The School of Media & Public Affairs

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Bringing Washington into the classroom as the only school of its kind in the capital of politics and media.


The School of Media and Public Affairs is a world-class, vibrant community for learning, research, and practice. We are a community of open communication, dialogue, diversity, innovation, and collaboration. A community of students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and friends with common goals. Students at SMPA will have a unique opportunity to learn and practice media, journalism, and political communication.



What We Study






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The application deadline for the second session of summer courses is June 30.


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"SMPA has given me incredible opportunities to learn and grow as a journalist, through exclusive events, incredible faculty, and state of the art facilities. I’ve been able to get experience on meaningful projects at SMPA that wouldn’t be possible anywhere else, and I’m confident that the skills I’m learning will help me succeed in my career. "

Alex Ashley

B.A. 2025, Journalism and Mass Communication


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Our events provide a high-profile platform for thoughtful and balanced conversations that deliver unique insights and help chart a path forward for the issues our world faces, from the future of news to advancing civil discourse and healing partisan divides.

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Our Students

Our students are members of a small community with an extensive network. We bring Washington into the classrooms and our students engage with the world around them through internships and access to decision-makers, community leaders, and power brokers.

Information for Current Students

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Our Faculty

Our faculty represent the top academics and professionals in their respective fields, from political communication to investigative journalism and beyond. They are frequent contributors to academic literature and debate, sought-after experts for news organizations, and award-winning media professionals.

Meet Our Faculty