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Schar School of Policy and Government

Do you thrive on problem-solving? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves to help make the world a better place? Would you rather lead than follow? Welcome. Not only are Mason students provided with the skills, knowledge and analytic abilities to be future leaders and managers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, but our proximity to Washington, D.C., offers access to numerous internship and career opportunities. Policymakers, think tanks, global companies, nonprofits, consulting firms-they're all here. We offer 15 degree programs, including our new undergraduate Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program. Originally created at Oxford University, it is the first of its kind to be offered in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

Below are our deadlines and program requirements. For more information on our programs please visit http://schar.gmu.edu/.

Biodefense, CERG

Requirements
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College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Biodefense, MS

Requirements
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College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: Yes
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/biodefense-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/biodefense-masters

Notes

Biodefense, PHD

Requirements
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College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: Yes
Recommendation Letters: 3
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Not Available for Spring Admit

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/biodefense-doctorate

Notes

Emergency Management & Homeland Security, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Global Health and Security, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Graduate Non-Degree Studies - Schar School of Policy and Government

Requirements
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College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: No
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 0
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/non-degree-programs-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/non-degree-programs-admissions

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/non-degree-programs-admissions

Notes

Illicit Trade Analysis - CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

International Commerce and Policy, MA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Notes

International Commerce and Policy, MA - Global Development and Governance concentration

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Notes

International Commerce and Policy, MA - Global Finance - Investment - and Trade concentration

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Notes

International Commerce and Policy, MA - Global Risk and Strategy concentration

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-commerce-and-policy-masters

Notes

International Security, MA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: Yes
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-security-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/international-security-masters

Law and Public Policy - JD/MPP

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-policy-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://www.law.gmu.edu/admissions/joint_degree/jd_mpp

Notes

To be eligible for admission consideration, applicants to this joint program must be currently enrolled in George Mason's Law School.

National Security & Public Policy, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Nonprofit Management, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Organization Development & Knowledge Management, MS

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Not Available for Spring Admit

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/organization-development-masters

Notes

Political Science, MA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/political-science-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/political-science-masters

Notes

Political Science, PHD

Requirements
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3

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: Yes
Recommendation Letters: 3
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Not Available for Spring Admit

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/political-science-doctorate

Notes

Public Administration - Administration of Justice - MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - Emergency Management and Homeland Security - MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - Human Resource Management - MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - Nonprofit Management - MPA

Requirements
College Transcripts Goals Statement GRE Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample
2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - Policy Studies - MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - Public and Nonprofit Finance - MPA

Requirements
College Transcripts Goals Statement GRE Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample
2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - Public Management - MPA

Requirements
College Transcripts Goals Statement GRE Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample
2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - State and Local Government - MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration - Third Party Governance - MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration, MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration, MPA - International Management concentration

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Administration-Environmental Science and Public Policy - MPA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-administration-masters

Notes

Public Management, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Public Policy, MPP

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-policy-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-policy-masters

Notes

Public Policy, PHD

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: Yes
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: Yes

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Not Available for Spring Admit

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/public-policy-doctorate

Notes

Science, Technology, and Security, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Strategic Trade, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Terrorism and Homeland Security, CERG

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/graduate-certificate-admissions

Notes

Transportation Policy - Operations and Logistics - MA

Requirements
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2

College Transcripts: Yes
Goals Statement: Yes
GRE: No
Recommendation Letters: 2
Resume: Yes
Writing Sample: No

Deadlines

Deadline for Spring 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/transportation-policy-masters

Deadline for Summer 2021:
Not Available for Summer Admit

Deadline for Fall 2021:
Website URL: https://schar.gmu.edu/prospective-students/admissions/how-to-apply/transportation-policy-masters

Notes