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Those looking to build careers with a social impact have a variety of options at Mason. From psychology to social work to anthropology, our committed faculty, world­-renowned research, and vast array of practicum and research opportunities take students on an exploration of the human condition and show them how to craft appropriate and enduring solutions. Graduates leave Mason ready take on real-­world national and global concerns of culture, human behavior, and social justice, domestic or abroad.

Class Explores Healing and Community Development in Cambodia

Professor Al Fuertes leads undergraduate and graduate students to Cambodia as part of his course that focuses on healing and restoration in the wake of extreme violence.

As part of their studies, Fuertes’ students learn to recognize the resilience of those experiencing the aftermath of genocide, and the impact that development and spirituality has in peace building and community recovery.

Fuertes says he wants the students to understand the importance of resilience, particularly in the wake of violence. And his course shows students the crucial role civil society plays in bringing about peace, healing, and development.

Students in Cambodia

Mason students in Cambodia.

  • 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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  • African and African American Studies, Minor

    The African and African American Studies program offers students a unique opportunity to better understand the experiences of people of African descent throughout the African Diaspora. This degree leads to careers in civil service, social work, foreign service specialist, student affairs, community urban planning, public affairs and policy.

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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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  • 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 Behavior Analysis, Graduate Certificate

    This 18-credit non-licensure certificate is designed to increase the professional training of people responsible for designing, implementing, and monitoring behavioral treatment programs in schools, agencies (such as psychiatric hospitals), and training centers for people with severe disabilities.

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  • Applied Behavior Analysis, Minor

    This 21-credit minor gives undergraduate students or those who hold bachelor's degrees the classes and experience required by the Behavior Analyst Certification Board to sit for the Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst examination. 

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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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  • Art History, BA, Minor

    Art history is the study of visual artifacts within their regional and historical contexts. As an art history major at Mason, you will investigate works of art to learn how they were made, why they were made, and by and for whom they were made. You will develop the skills to interpret a work of art as a record of the culture in which it was made. In your courses you will learn task questions that touch on cultural, technological, and economic concerns. You will study with faculty whose expertise covers many world regions – the United States, Latin America, Europe, South and Southeast Asia, and China – and all historical periods – from classical antiquity, Byzantine, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque, to the modern era.

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  • Art History, MA

    The program in art history offers a unique master's degree based on departmental strengths in traditional research, the application of new media, and the vast cultural resources of the Washington, D.C., area. Students study a broad range of art-historical periods, theory, and research methods. In addition, the program emphasizes new media skills, museum studies, and preprofessional internship training. Graduates are well-prepared for art museum and gallery professional work, where a master's degree is now routinely required, or further study in doctoral programs.

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  • Art as Social Change, Minor

    The Arts and Social Change minor leverages artistic and creative practice into an array of academic and social contexts. The goal is to infuse these practices into territories outside the traditional art world through research, participatory experimentation, and documentary aesthetic aspects of social practice. With a focus on creative research and project production students experience direct engagement with communities while developing skills toward fostering positive change in communities via the arts.

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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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  • Assistive Technology, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Assistive Technology Program prepares educators and other professionals to work with individuals with disabilities, service providers, and family members. Graduates use technology to assist individuals to function more effectively in school, home, work, and community environments.

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  • Assistive Technology, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit certificate provides supplemental training for practitioners, families, and caregivers who use assistive technology while working with people with disabilities. The certificate is appropriate for general and special educators, related service personnel, adult service providers, and families and caregivers who need to apply assistive technology solutions within their specific discipline or school, work, home, or community setting.

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  • Assistive Technology, Minor

    This 15-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in assistive technology. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Special Education in Virginia. Eight credits of course work must be unique to the minor.

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  • Autism Spectrum Disorders, Graduate Certificate

    This 12-credit non-licensure certificate provides teacher training in topics required to implement instructional programs for students with autism. The certificate is appropriate for teachers and support personnel who provide instruction to students with autism.

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  • Childhood Studies, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    Students in this program will develop an appreciation of the diverse developmental paths children and adolescents take and enhance their commitment to children’s welfare. This concentration is excellent for students who are interested in graduate school programs in counseling or social work, and working as child-life specialists, child and family advocates, and in nonprofit settings.

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  • Childhood Studies, Minor

    The interdisciplinary minor in childhood studies is designed for students who have a child-related focus in their major and for those who want to explore the topic of childhood. This minor focuses on the study of issues concerning children and their representations, including their experiences in society within historical and contemporary cultures and global contexts.

     

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  • Childhood and Youth, Concentration in the Sociology BA

    This concentration within the sociology bachelor's degree program focuses on the changing social realities, experiences, and identities of children and youth as they are formed in different social and historical contexts. This concentration is appropriate for students interested in working directly with children and youth or in organizations serving them in a broad range of fields such as educational counseling, teaching, policy, advocacy or clinical work, family and community services, social work, early child development, and juvenile justice.

