Schar School of Policy & Government

The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good. We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Website:  schar.gmu.edu/

Email: schar@gmu.edu
Phone
:  703-993-2280
Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Dean: Mark Rozell

 

Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The University of Virginia Frank Batten School School of Leadership and Public Policy is small by design and uncompromising on purpose. At the Batten School, you become a part of a tight-knit community committed to excellence.

Website: batten.virginia.edu/

Email:  battenschool@virginia.edu
Address:  Garrett Hall
235 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400893
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4893
Phone:  434-924-0812

The Batten School is led by Dean Allan Stam. Before joining the Batten School he was the Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states.

L. Douglas Wilder School of Public Policy and Administration

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University blends theory and practice, preparing students for jobs that make a difference.

The Wilder School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional planning and studies, plus graduate certificates in several related fields.

Websitewilder.vcu.edu/  Center for Public Policy
Email:  wilderschool@vcu.edu
Address: Scherer Hall
923 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, Virginia 23284
Phone: (804) 828-2292

 

School of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech fosters interdisciplinary initiatives, by building cooperative arrangements among units within the School and University, and by partnering with organizations external to the university.

Websitespia.vt.edu/ Also Department of Political Science
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ODU Department of Political Science and Geography

The Department of Political Science and Geography at Old Dominion University has a core of 20 full-time faculty, leading at frontiers of research and offer majors, minors and certificates in geography and political science.

Websiteodu.edu/pols-geog
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Address: 7000 Batten Arts & Letters
Norfolk, VA 23529
Phone:  757-683-3841

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JMU Political Science

JMU Political Science "seeks to enhance the quality of public policy and civic life at home and abroad by teaching students, conducting research, and collaborating with people inside and outside of the JMU community."

Websitejmu.edu/polisci/
Email: posc@jmu.edu
Address:Miller Hall
MSC 7705 91 E. Grace
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807
Phone:  (540) 568-6149

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4-VA

Empowered by 4 initiatives, six universities innovate together. 4-VA brings ideas to life across disciplines, Virginia universities and businesses through its 4 initiatives.

Website4-va.org/

4-VA brings ideas to life across disciplines, Virginia universities and businesses through its 4 initiatives. Our function is to put ideas into action—inviting innovative collaboration across disciplinary boundaries, among the Virginia system of universities, and between educational and business sectors while achieving the following 4 initiatives:

  1. Collaborative Research
  2. Course Redesign
  3. Course Sharing
  4. Degree Completion
Schar School of Policy and GovernmentSchar School of Policy & Government

The mission of the Schar School of Policy and Government is to advance the public good. We provide our students with the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and values to become leaders and managers in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Website:  schar.gmu.edu/

Email: schar@gmu.edu
Phone
:  703-993-2280
Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Dean: Mark Rozell

 

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Website:  schar.gmu.edu/

Email: schar@gmu.edu
Phone
:  703-993-2280
Address:Founders Hall, Fifth Floor
3351 Fairfax Drive, MS 3B1
Arlington, VA 22201

Dean: Mark Rozell

 

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Robinson Hall A201, MS 3F4
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030
Phone: 703-993-1400
Email: gvip@gmu.edu
Fax: 703-993-1399

George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders and managers who solve problems and advance the public good in all sectors and levels of government—in the United States and throughout the world.

Our graduates apply the knowledge and skills gained in our classrooms at some of the most prestigious companies, consulting firms, nonprofits, multinational organizations, and government agencies in Washington, DC, and beyond. Decision-makers and the public use our faculty’s research to both understand and develop policy in a variety of areas.  In addition, we are committed to public service in our professions and in regional, national, and global communities.

Located where policy happens—just 3 miles from the Pentagon, 4 miles from The White House, and 6 miles from the U.S. Capitol Building—students are connected to jobs, internships, networking, and experiences that can only be found in the Washington, D.C., area.

