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There couldn't be a better or more appropriate time to study business and economics. Course work in these fields provides the essential tools for understanding the complexities of modern society and the global marketplace.

Mason and Mexican Students Partner to Help Start-Up Businesses

George Mason University students from the School of Business traveled to Mexico City over spring break 2015 to join students from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. Their mission:  Develop business strategies for four Mexican start‐up businesses.

Even before the trip, the students collaborated to help the companies overcome their limited resources. Through phone calls, email, and Skype, the students worked as teams to solve the clients’ obstacles and bring their goods and services to market. 

The project was created with a U.S. State Department grant called “100,000 Strong in the Americas.” The clients include a company making solar‐powered motorized bicycles; a jewelry company making traditional designs from silver; an embroidery firm that puts traditional Mexican designs on apparel; and a company that specializes in embroidery for footwear, with a goal to expand into the United States.

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  • Accounting, BS, Accelerated MS

    The Accelerated MS in Accounting enables current Mason BS in Accounting majors to earn a master’s degree in just 10 additional months after completing their undergraduate work. Combined with your undergraduate degree in accounting, you’ll meet Virginia’s 150 credit-hour requirement to site for the CPA exam and instantly become a more valuable prospect to employers.

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  • Accounting, BS

    The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) called a degree in Accounting, "The One Degree with 360 Degrees of Possibilities." According to online sources, the field of accounting boasts the career trifecta of high pay, low stress and unlimited growth opportunities—it’s the common language and basic tool of business. The accounting program at George Mason University equips students to respond to explosive trends such as increased software integration, increased governmental regulations, frequent tax law changes, globalization of business and corporate restructuring.

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  • Accounting, Certificate

    The 30-credit Accounting Certificate Program provides an opportunity for post-Baccalaureate students to earn the academic credit necessary to qualify to sit for the CPA examination in Virginia.

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  • Accounting, MS

    The Masters in Accounting program at George Mason University's School of Business is offered as a full-time, on-campus program or part-time, online accounting degree. The MSA program is designed to prepare tomorrow's global accounting professionals. It’s a masters degree in accounting that helps you meet the 150-credit licensing requirement and educate you in the key areas of business ethics and corporate governance.

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  • Business Analytics Graduate Certificate


    Business analytics involves analyzing data for business insights and encompasses a wide array of methodologies and techniques—from collection, organization, reporting and mining of data to extraction of useful and actionable information for the decision makers. The School of Business Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics will help analysts and managers in marketing, accounting, and other fields effectively analyze big data through the hands-on use of modeling and other techniques using popular software tools. Students must complete 12 credits.

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  • Business Analytics, Minor

    The Minor in Business Analytics will provide students with the cutting-edge knowledge and skills to use and gather data to identify, understand, and deliver insights that internal and external clients find vital to organizational success. It's restricted to undergraduate students with a major in the School of Business. The minor requires the successful completion of 15 credits (5 courses) with a grade of C or higher. 

     

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  • Business, Minor

    The Business Minor provides an introduction to the business skills needed for success in the rapidly evolving world of business. It is designed for non-business students who wish to learn the broad business essentials necessary to enhance their own area of expertise and make them more employable.

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  • CIO Graduate Certificate

    The CIO Graduate Certificate program helps information technology professionals gain core competencies to help them advance into executive level roles that manage IT resources and strategy within organizations. The program specifically focuses on: enterprise architecture and IT governance; management of information security; IT project management; managing IT investments; managing IT operations; and emerging technologies. Students must complete 15 credits. Those enrolled in the MS in Technology Management program will complete 14 of the required credits as part of the degree program.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution Advanced Skills Graduate Certificate

    This program helps students enhance constructive engagement in interpersonal, organizational, business, and community relationships with courses in such areas as problem solving, community dialogue and facilitation, mediation of workplace disputes, and cross-cultural dialogue.  Develop critical conflict resolution skills and learn about the different approaches utilized in government, NGO, and the private sector.

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  • Economic Systems Design, Graduate Certificate

    Processes that efficiently allocate resources and foster exchange are crucial in society, organizations, personal interactions, and individual decision-making. Economic systems design explores problems in the design of allocation systems and provides a method to develop and test the properties of such systems. Graduate students in economics, computer science, mathematics, systems engineering, and informatics find this certificate a strong complement to their major area of study. The courses and project work provide skills that can be used in electronic commerce, public policy, and internal firm resource-allocation processes.