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS, Accelerated MS

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

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, BS

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

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, MS

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

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  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, PhD

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Communication, BA, Minor

    Communication offers enriching courses in public speaking; media production and criticism; public relations; journalism; and intercultural, health, and political communication. But students don’t sit at their desks for long. When they’re not participating in research, global engagement, public service, co-curricular activities, internships, or study-abroad opportunities, communication students are actively involved in producing everything from videos and public relations plans to television shows and websites.

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  • Communication, MA

    Whether an organization is rolling out a new product, lobbying policy makers, promoting good health, or building stronger relationships with stakeholders, effective communication is the key to success. But which message is the right message? The MA in Communication program seeks to answer these questions by examining processes of human communication in increasingly complex social and technological environments.

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  • Communication, PhD

    The doctoral program in communication focuses on health and strategic communication, preparing students for increasingly complex public and private communication environments. Students receive a strong theoretical and multi-methodological foundation, which enables them to examine the critical role communication performs in health promotion, disease prevention, quality of care, risk assessment, and crisis management.

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  • Community College Teaching (Interdisciplinary Studies: Concentration in the MAIS)

    The concentration qualifies students to teach entry-level courses in rapidly growing fields at community colleges. Also, it may be an appropriate graduate credential for some faculty currently teaching in community colleges.

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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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  • Computer Science, BS, Accelerated MS

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

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Counseling and Development, MEd

    This master’s program emphasizes the integration of theory and practice, and culminates with an internship in an appropriate setting. Students may choose one of two concentrations: Community Agency Counseling or School Counseling.

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  • Creative Writing, BFA

    Mason’s Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is one of only 30 programs nationwide. With three concentrations to choose from (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction), the degree program is structured to give students ample opportunity to learn to write and think creatively while also developing the vocational writing skills that are desperately needed in the workplace.

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  • Criminology, Law and Society, BA, BS, Minor

    The bachelor's degrees in criminology, law and society provides students with a focused study of the justice system. The degrees prepare students for careers in law enforcement, corrections, homeland security, and a range of justice, social service, and human services fields. It also provides a strong background for law school or graduate study in criminal justice or criminology. Through the minor, students develop knowledge of the principles, institutions, and practices of the systems for administering justice. It provides a solid foundation for students seeking to supplement their major area of study.

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  • Criminology, Law and Society, MA

    The MA in criminology, law and society brings cutting-edge social science methods to the disciplines of criminology and law and society. Designed for students who seek to make a difference in the development and evaluation of policy in these fields, theprogram provides students with enhanced skills in analysis and policy evaluation for their further career development or to help them prepare for competitive, sought-after positions.

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  • Criminology, Law and Society, PhD

    The PhD program in criminology, law and society is designed to produce top academic scholars and leaders in policy and applied settings. It brings cutting-edge social science methods to the disciplines of criminology and law and society. The program provides a rigorous course of study that will prepare students to do research, teach, develop and test policies, and administer agencies and programs designed to administer law, deliver justice, reduce crime, and enhance domestic security.

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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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  • 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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  • Designing Digital Learning in Schools, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    This concentration focuses on digital learning - instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a PK-12 learners’ 21st century learning experience. It is designed for the practicing teacher interested in the ways in which technology can support teaching and learning. Expertise is further developed by choosing one of four specializations: Digital Learning and Teacher Leadership, Integration of Online Learning in Schools, Assistive Technology, or Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning.

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  • Designing Digital Learning in Schools, Graduate Certificate

    This 18-credit certificate is offered to practicing teachers who want to gain the knowledge and skills necessary for integrating digital learning and K–12 curricular knowledge outcomes.  Program participants study the investigation of the theory and practice of digital learning, the connection of digital learning and knowledge outcomes, the use of design principles and processes to inform practice, and the knowledge of a range of technologies appropriate for PK-12 students.

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  • Deviance, Crime, and Social Control, Concentration in the Sociology BA

    Sociology is the study of social structures, cultural patterns, and human relationships. Our concentration in Deviance, Crime and Social Control looks at the social, legal, and political systems that underpin social control in Western societies and beyond. The program focuses on how social norms and common sense regulate human action, along with the social forces that produce deviant behavior and societal response. If you're curious about what makes people tick and how society responds to control negative behavior you may want to explore this area of study. This concentration prepares you for careers in the criminal justice system, law, community activism, or pubilc policy and government.

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  • Digital Forensics, MS

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

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  • Digital Learning and Teacher Leadership, Graduate Certificate

    This advanced 15-credit hour certificate is offered to practicing teachers who wish to extend their knowledge and skills working with colleagues to design digital learning experiences for PK-12 learners. Participants will develop proficiency in adopting leadership dispositions, the skills associated with coaching and advocacy, and leading design teams to develop solutions to school-based instructional problems.

