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Mason's School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (SPGIA) is renowned for world-class faculty and graduates who make positive contributions to the world. We help our students achieve their goals, enrich the life of our community, and solve complex regional, national, and global problems.

Who We Are

Ambitious Students

SPGIA students want to make the world a better place. They are smart and savvy, and they aspire to be leaders and problem solvers who advance the public good. After they graduate, they will apply the knowledge and skills they gained in our classrooms at some of the most prestigious companies, nonprofits, and government agencies in Washington, D.C., and beyond.

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Dedicated Faculty

SPGIA is committed to providing quality teaching and small classes. With access to more than 80 full-time distinguished faculty members with a wide range of experience, expertise, and skills, students can get to know their professors, and learn from and even form mentoring relationships with them.

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15 degree programs & 80 full-time faculty

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What We Do

Research and Scholarship

We have distinguished and dedicated faculty from a wide range of disciplines. They are world-class academic scholars, public intellectuals who have shaped policy debates, and experienced professionals who specialize in the scholarship of practice. They all seek to discover new knowledge, connect learning with practice, and make a difference.

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Innovation and Excellence

Why should you choose The School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs? We bring more to the table than the average policy and government school. We offer innovative and relevant degree programs. We also provide students with professional academic advising and more career services than most schools. We strive to help you succeed in class and achieve your goals after graduation.

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A Relevant Education

Public service in the 21st Century is not just for government anymore. SPGIA is one of the only schools in the nation that prepares students to be leaders who advance the public good in all sectors—private, public, and nonprofit—and all levels of government. The interdisciplinary approach of our degree programs will help you develop the knowledge base, analytical skills, and credentials to succeed in your career.
The skills I learned at SPGIA really help me excel in my career. The ability to analyze a problem quickly and frame it correctly, understanding the policy making process from start to finish, and communicating quickly and effectively are all things I learned while getting my degree and they make me a better manager today.
— Tara G. Sheehan, 2005 MPP graduate, Executive Director, APPAM

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