Public Policy & Administration

Located in the heart of the nation’s capital, GW sits at the intersection of initiatives and processes affecting the nation and the world. Unparalleled access to local, state, national, and global organizations allows students to understand and influence today’s most challenging issues.

Programs in Public Policy & Adminstration at GW

Budget & Public Finance (Graduate Certificate)

This certificate is designed for students who are, or envision becoming, budget analysts or financial management officers in public agencies at any level of government. Courses in budget policy and process, public revenue and expenditure, and governmental accounting and financial reporting provide astute understanding in the theoretical and practical foundations of public budgeting as well as the complex choices of economic reasoning in response to resource allocation.

Climate Change Management & Policy (Graduate Certificate)

The technical side of urban sustainability pertaining to building requirements, design demands, and energy technologies is the focus of this certificate program designed for returning students, mid-career professionals, and entry-level students seeking specialization. Graduates are prepared to lead in areas of climate change, drinking water quality and waste water treatment, biodiversity, and restoration through various hardware and software approaches.

Education Policy Studies (M.A.Ed.&H.D.)

Students are introduced to lessons of the past, guided through the complexities of the present, and encouraged to identify the potential of the future. The master’s program prepares analysts with solid research and evaluation skills to advance knowledge and improve practice for the purpose of promoting excellence, equity, and efficiency in educational systems and organizations.

Educational Administration & Policy Studies (Ed.D.)

Students focus their studies on either education policy or educational administration. Education policy provides the skills necessary for advancing education policymaking at local, state, national, and global settings; educational administration prepares working professionals to serve in dynamic leadership positions in school administration, national organizations, state- and federal-level agencies, foundations, associations, and higher education institutions.

Environmental Resource Policy (Graduate Certificate, M.A.)

The environmental resource policy program integrates interests in science, economics, law, and policy with environmental, urban sustainability, and renewable energy concerns. Through high-profile partnerships, the program’s capstone course enables students to work collaboratively with on-site practitioners and directly participate in identifying policy solutions to real-world problems. Many graduates enter environmental policy careers in the government and private sector, as well as with non-profit organizations and environmental advocacy groups.

Legal Institutes & Theory (M.A.)

Offered by GW’s nationally ranked Department of Political Science and designed to bridge multiple disciplines (political science, history, philosophy, and social policy), students are equipped to comprehend the creation of laws and their implications on society. Graduates are prepared for careers in teaching legal studies or career policy analysis centered on issues such as discrimination, education policy, and environmental protection. The program is also appropriate for those interested in pursuing a doctoral degree in law, political science, sociology, or history.

LGBT Health Policy & Practice (Graduate Certificate)

LGBT health policy and practice offers the first practice-focused graduate certificate in the nation that trains current and future healthcare leaders and policy advocates on issues relating to the health and well-being of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community. Administered by the professional psychology program, the certificate addresses challenges resulting from healthcare disparities and focuses on strategies to move toward a more inclusive, equitable society. Students explore contemporary topics, such as transgender care and LGBT youth, that cut across psychological, medical, legal, and policy fields.

Non-Profit Management (Graduate Certificate)

Non-profit management provides an overview of central concepts in managing non-profit organizations and is intended for individuals seeking a focused experience to help launch or advance their careers in the non-profit sector. Comprised of four courses, the graduate certificate is also appropriate for students who seek to expand their knowledge without committing to a master’s degree program.

Philosophy & Social Policy (M.A.)

The philosophy and social policy degree prepares students to bring the normative, historical, and logical tools of philosophical inquiry to bear upon contemporary policy issues. Students analyze the underlying concepts and value implications of policies, such as those relating to welfare programs, healthcare access, the environment, equality of opportunity, and protection of human rights. Graduates go on to policy-related positions within government agencies, think tanks, lobbying groups, and non-profits.

Public Administration (M.P.A.)

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

Public Policy (M.P.P.)

Through a balance of public policy theory and practice with contemporary policy issues, students enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program are prepared to lead research and analysis in fields including, but not limited to: 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.

Public Policy – Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies (M.A.)

This program combines a thorough grounding in women’s studies with an understanding of related public policy issues and processes. Students gain the fundamentals of feminist theory in addition to coursework in economics, politics, and policy analysis. Graduates apply their knowledge and skills to careers in government and as lobbyists, public affairs specialists, and staff members in advocacy organizations.

Public Policy & Administration (Ph.D.)

The multidisciplinary Ph.D. is designed to develop a range of competencies needed to undertake sophisticated research in public policy and public administration. Core courses cover multiple academic disciplines, including politics, economics, ethics, and quantitative and/or qualitative methods in policy research. Fields of study include: education policy; health policy; race, gender and public policy; gender and social policy; race; program evaluation; public administration and management; public budgeting and finance; science and technology policy; and urban and social policy.

Responsible Management (Graduate Certificate, open only to current M.B.A. students)

The graduate certificate in responsible management (CRM) program is designed to enhance the preparation of socially responsible and ethical leaders. The CRM offers graduate students the opportunity to participate in seminars, projects, courses, and service in a variety of topic areas such as global strategy, ethics, corporate social responsibility, international development, peace, energy and environment. These tasks are designed to prepare students for leadership roles in the modern world and provide the knowledge, diverse proficiencies, and the skillset necessary to succeed in an era of governmental, industry, and consumer oversight.