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GW’S Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration is Highest-Ranked Public Affairs School in DC Area

March 14, 2012

     WASHINGTON—U.S. News & World Report Graduate Schools guide, a popular resource for students pursuing graduate-level education, ranked The George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration 12th in the nation. In moving ahead two spots from its previous ranking of 14, the Trachtenberg School, along with American University, is the highest ranking public affairs school in the Washington, D.C., area.

    The report also highlighted four strong fields within the Trachtenberg School: The Public Administration/Management program and the Health Policy and Management field each ranked 10th; Public Policy Analysis ranked 19th and Public Finance and Budgeting ranked 21st.

    “Our high overall ranking confirms the growing national stature of the Trachtenberg School in a highly competitive field of graduate public affairs programs. It is a tribute to the quality and many accomplishments of the School's faculty, students and alumni,” said Professor Joseph Cordes, associate director of the Trachtenberg School.

    To develop this year’s rankings, U.S. News analyzed more than 12,000 graduate programs including more than 260 public policy programs. Rankings of graduate public affairs programs are based on expert opinions about program quality.

    The rankings are available online. Highlights will be published in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of the Best Graduate Schools book available on newsstands beginning April 3.

    GW’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration is one of the nation's leading schools of public policy and public administration, recently ranked twelfth nationwide by US News and World Report. The school is GW's focal point for public affairs education, research and public service. Faculty members collaborate closely with other GW departments on initiatives relating to all levels of public policy, and serve in leadership roles in many professional associations including the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration and Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management. Faculty and students are actively engaged in service to the broader DC metropolitan community, providing pro bono research and consulting projects to assist well over 50 public and nonprofit organizations each year. Alumni of the Trachtenberg School serve in leadership positions in private and nonprofit organizations, and lead government agencies at the local, state, federal, and international levels. The school offers a Master of Public Administration, a Master of Public Policy, and a PhD in Public Policy and Administration. With over 450 graduate students, the Trachtenberg School is the largest graduate program in GW’s Columbian College of Arts and Sciences.




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