George Mason University

Health and Well-Being

Academics

George Mason University strives to provide innovative education and research that contribute to improving health and human systems and the quality of life and health for those they serve across the lifespan.

Nursing Students Get Hands-On Experience in Community Health

At George Mason University’s School of Nursing, students can go out into the community and provide health screenings to residents who lack insurance through the Mason and Partners clinics. 

One clinic is a partnership between Mason’s School of Nursing, the Prince William County Health Department, Manassas Park Public Schools, and the Manassas Park Community Center. It is an example of how academic-community partnerships can help meet the health needs of the community. At the same time, the students are learning valuable lessons in the field.

“This clinic provides hands-on experience for nurse practitioner students who soon will become primary care providers, as well as for undergraduate nursing students to learn about community and population health,” says Carol Urban, Director of the School of Nursing.

The Manassas clinic has been the model for two more: the Culmore Family Resources Center near Bailey’s Crossroads in Fairfax; and the Springfield/Franconia Family Resource Center in the Springfield area.

Student Nurse Jill Briggs at work

Student nurse Jill Briggs works with School of Nursing faculty to administer health care to area residents at the Manassas Park community center.

  • Advanced Biomedical Sciences, Graduate Certificate

    The Advanced Biomedical Sciences Graduate Certificate is a program offered jointly by George Mason University and Georgetown University. It’s aimed at students who typically have all their prerequisites for medical, dental or other health-related fields, but otherwise may have a modest science background (non-science majors, for example), or modest grades in the sciences as undergraduates, and/or may also need to improve their Medical College Admission Test, Dental Admission Test, or other pre-professional scores. This is a nine-month full-time program that begins each fall semester. All classes are held at the Science and Technology Campus in Prince William County. 

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  • Aging Studies, Minor

    Aging studies covers a broad range of issues related to the aging process, including physiological, psychological and sociological issues. The topic is a broad and important one and spans economic and health-related fields. People who earn a minor in aging studies are prepared to work in long-term care facilities, senior centers, and government offices with a focus on compliance or policymaking.

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  • Applied Developmental Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology MA

    The concentration in applied developmental psychology focuses on child development. It provides basic knowledge about normal development, skills for assessing developmental level, and techniques for planning and evaluating programs that foster optimal development. Graduates are prepared for employment at agencies concerned with educational and health programs for children, enrichment programs for infants and preschoolers, and education programs for parents.

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  • Applied Developmental Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology PhD

    The PhD concentration in applied developmental psychology is concerned with enhancing developmental processes and preventing developmental disorders in individuals and families across the life span. It uses the knowledge base and methodologies of developmental science to assist the development of individuals who vary in cultural and ethnic backgrounds; economic and social opportunities; physical, social, emotional, and cognitive abilities; and conditions of living (e.g., families, neighborhoods, communities, and physical settings). The program's emphasis is on child development (infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence), and students may focus their studies on the cognitive, social, emotional, language, personality, or physiological aspects of development.

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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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  • Assisted Living/Senior Housing, Concentration in the Health Administration BS

    This program offers the first curriculum dedicated exclusively to the management of the nation's active adult, independent living, assisted living, and continuing care retirement communities. Since its inception, program alumni have gained employement in community, regional, divisional, corporate, association, and related senior housing positions throughout the United States. The concentration is designed to provide graduates with the operational, marketing, resident care, and hospitality services skills required to become effective executives and managers of senior housing communities. Equally important, the program provides exposure to and understanding of the unique philosophy of senior housing relative to choice, dignity, autonomy, and quality of life for older adults.

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  • Athletic Training, BS

    Athletic training encompasses the prevention, diagnosis, and intervention of emergency, acute, and chronic medical conditions involving impairment, functional limitations, and disabilities. An athletic trainer is a highly educated and skilled allied health care professional who specializes in caring for physically active individuals in a variety of settings. These settings may include secondary schools, colleges and universities, sports medicine clinics, professional sports, hospitals, and industry.

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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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  • Bioinformatics Management, MS

    This degree addresses the regional and national need for technically trained managers who will be able to lead teams of bioinformaticians in both the public and private sectors. The degree combines a solid foundation in bioinformatics research, tools, and techniques, with the management skills needed to address the associated legal, ethical, managerial, and business issues.

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  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, MS

    In the field of bioinformatics and computational biology, specialists collect, store, analyze, and present complex biological data. Through this work, critical contributions are made to disease detection, drug design, forensics, agriculture, and environmental sciences through the combination of biological analysis and high-performance computing.

