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.

SPP's faculty and student and career services team are committed to helping students make excellent use of the academic and professional opportunities offered by Mason Policy, George Mason University, and the Washington region. Advising services are comprehensive and accessible when students need them.

More than 70% of SPP students pursue their degrees while continuing to work full- or part-time. Classes are offered in the late afternoon and early evening to accommodate the busy schedules of professional students.

In addition to top-notch courses, Mason Policy students can take advantage of professional development opportunities offered by faculty and staff. Whether it's networking with Mason Policy alumni, brushing up on resume and interviewing skills, or learning how to get on the career fast-track, the tools that rising policy-makers need to get ahead are at SPP students' fingertips.

In-state students receive a better education at SPP for a fraction of the cost of private institutions in the D.C. area; tuition for out-of-state students is lower as well. Scholarship opportunities are available for highly-qualified applicants and continuing students.