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The confluence of today’s world requires individuals who are well­versed in global issues and who understand the interplay of culture, politics and economics, and how it affects virtually every aspect of our lives, from the food we consume to jobs and wages. There are many opportunities to become involved including Fair Trade initiatives, sustainability, conflict and resolution, and the prevention of human trafficking, to name just a few.

Students Trek to the Amazon for Clean Water Project

Students Trek to the Amazon for Clean Water Project

Students Trek to Amazon for Clean Water Project

Mason members of the Amazon WaSH Project are preparing for their fourth summer trip to the Peruvian Amazon to work with the Maijuna (pronounced my­-HOON­-a) indigenous group. This year, team members will spend two weeks in the Nueva Vida and Puerto Huamán communities. They will be building water filters for 45 families, which will help improve the lives of 200 Maijuna people. 

Team members have visited the indigenous Maijuna villagers, an endangered population with about 450 living people, since 2011. The Maijuna are plagued with serious health issues, such as widespread dysentery and infant mortality, due to the lack of clean drinking water. Each year, the project team teaches different Maijuna communities to build water filters, in addition to holding sanitation and hygiene workshops to help combat the spread of disease and infection.

  • Anthropology MA

    The  program prepares students for a Ph.D. as well as for careers in the government, private sector, development, museums, and many other fields. Students may focus on cultural anthropology and bio-archaeology while learning how to use fieldwork methods and gaining an understanding of the ethics of conducting research. Students must complete a thesis or project that centers on a research question or problematic. Areas of emphasis are advanced training in sociocultural anthropology; culture, health, and bioethics; and transnationalism and globalization. Advanced graduate courses focus either on regional studies (i.e., the Middle East, Latin America, India) or special topics that build on faculty interests and expertise. Graduates will be prepared to address theoretical and applied questions in health, human rights, education, policy, conflict analysis, and additional areas on national and international levels.

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  • 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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  • Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian Studies, Minor

    With half of the world’s population and half of its land mass, Asia is destined to play an increasingly important role in the global economy and world politics. A minor in Asia-Pacific and Northeast Asian studies will give students a better understanding of an important region of the world, broaden their perspective, and provide an edge in seeking jobs in various government agencies, international organizations, private businesses, law firms, and non-profit organizations that deal with Asia. It prepares students for graduate studies in the humanities or social sciences. This minor complements many majors including history, anthropology, communication, economics, and government and politics.

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  • Center for Energy Science and Policy

    Energy policy promises to be one of the key issues of the 21st century, as the world must mitigate climate change caused by fossil fuel combustion, while providing secure and affordable supplies of energy to support economic development and growth. This center provides objective analysis of key issues in the energy field that is grounded in original research. It serves as a center of gravity for the many researchers at Mason whose work engages them with these issues and connects them with decision-makers in the economy, society, and government.

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Prevention, Reconstruction and Stabilization Contexts, Graduate Certificate

    This program designed for midcareer professionals augments development, defense, security, or humanitarian aid work experience with the theories and skills of conflict analysis and resolution for designing, implementing, and evaluating conflict-sensitive initiatives internationally in areas of potential violence and post-conflict reconstruction and stabilization.  It considers cross-sectoral approaches to long-term violence prevention and constructive conflict resolution.

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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, Minor

    This interdisciplinary 18-credit minor equips students with the knowledge and skills they need for many careers. Students develop critical thinking skills, cross-cultural understanding, creative problem solving, research and writing skills, interpersonal skills, and the ability to work in teams.  They learn to identify and analyze sources of conflict, and apply conflict resolution theories to practical, real-world situations in their community, workplace, and personal life.

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  • Cyber Security Engineering, BS

    This BS program is focused on the cyber security engineering of integrated cyber-physical systems. This degree provides a foundation in cyber security engineering, and is most appropriate for students with a strong mathematics and science background. The program prepares graduates either for direct entry into a career in engineering or for graduate study.

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  • Electrical and Computer Engineering, PhD

    The PhD program in Electrical and Computer Engineering educates students to do original research on ECE topics and become technical leaders in their fields. Students may choose research areas such as communications, networking, computer engineering, control and robotics, signal processing, micro/nano-electronics, and bioengineering. The ECE PhD program requires course work, a qualifying exam, a teaching assignment, a dissertation proposal and research competency exam, a research seminar, dissertation research, and a dissertation defense. With a strong and growing department reputation for excellence, graduates have become professors at other universities and researchers in industrial and government research centers.

