At the Center of the Policy World

With our location in the national capital region, we have unprecedented access to renowned experts, leaders, and speakers, as well as adjunct faculty who bring real-world experience to the classroom. Notable faculty include General Michael V. Hayden, former director of the CIA and NSA, and Michael Morell, former deputy director and acting director of the CIA.

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The Value of a Schar School Degree

Our graduates are among the best in their fields. From careers in government to the private sector, Schar School graduates are thriving in their professions and advancing solutions in a complex and changing world.


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Gov. Terry McAuliffe Joins the Schar School as Distinguished Visiting Professo

The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University is pleased to announce the appointment of former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe as Distinguished Visiting Professor.


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US News & World Report Ranks the Schar School #2

In the 2019 annual rankings by U.S. News & World Report, the Schar School earned the coveted #2 spot for "security studies."


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The Schar School Launches New Master's-Level Education Policy Track

Spearheaded by Mason faculty members who include the former deputy assistant secretary in the Department of Education and former Virginia Secretary of Education, the new Education Policy emphasis area, offered in the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree program, will help students understand how education policy is debated, created, and implemented.


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Schar School, Washington Post Announce Partnership on Politics Polls

The Schar School and the Washington Post have joined forces to conduct a series of polls over the next year, forging a strategic partnership that will illuminate voter sentiment on a broad range of political and public policy issues.