Master’s Programs


The School of Public Policy (SPP) is the leading university-based public policy institution in the Washington, D.C., metro area. Situated in a geographic setting that is thriving with policymaking on an international scale, the school offers extensive areas of study that feature small classes, hands-on experience, and internship and study-abroad opportunities.

Attracting esteemed faculty members from national and international arenas, the school focuses on a transitive learning process, in which students are led in practical application studies by faculty members whose roles more closely resemble comprehensive mentorship.

Academically, SPP pursues six principal themes: governance, regional and economic development, international commerce and policy, science and technology policy, entrepreneurship, and culture and values.  Programs include the discipline’s largest doctoral program and array of focused master’s programs, and a variety of certificate and executive education studies.

SPP’s intensive combination of faculty experience, hands-on educational approach and availability of critical resources, prepares students for successful leadership roles in their fields.

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.