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School type Private, Independent
Location Washington, DC, USA
The Public Policy Institute is housed in the Car Barn

Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI) is a leading public policy program affiliated with Georgetown University in Washington, D.C..[1] GPPI offers both Master of Public Policy and Master of Policy Management degrees and boasts five affiliated research institutes, 17 full time faculty, 30 research faculty, and 50 adjunct faculty. The institute is currently led by interim Dean William T. Gormley.



GPPI began as an idea in the Departments of Government and Economics in the late 1970s. The Government Department instituted a certificate program in 1980–1981 and in 1982 hired 2 junior faculty members to teach courses in public policy. For the next 5 years, the program remained small, granting an MA in government with a concentration in public policy to about 15 students. The Government Department in 1985 hired the first part-time director for the program. During the ensuing years, the framework for the Public Policy Program was formulated. By the late 1980s, enrollment in the program had grown to about 75 students.

In 1990, the new president of Georgetown University, Father Leo O'Donovan, mandated the expansion of the Public Policy Program under the direction of the program's first full-time director, Colin Campbell, a Georgetown professor of philosophy and politics. Dr. Campbell was charged with the task of significantly expanding the program's faculty, students, and facilities. In 1996, in recognition of the program's status as one of the premier professional programs at Georgetown University, the Public Policy Program was renamed the Georgetown Public Policy Institute (GPPI). Over the years, GPPI has grown significantly in size and stature. GPPI now accounts for over half of the total sponsored research funds awarded to the Georgetown University Main Campus. Over the past several years, the program has moved from the low-20s to the mid-teens in the U.S. News & World Report ranking of Public Affairs graduate programs and is currently ranked #14, after previously being #17 and just a few years after being ranked #29.

Degree Programs

Master of Public Policy (MPP) – a 48 credit hour, multidisciplinary program offered as both a 2 year full-time and 3 year evening program. The program's focus is designed to meet the needs of individuals desiring a strong analytical background, particularly those planning careers in public or private sector policy analysis and management.
Master of Policy Management (MPM) - an executive degree for professionals with significant practical experience.

Certificates and Special Programs

• Inspectors General Program
• Certificate in Homeland Security Studies
• Nonprofit Management Executive Certificate
• Certificate Program in Legislative Studies
• Bio-Defense and Public Policy Certificate
• Tec de Monterrey Summer Course


The Georgetown Public Policy Review is a nonpartisan journal published annually by the Georgetown Public Policy Institute at Georgetown University that investigates public policy issues and promotes discourse among members of the policymaking community.

Research Centers, Projects and Organizations

Center for Public and Nonprofit Leadership - provides advanced education and training for emerging and current leaders alike to address public issues and community needs
Center for Research on Children in the United States (CROCUS) - offers an unusual educational program to students seeking careers at the intersection of developmental science and public policy by combining training in public policy analysis with coursework in developmental psychology
Health Policy Institute - a multi-disciplinary group of faculty and staff dedicated to conducting research on key issues in health policy and health services research
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform - designed to support public agency leaders in the juvenile justice and related systems of care
Government Affairs Institute (GAI) - has been conducting courses on Capitol Hill since 1965, providing education and training about congressional processes, organization, and practices, and about selected legislative policy issues
Retirement Security Project - dedicated to promoting common sense solutions to improve the retirement income prospects of millions of American workers and is supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts in partnership with the Georgetown Public Policy Institute and the Brookings Institution
School Choice Demonstration Project (SCDP) - an educational research project made up of a national team of researchers and institutional research partners devoted to the rigorous and unbiased evaluation of school choice programs and other school improvement efforts across the country
Georgetown Public Policy Institute Annual Conference - Since 1994, the graduate students of the Georgetown Public Policy Institute have organized an annual conference that brings distinguished academics and policymakers to DC for a day of conversation on prominent policy issues. These conversations have tackled the entire range of public policy debates, both domestic and international, including topics such as: Breaking Barriers: Women Leaders in the 21st Century (1999); The Free Trade Balance: Weighing Economic and Social Impacts (2001); School Vouchers: Examining the DC Experiment (2004); Securing our Nation's Future (2007); and "The Changing Face of the American Election" (2008). This event has always been offered free to the public to attend and typically draws students and academics as well as policy professionals from both private and public organizations.
Center for Children and Families - an independent, nonpartisan policy and research center whose mission is to expand and improve health coverage for America's children and families.


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