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  • Dual Licensure Early Childhood Education PK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education, Graduate Certificate

    This 45-credit hour certificate offers the required courses for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education PK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education. Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate courses prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior course work. 

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  • Early Childhood Education PK-3 (Licensure), Graduate Certificate

    This 30-credit hour certificate offers required coursework for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Education PK-3. Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior coursework. Students who are eligible to waive coursework must complete a minimum of 15 credits to graduate with the Early Childhood Education PK-3 Graduate Certificate.

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  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Accelerated MEd

    Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program and obtain either a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners in an accelerated time frame after completion of 144 credits. This program is offered by the Graduate School of Education in the College of Education and Human Development. Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master’s degree.

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  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, MEd

    This 30-credit program leads to a master's degree for professionals who already hold an early childhood education teacher license or are interested in working in an early childhood education context outside the classroom. Students who wish to seek Early Childhood Education, PK-3 licensure are advised to consider completing the Early Childhood Education, PK-3 Licensure certificate program in conjunction with the MEd. Students may use their certificate course work to fulfill the elective credits for the MEd program.

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  • Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners, Minor

    This 15-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in Early Childhood Education for Diverse Learners. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Early Childhood Education, PK-3 and Early Childhood Special Education in Virginia. Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor.

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  • Early Childhood Special Education (Licensure), Graduate Certificate

    This 33-credit certificate offers the required courses for teacher licensure in Early Childhood Special Education.  Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate courses prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived based on prior course work. 

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  • Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure), Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program and obtain both a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education, Concentration in Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure) within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Early Childhood Special Education (Non-Licensure), Concentration in MEd Special Education

    This 30-credit concentration is for professionals who already hold an early childhood special education teacher license or are interested in working in an early childhood special education context outside the classroom. Students who wish to seek early childhood education licensure are advised to consider completing the Early Childhood Special Education Licensure certificate program in conjunction with the MEd. Students may use their certificate coursework to fulfill the elective credits for the MEd degree program.

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  • Education Studies, Minor

    This 18 or 19-credit minor is designed for students with a strong interest in exploring the field of education to develop a conceptual understanding of schools and teaching. It will not lead to teacher licensure but is designed to introduce students to the structure of American education. 

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  • Education and Human Development, PhD (title change pending SCHEV approval)

    The PhD in Education degree is specifically for professional practitioners in education, including those in public or private schools, community or government agencies, and professional associations. The program is individualized, interdisciplinary, and experiential. Students plan their own programs to meet self-defined goals. Areas of specialization include Early Childhood Education/Early Childhood Special Education, Education Leadership, Education Policy, Educational Psychology, Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion, Higher Education, International Education, Learning  Technologies Design Research, Literacy and Reading, Mathematics Education Leadership, Multilingual/Multicultural Education, Research Methodology, Science Education Research, Special Education and Teaching and Teacher Education.

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  • Elementary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA in Integrative Studies with a Concentration in Elementary Education and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction with a Concentration in Elementary Education within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Elementary Education, Integrative Studies Concentration in the BA

    Elementary school teachers shape lives by helping young students learn and apply important concepts, understand abstract concepts, solve problems, and develop critical-thinking skills. The BAIS in Elementary Education degree meets the Virginia Department of Education endorsement requirements and will prepare students for graduate licensure programs. Students should meet with Mason's Endorsement Specialist throughout their undergraduate degree as well as Integrative Studies academic advisors.

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  • Energy and Sustainability, Concentration in the MAIS

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

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  • English - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor’s/Accelerated Master’s program and obtain a BA in English or a BFA in Creative Writing and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education English within an accelerated time frame.

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  • English - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach English at the secondary level.

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  • English as a Second Language (ESL/ESOL)/Special Education, Graduate Certificate

    The program prepares educators for both domestic international teaching assignments working with culturally &linguistically diverse learners. It provides courses for licensed teachers to earn an add-on endorsement in English as a second language (ESL) PK-12, also known as English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). 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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  • Environmental Engineering, Minor

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

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  • Environmental Policy, Minor

    This minor offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science includes classes in introduction to environmental policy and applied ecology. It is a Green Leaf program, which focuses on learning about sustainability.

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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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  • 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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  • Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering, MEng

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

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  • Gifted Child Education, Graduate Certificate

    This certificate is designed for professionals who are interested in working with gifted children. Students completing this certificate fulfill the requirements for add-on endorsement in gifted education for currently licensed teachers.

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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 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, 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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  • 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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  • History/Social Science - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach History and or Social Science at the secondary level.

