Political Management

Learn How to

Navigate Politics,

not policy






Today’s politics demands professionals with knowledge of the most effective strategies and tactics to win elections, advance legislation, or impact public opinion. Whether at the ballot box or in the halls of government, adept political management separates winners from losers.

Our Political Management master’s program offers a cutting-edge, hands-on curriculum, that teaches the “how” and not the “what” of politics. You will learn the strategies, tactics, and mechanics that get results in politics.

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Classes in DC or Online


12 Courses


Class Schedule


Educators with Experience

Political Management

GSPM Students speak with John Lawrence, former Chief of Staff to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. 

Our faculty are more than professors—they are recognized political practitioners who have worked to elect presidents, senators, representatives, and governors. They have developed advocacy initiatives, managed national organizations, molded public opinion, crafted laws, and consulted for candidates and corporations.

GSPM features several courses taught by former members of Congress, who share their expertise and experiences running and winning elections, advancing legislation, and building coalitions. 

Students wishing for a global perspective on leadership and governance can select our Global Politics concentration, which features several of our short-term study abroad courses, enabling them to learn from experts around the world.


Our Alumni Are Political Leaders

Upon graduation, our students are ready to lead, create, and achieve. Our alumni are campaign managers for U.S. Presidential and Senatorial candidates, as well as national leaders and senior staff around the world. They lead advocacy organizations like EMILY’s List and associations like the National Association of Counties.

Chris Bender

Tremayne Smith

Political Management, Class of 2017

"If political science is the what, political management is the how. GSPM professors bring real-life, real-word experience and application to the subject matter they instruct. The incredibly pertinent coursework mirrored and better prepared me for the actual work I was doing on the job."


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