Applied Politics

Everything's Negotiable in DC, Except Integrity




Learn from the influencers shaping the political landscape.

The Graduate School of Political Management

There’s a reason the Graduate School of Political Management produces more congressional staffers with graduate degrees than any other school in the nation. Our faculty has helped shape the political landscape for decades, and can offer students a rare glimpse into the “room where it happens.” Our network of respected leaders, influencers, and master politicians can also connect students to unmatched mentorship and career opportunities inside and outside the Beltway.

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What Will you study?

The Graduate School of Political Management is one of the most recognized and respected programs in the U.S.

We offer a one-of-a-kind experiential curriculum that provides the knowledge, practical skills, and ethical grounding necessary to succeed in the fields of politics, communications, and advocacy.


Political Management

Are you an aspiring candidate, campaign manager, grassroots advocate, or political consultant? This is the program that will allow you to channel your passion for politics into a career as a political professional.


Legislative Affairs

The Legislative Affairs degree will teach you what you need to know in order to navigate the halls of Capitol Hill and accomplish your goals as a high-level staffer, government affairs professional, or registered lobbyist.


Strategic Public Relations

Is your message reaching the right audience? Learn how to break through the clutter of the 24-hour news cycle and nonstop social media with messages and campaigns that resonate with the public, corporate leaders, and other power brokers.

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Mastering the Room
Political Podcast

Mastering the Room is a bite-sized podcast from GW’s Graduate School of Political Management, hosted by political analyst and professor Casey Burgat. In less time than the average morning commute, you’ll get smarter on today’s issues with information and perspectives you won’t get anywhere else.

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Spark a political and professional revolution.

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The George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) creates an accelerator for transformation, challenging you to have the difficult conversations that have traditionally stalled progress in government and society. 

  • Learn from the best: Our faculty have led and served administrations at all levels of government.
  • Connect with opportunities: Get access to one of the most powerful networks of alumni, influencers, and powerbrokers in the country.
  • Expand your perspective: Engage in the high-stakes bipartisan projects, discussions and experiences that will prepare you to make an impact. 

Classes are forming now, with convenient hybrid options that fit your schedule and your career goals.

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