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The interconnectedness of today’s world demands individuals who are well­ educated in worldwide issues and desire to be involved in global solutions. Mason offers a number of global programs for students who want to make a difference at home and throughout the world. Most programs provide the chance to study abroad, and some even require global residencies. Undergraduate degrees in global affairs, health, and conflict resolution prepare graduates for rewarding careers that bring the world together and make it a better place in which to live.

Clearing a Path to Better Health in Swaziland

Students in Mason’s College of Health and Human Services are making a difference in the world of health care, participating in crucial caregiving and research at home and across the globe. 

Mason graduate student Shannon Turner helped develop a tuberculosis infection­control policy for a hospital in Swaziland. That nation, near South Africa, has the highest tuberculosis incidence rate in the world, largely due to TB’s ability to overtake immune systems weakened by HIV.

Turner was the first student from Mason’s Department of Global and Community Health to study in Swaziland. She worked there for three weeks as part of her master of public health practicum. Her travel was made possible with the support of the Skolnick Family Global Health Fellowship.

Thomas Prohaska, Shannon Turner, and Dr. Kevin Mallinson

Left to right: Dean of the College of Health and Human Services, Thomas Prohaska, Shannon Turner, and Associate Professor, School of Nursing, Dr. Kevin Mallinson are pictured in an award presentation for student scholarships to Swaziland.

  • Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies, Graduate Certificate

    This program offers a graduate certificate for 15 credits for teachers interested in transitioning to an IB world school or current IB teachers looking to advance their careers and deepen their understanding of the curriculum. The course work focuses on the theory, pedagogy, and research for the International Baccalaureate programs.

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  • Anthropology BA, Accelerated MA

    The Master’s degree program in Anthropology prepares students for a PhD as well as for careers in the government, private sector, development, museums, and many other fields. Students may focus on cultural anthropology and bioarchaeology. Students learn how to use fieldwork methods appropriate for their plans and goals and gain a better understanding of the ethics of conducting research.

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  • Anthropology, BA, Minor

    If you’re interested in human behavior—how it changes over time, what makes one culture different from another, the relationship between biology and culture—pursuing a bachelor’s degree in anthropology at Mason will give you the analytical and observational skills, and the hands-on experience, that will prepare you for a fulfilling career or graduate study. And Mason offers undergraduates the option of applying to an accelerated master’s degree program.

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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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  • Arabic, Minor

    The minor in Arabic has an emphasis on developing strong language skills: oral communication and the reading of texts. Students are also introduced to important works of Arabic literature and culture. A minor in Arabic can easily and effectively be combined with majors in other disciplines. It is especially valuable in combination with global affairs, international relations, security, journalism, philosophy, and religion.

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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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  • Atmospheric Sciences, BS, Minor

    The undergraduate program in atmospheric sciences gives students a strong quantitative undergraduate education in atmospheric, climate, and related sciences to understand the basic principles behind current and emerging issues in weather, climate variability, and climate change. Students completing the atmospheric sciences degree will be prepared for a full range of career paths including forecast and analysis, operations and research support in meteorology, atmospheric sciences, and climate. The curriculum meets the American Meteorological Society’s recommendations for a bachelor’s degree in atmospheric sciences. Topics include weather forecasting, climate change, and the predictability of coupled ocean-atmosphere-land-variations. Students in physics, math, engineering, and computational sciences may be attracted to this program as a minor, because it provides a compelling application of the fundamental methods of analysis learned in their major. Such students are ideal candidates for research in atmospheric science and climate dynamics; the minor will facilitate entry into graduate studies in these fields.

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  • Biodefense, Graduate Certificate

    The certificate in biodefense provides an interdisciplinary introduction to manmade and natural biological threats, including providing a background in the science and technology of biodefense and the specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness. The graduate certificate in science, technology, and security may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

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  • Biodefense, MS

    For those interested in protecting our nation from natural or man-made biological threats, Mason offers MS and PhD programs in biodefense. Studies in microbiology and biotechnology, combined with a broad security and organizational context, ready students for employment in biodefense and biosecurity fields, the security industry, nongovernmental organizations, and the government, as well as positions in academia.

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  • Biodefense, PhD

    The United States and the rest of the world face serious threats, including biological warfare, bioterrorism, and infectious diseases. That’s why Mason developed the Biodefense program. The doctoral program in Biodefense prepares students to work as professionals and scholars in the fields of biodefense and biosecurity. The PhD program provides a background in the science and technology of biodefense and specialized areas of threat assessment, non-proliferation, and medical and public health preparedness.