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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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  • Inequality and Social Change, Concentration in the Sociology BA

    The focus is on inequalities, such as those of race, class, and sex, and on the manner in which such inequalities become structurally rooted in a society. The emphasis is on understanding the rise of the struggle for human rights, democracy, and various social movements that have sought to reverse these inequalities through protests, demonstrations, counter-organizations, and the ballot. This concentration is appropriate for students who seek careers in social justice organizations, social services, or in teaching, and those who wish to participate in social and political movements.

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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 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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  • Integration of Online Learning in Schools, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    This program meets the needs of K-12 educators interested in learning to blend online learning with face-to-face practice, as well as teaching in fully online learning environments. In addition, the Master's degree option extends the graduate certificate option to include a focus on the design and creation of online learning environments in which  participants apply knowledge gained using of a variety of design tools to develop online learning environments appropriate for their own teaching contexts.

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  • Integration of Online Learning in Schools, Graduate Certificate

    This 16-credit certificate meets the needs of K-12 educators interested in teaching in blended as well as fully online learning environments. The certificate is offered fully online.

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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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  • 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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  • Literacy Leadership for Diverse Schools, Concentration in Curriculum and Instruction, MEd

    This 33-credit concentration includes a 21-credit sequence of courses in literacy/reading instruction and leadership, 3 credits in research methodology, and 9 credits in courses related to diverse learners (English as a second language [ESL], special education, or an individualized program). Completion of all requirements earns students a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction, plus a K-12 Reading Specialist License.

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  • Literacy PK-12 Classrooms, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    This concentration is for teachers and other educators with one or more years of teaching or education-related experience who want to continue to grow professionally. The program offers advanced study in a specific concentration area, including Virginia's Standards of Learning content areas, cohort classes, an innovative schedule, and the use of technology. The courses, aligned with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, help teachers think and practice as board-certified teachers. The program develops teacher-leaders who practice reflection through action-research, problem-based learning, and self-inquiry, and teacher expertise in a concentration that will identify the teacher as a potential leader in that area.

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  • Literacy: K-12 Reading Specialist, Graduate Certificate

    This 21-credit certificate, a state-approved (Virginia) sequence of courses leading to reading specialist licensure, is designed for teachers who have a master's degree. Coursework includes foundational knowledge, instructional and assessment strategies for individuals and groups, and preparation as a literacy coach and staff developer. Licensure also requires a master's degree, passing the Virginia Reading Assessment, and three years of teaching under contract.

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  • Management of Secure Information Systems, MS

    Highly ranked by IT security practitioners, the MS in Management of Secure Information Systems is an interdisciplinary cyber-security management program offered by the School of Business, Volgenau School of Engineering, and the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs. Designed for mid-career professionals actively engaged in the cyber security field, you will complete the program in 16 months of Saturday classes and participate in a weeklong global residency. Gain the leadership and management expertise you need while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.

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  • Mathematics - Secondary Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a BA or BS in Mathematics (degree without concentration) and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Concentration in Secondary Education Mathematics within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Mathematics - Secondary Education, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach Math at the secondary level.

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  • Mild Disabilities, Minor

    This 15-credit minor is designed to provide undergraduate students with background knowledge in teaching students with mild to moderate disabilities. It allows participants to begin course work applicable to Virginia teacher licensure.

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  • Neuroethics, Interdisciplinary Studies Concentration in the MAIS

    Neuroethics explores the implications of new developments in basic and clinical neuroscience on social and ethical issues. In particular, it focuses on how advances in functional neuroimaging, psychopharmacology, brain implants and brain-machine interfaces raise important social, legal, ethical and policy questions. The program explores emerging ethical questions raised by recent neuroscientific discoveries on genetic and environmental factors that influence human behavior, decision-making, personality traits, and mental states.

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  • Nonprofit Studies, Minor

    The role of nonprofit organizations is growing significantly in the global economy, as they provide services, access to the arts, education, recreation and health care. Many also play a major part in environmental protection. Effective nonprofits also influence public policy and help build a civil society. The interdisciplinary minor in nonprofit studies is designed to introduce students to the theoretical foundations and practical skills needed for success in this sector. Through heavy emphasis on experiential learning with many excellent nonprofit organizations, students learn to apply theory within the today’s complex and rapidly changing world.

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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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  • Operations Research, MS

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

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  • Organizational Administration, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    By combining a liberal arts curriculum and the practicality of business skills, this degree focuses on knowing how people react to organizations and how organizations react to people. It provides a foundation for a graduate degree, as well as the skills employers are seeking in a variety of fields such as business, events management, health services, leadership, and nonprofit organizations. Students can declare a Business minor.

