Don't Miss Our Priority Deadline

The fall application deadline is July 15th. Attend a virtual Schar School admissions event and have your application fee waived!

Nationally Ranked Programs

The latest rankings from U.S. News & World Report place the Schar School at No. 7 for security studies programs and No. 14 for international policy.

$450,000 in Scholarship Funding Awarded to the Schar School

Funding from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation supports security studies students.

Mason in Top 10 for Foreign Service Office Promotions

A new study finds Mason in the top 10 of universities for State Department employees who earn promotions in the Foreign Service.

The Schar School Annual Campaign

Your donations support critical scholarships, with priority given to underserved and first-generation students.

Our Students’ Career Outcomes

Despite a challenging job market, surveys of both our graduate and undergraduate students reveal strong employment outcomes.

Major in Making a Difference

Discover how our undergraduate programs prepare students to become effective decision-makers.


"We prepare students to be future leaders and managers who advance the public good. Our graduates have the drive to make a difference in the world by building upon the knowledge and experience they have gained."


— Mark J. Rozell, Dean, Schar School of Policy and Government
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TraCCC Joins International Conservation Union

The Schar School's Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) will work with UICN member organizations in developing politics to combat natural resource crimes and illicit trade that endangers wildlife around the globe.

Adam Schiff, U.S. Representative (D.Calif.) and Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee
'Face to Face' With Rep. Adam Schiff

Schiff joined the Schar School's Michael V. Hayden Center and former acting director of the CIA Michael Morell for a conversation about the state of the U.S. Intelligence Community. 

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At the Center of the Policy World

Located where policy happens—just six miles from the U.S. Capitol Building—the Schar School’s campuses are located in Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia. Students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, D.C., area.