University-wide admissions policies can be found in the Graduate Admissions Policies section of this catalog.

To apply for this program, please complete the George Mason University Admissions Application.

Applicants should have an undergraduate degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agency or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale). No specific undergraduate degree is required.


For policies governing all graduate programs, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.

Banner Code: SC-CERG-SCPO

Certificate Requirements

Total credits: 16-17

This certificate may be pursued on a full-or part-time basis.

Core Courses

COS 510Introduction to Science Policy3
COS 515Science Policy Internship Preparation1
EVPP 529Environmental Science Communication3
POGO 794Internship 13
Total Credits10

Elective Courses

Students select 6-7 credits of relevant science and policy coursework at the 500-level or above. Elective coursework must be pre-approved, in writing, by the Program Director.

Elective coursework must include at least one technical science course, and one policy course. Any remaining elective credits may be taken from either subject area. Independent directed research and reading courses will not count toward the required credits for this certificate program. 

Students select 6-7 credits from the following: 16-7
Technical Science Courses
Atmospheric, Oceanic, & Earth Sciences
Scientific Basis of Climate Change
Geology of Energy Resources
Personalized Medicine
Emerging Infectious Diseases
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Environmental Biotechnology
Computational & Data Sciences
Introduction to Scientific Data and Databases
Environmental Science & Policy
Energy Policy
Food-Energy-Water Nexus
Environmental Policy
Forensic Science & Digital Forensics
Legal, Privacy and Ethical Issues in Identity Analysis
Digital Warfare
Physics & Astronomy
Topics in Renewable Energy
Policy Courses
Biodefense Strategy
Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical Weapons Policy and Security
National Security Technology and Policy
Collaborative Public Management
Advanced Data Analysis for Policy and Government
Theory and Practice in Public Policy
State and Local Government Policy and Economic Development
Budget Decision Making: Concepts and Practices in Economic and Financial Analyses
Science and Technology Policy in the 21st Century
Technology, Science, and Innovation: Institutions and Governance
Total Credits6-7