George Mason University

Academics

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    Volgenau School of Engineering

    What used to be “Northern Virginia’s best-kept secret” is now one of the country’s largest, most comprehensive schools of engineering. We are on the radar and on a roll, adding new programs, attracting more top faculty and expanding vital research. Students can concentrate in six socially relevant themes of their choice, including bioengineering, robotics (drones and beyond), sustainable infrastructure, health care technologies, global outreach and cyber security—critical to defending our networks and one of the most sought-after degrees. Our close relationships with a number of corporate partners also gives students opportunities to apply their classroom learning to real-world situations to help make the world safer, cleaner and healthier.

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    School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs

    Do you thrive on problem-solving? Are you willing to roll up your sleeves to help make the world a better place? Would you rather lead than follow? Welcome. Not only are Mason students provided with the skills, knowledge and analytic abilities to be future leaders and managers in the private, public and nonprofit sectors, but our proximity to Washington, D.C., offers access to numerous internship and career opportunities. Policymakers, think tanks, global companies, nonprofits, consulting firms—they’re all here. We offer 15 degree programs, including our new undergraduate Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program. Originally created at Oxford University, it is the first of its kind to be offered in the metropolitan Washington, D.C., area.

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    School of Law

    What do finance and economics have to do with a legal career? Everything. At Mason, we use a multidisciplinary approach to teaching law that is in sync with the way law is practiced today. Ranked in the top 50 best law schools by U.S. News & World Report, we are strategically located in Arlington, Va., just two miles from Washington, D.C., giving our students easy access to hundreds of opportunities and legal resources. Our location, together with our pioneering core competencies, a demanding curriculum and influential alumni connections, give our students a distinct advantage in a competitive work environment.

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    School of Integrative Studies

    The School of Integrative Studies offers a distinctive experience that addresses contemporary social, global, and environmental challenges. Students connect academic interests with hands-on learning to prepare for a life and career with meaning and impact. Based in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, SIS focuses on critical and creative thinking, engaged scholarship and diversity in thought. Graduates will lead the way as a new brand of professionals whose understanding of the liberal arts and commitment to a just world can build the cross-sector approaches necessary to solve pressing global, social and environmental problems.

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    College of Science

    Science is so pervasive in our everyday lives that most people aren’t even aware of it.

    At Mason, students prepare for dynamic careers through a blend of traditional science education and leading-edge, sought-after degree programs in environmental sustainability, climate dynamics, computational modeling and simulation, planetary science and other emerging fields. Our state-of-the-art labs and world-class scientists attract many research opportunities and highly motivated students from across the country and around the world, creating a stimulating, collaborative environment.

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    College of Humanities and Social Sciences

    Evaluate. Challenge. Understand. The humanities and social sciences bring the human perspective to the mission of George Mason University, whether through exploring the lessons of history, the workings of the human mind, the powers of language, or the most pressing social, political, and ethical challenges. These subjects provide the blueprint for understanding the human experience. Students in the college merge rich scholarly traditions with innovative, experiential learning. They develop the creative and critical thinking skills that prepare them for successful careers.

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    College of Health and Human Services

    Students are prepared to become future leaders in health care, public health and social services, acquring the necessary skills to solve the challenges of a rapidly changing and culturally diverse health environment. By combining research with community-engagement efforts, students receive a rigorous and relevant education, while simultaneously making a valuable contribution to the region’s health care workforce. Whether it’s global and community health, health administration and policy, nursing, nutrition and food studies, rehabilitation science or social work, students are active participants in improving and promoting health, both locally and globally.

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    College of Visual and Performing Arts

    The arts engage, inspire and entertain us. They open our eyes to different points of view and are an important component of any well-rounded education. The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers degrees in art, dance, film and video studies, music, theater, arts management, art education, and computer game design. Students have the opportunity to study alongside internationally renowned visiting artists, showcase their work in public exhibits, and perform onstage at one of our many campus venues, including the Center for the Arts. In addition, you can find plenty of artistic inspiration in nearby Washington, D.C.

