George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

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George Washington University
School of Media and Public Affairs
SMPA GWU Logo.png
Motto Deus Nobis Fiducia
(In God Our Trust)
Type Private
Established 1938
Parent institution
Columbian College of Arts and Sciences
Director Frank Sesno
Academic staff
55 [1]
Location Washington, D.C.
Campus UrbanFoggy Bottom
Website smpa.gwu.edu

The School of Media and Public Affairs (SMPA) at the George Washington University in Washington, DC, a school in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, offers both undergraduate and graduate programs in journalism and political and international communication. The School's director is Frank Sesno, former CNN correspondent, creator of PBS's Planet Forward and professor.

Undergraduate programs[edit]

SMPA offers two undergraduate degrees, as well as a five year BA/MA program with George Washington's Graduate School of Political Management.[2] The school is highly competitive within the university, and offers facilities and opportunities to SMPA students not accessible to other students, such as invitations to attend lectures and taped events filmed within the Jack Morton Auditorium and access to top-of-the-line filming/editing equipment. SMPA was ranked in 2014 as the 5th best journalism school in the country by USA Today in 2014.[3]

Graduate programs[edit]

The School of Media and Public Affairs offers a Master of Arts degree and a joint MA degree in conjunction with the Elliott School of International Affairs.[4] With the SMPA Documentary Center, the school offers a Certificate in Documentary Filmmaking.[4]

Media and Public Affairs Building[edit]

The Media and Public Affairs building at the corner of 21st and H Streets, NW.

The School of Media and Public Affairs is housed in the Media and Public Affairs building at 805 21st St, NW, which additionally houses the Graduate School of Political Management and the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration (SPPPA). The Jack Morton Auditorium is on the first floor of the building. The Jack Morton Auditorium was the filming location for CNN's Crossfire debate show between 2002 and 2005.

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Coordinates: 38°53′59″N 77°02′46″W / 38.8998°N 77.0462°W / 38.8998; -77.0462