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  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, PhD

    Recent advances in molecular biology have produced an avalanche of data, including DNA sequences and genetic maps that cover thousands of genes whose functions are poorly understood or completely unknown. These advances are having profound effect on the biological sciences, and have resulted in the development of the new discipline of bioinformatics. Bioinformatics utilizes computational approaches to analyze patterns in biological data and to create complex models of biological activity, including attempts to elucidate the functions of genes and their interactions in genetic pathways. Widespread social benefits are expected from the exploitation of the wealth of new knowledge concerning the genetic mechanisms of life and related processes. The coming years will see major developments in medicine, functional genomics, and environmental sciences, as well as profound advances in our understanding of the fundamental processes of biology. These benefits are increasingly dependent on the application of advanced information technology to the analysis of biological information.

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  • Biology, MS

    This program provides advanced training for college graduates or professionals seeking careers in the biotechnology industry or biodefense, as well as more traditional careers in biomedical research, teaching, evolutionary biology, and animal biology. Master’s level concentrations are available in bioinformatics and computational biology, microbiology and infectious disease, molecular biology, neuroscience, and systematics and evolutionary biology. Students may also choose a program in general biological sciences, which allows flexibility to specialize.

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  • Biosciences, PhD

    The Biosciences, PhD is a research-oriented field of study that prepares students for significant contributions in academic or industrial settings. The concentration in cell and molecular biology includes microarray analysis of gene expression, sequencing and analysis of genes, gene family evolution, mechanisms of toxicology and mutagenesis, biotechnological applications, and developmental neuroscience. The concentration in microbiology and infectious disease stresses molecular mechanisms of infectious disease, genomic and proteomic analysis of pathogens, and the physiology and metabolism of pathogens.

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  • Biostatistics, MS

    Merging statistics with biology, students have many opportunities they can pursue after graduation in health-related fields, including medicine,epidemiology and public health. Biostatistics is an indespensible tool in improving health and protecting populations against disease here and around the world.

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  • Chemistry and Biochemistry, PhD

    The Chemistry and Biochemistry PhD program is intended to prepare students for advanced work in the chemical sciences and related areas. Graduates with the PhD degree in this field can seek employment in research and development, process control, or higher education. In addition to these traditional science career paths, graduates are also positioned to pursue careers in nontraditional areas such as the intellectual property and regulatory fields. The program is designed to provide students with a firm foundation in advanced course work, which is followed by an independent research project completed under the guidance of a faculty advisor.

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  • Clinical Psychology, Psychology PhD Concentration

    The program approaches clinical psychology from social psychological and contextual perspectives. A social psychological approach uses theory and research from social psychology to understand emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal functioning. A contextual perspective stresses the impact of social and cultural factors on the individual and vice versa. Most of the faculty members employ cognitive-behavioral and interpersonal approaches to research and clinical practice, but students also receive exposure to humanistic, existential, and psychodynamic perspectives.

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  • Coaching, Minor

    This 18-credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students. This program of study is offered by the College of Education and Human Development, specifically the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism.

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  • Cognitive Neuroscience, Graduate Certificate

    Cognitive neuroscience focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Study areas vary from neural control of behavioral development and brain systems in substance abuse to cognitive aging. The program focuses on translational neuroscience—complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

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  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology MA Concentration

    This master’s concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Study areas vary from neural control of behavioral development and brain systems in substance abuse to cognitive aging. The program focuses on translational neuroscience—complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

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  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Psychology PhD Concentration

    This PhD in Psychology concentration focuses on studying biological substrates of behavior. Study areas vary from neural control of behavioral development and brain systems in substance abuse to cognitive aging. The program focuses on translational neuroscience—complementary study of neural systems in humans and animals, including application of animal research to human behavior.

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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 Clinical Science

    This concentration prepares students for post-graduate clinical training in a health profession such as medicine, dentistry, nursing, optometry, occupational and physical therapy, and pharmacy. It helps students tailor their curriculum to satisfy pre-requisites for these programs.

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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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  • 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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  • Consciousness and Transformation, Minor

    The interdisciplinary minor in consciousness and transformation provides students with a well-grounded understanding of the nature of human consciousness, including both the historical foundations and modern research findings. Students develop an ability to implement personal practices that foster deeper self-awareness, the regulation of stress factors in his or her life, and an emerging sense of meaning for his or her life. Students will learn to creatively and effectively apply principles from the exploration of consciousness and transformation to his or her own field of study.

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  • Counseling Licensure Post-Masters Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit certificate is designed for people who have a master’s degree in counseling or a related field and want 15 credits of post-graduate course work to meet licensure requirements as a Virginia School Counselor or Virginia Licensed Professional Counselor.

