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Engineering coursework prepares students to solve complex, multidisciplinary, global challenges by leveraging innovative learning tools, the inventive capacity of our region, and Mason’s global presence.

Developing Reliable Data for Robotic Bridge and Tunnel Inspection

Anyone who has ever tried to drive around roadwork knows traditional street and highway repair methods can be slow and cumbersome. Worse, the heavy equipment used often places workers in life-­threatening situations.

George Mason University engineering professor David Lattanzi believes robots can help. “If we can develop safe, cost-­effective, and accurate robotic inspection tools, we can eliminate many of the dangers of this hazardous work,” he says.

Lattanzi and his research team at the Volgenau School of Engineering are studying how to convert robotic inspection information into virtual computer “worlds” that can be explored by a human inspector. To accomplish this, they adapted techniques from computer vision and virtual reality equipment to see what an unmanned aerial vehicle inspecting a site sees. They then take measurements and create a scale model to examine, discover, and fix structural problems.

David Lattanzi and Ali Khaloo

David Lattanzi (on right), Assistant Professor, and Ali Khaloo, graduate student, work with Occulus hardware to get a new perspective on research.

  • Advanced Networking Protocols for Telecommunications, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate program is designed for those interested in gaining an in-depth understanding of advanced protocols used in a variety of telecommunications networks. While most students earn the certificate as part of their MS in Telecommunications, it is possible to earn the certificate without pursuing the MS.

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  • Applied Computer Science BS/Computer Science, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Computer Science, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS/Information Security and Assurance, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Security and Assurance MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS/Information Systems, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science, BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Systems MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS/Software Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Applied Computer Science BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Software Engineering MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Applied Computer Science, BS

    Applied Computer Science is a degree program for those students who want and need the knowledge and expertise of computer science to work in one of the many disciplines that require advanced computing techniques. The program offers four areas of focus:  bioinformatics, computer game design, geography, and software engineering. Some career paths are: Software consulting, Bio-informatics and data management, Graphics and game development, Defense software analysis.

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  • Applied Cyber Security, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate offers courses in key elements of cyber security. It is designed for professionals who work for, or in support of, U.S. federal agencies, and provides post-bachelor’s academic preparation for students who may not wish to complete a full master’s degree program, as well as for master’s graduates who wish to take the topic-specific courses that the certificate provides.

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  • Applied Information Technology, MS

    The MS in Applied Information Technology is the very best graduate education in IT for high-potential leaders, especially those working on IT solutions that affect the federal government. Its objective is to graduate men and women of competence and character who can lead multidisciplinary teams in the design, justification, development, management, and sustainment of mega-systems from data to decision in the private and federal sectors. Faculty include professors from the Volgenau School, the School of Business, and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, plus industry leaders with unique reputations in the subject area as adjunct professors and guest lecturers. The faculty expose students to the pragmatic issues of IT, not just the theory.

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  • Applied Statistics, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate trains students in data analysis and statistical methodology.  It is intended to complement PhD and MS programs outside the Department of Statistics. It is also intended to be responsive to the needs of those who teach or work in government/industry and want to increase their knowledge of statistics.

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  • Applied and Engineering Physics, MS

    This degree contains elements of traditional physics programs and the application of physics to a diversity of critical societal problems. The program is divided into three areas of emphasis. The standard emphasis is intended for students who may wish to pursue further graduate study in physics leading to a PhD degree in preparation for a career in basic research. The applied physics emphasis is intended for those who wish to apply the techniques and subject areas of physics to multifaceted problems encountered in the workplace, particularly in physics, engineering, computational science, and other related areas. The engineering physics emphasis allows students to select a larger number of courses from electrical engineering or nanotechnology and other areas.

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  • Architecture-based Systems Integration, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate is available to students who hold bachelor’s degrees in engineering and scientific disciplines or have graduate status in such programs. Admission requirements are identical to those for the master’s degree in systems engineering.

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  • Aviation Flight Training and Management, Minor

    Students completing the Aviation Flight Training and Management minor take classes for Pilot Ground school and Flight Training leading up to a solo flight.  In addition, students study aspects of aviation including systems engineering of air traffic control, design of airports, human factors and psychology, and financial planning and management.  Students will be trained for required government licensing exams such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Knowledge Test and FAA Flight tests.

