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George Mason University — Public & International Affairs - Public Admin.

Program Type:
Master's International
Public & International Affairs - Public Admin.
Degrees Awarded:
Public Administration (MPA)
Admissions Deadlines:

April 15th for fall admission (March 15 for international applicants); November 1 for spring admission )October 1 for international applicants)

Admissions Cycle:


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


The Master of Public Administration (MPA) program offers high quality academic preparation in public policy and public management. Individualized course work may focus on nonprofit or non-government organizations management, international management, environmental policy issues, or health management. Courses are scheduled at both the Arlington and Fairfax campuses, and are offered during the day, evenings, weekends, and online. The Arlington campus is located close to the Peace Corps' Washington, DC, regional office.

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


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 MPA. Participants apply separately to the Peace Corps and George Mason University to be accepted into the program.

The MPA is a 36 semester hour degree, with 24 semester hours of required courses and 12 semester hours of electives. The program as designed for MI students includes one concentration course (depending upon the chosen field) to be completed prior to commencing the overseas Peace Corps tour. Full-time students are able to complete the required 27 semester hours within one year (to include the summer sessions).

Upon completion of the two-year service, students take the final three credits through directed readings, which involves writing a synthesis paper based on their service.



  • 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, GMAT, or LSAT scores (a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.3 allows for the waiver of entrance exam requirement);
  • Three letters of recommendation from professional or academic sources;
  • Resume; and
  • Goals statement.


Applications for admission to the Master of Public Administration 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 MPA 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 and International Affairs
4400 University Dr., MS 3F4 Robinson Hall A252
Farifax, Virginia 22030
(703) 993-9466
(703) 993-1399

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