Public Policy

Columbian College of Arts and Sciences

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

Program Overview

We prepare students for positions in public policy research and analysis; we also prepare them for leadership roles in the field.

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.P. 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. The curriculum balances coverage of public policy theory and practice with contemporary policy issues.

Policy fields include budget and public finance; education policy; environmental policy; health policy; national security policy; philosophy and social policy; program and policy evaluation; public-private policy and management; science and technology policy;   social policy; urban policy; and international development management. Students can also design their own field of concentration.

The M.P.P. can be combined with the GW Law School’s J.D. and with the Ph.D. in political science for a dual M.P.P-Ph.D. degree. For details, visit dual M.P.P.-J.D. degree or dual M.P.P.-Ph.D. degree.


Admission Requirements

Admission deadlines:

Fall - February 1 

Spring - October 1

Standardized test scores:

The GRE general or GMAT is not required however if you feel as though submitting scores for the GRE or GMAT will strengthen your application, you are welcome to submit them.

The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the PTE Academic is required of all applicants except those who hold a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a college or university in the United States or from an institution located in a country in which English is the official language, provided English was the language of instruction. 

Minimum scores for the M.P.P. program are:

  • Academic IELTS: an overall band score of 7.0 with no individual score below 6.0; or
  • TOEFL: 600 on paper-based or 100 on Internet-based.

Recommendations required: 

Two (2) recommendations

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.

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:
[email protected] ~ 202.994.6210 (phone) ~ 202.994.6213 (fax)
8:30 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday