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 146 students who graduated with MPA and MPP degrees in August or December 2019 or May 2020 (invited to walk in May 2020) we learned the listed employment information through surveys and research six months following their graduation. This represents 96.5% of the graduates.

MPA Employment Statistics

Industry Number of Graduates
Federal Government in the U.S. 14
State, City, County or other Local Government in the U.S. 7
Government not in the U.S. or International Quasi-governmental 0
Nonprofit (both domestic and internationally oriented) 15
Private Sector -- Research/Consulting 15
Private Sector (not Research/Consulting) 7
Further Education 1
Military Service 5
Unemployed (both seeking and not seeking employment) 4
Total Graduates with Employment Information 68

MPP Employment Statistics

Industry Number of Graduates
Federal Government in the U.S. 20
State, City, County or other Local Government in the U.S. 2
Government not in the U.S. or International Quasi-governmental 4
Nonprofit (both domestic and internationally oriented) 18
Private Sector -- Research/Consulting 10
Private Sector (not Research/Consulting) 8
Further Education 4
Military Service 1
Unemployed (both seeking and not seeking employment) 6
Total Graduates with Employment Information 73

 


MPA and MPP Graduation Rates

MPA Graduation Rates 2012-16

Cohort Number of Students Graduated in 2 Years Graduated in 4 Years Total Graduated
2012 62 61% 0% 92%
2013 54

70%

1% 96%
2014 57 61% 2% 93%
2015 68 58% 0% 90%
2016 48 56% 2% 86%

MPP Graduation Rates 2012-16

Cohort Number of Students Graduated in 2 Years Graduated in 4 Years Total Graduated
2012  57 58% 5% 96%
2013 62 60% 0% 89%
2014 55 73% 5% 93%
2015 67 71% 0% 92%
2016 50 66% 2% 86%