The School of Public Policy offers several educational options to make it easier for students and working professionals to take advantage of the opportunities available to learn from the brightest minds in policy in one of the world’s centers of policymaking.
Offered in conjunction with the school’s master’s programs, the certificate program allows students to remain competitive in an increasingly complex global economy by gaining specialized knowledge.
In order to apply for a certificate program a bachelor’s degree is required. Applicants are also required to follow the same Admissions Procedures as those applying for master’s degrees.
All certificates require the completion of five courses — one core course and four additional courses chosen from an approved list. Students already pursuing a master’s degree in the School of Public Policy may take an additional three courses and also receive a certificate.
George Mason University ranked second in federally financed research expenditures in the political sciences and fifth in total research expenditures in the political sciences in federal FY 2010-11, according to the most recent survey results released by the National Science Foundation in July 2013.
SPP has more than 45 internationally renowned, diverse faculty from many disciplines.
Classes for working professionals are provided in the late afternoon and early evening at the conveniently located Arlington campus.
Executive Education offers programs for public and private sector leaders from the U.S. and abroad.
Study abroad opportunities are provided throughout the world, including in Oxford, Mexico, China, South Africa, and Southeast Asia.