Master's Programs

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Schedule a one-on-one appointment with a member of the graduate admissions team for an opportunity to ask questions, discuss your academic and professional goals, and learn more about our degree programs and admissions process. Please email or call us at 703-993-8099 if you have any questions.

The majority of programs are available on both a part-time and full-time basis with evening classes, allowing you to earn your degree without interrupting your career.


Master of Biodefense
Offered on-campus and online
This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government. This is a STEM-designated program.

Master of Global Commerce and Policy
Offered on-campus and online
*Effective spring 2022, the International Commerce and Policy program has been renamed the Global Commerce and Policy program.

Broader than an MBA and more focused than a master’s in international affairs, George Mason University’s Global Commerce and Policy master's program will immerse you in the nexus of business, economics, international relations, and public policy.

Master of International Security
Offered on-campus and online
George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.

Master of Organization Development and Knowledge Management
Offered on-campus and online
In the Schar School’s Organization Development & Knowledge Management (ODKM) cohort master’s program, you will explore organizational development (OD) leadership theory and practice, the shift from hierarchical structures to group-based learning, and best practices to promote the creation of adaptive, collaborative work environments, and knowledge management (KM) strategies.

Master of Political Science
Deepen your understanding of political processes at all levels of government, improve your research skills, and gain a foundation in international relations, comparative politics, or American politics with the master's in Political Science.

Master of Public Administration
Offered on-campus and online
Start your path toward a senior-level position in an organization that implements and manages public policies with the Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree. Gain a comprehensive understanding of how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, along with the tools to enhance your communication, budgeting, and analytic skills.

Master of Public Policy
Offered on-campus and online
Gain the theoretical grounding and hands-on tools needed to address a vast range of public concerns, including terrorism, human trafficking, environmental hazards, and hunger with the Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree.

Security Studies Programs
Our programs prepare students to become leaders who face down the country's and the world’s largest challenges in policy, intelligence, terrorism, biodefense, emergency management, and diplomacy, among others.

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