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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 and Law, Minor

    The minor in Philosophy and Law offers students a course of study that emphasizes the philosophical analysis of legal issues. It acquaints students with the tradition of philosophical argument dealing with the justification of law, its relation to moral theory, the justifications for punishment, and the concepts of justice, rights, liberty, and legal responsibility. These courses stress intellectual skills that are important in the study of law.
     

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  • Philosophy, BA, Accelerated MA

    Highly qualified philosophy majors may apply to the accelerated master’s degree. If accepted, students will be able to earn a BA and a MA in philosophy, sometimes within five years. The master's degree in philosophy is designed for students who intend to pursue a doctorate in philosophy, as well as for those who seek the master's as a terminal degree, either in pursuit of their intellectual interests or to further their professional expertise. Students choose a master's degree with a focus on traditional and contemporary philosophy or one of three concentrations: ethics and public affairs; philosophy and cultural theory; or philosophy and public affairs. All offerings provide grounding in the history of philosophy, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, contemporary continental thought, contemporary analytic philosophy, and philosophy of science.
     

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  • Philosophy, BA

    As a philosophy major, you will debate enduring questions and learn how the study of philosophy is relevant to contemporary issues—global warming, the defense of human rights, and the relationship between religion and science. Students study logic, ethics, and social and political philosophy, developing skills in rational argument and critical thinking. You'll learn to express yourself in clear and persuasive writing. Students can use this major as preparation for such professions as law or government service, or complement other interests by taking a double major in philosophy and a related field of study.
     

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  • Philosophy, Minor

    Students can take a general minor or one organized around a specific area. The emphasis in the history of philosophy is particularly useful to students in the humanities, especially those who wish to pursue graduate study. The emphasis in reality, knowledge, and science is beneficial for students majoring in the human and natural sciences. The emphasis in social and political philosophy is recommended for students who plan a career in law or politics.
     

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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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  • Physics BS, Accelerated MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration

    Highly qualified undergraduates may be admitted to the bachelor’s/accelerated master’s program and obtain both a BS in Physics and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Education Physics Concentration in an accelerated time frame. All graduate and undergraduate students are encouraged to get involved in research with faculty. Areas of study may include: applied physics; astrobiology; astronomy; astrophysics; atomic physics; biological physics; computational physics; data science; particle and nuclear physics; planetary science; space weather; and solar physics.

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  • Political Communication, Concentration in the Communication BA

    The Political Communication concentration (within the Communication BA) emphasizes the critical public role of communication in society, and examines social movements and political controversies. Coursework focuses on different strategies, techniques, and perspectives that shape public policy, include debating, advertising, opinion polling, image management, and mass media. The degree gives graduates the expertise necessary to create, shape and manage information to strategically guide political communication, as well as the research, analysis, and writing skills to work not only in local and national governments but also areas related to major communication, fundraising, polling and media organizations, and many more.

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  • Political Philosophy, Minor

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

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  • 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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  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Concentration in the English MA

    Mason’s Professional Writing and Rhetoric concentration (within the English MA) is oriented to workplace uses of language. In addition to the training in pragmatic skills offered, the concentration is characterized by a self-reflexive attention to workplaces as institutions. Courses on research and theory in nonfiction writing complement instruction in editing, technical writing, digital publication, and other current practices. Instruction in research methodologies melds archival research with the most current technological advances to equip students with valuable research tools and strategies, while courses in literature, media studies, folklore, and linguistics provide insight into language and writing practices across a variety of contexts. Graduates are well-prepared for roles as writers and editors in business, science, engineering, accounting, and many other fields that demand strong writing and communication skills for promotion and advancement.

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  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric, Graduate Certificate

    Mason’s graduate certificate in Professional Writing and Rhetoric is centered on workplace uses of language. Coursework focuses on nonfiction writing in specific genres, current writing practices and theories of writing in organizational settings, research methods in professional writing, and nonfiction literature. Courses on research and theory in nonfiction writing complement instruction in editing, technical writing, digital publication, and other current practices to prepare students for roles as writers and editors in the private and public sectors.

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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 Administration, MPA

    The government, nonprofits, and private industry need top-notch leadership to implement and manage public policies. And there’s no better place to get the training for those careers than Mason’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, one of the largest MPA programs in the country. Students learn how leadership, management, policy, and politics intersect, and they develop skills in communications, budgeting, and analysis. Graduates join thousands of alumni from the School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs who are working for government agencies as well as nonprofits and prestigious companies.

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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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  • Public Policy, Accelerated MPP

    Highly qualified undergraduates in any major may apply to the accelerated Master of Public Policy (MPP) program. If accepted, students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in their chosen major and the Master of Public 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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  • 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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  • Public Policy, PhD

    A PhD in Public Policy prepares students to be leaders in the policy world. Research can be conducted in one of the program’s concentrations, including culture and society; entrepreneurship, growth, and public policy; and global and international systems. Or participants can define their own field of research. They benefit from the extensive expertise of the faculty in the Schar School of Policy and Government.