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    Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study

    The human brain remains mostly a mystery. The Krasnow Institute seeks to expand understanding of mind, brain and intelligence. Its scholars are conducting research at the intersection of cognitive psychology, neurobiology and the computer-driven study of artificial intelligence and complex adaptive systems. By unraveling the mysteries through multidisciplinary research, we hope to better understand the complexities of human behavior and emotion, and discover cures for Alzheimer’s disease, schizophrenia, and other maladies of the brain.

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    School of Business

    It’s no longer business as usual in our global economy, and you need a hands-on, industry-vetted business degree to compete in today’s workforce. We prepare current and future business leaders for the challenges and opportunities of today’s global market through a range of innovative academic programs, executive education programs, and strategic business partnerships and international alliances. Ranked among the top 100 undergraduate business school programs, part-time MBA programs, and online Executive MBA programs by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Business is accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.

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    School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

    Conflict isn’t new. But its escalation in recent times calls for more creative intervention strategies and skilled peacekeepers. Mason was the first university in the world to offer graduate degrees in conflict resolution. Today, we continue to lead in research, teaching and real-world practice. With an influential faculty, a diverse student body and an emphasis on fieldwork, the school produces top practitioners who are participating in conflict resolution in neighborhoods here at home and around the globe.

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    College of Education and Human Development

    There will always be a need for great teachers. At the College of Education and Human Development’s Graduate School of Education, we offer 27 academic programs, such as English as a second language, special education and education policy, as well as advanced studies for teachers and school leaders. In addition, students in the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism can earn a degree in some of today’s top trending areas, such as sports management, athletic training, kinesiology, tourism, hospitality and events management. In fact, the school has doubled its undergraduate enrollment in just seven years and shows no signs of slowing down.

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Accelerated Master's Programs

Qualified students have the opportunity to complete both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees in record time.

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Arts and Creative Study

Find your inspiration by working alongside famous visiting artists and taking advantage of D.C.’s cultural scene

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Business and Economics

There are many issues that impact commerce, including geopolitical, legal, environmental, and humanitarian.

 

 

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Computer Science and Information Technology

A career in this field offers a wide range of options, as almost every industry relies heavily on computers and IT. Your choices and opportunities are boundless.

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Education

A teacher is one of the most important and influential of careers, helping shape students’ futures.

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Engineering

Engineers are in high demand and involved in all industries, including medicine, transportation, energy and technology.

 

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Forensic Science and Criminology

Justice is served through scientific analysis, investigation, law enforcement, and crime policy.

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Global

Volatile international issues affect all of us, creating the need for more collaborative and peaceful solutions.

 

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Government and Policy

Government service offers many different paths to create meaningful change in the community and around the world.

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Health and Well-Being

Many opportunities exist in this rapidly growing field, due to an aging population and focus on fitness and health.

 

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Languages and Culture

In a globalized economy, knowing a second language is an indispensible tool no matter what career path you choose.

 

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Law

We blend a traditional curriculum with politics, economics,and finance in an enviable location next door to D.C.  

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Liberal Arts

Socrates and Shakespeare also teach important job skills—creative and critical thinking and the ability to reason.

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Science and Biomedicine

Our leading-edge, multidisciplinary research is making discoveries that are helping all of us to lead better lives.

 

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Security

There is a growing and critical need for individuals with the skills and experience to protect us against cyber and biological threats.

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Social and Human Behavior

Studies in this field help students learn to understand people's lives and how we live and work together.

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Social Impact

Today being “socially responsible” isn’t just a buzz phrase; it’s a commitment being practiced in our communities.

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Sports, Recreation and Tourism

Enrich others' quality of life while enhancing your own in a career that brings you into contact with a variety of people and environments.

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Sustainability

The world needs people who are passionate about protecting our planet through sustainable practices.

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