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George Mason University — Public & International Affairs - Political Science

Program Type:
Master's International
Public & International Affairs - Political Science
Degrees Awarded:
Political Science (MA)
Admissions Deadlines:

March 15 for fall entrance (February 15 for international applicants); November 1 for spring entrance (October 1 for international applicants)

Admissions Cycle:


Program Start:
Fall or Spring
Program Founded:
July, 2004


Six semester hours of internship credit may be earned for the two-year Peace Corps. Master's International students will receive a tuition grant to cover these internship credits.

The MA degree in political science is the first step in an engaging and stimulating career. Students develop a deeper understanding of political ideas and institutions, more sophisticated research skills, a better grasp of the intricacies of governments abroad, and a deeper knowledge of the complexities of international politics.

This degree can lead to a career teaching about government, working with legislative bodies, government agencies, and international organizations; or doing research and writing about politics and government.


The Master's International (MI), a joint program of Peace Corps and George Mason University, enables participants to prepare for Peace Corps Volunteer service while earning the Master's in Political Science. Participants apply separately to the Peace Corps and George Mason University to be accepted into the program.

The MA in Political Science is a 36 credit hour degree, with 12 credit hours of required core courses and 24 credit hours of specialized courses. Full-time students are able to complete 24 of the required credits within one year (to include the summer sessions). Six semester hours of internship credits may be earned for the two-year Peace Corps service.

Upon completion of the two-year service, students will take the final six credits through either an advanced seminar or the Directed Readings course and the Research Project course.



  • Completed Application for Graduate Admission;
  • Nonrefundable application fee;
  • Application for Virginia In-State Rates for those students claiming eligibility for in-state tuition;
  • Original transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities;
  • GRE (required for all applicants);
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional sources;
  • Resume; and
  • Goals statement.


Applications for admission to the MA in Political Science program are reviewed throughout the year for admission to either the fall or spring semester, although new students may take their initial courses during the summer sessions. Students accepted into the program but waiting for notification of acceptance from the Peace Corps may begin their master's program, but will not be eligible for tuition support until they are accepted into the Peace Corps.

For inquiries about Master's International, call 855.855.1961 x1812.

Program Contacts

If you have questions, please contact:
Ms. Amanda Myers
MI Coordinator

Public & International Affairs
4400 University Dr., MS 3F4 Robinson Hall A252
Fairfax, Virginia 22030
(703) 993-9466
(703) 993-1399

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