Undergraduate

Become a Change-Maker

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With a degree from the Schar School—located at the heart of the policy world in the Washington, D.C area—you'll graduate prepared to tackle the world's biggest challenges, including climate change, income inequality, global security, and human rights issues.

The Schar School offers two bachelor’s degree programs: a Bachelor of Arts in Government and International Politics and a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration. Graduates of these programs are leaders in government, nonprofits, or private businesses (in the U.S. and around the world).

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Why get a Schar School degree?

 

  • Gain the practical skills and knowledge you need to make a real difference in the world
  • Immerse yourself in the career-making experiences available only in the Washington, D.C.-area
  • Access tailored, one-on-one career guidance
  • Learn directly from involved faculty who have distinguished careers outside of academia
  • Engage deeply with the most pressing political issues
  • Make connections that will last beyond graduation
  • Love your undergraduate experience

Get in Touch

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Prospective students and their families can get to know the Schar School by setting up an informational appointment with Kali Woods, Schar School Undergraduate Recruiter. Visit in person in 333 Aquia Building on the Fairfax campus, or set up a time to talk by phone or Zoom. Reach out to ScharUAA@gmu.edu or 703-993-6564 to schedule your visit.

Schar School Undergraduate Student Liaisons are also happy to help!

 

Attend a Prospective Student Event

Members of the Schar School community, including faculty and current students, are looking forward to meeting you at upcoming admissions events! 

Get two degrees at once: You can earn your bachelor’s and master’s degrees in five years, or your bachelor’s and law degrees in six years and without taking the LSAT.

Hands-On Learning


Become Part of Our Faculty-Led Communities

Schar School First-Year Academic Community, "The Democracy Lab": An immersive environment that will broaden your perspective and hone your ability to engage on difficult topics—everything from the civic implications of big data to the growing impact of disinformation.

International Relations Policy Task Force: Learn how to research and draft compelling policy reports appropriate for different audiences while earning course credit. 

Undergraduate Research Community: Contribute to cutting-edge scholarship and gain valuable research skills in a supportive community of peers and professors while earning class credit.

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Internship Opportunities

The Schar School Internship Program can help connect you with opportunities in the Washington, D.C. region that will broaden your skills, deepen your expertise, and help you build a meaningful professional network. 

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Research Projects

The Schar School Undergraduate Research Assistant Program (URAP) offers students the opportunity to gain hands-on experience by working directly with faculty on research projects that can help launch you into your chosen career.

Prepare for a Rewarding Career

Schar School has excellent career outcomes: Graduates go on to work in local, state, federal, and international government organizations, as well as with nonprofits, private companies, and consulting firms. Even in a challenging job market, a survey of 2018/2019 undergraduates found that 86% had confirmed post-graduation plans, such as a job or graduate school.

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Fund Your Degree

The Schar Scholars program provides financial assistance to freshman who are interested in government, political science, international relations, public policy, pre-law, and public administration. George Mason University also offers a wide range of additional aid, such as grants, scholarships, loans, or work-study employment.