12 months
1431 USD/credit 38637 USD/year
1431 USD/credit 38637 USD/year
543 USD/credit 14661 USD/year
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War and the Military in Society at George Mason University equips students with skills and knowledge to evaluate, analyze, and solve problems related to the use of organized violence, including questions of national security and national strategy, international relations, defense policymaking, and domestic, fiscal, legal, and social policy surrounding the instruments of national defense.

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Students in the War and the Military in Society at George Mason University will engage in interdisciplinary coursework, using historical and contemporary case studies to better understand the dilemmas and opportunities facing policymakers and military professionals in their efforts to think strategically about a variety of challenges. 

Key Features 

  • Recent events have demonstrated the degree to which military issues affect social groups, global politics, and the world economy. 
  • Understanding the ways in which armies are raised and funded, the reasons troops serve, the conditions military personnel and civilians endure during wartime, and the multifaceted and evolving ways in which nations conceive of the military apparatus has direct bearing on future policy decisions.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 
  • Nonproliferation and Arms Control  
  • Examining Terrorist Groups  
  • Terrorism and Weapons of Mass Destruction  
  • Selected Topics 
  • Islam and Politics
  • Topics in the American Civil War Era (when the topic is The Civil War)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


27 SCH



On Campus

Academic requirements

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General requirements

  • The goals statement essay should express what the applicant hopes to achieve academically and/or professionally by studying War and the Military in Society at George Mason University. The essay should display the applicant's writing ability and the background and credentials that qualify the applicant for graduate study. The essay should convey that applying to this program has been an informed and thoughtful process.
  • The writing sample should be a formal piece of writing that demonstrates the applicant's ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level, use evidence to make an argument, cite sources, and engage in scholarly analysis.
  • Letters of recommendation should speak to the applicant’s character, work ethic, academic or professional achievements, and/or preparedness for graduate study. Ideally, at least 1 of the 2 recommendations will come from someone who can speak directly to the applicant’s previous academic performance.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    38637 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    38637 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1431 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    14661 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 543 USD per credit during 12 months.

Living costs for Fairfax

1330 - 2300 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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