Why Study Here

A Dynamic Education for an Evolving World

Becoming part of George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government means becoming part of a vibrant community of deep thinkers and highly motivated problem-solvers. The Schar School faculty members seek to push the frontiers of conventional wisdom, apply rigorous analysis to complex issues, and make connections with decision makers and leaders in public service. 

Located Where Policy Happens

Schar School students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, D.C., area. Located just a few miles from downtown Washington, D.C., with easy access to archives and museums, policy makers and think tanks, consulting firms, global companies and nonprofits, and national and international events.

Rankings and Accolades

US News & World Report

No. 7 in Homeland Security (2022)

No. 18 in Nonprofit Management (2022)

No. 24 in Public Policy Analysis (2022)

No. 26 in Public Finance (2022)

No. 27 in Leadership (2022)

No. 27 in Local Government Management (2022)

No. 39 Overall Among Public Affairs Institutions (2022)

Foreign Policy Magazine

Ranking among the world's best for international relations careers. (2018)

International Relations EDU

No. 1 school for international relations in the Commonwealth of Virginia. (2018)

ShanghaiRanking

No. 76 in the world for public administration programs (2022)

SpringerLink

No. 2 public policy school in Washington, D.C. area.

 

Top 20 of U.S. policy schools (2020)

Top-Ranked Degree Programs

The Schar School offers cutting-edge degrees in a range of subjects, including biodefense, government and international politics, global commerce and policy, international security, organization development and knowledge management, political science, public administration, and public policy.

Learn from Leaders

The Schar School's proximity to D.C. and George Mason University's long-standing reputation as a leading institution for public-policy studies brings students face-to-face with news makers and policy leaders covering a wide spectrum of expertise. The ranks of our distinguished faculty include current and former heads of federal agencies; officers of major national and international organizations; advisors to foreign governments; consultants to business; and thought-leaders in the ever-changing fields of governance and policy.

The Schar School's dedicated faculty takes their instruction seriously, because they are not just teaching a class—they are advising future industry peers. 

Build a Path to a Bright Career

Our programs are designed to build in-demand career knowledge and skills to address real-world policy challenges. In a challenging job market, 87% of Schar School master’s degree graduates from Winter ’19 and Spring ’20 had confirmed full-time job placement. A survey of 2018/2019 graduates from our undergraduate programs found that 86% had confirmed post-graduate plans, such as a job or graduate school.

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Schar School students have the opportunity to engage with policy and put their knowledge to work - often without traveling far from our Arlington, Virginia campus.

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Find an Unparalleled Student Experience

As a Schar School student, you'll have the opportunity to learn from faculty who are deeply respected in their careers. Enhance your academic experience through experiential learning in the form of relevant internships, short-term study abroad, and capstone work. You'll gain hands-on experience through research, internships, and job opportunities; and begin building a meaningful career while you study.

The Schar School offers myriad opportunities to connect with students from a wide range of backgrounds.