George Mason UniversitySchool of Business

Mason MBA Program FAQs

Located in the metro Washington, D.C., area, George Mason’s MBA Program prepares the next generation of business leaders through a rigorous, stimulating business and management curriculum based on a global perspective, industry demand, and leadership. It prepares MBA graduates with the skills they need to pursue the careers they want.

Mason’s MBA degree is ranked #48 on the “Best Part-time MBA” list by U. S. News & World Report. Dedicated career services staff offers personalized career consulting services to students during the MBA program and alumni after graduation.

Below are answers to frequently asked questions about our MBA program. If you have additional questions, please call us at 703-239-2670. 

  1. Q:Can I take Mason MBA courses without applying to the program?

    No. You must be an admitted Mason MBA student to take classes in the MBA program.

  2. Q:How do I qualify for in-state tuition rates?

    Determination of residency status is made based on your responses to the domicile form that is part of the online application. If your residency changes after enrolling or if you do not agree with the domicile determination, you may appeal your status by calling the Domicile Office at 703-993-2464 or visiting the Domicile Office website.

  3. Q:How long will it take for me to complete the Mason MBA?

    MBA students typically complete the 48 credit program in as few as 20 months with the option to extend the timeline during the elective period if necessary.

  4. Q:How much does the Mason MBA cost?

    Visit the Mason MBA tuition page for program costs.

    For an estimate of additional cost of attendance, please visit Mason’s financial aid website. For updated tuition rates, please visit the Student Accounts website.

  5. Q:I am enrolled in a cohort sited at one campus, can I take courses at another campus?

    MBA students are required to take core courses with their cohort. However, at the elective/concentration stage, students are encouraged to enroll in elective/concentration courses at any campus that meets their needs and schedule.

  6. Q:I completed an MS in Management (MSM) degree from the George Mason University School of Business. Can I transfer any credits from my MSM program to my MBA program?

    Yes.  The University’s Reduction of Credit Policy (AP. 6.5.2) allows students to apply 21 credits from a prior degree to a new degree. The State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) approved this policy as it relates to the MSM and MBA program. To fulfill the 48 credit hours required for an MBA, an MSM graduate will need to complete 27 MBA credits (or nine (9) 3 credit courses). Based on applicant’s MSM transcript, the following plan of study would be created for each student:

    1. For BMGT courses in which a B- or lower was earned, student takes the corresponding MBA course (e.g., BMGT 603 – Economics for Successful Firm Management -> MBA 603 – Managerial Economics)
    2. Take the following courses:
      1.  MBA 633 – Statistics (Module 1)
      2.  MBA 638 – Operation Management (Module 2)
      3.  MBA 623 – Marketing Management (Module 3)
      4.  MBA 662 – Management of Information Technology (Module 4)
      5.  MBA 678 – Business Strategy (Module 5)
      6.  MBA 7xx – Elective (4)
  7. Q:What times are classes offered for part-time students?

    MBA core classes for part-time students are offered from 7:20 - 10 p.m.

    To request information about our fully online MBA, click here

  8. Q:Why should I pursue an MBA degree?

    A Mason MBA degree will provide you with essential skills and knowledge, a vast professional network, and the benefits of the Mason MBA brand. Employers often state they hire Mason MBA alumni because of their ability to think critically, to work well in teams with a diverse group of people, to think strategically and manage people. Mason MBA alumni say the most valuable skills they obtained from getting their MBA are the ability to think analytically, the ability to integrate information, and advancing their interpersonal skills. They also gained management and technical skills they need to advance their career potential. Mason MBA’s also gain valuable business connections and personal friendships through their cohort.