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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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  • Chinese, BA, Foreign Language Concentration

    A knowledge of Chinese will give you a distinctive advantage in the job market. In business alone, the demand for people who can speak Chinese is skyrocketing. The Chinese Program offers you the opportunity to learn this critical language. Courses in Chinese connect you with an experienced faculty, who will help you develop valuable language skills with an emphasis on business-relevant vocabulary, sociolinguistic and cultural knowledge, and strategies for reading Chinese at an advanced level.

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  • Chinese, Minor

    The minor in Chinese offers students the opportunity to study one of the rapidly developing ancient cultures of the world. The emphasis is on developing strong language skills, oral communication, and the reading of texts.

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  • Climate Change and Society, Concentration in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies BA

    Students earning this degree take classes in such areas as Energy Policy, as well as the Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change. They prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities.

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  • Climate Dynamics, PhD

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

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  • Community Health, BS, Accelerated MPH

    Qualified undergraduates can earn a BS and a Master of Public Health in a condensed time frame. The MPH is the most widely recognized professional degree for those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. The program is designed for undergraduate students who have at least 75, but no more than 90 credits toward any bachelor’s degree.

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  • Community Health, BS, Concentration in Global Health

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

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  • Community Health, BS

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

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  • Computational Social Science, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate program is designed for students who seek training in computer simulation and related computational methods for analyzing social systems and processes. The certificate allows students with social science or computational backgrounds to acquire new knowledge and modeling skills to improve their qualifications and attractiveness to employers in government, academia, or industry. The core courses provide a common foundation; additional elective courses allow for a variety of student interests across diverse social domains. The program is open to all students with graduate standing at Mason and all students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.

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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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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution for Collaborative Leadership in Community Planning Graduate Certificate

    This program designed for midcareer professionals covers designing collaborative processes to work with diverse stakeholders to build meaningful and lasting shared agreements in land use, development or other community planning contexts.

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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, Accelerated MS

    The Accelerated Master’s is designed for highly qualified and motivated undergraduate students majoring in Conflict Analysis and Resolution.  Students admitted to this program have the opportunity to complete both their bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in a condensed time frame. 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, BA, BS

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

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS

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

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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, 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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  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution, PhD

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

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  • Conflict Resolution and Mediterranean Security, MS, MA, dual degree

    This dual degree program combines the faculties of two renowned educational institutions: Mason and the University of Malta’s Mediterranean Academy of Diplomatic Studies. The program provides students with the theoretical and practical tools that will enable them to deal effectively with conflicts at the micro and macro levels, placing a specific emphasis on the Mediterranean context.

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  • Cultural Studies, Concentration in the English MA

    Cultural Studies looks at cultural practices of all kinds—mass media, consumer culture, and literary texts—as well as other aspects of everyday life both past and present. Course work draws on theory and methods from traditional disciplines such as anthropology, history, and philosophy, but it also responds to questions that cannot always be answered by traditional means. Can be taken as a concentration in the MA in English.

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  • Cultural Studies, PhD

    Cultural Studies looks at cultural practices of all kinds—mass media, consumer culture, and literary texts—as well as other aspects of everyday life both past and present. Course work draws on theory and methods from traditional disciplines such as anthropology, history, and philosophy, but it also responds to questions that cannot always be answered by traditional means. The emphasis in this program is on the development of intellectual mastery and professional competence.

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  • Earth Science, BS

    This degree covers Earth Sciences in the broadest sense, including geology, oceanography, atmospheric science, and their effect on the environment. Students specialize within this broad framework by choosing one of several concentrations offered by the program. The Washington, D.C., area is an exciting place to enter the field of Earth Sciences, with collaboration and career opportunities at US Geological Survey, National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration, the Smithsonian Institution, and many other public and private labs. The Earth Sciences degree is a starting point for many career paths, including research via an advanced degree, work in government laboratories, consulting, resource management and extraction, environmental advocacy, and teaching.

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  • Earth Systems Science, MS

    This program addresses the growing demand for trained professionals in the Earth sciences. The program emphasizes a research-oriented, global systems approach to studying the Earth and its systems--atmosphere, hydrosphere, and lithosphere, including their interrelationships and interactions with the biosphere. Emphasis is on the observation, measurement, and analysis of Earth’s systems. Most student research projects and theses will relate to geologic and geographic topics, however studies of related topics in earth science are welcome. Students completing the program are qualified to pursue careers that require knowledge of the basics of Earth systems science and the requisite tools, specifically pertaining to the area of Earth science that they choose to investigate.