It’s policy in action. Learning from professors with real-world experience, students gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge to lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovate consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis. Schar School alumni apply what they learned in the classroom to pursue fulfilling and meaningful careers. Graduates are doing consequential work at leading employers including the U.S. Department of State, USAID, the World Bank, the United Nations, the National Endowment for Democracy, Deloitte, Booz Allen Hamilton, and many others.

Undergraduate Degrees

The Schar School is home to 700 undergraduate students, offering two majors in Government and International Politics and Public Administration.

If you are interested in a career in public service, then George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government is the place where you can find majors, classes, and internships that will help you launch a successful career and do the kind of work you dream of doing. Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. gives you access to prestigious internships, policy events, and national and international meetings.

Government and International Politics, BA

The BA in government and international politics allows you to take core courses in American political institutions, the political systems of other countries, and international relations. You may choose from among 8 different concentrations.

If you are interested in career paths such as political analysis, public service, law, campaigns, and research, then Mason’s Schar School of Policy and Government is the place where you can find majors, classes, and internships that will help you launch a successful career and do the kind of work you dream of doing. Mason’s close proximity to Washington, D.C. gives you access to prestigious internships, policy events, and national and international meetings.

When you major in Government and International Politics, you will learn to critically examine the complexities of national and international issues, as well as political issues, processes, and actors.

You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through one of the following concentrations:

The BA in Government and International Politics requires the completion of 43 credits, including five core courses and a senior seminar.

Minors

  • International Security
  • Legal Studies
  • American Government
  • Global Systems
  • International/Comparative Studies
  • Public Policy and Management
  • Urban and Suburban Studies

The Schar School Faculty
Our faculty members are world-class scholars in the fields of political science and international relations. Their expertise is sought after and they have extensive experience providing counsel, advice, and instruction to policymakers in Washington, D.C. and beyond. As a student in their classes, you can gain insight into the most pressing issues and innovative approaches to political research and analysis, and get connections to “boots on the ground” policymakers.

First and foremost, however, the Schar School faculty members are committed to quality teaching. As a result, you will get to know your professors here and form mentoring relationships with them. That will help you do better in class, make wise decisions about internships and careers, and glean wisdom to be successful in life.

Internships
One of the best ways to find a job after graduation is to complete an internship that will offer you real-world experience and the chance to build a professional network. Schar School students intern at a variety of places, including:

  • Capitol Hill
  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Department of Defense
  • U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission
  • Middle East Institute
  • National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism
  • Law firms
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Lobbying groups

You can earn up to six academic credits of internship toward your degree.

Success after Graduation
A degree in Government and International Politics from George Mason University will give you the credentials to land a great job after graduation. Some of our recent graduates have been hired by companies and organizations in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, including:

  • Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Central Intelligence Agency
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Foreign Service Institute
  • U.S. Department of Commerce

As a Government and International Politics graduate, you will also have access to 13,000 fellow Schar School alumni who have the careers you want, who work as leaders for the organizations you want to work for, and with whom you can network and develop relationships.

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Public Administration, BS

Public administration focuses on how public policy is implemented within the society. Course topics include economics, management, public policy, international politics, and American government. You may choose a concentration in administration and management, economic policy analysis, international political economy, nonprofit management, public policy, or US government and institutions.

By majoring in Public Administration, you can prepare for an exciting and fulfilling career in government and nonprofit management. Courses focus on leadership, administration, and public policy in the political setting of public management. You will have the opportunity to deepen your knowledge through one of the following concentrations:

  • Administration and management
  • Economic Policy Analysis
  • International Political Economy
  • Nonprofit management
  • Public policy
  • U.S. government institutions

The B.S. in Public Administration requires completion of 52 credits, including eight core credits and a senior seminar.

