Graduate Opportunities

Mao of Schar School Alumni throughout the world

When you graduate from Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government, you will join a growing worldwide network of more than 16,000 alumni. Our graduates are doing consequential work at leading companies, consulting firms, nonprofits, and NGO’s, as well as local, state, and federal government agencies across Washington, D.C. and the region.

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

DEGREES THAT MAKE A DIFFERENCE

NEREYDA SEVILLA, PHD IN BIODEFENSE '17

Nereyda Sevilla, who received her PhD in Biodefense in 2017, created a computer model for tracking and stopping suspected pandemics transmitted by airplanes. Her work could potentially save billions of dollars in misdirected federal and state money and give millions of air passengers more precise information about infections.

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PABLO GARCÍA, MASTER'S IN INTERNATIONAL COMMERCE AND POLICY '09

Pablo García earned his Master's in International Commerce and Policy in 2009 before assuming the presidency of Argentina's Bank of Investment and Foreign Trade (BICE). García is responsible for the overall direction and administration of programs, products, and services provided by the bank, including its financial performance, credit quality, business development, regulatory compliance, and risk management.

NICOLE LEWIS, MPP '06

Nicole Lynn Lewis, who received her Master's in Public Policy in 2006, created Generation Hope to help teen parents working toward college degrees. She was honored in the 10th annual Minority Business Leader Awards, was named a CNN Hero in 2014, and recently was recognized by the Washingtonian in the “40 Under 40” compilation of twenty- and thirty-somethings who are already shaping local politics, business, the arts, and other industries.

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LISARDO BOLAÑOS, PHD IN PUBLIC POLICY '19

Obtaining his PhD in Public Policy in 2019, Lisardo Bolaños studied the successes and failures of trade partnerships aimed at driving economic growth, ambitious to return to his home in Guatemala as a pioneer for the country's economic development. Because of his time in the Schar School’s public policy doctoral program, Bolaños feels he has a better understanding of economic development, and he is ready to face new challenges head on.