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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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  • Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion, MS

    The program focuses on the role of physical activity in the promotion of health, fitness and quality of life. The degree promotes scholarly inquiry and cultivates “research-savvy practitioners,” that is professionals able to understand and apply evidence-based scientific principles when working with physically active individuals. Completion of the degree prepares individuals for employment in wellness, health and human performance-related professions or the pursuit of further academic study.

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  • Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Graduate Certificate

    Mason offers a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner graduate certificate for those who want to focus on the assessment and management of serious mental illness. The program provides students with a formal study in the theory and practice of advanced psychiatric nursing that prepares them to provide individual, group, and family counseling. Graduates of the program have prescriptive authority and the ability to offer medication management and psychotherapy services.

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  • Food Security, Graduate Certificate

    Nearly a billion people across our nation and world face hunger and food insecurities. Mason’s graduate certificate in food security provides students with a full understanding of nutrition, food studies, and geography to prepare them for careers that address these growing concerns. Graduates go on to jobs in government agencies, multilateral organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

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  • Gerontology, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate program in gerontology combines theoretical and applied course work in aging with the student’s graduate curriculum in any department. Because gerontology is by definition multidisciplinary, students are required to take course work outside their major field. The program is administered by CHHS and housed in the Department of Social Work.

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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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  • Health Administration, BS

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

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  • Health Communication, Minor

    Health communication, one of the fastest-growing fields in the broader communication discipline, addresses how communication intersects with all aspects of health (social, mental, and physical). The minor in health communication is offered by the Department of Communication.

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  • Health Informatics and Data Analytics, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate prepares clinicians, health care managers and information technology professionals to develop and manage health information technology systems. Course work stresses the impact of technology on the quality of health care services. Students can focus on general health informatics or health data analytics. They can also participate in an optional practicum course.

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  • Health Informatics, MS

    The Master of Science in Health Informatics is offered through the Department of Health Administration and Policy in the College of Health and Human Services, in collaboration with the Volgenau School of Engineering. Students obtaining this degree will have had the required experience and received the highly specialized knowledge and skills needed to support the adoption and use of health information systems and analytic applications for a variety of clinical, administrative, and research purposes. Graduates are prepared for careers in the fields of health information systems, health data analysis, management and consulting in health information technology firms, and health care/service organizations and their business partners, as well as public health entities. Students will be familiar with emerging technologies and be prepared to analyze, design and manage evolving health information systems for a wide variety of clinical, administrative and research purposes.

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  • Health Information Technology, Minor

    Located within the Department of Health Administration and Policy, College of Health and Human Services, the minor in Health Information Technology introduces students, in a non-technical context, to the utilization of information management in health care management and policy. Students will examine the current and projected role of health information management in the delivery of health care and development of health policy and apply this information in a practical research endeavor.

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  • Health Promotion, Minor

    This 18 to 19 credit minor is available to all Mason undergraduate students, with the exception of those enrolled in the BS in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources degree program pursuing the Concentration in Health Promotion. Eight credits must be unique to the minor.

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  • Health Services Research, PhD

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

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  • Health Systems Management, MHA

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

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  • Health and Medical Policy, MS

    The MS in Health and Medical Policy is offered jointly by the College of Health and Human Services and the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. It prepares students to become health policy decision-makers at the local, state, and national levels, to be consultants, to support the work of foundations, or to engage with public health and advocacy organizations in the U.S. and abroad. Students graduate with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to assess health systems approaches; formulate new policies; and support policy development in health care financing, health and medical professional development, health systems innovation, and the allocation of scarce resources. Students applying to the program will be admitted to one of two concentrations: Health Policy or Global Medical Policy.

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  • Health and Social Policy, Minor

    The minor in Health and Social Policy introduces students to the context and process for public policymaking in health care and social services. Students will examine the current environment for health and social policy, learn the elements of the public policymaking process, and apply this knowledge in a practical research endeavor. This minor is a joint program offered by the Department of Health Administration and Policy and the Department of Social Work. Students must complete a research internship course that will focus on an area of applied health or social policy.

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  • Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources BS

    This program allows students to specialize in one of three concentrations: Parks and Outdoor Recreation; Sport Management; and Therapeutic Recreation, which explore how recreation contributes to public well-being and quality of life. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, commercial operations, schools, clinical and community settings, and senior and adult health care.

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  • Hospitality, Tourism and Events Management, BS

    The Hospitality major prepares students to enter a diverse profession in the world’s third-largest industry. Built on the curricula cornerstones of resort management, environmental tourism, events management, and cultural and heritage tourism, courses equip students with knowledge, skills, and experience in managing the tourism experience for the benefit of the traveler, host, and supporting industry.  A minor is available.