The Schar School Faculty
Our faculty’s passion for public service and policymaking matches that of our students. They are scholars in the disciplines of policy, government, and international affairs who seek to make a difference and serve. So much so, that they often refer to themselves as “pracademics,” scholars who connect learning with practice, provide council and commonsense for Washington, D.C., policymakers, and prepare their students to be successful leaders. We call that impact-driven scholarship.

First and foremost, however, the Schar School faculty members are committed to quality teaching. As a result, you will get to know your professors here and form mentoring relationships with them. That will help you do better in class, make wise decisions about internships and careers, and glean wisdom to be successful in life.

Internships
One of the best ways to find a job after graduation is to complete an internship that will offer you real-world experience and the chance to build a professional network. Schar School students intern at a variety of places, including:

  • Capitol Hill legislative offices
  • Executive Office of the President of the United States
  • Fairfax County Government
  • Partnership for Public Service
  • The U.S. Senate

You can earn up to six academic credits of internship toward your degree.

Success after Graduation
A degree in Public Administration from George Mason University will give you the credentials to land a great job after graduation. Our public administration graduates are hired by some of the most prestigious companies, nonprofits, and government agencies in Washington, D.C., and beyond, including:

  • U.S. Department of State
  • U.S. Marine Corps
  • Loudoun County Circuit Court
  • FedBid, Inc.

As a Public Administration graduate, you will also have access to 13,000 fellow Schar School alumni who have the careers you want, who work as leaders for the organizations you want to work for, and with whom you can network and develop relationships.

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Masters Programs

At the Schar School, you will refine and expand your academic knowledge and applied skills. Whether you desire to lead a government or nonprofit organization, design and improve public policies and programs, develop innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert analysis, you will graduate from Mason as a prepared and impactful leader. Be one who advances the public good across all sectors.

The Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University is one of the best schools of its kind in the country. We will prepare you to be a leader and manager who can solve problems and advance the public good. At the Schar School, professors with real-world experience combine theory and practice in the classroom. You will gain the applicable skills and the practical knowledge you need to advance your career and lead government agencies and nonprofit organizations, develop public policies and programs, create innovative consulting solutions, or provide expert policy analysis.

The Schar School also has a strong and proud community of 13,000 alumni, many of whom live and work in the Washington, D.C. area. This will help you build your professional network.

Biodefense, MS

This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.

Understanding biological threats is more important in today’s world than ever before. George Mason University’s Biodefense program bridges the gap between science and policy by providing you with the knowledge and analytic skills to assess the risks posed by natural and man-made biological threats and to develop strategies for reducing these risks to national and international security.

The master’s in Biodefense prepares students to become the next generation of biodefense and biosecurity professionals and scholars. This program will provide you with a foundation in microbiology and biotechnology combined with a broader security and organizational context. Graduates of this program are employed in biodefense and biosecurity, positions throughout academia, NGO’s, the security industry, and government.

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Biodefense, MS (Online Program)

The master’s in Biodefense program can be pursued entirely online. Online biodefense courses are an asynchronous format – instructors make the class instruction available online for students to access at any time from any location.
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International Commerce and Policy, MA

No other school in the Washington, D.C., area offers a program like this one. Broader than an MBA and more focused than a master’s in international affairs, George Mason University’s International Commerce and Policy (ICP) program will immerse you in the nexus of business, economics, international relations, and public policy. You will develop the skills and expertise in global finance, investment, trade, and development to excel and lead in the public and private sectors, multinational organizations, NGO’s, nonprofits, and consulting firms.

ICP is an innovative master’s degree program for current and aspiring private and public sector professionals who seek the knowledge and skills to be effective in an increasingly complex world marketplace. Designed to provide the practical tools needed to compete in the global economy, this interdisciplinary program explores the way business, technology, law, economics, and public policy affect complex cross-border activities. Unlike traditional international affairs programs, ICP focuses on international economic issues such as global trade and investment. It is also distinguished from an MBA program by providing training in the political, technological, cultural, and social aspects of the global economy.

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International Security, MA

George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.

