Accreditation & Statistics

 

NASPAA Accredited: The Commission on Peer Review and Education

 

The GW Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (TSPPPA) has more than 60 years of history educating graduate students in public policy, public administration and environmental resource policy in the nation's capital.

Our Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree programs are accredited through NASPAA, the global standard in public service education.


Trachtenberg School by the Numbers 

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2020–21 Stats

  • 32 core faculty
  • 11 part-time faculty teaching courses related to the Trachtenberg School degrees
  • 428 students
  • 144 MPA students
  • 142 MPP students
  • 40 MA in ENRP students
  • 66 PhD Students
  • 36 Certificate students
  • 3.5 Median Undergrad GPA

 

MPA/MPP Stats
For students entering in fall 2021:

  • 88 Typical GRE verbal percentile*
  • 57 Typical GRE quantitative percentile*
  • 84 Typical GRE writing percentile*
  • 25 Median age of students in the program 
  • 19-50 Age range of students 
  • 25% Students of racial minority heritage 
  • 10% Students of international heritage 
  • 78% Students who attend full-time 
  • 22% Students who attend part-time

*Only 14% of incoming students submitted the GRE, which is not required for admission.

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Recent Graduate Employment Statistics

For the students who graduated with MPA and MPP degrees in August or December 2020 or May 2021 (invited to walk in May 2021) we learned the listed employment information through surveys and knowledge data research six months following their graduation. This represents 96% of the graduates.

MPA Employment Statistics

Industry Number of Graduates
Federal Government in the U.S. 18
State, City, County or other Local Government in the U.S. 5
Government not in the U.S. or International Quasi-governmental 0
Nonprofit (both domestic and internationally oriented) 20
Private Sector -- Research/Consulting 0
Private Sector (not Research/Consulting) 14
Further Education 0
Military Service 0
Unemployed (both seeking and not seeking employment) 3
Total Graduates with Employment Information 60

MPP Employment Statistics

Industry Number of Graduates
Federal Government in the U.S. 7
State, City, County or other Local Government in the U.S. 4
Government not in the U.S. or International Quasi-governmental 2
Nonprofit (both domestic and internationally oriented) 13
Private Sector -- Research/Consulting 1
Private Sector (not Research/Consulting) 8
Further Education 4
Military Service 2
Unemployed (both seeking and not seeking employment) 4
Total Graduates with Employment Information 45

 


MPA and MPP Graduation Rates

MPA Graduation Rates 2012-19

Cohort Number of Students Graduated in 3 Years Graduated in 2 Years Graduated in 4 Years Total Graduated
2012 62 31% 61% 0% 92%
2013 54 25% 70% 1% 96%
2014 57 30% 61% 2% 93%
2015 68 32% 58% 0% 90%
2016 48 28% 56% 2% 86%
2017 53 19% 75% 0% 94%
2018 64 36% 55% NA NA
2019 51 NA 61% NA NA

MPP Graduation Rates 2012-19

Cohort Number of Students Graduated in 3 Years Graduated in 2 Years Graduated in 4 Years Total Graduated
2012  57 33% 58% 5% 96%
2013 62 29% 60% 0% 89%
2014 55 15% 73% 5% 93%
2015 67 21% 71% 0% 92%
2016 50 18% 66% 2% 86%
2017 45 34% 61% 4% 99%
2018 35 21% 60%  NA NA
2019 27 NA 59% NA NA