     

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  • Human Development and Family Science, BA, Minor

    The HDFS curriculum prepares its graduates to use family-centered and strengths-based approaches to develop, implement, evaluate, and manage services for individuals and families at all stages of life. Graduates will develop competencies in 10 areas as established by the National Council on Family Relations, and will learn to engage with families in such service settings as early childhood education, community-based programs and health care settings. Our program also prepares students to critically analyze complex family issues, advocate for families in schools and communities, and address social factors influencing family functioning, health, and well-being (poverty, immigration, homelessness, incarceration, family violence, and discrimination and structural violence such as racism, nationalism, or heterosexism). Students are required to complete a 6-credit internship and integrate research training with service fieldwork.

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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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  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology MA

    The industrial/organizational psychology concentration trains students in the conduct and application of psychological research in work settings. Graduate work emphasizes research and fosters a peer-oriented environment in which students collaborate on projects, in addition to engaging with faculty members in many areas of industrial/organizational psychology. Graduates find careers in such fields as personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work/family issues, and organizational health issues.

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  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology PhD

    The industrial/organizational psychology concentration focuses on multiple aspects of behavior in organizational settings, including personnel selection, quantitative analysis, teams, leadership, work and family issues, and organizational health issues. Mason’s graduate work in this area emphasizes research as the key to knowledge in both academic and applied settings. The program fosters a peer-oriented environment whereby students collaborate on numerous projects in addition to working with faculty members, in many different areas of industrial/organizational psychology.

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  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology, Minor

    This minor is offered by the Department of Psychology. Students pursuing this minor must complete 18 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.

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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, 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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  • Kinesiology, BS

    The bachelor’s degree in kinesiology is a science-based approach to the study of human movement. It prepares students for a careers in such areas as clinical exercise, coaching, corporate fitness, exercise and sport psychology, medical and exercise equipment sales, mind-body studies, pharmaceutical sales, personal training, sport and exercise nutrition, sport science, or wellness/fitness management. Three internship experiences totaling 700 hours provide students with the opportunity to apply evidence-based knowledge and its practical application in general fitness, clinical and sports performance settings.

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  • Kinesiology, Minor

    Students are taught to apply the scientific method of discovery, analysis, and research to the study of human movement. This is a 17-credit minor, of which Functional Anatomy, Principles of Health-Related Fitness and Exercise Physiology I are required courses.

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  • Life Sciences, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BS

    The concentration in life sciences is geared toward students interested in working in medical and health promotion fields. Courses of study included under the life sciences concentration are Pre-Medical, Pre-Dental, Pre-Occupational Therapy, Pre-Physician’s Assistant, Pre-Pharmacy, and Pre-Physical Therapy. More information about a specific course of study in the life sciences can be obtained by contacting an academic advisor. All students have opportunities to conduct independent research, engage in globally related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad, participate in public service, and prepare for future careers through internships, career-focused minors, and other college-to-career activities.

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  • Medical Laboratory Science, BS

    This program requires the equivalent of three years of full-time preprofessional study at the college level preceding a senior year of professional education in an affiliated school of medical laboratory science. All affiliated schools are accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS).

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  • Music and Wellness, Minor

    This minor, designed for students with minimal formal musical training, allows students to explore the connection between music and consciousness as well as vibration, mindfulness, and well-being. Admission to the Music and Wellness minor is by interview with the minor coordinator.

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  • Neuroscience, BS

    As an interdisciplinary field, neuroscience draws from research in many departments—psychology, molecular neuroscience, molecular and microbiology, electrical engineering, physics and astronomy, and bioinformatics. Mason offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in this area of study.

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  • Neuroscience, Minor

    Neuroscience is one of the most rapidly growing disciplines in science today. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, it draws on skills from anatomy, chemistry, electrical engineering, genetics, math, and psychology, among others. Students in these fields can benefit from an awareness of applications of these fields to neuroscience and through this minor, more directly prepare for later work in neuroscience.

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  • Neuroscience, PhD

    As an interdisciplinary field, neuroscience draws from research in many departments—psychology, molecular neuroscience, molecular and microbiology, electrical engineering, physics and astronomy, and bioinformatics. Mason offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in this area of study.

