Public Administration, MPA

Sound leadership and management are vital to organizational and governmental effectiveness. The George Mason University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program puts you on a path toward a senior-level position in an organization that implements and manages public policies. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, along with the tools to enhance your communication, budgeting, and analytic skills. As a graduate of one of the largest MPA programs in the country, you will join thousands of Schar School alumni working in various roles in local, state, and national government, nonprofit management, and many other careers.

Renowned Faculty

The MPA program include many renowned scholars and practitioners, including:

  • Paul Posner, the director of the MPA program, is the former director of Federal Budget and Intergovernmental Relations at the Government Accountability Office.
  • Tim Conlan teaches and researches federalism, federal policymaking, intergovernmental relations, and public administration.
  • Alan Abramson is director of Mason’s Center for Nonprofit Management, Philanthropy, and Policy. He is also a current Senior Fellow at the Aspen Institute and an Affiliated Fellow at the Urban Institute.
  • Sheldon Edner is former associate director for Financial Management at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Located in the Washington, D.C., Area

Classes are offered in Mason’s┬áSchar 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, and the hub of the nonprofit sector. Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working professionals.

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