24 months
1885 USD/credit 37700 USD/year
1885 USD/credit 37700 USD/year
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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.The Public Administration program is offered at George Washington University.


Key facts

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. at George Washington University 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 George Washington University Law School’s J.D. for a dual M.P.A-J.D. degree.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Cross-Sectoral Collaboration and Governance in the U.S. Federal System
  • Public Service and Administration
  • Research Methods and Applied Statistics
  • Economics for Public Decision-Making
  • Leadership in Public Administration and Public Policy
  • Public Budgeting, Revenue, and Expenditures
  • Policy Analysis
  • Capstone Seminar

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months
  • Part-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines


40 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Two (2) recommendations
  • 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.
  • Statement of purpose: In an essay of 250 – 500 words, state your purpose in undertaking graduate study in your chosen field.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    37700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1885 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Washington, D. C.

1705 - 2975 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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