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  • Economic Systems Design, Minor

    The processes that efficiently allocate resources and foster exchange are crucial. Economic systems design is the study of the design, development, testing, and understanding of economic institutions. The minor in Economic systems design explores problems in the design of allocation systems and provides a method to develop and test the properties of such systems. A minor in economic systems design prepares students to undertake the scientific process of understanding and developing systems of exchange and their incentives. The skills offered through this minor can be of use to e-commerce designers, policy analysts, systems designers, engineers, and computer scientists.

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  • Economics BA, BS, Accelerated MA

    Mason's nationally ranked graduate economics programs are noted for their concentrations: experimental economics, Austrian economics, public choice, constitutional political economy, law and economics, and new institutional economics. Highly qualified Mason economics majors may apply to the accelerated master's degree program. Those accepted will be able to earn a bachelor's and master's degrees in economics after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. Graduates are exceptionally well-prepared for professional school or a PhD program in economics or a related discipline.

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  • Economics, BA, BS

    If you want to learn more about our complex society and analyze policy issues from a rational perspective, the economics major at Mason is a great fit for you. Economics provides an excellent foundation for graduate studies in business, law, public policy or international studies, while also paving the way for many job opportunities. As a Mason economics major, you will be studying in the department ranked #1 in the southern United States with economists known for their engaging points of view.

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  • Economics, MA

    Mason's nationally ranked graduate economics programs are noted for their emphasis on comparative institutional analysis and concentration on the relationships among economic, political, and legal institutions.The master's degree in economics strengthens students' knowledge of economic theory and improves their skills in applying the theory to economic problems. The master's program prepares graduates for the multitude of research and policy positions in the Washington, D.C., area. Graduates are qualified to read and judge others' research and to conduct research in government or business. They are also prepared to write policy analysis articles.

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  • Economics, Minor

    Economics is an essential tool for understanding the complexities of modern society. Economics analyzes how people with limited resources make choices and how we might make better choices. A minor in economics is an extremely flexible and marketable choice. Whether a student's primary interest is in business, communications, policy, data management, international studies, or engineering; a minor in economics provides an additional edge in the workplace.

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  • Economics, PhD

    The PhD in economics prepares students for careers in academia, business, and government. Students train in modern theory and quantitative techniques, and field courses stressing the application of theory to relevant economic problems. With an emphasis on publishing, many students have articles accepted for publication in professional journals while still in the program. Departmental research covers a broad spectrum, from problems of immediate policy importance to fundamental questions of economic and social organization. Our doctoral students have received offers to join some of the nation’s leading universities such as Harvard University, University of Wisconsin, Brown University, Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, and Emory University.

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  • Entrepreneurship Practice, Minor

    The Entrepreneurship Practice minor provides an introduction to the business skills needed to participate in an entrepreneurial business venture. Designed for non-School of Business students wanting to learn essential skills for the successful practice of entrepreneurship—including basics in accounting, finance, management, information systems, and marketing. This minor is ideal for those interested in starting their own company, becoming a consultant, or developing and selling products or services.

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  • Entrepreneurship, Minor

    School of Business majors with an interest in creating a new venture learn the skills needed to develop a business plan, and build networks and professional portfolios. They'll get added help from Mason's co-curricular entrepreneurship programs.

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  • Executive MBA

    You've put in several years in the trenches and made significant gains in your professional career. Now you’re ready for something more. The Executive MBA program is designed with the flexibility you need and the challenges you want from an advanced degree. Offering specialized global, national security, and critical infrastructure protection and management tracks, our top-ranked EMBA program is designed to help you master a range of executive-level competencies while cultivating expert business-related knowledge of the global economy or the national defense and security industries. Delivered in-class on Saturdays or online, students participate in intensive global and domestic residencies based on their chosen track.

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  • Finance, BS

    The BS in Finance prepares students for professional careers by providing a solid foundation in the financial principles necessary to make operating decisions for an organization and in financial market analysis. Graduates can take the lead in making decisions concerning asset evaluation, stock portfolios, financial statements, and capital budgeting. We prepare you for a career in such areas as corporate and public finance, real estate, investment banking, commercial banks and credit unions, portfolio management, and personal financial advising.

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  • Forensic Accounting, Graduate Certificate

    Investigate and defend against fraud with Mason’s graduate certificate in forensic accounting. This program allows students to combine accounting knowledge with investigative skills to successfully analyze, interpret, summarize, and present complex financial and business issues as they relate to fraudulent activity. Forensic accountants are employed by public accounting firms, consulting firms, lawyers, law enforcement agencies, insurance companies, government organizations, and financial institutions.