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  • Bioengineering, BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Bioengineering BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering MS with a concentration in Bioengineering. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Bioengineering, BS

    Bioengineering, also referred to as biomedical engineering, is the application of engineering tools and approaches to solve problems in biology and medicine. It is a broad and growing field that draws upon rapid advances in technology and computation, as well as on unprecedented growth in basic biological understanding.

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  • Bioengineering, PhD

    The doctoral program in bioengineering is designed to prepare future leaders in bioengineering. The terms bioengineering and biomedical engineering often have been used synonymously, referring to the application of engineering techniques to solve problems in biology and medicine. Rapid advances in understanding the molecular bases of disease have opened up new opportunities to advance human health through research that integrates knowledge in modern biology, engineering, physics, and computer science. The doctoral program will prepare leaders in bioengineering in this broader, integrative sense of the discipline. A major distinguishing feature of the curriculum is that it is designed to educate leaders who understand and appreciate how biomedical technology is translated from the bench to the bedside. Regardless whether they will eventually serve at universities, industry or government, they will understand that new types of devices and processes resulting from advanced research not only need to be “better”, but that they must be “cost-effective” to reach the public. As demanded by their leadership positions, they will recognize that entrepreneurial considerations are essential for determining whether a planned diagnostic or therapeutic approach is likely to be practical and useful for society.

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students working on a bachelor's degree in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering have the option of obtaining an accelerated master's degree. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS

    The bachelor’s degree program provides essential underpinnings in the theory and design methods of civil and infrastructure engineering for engineering practice. Students benefit from exposure to practical civil, environmental, and infrastructure engineering problems and their solutions in the classroom, lab, and field. The educational objectives of the Civil and Infrastructure Engineering program describe expectations for graduates approximately three to five years after obtaining their BS CIE degree.

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, MS

    The Master of Science in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering is designed for students who have completed the BS in civil engineering, although students with related undergraduate degrees may be considered for provisional admission. The MS educates students in the theory and practice of civil engineering science and design at an advanced level. The MS also serves as a foundation for doctoral study in in civil engineering, as well as for additional graduate studies in architecture, law, business, economics, finance, and public policy and administration.

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD

    The Doctor of Philosophy in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering prepares students for advanced leadership positions in research and development in the public or private sector, academics, or government. Students may elect to study in the areas of: environmental and water resources engineering, geotechnical engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering. Both part-time and full-time study is available.

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  • Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate program focuses on the analysis, design, development, and management of Command, Control, Communications, Computing, and Intelligence (C4I) systems. Topics addressed include C4I architectures and software, communications, decision support, modeling and simulation, and sensor data fusion. The program is available to students who hold bachelor’s degrees in engineering and scientific disciplines or are in graduate status in such programs.

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  • Communications and Networking, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit certificate program combines six foundation and nine specialization credits to give professionals increased competency in this complex and growing field. You’ll gain greater understanding of random processes in electrical and computer engineering and computer networks and protocols. Beyond these foundations, you’ll choose three elective subjects to build specialized knowledge. Course work is at the graduate level, and is creditable to and a great starting point for a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree in science, technology, or engineering from an accredited university is eligible to take this certificate program.

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  • Computational Modeling, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who work or plan to work in the field of computational modeling. Courses taken for this certificate program can count toward a master’s degree in operations research or statistics or a PhD in computational sciences and informatics. Students must be concurrently enrolled in the program for courses to count toward the certificate and the other degree.

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  • Computer Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    Computer Engineering involves knowledge of hardware and software development. The students learn how to design new generations of computers, as well as embedded computing systems, such as those found in smartphones, cars, appliances, computer networks, smart factories, and the Internet of Things. The university offers highly qualified students in the Computer Engineering bachelor's degree program the option of obtaining an accelerated MS in Computer Engineering.

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  • Computer Engineering, BS

    The field of computer engineering can be described as a blend of electrical engineering and computer science. It is an amalgam of the computer hardware orientation of an electrical engineering program and the operating systems and languages of a computer science program. Computer engineers are involved in research, development, design, production, and operation of a wide variety of digital systems, from integrated circuits to computer systems and large-scale computer networks.

