Public Policy, MPP
Effective public policies advance the public good. The George Mason University Master of Public Policy (MPP) program prepares you to move into influential positions in the policy world. You will develop skills in policymaking and analysis necessary to understand and solve critical problems.
A cornerstone of our MPP degree is your ability to pursue a policy emphasis area of your choosing. You can select from among the pre-defined areas of emphasis or work with your advisor to craft a tailored focus area. Policy emphasis areas include:
- INTERNATIONAL GOVERNANCE AND INSTITUTIONS
- NATIONAL SECURITY AND PUBLIC POLICY
- US GOVERNMENT INSTITUTIONS AND POLICY MANAGEMENT
- SOCIAL POLICY
- REGIONAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY
- TRANSPORTATION POLICY
- GLOBAL MEDICAL AND HEALTH POLICY
- TERRORISM, TRANSNATIONAL CRIME AND CORRUPTION
- URBAN POLICY AND DEVELOPMENT
- PUBLIC FINANCE AND BUDGETING
Our graduates advance in careers across a wide range of policy areas and hold positions throughout the public and private sectors, including government agencies, NGOs, and consulting firms.
Mason’s MPP program include many renowned scholars and practitioners, including:
- Kenneth Button, an expert on transportation policy.
- Robert Deitz, former General Counsel at the National Security Agency and Senior Councilor to the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Stephen Fuller, director of the Center for Regional Analysis.
- Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency.
- Siona Listokin-Smith, Director of the MPP program, and an expert in public finance, financial regulation, and corporate governance.
- Mark Rozell, an expert in presidential politics.
- Bill Schneider, a leading U.S. political analyst and contributor to CNN International.
- Louise Shelley, an international expert in terrorism.
- Janine Wedel, an anthropologist who studies the privatization of public and foreign policy, and corruption and the state.
Located in the Washington, D.C., Area
Classes are offered in Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government in the Washington, D.C., area on Mason’s Arlington campus in Virginia. Our great location offers students an opportunity to study with leading scholars and practitioners closely connected to the epicenter of policymaking and public service. Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.