Graduate School of Political Management


GSPM prepares its graduates for all aspects of our political system.


For more than 25 years, the Graduate School of Political Management (GSPM) has been supplying students with knowledge, tactics, and ethical grounding in applied politics and strategic communication.

Simply put, GSPM is pioneering the field of “making democracy work.”

Cabinet secretaries, senate and congressional leaders, presidential campaign managers, and leading media personalities share their insight, wisdom, and experiences with GSPM students to a degree found nowhere else.

We need your help to advance GSPM, our students, the growing field of applied political action and, ultimately, the more effective functioning of democracy.  

Support GSPM

To learn more:

  • Contact Erica Daudelin, Development Coordinator, at or 202-994-1742.

Amanda Hamilton benefits from a GSPM Scholarship

O'Dwyer Fund Relieves Student Debt

Funded by GSPM Board Member Brian J. O'Dwyer and his wife, Marianna, the O'Dwyer Fund for Student Loan Forgiveness encourages GSPM grads to take jobs in the public sector by helping to pay some of their student loan debt.

Support the O'Dwyer Fund

GW Second Service helps bring veterans into the political arena.  This is not a stock photo.

Service Continues for Veterans

The Center for Second Service offers veterans the opportunity to continue their commitment to service by offering additional education opportunities in GSPM, including the Second Service Fellowship for veterans seeking to bring their ideals to the political arena.

Support the Center for Second Service

Financial aid is often crucial for GSPM students.

Provide Opportunities for Growth

Many GSPM students already work in the political arena or in public service. Because these are not the highest paying fields, financial aid is critical to their ability to attend GW. Scholarships also help defray the extra cost of international study, enabling our students to gain experience abroad so they can effectively advocate for closer global relations to bring about a more peaceful and prosperous world.

Help students advance in public service and the political arena


Philanthropy Spotlight - GSPM

Communicating for Good

“When I decided I wanted to pursue a career in politics…my family suggested that if I was going to do this, I should do it right, and learn from the best, at the source: at GW in D.C.” -Joseph Kast, GSPM '15, Lane Graduate Scholarship in Political Management