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  • Computer Engineering, MS

    Computer engineering involves knowledge of hardware and software development. The students learn how to design new generations of computers, as well as embedded computing systems, such as those found in smartphones, cars, appliances, computer networks, and smart factories. The computer engineering program offers the following specialization areas: digital systems design, microprocessor and embedded systems, digital signal processing, computer networks, and network and system security.

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  • Computer Science BS/Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Computer Science BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Computer Science, BS, Accelerated MS

    Computer Science is the discipline concerned with the design, implementation, and maintenance of the computer software systems used in almost all other professions. Computer scientists must be well-grounded in the technologies needed for the acquisition, representation, storage, transmission, transformation, and use of information in digital form and must be capable of working closely with members of other professions associated with computing. Highly qualified students in the BS in Computer Science program have the option of obtaining an accelerated MS in Computer Science.  

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  • Computer Science, BS, Minor

    Computer Science is the discipline concerned with the design, implementation, and maintenance of the computer software systems used in almost all other professions. Computer scientists must be well-grounded in the technologies needed for the acquisition, representation, storage, transmission, transformation, and use of information in digital form and must be capable of working closely with members of other professions associated with computing. The minor is intended for those pursuing other undergraduate degree programs who feel the need to pursue computer science to complement their other studies.

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  • Computer Science, BS/Information Security and Assurance, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Computer Science BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Security and Assurance MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Computer Science, BS/Information Systems, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students earning a BS in  Computer Science have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Systems MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Computer Science, BS/Software Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students earning a BS in Computer Science have the option of obtaining an accelerated Software Engineering MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Computer Science, MS

    The Master of Science in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to combine a sound foundation in computer science with concentrated knowledge in the latest developments in particular areas. The graduate program leading to an MS in Computer Science prepares students for research and professional practice in computer science and related technologies. The program includes both fundamentals and advanced work in the areas of artificial intelligence and databases, programming languages and software engineering, systems and networks, theoretical computer science, and visual computing.

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  • Computer Science, PhD

    Doctoral study in Computer Science offers students the opportunity to combine a sound foundation in computer science with concentrated knowledge in the latest developments in particular areas. The program includes both fundamentals and advanced work in the areas of artificial intelligence and databases, programming languages and software engineering, systems and networks, theoretical computer science, and visual computing.

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  • Computer Science, Undergraduate Certificate

    This certificate is available to students who are working on or possess an undergraduate degree in a science or engineering field but lack a formal credential in the computer science field. The certificate also is geared toward students who have shown an aptitude for graduate study but do not have the academic prerequisites required for admittance into a graduate MS computer science program.

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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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  • Data Analysis, Minor

    The minor gives students a background in data analysis and statistical methodology. It is intended to complement undergraduate degree programs such as computer science, economics, environmental engineering, geography, mathematics, nursing, psychology, public administration, sociology, and systems engineering.

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  • Data Analytics Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduate students have the option of obtaining an accelerated Data Analytics Engineering MS with a concentration in predictive analytics. While no specific undergraduate degree is required, Mason undergraduate students majoring in systems engineering or any other engineering, business, computer science, statistics, mathematics, or information technology may apply to this option if they meet certain requirements. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Data Analytics Engineering, MS

    The Masters in Data Analytics Engineering is designed to provide students with an understanding of the technologies and methodologies necessary for data-driven decision-making. Topics cover data mining, information technology, statistical models, predictive analytics, optimization, risk analysis, and data visualization. Aimed at students who wish to become data scientists and analysts in finance, marketing, operations, business intelligence and other information-intensive groups generating and consuming large amounts of data, the program also has wider applications, including a concentration in digital forensics, the process of extracting and analyzing data to be used in the legal system.

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  • Data Analytics, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate is intended for students who are interested in addressing the challenge of transforming the massive data arising in applications such as business analytics, cyber defense/forensics, energy, finance, genomics, health care, intelligence, law enforcement, or transportation, into meaningful information. The program is intended for graduate students who are interested in becoming data scientists, data-mining specialists or in enhancing their current skills when handling very large data sets.

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  • Digital Forensics, MS

    Digital forensics is a discipline addressing the collection, processing, and analysis of digital information so that this information can be admitted as evidence in a court of law. It is interdisciplinary in its nature with the inclusion of computer engineering, computer science, information technology, law, and ethics. Digital forensics is a key component in criminal, civil, intelligence, and counter-terrorism matters. The MS in Digital Forensics will prepare graduates for careers in law enforcement, various other branches of government, and in the corporate sector such as banking and finance by combining academic education with real-world practical techniques and by offering advanced training in analyzing digital evidence, in intrusion forensics, and in legal and ethical issues.