Recognizing the need to confront security threats facing the global community, George Mason University’s International Security Program (I-SEC) prepares professionals to assess and manage traditional security threats and the emerging security challenges of the 21st century.

I-SEC provides a firm grounding in public-private and international collaborative responses to unconventional security challenges, ranging from threats like ebola, tsunamis, the use of drones, transnational crime, terrorism, illicit trade, proliferation of emerging technologies and WMD, and corruption, to state fragility, civil war and ethnic and sectarian conflict.  With its global and multidisciplinary approach to questions of human security, the program provides students the opportunity to grapple with a new generation of economic, political, environmental, and science and technology-driven issues.

There will be a strong emphasis on public service and ethics, focusing on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, when to intervene and not intervene.

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Organization Development and Knowledge Management, MS

Development & Knowledge Management (ODKM) cohort master’s program, you will explore organizational leadership theory and practice, the shift from hierarchical structures to group-based learning, and best practices to promote the creation of adaptive, collaborative work environments. You will graduate with the capacity to manage, evaluate, and affect rapid change in government, corporate, and nonprofit organizations.

The ODKM program is designed to meet the needs of contemporary society and of organizations undergoing rapid changes and shifting from hierarchical structures to more group-based learning environments. While focusing on the human and social aspects of organizing, the program also emphasizes the use of collaborative groupware technologies to support interactive learning, knowledge sharing, and knowledge creation.

This unique cohort program is offered as a part-time executive format with classes offered primarily on Friday evenings and Saturdays on alternating weekends.

Peace Operations, MS

Join other peacebuilding, government, and military professionals who are earning the country’s only master’s degree in Peace Operations. The program focuses on the study of international interventions that aim to restore or maintain peace and stability in areas affected by conflict or natural disaster. You will study post-conflict reconstruction, recovery and development, as well as diplomacy and security.

The aim of the program is to teach students to think critically about the challenges to bring about peace and stability; recognize and appreciate the interests of the diverse actors typically involved in peace operations; understand the negotiating strategies used to sort out competing goals; develop practical strategies for promoting collaboration and teamwork; and craft and share analyses and proposals for solutions through written and oral presentations.

Political Science, MA

As a student in Mason’s political science program, you will learn from the best. Some of our country’s leading political commentators are members of our faculty: Mark Rozell, Jennifer Victor, Jeremy Mayer, Mark Katz, A. Trevor Thrall, and Toni-Michelle Travis. Others, like Peter Mandaville, Robert Deitz, and Michael Hayden, have extensive experience at the highest levels of the federal government. They all publish widely and the media often seek them out for their analysis on national and international affairs. They will help you deepen your understanding of political processes at all levels of government, improve your research skills, and provide you with a foundation in international relations, comparative politics, or American politics. Graduates are prepared to work in nonprofits and consulting firms, teach at home or abroad, serve in government and politics, or continue their studies in doctoral programs.

Public Administration, MPA

Sound leadership and management are vital to organizational and governmental effectiveness. The George Mason University Master of Public Administration (MPA) program puts you on a path toward a senior-level position in an organization that implements and manages public policies. You will gain a comprehensive understanding of how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, along with the tools to enhance your communication, budgeting, and analytic skills. As a graduate of one of the largest MPA programs in the country, you will join thousands of Schar School alumni working in various roles in local, state, and national government, nonprofit management, and many other careers

Public Policy, MPP

Effective public policies advance the public good. The George Mason University Master of Public Policy (MPP) program prepares you to move into influential positions in the policy world. You will develop skills in policymaking and analysis necessary to understand and solve critical problems.

Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics, MA

Effective transportation policy strengthens communities and global competitiveness. George Mason University’s master’s degree program in Transportation, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) will train you in the advanced theory, policy, law, research, and practices required to effectively and efficiently supply and operate transportation facilities and services. You will learn to think critically and analytically about the challenges and opportunities in the transportation field, and to communicate your analysis clearly through written and oral presentations. Graduates of the TPOL program hold influential positions at all levels of government, and in the transportation and consulting industries.

