For more than 50 years, the George Washington University has contributed to excellence in public service education.
GW began offering a Master of Public Administration degree in 1963 within the School of Government and Business Administration. In 1986, students began earning either a PhD in Public Administration or a PhD in Public Policy. Since 1999, students have been able to choose between earning an MPA and a Master of Public Policy (MPP).
In 2003, all of the programs were designated as signature programs of selective excellence within the university and consolidated into the School of Public Policy and Public Administration within the Columbian College of Arts & Sciences. Also that year, the two PhD degrees were combined into a PhD of Public Policy and Administration.
In 2007, the Board of Trustees of GW named SPPPA the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration in recognition of the many contributions made by President Emeritus Stephen Joel Trachtenberg during his 19-year tenure as president of the university.
Whether you got your degree from the Trachtenberg School or you earned one of the predecessor degrees from the university, you are invited to participate in career services, alumni events and other activities within the life of the school.