Details at a Glance
The Trachtenberg School in GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences (CCAS) is a focal point for public affairs education, research, and public service at the George Washington University.
Building on a rich tradition of education for public service and on its location in the nation's capital, just a few blocks west of the White House, the George Washington University offers a superior education for students wishing to pursue public affairs-oriented academic programs.
If you want to be in the heart of Washington, D.C. while you gain knowledge and skills to tackle big challenges all around the world, be part of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration on the George Washington University's Foggy Bottom campus.
The Trachtenberg School degree programs include:
The Certificate in Budget and Public Finance (courses can be completed in person or online)
The Trachtenberg School maintains close ties with the George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP), a university wide research institute whose faculty and graduate students engage in research on important policy issues and concerns.
The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center, in the Trachtenberg School, raises awareness of regulations’ effects and improves regulatory policy through research, education, and outreach.
The Trachtenberg School is closely affiliated with other research and public service institutes including:
The Center for Excellence in Municipal Management
In addition, The Trachtenberg School is affiliated and closely collaborates with, through joint staffing and administration, several other MA in Public Policy programs within the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, including:
The Trachtenberg School is a member of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.
Fellowship and Admission Consideration: January 15
Admission Consideration: February 1
Fellowship and Admission Consideration: October 1
PhD in Public Policy & Administration
Fellowship and Admission Consideration: January 15
Admission Consideration: July 1
Admission Consideration: November 1
Clubs & Associations
Student Life at the Trachtenberg School
The Trachtenberg School is a community of people who want to do good and do it well. Classes are an important part of the experience, but the community also provides abundant extracurricular activities including volunteer projects and social, recreational and cultural events.
The Trachtenberg Student Organization (TSO) fosters social, academic, and professional development and interaction among the George Washington University public policy and administration students. This association provides an opportunity for social interaction and intellectual exchange among students, sponsoring social events, career development workshops, speakers, and a means of providing structured communication with program directors and faculty.
Students are invited by their peers to attend Fall Ball, volunteer on MLK Day or participate in a local walk to support a charity, serve as mentors to students at Anacostia High School and join school-wide happy hours. Each spring, students plan and execute a policy forum in which they invite members of the community, students and alumni to campus to engage civic leaders on a topical issue.
Policy Perspectives is a scholarly journal published by graduate students in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University. The journal provides an opportunity for Trachtenberg School students and alumni to publish research based on their studies and to offer their perspectives on public policy and its management. Since its inception in 1994, the journal has been issued annually or semiannually and has included articles on everything from campaign finance to immigration to telecommunications. Many of these articles have been downloaded thousands of times. Notable policymakers have also contributed to Policy Perspectives over the years. For example, Senator Harry Reid and former Wisconsin Governor Tommy Thompson each wrote about the dynamic relationship between state and local governments and the federal government in Volume 3, and Volume 12 included an interview with then-Virginia Governor Mark Warner. Policy Perspectives is distributed nationwide in print and electronic form to libraries, policy institutions, researchers and alumni.
Brief Policy Perspectives is the blog of Policy Perspectives. The blog began in Fall 2015 and provides an opportunity for members of the Trachtenberg School community to publish peer-edited short form policy articles and opinion pieces. The blog is published every two weeks during the academic year. Since its inception the blog has been viewed in more than 60 countries.
Pi Alpha Alpha Honor Society
Pi Alpha Alpha is the national honor society for graduate students in public affairs. Students with a 3.70 gpa and higher are invited to apply to join this distinguished body of graduates.
Additional Opportunities for Trachtenberg School Students
The American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) is a membership organization for both public administration professional and students. ASPA offers reduced membership rates for students.
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. This membership organization also offers reduced membership rates, which vary by income.
Net Impact's mission is to improve the world by growing and strengthening a network of new leaders who are using the power of business to make a positive net social, environmental, and economic impact. With over 120 chapters across the world, a central office in San Francisco, and partnerships with leading for and nonprofit organizations, New Impact enables members to use business for social good in their graduate education, careers, and communities. They believe business can both earn a profit and create positive social change. Net Impact enables members to transform this ideal into measurable results. Graduate students from all on-campus departments are welcomed and encouraged to join their mission.
The International City/County Management Association (ICMA)'s student chapter was founded in order to connect MPA and MPP students to professionals and resources in city/county management. ICMA's mission is to increase the proficiency of city managers, county managers, and other local government administrators, and to strengthen the quality of local government through professional management. Students have the opportunity to connect with ICMA's headquarters, located in Washington, DC, as well as many other local area governments.
The GW Office of Graduate, Distance and Professional Students (GDP) provides GW graduate and professional students consolidated information and resources through various electronic media (web site, listserv, and email), advocacy through meeting with students and receiving feedback relative to the University's services for graduate students, learning opportunities through various co-curricular initiatives, and community development supporting your social, recreational, and cultural events.
George Washington University's Center for Student Engagement organizes volunteer projects and maintains service programs which serve as a bridge between the curricular and co-curricular goals of the University.
What Our Students Say
"As a full-time student with a full-time job that required frequent travel, I was pleasantly surprised by the extent to which my professors allowed me to bring lessons from my job into the classroom and vice versa."Isaac Rowlett, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting LLP, MPA | Concentration: Change Leadership & Collaborative Governance ‘15
"As a full-time student with a full-time job that required frequent travel, I was pleasantly surprised by the extent to which my professors allowed me to bring lessons from my job into the classroom and vice versa."