George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

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George Mason University School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs
Type University Graduate School
Established 2000
Dean Mark Rozell (acting)
Location Arlington, Virginia, USA
Campus Urban

The School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (SPGIA) is a school of George Mason University. Its main office and graduate programs are located in Arlington, Virginia, near Washington, D.C.. Undergraduate programs are at the university's Fairfax, Virginia campus. U.S. News and World Report ranked the school 24th in its 2012 rankings of American graduate public policy analysis programs.[1]


The school was founded as an institute in 1990 and developed into the graduate-level School of Public Policy (SPP) 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.[2] As of 2013, it remained in the top forty for political science R&D expenditures.[3]

In August 2014, SPP merged with the university's Department of Public and International Affairs to form SPGIA.[4] The next year, the new SPGIA was recognized as the tenth most innovative public service school in the USA by[5]


While the George Mason University main campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia, the SPGIA graduate programs and associated centers and institutes are 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, the school began offering classes in the newly built Founders Hall. Additional redevelopment of the campus is planned.[6]

Degree offerings[edit]

SPGIA offers 15 doctoral, master's, bachelor's and certificate programs.[7] These include PhDs in Biodefense, Political Science, and Public Policy; master’s degrees in Biodefense, Health and Medical Policy, International Commerce and Policy, Organization Development and Knowledge Management (ODKM), Peace Operations, Political Science, Public Administration, Public Policy, and Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL), as well as a JD/MPP Joint Degree and two undergraduate majors in Government and International Politics, and Public Administration.

Study abroad[edit]

SPGIA encourages students pursuing various degrees to study abroad to enhance their experience. The courses are open to all SPGIA bachelor's and 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.[8]


SPGIA 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.[9]


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