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Schar School of Policy and Government

Becoming part of Mason's Schar School of Policy and Government means becoming part of a vibrant community of deep thinkers and highly motivated problem-solvers.

Studying at the heart of the policy world in the Washington, D.C. area, Schar School students prepare to tackle the world's biggest challenges, including climate change, income inequality, global security, and human rights issues, through programs in government and international politics, international security and law, and public administration.

At Home in the Mason Nation


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Mason makes it easy to explore your new hometown in style! Mason shuttles get you to metro stations, grocery stores, shopping centers, and our regional campuses for free. Student carpooling and bike/e-scooter rental programs are also available.


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With shopMason's help, you'll have all your needs met right on campus. Plus, with Patriot Perks, students enjoy 150+ discounts when shopping at local businesses, purchasing concert and sporting event tickets, and more.


Affording College

More than 66% of Mason students receive some kind of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans.


With a default rate of only 0.8%, Mason graduates are better positioned than others to pay off their investment.

How to Apply for Financial Aid