Online Programs

Whether you're interested in taking just a class as a non-degree student or pursuing a graduate certificate or master's program, the online programs at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government offers you the opportunity to take classes from anywhere in the world on a schedule that works for you.

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Notice:
During the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to progams historically offered online, all of the Schar School's programs have transitioned to virtual instruction to ensure the safety of the community. Faculty and staff who normally work on-campus are teleworking and are fully available to support students. Visit Mason's Coronavirus Information page for more information, including affected dates and frequently asked questions. For questions as a prospective student, please don't hesitate to contact the Schar School Office of Graduate Admissions at schar@gmu.edu.

ONLINE LEARNING DESIGNED WITH YOU IN MIND

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7+ Online Programs

Choose from 7 programs offered entirely online, as well as dozens of online elective options

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80+ Expert Faculty

Schar School faculty are experts in their fields and, most importantly, they are passionate about teaching and mentoring the next generation of leaders

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Online Advising and Career Services

Benefit from dedicated career and student services as a graduate student and as a Schar School alumni member

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ONLINE MASTER'S IN BIODEFENSE

Gain the analytical skills and knowledge needed to assess national and international security risks posed by natural and man-made biological threats with the Master's in Biodefense - one of the Schar School’s most cutting-edge programs. Study emerging infectious diseases, global health security, disaster response operations, and biodefense security.

Program At-A-Glance:
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Choose to enroll fully online, fully on-campus, or with a combination of both
  • Fall or spring semester entry available
  • 12 courses (36 credits)

ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN BIODEFENSE

The Graduate Certificate in Biodefense provides an interdisciplinary introduction to man-made and natural biological threats, including a background in the science and technology of biodefense and the specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness.

Program At-A-Glance:
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Choose to enroll fully online, fully on-campus, or with a combination of both
  • Fall or spring semester entry available
  • 5 courses (15 credits)
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ONLINE MASTER'S IN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE AND POLICY (BEGINNING SPRING 2022)

Seek the knowledge and skills to be effective in an increasingly complex world marketplace with the Master's in International Commerce and Policy. Designed to provide the practical tools needed to compete in the global economy, this interdisciplinary program explores the way business, technology, law, economics, and public policy affect complex cross-border activities. 

Program At A Glance:
  • Part-time and full-time options
  • Beginning Spring 2022, choose to enroll fully online, in addition to fully on-campus, or through a combination of both
  • Fall or spring semester entry available
  • 12 courses (36 credits)
ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN ILLICIT TRADE ANALYSIS

The Certificate in Illicit Trade Analysis operates at the intersection of social science, national security, international trade, and law enforcement, drawing on the expertise of the Schar School’s Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) and its new Anti-Illicit Trade Institute (AITI).

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ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN STRATEGIC TRADE

The Certificate in Strategic Trade operates at the intersection of global commerce and international security. This active field addresses the use of trade sanctions, defense, and dual-use trade controls to manage modern security threats. 

ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN TERRORISM AND HOMELAND SECURITY

The Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security is an interdisciplinary introduction to the phenomenon of modern terrorism and its implications for U.S. domestic and foreign policy. It focuses on multidisciplinary analysis and holistic cross-sectoral approaches to long-term prevention of and response to terrorism.

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ONLINE CERTIFICATE IN SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, AND HOMELAND SECURITY

The Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Security provides an introduction to the intersection of science and security, covering topics such as the technology of CBRN weapons, proliferation, technical countermeasures, and the role of science and technology in the policy making process.

ONLINE CLASSES FOR NON-DEGREE STUDENTS

TAKE A SINGLE COURSE AS A VISITING ONLINE STUDENT

Interested in taking a course at the Schar School, but not quite ready for a degree program? The Schar School's non-degree option will let you take an online class in any of the 20+ undergraduate and graduate programs, without the pressure of earning a degree. This is a popular option for high school students looking to take advanced coursework, career-changers, retirees, and those who want to get a taste of a graduate program prior to applying for a degree.

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