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Doing good

And Doing it well





The George Washington University's Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration serves more than 400 students each year as they pursue post-secondary education in public policy, public administration, and environmental resource policy.




Our MPA and MPP programs were both ranked in the top 10 in the nation in the latest U.S. News and World Report ranking of graduate school programs.

50 years

George Washington University has been a leader in public affairs education for more than 50 years, beginning with our first MPA degree in the GW School of Business in 1963. The School of Public Policy & Public Administration was created in 2003 and we now offer MPA, MPP, MA-ENRP, Ph.D., and graduate certificate degrees.

4000 Alumni

Graduates of the Trachtenberg School join a community of public servants known for “doing good and doing it well” within the public, private and nonprofit sectors. From the current U.S. Secretary of Defense (Mark Esper, Ph.D. ‘08) to policy analysts within local, state and federal agencies to researchers at think tanks across the political spectrum to consultants and government contractors to nonprofit leaders, Trachtenberg School alumni (and current students and faculty) apply what they learned in class to the real-world policy and administration issues of today.


Faculty meeting in a circle


The Trachtenberg School is a community of learners including the current students, the alumni who come back to share their expertise and insights and the faculty who contribute to the academic canon even as they share their research with members of the media and government officials.

The leadership of the Trachtenberg School includes:

  • Dr. Mary Tschirhart, Director and Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Professor in Public Service

  • Dr. Dylan Conger, Associate Director and Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration

  • Dr. Burt Barnow, PhD Director and Amsterdam Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration

  • Dr. Christopher Carrigan, MPA Director, Co-Director of the GW Regulatory Studies Center and Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration

  • Dr. Anil Nathan, MPP Director and Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration

  • Dr. Peter Linquiti, MA-ENRP Director and Associate Professor of Environmental Resource Policy

Institutes and Research Centers

The Trachtenberg School hosts the George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center. The Center is a leading source for applied scholarship in regulatory issues, and a training ground for anyone who wants to understand the effects of regulation and ensure that regulatory policies are designed in the public interest.

Other research affiliated with the Trachtenberg School includes:

Columbian College of Arts & Sciences

The Trachtenberg School is part of GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) and serves as a focal point for public affairs education, research, and public service at George Washington University. Building on a rich tradition of education for public service and on its location in the nation's capital, just a few blocks west of the White House, the George Washington University offers a superior education for students wishing to pursue public affairs-oriented academic programs.


The Trachtenberg School MPA and MPP are accredited through NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

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