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  • Electrical Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    The BS/Accelerated MS program is intended for those highly capable students who are interested in immediately continuing their undergraduate academic program in electrical or computer engineering into a graduate program in their respective discipline. This program allows for the completion of both a Bachelor's degree and a Master's degree in EE in five years and 145 credit hours or in CpE in five years and 150 credit hours.

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  • Electrical Engineering, BS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Electrical Engineering, BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Electrical Engineering, BS

    Electrical engineers design and build the equipment that most of us take for granted—computers, cell phones, televisions, rockets, satellites, communications and computer networks, mobile radios, environmental control systems, robots, weapons, and cars, to name a few. Electrical engineering is the foundation on which computer engineering and computer science rest. Students in this program learn the fundamentals of electrical engineering and then choose a focus in one of the major fields of electronics—communications, networks and signal processing, computer engineering, or controls and robots.

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  • Electrical Engineering, MS

    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering offers an MS in Electrical Engineering with specializations in: bioengineering, communications and networking, signal processing, control and robotics, microelectronics/nanoelectronics, and system architectures. The program is committed to high standards of teaching and research excellence in communications, digital systems design, computer networks, microprocessor and embedded systems, distributed computing, signal and image processing, control systems, robotics, intelligent systems, systems integration and microelectronics. Graduate students are offered a progressive environment with ample opportunities for the type of advanced research needed to confront the complex realities of the 21st century.

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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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  • Energy and Sustainability, Concentration in the MAIS

    The study of sustainability incorporates environmental science, engineering, economics, business and public policy. Energy is a crucial component. Students can pursue a structured interdisciplinary concentration or design an individualized concentration to meet the needs of their chosen careers.

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  • Environmental Engineering, Minor

    This minor prepares students for employment in environmental engineering and subsequent graduate studies in water and environmental engineering at Mason or elsewhere. Classes include the Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Global Environmental Hazards.

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  • Federal Statistics, Graduate Certificate

    The federal statistics certificate is intended to respond to the need for broad training in statistics, survey methods, and data analysis, including graphics and data visualization. The program is extremely flexible and can be tailored to the needs of students within the federal statistical sector. It is also intended to be responsive to the needs of those in state and local governments, and those in the private sector involved in the collection, interpretation, or statistical analysis of federal data.

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  • Foundations of Information Systems, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate program is designed primarily for students who earned an undergraduate degree in an area other than information systems and are interested in acquiring solid foundations to pursue further education and a career in information systems, software engineering, information security and assurance, or a related discipline.

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  • Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering, MEng

    The Master of Engineering (MEng) program in combined Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering (GeoConStruct) was designed in collaboration with leading engineers in practice to develop a course of study that recognizes that geotechnical engineering, construction engineering, and structural engineering are practiced together and should be taught together in an integrated manner. Its purpose is to educate engineers for practice, for excellence in design and execution now, laying the groundwork for practice demands 25 years from now. It is a program that balances theory and practice, building on the foundation of an undergraduate degree in civil engineering.

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  • Human Factors/Applied Cognition, Concentration in the Psychology PhD

    The PhD program in Human Factors and Applied Cognition provides instruction and research training for students wishing to pursue careers in the academic, public, and private sectors. Human factors involves the design of technologies and work environments to be compatible with human capabilities and limitations. Across all areas, a strong emphasis is placed on students developing a good understanding of cognitive theory, acquiring advanced methodological and statistical skills, and learning how to apply these tools to real-world human factors problems. The graduate program provides research training in developing theories of human cognitive functions and identifying their applications to the design of systems that are safe and efficient. The program is accredited by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

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  • Human Factors/Applied Cognition, Concentration in the Psychology MA

    The MA in psychology with a concentration in human factors and applied cognition trains students in the application of cognitive science to real-world problems. Students gain expertise in such areas as human/computer interaction, cognitive system engineering, cognitive ergonomics, and transportation, and they can focus on either professional training or preparation for a doctoral program. The professional training path emphasizes coursework and practical experience; the doctoral preparation path involves students in ongoing research projects.