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  • Public Relations, Concentration in the Communications BA

    The Public Relations concentration of the Communications BA provides students with the tools and background to build, repair, and enhance an organization’s relationships with key stakeholders. The programs emphasizes the use of advertising, promotion, counseling, and crisis management through social media, organizing events, writing speeches, and researching campaigns to address both an organization’s day-to-day position in the public eye and also tough challenges that arise. Coursework includes writing, persuasion, media and society, debate, argumentation and media management, as well as public relations within specific fields such as associations and nonprofits. Graduates are employed in national, state, and local agencies of all kinds, non-profit organizations, and private and commercial operations.

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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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  • 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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  • Secondary Education 6-12, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Secondary Education Program in the Graduate School of Education is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach at the secondary level. Specific endorsement areas are: biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history/social science, mathematics, and physics. Add-on endorsements are available in English as a second language, and algebra I.

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  • Secondary Education English, Minor

    This 21-credit minor, available only to students enrolled in the BA in English program, provides undergraduates with background knowledge in Secondary Education English. Completing this minor fulfills requirements for licensure in Secondary Education English (6-12) in Virginia.

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  • Secondary Education Licensure, Graduate Certificate

    This program is designed to meet the needs of individuals who wish to be licensed or who need to satisfy the requirements of a provisional license to teach at the secondary level. Endorsement areas include biology, chemistry, earth science, English, history/social science, mathematics, physics, and English as a second language. One of three internship types is required for completion of the state-approved licensure program: Professional Development School (PDS) Internship, Student Teaching Internship, or On-the-job internship. Under certain circumstances, provisionally licensed teachers may use their full-time teaching to satisfy the experience requirement for a full license.

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  • Severe Disabilities, Minor

    This 15-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in teaching students with severe disabilities. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Special Education in Virginia.

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  • Social Entrepreneurship, Concentration in the Interdisciplinary Studies MAIS

    The Social Entrepreneurship concentration in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies promotes advanced scholarship that transcends traditional disciplinary boundaries. Core coursework combines social entrepreneurship, management, public policy, public and international affairs, and leadership with courses aimed at individual students’ areas of specialization and hands-on learning activities. Through this powerful blend of academic study and experiential learning opportunities, students will graduate with the knowledge of leading-edge concepts and research-based approaches, as well as the field experience necessary to succeed as social innovators in a variety of roles within government, industry, and nonprofit organizations. 

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  • Social Innovation and Enterprise, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    Mason’s BA in Social Innovation and Enterprise addresses the social and environmental problems facing our society with an eye toward feasible and transformative solutions. Students gain the perspectives and skills needed to start, build, transform, and/or fund the organizations that will implement these solutions. All students have opportunities to conduct independent research, engage in globally-related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad, participate in many forms of public service, and prepare for their future careers through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities. Graduates of this program will be well prepared to work both within existing institutions and in creative development of new initiatives to make crucial and fundamental changes in improving social and environmental conditions.

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  • Social Justice and Human Rights, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    The BA in Social Justice and Human Rights focuses on local, societal, and global issues through both a human rights lens, focusing on the fundamental rights of human beings and how they are secured or denied, and a social justice lens, focusing on societal inequalities and how they are sustained or alleviated. Students develop a nuanced understanding of the relationships between individual experience in a local context and global systems of privilege and oppression. The program is designed to prepare students with the knowledge and competencies necessary for vocations or further study related to social, political, and economic equality; human rights education, advocacy, and law; and domestic and global justice. Graduates are well prepared for local or international work in legal, non-profit, educational, and community change organizations and governmental agencies.

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  • Social Justice and Human Rights, Concentration in the MAIS

    The social justice and human rights concentration is designed to cultivate a deep theoretical understanding of the social, political, cultural, historical, and economic implications of a wide array of social injustices and human rights issues. Students are engaged in seeking strategies for creating and sustaining a more equitable, just, and humane world.

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  • Social Justice, Minor

    The minor in Social Justice engages students in both a critical examination of various forms of injustice (such as poverty, racism, and speciesism, and environmental degradation) and an exploration of strategies for creating and sustaining an equitable and just world. The minor is interdisciplinary in nature, drawing on disciplines as distinct as critical race studies, critical animal studies, and environmental science. The program aggregates courses from multiple disciplines including government, sociology, and gender studies along with social justice. It is designed particularly to help students consider the intersectional nature of all types of exploitation and their related movements for liberation. The strong skills in research and critical analysis developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional pathways including government, commercial, and non-profit organizations as well as graduate education.

