The Department of Public and International Affairs is home to nationally recognized graduate programs in public administration, political science and biodefense. PIA also hosts two undergraduate degree programs and several minors, with undergraduate classes taught by world recognized faculty.
George Mason's proximity to the nation's capital provides a wide array of opportunities for internships, networking and future employment. The curriculum prepares students for positions of leadership in government, public agencies, non-profits, and the private sector. Students' internship and post-graduate experiences include placement in the federal government, private firms, international organizations, embassies, political campaigns, lobbying, and nonprofits.