The Woodrow Wilson School offers a distinctive educational approach that strikes a careful balance between theory and practice.

Graduate students spend time developing analytical skills and acquiring a substantive knowledge about the world’s most important domestic and international issues.

Graduate degrees include:


The Master in Public Affairs (MPA) offers rigorous preparation for international and domestic policy careers. This two-year, full-time residential program is designed to instill a lasting commitment to public service.


The one-year Master in Public Policy degree is for mid-career professionals who are rising leaders in international and domestic public policy. Outstanding professionals in these fields are encouraged to develop and hone their economic, policy and leadership skills.


The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Affairs focuses on two research clusters: Security Studies; and Science, Technology and Environmental Policy (STEP).

The School also collaborates with the departments of Politics, Psychology, Population Studies, Sociology and Economics to offer a Joint Degree Program – JDP – that combines work in a basic social science with a multidisciplinary perspective on the problems of economic insecurity and inequality.