Governing U is an index of public sector management and policy degrees from universities across the country. It provides a single source for browsing offerings from Master of Public Administration (MPA) , the Master of Public Policy (MPP) and the Executive MPA and certificate and other professional programs designed specifically for the education needs of working professionals in public service. Each entry includes a description of program offerings in the schools' own words. Governing U’s unique map interface also allows you to see the national landscape for public service grad programs and select schools for a closer look by geography
George Mason University's School of Public Policy (SPP) has earned a reputation as the only school where students can learn from the brightest minds in policy while working in one of the world's major centers for policy making.
The unparalleled quality of the teaching team appeals to more than just exceptional students. It also encourages substantial financial support from major corporate partners and policymakers in all levels of private and public organizations, in the form of grants, contracts and direct contributions. The School is committed to finding new ways to direct these resources back into the community, applying the theories and research developed in the classroom to help make a better world.
We offer graduate programs that prepare students for careers in public service as analysts, leaders, managers, and researchers. Our programs consistently rank among the nation's top programs in public policy, public administration, and public affairs. The world of public service increasingly involves partnerships between government, the nonprofit sector, and private business, creating a demand for professionals who can bring multiple skills and perspectives to bear to advance the public interest.
The MPA Program is designed for those who hold or aspire to hold leadership positions in organizations that participate in the development and implementation of public policy. The program focuses on improving knowledge of politics, public policy and management and enhancing analytic, problem-solving and communication skills.