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Earn a Master's in Making a Difference
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.
Mark Kennedy Welcome
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.