George Mason University

Academics

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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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    College of Health and Human Services

    This is where students can close their books and step out of the classroom and into communities here and around the world to get real, hands-on experience in a multitude of areas related to health and well-being. 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 nutrition sciences, health care policy, social work or nursing, students are active participants in improving and promoting health, both locally and globally.

     

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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 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 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 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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    New Century College

    Students who seek a distinctive college experience will find it here. We offer the benefits of a small liberal arts college, while providing access to the academic resources of a large university. Students can also create an individualized degree that meets their personal and professional goals. Grounded in integrative learning that addresses social, global and environmental challenges, the college provides a collaborative and experiential education that extends beyond the classroom into the community and beyond. Our students are critical, creative thinkers who go on to become active, responsible citizens of the world, no matter what career path they choose.

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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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    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 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 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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    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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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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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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Humanities

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

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Languages

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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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 Impact

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

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Sustainability

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

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