Policies

For policies governing all undergraduate degrees, see AP.5 Undergraduate Policies.

Banner Code: PP-BS-PUAD

Degree Requirements

Total credits: minimum 120

Students must fulfill all Requirements for Bachelor's Degrees including the Mason Core. Students pursuing a BS in Public Administration and Policy must complete additional requirements for the BS degree in the Schar School of Policy and Government.

Students must earn a minimum grade of 2.00 in each course applied to the major, including GOVT courses as well as the supporting courses in other disciplines used to fulfill the requirements below. See an advisor before registering.

Core Courses

The math or statistics core course cannot be used to fulfill the Mason Core requirement in quantitative reasoning.

GOVT 101Democratic Theory and Practice (Mason Core)3
GOVT 103Introduction to American Government (Mason Core)3
GOVT 132Introduction to International Politics (Mason Core)3
or GOVT 133 Introduction to Comparative Politics (Mason Core)
GOVT 300Research Methods and Analysis (Mason Core)4
GOVT 351Administration in the Political System3
GOVT 367Money, Markets and Economic Policy (Mason Core)3
GOVT 368Tools for Economic Policy Analysis3
One course (3 credits) in math or statistics in addition to the quantitative reasoning Mason Core requirement3
Total Credits25

Senior Seminar

GOVT 490Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core)3
or GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core)
Total Credits3

Public Administration Field Study

Students complete the degree by taking a minimum of 24 credits of advanced public administration field courses, with or without concentration24
Total Credits24

Students may complete a concentration of at least 12 credits in one field to fulfill a concentration. Students who do not wish to pursue a concentration may choose at least 24 credits from any of the advanced public administration courses listed below (with restrictions noted below) for a broader learning experience. Up to three credits of GOVT 399 Research Practicum and GOVT 480 Internship may be used to fulfill the field course requirement with prior advisor approval. Up to six credits of GOVT 496 Directed Readings and Research may be used to fulfill this requirement with prior advisor approval. GOVT 490 Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core) or GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core) may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

Advanced Public Administration courses 

ECON 309Economic Problems and Public Policies (Mason Core)3
ECON 310Money and Banking3
ECON 320Labor Problems3
ECON 335Environmental Economics3
ECON 355The Political Economy of Nonprofit Institutions3
ECON 385International Economic Policy3
ECON 390International Economics (Mason Core)3
GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
GOVT 302American Political Development3
GOVT 304American State and Local Government3
GOVT 305Contemporary American Federalism3
GOVT 307Legislative Behavior3
GOVT 308The American Presidency3
GOVT 309Government and Politics of Metropolitan Areas3
GOVT 311Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior3
GOVT 312Political Parties and Campaigns3
GOVT 313Political Psychology3
GOVT 318Interest Groups, Lobbying, and the Political Process3
GOVT 322International Relations Theory3
GOVT 339Issues in the Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies1-3
GOVT 343International Political Economy3
GOVT 346American Security Policy3
GOVT 347International Security3
GOVT 353Social Entrepreneurship3
GOVT 354Third-Party Government and the Nonprofit Sector3
GOVT 355Public Personnel Administration3
GOVT 356Public Budgeting and Finance3
GOVT 358Nonprofit Financial Planning4
GOVT 361Introduction to Environmental Policy3
GOVT 364Public Policy Making3
GOVT 366Public Policy Analysis3
GOVT 409Virginia Government and Politics3
GOVT 412Politics and the Mass Media3
GOVT 433Political Economy of East Asia3
GOVT 446International Law and Organization3
GOVT 452Administrative Law and Procedures3
GOVT 464Issues in Public Policy and Administration1-3
GOVT 469Philosophy, Politics, and Economics3
INTS 331The Nonprofit Sector4
INTS 431Principles of Fund Raising4

Concentrations

Students may partially satisfy the field focus requirement by completing at least 12 credits in any one (1) approved concentration as described below0-12
Total Credits0-12

Students pursuing a concentration will complete the degree by taking four courses (minimum of 12 credits) within one concentration, chosen from the lists of advanced field courses shown below, to complete a minimum of 24 credits of field courses.

Concentration in Administration and Management (ADMM)

GOVT 305Contemporary American Federalism3
GOVT 313Political Psychology3
GOVT 355Public Personnel Administration3
GOVT 356Public Budgeting and Finance3
GOVT 358Nonprofit Financial Planning4
GOVT 452Administrative Law and Procedures3

Concentration in Public Policy (PUBP)

GOVT 312Political Parties and Campaigns3
GOVT 318Interest Groups, Lobbying, and the Political Process3
GOVT 346American Security Policy3
GOVT 347International Security3
GOVT 361Introduction to Environmental Policy3
GOVT 364Public Policy Making3
GOVT 366Public Policy Analysis3
GOVT 412Politics and the Mass Media3
GOVT 464Issues in Public Policy and Administration1-3
ECON 309Economic Problems and Public Policies (Mason Core)3
ECON 335Environmental Economics3

Concentration in Nonprofit Management (NPMG)

GOVT 313Political Psychology3
GOVT 353Social Entrepreneurship3
GOVT 354Third-Party Government and the Nonprofit Sector3
GOVT 358Nonprofit Financial Planning4
ECON 355The Political Economy of Nonprofit Institutions3
INTS 331The Nonprofit Sector4
INTS 431Principles of Fund Raising4

Concentration in US Government Institutions (USGI)