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  • Nurse Practitioner, Concentrations in the Nursing MSN

    Two nurse practitioner concentrations are offered within the MSN program: adult gerontology nurse practitioner and the family nurse practitioner. Graduates of the nurse practitioner track are prepared to provide primary care to patients in such settings as health maintenance organizations, specialty clinics, public health clinics, hospitals, nursing homes, home care, family practice settings, and neighborhood and community clinics serving the medically underserved. Nurse practitioners have the depth of knowledge to manage the common health issues of patients of all ages. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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  • Nursing Administration, Concentration in the Nursing MSN

    The master’s degree in nursing, concentration in nursing administration, prepares students to shape health care through innovative and expert nursing leadership and provides students with the skills to develop strategic organizational plans for implementing evidence-based patient care. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

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  • Nursing Education, Graduate Certificate

    This Nursing Education Graduate Certificate prepares students to function in nursing educational roles in academic and nonacademic settings by combining foundation courses in education with courses in the principles and practices of nursing education. Applicants must hold a master's degree in nursing. The application process is competitive, and applications are considered for the fall semester only. The certificate may be pursued only on a part-time basis.

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  • Nursing, BSN

    The School of Nursing has been preparing the next generation of nurse leaders, clinicians, and researchers for more than 40 years. There are several pathways to a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN), including the traditional pathway, the accelerated second-degree pathway, and the RN-to-BSN pathway. The BSN Program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. The undergraduate program prepares students to deliver superior care and leadership in an increasingly complex and challenging health industry. Graduates are in demand at hospitals, long-term care facilities, and care agencies. The program emphasizes health promotion and disease prevention, capitalizing on early detection of potential health problems, health maintenance in ambulatory and acute-care agencies, and preparation for needed managerial responsibilities. 

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  • Nursing, Doctor of Nursing Practice

    The Doctor of Nursing Practice prepares graduates to become experts as nurse practitioners, nurse administrators, or clinical nurse specialists. The program emphasizes evaluating and applying the evidence that supports practice, understanding and creating practice delivery systems based on patient outcomes; and assuming leadership roles. Candidates can concentrate on care of individuals or care of groups. BSN to DNP students must complete Level I core and advanced-practice competency courses relevant to their chosen concentration before taking Level II core essentials. The DNP will draw on expertise from throughout the College of Health and Human Services in such areas as health economics, health policy, and epidemiology. Graduates will be able to assume many roles in the health care system, including direct patient care, clinical nursing faculty, practice management, and policy development.

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  • Nursing, MSN

    The Master of Science in Nursing program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. It prepares nurses for a variety of leadership roles in the health care delivery system.

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  • Nursing, Nurse Educator Concentration, MSN

    Nurse educators who work in university settings provide an essential teaching platform for baccalaureate and graduate nursing students who want to advance their knowledge, practice, and research abilities. The nurse educator develops programs of study to expand knowledge of nursing principles, assessment, and technical skills to promote quality health care for patients. Nurse educators who work in a health care environment educate nurses and assistive personnel to create opportunities for continued learning, professional development, and instruction in new clinical information and technology. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. 

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  • Nursing, PhD

    The Nursing PhD prepares scholars to pursue intellectual inquiry and creative scholarship through independent and collaborative research, advance nursing science, and provide leadership in the nursing profession. Students will develop a depth of knowledge in their scientific emphasis area through course work and mentored research, electives, independent study, and dissertation research. On graduation, students will be able to conduct independent research in nursing and health care, and participate in research with nurses and scholars from other disciplines. The program offers an individualized area of concentration and prepares nurses for leadership roles in a variety of organizations, health related agencies, and educational institutions.

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  • Nursing, RN to MSN Pathway, MSN

    The MSN program prepares nurses for a variety of leadership roles in the health care system. The RN to MSN pathway allows RNs who have completed prerequisite course requirements (i.e., nursing prerequisites, elective prerequisites, and the Mason Core requirements) and have demonstrated substantial involvement in professional nursing in a clinical practice within the past two years, to earn an MSN degree. The MSN program is accredited by the Virginia State Board of Nursing and the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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  • Nutrition, Graduate Certificate

    Students will be trained to apply nutrition principles and the latest scientific evidence and methods of nutrition to health practice and research among different populations. The program emphasizes understanding the role of nutrition in health and well-being and the development of skills needed to practice, analyze and interpret nutrition-related information and data. Students will learn nutrition principles, how to assess an individual and a group's nutritional status, and how to develop intervention plans and evaluate the results.

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  • Nutrition, MS

    Students learn to assess, evaluate, and intervene in the most current and relevant nutrition issues, and will be able to work for agencies, businesses, and organizations that seek to improve nutrition at the local, national, and global levels. Students will also be prepared to continue their studies if they seek a research career in nutrition.

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  • Nutrition, Minor

    The minor in nutrition is intended to increase knowledge of nutrition issues and may supplement degrees related to nutrition, health and education. Students are required to take an introductory nutrition course before beginning the coursework in the Nutrition Minor.

