Master's Programs

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Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a member of the graduate admissions team for an opportunity to ask questions, discuss your academic and professional goals, and learn more about our degree programs and admissions process. Please email or call us at 703-993-8099 if you have any questions

With campuses in Arlington and Fairfax, Virginia, the Schar School of Policy and Government is located just minutes from Washington, D.C. The Schar School’s prime location in the heart of U.S. policy offers students unparalleled access to one-of-a-kind professional opportunities. Learning from professors with real-world experience, you will gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge to lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovative consulting solutions, and provide expert policy analysis.

The majority of programs are available on both a part-time and full-time basis with evening classes, allowing you to earn your degree without interrupting your career.


Master's in Biodefense
Offered on-campus and online
This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.

Master's in International Commerce and Policy
Offered on-campus and will be available online starting in Spring 2022
Broader than an MBA and more focused than a master’s in international affairs, George Mason University’s International Commerce and Policy master's program will immerse you in the nexus of business, economics, international relations, and public policy.

Master's in International Security
George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.

Master's in Organization Development and Knowledge Management
In the Schar School’s Organization Development & Knowledge Management (ODKM) cohort master’s program, you will explore organizational development (OD) leadership theory and practice, the shift from hierarchical structures to group-based learning, and best practices to promote the creation of adaptive, collaborative work environments, and knowledge management (KM) strategies.

Master's in Political Science
Deepen your understanding of political processes at all levels of government, improve your research skills, and gain a foundation in international relations, comparative politics, or American politics with the master's in Political Science.

Master's in Public Administration
Start your path toward a senior-level position in an organization that implements and manages public policies with the Master's in Public Administration (MPA). Gain a comprehensive understanding of how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, along with the tools to enhance your communication, budgeting, and analytic skills.

Master's in Public Policy
Gain the theoretical grounding and hands-on tools needed to address a vast range of public concerns, including terrorism, human trafficking, environmental hazards, and hunger with the Master's in Public Policy (MPP).

Security Studies Programs
Our programs prepare students to become leaders who face down the country's and the world’s largest challenges in policy, intelligence, terrorism, biodefense, emergency management, and diplomacy, among others.

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