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  • GeoManagement, Undergraduate Certificate

    This certificate is offered by the College of Science’s Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science in cooperation with the School of Business. Professionals working on large-scale GIS projects often find it natural to couple management and marketing topics with geography. This certificate accommodates students who are pursuing a degree in the Department of Geography and Geoinformation Science who also wish to acquire more knowledge on how to manage people and organizations dealing with GIS in a global economy. By understanding marketing terms, financial matters, and also having a good understanding of how to manage people, students will be well prepared to face challenges in multidisciplinary GIS-oriented environments.

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  • Health Administration, BS

    The BS in health administration, certified through the Association of University Programs in Health Administration (AUPHA) prepares students to become managers in hospitals, clinics, community health, home care, long-term care, and managed-care organizations. Graduates can also find careers in physician practices, information technology, medical technology and supply organizations, advocacy organizations and professional associations, the insurance industry, and consultant services. Students will have knowledge of health care policy and business skills. Concentrations are offered in health systems management, assisted living/senior housing administration, and health informatics.

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  • Health Services Research, PhD

    Students in this post-master's program gain the knowledge and skills to creatively research complex health and health system problems. They identify and develop innovations in health policy and health analytics. Graduates are educators, researchers, scholars, and leaders in health care organizations, health care consulting firms, higher education, government and nonprofit organizations, and private businesses that support or regulate public and private health service entities.

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  • Health Systems Management, MHA

    The Master of Health Administration in Health Systems Management program, accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME), gives students the knowledge and skills to work as leaders and executive-level managers in health care organizations. The curriculum was developed in response to the demand for advanced health management preparation for a variety of health care and allied health professionals to be employed in hospitals, health systems, consulting and regulatory entities, medical practice groups, ambulatory clinics, managed care organizations, and government agencies in both the public and private sectors of health care.

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  • Information Systems and Operations Management, BS

    Being able to combine business knowledge and tech savvy is an invaluable skill that employers covet. As an ISOM major, you learn to use information systems and quantitative analysis to advance an organization. This degree prepares you to manage database systems, networks, and web sites, serve as a consultant or project manager designing production and distribution facilities, or forecast economic and business activities and solve supply-chain management problems.

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  • Information Technology, PhD

    The program encompasses all aspects of information technology and the branches of engineering most closely associated with information and engineering.  Our focus on the science, engineering, and technology of information processing complements and enhances traditional approaches to engineering that are more strongly based on the physical and material sciences. The Information Technology PhD program is broad, and includes several specific concentrations.

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  • International Business, Minor

    With a strong set of business skills developed through the core undergraduate curriculum and their majors, business students in the International Business Minor can further develop skills in managing and communicating across different cultures, improve their understanding of how specific business disciplines vary in an international setting, and cultivate an appreciation for international monetary issues.

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  • International Commerce and Policy, MA

    Students earning an MA in the International Commerce and Policy (ICP) program develop skills and expertise in global finance, investment, trade, and development, which help them work as leaders in multinational organizations, nonprofits, NGOs, and consulting firms. Unlike traditional international affairs programs, ICP focuses on international economic issues such as global trade and investment. It differs from an MBA program by providing training in the political, technological, cultural, and social aspects of the global economy.

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  • JD/MBA Dual Degree (Law)

    The dual JD/MBA degree provides you with the flexibility and versatility to pursue a variety of career paths. The analytical, communications, and leadership skills you learn within the MBA program compliment your legal studies making you an attractive candidate for a law firm and can escalate your path to becoming a partner. If you decide to pursue a business career beyond a law firm, your JD will differentiate you from other corporate professionals and align you with senior management positions. Nearly 10% of Fortune 500 CEOs hold JDs.

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  • MBA

    To succeed in today’s global marketplace, you need a diverse skill set, broader insights, and the confidence that comes from knowing you are truly prepared to assume a critical leadership role. The top-ranked Mason MBA degree prepares the next generation of world leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. This kind of broader business school focus has become essential for pioneers of businesses, governments, and public institutions worldwide.

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  • Management of Secure Information Systems, MS

    Highly ranked by IT security practitioners, the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is an interdisciplinary cyber-security management program offered by the School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering, and the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Designed for mid-career professionals actively engaged in the cyber security field, you will complete the program in 16 months of Saturday classes and participate in a weeklong global residency. Gain the leadership and management expertise you need while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.

