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 a host of 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 goverment, public agencies, non-profits, and the private sector. Students' internship and post-graduate experiences include placement in offices of the federal government, private contracting firms, international organizations, embassies, political campaigns, and lobbying or nonprofit organizations.