George Mason University


University Master Plan

Tomorrow belongs to those who plan for it today.

Using Data and Design to Build a Bold Future

Planning is essential to success. In order for Mason to continue on our trajectory toward the "university of the future," we must be rigorous, consultative, and imaginative in formulating strategic actions that incrementally move us toward our holistic vision. We must identify data-informed opportunities to realize our values so that we can optimize capital investments and make challenging resource allocation decisions.

Our strategic objectives include:

  • Being an accessible choice for a diverse and inclusive academic community. 
  • Serving as an innovation engine and contributor to local and regional economies.
  • Conducting cutting edge scholarship at a top-level research institution. 

Vision Statement:

The George Mason University master plan will be a framework to guide future decision making around the university’s three primary campuses in Arlington, Fairfax, and Prince William. It will become a “lifestyle” through which the university can apply consistent principles and relevant available data to optimize capital investments and make challenging resource-allocation decisions that seek to reinforce the university strategic goals, support student success, enrich the university’s research mission, and partner with our local communities. The master plan will also establish a bold long-term vision that ensures each move the university makes incrementally contributes toward a holistic future.


Master plan goals

  • Serve as a framework to guide strategic decisions.
  • Reflect the culture of George Mason University.
  • Identify campus visions for the 21st century that support Mason’s strategic objectives and create functional, well maintained, and beautiful places that provide a high-quality environment for learning, discovery, engagement, and growth.
  • Provide structures for placemaking and the orderly development of our campuses to accommodate increases in student enrollment and growth in research programs.
  • Create and improve spaces for student, faculty, and staff, while maximizing the use of resources; improving space utilization, and extending the life of our assets.
  • Establish better connectivity at each of, and between, our campuses.
  • Help maximize the use of our resources, and support operational and capital planning related to our required state six-year budget cycles.

Learn More About Mason's Master Plan

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Survey Response Data

Get involved - we want your input. 

Your participation in the planning process is crucial. There are numerous ways you can contribute.  

  • Attend our monthly town halls.
  • Provide general input using the feedback form.



Structure and timeline overview

The university foresees a 21-month process - from kickoff to final document concluding in September 2021.

The master plan will focus on plans for Mason's three primary campuses Fairfax, SciTech and Arlington.   While resources did not permit the same detailed study of other smaller Mason locations, the master plan work will certainly inform judgments relating to those locations, creating a framework for making strategic decisions about opportunities and challenges.

Phase 1 – From January to September 2020:

We’ll gather information and data analytics focusing on demographic projections and the use of space. We’ll also determine which issues we should prioritize. With this information, we’ll determine a plan that will work across our three Virginia campuses.

Phase 2 – October 2020 through September 2021:

Working from the plan created during phase one, we’ll determine the best course of action for major projects and concepts. Mobility, infrastructure, and sustainability will be key considerations in our renovation, space use, landscape, and prospective new building plans.