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The Geopolitics of Energy: The Changing Dynamics of Power

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Interdisciplinary, International and Practical

Move your career forward with a Master of Public Policy degree.

Study Foreign and Economic Relations

Mason’s International Commerce and Policy program blends business and global political economy.

Training in Transportation Policy

Study multimodal transport, ‘smart growth’, and more in the Transportation Policy, Operations and Logistics program.

Investigate the Role of Intervention

Study post-conflict reconstruction, diplomacy and security in the Peace Operations program.

Study Health and Policy

Learn more about Mason’s master’s program focused on global health policy.

Lead Change in Complex Organizations

Earn your Master’s in Organization Development and Knowledge Management.

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  • Six Mason Policy Students Awarded Presidential Management Fellowships

    Six Mason Policy Students Awarded Presidential Management Fellowships

    Six students from George Mason's School of Public Policy were awarded Presidential Management Fellow Finalists. The PMF program is a highly competitive program that recognizes potential government leaders. In the 2014 cycle, approximately 7,000 individuals applied from across the United States, and 609 were names as finalists. PMF Fellows win the right to seek a two-year PMF appointment in the Federal Government in an agency and a position of their choosing. Those who secure PMF appointment will receive special professional development opportunities during their two-year fellowship. At the end of the fellowship most receive offers of permanent full-time employment with the… Read More »
  • Faculty in the News

    Faculty in the News

    “Faculty in the News” is a regular rundown of recent media appearances and interviews by faculty at Mason’s School of Public Policy. To learn more about the faculty, visit the Directory of Faculty & Staff. D.C. area posts weakest annual job growth since recession “It’s sobering. I think it certainly underscores the vulnerability that the Washington-area economy has and has to overcome.” —Stephen Fuller (WaPo, March 28) US, Pakistan View Drone Strikes From Different Perspectives “It's an up close personal kind of killing that takes a huge psychological toll on our soldiers and airmen,” said Audrey Kurth-Cronin, a professor at… Read More »
  • Goldstone Awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship

    Goldstone Awarded a 2014 Guggenheim Fellowship

    [caption id="attachment_8254" align="alignright" width="237"] Dr. Jack A. Goldstone[/caption] Dr. Jack A. Goldstone, a professor at George Mason's School of Public Policy, was awarded a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Goldstone was one of 178 Fellows that included a diverse group of scholars, artists, and scientists. He was one of only two sociologists to receive the award. Appointed on the basis of prior achievement and exceptional promise, the successful candidates were chosen from a group of almost 3,000 applicants. Edward Hirsch, president of the Foundation, is enthusiastic about the Fellows in the class of 2014: “It’s exciting to… Read More »
  • New Faculty Join Mason Policy in Fall 2014

    New Faculty Join Mason Policy in Fall 2014

    Mason Policy adds expertise in public finance, economics of aging, education policy, organizational development, international migration and social policy. Sita Nataraj Slavov will join the School of Public Policy as a full professor. Prof. Slavov specializes in public finance and the economics of aging. Her work focuses on both efficiency and equity, and she has published widely on major entitlement programs, such as Social Security and Medicare. Prof. Slavov will teach PUBP-741 (U.S. Financial Policy Processes and Procedures) as well as electives related to her research specializations. She joins Mason Policy after two years as a resident scholar at the… Read More »

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Shaping the Debate

  • Report: Population Growth in DC Metro

    Report: Population Growth in DC Metro

    The George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis announces the release of “Update from the U.S. Census: Population Growth in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area, 2012-2013." This periodic report reviews the population gains and losses in the Washington Metropolitan Area (WMSA) and compares it against other large metropolitan areas. In the April report, CRA researchers announced that WMSA gained 86,518 residents between July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2013. This is an increase of 1.5 percent and the fifth highest growth rate of the 15 largest metros. The full report is available for download. For more information, please contact Jeanette Chapman, research associate,… Read More »
  • Gifford Briefs Hill Staff on Private-Public Partnerships

    Gifford Briefs Hill Staff on Private-Public Partnerships

    Jonathan L. Gifford met with the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee staff, which is working on a report on public-private partnerships (P3). Gifford presented on the work that Mason’s P3 Transportation Center does and how it can serve as a resource.  The Committee has established a special P3 panel to make recommendations to the full Committee on the potential use of public-private partnerships  in meeting transportation challenges. The Committee is exploring P3s in all modes of transportation – highways, transit, aviation, maritime. The work of the panel will feed into the transportation reauthorization legislation. In response to questions from the staff,… Read More »
  • Audrey Kurth Cronin Briefs NSC Staff

    Audrey Kurth Cronin Briefs NSC Staff

    Mason Policy Professor Audrey Kurth Cronin briefed NSC staff at the White House recently. She also participated in a Council on Foreign Relations roundtable dinner discussion with Robert S. Litt, General Counsel for the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. Her exchange about Al Qaeda with Director of the CIA John Brennan at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting was also picked up by the Washington Post. Dr. Cronin, an expert on terrorism and al-Qaida, asked about the tendency of the U.S. government to refer to many diverse groups as al-Qaida, even if their interests are local.  Read More »

Scholarship at Mason Policy

  • Scholarship at Mason Policy

    Scholarship at Mason Policy

    “Scholarship at Mason Policy” is a monthly rundown of recent faculty activity at Mason’s School of Public Policy. It includes faculty presentations, publications and honors and more. To learn more about the faculty, visit the Directory of Faculty & Staff. Mark Addleson spoke at the 14th Quarterly Federal Knowledge Management Community meeting, held at the Pentagon. Katrin B. Anacker presented “The Pervasiveness of Hetero-Sexism and the Experiences of Queers in Everyday Space: The Case of Cambridge, Massachusetts” at the Association of American Geographers (AAG) Annual Meeting. In his capacity as senior advisor to the Global Entrepreneurship Research Network, Philip Auerswald participated… Read More »

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Life at Mason Policy

  • Navigating the Security Clearance Process

    Navigating the Security Clearance Process

    [caption id="attachment_10395" align="alignright" width="187"] Duane Bradshaw[/caption] Students interested in policy careers with the federal government almost certainly need a security clearance. “The purpose of a clearance is that it allows you to look at sensitive materials,” says Duane Bradshaw, director of career development at George Mason's School of Public Policy. “Basically, it’s required for all federal positions and to work for most federal contractors.” Bradshaw leads a workshop to help current graduate students navigate the security clearance process. There are three levels of clearance: Confidential, Secret and Top Secret. “The agency or employer requests the clearance level based on the… Read More »