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This program is no longer accepting applications for new students.

This program is designed for students and practicing professionals engaged in the planning, regulation, management, and conduct of peace operations. Students obtain a working knowledge of the theory, policy, law, research, and practices required to effectively and efficiently participate in or conduct a peace operation. Students also learn to think critically and analytically about the problems and challenges in this field and communicate their analyses clearly and effectively through written and oral presentations.

This program is no longer accepting applications for new students.


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.

Completed applications for fall and spring semesters are reviewed on a rolling basis, with late applications considered on a space-available basis.


Students admitted to a Schar program will be terminated from Schar upon receiving one grade of F and are no longer eligible to take courses in Schar. Per university regulation, students are terminated from the university after accumulating grades of F in two courses or 9 credits of unsatisfactory grades in graduate courses.

See AP.6 Graduate Policies for more information. 

Banner Code: PP-MS-PO

This program is no longer accepting applications for new students.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 38

Peace Operations Core Courses

PUBP 650International Conflict and Crisis Response3
PUBP 651Peace and Stabilization Operations3
PUBP 652Strategies for Peace and Stabilization Operations4
PUBP 653Interagency Operations in Conflict and Post-Conflict Settings3
PUBP 654Analysis for Peace Operations3
PUBP 655State- and Institution-Building4
PUBP 503Culture, Organization, and Technology (3 credits)3
Total Credits23


Select 15 credits from the following, in consultation with the student's advisor. 115
Topics in Public Policy
International Police Operations
Human Smuggling and Trafficking
PUBP 794
PUBP 796
Introduction to Management of Nonprofits
Disaster Response Operations and Recovery
The NGO: Policy and Management
Issues in International Security
Issues in International Management
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy
Special Topics in International Commerce and Policy: Study Abroad
Refugees in the Contemporary World
Identity and Conflict
Human Rights Theory and Practice in Comparative Perspective
Total Credits15