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  • Individualized Study BIS/Applied Information Technology, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Individualized Study, BIS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Applied Information Technology, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Individualized Study, BIS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Individualized Study, BIS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Security and Assurance, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate program is for students interested in science and methods for ensuring secrecy, integrity, availability, and legitimate use of information systems. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate programs in the Volgenau School.

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  • Information Technology Entrepreneurship, Undergraduate Certificate

    This certificate prepares IT and engineering students for a successful career as entrepreneurs in the area of information technology. They acquire a unique body of knowledge related to innovation, both on the information technology/engineering/inventive side and on the entrepreneurial side, which will give them a competitive advantage in the difficult market where only a few new companies are able to survive and grow. This certificate is designed for students who are working on or possess an undergraduate degree in information technology, computer science, engineering or a related domain and want to focus on IT innovation and entrepreneurship.

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  • Information Technology, BS, Minor

    Students learn to apply IT to support business processes. The degree produces graduates with strong problem-solving, writing, and communication skills. There is virtually no business or organization that doesn't rely on IT, whether it's analysis, programming, software testing or consultancy, to name just a few of the options open to you.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Applied Information Technology, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Applied Information Technology MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Computer Forensics, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Computer Forensics MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Information Security and Assurance, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Security and Assurance, MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Information Systems, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Information Systems MS. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Software Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Software Engineering MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Information Technology, BS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Information Technology BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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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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  • Information Technology, Undergraduate Certificate

    This certificate is designed primarily for those students who have earned a nontechnical bachelor’s degree or current undergraduate students who desire deeper knowledge than that which can be accomplished through the IT minor.  It allows students to supplement the knowledge gained through their major-related courses with a foundation of information technology (IT).

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  • Intelligence Technologies, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate offers courses in key elements of intelligence analysis. Designed for professionals who work for, or in support of, intelligence community agencies, it provides additional academic preparation for post-bachelor’s students who may not wish to complete a full master’s program, as well as for master’s graduates who wish to take the area-specific courses a certificate provides.

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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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  • Mechanical Engineering, BS, Minor

    Mechanical Engineering is the broadest of the engineering disciplines, concerned with anything that moves or uses energy. There are two major stems in mechanical engineering: mechanical systems and thermal fluid systems. Mechanical Engineers design, build, and analyze complex devices, systems and processes that involve the conversion of energy from one form to another, the production of work, and the transport of energy and mass from one location to another. Mechanical engineers work mostly in engineering services, research and development, manufacturing industries, and the federal government.

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  • Military Operations Research, Graduate Certificate

    This program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who work or plan to work in the field of military operations research. It is appropriate for students who cannot complete requirements for a master’s degree in operations research, but who want a concentrated study of military modeling. Admissions requirements are identical to those for the master’s degree in operations research.

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  • Network Technologies and Applications, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate provides a broad understanding of the technologies used in telecommunications networks and the various applications of telecommunications networks. The graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

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  • Networks, System Integration and Testing, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate provides graduate students with the opportunity to reach a demonstrated level of competence in computer networks, system integration, and software testing. Course work toward the graduate certificate may be used for credit toward the MS in Electrical Engineering or Computer Engineering degrees; however, the certificate’s primary purpose is to provide a well-defined program for students who want to advance their knowledge of modern networks, systems integration and testing, but do not necessarily want to complete requirements for the MS degree.

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  • Operations Research and Statistical Science, Dual-Degree MS

    This program allows students to earn an MS in Operations Research and an MS in Statistical Science by completing 48 credits of course work in both areas instead of the 60 that would be required if the degrees were sought independently.

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  • Operations Research, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in selected BS programs have the option of obtaining an Accelerated Operations Research, MS.  Mason undergraduate students majoring in civil and infrastructure engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or systems engineering may apply to this option if they meet certain requirements. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Operations Research, MS

    The program prepares students for research and professional practice associated with the formulation, analysis, and computer implementation of mathematical models of operational systems. Features of the program include mathematical programming, queueing and network theories, computer simulation and modeling, applied and computational probability, and the application of these to realistic problems. Students are expected to become proficient in these areas, as well as in supporting areas of information technology necessary to implement OR analysis approaches.

