Dean Mark J. Rozell outside the U.S. Capitol.

Key Facts

Policy in Action
George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who advance the public good in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. The Schar School faculty members seek to push the frontiers of conventional wisdom, apply rigorous analysis to complex issues, and make deep connections with decision makers and leaders in public service. Located where policy happens—just 6 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building—students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, D.C., area.

The Schar School by the Numbers
14: Degree programs
80: Full-time faculty
200: PhD students
700: Undergraduate students
1,100: Master’s students
2,000: Total number of enrolled students
13,000: Total number of alumni from the former SPP and PIA

Degree Programs
The Schar School offers 14 degree programs including PhDs in Biodefense, Political Science, and Public Policy; Master’s degrees in Biodefense, International Commerce and Policy, Organization Development and Knowledge Management (ODKM), Peace Operations, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, and Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL), as well as a JD/MPP Joint Degree and two undergraduate majors in Government and International Politics, and Public Administration.

The Schar School offers classes on George Mason’s Fairfax and Arlington campuses. Both campuses are easily accessible by public transportation and are just a few Metro stops from downtown Washington, D.C. The School’s faculty also has offices on the two campuses.

The Schar School of Policy and Government is led by Dean Mark Rozell (, and Associate Deans Robert L. Dudley ( and Ming Wan (

Contact Information
Main Office and Graduate Services:
Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA, 22201
Phone: 703-993-2280
Fax: 703-993-8215

Undergraduate Services:
Robinson Hall A201, MS 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-1400
Fax: 703-993-1399

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