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The online Master’s in Political Management program at The George Washington University (GW) allows you to earn a degree from any location to maximize your marketability by not only obtaining the academic underpinnings for success, but also connecting with influential professionals, alumni, and faculty working in and around the city that shapes the world: Washington, D.C. The Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) at GW positions those passionate about politics to make a difference domestically and globally. By embracing all political ideologies, encouraging students to consider a full-spectrum view, and teaching how to move beyond agitation to action, GSPM strives to overcome partisan gridlock and ultimately make democracy work.

Politics is dynamic, challenging, and often time-consuming. Many GSPM students are engaged in this process every day. The online Master’s in Political Management program is uniquely designed to allow busy professionals like you to pursue an advanced degree and supplement existing skill sets while continuing to work. While other programs may talk about changing the world, GSPM students and faculty have the real opportunities to actually do it – immediately.

From its location, four blocks from the White House, GSPM is uniquely positioned to connect on-campus and online students with preeminent professionals in politics. Instructors include some of Washington’s top practitioners who are passionate about sharing their knowledge with the leaders of tomorrow. Once graduated, GSPM students go on to pursue exciting careers as elected officials, campaign managers and consultants, chiefs of staffs to senators and congressman, association or corporate executives, public affairs professionals, issue advocates and government leaders, and other fulfilling fields. In true full spectrum fashion, alumni include elected officials in the national legislatures in Japan, Mexico, and Slovakia; campaign managers for Romney for President and Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), chiefs of staff for Democratic and Republican U.S. senators and representatives, and key aides in both the Bush and Obama White House teams.


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Mark:
Greetings. I’m Mark Kennedy, the head of the Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University, the first and foremost school of applied politics and strategic communications. If you truly want to make a difference, this is where you should go to school.

We believe here that politics trumps policy. The biggest issues that remain unsolved in our society aren’t unsolved because we don’t have policy solutions. These policy solutions in many ways create the conflict that we can’t get past. To get past it we need to get the politics right and that’s what we study, along with strategic communications.

We teach you not just the theory that you’re going to need to know, but the “how to make it happen” tools and skills that you’re gonna need to move it forward.

We’re pleased to be in Washington, DC. And being here in Washington, DC has advantages for you and our school. Our students find abundant opportunities to pursue the careers that they’re studying for, so that they can work by day and study by night.

Being in the richest pool of political consultants and strategic communicators allows us to have a faculty that, not only great academics but practitioners in the field that they’re teaching. So they may be writing the speech for the Secretary of State by day and teaching you by night.

What are our students doing? They’re leading campaigns. They’re serving in elected office. They’re being Chiefs of Staff for US senators. They’re in the White House. They’re Vice Presidents of Government Affairs for major corporations. They’re leading associations, political advocacy firms, political consulting firms. They’re leaders in public affairs firms. And, they’re doing interesting jobs like Communications Director for the House Majority Leader, the Teamsters, Hilton Worldwide, and my personal favorite, Bono’s One Campaign.

So if you truly do want to make a difference , if you truly do want to figure out how we can make democracy work, this is the place for you to come, the GSPM, Graduate School of Political Management at George Washington University.

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Master’s in Political Management

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What Political Management Is (and What It Is NOT)

What Political Management Is

Political management applies strategic tools and techniques to make democracy work. If you seek the practical skills, knowledge, and ethical grounding necessary to achieve positive change, political management is for you.

  • Political management is NOT political science. While political management is grounded in political science and they address similar subject matter – elections, campaigns, lobbying, advocacy, policy implementation, revolution, and war – political science teaches you how to theorize about these processes, whereas political management teaches you how to engage in these activities.
  • Political management is NOT public policy. If public policy is the noun of a sentence, political management is the verb. Political management puts public policies before the public and sets strategies before leaders so policies can move from agitation to action.
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Why GSPM Is For You

You want to make a difference in the political process, and you know that “business as usual” yields “results as usual.” There is no better place to obtain the knowledge and tools you need to successfully navigate the intricate political arena than GSPM – the first and foremost school of applied politics, a school that has been driving the professions that shape our world for over 25 years.

The online Master’s in Political Management program provides you with a new perspective on how to influence the political process, be successful, and make a positive difference. The program features the same on-campus curriculum that is designed to go beyond theory, teach practical politics and provide the opportunity for you to put that knowledge into action. The curriculum provides hands-on experience that will boost your political career.

best-colleges-national-universitiesAs a graduate of the online Master’s in Political Management program, you will possess a comprehensive understanding of campaign management, lobbying and government relations, issues management and advocacy, fundraising, corporate and trade association public affairs, polling and strategic research techniques, and political leadership. Unlike political science or public policy programs, our applied politics curriculum positions you to apply your knowledge immediately. With our 36-credit-hour online master’s program, you will gain the techniques and the ethics needed for success in a supportive, non-partisan environment.

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Who Chooses the Graduate School of Political Management?

Leaders in the global political arena require specialized training to make government work productively amid growing challenges. In our digital world, communication flows much faster and from an increasingly diverse set of voices. Issues are more complicated and multi-faceted than they used to be. A great deal of data-driven and technical materials must be distilled into language that publics and the general population are capable of understanding if a campaign is to succeed.

Campaigns must be won, legislative goals must be advanced, and public opinion must be impacted – all in a manner consistent with the common good. The demand for political managers is great. Educated and ethical leaders are needed to shape society. The Graduate School of Political Management meets this demand by providing the Political Management program in both on-campus and online formats so that the education provided is the same in D.C. as it is across the globe.

GSPM graduates have launched successful careers as association executives, campaign managers and consultants, corporate executives, elected officials, fundraisers, government leaders, issue advocates, labor union leaders, law firm representatives, legislative leaders, media professionals, non-profit professionals, pollsters, public affairs firm leaders, strategic communications firm leaders, and university administrators and professors.

Campaigns must be won, legislative goals must be advanced, and public opinion must be impacted – all in a manner consistent with the common good. The demand for political managers is great. Educated and ethical leaders are needed to shape society. The Graduate School of Political Management meets this demand by providing the Political Management program in both on-campus and online formats so that the education provided is the same in D.C. as it is across the globe.

GSPM graduates have launched successful careers as association executives, campaign managers and consultants, corporate executives, elected officials, fundraisers, government leaders, issue advocates, labor union leaders, law firm representatives, legislative leaders, media professionals, non-profit professionals, pollsters, public affairs firm leaders, strategic communications firm leaders, and university administrators and professors.

Leaders in the global political arena require specialized training to make government work productively amid growing challenges. In our digital world, communication flows much faster and from an increasingly diverse set of voices. Issues are more complicated and multi-faceted than they used to be. A great deal of data-driven and technical materials must be distilled into language that publics and the general population are capable of understanding if a campaign is to succeed.


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Why Get Your Master’s in Political Management?

A GSPM degree is like an MBA for applied politics, allowing GSPM graduates to work alongside attorneys and other high-level executives on the path to the top slots in important organizations.

The GSPM curriculum advances you beyond “theory” to the study of practical politics anchored in “political reality.” Students are challenged to develop the practical skills required to responsibly achieve their desired political outcomes, whether they be winning elections, advancing legislation, or prevailing in the battle for public opinion.

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