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You have the energy and drive to address the challenges we face as a nation and world. Pursue your degree at the Schar School of Policy and Government to gain the knowledge, skills, and credentials for a career change or advancement.

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Degree Programs

Alumna Alison Germak, International Commerce and Policy

Master's Programs

Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government will help you refine and expand your academic knowledge and analytic skills. Whether you want to lead a government or nonprofit organization, design and improve public policies and programs, develop innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert analysis, you will graduate from Mason prepared to be an informed and effective leader— one who advances the public good in any sector.

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Public Policy PhD alumnus Rui Neiva at Reagan National Airport

PhD Programs

As a PhD student at the Schar School, you will have the opportunity to design a personalized curriculum around your academic and professional background and goals—becoming an expert in your field of research and a key influencer who shapes public debate.

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Undergraduate students in the Global Politics Fellows program

Undergraduate Programs

If you are interested in a career in politics, government, public administration, law, or international relations, the Schar School offers majors that will prepare you for law or graduate school, or help you launch a successful career.

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Why Choose the Schar School

Students in a Master's of Public Administration class

A Relevant Education

Today's leaders and managers face complex challenges that require an interdisciplinary approach and sophisticated knowledge and skills. The Schar School is one of the only schools in the nation that will prepare you for a leadership role in any sector—private, public, and nonprofit—and any level of governance from local to global, so that you can help create solutions to those challenges.

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Quality & Accessibility

George Mason is a renowned public university, offering a world-class education at an affordable price. You will learn from leading scholars and experienced professionals who connect learning and practice. You can also take graduate classes at night and on the weekends so you can pursue your degree while you work.

Key Facts about the Schar School
Virginia U.S. Senator Mark Warner greets Mason students outside the U.S. Capitol Building


The Schar School is in Northern Virginia, just a few miles away from the epicenter of public service and policymaking—Washington, D.C. This location allows you access to high-profile internships, events, and jobs, along with professors and alumni who are well-connected to D.C., the surrounding area, and beyond.

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Nirupama Rao, Ambassador of India to the United States, speaks at Mason

Global Perspective

Mason students currently come from more than 120 countries. The Schar School degree programs provide an opportunity to examine and discuss global trends and issues. Students can also take advantage of numerous study abroad opportunities.

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