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In an ideal world, equal access to health, education, jobs, food, clean water, employment, and protection from discrimination would be available to everyone.

We need people like you who have the courage and tenacity to step up and speak out on behalf of those who are vulnerable and in need.  Yes, there are monumental problems out there to be solved. But if not us, who? Let’s get started.

Nothing Stands in His Way

Chris Nace was 12 years old when he realized his life’s calling was to make it easier for special-needs students to navigate their educational careers.

As it happens, Nace has special needs himself. His cerebral palsy impacts his upper extremities, a complication he has never regarded as a handicap. It was others, he says, who handicapped his ambitions.

A Mason graduate with a master’s degree in conflict analysis, Nace is changing the way students with disabilities are taught in the District of Columbia public school system, including classes that help prepare them to succeed in the workplace. He also created a self-advocacy course for special-needs students that is now taught at every grade level. For Nace, what he’s doing isn’t  just professional, it’s personal.

 

  • Applied Conservation Science, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in applied conservation science provides students with hands-on education in conservation science. The courses in this program are all residential, full-day, one- or two-week intensive courses held at the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia. This certificate is designed for early to mid-career conservation professionals working in government, non-governmental organizations, and research institutions worldwide.

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  • Applied Global Conservation, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BS

    Students learn how to effectively address global conservation challenges, such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and ecosystem collapse. These challenges are complex and necessitate an interdisciplinary approach, drawing upon fields such as biology, policy, law, anthropology, sociology, conflict resolution, environmental justice, economics and communication. Students learn to apply their knowledge and effect real-world change. With access the Smithsonian-Mason Semester and international conservation organizations in the Washington, DC area, our graduates are well positioned to compete in a diverse conservation job market or enter graduate school.

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  • Assisted Living/Senior Housing, Concentration in the Health Administration BS

    This program offers the first curriculum dedicated exclusively to the management of the nation's active adult, independent living, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities. Since its inception, program alumni have gained employement in community, regional, divisional, corporate, association, and related senior housing positions throughout the United States. The concentration is designed to provide graduates with the operational, marketing, resident care, and hospitality services skills required to become effective executives and managers of senior housing communities. Equally important, the program provides exposure to and understanding of the unique philosophy of senior housing relative to choice, dignity, autonomy, and quality of life for older adults.

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  • Childhood and Youth, Concentration in the Sociology BA

    This concentration within the sociology bachelor's degree program focuses on the changing social realities, experiences, and identities of children and youth as they are formed in different social and historical contexts. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working directly with children and youth or in organizations serving them in a broad range of fields such as educational counseling, teaching, policy, advocacy or clinical work, family and community services, social work, early child development, and juvenile justice.

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  • Climate Dynamics, PhD

    Our students learn about how the atmosphere, ocean, and land surface work together to determine the climate. In collaboration with internationally known scientists, students conduct independent work to further our understanding of climate, how it varies, and how much of it we can predict. Tools in the program include cutting-edge climate models, sophisticated statistical techniques, and comprehensive data sets. Our graduates have gone on to work at top laboratories and universities.

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  • Community Health, BS, Concentration in Global Health

    The global health concentration focuses on understanding diseases and other health security threats reflecting the new global landscape, such as tobacco use and obesity, and emerging pandemics such as avian influenza, Ebola, and the Zika virus. This concentration is designed for students interested in public health at the global level and is particularly focused on improving health conditions in less developed countries.

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  • Community Health, BS

    Public and community health professionals provide vital services to improve the health outcomes of people in all types of populations, locally and throughout the world. Mason offers a BS in community health that gives students an understanding of public health and the health care system, and of issues and policies as they relate to disease prevention, public education and interventions, and health promotion for local and international populations. Graduates work in government and non-governmental agencies, in nonprofit and for-profit sectors. Students may select from concentrations in clinical science or global health.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA, BS

    From disputes between two individuals to warring clashes among ethnic groups, students pursuing either a BA or BS in conflict analysis and resolution learn to affect change through peaceful solutions. The program provides a rigorous academic curriculum along with opportunities for internships, service learning, research projects, co-curricular programs, and study abroad. Graduates find fulfilling careers in mediation and negotiation, law and criminal justice, community advocacy, human resources, and international aid, development, and diplomacy. Mason also offers a minor and an accelerated master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution. Areas of concentration include: Building Peace in Divided Societies; Global Engagement; Political and Social Action; Justice and Reconciliation; Interpersonal Dynamics; and Collaborative Leadership.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS

    The master's in Conflict Analysis and Resolution offers a comprehensive study of conflict types and prepares students for research and intervention that can mitigate, resolve, and potentially prevent negative relations between parties. Students analyze the root causes and defining characteristics of conflicts and explore the wide-ranging consequences for those parties engaged and engulfed in hostilities. Conflicts are examined at all levels—interpersonal, intragroup, intergroup, and international—with the assumption that there are common dynamics across levels of analysis.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, PhD

    The doctoral program, the first of its kind in the United States, provides advanced study for students in the field of conflict analysis and conflict resolution. Students are prepared for careers as researchers, theoreticians, and teachers in higher education, and as policy administrators, analysts, and consultants in the public and private sectors.