PhD Programs

By pursuing your PhD at the Schar School, you can study with scholars in a wide variety of fields and conduct research that can help you become an subject matter expert in your field and a key influencer who shapes public debate.

As a PhD student at the Schar School, you can study with eminent scholars in a wide variety of fields and conduct groundbreaking research to help you become a subject matter expert in your field and a key authority who influences public debate. Whether you desire to teach and do research at a university, lead a government or nonprofit organization, or craft innovative public policies and programs, we will prepare you to be the leader and academic you want to be.

At the Schar School, students and faculty work side by side to explore the intersection of technology, culture, organizational dynamics, international affairs, and public policy, conducting research that influences decisions at the local, national, and multinational levels. You and your faculty advisor will work together to design a personalized curriculum appropriate to your academic and professional background and goals. This allows you to tie your studies directly to your current and future career objectives, while taking advantage of the extensive resources available in the nation’s capital.

Our PhD programs’ flexibility also fosters a culturally and philosophically diverse community of scholars and practitioners, where the marketplace of ideas is embraced and innovation is encouraged.

The PhD programs produce candidates able to tackle the full spectrum of policy challenges, well prepared for senior-level careers in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors, and in academia.

Biodefense, PhD

The doctoral program in biodefense is designed to prepare you to serve as a scholar and a professional in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity.

Mason developed the Biodefense program in response to biological threats: biological warfare, bioterrorism, and infectious diseases. The doctoral program in biodefense is designed to prepare you to serve as a scholar and a professional in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity. Other areas of biodefense including nonproliferation, intelligence and threat assessment, and medical and public health preparedness are integral parts of the program. Because of the breadth of the program, students with backgrounds in science and other areas, such as international affairs, political science, law, public policy, and conflict resolution, are encouraged to apply.

The PhD in Biodefense will provide you with a background in the science and technology of biodefense and specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness. You will acquire the knowledge and skills to bridge the gap between scientists and policy-makers on each of these levels. You will also develop the knowledge of natural and man-made biological threats and the skills to develop and analyze policies and strategies for enhancing biosecurity.

Director: Gregory Koblentz
Email: biodefense@gmu.edu

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Political Science, PhD

The PhD in political science prepares you for teaching, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations.

The PhD in political science prepares you for teaching, research, and careers in government, consulting, nonprofits, and nongovernmental organizations. The program allows you to combine your studies with experience in the kinds of complex domestic and international political organizations you will be studying.

This model for political science education, patterned after the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellows Program, is designed to foster scholarship and a firsthand understanding of domestic and international institutions such as think tanks, international bodies, nongovernmental organizations, journals of political opinion, and congressional and executive branch offices.

Director: Ming Wan
Email: politics@gmu.edu

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Public Policy, PhD

At every level of government, and throughout the private and nonprofit sectors, there is a need for expert policy analysis and implementation. The PhD in Public Policy will prepare you to be a leader in the policy world.

At every level of government, and throughout the private and nonprofit sectors, there is a need for expert policy analysis and implementation. The PhD in Public Policy will prepare you to be a leader in the policy world. The expertise and academic interests of the Schar School faculty is extensive, so you can choose from a wide variety of research topics. The advantage of the Schar School’s interdisciplinary approach to public policy is that there is no defined list of fields from which you must choose. In fact, you can define your own field of research. You can also conduct your research through one of the program’s concentrations.

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Batten School of Leadership and Public PolicyBatten School of Leadership and Public Policy

The University of Virginia Frank Batten School School of Leadership and Public Policy is small by design and uncompromising on purpose. At the Batten School, you become a part of a tight-knit community committed to excellence.