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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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  • Signal Processing, Graduate Certificate

    The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, in conjunction with the Department of Statistics, offers the certificate in signal processing, which provides graduate students with an opportunity to reach a demonstrated level of competence in signal processing. Course work for the graduate certificate can be used for credit toward the MS in Statistical Science, as well as the MS in Electrical or Computer Engineering.  However, the certificate’s primary purpose is to provide a well-defined body of information for students who want to advance or update their knowledge in this fast-moving field, but who do not necessarily wish to complete requirements for the MS degree.

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  • Software Engineering, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who are working in or planning to work in software engineering but do not want to complete requirements for a master’s degree in the field. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs in the Volgenau School.

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  • Software Engineering, MS

    The MS in Software Engineering’s mission is to teach students to become leaders in engineering high quality, large scale, computing solutions to real life problems. The program provides specialized knowledge and experience in developing and modifying large, complex software systems, emphasizing technical and management aspects of software engineering development. Software engineers are concerned with the theoretical and practical aspects of technology, cost, and social impact of software systems that are effective and efficient, and the skills developed while earning this graduate degree contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.

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  • Software Engineering, Minor

    The minor in Software Engineering teaches students to design and build high quality software, a valuable asset for engineers, mathematicians, and scientists interested in working in a variety of fields that increasingly demand strong software writing skills. Coursework focuses on modeling physical processes, programs to solve complex numerical problems, visualization of complex phenomena, and solving mathematical systems. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education.

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  • Statistical Science, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in selected BS programs have the option of obtaining an accelerated Statistical Science MS.  Students enrolled in a BS degree in any of the Volgenau School major areas, in the Mathematics, a BS program from the College of Science, or in the Economics BS program from the College of Humanities and Social Sciences may apply for this option. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree. 

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  • Statistical Science, MS

    The Statistical Science MS trains students in the theory and practice of statistical methodology, particularly as it relates to high-technology applications. Statistical science is regarded as one of the oldest and most successful information technology (IT) subjects. It focuses on the conversion of raw data into information. Coursework emphasizes applied statistics, applied probability, and statistical inference, with elective options in mathematics, operations research, and others. The program prepares students for careers in research as well as in industry and government, for positions such as statistician, data scientist, or biostatistician.

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  • Statistical Science, PhD

    Mason’s PhD in Statistical Science emphasizes mathematical theory, computation, and data analysis. Coursework focuses on algorithm and simulation, measure and linear space, probability theory, and mathematical statistics. The program prepares students for careers in research as well as in industry and government, for positions such as senior statistician, senior data scientist, or senior biostatistician. Current research areas of key department faculty in the program include biometric identification, biostatistics, statistical genetics, statistical graphics, data confidentiality, networking analysis, and data exploration.

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  • Statistics, Minor

    A minor in Statistics gives students a background in the theory and application of statistical methodology.  It is intended to complement undergraduate degree programs in the Volgenau School of Engineering and the College of Science.

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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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  • Systems Engineering Analysis and Architecture, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in Systems Engineering Analysis and Architecture is intended for students who want to advance their knowledge in systems engineering analysis, design and architecture. Students gain an understanding of the theory and/or tools of the systems life cycle, systems requirements and cost modeling, systems design, architecture-based systems engineering, the design of systems of systems, and a selection of other techniques applicable to systems engineering analysis.

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  • Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Minor

    This minor gives students the fundamentals of systems engineering and operations research. Participants learn how to deal with the system life cycle and to use scientific methods for analyzing operations of a system or organization. The courses help students in technical fields prepare for the information technology work now common in public and private industry.

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  • Systems Engineering and Operations Research, PhD

    Mason’s doctoral program in Systems Engineering and Operations Research offers a unique integration of systems engineering and operations research. This integration gives students a strong analytical and computational capability and an overarching systems perspective that is well-grounded in application. The program prepares students for leadership positions in research and development in government, industry, research organization, and academia.

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  • Systems Engineering of Software-Intensive Systems, Graduate Certificate

    The program is designed to teach students the infrastructure of Systems Engineering, which involves the integration of electronics, mechanics, ergonomics, aerodynamics, software, etc., into a coherent and effective system. Students may pursue the certificate concurrently with any graduate degree program in the School of information Technology and Engineering.