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  • Earth Systems and GeoInformation Sciences, PhD

    The Earth Systems and Geoinformation Sciences, PhD (ESGS) is based on the integration of the scientific disciplines in geosystems, geography, geosciences, and geoinformatics. Students receive broad-based training in systematic geosciences and geography, as well as technical courses in computation and geoinformation sciences. The ESGS doctoral program represents a gateway to an academic career for some students; for others, it facilitates career advancement in the public sector or private industry.Graduates of the program will be qualified as lead scientists in a wide range of activities involving geoinformatics, geosciences, geography, geographic information systems,geospatial intelligence and remote sensing. The continual expansion of the NASA Earth observation satellite constellation, development of the geospatial data infrastructure at USGS, USGIF and other federal agencies, and the need to analyze Earth-oriented data to achieve environmental and economic objectives will ensure an on-going need for qualified scientists in these fields.

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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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  • Environmental Economics, Concentration in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies BA

    This degree’s requirements include courses in Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles and the Economics of Environmental Policy. Students prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities.

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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 Policy and Politics, Concentration in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies BA

    Classes for this degree include the Economics of Environmental Policy and the Introduction to International Politics. Students prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities.

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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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  • Environmental Science and Policy, MS

    The master's program in Environmental Science and Policy meets the increasing need for trained environmental professionals who can address the problems of land and water management, land use and urbanization, wetland loss, microbial ecology, bioremediation, conservation biology, and ecosystem preservation. These professionals will also contribute to the analysis and resolution of global problems, such as deforestation, insufficient world food supplies, acid deposition, population growth and public health, global climate change/warming, and depletion of the stratospheric ozone. Areas of specific departmental focus include ecosystems, conservation, environmental biocomplexity, molecular ecology, sustainability science, environmental policy and management and human/environmental interactions. The program has been designated a Green Leaf program.

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  • Environmental Science and Public Policy, PhD

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

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  • Environmental Science, BS, Minor

    The BS in Environmental Science provides students with rigorous training in the science of the environment, and gives them the ability to use key scientific principles to analyze problems and develop practical solutions. The program covers the fundamental techniques of environmental science and engineering, protection and improvement of environmental quality, environmental policy, risk assessment and risk management, and public and private decision-making processes. Graduates are prepared for careers in a variety of environmental science fields, and are also qualified to pursue advanced scientific/professional studies.

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  • Equity and Environmental Justice, Concentration in the Environmental and Sustainability Studies BA

    Classes for this degree include Poverty, Wealth and Inequality in the U.S., as well as the Human Dimensions of Global Climate Change. Students prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities.

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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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  • Foreign Language Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    This 27-credit Foreign Language graduate certificate is designed to provide an interdisciplinary, theory-based course of study for initial licensure candidates and provisionally licensed teachers. It is intended to assist students in developing a reflective stance toward practice and to enhance the ability to address critical issues in language and learning. It also intends to advance their fundamental understanding about language, technology, pedagogy, and culture, as well as issues related to diversity in schools and in society at large. Students may select Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, or Spanish.

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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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  • Geographic Information System Science, Graduate Certificate

    The certification is designed to help students pursue careers in the rapidly expanding field of geographic and mapping sciences. Graduates are qualified to fill federal, state, and local government positions, as well as those in business and industry, especially companies that provide government contractors.

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  • Geographic and Cartographic Sciences, MS

    The Master of Science Program in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences is one of the top programs in the nation. The program focuses on techniques of compilation, display, and analysis of spatial data. The objective is to produce geographers with a solid understanding of the techniques of spatial data analysis and the ability to apply those techniques to a variety of issues. Program graduates are qualified to pursue careers in government and industry, or to proceed with doctoral-level studies.

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  • Geography, BA, BS, Minor

    Geography can be found in careers as various as economics, engineering, environmental science, transportation, business, marketing, and public health. The program is designed to offer students the opportunity to study the integrated social and environmental processes that continuously shape and reshape the world we live in. It provides students with broad training across the core subdisciplines of geography (human, physical, and GI Science), emphasizing application and technique-driven coursework, in addition to a rigorous science and mathematics curriculum. Students will find numerous opportunities for employment in both the private and public sectors, as well as in academia.

