If you believe that public service research and theories should be applied to the challenges facing governments, nonprofits and the private sector today and into tomorrow, then come join us and learn how to do good and do it well.

The Trachtenberg School prepares graduate students for careers in public service, including government, the nonprofit sector, and private business. Our degree programs are overseen by the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, including the admissions process.

If you want to be in the heart of Washington, D.C. while you gain knowledge and skills you can use to tackle big challenges all around the world, The Trachtenberg School, located on the George Washington University’s Foggy Bottom campus, is waiting for you. Most classes within the Trachtenberg School take place on campus with a limited number being offered online.

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Academically Challenging

In the 2016 US News & World Report grad school rankingsthe Trachtenberg School is ranked overall as #13 among Public Affairs schools, making the Trachtenberg School the highest ranked public affairs school in D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

Be Involved

A good graduate program should provide more than classroom instruction. At the Trachtenberg School, opportunities abound for you to be involved beyond reading and writing. Join the Trachtenberg Student Organization for social (trivia, fall ball, etc.) and educational (policy forum) opportunities.

Be part of the school’s 25+ year commitment to the Anacostia neighborhood in SE D.C. and help tutor students at Anacostia High School. Provide pro bono services to government agencies and nonprofits as part of your capstone course. The time you spend outside the classroom might be the parts you love most about your experience.

Be Equipped

The Trachtenberg School will give you the tools you need to advance your career. Learn about how recent graduates use the knowledge they gained at the Trachtenberg School in their daily work.


Apply Now Button Applications for Summer or Fall entry are due on January 15 for those seeking fellowships, and February 1 otherwise. Applications for Spring entry are due on October 1. Applications for Certificate programs are due November 1 for spring entry and July 1 for fall entry.