Schar School of Policy and Government

George Mason University
Arlington, VA


Details at a Glance

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Our Program

In 2019, the Schar School of Policy and Government was ranked #2 in the nation by U.S. News & World Report for security studies programs.

The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who solve problems and advance the public good in all sectors and levels of government. Located just minutes away 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. Students graduate with the applicable skills and the practical knowledge they need to advance their careers and lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovative consulting solutions, and provide expert policy analysis.

The Schar School offers the following degree programs:

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Government and International Politics

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Public Administration

Master of Public Policy (MPP)

Master of Public Administration (MPA)

Master of Science (MS) in Biodefense (Offered On-Campus and Online)

Master of Arts (MA) in International Commerce and Policy

Master of Arts (MA) in International Security

Master of Arts (MA) in Political Science

Master of Science (MS) in Organization Development and Knowledge Management

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Biodefense

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Political Science

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Public Policy

The Schar School also offers graduate certificate programs (five courses each) in the following:

Graduate Certificate in Biodefense

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Graduate Certificate in Illicit Trade Analysis

Graduate Certificate in Global Health and Security

Graduate Certificate in National Security and Public Policy

Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management

Graduate Certificate in Public Management

Graduate Certificate in Science, Technology, and Security

Graduate Certificate in Strategic Trade

Graduate Certificate in Terrorism and Homeland Security


  • Application Fee



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Additional Requirements

Many of the Schar School graduate programs are test score optional, meaning test scores are not a requirement for admissions. To view the admissions requirements and application deadlines for your program of interest, visit

Student Body

  • Total Students

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  • Female

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  • Male

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What Our Students Say

  • I initially came to the Schar School because of the [Washington D.C. area] location, and it is a very competitive program. I learned more than I expected and had some of the best conversations about economic policy and development.

    Lisardo Bolaños, PhD in Public Policy ‘21

Tuition & Financial Aid

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