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  • Geoinformatics and Geospatial Intelligence, MS

    This new MS program addresses the emerging demand for scientists trained in the collection, organization, analysis, and dissemination of information about physical features, man-made structures, moving objects, people, and events that are geo-referenced or geo-located. Focusing primarily on the computational approaches that support the synthesis and analysis of diverse types of data, we can identify and monitor complex events and phenomena that manifest themselves over space and time. While geospatial intelligence has a strong Department of Defense connotation, it also addresses the needs of a broader audience, ranging from intelligent navigation in urban spaces to emergency response systems for natural and man-made disasters.

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  • Geology, BA, Minor

    Geology is the scientific study of the solid earth, earth processes, and how earth has changed through time. Geologists do research to develop new principles to help our understanding of the earth. These principles can often be applied to land use planning, the discovery of mineral, energy or water resources and to environmental studies.

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  • Geospatial Intelligence, Graduate Certificate

    Be the eyes of intelligence and analyse human activiity from satilites, remotely piloted vehicles and other methods. Learn to discern what is simply mundane activity on earth or potentially dangerous. Your certificate will make you extremely valuable to the military, national policy makers and civil users.

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  • German, Minor

    Students develop strong language skills, including oral and written communication, as well as learning about important works of German literature and culture. Fluency in a second language is highly valued by many businesses and institutions—from banking to government to retail, to name just a few.

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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 Health, MS

    The MS in Global Health incorporates epidemiology and biostatistics, region-based nutrition, cross-cultural perspectives in mental health issues, community health assessment, program evaluation, human resource concerns, international health systems and organizations, refugee and internally displaced people health issues, and international health research. Practicum or thesis options let students explore current dilemmas, demands, and health services with a global focus and perspective.

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  • Global Sociology, Concentration in the Sociology BA

    This concentration focuses on global interconnectedness and its effect on the nature of societies around the world. It emphasizes new technologies and social processes, migration, transnational communities, global cities, and social movements working across state borders. Students go on to pursue internationally oriented careers in social change, political reform, and international development.

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  • Global Systems, Minor

    Global systems complements virtually any undergraduate major -- from business, economics, languages, geography, government and international politics, history, and others that have a global view. Students in professional programs learn to connect global issues to health care, trade and finance, or technology. Students in the liberal arts gain insights into their disciplines and learn how the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences are affected by global issues such as demographic change, telecommunications, and environmental protection.

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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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  • History, BA, Minor

    Students who pursue a BA in History at Mason are exposed to broad study of ancient, medieval, and modern times through historical books and novels, images, films, oral interviews, newspapers, and more. Faculty experts specialize in examining military and political history, and the social and cultural lives of earlier times—in the United States and across the globe. For those who love history but do not foresee it as their major career focus, a history minor can be a rewarding option. Because of its flexibility, the history minor may also be shaped to augment a variety of majors. You and your advisor decide on a three-course concentration, and then you choose any other history courses you wish to meet the remaining requirements.

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  • History, MA, Accelerated MA

    History is the study of change over time, and explores the people and events that shaped the human condition. As a history major, you will study a variety of historical time periods, from Greek and Roman antiquity to the late twentieth-century. Highly qualified undergraduates may apply to the accelerated master’s degree program and obtain both a BA and an MA in history after satisfactory completion of 144 credits. Students must have completed 90 credits, including HIST 300 with a minimum grade of B+, before they can enter the program.

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  • History, PhD

    The PhD program prepares students for careers in college teaching, digital media, publishing, educational administration, public history, and historical research. Students gain expertise in conventional historical methods and web-based technologies. Major fields include U.S. history, European history, and world history. Minor fields are chosen by the student and may be defined geographically/temporally (such as Early America or Modern East Asia), topically (such as women’s history or cultural history), or methodologically (such as public history or new media and information technology).

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  • Homeland Security and Justice, Concentration in the Criminology, Law and Society BS

    The Homeland Security and Justice degree is a concentration in the Criminology, Law and Society program, which provides students with the opportunity to acquire a broader liberal arts education while studying criminology, law and society. In addition to the core courses, students will gain specialized knowledge in homeland security, the intelligence community, intelligence analysis techniques, global law enforcement, surveillance, and the theory and politices of terrorism. The BA degree also provides a strong background for law school or graduate study in criminal justice or criminology.

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  • Hospitality Management, Concentration in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    This Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management program equips students with knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the tourism experience for the benefit of the traveler, host, and supporting industry. This has been designated a Green Leaf program.  This has been designated a Green Leaf program.

