Shortly after the announcement by Amazon that their newest headquarters will be located in Northern Virginia, George Mason University announced an initiative to bolster research and develop more high-tech talent through a large-scale expansion of its Arlington Campus. This move will rapidly increase the number of highly skilled graduates for Amazon and other regional employers.
“Amazon coming to our area is a symbol of the transition that Washington, D.C., is making, transitioning from a primarily federal government town to a primarily business and tech town with a significant portion that has a technology focus,” says Dean Maury Peiperl. “It’s very clear that in our regional economy, the government slice has stayed constant and the business slice has grown.”
In a pledge of $250 million over the course of five years, Mason plans to expand the Arlington Campus from 700,000 square feet to 1.2 million square feet. Mason’s Arlington Campus is located just seven miles from Crystal City, the site that Amazon chose from among the 238 bids for the location of their second corporate headquarters.
Mason’s School of Business currently offers six graduate degree programs and four certificate programs on the Arlington Campus, including the MBA, masters in technology management, executive MBA in national security, masters in real estate development, masters in accounting, and certificates in business analytics, forensic accounting, accounting analytics, and government accounting.
“The School of Business recently updated the MS in technology management curriculum to reflect national and global trends in technology to prepare business leaders in emerging areas such as digital transformation and global IT leadership,” says Paige Wolf, associate dean of graduate programs.
“The graduates of this degree are likely to meet Amazon’s leadership needs as a global technology firm and the needs of local businesses in the area.”
“The School of Business Office of Career Services offers employers, like Amazon, unique opportunities to interact with our students through year-round internships, targeted ‘Ask the Professional’ speaker series, and recruiting programs and events,” says Kerry Willigan, assistant dean of career services. There are more than 24,000 School of Business alumni living in the Washington, D.C., area.
In addition to graduate programs, the School of Business offers high-level executive programs for both individuals and organizations, including open courses to expand business professionals’ knowledge and skills, and fully customized programs for organizations.
Amazon is expected to bring more than 24,000 high-paying jobs to the Washington, D.C., area.