12 months
1531 USD/credit 45930 USD/year
1531 USD/credit 45930 USD/year
743 USD/credit 22290 USD/year
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The International Security program at George Mason University trains early to mid-career professionals who seek the analytical and substantive capabilities to address the security challenges of the 21st century. 

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In addition to understanding the traditional military and diplomatic approaches that characterized the state-centric security framework of the last century, the core courses in the International Security program from George Mason University will provide a firm grounding with regard to public-private and international collaborative responses to emerging and unconventional threats, ranging from transnational crime, terrorism, illicit trade, proliferation of emerging technologies and WMD, and corruption to state fragility and ethnic and sectarian conflict.

Key Features 

  • The Schar School of Policy and Government prepares undergraduate and graduate students to be leaders who advance the public good in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors. 
  • Through research and education in policy, government, and international affairs, Schar allows Mason to more effectively serve the region, Commonwealth, nation, and world.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Grand Strategy   
  • Ethics and the Use of Force   
  • Politics and Practice of International Security Policy   
  • International Relations   
  • International Security   
  • National Security Technology and Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

International students (those who have completed an undergraduate or graduate degree outside of the U.S.) are required to apply one month prior to the domestic deadlines.


30 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Graduate application and fee
  • 750-1,000 word written statement of your goals and interest in the program
  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcripts from all previous institutions attended in the U.S. For international institutions, transcripts may be unofficial but should include cumulative transcripts, degree certificate, individual semester marksheets (if applicable), and diploma (if applicable)
  • Two letters of recommendation. At least one recommendation should be from an individual who is qualified to attest to the candidate’s academic potential
  • Valid GRE/GMAT/LSAT scores (taken within 5 years prior to the date of applying). Applicants may waive the exam if they have a cumulative final GPA of 3.60 or higher (on the 4.00 scale) at the undergraduate level, or have a conferred graduate degree from a U.S. institution of higher education.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    45930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1531 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    45930 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1531 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • In-State

    22290 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 743 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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