Which program is right for you?

Trachtenberg School degrees are strong, valuable and recognized degrees. The programs do have distinctions between core emphases and potential fields of concentration.

Master of Public Administration

  • ​40 credit hours
  • Core courses that cover more about management, leadership and administration
  • Graduates often work as managers (and analysts) in federal, state and local government agencies, in the nonprofit sector and associations, advocacy groups and governmental consulting.

Master of Public Policy

  • 40 credit hours
  • Core courses include several required courses in economics and statistics and cover more about policy research and analysis
  • Graduates often work in a wide variety of policy analyst roles at all levels of government as well as in the nonprofit sector, think tanks and research and consulting firms.

Master of Arts in Environmental Resource Policy

  • 36 credit hours
  • Core and elective courses ensure a multidisciplinary approach to environmental and sustainability studies
  • Graduates enter environmental policy careers in government, non-profit organizations, the private sector and environmental advocacy groups.

PhD in Public Policy and Administration

  • 72 credit hours
  • Courses help you master subjects in multiple academic disciplines, including politics, economics and quantitative and/or qualitative methods in policy research
  • Graduates pursue careers in teaching and research related to public policy and administration and as policy researchers and analysts in government and the private sector.

Graduate Certificates

  • 12 credit hours – most graduate certificates are completed in-person, but the Certificate in Budget and Public Finance can be completed online or in-person
  • Courses are “stackable” with certificate students encouraged to pursue an MPA, MPP or MA in ENRP degree after completing 3 of the 4 required certificate courses to have their courses count toward a master’s degree
  • Graduates of the certificate programs use their course work to advance their knowledge of a field they currently work in or hope to enter.

The Trachtenberg School is one of only a few schools to have both an MPA and MPP degree accredited by NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration. The Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration is part of the George Washington University’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.