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  • Immigration Studies, Minor

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

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  • Information Security and Assurance, MS

    The Department of Computer Science’s MS degree in Information Security and Assurance prepares graduates to fill the current and future need for information security and assurance professionals. Graduates work in a wide variety of capacities, protecting the information systems of different types of organizations and supporting the nation’s information infrastructure. Students are provided with the general and technical knowledge and skills to understand the relationship between information security and advancing information systems technology. The program also provides a theoretical understanding of the science and methodologies for ensuring the secrecy and integrity of data, as well as the availability and legitimate use of data and information systems.

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  • Information Systems, MS

    This professional degree program focuses on the technical, managerial and policy issues associated with designing, building and maintaining information systems in organizations. Data, information and knowledge are crucial to the modern enterprise, and this program addresses both the theoretical and engineering aspects of specifying, designing, implementing and managing large-scale information systems.

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  • Intelligence Analysis, Minor

    The minor in intelligence analysis is designed for students who are interested in careers in homeland security or other intelligence-related fields. This minor focuses on developing the skills of intelligence analysis, including research, writing, briefing, and analytical tradecraft. Students explore ethical issues in the field and new developments in the analysis of intelligence information.

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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, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated MA degree program in International Commerce and Policy. If accepted students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their major and an MA in International Commerce and Policy with a reduced number of overall credits and within a reduced time frame, sometimes within five years. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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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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  • International ESOL Education (PK-12) Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    This 30-credit certificate is designed for both international and domestic educators who are working or plan to work in K-12 English as a Second Language, also known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL), classrooms. It provides coursework leading to an initial teaching license in ESL education. It is intended to assist in the development of a reflective stance toward practice and to enhance ability to address critical issues in language and learning. Candidates whose first language is not English may be required to pass an oral and written proficiency assessment in English to meet state licensure requirements and national professional standards.

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  • International Elementary Education (PK-6) Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    The program prepares educators for international teaching assignments. This 27-credit certificate offers course work leading to teacher licensure (Virginia) in Elementary Education PK-6. Additionally, this program prepares students who wish to teach in International Baccalaureate (IB) schools worldwide by integrating IB curriculum into the licensure coursework. Students completing the licensure requirements may take one additional course to become eligible for the International Baccalaureate Certificate in Teaching and Learning through the IB.

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  • International Security, MA

    The program trains early to mid-career professionals who seek the analytical and substantive capabilities to address the security challenges of the 21st century. In addition to understanding traditional military and diplomatic approaches, the program’s core courses will provide a grounding in public-private and international collaborative responses to threats, ranging from transnational crime, terrorism, illicit trade, proliferation of emerging technologies and weapons of mass destruction, and corruption to state fragility and ethnic and sectarian conflict. Students will supplement their core courses by taking elective courses from each of three focus areas: Managing Global Risks, National Security Policies and Processes, and Regional and Transnational Security Challenges. There will be a strong emphasis on public service and ethics, focusing on how to make wise strategic decisions regarding the use of force and when to respond, when to intervene and not intervene.

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  • International Special Education (PK-12), Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit graduate certificate is designed for pre-service and in-service international educators who desire additional training in special education and skills to identify special needs students, provide differentiated instruction and assessment, and collaborate with classroom teachers. Some course work may be applied to the MEd in Special Education and may count towards Virginia licensure in special education K-12.

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  • International Sport Management, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit graduate certificate program in International Sport Management offers students the opportunity to study the managerial aspects of international sport enterprises.  Theoretically grounded sport management skills will be examined and applied within the global context of the sport industry. Courses include the social psychology of sport and sport in the global marketplace.

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  • International Studies, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    This concentration in the BA in Integrative Studies program helps participants understand and assess society within international, human and social contexts. Students can focus on business, conflict transformation, or a specific geographical area—Africa, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, or Southeast Asia. The course of study is targeted at students interested in global affairs, conflict resolution, civil service, and international organizations.

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  • Italian Studies, Minor

    The Minor in Italian Studies complements a variety of major programs, from Global Affairs to Art History. It enables students to become linguistically and culturally proficient in the language, cultures, and artistic productions from the Italian peninsula, as well as throughout the Italian-speaking world. With courses in Italian language at the advanced level and others in English from within the department and across the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, students refine their ability to speak Italian at a high level of ability while developing the knowledge and critical analysis necessary to discuss the ways in which Italian language and culture manifests itself in Europe and around the world.

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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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  • Judaic Studies, Minor

    The minor in Judaic studies is designed for students interested in the culture, history, and politics of Jewish communities across the world. It recognizes that Jews form a global community, and, thus, provides a global approach rather than a regional framework for exploring Judaism. This innovative approach encourages students to explore the historical role and contributions of Judaism beyond the Middle East and to appreciate the experiences that connect Jewish communities historically and in the present.