GOVT 301Public Law and the Judicial Process3
GOVT 302American Political Development3
GOVT 304American State and Local Government3
GOVT 305Contemporary American Federalism3
GOVT 307Legislative Behavior3
GOVT 308The American Presidency3
GOVT 309Government and Politics of Metropolitan Areas3
GOVT 311Public Opinion and Electoral Behavior3
GOVT 409Virginia Government and Politics3

Concentration in Economic Policy Analysis (ECPA)

ECON 309Economic Problems and Public Policies (Mason Core)3
ECON 310Money and Banking3
ECON 320Labor Problems3
ECON 335Environmental Economics3
ECON 355The Political Economy of Nonprofit Institutions3

Concentration in International Political Economy (IPE)

GOVT 322International Relations Theory3
GOVT 339Issues in the Politics of Advanced Industrial Societies1-3
GOVT 343International Political Economy3
GOVT 366Public Policy Analysis3
GOVT 433Political Economy of East Asia3
GOVT 446International Law and Organization3
GOVT 469Philosophy, Politics, and Economics3
ECON 385International Economic Policy3

Individualized Concentration (IND)

Create your own concentration consisting of four upper level courses with Director approval 1
1

A minimum of two courses in this concentration must be advanced public administration field courses.

Writing-Intensive Requirement

The university requires all students to complete at least one course designated "writing intensive" in their majors. Students majoring in public administration may fulfill this requirement by successfully completing GOVT 490 Synthesis Seminar (Mason Core) or GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core) in their major programs.

Mason Core

Note: Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed above. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Quantitative Reasoning3
Information Technology3-7
Core Requirements
Arts3
Global Understanding3
Literature3
Natural Science7
Social and Behavioral Sciences3
Western Civilization/World History3
Synthesis/Capstone Requirement 1
Synthesis/Capstone3
Total Credits40
1

minimum 3 credits

Honors in the Major

Highly qualified students majoring in Government and International Politics and Public Administration may pursue advanced work leading to graduation with honors in the major. Those students selected for participation in this program take a two-course sequence: GOVT 491 Honors Seminar (Mason Core) and GOVT 496 Directed Readings and Research. To graduate with honors in the major, students must complete these courses with a minimum GPA of 3.50.

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Biodefense, Accelerated MS

Overview

Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated Biodefense, MS. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a Biodefense, MS with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years.

For more detailed information, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission

Please see the Graduate Admissions for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Information specific to the accelerated MS program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are BIOD 604 Emerging Infectious Diseases I: Bacteria and ToxinsGOVT 500 The Scientific Method and Research DesignBIOD 605 Emerging Infectious Diseases II: Viral Agents and BIOD 620 Global Health Security Policy. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/International Security, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree program in International Security. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their major and an MA in International Security with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

Please see Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines may be found on the Schar admissions website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including at least 12 credits of Government, Economics and/or Global Affairs courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are:

GOVT 540International Relations3
PUBP 504Grand Strategy3
PUBP 506Ethics and the Use of Force3
GOVT 511Problem Solving and Data Analysis I3
or PUBP 511 Statistical Methods in Policy Analysis
or PUAD 511 Problem Solving and Data Analysis I

Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/International Commerce and Policy, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree program in International Commerce and Policy. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their major and an MA in International Commerce and Policy with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

Please see Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines may be found on the Schar admissions website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including at least 12 credits of Government, Economics and/or Global Affairs courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are ITRN 500 Global Political EconomyITRN 504 Microeconomics and Trade PolicyITRN 503 Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy and PUBP 503 Culture, Organization, and Technology. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Political Science, Accelerated MA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree in political science. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a MA in Political Science with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

See Graduate Admission Policies for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Specific information on application requirements and deadlines for the Political Science master's program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including 12 GOVT credits, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are chosen from GOVT 500 The Scientific Method and Research DesignGOVT 510 American Government and PoliticsGOVT 520 Political TheoryGOVT 530 Comparative PoliticsGOVT 540 International Relations. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Public Administration, Accelerated MPA

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated master's degree in public administration. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and a master's degree in public administration with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. See AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Admission

Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions. Information specific to the accelerated MPA program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including 12 GOVT credits, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The courses are PUAD 502 Administration in Public and Nonprofit OrganizationsPUAD 511 Problem Solving and Data Analysis IPUAD 520 Organization Theory and Management Behavior and PUAD 540 Public Policy Process. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).

Bachelor's Degree (any)/Public Policy, Accelerated MPP

Overview

Highly-qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor's degree in their chosen major and the Master of Public Policy with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. More information on bachelor's/accelerated master's programs may be found in AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. See AP.6.9 Requirements for Master's Degrees.

Admission

Please see the Graduate Admission Policies section in this catalog for general information on graduate admission to George Mason University. Information specific to the accelerated Master of Public Policy program may be found on the Schar website.

To be considered for this accelerated master's program, applicants must have completed a minimum of 75 credits, including 12 credits of Government and/or Economics courses, and have a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all coursework applied to the degree.

Accelerated Option Requirements

While undergraduate students, accelerated master's students complete two graduate courses (six credits) that may be counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees. In addition, students may take another two courses (six credits) from the following list to be held as reserve graduate credit and count only toward the master's degree. The student must have a minimum GPA of 3.00 in each course. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.00 in these courses and in coursework applied to their major.

PUBP 500Theory and Practice in Public Policy3
PUBP 503Culture, Organization, and Technology3
PUBP 511Statistical Methods in Policy Analysis3
ITRN 503Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy3

Upon completion and conferral of the undergraduate degree in the semester indicated in the application, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to apply credits to the master's degree. Students must begin their master's program the semester immediately following conferral of the undergraduate degree (excluding summer).