The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good. We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.
InformationWebsite: schar.gmu.edu/Email: email@example.com Phone: 703-993-2280 Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor 3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1 Arlington, VA 22201Undergraduate Student Services: Robinson Hall A201, MS 3F4 4400 University Drive Fairfax, VA 22030 Phone: 703-993-1400 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Fax: 703-993-1399
AboutGeorge Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government 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—in the United States and throughout the world.Located where policy happens—just 3 miles from the Pentagon, 4 miles from The White House, and 6 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building—students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, D.C., area.It’s policy in action. Learning from professors with real-world experience, students gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge to lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovate consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis. Schar School alumni apply what they learned in the classroom to pursue fulfilling and meaningful careers. Graduates are doing consequential work at leading employers including the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, the United Nations, the National Endowment for Democracy, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, and many others.
Undergraduate DegreesThe Schar School is home to 700 undergraduate students, offering two majors in Government and International Politics and Public Administration.If you are interested in a career in public service, then George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government is the place where you can find majors, classes, and internships that will help you launch a successful career and do the kind of work you dream of doing. Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. gives you access to prestigious internships, policy events, and national and international meetings.
Government and International Politics, BAThe BA in government and international politics allows you to take core courses in American political institutions, the political systems of other countries, and international relations. You may choose from among 8 different concentrations.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vpwBRDIl4Ec
- American Institutions and Processes
- Comparative Politics
- International Political Economy
- International Relations
- Law, Philosophy and Governance
- Philosophy, Politics, and Economics
- Political Analysis
- Political Behavior and Identity Politics
- Public Policy and Administration
- International Security
- Legal Studies
- American Government
- Global Systems
- International/Comparative Studies
- Public Policy and Management
- Urban and Suburban Studies
- Capitol Hill
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
- Middle East Institute
- National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
- Law firms
- Nonprofit organizations
- Lobbying groups
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- Central Intelligence Agency
- Federal Bureau of Investigation
- Foreign Service Institute
- U.S. Department of Commerce
Public Administration, BSPublic administration focuses on how public policy is implemented within the society. Course topics include economics, management, public policy, international politics, and American government. You may choose a concentration in administration and management, economic policy analysis, international political economy, nonprofit management, public policy, or US government and institutions.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TqfNwX9DvA
- Administration and management
- Economic Policy Analysis
- International Political Economy
- Nonprofit management
- Public policy
- U.S. government institutions
- Capitol Hill legislative offices
- Executive Office of the President of the United States
- Fairfax County Government
- Partnership for Public Service
- The U.S. Senate
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. Marine Corps
- Loudoun County Circuit Court
- FedBid, Inc.
Masters ProgramsAt the Schar School, you will refine and expand your academic knowledge and applied skills. Whether you desire to lead a government or nonprofit organization, design and improve public policies and programs, develop innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert analysis, you will graduate from Mason as a prepared and impactful leader. Be one who advances the public good across all sectors.The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University is one of the best schools of its kind in the country. We will prepare you to be a leader and manager who can solve problems and advance the public good. At the Schar School, professors with real-world experience combine theory and practice in the classroom. You will gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge you need to advance your career and lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis.The Schar School also has a strong and proud community of 13,000 alumni, many of whom live and work in the Washington, D.C. area. This will help you build your professional network.
Biodefense, MSThis program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.Understanding biological threats is more important in today’s world than ever before. George Mason University’s Biodefense program bridges the gap between science and policy by providing you with the knowledge and analytic skills to assess the risks posed by natural and man-made biological threats and to develop strategies for reducing these risks to national and international security.The master’s in Biodefense prepares students to become the next generation of biodefense and biosecurity professionals and scholars. This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.Learn More
Biodefense, MS (Online Program)The master’s in Biodefense program can be pursued entirely online. Online biodefense courses are an asynchronous format – instructors make the class instruction available online for students to access at any time from any location. Learn More
International Commerce and Policy, MA
International Security, MAGeorge Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.Recognizing the need to confront security threats facing the global community, George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.I-SEC provides a firm grounding in public-private and international collaborative responses to unconventional security challenges, ranging from threats like ebola, tsunamis, the use of drones, transnational crime, terrorism, illicit trade, proliferation of emerging technologies and WMD, and corruption, to state fragility, civil war and ethnic and sectarian conflict. With its global and multidisciplinary approach to questions of human security, the program provides students the opportunity to grapple with a new generation of economic, political, environmental, and science and technology-driven issues.There will be a strong emphasis on public service and ethics, focusing on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, when to intervene and not intervene.Learn More
Organization Development and Knowledge Management, MS
Peace Operations, MSJoin other peacebuilding, government, and military professionals who are earning the country’s only master’s degree in Peace Operations. The program focuses on the study of international interventions that aim to restore or maintain peace and stability in areas affected by conflict or natural disaster. You will study post-conflict reconstruction, recovery and development, as well as diplomacy and security.