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  • Latin American Studies, BA, Minor

    Study Latin America at Mason and explore one of the most diverse and exciting regions in the world. Contemporary Latin America has a long and turbulent history of conquest, resistance, and cultural mixing. The result is a rich and unique blend of African, indigenous, and European cultures. As a major in Latin American studies, you will develop a broad expertise in the region while pursuing an individualized program of study that suits your own interests. You will improve your language skills and take courses in many disciplines, including anthropology, dance, economics, folklore, geography, government, history, and literature. All students have opportunities for research, global engagement, public service, and career preparation. A minor in Latin American studies is particularly attractive to employers, as it enhances a major in Spanish or anthropology for a career in teaching or human rights work; a major in communication for a career in journalism; and a major in business for a career in the U.S. Foreign Service, other government agencies, or international commerce.

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  • Leadership, Minor

    The Interdisciplinary Minor in Leadership features classes that examine leadership from multiple perspectives and disciplines, offering an understanding of socially responsible leadership with an emphasis on community action. Through coursework and experiential learning, students critically examine diverse theories, research, and perspectives on leadership and are encouraged to explore topics such as social change and globalization, creative conflict resolution, the nature of power, oppression and influence, innovation, and systemic leadership. Civic engagement and multicultural competence are viewed as necessary requirements for leadership.

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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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  • 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, 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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  • Native American and Indigenous Studies, Minor

    Native American and indigenous studies is an interdisciplinary field of study committed to understanding both the unity and the diversity of present and past Native American tribes, cultures, and experiences. This interdisciplinary minor will help students think critically and respectfully about the complex dynamics of Native American cultures, considered both individually and comparatively.

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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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  • 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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  • Political Science, MA

    In Mason’s MA in Political Science, students develop a deeper understanding of political ideas and institutions, more sophisticated research skills, a better grasp of the intricacies of governments abroad, and a deeper knowledge of the complexities of international politics. The program is made up of four core courses in political science and completion of either a concentration in international security or a broader field of specialization in American government and politics, international relations, or comparative politics. This degree can lead to a career teaching about government; working with legislative bodies, government agencies, and international organizations; doing research and writing about politics and government; or further graduate study.

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  • Political Science, PhD

    A PhD opens doors. Mason’s doctoral program in political science prepares participants for careers in teaching, research, the government, nonprofits, consulting firms and industry. Students combine their studies with experience in the domestic and international political organizations they’re studying. This model for political science education is patterned after the American Political Science Association’s Congressional Fellows Program, which is designed to promote scholarship, as well as understanding of domestic and international institutions such as congressional and executive-branch offices, think tanks, international bodies, nongovernmental organizations and journals of public opinion.

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  • Public Health MPH, Concentration in Global Health

    The global health concentration prepares students to apply the tools of public health to the promotion of health in communities, countries, regions, and the world. Coursework emphasizes comparative global health metrics, socioeconomic, environmental, and other risk factors associated with transnational health concerns, and ethical and effective strategies for preventing and controlling infectious and non-communicable diseases in diverse populations.

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  • Public Health, MPH

    The Master of Public Health (MPH) program is geared towards those wishing to enter or advance in the field of public health. The CEPH-accredited program emphasizes the core disciplines of public health—epidemiology, biostatistics, health administration and policy, social and behavioral sciences, and environmental health—and provides additional training in global applications. In addition to required course work in each of the core disciplines and a mandatory practical experience, students pursue a concentration in epidemiology or global and community health. The program is organized to prepare graduates for work in organizations that seek to improve public health at local, national, or global levels.

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Communication

    This concentration prepares students to effectively use communication strategies to inform and influence individual and community decisions that affect health. The program emphasizes designing, evaluating, and implementing effective communication strategies and messages to address the health needs of diverse audiences.

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Community Health Promotion

    This concentration prepares health promotion specialists to work in local, state, and federal public health agencies, non-governmental health organizations, the health care sector, and private industry. Students examine the social, behavioral, and environmental determinants associated with the most pressing health problems, and design, implement, and evaluate appropriate health promotion programs and preventive services to improve population health. 

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Epidemiology

    Studetns learn to investigate and analyze factors that influence the occurrence, distribution, prevention, and control of disease. Emphasis is placed on the development of such skills as study design, data collection and management, data analysis and interpretation, and communication of research findings.

