If you want to make a positive impact on the world, pursuing a degree from the Schar School will prepare you to help tackle the world's biggest challenges, including climate change, income inequality, global security, and human rights issues.

The Schar School offers two bachelor’s degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. Students who choose Government and International Politics can pursue one of eight concentrations within the major. Both of these degrees will prepare you to take on a leadership role in government, nonprofits, or private businesses (in the U.S. and around the world).

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Why get a Schar School degree?


  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge you need to make a real difference in the world
  • Access tailored, one-on-one career guidance
  • Learn directly from involved faculty who have distinguished careers outside of academia
  • Engage deeply with the most pressing political issues
  • Make connections that will last beyond graduation
  • Love your undergraduate experience

Get two degrees at once: The Schar School offers opportunities to earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years, or your bachelor’s and law degrees in six years and without taking the LSAT.

Get in Touch

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Prospective students and their families can get to know the Schar School by setting up an informational appointment with Kali Woods, Schar School Undergraduate Recruiter, at ScharUAA@gmu.edu or 703-993-6564.

Schar School Undergraduate Student Liaisons are also happy to help!


Attend a Prospective Student Event

Members of the Schar School community, including faculty and current students, are looking forward to meeting you at upcoming admissions events! 

Learn more and register at events.admissions.gmu.edu.

Experiential Learning

Learning Communities

Schar School First-Year Academic Community, "The Democracy Lab": An immersive environment that will broaden your perspective and hone your ability to engage on difficult topics—everything from the civic implications of big data to the growing impact of disinformation.

International Relations Policy Task Force: Learn how to research and draft compelling policy reports appropriate for different audiences while earning course credit. 

Undergraduate Research Community: Contribute to cutting-edge scholarship and gain valuable research skills in a supportive community of peers and professors while earning class credit.

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Research Opportunities

The Schar School Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working directly with faculty on research projects.

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Internship Program

The Schar School Internship Program can help connect you with prestigious organizations that will broaden your skills, deepen your expertise, and help you build a meaningful professional network.

Prepare for a Rewarding Career

Schar School has excellent career outcomes: Graduates go on to work in local, state, federal, and international government organizations, as well as with nonprofits, private companies, and consulting firms. Even in a challenging job market, a survey of 2018/2019 undergraduates found that 86% had confirmed post-graduation plans, such as a job or graduate school.

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Fund Your Degree

The Schar Scholars program provides financial assistance to freshman who are interested in government, political science, international relations, public policy, pre-law, and public administration. George Mason University also offers a wide range of additional aid, such as grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study employment.