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  • Environmental GIS and Biodiversity Conservation, Graduate 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 only 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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  • Environmental Science and Policy, Accelerated MS

    This degree option allows highly qualified George Mason University students to earn an Environmental Science and Policy, MS in less time than if they had first graduated with an environmentally-focused Green Leaf -designated BA or BS degree, then applied to the MS program sequentially. This program of study is offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science.

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  • Global Affairs, BA

    A passion for learning about international issues, experiencing other cultures, and examining the global processes affecting all societies leads individuals to pursue a BA in global affairs at Mason. Students determine their area of concentration either by choosing a world region to study—Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, or Russia and Central Asia—or by choosing a theme, such as the global economy, the arts, the environment, or international development. Undergraduates in this program are encouraged to study abroad, and they leave Mason with advanced language skills and a solid preparation for international careers or graduate studies.

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  • Global Affairs, MA, Accelerated MA

    The Global Affairs graduate program prepares globally competent professionals to enter today's fast-paced, interconnected world. Using a multidisciplinary approach, coursework highlights both the theoretical and practical aspects of the cultural, political, and economic dynamics of globalization.

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  • Global Affairs, Minor

    The minor in global affairs provides students with a global perspective that can enhance many different majors. The minor is not available to students majoring in global affairs or minoring in global systems.

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  • Global and Environmental Change, BS

    One of the first of its kind in the nation, this degree examines the dynamics of Earth’s systems and their interactions from local, regional and global scales, with an emphasis on the use of remote sensing and related geoinformation technologies in detecting changes.

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  • Government and International Politics, BA

    Interested in a career in political analysis, public service, law, campaigns or research? Learn to critically examine the complexities of national and international issues, as well as political issues, processes, and actors.

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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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  • 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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  • Japanese Studies, Minor

    Explore these and other aspects of Japanese language, culture, and history through the minor in Japanese studies. Students acquire the language skills and cultural understanding to function successfully in social settings and a variety of careers.

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  • Middle East Studies, Minor

    Today, Middle East politics has become intertwined with U.S. politics more than ever before. The minor in Middle East studies is designed to teach undergraduates about the region, its history, and its international relations.

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  • Middle East and Islamic Studies, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified undergraduates pursuing a BA in select majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic studies. If accepted, and depending on their undergraduate major, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and a master’s degree in Middle East and Islamic studies after satisfactory completion of 144 credits, sometimes within five years. The interdisciplinary, Accelerated MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences introduces students to the major issues and debates in the study of the Middle East, Islam and Muslim societies. Students study historical and contemporary topics—as well as theory and methodology—from both regional and global perspectives.

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  • Middle East and Islamic Studies, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in Middle East and Islamic studies allows students to examine the complex issues involved in understanding the Middle East and the broader Islamic world from a variety of perspectives. Students study both contemporary and historical developments in these regions; they take core courses in various disciplines, including political science, history, and religious studies, and have the opportunity to take elective courses in an even broader set of disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, literature, and art history.

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  • Peace Operations, MS

    Mason offers the country’s only master’s degree in Peace Operations. The program focuses on the study of international interventions that aim to restore or maintain peace and stability in areas affected by conflict or natural disaster. Students study post-conflict reconstruction, recovery and development, as well as diplomacy and security. Graduates work abroad in places such as Afghanistan, Egypt, and France. 

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  • Political Philosophy, Minor

    The Political Philosophy minor provides students with an intensive study of political philosophy and political theory. Students study the field from a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives through courses in history of political philosophy; moral evaluation of political institutions; the ethical, social, and political issues raised by globalization; and the conceptual foundations of democracy and human rights. They develop a deeper philosophical perspective on political institutions and have a solid foundation for further graduate study in philosophy, government, or policy studies.

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  • Public Health, Minor

    The public health minor provides students with a basic understanding of each of the core areas of public health, introduces students to career opportunities in global and community health, and prepares students for admission to graduate programs in public health.

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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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  • World Religions, Diplomacy, and Conflict Resolution Graduate Certificate

    This program designed for midcareer professionals considers strategies to reduce global violence and terrorism by incorporating the best moral practices of religious communities into policy planning, diplomacy, civil society building and democratization. Courses cover strategies to elicit moderate moral religious expression in conflict regions to strengthen civil society and democracy.

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