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  • Public Health, MPH, Concentration in Policy

    This concentration addresses the nature and importance of policy and policymaking in today’s public health system. Through course work and opportunities for practical application, students are introduced to the context and process for policymaking in public health, including the current political, economic and legal environment for health policy, and the basic elements of the public policymaking process and government payment systems. 

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  • Public Policy, MPP

    Successful public policies can make the world a better place, and Mason’s Master of Public Policy program prepares students for influential positions in this field. They develop the skills in policymaking and analysis necessary to understand and solve critical problems. A plus of the program: Participants can chose from one of several areas of interest, including international governance and institutions, national security and public policy, and U.S. government institutions and policy management. Graduates pursue a wide range of careers in government agencies, NGOs, and consulting firms.

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  • Recreation Management, Concentration in Parks and Outdoor Recreation, BS

    The Parks and Outdoor Recreation concentration (within Recreation Management) explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education, and students complete both a supervised practicum and internship in professional settings. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations.

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  • Recreation Management, Minor

    This 18-credit minor (including a practicum) is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, BS a concentration in either Parks and Outdoor Recreation or Therapeutic Recreation. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

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  • Remote Sensing and Earth Image Processing, Graduate Certificate

    The Remote Sensing and Earth Image Processing graduate certificate (RSEIP) emphasizes advanced remote sensing and Earth-observing, building in students the skills needed to take advantage of the enormous increase in the availability and use of remotely sensed data related to the Earth. Ideal candidates for this certificate are students with a background in Earth and environmental sciences and are working in or planning to enter into the field of remote sensing, Earth observing, or image processing. Core coursework consists of remote sensing, earth images processing, and hyperspectral imaging systems, while electives include photogrammetry, earth science data analysis, and physical principles of remote sensing. Completion of the certificate will enhance graduates’ remote sensing careers and/or additional graduate work.

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  • Russian and Eurasian Studies, BA

    The BA in Russian and Eurasian Studies is an interdisciplinary degree program that focuses on forces that have shaped Russia. Core coursework combines Russian or other Eurasian-related languages, social science, history, literature/film, while electives expand into region-specific investigations of Islamic studies, politics, revolution, geography, and economics. The program prepares students for continued scholarship in post-graduate programs such as law school. Professionally, graduates are well-prepared for employment in domestic firms that trade goods/services with Russia, technology companies, environmental organizations, and U.S. Government agencies.

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  • Russian, Minor

    The minor in Russian is geared toward helping students improve their knowledge of the language, introducing them to the basics of translation and the linguistic and cultural aspects of learning a foreign language. Coursework includes advanced Russian, conversation, composition and civilization. The language and analytical skills, as well as a broadened, international outlook developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers including education, foreign service and journalism, as well as graduate study in the humanities.

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  • Sociology, BA, Minor

    Mason’s Sociology BA emphasizes the systematic study of social structures, cultural patterns, and human relationships, combining rigorous methods with theory and observation, yielding insights that challenge commonly held assumptions about the social world. The program also addresses the practice of social and public service, aiding efforts to address important social problems. Graduates are positioned to pursue a varied set of career paths, ranging from teaching, human service, and human resource occupations to positions in the criminal justice system, marketing, and social research. The sociology major is also excellent preparation for students considering law school or graduate training in the social and behavioral sciences. Highly qualified Mason Sociology majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree program, to earn both the BA and MA within five years.

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  • Sociology, MA, Accelerated MA

    Mason’s Sociology MA emphasizes skills in both basic and applied research, and involves a strong personal mentoring experience. The program partners with nonprofit and community groups, providing ample opportunity for research, internships, and employment in various occupations. Students specialize in either institutions and inequality, or sociology of globalization. Faculty in our program have research specializations in culture; family, youth and aging; gender; globalization; immigration and migration; political economy, development and economic sociology; political sociology and social movements; race/ethnicity; religion; sociological theory; and urban sociology. Graduates are qualified for non-academic positions in many settings that rely on the expertise of sociologists including human service agencies, marketing research firms, educational systems, nonprofit foundations, and law enforcement agencies. Highly qualified Mason Sociology majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree program, to earn both the BA and MA within five years.
     

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  • Sociology, PhD

    The doctoral degree in Sociology provides rigorous training in public and applied social research, including skills in research design, data analysis, and substantive areas that are pertinent to various sectors in the Washington, D.C. area. Graduates have the theoretical, analytical, and professional skills that prepare them for academic positions in teaching or research. They are also well-qualified for nonacademic positions in the many settings that rely on the expertise of sociologists including human service agencies, marketing research firms, educational systems, nonprofit foundations, and law enforcement agencies.