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  • Systems Engineering, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in selected BS programs have the option of obtaining an accelerated Systems Engineering MS. Mason undergraduate students majoring in civil and infrastructure engineering, computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or systems engineering may apply to this option if they meet certain requirements. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Systems Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

    Students in the BS in Systems Engineering program may elect to enter an accelerated MS in Telecommunications Program while they are undergraduate students. The program is designed for qualified undergraduate students in the systems engineering program to proceed directly into the MS program, completing the two degrees with 144 credits. Students benefit from an accelerated program, and are well prepared to work in various fields to define, develop, and integrate such systems as computer networks, cars, intelligent robots, stereos, subways, and universities.

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  • Systems Engineering, BS/Telecommunications, Accelerated MS

    Highly qualified students in the Systems Engineering, BS program have the option of obtaining an accelerated Telecommunications MS.  Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Systems Engineering, BS

    The BS in Systems Engineering considers all aspects of a system throughout its lifetime. The program is interdisciplinary, drawing from engineering, computer science, operations research, psychology, and economics. The core systems engineering courses tie these diverse threads to provide a global understanding of how individual engineering disciplines fit into the development of complex, large-scale systems. Students gain depth in a technical area by selecting a sequence of technical electives that constitute an emphasis. A year-long senior design project provides hands-on experience in applying various systems engineering methods and tools. Systems engineers work in various fields to define, develop, and integrate such systems as computer networks, cars, intelligent robots, stereos, subways, and universities.

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  • Systems Engineering, MS

    The MS in Systems Engineering emphasizes both analytical and practical aspects of engineering complex systems. Students are expected to demonstrate proficiency in several quantitative modeling disciplines, and to master practical aspects of systems design, engineering and management. The program prepares students for a professional career in systems design, development, and management, associated with problem formulation, issue analysis, and the evaluation of alternative courses of action, as well as advanced graduate study. 

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  • Tactical Computer Operations, Graduate Certificate

    Tactical Computer Operations is a discipline involving the offensive side of computer and forensics operations. Expertise in this field includes the ability to understand and work at the operating system kernel level, understand and work with shared libraries and application program interfaces, manipulation of network traffic at the frame level, network stack redirection, anti-forensic obfuscation, penetration engineering, and reverse engineering.

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  • Telecommunication, MS

    The MS in Telecommunications program combines engineering-oriented courses in wireless and fiber communications systems, networks, computers, and Internet protocols, and courses on telecommunications policy, legal, business, and international aspects. This interdisciplinary program is designed for students who wish to enter the field of telecommunications or are working in the field and want to advance their professional knowledge. It concentrates on practical applications, engineering and IT, in combination with business and policy. The blend of in-depth knowledge of specific elements of telecommunications technology, combined with knowledge of broader issues in telecommunications, is increasingly beneficial for those intending to work in a management or decision-making position within the telecommunications industry, telecommunications-related businesses, or government institutions dealing with telecommunications. Four certificate programs may be incorporated into, and taken concurrently with, the MS in Telecommunications.

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  • Telecommunications Forensics and Security, Certificate

    To further the skills of recent graduates and experienced technical professionals in the field of telecommunications, Mason offers a certificate in telecommunications forensics and security. This certificate provides an in-depth understanding of security and forensics as they apply to networks and digital storage media.

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  • Telecommunications Forensics and Security, Graduate Certificate

    The objective of this certificate is to provide an in-depth understanding of security and forensics as they apply to networks and digital storage media.

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  • Usability, Graduate Certificate

    The Department of Psychology offers a graduate certificate in Usability under the auspices of the program in Human Factors/Applied Cognition. Coursework includes a combination of human psychology with an emphasis on cognitive science and human-technology interaction, and visual/application design. The certificate is beneficial to students interested in careers in visual and/or instructional design for multiple applications and technologies, as well as any new and upcoming fields that demand strong sensitivity to considerations of human-computer-interface.
    The graduate certificate in usability may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see the Academic Policies section of the University Catalog.
     

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  • Web-based Software Engineering, Graduate Certificate

    This graduate certificate program provides knowledge, tools, and techniques to those who are working in or plan to work in software engineering but do not want to complete requirements for a master’s degree in the field. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of the graduate degree programs in the Volgenau School.

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  • Wireless Communications, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate provides a broad understanding of the technologies, applications, and systems used in all forms of wireless communications. The graduate certificate may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

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