The Ph.D. program at George Mason University’s School of Public Policy is one of the nation’s largest, and takes advantage of the school’s status as the leading university-based public policy institution in the Washington, D.C., metro area, to attract candidates who want the best education from experienced, national and international faculty.
Students and faculty advisors work together to design a personalized curriculum appropriate to each student’s academic and professional background and goals. This allows candidates to tie their doctoral studies directly to their current and future careers, while taking advantage of the extensive resources available in the nation’s capital.
The program’s flexibility also fosters a culturally and philosophically diverse community of policy practitioners and scholars, where the true marketplace of ideas is embraced and innovation is encouraged. It offers an unprecedented degree of academic freedom rooted in a shared commitment to making the world a better place.
And while certainly rigorous, the program operates on the principle that there are no preset fields of study or research, that there are always opportunities to improve current methods and explore new fields of study.
Students and faculty work side by side to explore the intersection of technology, culture, organizational dynamics, international affairs, and public policy, conducting research that influences decisions at the local, national, and multinational levels.
The Ph.D. program produces candidates who are able to tackle the full spectrum of public policy challenges, fully prepared for senior-level careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.
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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.
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Study abroad opportunities are provided throughout the world, including in Oxford, Mexico, China, South Africa, and Southeast Asia.