PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

Make a difference with a degree from GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy & Public Administration

Do you believe that one person can make a difference from within a system? Do you want to develop your understanding of management, leadership, evaluation, administration, statistics and policy while being in the heart of Washington, D.C. – the nucleus of political power in the USA? Do you want to be an agent for change in the public, private or nonprofit sector? Then the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University is waiting for you!

GWU_Image 2The Trachtenberg School offers a Master of Public Administration (MPA), Master of Public Policy (MPP), PhD in Public Policy and Administration, and Graduate Certificates in both Nonprofit Management and Budget and Public Finance. Whether your interests are in the nonprofit, government, or business sectors, the Trachtenberg School will prepare you for a career in federal, state, and local governments; nonprofits; consulting firms; international organizations; university teaching and research; and think tanks.

If you believe that graduate school is one step in your journey to making a difference, then this might be the place for you. Here, you’ll join a community of service-minded students, faculty, and alumni who believe that informed and engaged citizens can bring positive change to all sectors of society.

At Trachtenberg, you’ll have the flexibility to earn your degree among part-time and full-time students and choose from a multi-disciplinary cross-section of classes. Most classes take place in the late afternoons and evenings to allow part-time and full-time students to learn together. Classes are held in person on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus to encourage you to learn from the faculty and each other.

The master’s programs in public administration (MPA) and public policy (MPP) integrate theory and practice in scholarship, teaching, and service and embrace multiple perspectives for advancing critical analysis and practical knowledge of public policy and public administration. The Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration offers a rigorous multi-disciplinary curriculum that prepares students for careers in university teaching and research, research institutions, federal, state, and local governments, and international organizations.

GWU_Image 1Both the MPA and MPP are strong, valuable, recognized degrees. At GW, the basic structures (and amount of coursework) are virtually identical between the two degrees. However, the degrees do have distinctions in terms of the course emphases and recommended fields of concentration. The Trachtenberg School is one of only two universities in the nation to offer both the MPA and MPP degrees with accreditation from NASPAA, the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration.

The Master of Public Administration degree is the recognized professional degree in public administration, public management, and public service. It is designed principally, but not exclusively, for those who are pursuing careers in public service. Graduates are employed in government agencies at all levels, national associations, public interest groups, research and consulting firms, and in the private sector.

The MPA program provides an opportunity to study management and policy issues in an intergovernmental and intersectional context. The program focuses on developing critical intellectual capacities, sound analytical skills, and a sensitivity to the ethical and value concerns that are central to the traditions of the field of public administration.

The Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree provides students with education and training that prepares them for opportunities in professional positions in a wide variety of organizations. Students not only learn the basic analytical and methodological tools to engage in policy analysis; they also develop an understanding of the political processes through which policy is made and the social, economic and historical context in which problems arise and are addressed. Each student chooses a policy field that serves as an area in which he/she can apply these skills and gain substantive knowledge. However, the program is generalist rather than highly specialized; it provides students with the ability to quickly and successfully come to grips with policy problems across a wide range of issues.

For additional information regarding the programs and degrees that the Trachtenberg School offers including information on admissions requirements and financing your education, please visit our website at http://tspppa.gwu.edu/. If you’re ready to advance your skills and make a difference, then the Trachtenberg School is waiting for you!

International Opportunities, Diversity Fellowships and more at the USC Price School of Public Policy

Earlier this year, a group of 25 graduate students from the Price School of Public Policy traveled to São Paulo, Brazil to explore housing provisions and make recommendations based on experiences of other major metropolitan areas as part of the Price School’s 2014 Brazil International Lab. After arriving in São Paulo and having some time to take in their new surroundings, the students spent four days listening to presentations, going on site visits and touring the city, including the new housing developments at Serra do Mar and Jardim Pantanal. Prior to the trip, the class had broken into groups of five and worked for three weeks on reports analyzing various aspects of land use in five areas — New York, Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong and Seoul — and applying them to São Paulo. The international labs are one example of the school’s commitment of turning knowledge into action.

Price School Blog Post Image_092014_compThe mission of the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy is to improve the quality of life for people and their communities, here and abroad. We achieve this mission through education and research that promote innovative solutions to the most critical issues facing society. Through its interdisciplinary and intersectoral approach, the school educates students to serve as innovators – and leaders – in their field. The school’s degree programs draw on the expertise of faculty and practicing professionals to create a learning environment whose breadth and depth sets the Price School apart from all schools of its kind. The school is ranked sixth nationwide among “America’s Best Graduate Schools” for public affairs, according to U.S. News & World Report.

The Price School offers six master’s level programs – in Public Policy, Public Administration, Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Urban Planning, Real Estate Development, and Health Policy and Management – join theory with practice and emphasize experiential and professional learning. The doctoral programs allow a select group of students to work closely with faculty on important areas of research and scholarly inquiry. Graduate-level students at the Price School have considerable latitude to design their own programs in order to pursue their specialized areas of interest and further their professional development.

The Price School now offers Leadership in Diversity Fellowships, which recognize entering graduate students who demonstrate strong leadership abilities and are committed to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. Students entering the Master of Health Administration, Master of Nonprofit Leadership and Management, Master of Planning, Master of Public Administration, and Master of Public Policy programs will be considered for these fellowships. These awards consist of full-tuition scholarships. PPIA fellows will also be considered for Price PPIA scholarships, and are eligible to receive additional funding through the Dean’s Merit Scholarship. More information on financial aid opportunities can be found here: http://priceschool.usc.edu/students/financial-aid/masters-opportunities/.

To learn more, please attend one of our information sessions on campus in Los Angeles or attend an Idealist Graduate School Fair in a city near you! For more information, please visit our website: http://priceschool.usc.edu/admission/recruitment-schedule/ or email us at uscprice@usc.edu.


What is it like to be a student at a Junior Summer Institute?

Kiyadh Burt, 2014 Princeton Junior Summer Institute Fellow

Burt_Headshot_2014I had such a wonderful experience at Princeton University’s Junior Summer Institute (JSI) this past summer. The people, the campus, the squirrels in their varying shades, and the world famous ice cream were all simply incredible.  The most incredible part of the JSI experience though was the opportunity to grow and learn.  As a participant in the JSI program, I was able to cultivate professional skills, better understand the relationship between public policy, statistics, and economics, and interact with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.  The experiences I had at Princeton have definitely impacted my interests in public policy and public service.

Enhancing professional skills was one of my many accomplishments through participation in the program. Public speaking, critical thinking and analysis, effective communication, personal and group leadership, and policy memo writing were all skills I utilized and improved during the program.

Grasping a better understanding of the relationship between public policy, statistics, and economics was another benefit I received from the program. With the help of dedicated, caring instructors and tutors, I was able to see public policy from varying perspectives.  The instructors were practitioners in their respective fields and capable of communicating their expertise and wisdom of the material in a manner that we, the students, could understand and appreciate. The tutors provided supplementary support and help, even on Sundays, and often challenged us to see the concepts we were learning in a broader scope. I was able to see the importance of economics and statistics to public policy and how having sound understanding of all three can better my critical analysis and comprehension skills. Overall this program has allowed me to experience growth as a student and scholar.

The most important aspect of the program for me was the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives. Learning about different cultures, languages, and music was such a joy for me. The numerous conversations about race and gender, HogieFest and late-night WaWa runs, endless study sessions and problem sets, uncomfortable games of Cards Against Humanities, and pure, unapologetic scholarly discourse are experiences that have positively colored my memories of PPIA. I hope cohorts to come can have as much fun and discovery as I enjoyed this summer.