Website: batten.virginia.edu/

Email:  battenschool@virginia.edu
Address:  Garrett Hall
235 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400893
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4893
Phone:  434-924-0812

The Batten School is led by Dean Allan Stam. Before joining the Batten School he was the Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states.

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Website: batten.virginia.edu/

Email:  battenschool@virginia.edu
Address:  Garrett Hall
235 McCormick Road
P.O. Box 400893
Charlottesville, VA 22904-4893
Phone:  434-924-0812

The Batten School is led by Dean Allan Stam. Before joining the Batten School he was the Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states.

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In 2007 Frank Batten, Sr., chairman and CEO of Landmark Communications, Inc., founder of The Weather Channel, dedicated $100 million for the creation of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

“Never has there been a greater need for the University’s most important product: enlightened and ethical leaders who leave Grounds prepared for public life—in their communities, in their professions, in the world at large.”FRANK BATTEN, SR.

Batten, a forward-thinking philanthropist committed to supporting educational initiatives and serving the public good, saw an urgent need for a new generation of leaders who could affect transformational change. He emphasized leadership as one of the key skills required for success in the field of public policy. “Talented public leaders are needed from a range of professional backgrounds. It is critical to get younger people excited about the responsibilities and opportunities of public service in all its manifestations,” Batten said. “The earlier in their careers that exceptional students begin to think of themselves as future public leaders who can promote a better society, the greater the likelihood they will become such leaders.”

“Leadership and team-building skills have an extraordinary multiplier effect on policy and organizational outcomes. They often are the crucial difference separating success from failure, accounting for when the best policies and practices emerge.

My own work, first in the U.S. military and then as an academic, demonstrates that civil society leaders and security policymakers alike must work as a team to achieve their community’s goals and that leaders and the strategies they adopt are the most powerful drivers shaping the world around us.

Three pillars supporting Batten’s evolution are clear: (1) cementing leadership and team-building best practices into our curriculum and policy outreach, (2) establishing Garrett Hall as a national locus of evidence-based policy research, and (3) teaching advanced policy analysis skills to UVA’s extraordinary studen

Research Centers

We value cross-disciplinary collaboration. Our centers reflect the core research distinctions of our faculty’s expertise.

A joint collaboration with Vanderbilt University, the Center for Effective Lawmaking holds our representatives in Congress accountable for real results by clearly demonstrating each individual members’ effectiveness in moving legislation forward
The mission of the Global Policy Center is to promote and deepen global teaching and research at the Batten School.
The National Security Policy Center facilitates informed communication and strategic clarity by engaging with pressing national security concerns, combined with innovative education and training programs.
SE@UVA brings together the best of the University’s public service mission, world-class professional schools, and critical liberal arts training through a pan-University social entrepreneurship initiative.
The Center for Health Policy is a joint program of the University of Virginia School of Medicine, Department of Public Health Sciences and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
Working in close collaboration with Batten faculty members, a collection of new, customized simulation models and games will be designed and developed to create a set tools for the Batten curriculum.
The Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness is a joint collaboration between the Curry School of Education and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.

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When Esteban Santos visited the University of Virginia from his home country of Colombia, he knew where he wanted to study – the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Learn about his experiences and opportunities as a student.

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L. Douglas Wilder School of Public Policy and AdministrationL. Douglas Wilder School of Public Policy and Administration

The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University blends theory and practice, preparing students for jobs that make a difference.

The Wilder School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional planning and studies, plus graduate certificates in several related fields.

Websitewilder.vcu.edu/  Center for Public Policy
Email:  wilderschool@vcu.edu
Address: Scherer Hall
923 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, Virginia 23284
Phone: (804) 828-2292

 

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The Wilder School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional planning and studies, plus graduate certificates in several related fields.

Websitewilder.vcu.edu/  Center for Public Policy
Email:  wilderschool@vcu.edu
Address: Scherer Hall
923 W. Franklin St.
Richmond, Virginia 23284
Phone: (804) 828-2292

 

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At the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, we’re all about taking advantage of everything our city has to offer.

