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Public Policy at George Washington University

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Public Policy at George Washington University

If you plan to study public policy, take a look at what George Washington University has to offer and decide if the program is a good match for you. Get started with the following essential facts.

GWU is located in Washington, District of Columbia and approximately 27,017 students attend the school each year.

Want to know more about the career opportunities in this field? Check out the Careers in Public Policy section at the bottom of this page.

GWU Public Policy Degrees Available

  • Master’s Degree in Public Policy
  • Doctorate Degree in Public Policy

GWU Public Policy Rankings

There were 7 students who received their doctoral degrees in public policy, making the school the #12 most popular school in the United States for this category of students.

Public Policy Student Demographics at GWU

Take a look at the following statistics related to the make-up of the public policy majors at George Washington University.

GWU Public Policy Master’s Program

65% Women
23% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
Of the 62 students who earned a master's degree in Public Policy from GWU in 2020-2021, 35% were men and 65% were women.


Of the students who received a public policy master's degree from GWU, 58% were white. This is above average for this degree on the natiowide level.

The following table and chart show the race/ethnicity for students who recently graduated from George Washington University with a master's in public policy.

Race/Ethnicity Number of Students
Asian 1
Black or African American 6
Hispanic or Latino 4
White 36
International Students 11
Other Races/Ethnicities 4

Careers That Public Policy Grads May Go Into

A degree in public policy can lead to the following careers. Since job numbers and average salaries can vary by geographic location, we have only included the numbers for DC, the home state for George Washington University.

Occupation Jobs in DC Average Salary in DC
Political Scientists 3,220 $120,610
Social Scientists 2,690 $102,300
Medical and Health Services Managers 1,580 $145,760
Political Science Professors 1,160 $127,410


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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