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  • Spanish and French, Concentration in the Foreign Languages MA

    The MA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish and French allows graduate students to pursue a multilingual path of scholarship and an array of international opportunities. This expanded master’s degree’s coursework combines the basic requirements of the concentrations in French and Spanish, with additional opportunities for electives and an optional thesis. The degree opens doors to such fields as teaching, translation, the travel industry, diplomacy, and other international careers in such areas as law or business. 

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  • Spanish, Concentration in the Foreign Languages BA, Minor

    The BA in Spanish focuses on a variety of topics from traditional academic fields like language, literature, and Spanish-speaking culture, to less traditional subjects such as film studies and the Spanish literatures of both Europe and Latin America. Students develop skills in speaking, reading, and writing Spanish, as well as learning about the culture of the Hispanic world. This combination leads to a well-rounded liberal arts education that allows students to experience the full spectrum of the Spanish-speaking world. This degree opens doors to such fields as teaching, translation, the travel industry, diplomacy, and other international careers in such areas as law or business.

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  • Spanish, Concentration in the Foreign Languages MA

    The MA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish offers an opportunity to study both the traditional academics of the language, literature, and the cultures of the Spanish-speaking world, as well as the less traditional subjects such as film studies and literature from the many Spanish-speaking regions of the world. This unique array leads to an in-depth liberal arts experience in scholarship that allows students to experience the full spectrum of the cultures surrounding the language. This program meets the needs and interests of prospective and practicing teachers and other professionals, and prepares students for professional advancement, as well as doctoral study at other institutions. An accelerated master's option for this concentration is available to students in specific bachelor's programs. 

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  • Spanish|Bilingual|Multicultural Education, Concentration in the Foreign Languages MA

    The MA in Foreign Languages with a concentration in Spanish/Bilingual/Multicultural Education, offered through the School of Education and Human Development, combines courses in Spanish and/or French with courses in multicultural education. Licensure is available with minimal additional coursework beyond the degree. This degree prepares individuals to effectively teach in bilingual and multicultural settings.

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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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  • Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    Teaching Culturally and Linguistically Diverse and Exceptional Learners is designed to prepare teachers to work in highly diverse K-12 classrooms to support a variety of student needs with special emphasis on language learners. Students in this Master’s program must also complete a secondary certificate program to support completing initial licensure or advanced coursework in Elementary Education, English as Second Language Education, Foreign Language Education, Special Education, or Advanced International Baccalaureate Studies. The Master’s program also prepares international teachers interested in earning initial licensure in Elementary or English as a Second Language Education (formerly FAST TRAIN), and supports partnerships with the Peace Corps for returning volunteers or those interested in completing service.

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  • Tourism Management, Concentration in Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    Tourism and Events Management is built on scholarship and research excellence, and delivers one of the most dynamic, cutting-edge professional preparation curriculums in the country. Students can pursue studies in one of three concentrations. Events Management Planning is the implementation and evaluation of events ranging from social gatherings such as weddings to major conferences, festivals and mega-events. Hospitality Management and Planning focuses on the operation of and sales pertaining to hotels, resorts and restaurants. Tourism Management and Planning looks at the presentation and interpretation of cultural sites, built environments and public spaces for sustainable tourism purposes. Students also develop understanding and skills in policy, administration, planning, programming, marketing, finance, and leadership. All students complete two fieldwork experiences: a practicum and an internship.

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  • Tourism and Events Management, Minor

    This 15-credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the BS in Tourism and Events Management degree program. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.

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  • War and the Military in Society, Concentration in the Interdisciplinary Studies MAIS

    The concentration in War and the Military in Society examines issues of international security and conflict in the past, present, and future. Our program helps students understand the ways in which armies are raised and funded, the reasons troops serve, the conditions military personnel and civilians endure during wartime, and the multifaceted and evolving ways in which nations conceive of the military apparatus. It equips students with the skills to understand the interconnected nature of those elements and to examine critically the ways in which they change over time. Our courses prepare students for research and pedagogical work in colleges and universities, as well as government and nonprofit programs. The industry and government sectors need professionals who can make broad connections across time, and apply the methods of several disciplines to solve complex problems, analyzing and making policy. The degree allows students to customize their program by taking courses in several disciplines, including Anthropology, Biodefense, English, History, Government, Religion, and Public Administration, among others. In addition to coursework, each student will complete a capstone project tailored to their interests under the direction of a Mason faculty member.

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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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