George Mason University School of Public Policy
|George Mason University School of Public Policy|
|Type||University Graduate School|
|Location||Arlington, Virginia, USA|
The School of Public Policy (SPP) is a graduate school of George Mason University. SPP is located in Arlington, Virginia near Washington, D.C.. U.S. News and World Report ranked SPP 24th in its 2012 rankings of American graduate public policy analysis programs.
The school was founded as an institute in 1990 and developed into a school in 2000. In 2004, SPP was ranked by the National Science Foundation as the number four program in its field for federal and total research expenditures.
While the George Mason University main campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia, the GMU Schools of Law and Public Policy, and associated centers and institutes, are located in Arlington, Virginia. The 5.2-acre campus is in the Virginia Square neighborhood and was established in 1979 by the Virginia General Assembly for the School of Law. In 2011, SPP began offering classes in the newly built Founders Hall. Additional redevelopment of the campus is planned.
SPP offers doctoral, master's, and certificate programs. The Master's programs include degrees in public policy, international commerce and policy, organizational development and knowledge management, peace operations, transportation policy, and health policy.
SPP encourages students pursuing various degrees to study abroad to enhance their experience. The courses are open to all SPP master's degree students, as well as non-degree/non-George Mason students. Programs are offered in a variety of locations, including South Africa, Great Britain, India, and Mexico. 
SPP is an institutional host of the Muskie Fellowship program, chosen by the International Research and Exchanges Board. In 1992, the U.S. Congress established the Muskie program to foster economic and democratic growth in Eurasia. The program supports promising students from Eurasian countries to study at the graduate level in various fields.