Launch Your Career with the Schar School
The Schar School combines prestige with practicality. Located just a few miles from Capitol Hill and surrounded by major players in national and international policy-making, students can immediately build a foundation for rewarding and impactful careers. A survey of 2018/2019 graduates found that 86% had confirmed post-graduate plans, such as a job or graduate school. Students begin building their careers on day one.
The Schar School has $800,000 in available student scholarship money. Incoming freshman are eligible for special scholarship funding through the Schar Scholars program.
STUDY THE MOST PRESSING ISSUES OF THE DAY
Learn about the gravest threats to peace and prosperity, whether they pertain to the environment, income inequality, global security, immigration, or human rights. Schar School students study how governments , nonprofits, and businesses (in the U.S. and around the world) respond to these challenges.
BE PART OF A COMMUNITY
Expand your network and enhance your time at Mason by joining a Schar School learning community. Our faculty-led communities bring students together to learn and grow through shared interests. Whether you're looking for a residential learning community for your first year at Mason, hoping to develop your research skills, or ready to tackle a global policy issue, you can benefit from a Schar School community.
Becoming part of the Schar School means becoming part of close-knit communities based around shared interests and experiences—such as the annual summer trip to Switzerland focused on international security or the PPE (Philosophy, Politics, and Economics) program.
GET CAREER READY
GAIN PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
The Global Politics Fellows and Nonprofit Fellows programs integrate an Arlington campus cohort experience with upper-level coursework, exclusive speakers and special events, and a D.C.-area internship. Students build their network and sharpen their professional skills as they gain expertise in their fields.
EARN TWO DEGREES IN FIVE YEARS
Through the Bachelor Accelerated Master’s (BAM) program, students may earn both the bachelor’s degree and a graduate degree in one of the Schar School’s six master’s program in 5 years, saving time and money.
CONTRIBUTE TO SCHOLARSHIP OF CONSEQUENCE
Through the Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP), students gain hands-on social science research experience alongside a faculty mentor on topics ranging from migration to Congressional polarization to China’s Grand Strategy.
KICK START YOUR LEGAL CAREER
Through Mason’s Patriot Pre-Law program, students receive advising and law school essay guidance from a Schar School professor who is a career lawyer. Students have access to the 3+3 program through the Scalia School of Law as well as Mason2Mason program which allows our students to skip the LSAT in seeking admission.
MEET OUR UNDERGRADUATES
CONNECT WITH US
Have questions about our undergraduate programs? Prospective students and their families can get to know the Schar School by setting up an informational appointment with Dylan Henry, Assistant Director of Schar Admissions, at ScharUAA@gmu.edu or 703-993-8099.