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  • Nutrition, Undergraduate Certificate

    The undergraduate certificate in nutrition offers a variety of courses in nutrition for current and future health care professionals, researchers, and others who are commonly faced with community-related nutrition issues. The program is intended to help health care professionals and others who would like to increase their knowledge in nutrition.

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  • Outdoor Recreation and Experiential Leadership, Undergraduate Certificate

    This 25-credit certificate program provides students who are pursuing or have previously earned an undergraduate degree the opportunity to develop specialized skills unique to a variety of outdoor adventure and experiential activities, such as backpacking, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, and challenge-course facilitation. Course work focuses on the acquisition of technical skills and application of theory-to-experiential learning in an outdoor recreation curriculum. The program provides options to attain certification as low and high element facilitators and Wilderness First Responders. Students completing the certificate requirements will be fully prepared to work as challenge course facilitators, work as instructors at Outdoor Education/Adventure Education organizations, and effectively integrate outdoor experiential programs with existing educational curricula.

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

    This career-ready concentration explores the contribution of recreation and parks to public well-being and quality of life. The curriculum includes courses in leadership and administration, natural resources management, outdoor recreation programming, and environmental education. The program is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Parks, Recreation, Tourism and Related Professions. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local recreation and park agencies, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations. Students complete supervised internships in professional settings.

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  • Personalized Medicine, Graduate Certificate

    Students completing the Personalized Medicine Graduate Certificate will receive the most up-to-date advanced education available in the region. Completion of the certificate will enhance the careers of those students already working in this area, and can also serve as a useful intermediate step towards later enrollment in master’s or doctoral programs. This certificate is offered by the School of Systems Biology in the College of Science.

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  • Physical Education, BSEd

    The Health and Physical Education program prepares students for licensure to teach health and physical education at the elementary, middle and high school grades. The program is accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. The curriculum is research-based and stresses teaching standards established by the National Association of Sport and Physical Education. It emphasizes student learning in physical education. Central to the program is its school-based field experiences in which supervised majors teach various grades in schools.
     

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  • Pre-Medical, Undergraduate Certificate

    The Pre-Medical Undergraduate Certificate is a premium program offered to enlisted members of the U.S. military who are chosen specifically from a federal program referred to as EMDP2 (Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program). This program is aimed at active duty military enlisted members who have earned a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0, who have experience working in a health-related position in the military, and who meet all other requirements specified by the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USU), and who are interested in matriculating at the Uniformed Services University (military medical school).

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  • Psychology, BA, BS

    The study of psychology provides an overall understanding of what humans do in various situations, and of how and why they do it. In courses taught by outstanding professors known for their research, students can explore such fields as social, abnormal, and cognitive psychology. Faculty members regularly enlist undergraduates to assist in their research, and all freshmen have the opportunity to be mentored by a member of Psi Chi, the psychology national honorary society, to help ensure their success.

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  • Psychology, MA

    The Psychology MA allows students to pursue a variety of areas in psychology, building on a common foundation of scientific methodologies, examining the application of psychology to various behavioral, cognitive, and societal issues. Six concentrations allow students to focus on their choice of applied developmental psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, human factors/applied cognition, industrial/organizational psychology, applied developmental psychology, or school psychology. Graduates are well-prepared to apply their advanced training to work within community agencies, healthcare settings, educational or social services systems in government or industry as researchers, trainers, mental health workers, administrators, and managers, or to continue with doctoral studies in psychology or related fields.

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  • Psychology, Minor

    The Psychology minor supports students within any major program to enrich their knowledge base by providing deeper insight into psychological considerations that play into every other field. Coursework consists of one required course in basic concepts, and further study in the student’s choice of abnormal, cognition, developmental, physiological, or social/personality psychology. The strong 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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  • Psychology, PhD

    The goal of Mason’s Psychology doctoral program is to train students in the principles and applications of psychology. The program provides knowledge of the basic content areas in psychology and practical experience in applying this knowledge to solving human problems in life, work, and school. Core course requirements cover subject matter identified by the profession as essential to doctoral training: biological, social, cognitive, and individual bases of behavior, as well as the history of psychology. The program offers the following concentrations: applied developmental psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience (formerly biopsychology), clinical psychology, human factors/applied cognition, and industrial/organizational psychology. A doctoral degree in Psychology gives graduates a strong knowledge base of the field’s foundations and traditions, as well as the research, analysis, and writing skills to work not only in areas related to clinical Psychology, but in research-based careers in academics, government, or industry.

