Minor in Public Policy and Management


This minor introduces students to the theory and process of policy formulation and implementation in the political and governmental arena.


All students have opportunities to

  • conduct independent research
  • engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad
  • participate in many forms of public service
  • prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities

Minor Requirements (Catalog Year 2018-2019)

In addition to meeting the following requirements for this degree, students must meet the university requirements for all minors.

Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits in government with a minimum grade of 2.0 in each course. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

Two core courses (6 credits)

GOVT 103 – Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)
GOVT 351 – Administration in the Political System

Four elective courses (12 credits) chosen from:

GOVT 35X - Public Administration
GOVT 36X - Public Policy
GOVT 45X - Administration, Law and Procedures
GOVT 46X - Public Policy Issues
GOVT 480 – Internship (Only when relevant, with the prior written approval of the minor advisor.)

Total: 18 credits
Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.