PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

George Mason University

Schar School of Policy and Government


The School of Policy, Governement, and International Affairs (SPGIA) seeks to prepare its graduates for positions of responsibility in academic institutions, industry, government, and profit and not-for-profit institutions dedicated to the improvement of both the substance and the processes of public policymaking in the United States and abroad. The School's programs, led by a distinguished faculty, focus on the interplay of culture, organizations, and technology in a quest to find alternative approaches to public policy decisions and policymaking.

Degrees Offered

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Public Policy
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Political Science
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biodefense
Master of Public Policy (M.P.P.)
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Master of Science (M.S.) in Health and Medical Policy
Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Commerce and Policy
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Political Science
Master of Arts (M.A.) in International Security
Master of Arts (M.A.) in Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics
Master of Science (M.S.) in Organization Development and Knowledge Management
and Master of Science (M.S.) in Peace Operations
Master of Science (M.S.) in Biodefense

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

Foreign Policy
Government (Public) Administration
Healthcare Policy / Management
Housing / Economic Development
Information & Technology Policy / Management
International Development
International Trade / Business
International Financial Policy
Organizational Theory / Management
Security Studies (National or International)
Social Policy / Poverty
Urban Studies / Regional Planning
International Governance
Global Medical and Health Policy
Science and Technology Policy
Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption
Transportation Policy

Area Studies

International Governance and Institutions
Global Medical and Health Policy
National Security and Public Policy
Regional Economic Development Policy
Science and Technology Policy
Social Policy
Transnational Crime and Corruption
Global Business and Policy
Global Financial Policy
Global Trade Policy
Global Development
Global Governance

Graduate Program Overview

Located in one of the world's centers for policymaking, George Mason University's School of Public Policy offers students and working professionals a comprehensive and diverse set of studies. Our extensive range of program options is designed to cover critical areas of focus within the field of public policy.

The School's master's programs are a good example of this. Students may pursue degrees in Public Policy, Health and Medical Policy, International Commerce and Policy, Organization Development and Knowledge Management, Peace Operations, or Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics.

In conjunction with these master's programs, we offer certificate programs in specialized areas of study, including Culture and Values in Social Policy, Global Trade Management, and National Security and Public Policy. Through these programs students gain the vital knowledge and skills to make them more competitive in an increasingly complex global economy.

Our PhD program, one of the nation's largest in public policy, allows students to design an individualized curriculum that ties their doctoral studies directly to their current and future careers.

Students may complement their education and experience by participating in the school's study abroad program. This exciting opportunity offers specially designed intensive courses in countries that have included India, China, and South Africa.

Additionally, in our efforts to offer our students educational alternatives that best fit diverse needs, we have joint degree partnership programs, non-degree and executive program offerings.

Our enrollment continues to grow. At this time we have just under 1,000 students enrolled in the School of Public Policy -- both encouraging and critical at a time when the need for policy professionals trained to analyze, understand, and explain policies and their influence is greater than ever.

Admissions Deadline

Application deadlines for the master's programs are June 1 for fall and December 1 for spring. International applicant deadlines are one month prior to these dates. Master's students who want to be considered for scholarship must submit a complete application and GRE or GMAT test scores by February 1 for fall or November 1 for spring.

For Ph.D. applicants, fall application deadlines are December 1 for all students.

Admissions Overview

Prospective students can apply to degree programs for both Fall and Spring semesters. The admissions process is competitive and each application is reviewed individually. The School believes strongly in building a strong cadre of students throughout the selective admissions process and encourages applications from students with diverse academic and professional backgrounds. Students can find the online application and application requirements at: spgia.gmu.edu/admissions.

Contact Information

George Mason University
Graduate Admissions
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, Virginia
(703) 993-8099
(703) 993-4876

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