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  • Psychology, with a Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience, Accelerated MA, BA, BS

    Masons’ accelerated Psychology MA (with a Concentration in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience) allows highly qualified accepted students to earn a BA/BS and MA in Psychology together. This intensive course of study allows students to pursue their concentration of cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, building on a common foundation of scientific methodologies, examining the application of psychology to various behavioral and cognitive issues. Graduates are well-prepared to apply their advanced training to work within community agencies, health care settings, educational or social services systems in government or industry as researchers, trainers, mental health workers, administrators, and managers, or to continue with doctoral studies in psychology or related fields.

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  • Public Health Leadership and Management, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate for Public Health Leadership and Management prepares students to apply the principles of public health leadership, stewardship and policy implementation to manage state and local health departments and various non-profit organizational and community health program initiatives. Coursework focuses on leadership strategy, public health regulatory requirements, public program management tools and policy development skills necessary to function in public health systems in the United States. The certificate is ideal for clinicians and health care professionals who seek value-added career enhancement in public health programs and entities.

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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, Graduate Certificate

    The Public Health graduate certificate provides students with the fundamental skills and knowledge central to each of the five core areas of public health—social and behavioral health, epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and health systems. Coursework includes environmental health, health promotion methods, biostatistics, and U.S. and global public health systems. The program is particularly relevant for students who are interested in career opportunities in the fields of global and community health.

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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 Health, MPH, Concentration in Public Health Practice

    This concentration, which is fully online, is designed to advance the competencies of public health practitioners and other health professionals to fulfill their roles and responsibilities in local, state, and federal public health agencies and non-governmental health-related organizations. Students examine the social and environmental factors associated with improving population and community health with a focus on the application of evidence-based public health concepts. 

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  • Public Health, Minor

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

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

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

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  • 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, Concentration in Therapeutic Recreation, BS

    The Therapeutic Recreation concentration (within Recreation Management) teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Coursework includes therapeutic recreation foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment, and an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. The program prepares students to sit for the National Council for Therapeutic Recreation Certification exam and become a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Fieldwork, internship, and employment opportunities abound in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and the greater Washington, D.C. metropolitan area, and across the United States. Graduates implement activities as tools for intervention and rehabilitation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings, finding employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.

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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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  • Rehabilitation Science, BS

    The BS in rehabilitation science integrates the basic sciences of anatomy, physiology, chemistry, and physics with the applied and clinical sciences to form a comprehensive study of human function and dysfunction and emerging rehabilitation interventions. Students will develop a broad understanding of the theories that are central to the discipline and explore a wide variety of approaches to functional assessment and evidence-based intervention.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in Rehabilitation Science prepares students to apply research and statistical techniques to the study of the enabling–disabling process. Students will acquire competencies in rehabilitation and recovery framework, research design and methodology, statistics, and conduct of applied rehabilitation research. Core coursework includes foundations and applied physiology. Electives include clinical exercise physiology, scientific basis for pain and fatigue, psychosocial aspects, research design, movement analysis, aging and health, comparative effectiveness research, and many more. The skills developed while earning this graduate certificate contribute to student success in a wide variety of careers such as occupational / physical therapy and special education as well as graduate education.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, Minor

    The minor in rehabilitation science is an innovative sequence of courses designed to enhance the undergraduate student’s academic preparation for clinical and research graduate programs. Designed for students interested in graduate admissions in physical therapy, occupational therapy, physician assistant programs, exercise physiology, and biomechanics, the minor provides a foundation of knowledge on the science of human movement as it pertains to both health and human performance.

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  • Rehabilitation Science, PhD

    The PhD in Rehabilitation Science program engages its students to develop as scientists across the spectrum of clinical to translational research, reflecting the need for integrated research to address the needs of the disabled. This program educates students in basic and translational science that address mechanisms, prevention and amelioration of disability. The objective of the program is to develop researchers and academics who, through scholarship and original research, create new knowledge in rehabilitation science. Students benefit from mentorship through active involvement in faculty’s own funded research programs. Graduates of this program are prepared for professional careers in academic, governmental, and industrial research environments with the tools to develop their own lines of research.

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  • School Psychology, Concentration in the Psychology MA

    A concentration within the Psychology MA, the School Psychology program emphasizes foundational knowledge in psychology, education, intervention and problem solving, statistics and research methodology, and professional school psychology, along with supervised experiences in educational and clinical settings. The program employs an instructional model that combines a sound understanding of psychological theory and research with in-depth practicum and internship experiences. Graduates are well-prepared to practice psychology in educational and clinical settings that serve children and adolescents as well as their families.