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  • ESOL Education (PK-12) for Practitioners, Graduate Certificate

    The Teaching Culturally & Linguistically Diverse & Exceptional Learners program prepares teachers to work with diverse students around the world. Combining knowledge on language learners, special needs and gifted students, the program helps teachers provide differentiated, inquiry-focused instruction to all K-12 students.

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  • Environmental Science and Public Policy, PhD

    The doctoral program in Environmental Science and Public Policy is inter-disciplinary. It draws on faculty and expertise from the Environmental Science and Policy departmental core faculty, as well as faculty from across the university. Both the master’s and doctoral programs meet the increasing need for trained environmental professionals who can address the problems of land and water management, land use and urbanization, wetland loss, microbial ecology, bioremediation, conservation biology, and ecosystem preservation. Graduates will have developed knowledge and skills in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of scientific data, as well as in the integration of scientific understanding into the public policy process. Areas of specific departmental focus include ecosystems, conservation, environmental biocomplexity, molecular ecology, sustainability science, environmental policy and management, and human/environmental interactions. The program has been designated a Green Leaf program.

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  • Food Security, Graduate Certificate

    Nearly a billion people across our nation and world face hunger and food insecurities. Mason’s graduate certificate in food security provides students with a full understanding of nutrition, food studies, and geography to prepare them for careers that address these growing concerns. Graduates go on to jobs in government agencies, multilateral organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

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  • Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate program in gerontology combines theoretical and applied course work in aging with the student’s graduate curriculum in any department. Because gerontology is by definition multidisciplinary, students are required to take course work outside their major field. The program is administered by CHHS and housed in the Department of Social Work.

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  • Health and Social Policy, Minor

    The minor in Health and Social Policy introduces students to the context and process for public policymaking in health care and social services. Students will examine the current environment for health and social policy, learn the elements of the public policymaking process, and apply this knowledge in a practical research endeavor. This minor is a joint program offered by the Department of Health Administration and Policy and the Department of Social Work. Students must complete a research internship course that will focus on an area of applied health or social policy.

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  • Immigration Studies, Minor

    Immigration is a front and center issue in today's world. Combining perspectives from humanities and social sciences, students are provided with an interdisciplinary and comparative understanding of the immigrant experience, ethnic identity, assimilation, ethnic exclusion and conflict, and refugee situations. Use your education and experience to act as a liason and advocate within immigrant communities working with NGOs, local and federal government agencies and other private and public institutions serving immigrant and refugee communities.

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  • Renewable Energy, Minor

    The minor in Renewable Energy focuses on the study of a variety of methods of energy generation such as solar, wind, hydro, tidal, and geothermal, as well as energy storage methods and energy conservation. Coursework includes fundamentals, materials science, analytic geometry, calculus, physics, and chemistry. The minor is a valuable asset for students interested in working in the field of renewable energy, or as preparation for graduate work in a wide range of academic disciplines. While projections suggest that employment opportunities in the renewable energy field will increase dramatically in the near future, current related jobs currently exist in a wide range of areas including engineering, business, marketing, finance, installation, software, legal affairs, and research.

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  • Social Work, BSW

    The undergraduate social work program promotes human well-being by preparing students to work competently with individuals and families seeking help, and to be leaders in communities, organizations, and the policymaking arena. Social work students are required to successfully complete 450 hours of supervised field practicum in agencies approved by Mason’s Department of Social Work.
     

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  • Social Work, MSW

    The Master of Social Work (MSW) program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), prepares students for advanced practice in social work, including foundational courses in human behavior; practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; professional writing and technology; social work research; and social policies and services. Students choose to concentration on Social Change or Clinical Practice, gaining an understanding of issues including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, disabilities, health, long-term care, and diversity. All students participate in supervised field experience. Graduates are well-qualified for positions in many settings including human service agencies, marketing research firms, educational systems, nonprofit foundations, and law enforcement agencies.

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  • Social Work, MSW, Conflict and Analysis Resolution, MS Dual Degree

    Mason’s Social Work MS/MSW Dual Degree enables students to earn both an MS in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and an MSW in Social Work. Offered by the Department of Social Work in partnership with the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, this dual degree benefits from strengths of both programs, and takes advantage of the diversity of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The program includes focused coursework in conflict analysis and resolution, as well as direct service with many different population groups in a wide range of settings, policy analysis and advocacy, community practice, research, and organizational leadership. The program prepares students to work in practical and academic/research fields, in government, commercial, and non-profit organizations. 

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  • Social Work, Minor

    This program provides students with conceptual, theoretical, and practical knowledge related to the field of social work at the individual, family, group, community, and societal levels. Core coursework includes introductory social work material, including human behavior and family life, and social policies and systems. Electives cover more specific topics such as analytic methods, legal and ethical issues, substance abuse, gerontology, and social determinants.

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  • Sustainability Studies, Minor

    With this minor, students can explore sustainability’s core principle: the desire to meet the basic material needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. You will consider the balancing of environmental integrity, social equity and economic stability, while acknowledging contributions from a wide range of disciplines.

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