Thank you for your interest in hiring our Schar School students and alumni! The Schar School offers undergraduate, master's, PhD, and certificate programs in a range of subject areas. In connecting with our Office of Career Development, you can tap into a growing network of more than 16,000 alumni, as well as more than 1,400 master’s and PhD students. Our students come from diverse backgrounds with truly global experience, representing more than 21 different countries.
Master of Public Administration
The MPA program is designed for those assuming leadership roles in organizations that develop or implement public policy. The program is among the first to address the implications of the growing reliance of government on a wide range of “third parties” including other governments, private contractors and nonprofits for public goals and accountability. In the required courses, emphasis is placed on the development of public policy and management knowledge, as well as analytical problem-solving and communication skills, and third party governance. Student’s focus their knowledge and skill development within one of the following concentrations: public management, policy studies, public and nonprofit finance, nonprofit management, international management, state and local government, environmental science and public policy, human resource management, administration of justice, and third party governance.
Master of Public Policy
The MPP program produces astute policy professionals who will move rapidly into leadership positions in the policy world. The strong analytical approach of the program develops skills in problem solving and research methods, and ensures familiarity with economic concepts and applications. Ethical considerations in policy making are incorporated throughout the curriculum. The program has a robust international emphasis to ensure that graduates think comparatively and globally about policy processes and problems. Students obtain the grounding necessary to address a vast range of issues including national security, public finance and budgeting, regional economic development, urban policy, and terrorism and transnational crime.
Master’s in International Commerce and Policy (ICP)
ICP students have a high-level comprehension of the global political economy and international economic relations. Students are prepared for analytical and leadership roles in global marketing, corporate planning, public service, government relations and private entrepreneurship.
Unlike more traditional international affairs programs, the ICP program emphasizes international, political, and economic issues such as trade, investment, regional integration, governance, and development. It differs from traditional MBA programs by emphasizing the political, social and technological aspects of the global marketplace.
Master of Science in Organization Development and Knowledge Management (ODKM)
The ODKM program is designed to meet the needs of contemporary society and of organizations undergoing rapid changes and shifting from hierarchical structures to more group-based learning environments. By enabling students to understand many dimensions of change, students have the capability to evaluate, effect, and manage change in organizations. While focusing on the human and social aspects of organizing, the program also emphasizes the use of collaborative groupware technologies to support interactive learning, knowledge sharing, and knowledge creation.
Master of Science in Peace Operations
The Peace Operations program focuses on international interventions that aim to restore or maintain peace and stability in areas affected by conflict or natural disaster, with accompanying humanitarian catastrophe. Students tackle a wide range of issues, such as provision of humanitarian assistance; repatriation or resettlement of refugees and internally displaced persons; conducting elections and building democracy; establishing the rule of law; and demobilization, disarmament, and reintegration of ex-combatants. The curriculum provides students with advanced knowledge and practical skills for participating in the planning, implementation, and assessment of such operations, which are typically multi-government, inter-agency and culturally sensitive.
Master’s in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL)
The TPOL program is designed for students and practicing professionals engaged in the planning, regulation, management and operation of transportation facilities and services. Students have a working knowledge of the theory, policy, law, research and practices required for effectively and efficiently supplying and operating transportation facilities and services. Students think critically and analytically about the problems and challenges in this field and communicate their analyses clearly and effectively.
Master of Science in Health and Medical Policy (HMP)
The HMP program prepares students for leadership roles in consulting, analysis and public health policy making both domestically and internationally. They contribute to informed policy formulation that affects health and medical professionals, international health systems development and economic growth. Students are prepared to compare international health systems, analyze data on health issues relevant to global policy making, and evaluate the impact of governance, security threats, and emerging technology on health and medical systems.
PhD program in Public Policy
Writing and research are the cornerstones of the Public Policy doctoral program. Students blend intense studies with in-depth research in a wide range of policy areas. The program produces highly knowledgeable graduates who hold top posts at major universities, research institutes, government agencies, international non-profits, and businesses.
Graduates of the Schar School are employed in a wide range of sectors as illustrated below:
A sampling of the employers who have hired our graduates include:
Accenture / Arlington County, Virginia / BAE Systems, PLC / Booz Allen Hamilton / City of Charlotte, North Carolina / Deloitte / Delphos International / General Dynamics Information Technology / International Monetary Fund / National Endowment for Democracy / National Housing Conference / National Science Foundation / New Zealand Trade and Enterprise / RAND Corporation / Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC) / The Brookings Institution / United Nations / Urban Institute / U.S. Federal Government, Agency for International Development / U.S. Federal Government, Department of Commerce / U.S. Federal Government, Department of Health and Human Services / U.S. Federal Government, Department of Homeland Security / U.S. Federal Government, Department of State* / U.S. Federal Government, Federal Bureau of Investigation / U.S Senate / Virginia Department of Transportation / World Bank