One female and two male students discuss a reading in class in the MPA building.


Take What You Learn in Class

and apply it in the World




Graduate Virtual Open House



Graduate Virtual Open House: October 18–28

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 is hosting information sessions for prospective graduate students on Tuesday, October 19, and Wednesday, October 20.




Which program is right for you? Explore the three master's degrees, one PhD, and multiple graduate certificate options to determine which Trachtenberg School degree is right for you.  All programs are committed to academic rigor and dedicated to preparing graduates for opportunities across academia as well as the public, private and nonprofit sectors. 


Master of Public Administration.

Master of Public Policy

MA in Environmental Resource Policy


graduate certificate programs


PhD in public policy and administration



What We Offer

Two men and one woman walk around campus while talking to each other.


Classes meet at night so you can work or intern. You have access to classes within the Trachtenberg School, throughout the larger university and even within other universities around the D.C. metro area. MPA and MPP students can select a field of study from this list of 13 options or work with an advisor to design their own.


Immersion: Three female students stand near a sign for the District Department of the Environment

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Being four blocks from the White House, steps from think tanks and lobbying organizations and a quick metro ride away from myriad nonprofits means that you have opportunities to apply what you learn in the real world.

Courses: A male student sits with others and takes notes during orientation.

Courses that Prepare

Whether you are taking one of the core courses required of your program or an elective of your choosing, you'll learn theories and hone skills to ensure your prepared for whichever sector you want to work in next.

Connections: Prof. Peter Linquiti and three students wear hard hats at DC Water


Work with real-world clients including federal and local government agencies and nonprofits through several class assignments throughout the program. Every MPA, MPP and MA-ENRP student completes a pro bono Capstone project for a  client of their choosing. You’ll graduate with more than a degree; you’ll have an actual consulting experience.

Faculty: Prof. Eiko Strader lectures a class

Faculty who Care

Our faculty are academic experts whose research shapes public policy and practitioners who teach. From the Chief Statistician of the United States to assistant editors at the leading academic journals, faculty become resources for theories, skills and real-world application. They also serve as mentors and guides helping you explore career options and connecting you to additional opportunities.