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  • Management, BS

    Learn to be an adaptive manager who understands today’s key human resource issues and can lead in tomorrow’s work environment. As a management major, you learn to motivate a workforce, encourage teamwork, identify competitive advantages, negotiate effectively, and succeed in diverse and multicultural work environments. At the end of the program, you’re ready to start and run your own business, start a career in human resources or become an entry-level supervisor.

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  • Management, MS

    Designed for recent liberal arts, sciences, or engineering graduates, the Masters in Management teaches students the fundamentals of business management in a global environment. The practical business knowledge you learn in the MS in Management combined with the specialized skills acquired in your undergraduate degree program give you a multi-disciplinary mindset and a well-rounded background that broadens your scope of job opportunities. The MS in Management is a full-time, daytime program completed in 11 months and includes a weeklong global  residency.

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  • Managerial Economics, Economics Concentration in the BS

    Students who wish to focus their BS in economics for application in the business world may choose to pursue a concentration in managerial economics. They complete 62 credits, 10 of which may be used also to fulfill Mason Core requirements.

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  • Marketing, BS

    As a marketing major, you learn how to match opportunities in the market to an organization’s goals, research consumer needs, and design, deliver, and communicate the value of products and services in a dynamic, competitive environment. If you’re interested in advertising, product management, brand management, business development, public relations, or customer service, this is the degree for you. The marketing program prepares you for a broad range of global and domestic career options.

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  • Organization Development and Knowledge Management, MS

    To learn how to lead change in complex organizations, consider the Organization Development and Knowledge Management Development master’s program.  Students explore organizational leadership theory and practice, the shift from hierarchical structures to group-based learning, and the best ways to promote collaborative work environments.  They graduate with the ability to manage, evaluate, and affect rapid change in government, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

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  • Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, Concentration in the Economics BA, BS|Philosophy BA | Government and International Politics, BA

    The Philosophy, Politics, and Economics program lets students pursue topics in the intersection of philosophy, political science, and economics. Philosophy brings specific analytic and argumentative practices. Political science investigates political ideas, processes, institutions, and actions in national and international settings. Economics brings an understanding of the dynamics of competition and cooperation as well as the advantages and disadvantages of alternative economic systems. Those who wish to concentrate on economics will increase their courseload to include classes in micro- and macroeconomic principles, game theory, the economics of institutions, calculus and computing.

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  • Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate in Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems prepares working clinicians and administrative support staff in health care organizations to implement quality-improvement initiatives and manage populations of patients to optimize efficiency and effectiveness of care and services. Participants acquire the knowledge and ability to work in interdisciplinary health care teams using the tools and techniques of statistical process control and selected methods and tools from operations research and quality improvement. This certificate can lead to positions within hospital operations; hospital quality, safety, and improvement; quality improvement management/direction; quality reporting analysis; and regulatory accreditation coordination.

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  • Real Estate Development, MS

    The MS in Real Estate Development is designed to provide real estate professionals with the knowledge essential to assume increasingly responsible leadership roles within the development industry. Areas of emphasis include real estate finance, investment analysis, project management, sustainability and economic development. The multi-disciplinary curriculum, created in consultation with leading real estate development companies, incorporates coursework from the domains of business, engineering and public policy. It has been designed to strengthen the employment potential and upward mobility of industry professionals working in the areas of development, architecture, engineering, public planning, construction management, real estate finance, mortgage lending, property management, real estate law and related fields.

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  • Social Entrepreneurship, Concentration in the Interdisciplinary Studies MAIS

    The Social Entrepreneurship concentration in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Core coursework combines social entrepreneurship, management, public policy, public and international affairs, and leadership with courses aimed at individual students’ areas of specialization and hands-on learning activities. Through this powerful blend of academic study and experiential learning opportunities, students will graduate with the knowledge of leading-edge concepts and research-based approaches, as well as the field experience necessary to succeed as social innovators in a variety of roles within government, industry, and nonprofit organizations. 

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  • Sustainable Enterprise, Minor

    Sustainable enterprises are businesses that are financially prosperous and seek to benefit the environment and society. This minor is offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science.

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  • Technology Management, MS

    The MS in Technology Management is designed to provide students with the expertise needed to further their leadership careers in technology and technology-oriented businesses and organizations. The program addresses how to succeed in this increasingly fast-moving marketplace and emphasizes leadership and management; special considerations of technology innovation, commercialization, introduction, and integration; and methods and approaches of systems thinking. Designed for mid-career IT professionals, you will complete the program in 16 months of Saturday classes and participate in a global residency that explores the challenges of managing IT in the global economy.

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