Undergraduate

Launch Your Career with the Schar School

The Schar School combines prestige with practicality. Located just a few miles from Capitol Hill and surrounded by major players in national and international policy-making, students can immediately build a foundation for rewarding and impactful careers. A survey of 2018/2019 graduates found that 86% had confirmed post-graduate plans, such as a job or graduate school. Students begin building their careers on day one.

The Schar School has $800,000 in available student scholarship money. Incoming freshman are eligible for special scholarship funding through the Schar Scholars program.

STUDY THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES OF THE DAY

Professor teaching a classroom with the Schar School banner

Learn about the gravest threats to peace and prosperity, whether they pertain to the environment, income inequality, global security, immigration, or human rights. Schar School students study how governments , nonprofits, and businesses (in the U.S. and around the world) respond to these challenges.

BA, Government and International Politics
BS, Public Administration
Concentration in International Relations 

GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Global Politics Fellows on the Washington D.C. Metro

The Global Politics Fellows and Nonprofit Fellows programs integrate an Arlington campus cohort experience with upper-level coursework, exclusive speakers and special events, and a D.C.-area internship. Students build their network and sharpen their professional skills as they gain expertise in their fields. 

GET CAREER READY

A man shaking hands with a student during Mason Lobbies Day

The Schar School can prepare you for a career that makes a difference with industry advising, internships, international experiences, and in-demand skills that will give you an edge on the job market.

BE PART OF A COMMUNITY

Schar School students during a discussion

The Schar School’s Learning Community (LC) enables students to build close relationships with one another and the Schar School faculty. Students take classes together, participate in events with faculty and outside speakers, engage in monthly discussion groups, and build a network of leaders committed to making a difference in the world.

Becoming part of the Schar School means becoming part of close-knit communities based around shared interests and experiences—such as the annual summer trip to Switzerland focused on international security or the PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) program.

EARN TWO DEGREES IN FIVE YEARS

Schar School students wearing their cap and gown during the graduation ceremony

Through the Bachelor Accelerated Master’s (BAM) program, students may earn both the bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in one of the Schar School’s six master’s program in 5 years, saving time and money. 

CONTRIBUTE TO SCHOLARSHIP OF CONSEQUENCE

OSCAR student presenting his research poster board

Through the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP), students gain hands-on social science research experience alongside a faculty mentor on topics ranging from migration to Congressional polarization to China’s Grand Strategy.

KICK START YOUR LEGAL CAREER

Student interning at Capitol Hill

Through Mason’s Patriot Pre-Law program, students receive advising and law school essay guidance from a Schar School professor who is a career lawyer. Students have access to the 3+3 program through the Scalia School of Law as well as Mason2Mason program which allows our students to skip the LSAT in seeking admission.

MEET OUR UNDERGRADUATES

Global Politics Fellows walking around downtown Washington D.C.

Schar School students are making the most of their academic experience–both in and out of the classroom. Find out what Schar School students are up to. Interested in talking to a current student? Connect with one of our Schar School student liaisons.

CONNECT WITH US

Have questions about our undergraduate programs? Prospective students and their families can get to know the Schar School by setting up an informational appointment with Dylan Henry, Assistant Director of Schar Admissions, at ScharUAA@gmu.edu or 703-993-8099.