Political Science, MA
Public Administration, MPA
Public Policy, MPP
Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics, MA
PhD ProgramsBy pursuing your PhD at the Schar School, you can study with scholars in a wide variety of fields and conduct research that can help you become an subject matter expert in your field and a key influencer who shapes public debate.As a PhD student at the Schar School, you can study with eminent scholars in a wide variety of fields and conduct groundbreaking research to help you become a subject matter expert in your field and a key authority who influences public debate. Whether you desire to teach and do research at a university, lead a government or nonprofit organization, or craft innovative public policies and programs, we will prepare you to be the leader and academic you want to be.At the Schar School, students and faculty work side by side to explore the intersection of technology, culture, organizational dynamics, international affairs, and public policy, conducting research that influences decisions at the local, national, and multinational levels. You and your faculty advisor will work together to design a personalized curriculum appropriate to your academic and professional background and goals. This allows you to tie your studies directly to your current and future career objectives, while taking advantage of the extensive resources available in the nation’s capital.Our PhD programs’ flexibility also fosters a culturally and philosophically diverse community of scholars and practitioners, where the marketplace of ideas is embraced and innovation is encouraged.The PhD programs produce candidates able to tackle the full spectrum of policy challenges, well prepared for senior-level careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and in academia.
Biodefense, PhDThe doctoral program in biodefense is designed to prepare you to serve as a scholar and a professional in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity.Mason developed the Biodefense program in response to biological threats: biological warfare, bioterrorism, and infectious diseases. The doctoral program in biodefense is designed to prepare you to serve as a scholar and a professional in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity. Other areas of biodefense including nonproliferation, intelligence and threat assessment, and medical and public health preparedness are integral parts of the program. Because of the breadth of the program, students with backgrounds in science and other areas, such as international affairs, political science, law, public policy, and conflict resolution, are encouraged to apply.The PhD in Biodefense will provide you with a background in the science and technology of biodefense and specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to bridge the gap between scientists and policy-makers on each of these levels. You will also develop the knowledge of natural and man-made biological threats and the skills to develop and analyze policies and strategies for enhancing biosecurity.Director: Gregory Koblentz Email: email@example.com://www.youtube.com/watch?v=68X-3udF6HwLearn More
Political Science, PhDThe PhD in political science prepares you for teaching, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations.The PhD in political science prepares you for teaching, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations. The program allows you to combine your studies with experience in the kinds of complex domestic and international political organizations you will be studying.This model for political science education, patterned after the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellows Program, is designed to foster scholarship and a firsthand understanding of domestic and international institutions such as think tanks, international bodies, nongovernmental organizations, journals of political opinion, and congressional and executive branch offices.Director: Ming Wan Email: firstname.lastname@example.org://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aKBbZ5hQ0BoLearn More
Public Policy, PhDAt every level of government, and throughout the private and nonprofit sectors, there is a need for expert policy analysis and implementation. The PhD in Public Policy will prepare you to be a leader in the policy world.At every level of government, and throughout the private and nonprofit sectors, there is a need for expert policy analysis and implementation. The PhD in Public Policy will prepare you to be a leader in the policy world. The expertise and academic interests of the Schar School faculty is extensive, so you can choose from a wide variety of research topics. The advantage of the Schar School’s interdisciplinary approach to public policy is that there is no defined list of fields from which you must choose. In fact, you can define your own field of research. You can also conduct your research through one of the program’s concentrations.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=51ntBC9qPBALearn More
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