Combined Master's Degrees and Graduate Certificates

The Trachtenberg School partners with several other George Washington University departments to offer a variety of graduate certificate programs that students can earn concurrently with an MPA, MPP or MA-ENRP degree.

Graduate certificate programs provide specialized study to help students expand their professional knowledge and skills. The certificate augments a Trachtenberg School master's degree with an additional credential that highlights an area of expertise.

Most graduate certificate programs available to Trachtenberg students require 12 hours of graduate coursework in a focused area of study. Students who are studying for an MPA, MPP or MA-ENRP can “double count” those credits by using them as elective courses in their degree program. After completing both programs, students graduate with an MPA, MPP or MA-ENRP as well as the graduate certificate.


Graduate Certificates Available to TSPPPA Students


Application Process for a Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate

Students who wish to study for one of the graduate certificates in addition to completing the Trachtenberg School master's program must submit an application for Dual Enrollment. Please note you should submit the Dual Enrollment Application Form (PDF) before completing any double-counted courses but after completing no more than 50 percent of certificate requirements.

If you are interested in studying for a certificate along with your Trachtenberg School master's degree, you are encouraged to meet as soon as possible both with your degree program advisor and with the advisor for the graduate certificate program of interest to you. The advisors can help you identify the courses needed to earn both credentials and to plan your schedule in order to complete both concurrently.