Master of Public Administration (MPA)

The Master of Public Administration degree is the recognized professional degree in public administration, public management, and public service. It is designed principally, but not exclusively, for those who are pursuing careers in public service. Graduates are employed in government agencies at all levels, national associations, public interest groups, research and consulting firms, and in the private sector.

The MPA program provides an opportunity to study management and policy issues in an intergovernmental and intersectoral context. The program focuses on developing critical intellectual capacities, sound analytical skills, and a sensitivity to the ethical and value concerns that are central to the traditions of the field of public administration.

The MPA program is available at the George Washington University's main campus in downtown Washington, DC. It is not available as a distance-learning program.

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Three Options: Which Degree is Best for You?

Students in the Trachtenberg School can earn a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP) or Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy (MA-ENRP).

All three degrees are strong, valuable, recognized degrees. At GW, the basic structures (and amount of coursework) are almost identical between them. The Trachtenberg School is one of only a few schools to have both an MPA and MPP accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.  

However, the degrees do have distinctions in terms of the course emphases. Learn more and decide which degree is best for you.


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.