MBA vs MS in Management: Which is Right for You?

For recent college graduates or those with a few years of professional experience who are interested in pursuing a masters in business management program, George Mason’s School of Business offers the Mason MBA program and the Masters in Management program.

Use the criteria below to compare these two masters in business management programs and determine which one is a better fit for you.

MBA Program

The top-ranked MBA program at Mason prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership to give them the tools for all challenges they will face. Mason’s MBA program is ranked #69 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Designed for current business professionals who are looking to develop their leadership abilities to advance their careers.

MS in Management Program

Designed for recent non-business graduates with less than two years of professional experience, this masters in business management program teaches business fundamentals that complement your undergraduate studies. The MS in Management offers the professional development experience needed to make you marketable to potential employers and provide foundational business knowledge that can be applied across a variety of industries and career paths.

Mason Masters in Management program is ranked #18 by The Financial Engineer. Whether you choose to pursue a career in management, run your own business, or follow a career path aligned with your undergraduate major, Mason’s MS in management can offer you quick advancement.

MBA Program

MS in Management Program

  • Completed in as few as 23 months
  • 2 year of work experience required
  • Average student work experience: 5 years
  • Average student age: 28
  • Global residency
  • Classes held on Fairfax or Arlington campuses
  • 48 credit hours
  • Classes held in the evenings
  • Completed in only 11 months
  • Less than 2 years of work experience
  • Average student work experience: < 1 year
  • Average student age: 23
  • Global residency
  • Classes held on Arlington campus
  • 36 credit hours
  •  Classes held Mon – Wednesday mornings

All students at George Mason’s School of Business benefit from noted faculty, innovative and relevant curricula, cutting-edge services and technology, and valuable networking opportunities.

Learn more about the MBA program and the Masters in Management program at George Mason’s School of Business, or compare all graduate program options available at Mason by visiting Which MBA Program is right for you?

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Rebecca Diemer

I serve as the associate director for MBA Programs at George Mason University's School of Business.

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