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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MPA or MPP: Which Degree is Best for You?

The Trachtenberg School is one of only two schools to have both an MPA and MPP accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.  

Both the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and the Master of Public Policy (MPP) are strong, valuable, recognized degrees. At GW, the basic structures (and amount of coursework) are virtually identical between the two degrees. However, the degrees do have distinctions in terms of the course emphases and recommended fields of concentration. Learn more and decide which one is best for you.

Apply Now ButtonAll applications for spring 2018 open now. Applications for the MPA and MPP Fall 2017 were due February 1. Applications for the Certificate programs for Fall 2017 will be accepted until July 1.