Effective Public Policies That Advance the Public Good
Address a vast range of public concerns, including terrorism, human trafficking, gender studies, environmental hazards, and hunger with the Master of Public Policy at George Mason University’s Schar School. This program prepares you to move into influential positions in the policy world. You will develop skills in policymaking and analysis necessary to understand and solve critical problems.
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Skills You'll Gain
- Thorough understanding of policy formation
- Ability to critically analyze policy
- Grounding in economic theory
- Effective communication of policy ideas
A Degree That Works With Your Schedule
You can earn this degree:
- Entirely online in a synchronous format
- Through a combination of on-campus and online classes
- Part-time or full-time
Classes are offered in the evening to accommodate working students.
D.C. and Maryland Pricing Discount
Master's or certificate students who reside in Washington, D.C., and Maryland can qualify for a tuition rate is equivalent to the in-state rate! This new policy applies to Schar School students who begin their degree in fall 2023 or later.
Where Our Recent Graduates Work
Data gathered from recent graduates from 2017-21
Top Employers of Recent Graduates
- BAE Systems
- Booz Allen Hamilton
- CACI International
- City of Falls Church
- Grant Thornton
- Inter-American Development Bank
- Northrop Grumman
- SRA International
- U.S. Chamber of Commerce
- U.S. Department of Defense
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security
- U.S. Department of State
- U.S. House of Representatives
- World Bank
The median salary of 2020-21 program graduates surveyed after graduation was $97,000.
A Degree Tailored to You
A cornerstone of this degree is your ability to pursue a public policy emphasis area. You can select from among the pre-defined areas of emphasis or work with your advisor to craft a tailored focus area.
With George Mason University's prime location in the Washington, D.C. area, Schar School students gain access to leading scholars and practitioners closely connected to the epicenter of policymaking and public service, and the hub of the nonprofit sector.
The Schar School has 90+ faculty members, as well as hundreds of adjunct faculty, allowing students to gain access to a variety of perspectives and subjects through elective courses. Notable faculty members in the public policy program include program director Justin Gest, Dean Mark J. Rozell, Bonnie Stabile, Siona Listokin-Smith, Janine Wedel, Stephen Fuller, and many more.
Interested in a graduate certificate instead?
Our graduate certificates require just five courses (15 credits) that can be applied to a master's if you choose to continue on.