MissionThe Graduate School is an independent, educational, not-for-profit institution headquartered in the nations capital with additional sites strategically located throughout the U.S. The School engages a diverse student population through innovative, as well as proven, approaches to teaching and learning that take advantage of its locations, its network of public and corporate leaders and practitioners, state-of-the-art technologies and connections with major employers. The School provides a broad array of learning opportunities in formats accessible to adult learners everywhere through affordable training programs, continuing education courses, executive and leadership development programs, and credit offerings at the certificate and associate degree levels.By providing challenging education and training opportunities to aspiring and seasoned professionals, the Graduate School prepares individuals to enter and advance in careers in government, as well as related pursuits with private and not-for-profit organizations. Working adults enhance career skills and abilities, develop new competencies and qualifications, and expand their understanding of the ideals of a democratic society. Education, training and consulting services position governments and organizations to operate more effectively and efficiently in reaching mission-critical goals.The School fosters individual and organizational success through a supportive, practitioner-centered environment where public service is revered and learners become leaders. With unparalleled access to developments in the workplace, the Graduate School maintains up-to-date curricula allowing learners to remain current at every stage of their career and personal development, be successful in meeting employment requirements, and contribute to organizational effectiveness.