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Your degree will prepare you to tackle today’s critical challenges

The School of Public Affairs prepares our students to be part of the next generation of experts in the fields of public administration and policy; government and the political arena; and justice, law, and criminology. Our degree programs and certificates equip you with fundamental knowledge and competencies to craft real solutions to real-world challenges in the government, corporate, and nonprofit sectors, nationally and internationally.

SPA offers 23 degree and certificate programs

  • 9 master's degrees, including 2 executive programs, and 1 online
  • 3 doctoral programs
  • 6 non-degree specialty certificates
  • 5 master's dual degrees with Washington College of Law

Master's Degrees

Master in Political Communication

MA Political Communication

Learn the essence of politics through the interplay of message content, delivery media, and audience analysis.

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Master in Political Science

MA Political Science

Intellectual curiosity fuels this multidisciplinary program of exploratory, critical thinkers.

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Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Our program gives you the tools to meet complex public challenges with strong, capable leadership.

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Master of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy

This program shapes policy analysts and changemakers of the future.

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MS Justice, Law & Criminology

MS Justice, Law & Criminology

Tackle today’s critically important challenges at the intersection of justice and law.

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MS Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy

MS Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy

From tactical approaches to strategic solutions, just steps from the Dept. of Homeland Security.

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Executive Programs

Key Executive Leadership

Key Executive Leadership MPA

The latest knowledge, values, and skills that will build your personal leadership capacity.

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MS Organization Development

MS Organization Development

Build your core competencies, skills, and knowledge in organizational change and development.

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Online Degrees

Online Master of Public Administration & Policy

Online Master of Public Administration & Policy

Build your foundations in policy analysis and management and gain a prestigious and marketable credential.

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Doctoral Programs

PhD in Justice, Law & Criminology

PhD Justice, Law & Criminology

Prepare for university teaching and research, and a career as an authority and leader in these fields.

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PhD in Political Science

PhD Political Science

Dive deeply into the policy and politics of official Washington and produce meaningful research with profound impact.

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PhD in Public Administration

PhD Public Administration

Produce methodologically sound, socially relevant research that makes important contributions to knowledge and theory.

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Dual Degree Programs

JD/MPP in Law and Public Policy

JD and Master of Public Policy

Gain a broad grounding in public analysis, program evaluation, and policy implementation.

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LLM and Master of Public Policy

LLM and Master of Public Policy

Examine the integral relationship of law to public policy, administration, and management.

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JD/MPA in Law & Public Administration

JD and Master of Public Administration

Examine the integral relationship of law to public administration and management.

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LLM and Master of Public Administration

LLM and Master of Public Administration

Ideal for attorneys who hope to innovate in the political, government, or nonprofit realms.

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JD/MS in Justice, Law & Criminology

JD and MS Justice, Law & Criminology

Cross-disciplinary study of how law intersects with theories of justice and justice systems.

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Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Public Financial Management

Certificate in Public Financial Management

Increase your skillset in the public finance sector with this certificate.

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Graduate Certificate in Public Management

Certificate in Public Management

Ideal for professionals who want to advance their skillset in public management.

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Graduate Certificate in Public Policy Analysis

Certificate in Public Policy Analysis

Hone your skills in public policy analysis with this certificate.

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Graduate Certificate in Women, Policy & Political Leadership

Certificate in Women, Policy & Political Leadership

Ideal for professionals working in policy, politics, and leadership.

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Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Ideal for professionals who want to advance their skillset in nonprofit management.

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Certificate in Leadership for Organizational Change

Certificate in Leadership for Organizational Change

Expand your skills in organizational change with this certificate.

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