Message from the Director

The Honorable Mark Kennedy
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The Honorable Mark Kennedy

The George Washington University’s (GW) Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) is the world’s premier school of applied politics, legislative affairs, strategic relations, and advocacy. We launched the first graduate school to teach practical politics 28 years ago. Since then, we have been the leader in defining and shaping the political and communications professionals who, in turn, shape society.

As the school whose namesake — George Washington — cautioned against the perils of excessive partisanship, we are dedicated to the purpose of “making democracy work.” We seek to train students of all political persuasions in not only how to win campaigns, advance legislative goals, impact public opinion, and engage globally, but to do so ethically in a manner consistent with the common good. Our school is uniquely positioned in the heart of Washington, D.C. This allows us to meld a faculty comprised of both prominent scholars and practitioners at the leading edge of campaign management, advocacy, legislating and strategic communication. Studying in this fast paced international capital allows immersive opportunities to gain hands-on work experience in your field of study as you learn. Our global immersion residencies offer opportunities to further expand your perspective.

As a former U.S. Congressman, presidential appointee (serving under Presidents Bush and Obama), and corporate senior executive (Macy’s), I know how employers value those with practical and relevant education. We firmly believe that our applied programs in political management, legislative affairs, strategic public relations, and advocacy in the global environment represent the very best in graduate education in these fields.

Many exciting opportunities and offerings are available to you with the Graduate School of Political Management team at the George Washington University. I encourage you to join us and learn how together we can truly make a difference by “making democracy work.”

Hon. Mark Kennedy
Director, The Graduate School of Political Management
Professor, Political Management