You’ll find our students making a difference in internships across Virginia, from the General Assembly to state agencies and nonprofits. Our faculty is immersed in research — and partner with students on it, too. Our alumni (10,000 strong) open doors to the Wilder School network at Fortune 500 companies, local governments, advocacy groups and public interest firms.

At about 1,000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students strong each year, we’re big enough to offer bold opportunities and small enough for individualized instruction and true faculty mentorship.

We’re a top 50 public affairs university: we moved up 12 places in the most recent U.S. News & World Report rankings for best graduate public affairs program in the nation, coming in at No. 44.

Our strategically designed programs mean you can really customize your study based on your interests. Mix and match classes in:

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The L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University blends theory and practice, preparing students for jobs that make a difference. The Wilder School offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees in criminal justice, homeland security and emergency preparedness, public administration, public policy and administration, and urban and regional planning and studies, plus graduate certificates in several related fields. The Wilder School’s centers provide expertise in research, consulting and training, partnering with government agencies, nonprofits and businesses. Our location just blocks away from the state Capitol and a two-hour drive from the nation’s capital means our students have plenty of opportunities to make public policy real. Produced by Robin McLeod and Joe Kuttenkuler, VCU Marketing.

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School of Public and International AffairsSchool of Public and International Affairs

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at Virginia Tech fosters interdisciplinary initiatives, by building cooperative arrangements among units within the School and University, and by partnering with organizations external to the university.

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The School’s goal is to focus Virginia Tech’s expertise in government, public administration, international affairs, planning, public policy, and urban affairs to help individuals and communities across the world understand their most critical problems and most promising solutions.

History

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) was approved by the Virginia Tech Board of Visitors in 1996 as a collaboration of five departments and programs in two colleges to develop interdisciplinary instruction, research and outreach initiatives related to public policy, planning, and administration and globalization and international development.

SPIA is one of four schools in the College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS). SPIA houses three programs:

  • Government and International Affairs (GIA),
  • Urban Affairs and Planning (UAP),
  • Public Administration and Policy (CPAP)

Departments

Center for Public Administration and Policy

The Center for Public Administration and Policy (CPAP) has three locations in Blacksburg, Alexandria, Virginia and Richmond, Virginia. CPAP integrates the challenges of governing with the scholarship of public administration and public policy. CPAP offers doctoral and master’s degree programs as well as graduate certificates. The majority of CPAP students take classes on a part-time basis, while working full-time in a wide variety of federal, regional, and local government positions, as well as positions in consulting and the non-profit sector. CPAP offers the Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Ph.D. degrees. Certificates are available in three fields:Homeland Security; Local Government Management; Public and Nonprofit Financial Management.

Urban Affairs and Planning

The Urban Affairs and Planning program has locations in Blacksburg and Alexandria that offers an interdisciplinary, comparative, hands-on approach to instruction and research in two undergraduate degrees (B.A. in Public and Urban Affairs and B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning), an accredited masters in Urban and Regional Planning (MURP), and a doctoral program in Planning, Governance & Globalization (PGG).

Government and International Affairs

The Government and International Affairs program has locations in Blacksburg and Alexandria that offers a Master of Public and International Affairs (MPIA) and a Ph.D. in Governance and Globalization with an international affairs and cultural geo-politics focus. The MPIA is a 36-credit academic-oriented master’s degree with a focus on international politics, critical geopolitics, international political economy, and cultural identity politics.

CLAHS Affiliated Departments

Affiliated Departments in the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS):

  • Political Science,
  • Geography,
  • International Studies,
  • Science and Technology Studies (joined in 2000)
  • Agricultural and Applied Economics (joined in 2000).

Research

In research and outreach, SPIA members lead a number of interdisciplinary centers and institutes:

  • Institute for Policy and Governance
  • Metropolitan Institute
  • Virginia Center for Housing Research

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