Student & Career Services

Master’s Academic Advising


The School of Public Policys Office of Student Services provides professionally delivered academic advising to all masters students. Upon admission, students are assigned to an academic advisor who will serve in that capacity for the duration of their program. Student Services provides counsel on the full range of academic issues including:

  • Course selection and program planning
  • Registration issues
  • Academic concerns
  • Degree progress
  • Transfer credit requests
  • The interpretation of academic policies
  • Resource referrals

The Office of Student Services also conducts degree audits and monitors student compliance with academic policies and procedures. Advisors collaborate frequently with the associate director of Career Development to aid students in matching their academic plan with their professional aspirations.

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.