Innovation and inspiration aren’t just encouraged at Mason, they’re the driving forces behind the many services and learning opportunities the university offers to help ideas get invented and businesses get launched.
Center on Business
The Mason Enterprise Center provides you with the advice, events, and space you’ll need to take your business to the next level. The center combines an array of programs, services, and resources that specialize in the areas of small business services, government contracting, international business, entrepreneurship, technology ventures, and telework initiatives.
The Center for Social Entrepreneurship is dedicated to inspiring, informing, and empowering the next generation of innovators from around the globe to solve real problems facing real people. It prepares Mason graduates to build organizations that solve social and environmental problems.
Engineering seniors Viet Tran and Seth Robertson came up with a revolutionary idea for putting out fires when they chose a class project for their Advanced Senior Design class. The pair created a fire extinguisher that uses lowfrequency sound waves to douse a blaze.
Tran and Robertson’s 20 pound prototype was created from $600 of their own money and a lot of trial and error. Their soundwave device is free of toxic chemicals and eliminates collateral damage from sprinkler systems. If mounted on drones, it could improve safety for firefighters confronting large forest fires or urban blazes.
Mason’s Office of Technology Transfer assisted them with their patent application, and Electrical and Computer Engineering professor Brian Mark served as mentor for their project.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.