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  • Social Science for Education, Concentration in the Integrative Studies BA

    The BA in Social Science for Education allows students to engage in globally related activities through coursework and language study at Mason and abroad. Coursework includes the economic principles, physical geography, introduction to local/global government and history related to educational social science. The program provides students with opportunities to conduct independent research and participate in many forms of public service. Students prepare for their careers in educational leadership through internships, career-focused minors and other college-to-career activities. Highly qualified students in this BA program may be approved to pursue an accelerated track to both a BA in Integrative Studies and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction.

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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, MSW, Conflict and Analysis Resolution, MS Dual Degree

    Mason’s Social Work MS/MSW Dual Degree enables students to earn both an MS in Conflict Analysis & Resolution and an MSW in Social Work. Offered by the Department of Social Work in partnership with the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, this dual degree benefits from strengths of both programs, and takes advantage of the diversity of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area. The program includes focused coursework in conflict analysis and resolution, as well as direct service with many different population groups in a wide range of settings, policy analysis and advocacy, community practice, research, and organizational leadership. The program prepares students to work in practical and academic/research fields, in government, commercial, and non-profit organizations. 

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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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  • 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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  • Special Education Leadership, Graduate Certificate

    This 15-credit non-licensure certificate provides training for educators who administer program implementation efforts for students with exceptional needs. It is designed for those who have an interest in becoming special education directors, program coordinators, school building administrators, department chairs, or lead teachers; however, opportunities beyond special education also exist.

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  • Special Education, Accelerated MEd

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain a BA or BS in any degree area and an MEd in Special Education within an accelerated time frame.

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  • Special Education, MEd

    The MEd in Special Education prepares both classroom educators and individuals working in a special education context outside of the classroom with the specialized skills and content knowledge needed to support the needs of individuals with disabilities. Students may focus their program on a specific area in the field by completing a licensure or non-licensure certificate program using certificate coursework to fulfill the elective credits for the MEd degree program. Two accelerated master’s options are available to students in any bachelor’s degree. Career advancement opportunities include increased leadership service and roles in and out of the classroom, as well as continued graduate work and institutional leadership. 

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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 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, Accelerated MS

    Qualified undergraduates may be admitted to a Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's program and obtain both a Bachelor's degree in any area and an MS in Sport and Recreation Studies within an accelerated time frame.

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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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  • Statistical Science, PhD

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

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  • Statistics, Minor

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

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  • Students with Disabilities Who Access General Curriculum, Graduate Certificate

    This 33-credit certificate offers required courses for Virginia teacher licensure to people who will be working with students with disabilities who access the general curriculum. The program prepares individuals to work with students with disabilities who take Standards of Learning tests (SOLs) or Virginia Grade Level Assessments (VGLA).

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  • Students with Disabilities Who Access the Adapted Curriculum, Graduate Certificate

    This 36-credit hour certificate offers required course work for Virginia teacher licensure in Special Education: Adapted Curriculum.  Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate courses prior to admission to this graduate certificate program may request that courses in this program be waived.

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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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  • Sustainable Enterprise, Minor

    Sustainable enterprises are businesses that are financially prosperous and seek to benefit the environment and society. This minor is offered by the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science.

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  • Systems Engineering and Operations Research, Minor

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

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  • Systems Engineering, BS

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

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  • Systems Engineering, MS

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

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  • Teacher Education Programs, Graduate

    What does it take to be a great teacher? Knowledge, patience, skill, a love of learning and a desire to make a difference. If this describes you, then a career in education may be for you.

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  • Teacher Education Programs, Undergraduate

    What does it take to be a great teacher? Knowledge, patience, skill, a love of learning and a desire to make a difference. If this describes you, then a career in education may be for you.

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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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  • Teaching English as a Second Language, Graduate Certificate

    The graduate certificate in teaching English as a second language (TESL) prepares students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. Using linguistics theory and research, this 18-credit program consists of courses in linguistic theory, the structure of the English sound system and grammar, adult second language learning, and pedagogical approaches including a practicum in classroom ESL teaching. The program fulfills, in part, requirements for an endorsement in English as a Second Language to the VA state teaching credential. The certificate may be pursued concurrently with any of several related degree programs. The course is also available online, and qualifies for Title IV Federal Financial Aid.

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  • Teaching English as a Second Language, Minor

    The minor in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) helps prepare undergraduate students to teach non-native speakers of English in the United States or abroad. This program combines linguistic theory, second language acquisition theory, and ESL teaching methodology. The minor in TESL may be pursued concurrently with any undergraduate major. This minor is offered by the Department of English.

