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George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Which Graduate Program is Right for Me?

There are many factors you should consider when choosing a graduate degree program: format, location, specializations, quality of faculty, career services support, and so on. Below is a snapshot of the graduate degree programs we currently offer.

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MS in Management

You’re a recent liberal arts, sciences, or engineering graduate facing a tough job market. The MS in Management teaches you business fundamentals that complement your undergraduate studies making you more attractive to potential employers and providing management skills to quickly advance in your chosen field.

Program Features
  • One 7-10 day global residency
  • Professional development experience
  • Cohort structure
  • Arlington campus
  • Completed in 10 months
  • 36 credit hours
Career Stage

Applicants are recent bachelor's degree graduates with less than two years of professional experience who are interested in gaining a foundation in business management principles.

Schedule

MS in Management students start the program in the fall and take classes Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m at the Arlington campus. Students complete the degree in 10 months.

Class Profile
  • Avg. Work Experience: 1 yr
  • Average Age: 23
  • Female Students: 60%
  • Minority Students: 46%
  • International Students: 4%
which grad mba

You're looking to fast track your career growth and want to make a commitment to advancing your professional perspectives. The Mason MBA is designed to give you an intensive and personal learning experience—and the chance to focus your energies exclusively on preparing for your future.

Program Features
  • One 7-10 day global residency
  • Cohort structure
  • 10 areas of emphasis
  • Fairfax or Arlington campus
  • Completed in as few as 23 months
  • 48 credits hours
Career Stage

Applicants typically have two to seven years of professional experience and want to develop leadership abilities to advance their careers.

Schedule

Mason MBA students start in the fall and take classes at the Arlington or Fairfax campuses. Students attend class during evenings and complete the degree in as few as 23 months.

Class Profile
  • Average Age: 28
  • Average GPA: 3.26
  • Female Students: 45%
  • Minority Students: 29%
  • International Students: 3%
which grad executive

You’re a business executive wanting to expand your knowledge of business fundamentals and core management tools to be prepared for today’s competitive new realities. The Executive MBA develops real world skills that translate into real world business decisions.

Program Features
  • Global, National Security, and Critical Infrastructure Protection and Management tracks
  • Global and domestic residencies
  • Integrative business case project
  • Completed in 20 months
  • Fall start date
  • 48 credit hours
Career Stage

Applicants are experienced managers who are interested in gaining advanced leadership and management skills. Students average 15 years of professional experience with increasing levels of responsibility.

Schedule

Classes are held 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m on Saturday with at least one free weekend a month. Students start the program in the fall and take classes at our Arlington campus.

Class Profile
  • Avg. Work Experience: 15 yrs
  • Average Age: 41
  • Female Students: 28%
  • Minority Students: 27%
  • International Students: 2%
  • Military Students: 56%
which grad tech

You’re a technology management professional wanting to transform your knowledge and vision into strategic action. The MS in Technology Management provides you with an executive-level perspective and the right skill portfolio to manage across all business disciplines.

Program Features
  • Two tracks: Global Tech Practices & Info Security Management
  • CIO Certificate
  • One 7-10 day global residency
  • Cohort structure
  • Capstone project
  • Dual degree option with MS in Management of Secure Information Systems
  • Completed in 16 months
  • 36 credit hours
Career Stage

Applicants are experienced managers or project leaders who are interested in developing knowledge of business fundamentals and gaining critical tools for managing the IT function in any organization.

Schedule

Classes are held on Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Arlington campus. With a January start date, you complete the degree in 16 months.

Class Profile
  • Avg. Work Experience: 15 yrs
  • Average Age: 38
  • Female Students: 26%
  • Minority Students: 37%
  • International Students: 7%
  • Hold Security Clearances: 32%
which grad msis

You’re a technology professional wanting to enhance your leadership career. The MS in Management of Secure Information Systems provides you with the leadership and management expertise you need while addressing the specific technology and policy challenges of modern information systems and networks.

Program Features
  • One 7-10 day global residency
  • Cohort structure
  • Capstone project
  • Cross-disciplinary program
  • Dual degree option with MS in Technology Management
  • Completed in 16 months
  • 36 credit hours
Career Stage

Applicants are midcareer professionals actively engaged in the cyber security field in both the private sector and government who are interested in furthering their careers within the cyber security and information systems arena of an organization.

Schedule

Classes are held on Saturdays, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. on the Arlington campus. With a January start date, you complete the degree in 16 months.

Class Profile
  • Avg. Work Experience: 14 yrs
  • Average Age: 37
  • Female Students: 18%
  • Minority Students: 49%
  • Hold Security Clearances: 61%
which grad acct

You’re a young professional interested in climbing the ladder at an accounting firm. The MS in Accounting emphasizes taxation, corporate governance, and forensic accounting.

Program Features
  • Full-time and accelerated program options
  • Meets CPA 150 credit hour requirement (when combined with undergrad accounting degree)
  • In-class or online
  • Completed in 10-24 months
  • 30-45 credit hours
Career Stage

Applicants have several years of accounting experience or are looking to transition into the accounting industry and become a certified CPA.

Schedule

Students enrolled in the in-class program begin in the fall and complete the degree on the Fairfax campus within 10 months. Students enrolled in the online program complete the degree in 18 - 24 months.

Class Profile
  • Avg. Work Experience: 3 yrs
  • Average Age: 24
  • Female Students: 52%
  • Minority Students: 35%
  • International Students: 25%
which grad mred

You're looking to advance your career growth in the real estate industry and want to position yourself for a key role. The MS in Real Estate Development provides you with the developer's perspecitve on relevant issues including civil engineering, finance, and public policy and prepares you to take a leading role.

Program Features
  • Full- or part-time program options
  • Cross-disciplinary program with business, policy, and engineering schools
  • Fall or spring start date
  • 36 credit hours
Career Stage

Applicants are experienced real estate industry professionals looking to expand expertise in real estate development, finance, public policy, sustainability, and construction management.

Schedule

Students start in the fall or spring at our  Arlington campus and complete the degree in 18-36 months. Classes are typically scheduled during the evening.

Class Profile
  • Avg. Work Experience: 8 yrs
  • Average Age: 32
  • Female Students: 29%
  • Minority Students: 32%
  • International Students: 11%