Perspectives journal, blog and GW WonkCast are student-produced media        providing opportunities for students and alumni to publish and discuss research that is based on their studies and to offer their perspectives on public policy and administration. This is just one of the mechanisms in TSPPPA for students to develop and demonstrate their leadership, management and communication abilities.




Thomas Rachko



“The Trachtenberg School, with its strong focus on diversity, equity and inclusion, transformed me into a more reflective nonprofit practitioner and better prepared me for my career."

Thomas Rachko
MPA '20