Welcome from the Director
"The magnitude of upcoming change will be stunning. We are still in Spring Training." -Mary Meeker, Partner at Kleiner Perkins, on the re-imagination of nearly everything—industry, society and careers—resulting from new devices, smartphones, connectivity and user interfaces.
Organizations and careers are also rapidly changing with more distributed and virtual organizations, decreasing average years of tenure and increasing number of career transitions.
The George Mason EMBA with its Global, National Defense, and Critical Infrastructure Protection tracks is oriented towards executive leadership and success in this rapidly changing economy and career environment.
Mason EMBA students, midcareer professionals in industry and government, are looking to advance their leadership careers in their current organizations; shift careers by starting companies or moving from a large company to smaller company or vice versa; and transition from military and government to the private sector. All have an interest in the strategic aspects of business and being flexible and adaptable as businesses and organizations change.
The EMBA program's goal is to provide students with a graduate education that will help them further their leadership careers in business and government. The program addresses how to achieve success in today's marketplace and emphasizes a multidisciplinary view of business including building executive level insight in strategy, marketing, accounting, finance, leadership, and organizational behavior.
The Global, National Defense, and Critical Infrastructure Protection tracks enable students to have an industry specialization while also being part of the larger Mason EMBA cohort. The Global track includes an overseas residency and coursework that focuses on the specifics of competing and leading organizations in a global marketplace. The National Defense track similarly has domestic residencies focusing on the policy, strategy, and interactions of different participants in the national defense sector and meeting with DoD and private sector industry executives to develop insights on industry challenges and how best to succeed. The Critical Infrastructure Protection track also has domestic residencies focusing on policy, strategy, and practical application of all-hazards risk assessment and management in the context of critical infrastructure protection and resilience.
With our outstanding faculty, excellent students, and supportive industry partners, I believe that the George Mason EMBA program is one of the best EMBA educational values in the region and country. The program has a record of successfully educating executives to take on greater responsibilities and leadership roles. We look forward to talking with you about our program and how it might work for you.
J.P. Auffret, PhD
Director, Executive MBA Program