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  • Telecommunication, MS

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

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  • 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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  • Transformative Teaching, Concentration in MEd Curriculum and Instruction

    The Transformative Teaching program grew out of the highly successful Initiatives in Educational Transformation (IET) master’s program. For 20 years, IET provided quality professional development for more than 2,000 teachers in the national capital region. In the spirit of continuous improvement, the new Transformative Teaching online program allows us to expand our reach to meet the needs of the 21st century teaching professional. The program is designed with your schedule in mind, and your teaching and learning concerns as the focus. Learners will design more effective instruction while meeting standards through reflection, collaboration, and action research.

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  • Transportation Human Factors, Graduate Certificate

    The Department of Psychology offers a graduate certificate in Transportation Human Factors under the auspices of the program in Human Factors/Applied Cognition. Coursework includes a combination of cognitive psychology and systems integration. While this program is geared particularly for students of air traffic control, the certificate adds an area of specialization to any graduate degree in related fields, giving students a competitive edge in the workforce. The graduate certificate in Transportation Human Factors may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis. 

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  • Transportation Policy, Operations, and Logistics, MA

    The master’s degree program in Transportation, Operations, and Logistics (TPOL) teaches students to efficiently supply and operate transportation facilities and services.  They learn to think critically and analytically and to communicate their analysis through written and oral presentations. Graduates of the program hold influential positions at all levels of government, and in the transportation and consulting industries.

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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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  • Visual Impairment Licensure, PK-12, Graduate Certificate

    This 34-credit certificate is designed for students seeking Virginia initial teacher licensure in visual impairments (PK–12). Students who have completed graduate or undergraduate coursework in a university program before admission to the certificate may request that courses in the certificate program be waived based on the content in prior coursework.

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  • Visual Impairment and Blindness, Minor

    This 17-credit minor provides undergraduate students with background knowledge in teaching students with visual impairments. Completing this minor partially fulfills requirements for licensure in Special Education in Virginia. 

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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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  • Women and Gender Studies, Graduate Certificate

    The 15-credit graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies enables students interested in an academic career to enrich their research and analytical skills. Students interested in a professional career are prepared to address gender-related challenges in both domestic and global settings. The certificate adds an area of specialization to any graduate degree, giving students a competitive edge in the workforce. The certificate may be taken alone or in conjunction with another graduate program. Courses applied to the certificate may also be applied to a degree program, subject to approval of the graduate director of the respective program. The graduate certificate in women and gender studies may be pursued on a part-time or full-time basis.

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  • Women and Gender Studies, Minor

    The Women and Gender Studies minor is intended for students who are interested in gender, sexuality, and feminist perspectives. While it is an especially strong complement to a major in the humanities, social sciences, health and human services, or natural sciences, it is open to students in any major in the university. Students interested in a professional career are prepared to address gender-related challenges in both domestic and global settings. The minor adds an area of specialization to any degree, giving students a competitive edge in the workforce. The minor in Women and Gender Studies consists of two required courses and four electives. Students interested in feminist and gender issues choose their elective courses from a broad range of offerings. Those who wish to focus on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues) issues take an introductory course focused on these issues and two electives that incorporate such perspectives more specifically. This minor is offered by the Women and Gender Studies Program. For policies governing all minors, see the Undergraduate Policies section of the catalog.

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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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  • Writing and Rhetoric, Minor

    George Mason’s minor in Writing and Rhetoric provides students with opportunities to learn and apply advanced strategies for writing academic, professional, and civic documents. Students examine the theoretical, interdisciplinary, and professional aspects of writing and develop their expository, persuasive, organizational, and stylistic skills through close analysis of rhetorical situations and the features and approaches of successful writing. The strong communication and analytical skills developed while earning this minor contribute to student success in a wide variety of professional careers as well as graduate education. The minor in writing and rhetoric is a valuable asset for students interested in working in media organizations, trade and professional associations, and nonprofit organizations related to the arts, schools, and social change. It is also beneficial to students interested in careers in business, science, engineering, accounting, and many other fields that demand strong writing and communication skills for promotion and advancement. 

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  • Writing and Rhetoric, PhD

    George Mason's doctoral program in Writing and Rhetoric offers a curriculum that emphasizes theoretical, practical, and productive approaches to writing in organizations and in public spaces. It will prepare students to write, research, and teach with a deeper understanding of the intellectual and administrative tools that can enhance the work they do. Our program is built on the premise that writing and teaching in twenty-first century organizations require the rigorous, integrated study of rhetoric, technology, culture, and research methodologies. Our courses prepare students for rhetorical and pedagogical work in colleges and universities, public schools, government and nonprofit programs, corporate workplaces, and the broad public spheres crafted via the Internet and mass media. Graduates will help meet the increasing national demand for faculty in rhetoric and composition to teach and lead programs in areas such as writing program administration, writing across the curriculum, technical communication, and media studies. The industry and government sectors also need professionals to conduct research, manage development, and analyze policy in the use of new communication technologies. 

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