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Since our inception, we have been the leader in defining and shaping the political and communications professionals who, in turn, shape society.  

Our students regularly connect with leaders in advocacy, communications, and politics inside and outside of the classroom. The GSPM alumni network permeates the upper echelons of elected politics, public affairs, NGOs, issue advocates, and trade associations around the world.

Studying at the Graduate School of Political Management will broaden your mind and enhance your vision to help you successfully confront society’s most pressing challenges.



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Liesl Riddle

A Message from the Dean

Celebrating our 35th anniversary as the first school of applied politics founded in 1987, the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) has been the leader in shaping the political and communications professionals who, in turn, shape society.  With an unmatched location in the heart of Washington, D.C., our students regularly connect with experts in advocacy, communications and politics, inside and outside of the classroom. GSPM broadens our students’ minds and provides the practical skills and ethical grounding to forge them into the leaders we need to successfully confront society’s most pressing challenges.

As Dean of the College of Professional Studies, my focus is to grow, innovate and invest in the Graduate School of Political Management to make a political impact by continuing to expand our diverse network of national and international partnerships and strengthen multidisciplinary collaborations with other schools throughout the GW community. We continue to offer highly applicable and transformational learning experiences for our diverse student body and, most importantly, keep our offerings relevant to today’s market needs.

GSPM delivers hands-on education establishing superior standards of real-world strategies and resources. The school offers three graduate degree programs in English: Political Management, Strategic Public Relations and Legislative Affairs, along with eight stackable certificates. In addition, the school delivers a Master's in Political Communication and Strategic Governance, as well as many executive education workshops and seminars in Spanish.

The opportunity to lead CPS to be the world's most preeminent, agile and market-responsive learning innovation hub is an honor. As we expand our array of distinctive educational offerings, including degree-based, continuing and executive education programs, we will continue to empower the professional progression of our students, foster lifelong learning and make a social, economic and political impact domestically and internationally.

Warm Regards,

Liesl A. Riddle

Liesl Riddle, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Professional Studies
George Washington University





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"I support GSPM because it teaches the skills needed to successfully engage in the practice of democracy. It is an honor to be able to contribute to help future leaders of tomorrow gain the education necessary to stimulate ethical decision-making and promote public involvement in governance."

Larry Lane
Donor: The Lawrence F. Lane Scholarship in Political Management