Schar School
Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University

Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University

"Ultimately, I wanted to get my Master's in International Security, focusing on conflict resolution, threat analysis, and intelligence. The thing that sets the school apart are the professors. They are at the forefront of their fields."

—Becca Cooper, Master's in International Security student

Proximity to the nation's capital is a considerable advantage for those dreaming of a career in politics, government, and public service, and few schools are closer to the policy- and decision-makers of Washington, D.C. than the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University.

Location to future careers and important internships is just the beginning of the numerous advantages an education at the Schar School affords. With 22 undergraduate and graduate programs, part-time and full-time options, and dedicated career services advisors, the Arlington, Va.-based Schar School prepares graduates for important positions in key agencies across a wide spectrum of specialties.

The Schar School was named No. 2 in the country in 2019 by U.S. News & World Report for its security studies programs. If you dream of a career in international security, homeland security, emergency management, or other subjects that tackle "wicked problems" around the world, the Schar School has top-rated academic programs to help you achieve your goals.

Schar School of Policy and Government top-ranked programs:

Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics

Bachelor of Science in Public Administration

Graduate Certificate in Biodefense

Graduate Certificate in Emergency Management and Homeland Security

Graduate Certificate in Global Health and Security

Graduate Certificate in Illicit Trade Analysis

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

Master's in Biodefense

Master's in International Commerce and Policy

Master's in International Security

Master's in Organization Development and Knowledge Management

Master's in Political Science

Master's in Public Administration

Master's in Public Policy

Master's in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics

PhD in Biodefense

PhD in Political Science

PhD in Public Policy

World-renowned professors

The Schar School's 90+ professors include former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, former ambassador Richard Kauzlarich, inaugural Carnegie Fellow and terrorism expert Louise Shelley, border security expert Guadalupe Correa-Cabrera, former president and CEO of the Stimson Center Ellen Laipson, Pulitzer Prize-winning economics columnist Steven Pearlstein, former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, and former acting director of the CIA Michael Morell.

Research of consequence

In addition to creating their own groundbreaking studies, the faculty makes student research at the Schar School a priority with numerous programs that facilitate success. Recent student investigations have made headlines, including a breakthrough in controlling pandemics, foreign manipulation of social media in state-wide elections, and sexual abuse among active-duty military service personnel.

The Schar School is a major part of George Mason's Carnegie Classifications of Institutions of Higher Education Research 1 Doctoral Universities rating—one of only 131 in the country—as its faculty and students contribute research of consequence that promotes and contributes to a better world. Fields include homeland security, emergency management, global relations, war, elections, federalism, economics, energy, and others.

For the last three years the Schar School has made international headlines through its polling partnership with the Washington Post. The national and local surveys of political and cultural attitudes contribute to the national conversation about today's essential topics of interest.

Advance your career in Washington, D.C.

With the Arlington, Va., arrival of Amazon's HQ2, the Schar School and George Mason University are uniquely positioned to provide Amazon with career-ready graduates in many arenas of employment. Mason is committed to expanding its Arlington Campus, home of the Schar School, with a $250 million Institute for Digital InnovAtion (IDIA) that will transform education and employment in the region. This is in addition to the countless employment and internship opportunities the Schar School's proximity and relationship to Washington, D.C. offers.

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