Cohorts: In Step with Your Peers

Learn more effectively by sharing the MBA journey.

Just as important as who you’re learning from is who you’re learning next to. Students graduating from top MBA programs have long-term success because they leave not only with strong relationships with their classmates, but also with the know-how to establish long-term “win-win” relationships.

"The advantages of the cohort style are networking and relationship building among classmates, as well as learning to work with a group of people across multiple subjects for a specified length of time." -AACSB's getbschooled blog

The cohort design has been shown to be a powerful way to provide continuity and create strong relationships by maintaining a fixed roster throughout your program. That means, each group in the program progresses together as they build and develop meaningful relationships.

More importantly, a cohort environment teaches the framework for successful business environments by encouraging teamwork and critical thinking.

Cohort formats have been known to:

  1. Improve communication and problem-solving skills
  2. Encourage collaboration and in-depth explorations of ideas to improve learning
  3. Strengthen an individual's confidence and thinking processes
  4. Improve emotional and psychological well-being during stressful times

George Mason is a large university with all the research, facility, technology, and recreation benefits you would expect to find. Yet, our distinctive cohort structure allows you to retain the benefit of small classes, individualized advising and instruction, and a strong sense of community and support.

Throughout the program’s core curriculum, you take all classes within your cohort. The combined career experiences of those within your cohort will be distinct—adding even more layers to an an already enriching classroom experience.

At the elective stage of the program, you join the students from the various MBA cohorts and campuses in elective and concentration courses to study topics of common interest.

George Mason University School of Business

Ranked by U.S. News & World Report in the top 10 percent of all AACSB accredited business schools, the School of Business is one of only 25 percent of business schools accredited in both business and accounting by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International.




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