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Public Administration

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Location(s): Foggy Bottom - Main Campus

Program Overview

By balancing coverage of public policy theory and practice with contemporary issues, we prepare students for positions in research, analysis, and leadership in public service.

Trachtenberg School classes are held on the Foggy Bottom Campus. Many classes are in the evenings, enabling full-time and part-time students to pursue their degree while working.

The M.P.A. is a 40-credit degree offered through the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration; the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences grants the degree.

Fields of study include budget and public finance; federal policy, politics and management; international development management; managing state and local governments; nonprofit management; policy analysis and evaluation; and public-private policy and management. Students can also choose from fields in the Master of Public Policy.

The M.P.A. can be combined with the GW Law School’s J.D. for a dual M.P.A-J.D. degree.

 

Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall – February 1 (January 5 for applicants applying for assistantships/fellowships)

Standardized test scores:

GRE general test (institutional code 5246)

Recommendations required: 

One (1) recommendation for admission; two (2) recommendations if requesting fellowship consideration

Prior academic records:

Transcripts are required from all colleges and universities attended, whether or not credit was earned, the program was completed, or the credit appears as transfer credit on another transcript. Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended must be uploaded to your online application. Official transcripts are required only of applicants who are offered admission.

If transcripts are in a language other than English, English language translations must be provided. The English translation alone should be uploaded into your application.

Statement of purpose:

In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field. Include your academic objectives, research interests, and career plans. Also discuss your related qualifications, including collegiate, professional, and community activities, and any other substantial accomplishments not already mentioned on the application, or resumé/curriculum vita.

International applicants only:

Please review International Applicant Information carefully for details on required documents, earlier deadlines for applicants requiring an I-20 or DS-2019 from GW, and English language requirements.

PLEASE NOTE that the minimum English language test scores required by this program are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall score of 8.0 with no individual band score below 7.0; or
  • TOEFL: 637 on paper-based, or 110 on Internet-based

For more information on the admission process, please visit the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences Frequently Asked Questions page.

Supporting documents not submitted online should be mailed to:
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences – Graduate Admissions Office
The George Washington University
801 22nd Street NW, Phillips Hall 107
Washington DC 20052

Contact for questions:
askccas@gwu.edu ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday