Discover the Graduate School of Political Management

The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at the George Washington University educates students and professionals in the tools, principles and values of participatory democracy, preparing them for careers as ethical and effective advocates and leaders at the international, national and local levels.

As the first and foremost school of applied politics, legislative affairs, strategic communications, and advocacy, we seek to empower those with a passion to make a difference to succeed in careers that shape the societies in which they live. Since its inception, GSPM has been a unique program in higher education with the mission of affecting positive change by providing advanced educational opportunities to the professions of politics and public persuasion.

Founded in 1987 as an independent graduate school chartered by the New York State Board of Regents, GW's Graduate School of Political Management is the pioneer school in the study of political management or "applied politics."  Politics, done effectively, requires training in how to apply proven frameworks, techniques and technologies to the task of persuasion and consensus building. GSPM has developed an educational program in the art, science and business of politics and communications, preparing graduates to advance and succeed in the field.

The School's first class convened on the Manhattan campus of Baruch College. In 1991, the School opened a degree program on the bustling urban campus of the George Washington University, in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood, just a few blocks from the White House, Capitol Hill, both major political parties and many of the top consulting, lobbying and public relations firms in the country. GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences formally acquired GSPM in 1995, and in 2006, the School moved into GW's College of Professional Studies (CPS), where it is currently located. Designed for working professionals, classes conveniently meet in the evenings.

GSPM offers master’s degrees in Political ManagementLegislative Affairs, Strategic Public Relations, and Political Communication and Governance (taught in Spanish, online) along with graduate certificates in Campaign Strategy, Community AdvocacyOnline PoliticsPAC's and Political Management, and Public Relations. Our unparalleled Washington, D.C. connections mean our students learn not only in the classroom but also in the campaign offices, legislative suites, lobbying shops, PR agencies and news bureaus that shape the world.

For those that want to make a difference, GW's Graduate School of Political Management offers an innovative learning environment that will help create the next generation of citizen leaders. Our more than 2,500 talented alumni, scattered around the globe and representing more than 40 nations, are leaders and change-makers in the world of government, politics, public relations and public affairs.