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  • School Psychology, Graduate Certificate

    The School Psychology graduate certificate emphasizes foundational knowledge in professional school psychology along with supervised experiences in educational and clinical settings. Coursework includes a combination of education and psychology, with complementary practicum and internship options. The certificate is a valuable asset for students interested in practicing psychology in educational and clinical settings that serve children and adolescents and their families.

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  • Social Work, BSW

    The undergraduate social work program promotes human well-being by preparing students to work competently with individuals and families seeking help, and to be leaders in communities, organizations, and the policymaking arena. Social work students are required to successfully complete 450 hours of supervised field practicum in agencies approved by Mason’s Department of Social Work.
     

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  • Social Work, MSW

    The Master of Social Work (MSW) program, accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), prepares students for advanced practice in social work, including foundational courses in human behavior; practice with individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities; professional writing and technology; social work research; and social policies and services. Students choose to concentration on Social Change or Clinical Practice, gaining an understanding of issues including child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health, substance abuse, disabilities, health, long-term care, and diversity. All students participate in supervised field experience. Graduates are well-qualified for positions in many settings including human service agencies, marketing research firms, educational systems, nonprofit foundations, and law enforcement agencies.

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  • Social Work, Minor

    This program provides students with conceptual, theoretical, and practical knowledge related to the field of social work at the individual, family, group, community, and societal levels. Core coursework includes introductory social work material, including human behavior and family life, and social policies and systems. Electives cover more specific topics such as analytic methods, legal and ethical issues, substance abuse, gerontology, and social determinants.

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  • Sport Coaching, Graduate Certificate

    Students in this program prepare for a career in coaching.  They learn advanced skills that can be used for a variety of coaching situations. The courses include the psychology of coaching and legal issues in sport.

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  • Sport Communication, Minor

    The minor in Sport Communication offers students the opportunity to examine important and timely sports-related issues in an ethical context as well as analyze sports from cross-cultural perspectives. Students will gain an understanding of sport mass media, sport communication, sports reporting, interpersonal and organizational communication, and the impact each has in our global society. The courses cover theory and practice in cross-platform communication, sports ethics and theoretical underpinnings, public relations, and marketing. The minor provides applied fundamentals for students seeking employment in the commercial world of sports (areas such as management or promotion of athletic organizations) and in sports media.

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  • Sport Management, Concentration in Health, Fitness, and Recreation Resources, BS

    This concentration prepares students to assume entry-level managerial positions in the $300 billion sport industry, including private enterprises, government or public employment sectors, nonprofit or voluntary agencies, and commercial sport ventures. Preparation in sport marketing, finance, ethics, law, operations, planning, and program leadership fosters the skills that enhance students’ acquisition and advancement in sport management careers. An integral part of the program is the opportunity to complete two field experiences in sport organizations.

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  • Sport Management, Minor

    Mason’s Sport Management minor focuses on the preparation of professionals qualified to operate sport organizations, including private enterprises, government or public employment settings, non-profit or voluntary agencies, and commercial ventures. Coursework includes introductory studies, as well as the economics, finance, and governance of sport organizations, along with multiple elective topics including law, ethics, and global perspectives. Professional preparation develops capable sport management specialists able to apply creative communication, leadership, and managerial skills in an array of positions in the sports industry, including sales, marketing, public relations, operations, facilities, and event management.

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  • Sport and American Culture, Minor

    The Sport and American Culture interdisciplinary minor is offered jointly by the School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism and the Department of History and Art History. Coursework includes a core requirement of sports history, culture, and society, with additional electives in sport-specific management and topics in history. The strong analytical skills and historical background 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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  • Sport and Recreation Studies, MS

    The MS in Sport and Recreation Studies meets the growing need for professionals and academics in the areas of recreation administration, sport and leisure studies, and sport management. This degree prepares students as professionals who will more adequately serve the industry and their communities, and students who wish to pursue advanced study through doctoral programs in these disciplinary areas, leading to employment and contributions in academe. Students choose from three concentrations: Recreation Administration, Sport and Leisure Studies, and Sport Management. This program offers a traditional research masters’ thesis option or an applied research project linked to a professional setting or internship.

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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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  • 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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  • Therapeutic Recreation - Concentration in Recreation Management, BS

    The Therapeutic Recreation concentration within Recreation Management teaches a holistic approach to the treatment for people with disabilities across the lifespan. Course work includes therapeutic recreation foundation, issues, processes, programming and assessment, and an internship supervised by a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist. Graduates implement activities as tools for intervention and rehabilitation to enhance the quality of life for people with disabilities in a variety of clinical and community settings, finding employment in clinical and community settings, senior and adult health care, non-profit organizations, and schools.

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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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  • 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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