Master's in Management

Enhance your undergraduate degree in less than a year with a master’s in management from George Mason University. 

Pave the way for quick advancement in any field by gaining the practical business and management skills needed to rise above the competition.  

Gain business knowledge that will enhance the value of your undergraduate studies and broaden your career prospects. Mason’s master’s in management program is designed for recent liberal arts, sciences, or engineering graduates to learn the fundamentals of business management in a global environment.  

Experiential learning is a staple of the master’s in management program. You’ll have opportunities to connect business theory with practical, real-world learning experiences outside the classroom. In the classroom, professors incorporate role-playing, simulations, projects, and guest speakers to illuminate learning from textbooks, lectures, and discussions.  

Build diverse business skills, broader insights, and confidence while expanding your professional network by connecting with your classmates and Mason’s international business school alumni network of more than 35,000 members. Benefit from a dedicated career services team that offers you personalized career coaching, employment and networking opportunities, and planning services for life. 

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Graduate in 11 months
Fall start, 36-credit, cohort based, full-time structure.
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Strategic Location
In-person, daytime classes are offered at the Washington D.C., Metro-accessible Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus).
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No Work Experience Required
Designed for recent graduates with little to no full-time work experience.
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Professional Development
Enter the workforce with over 150 hours of internship experience.
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No Test Required
Submitting GMAT, GRE, and EA test scores with your application is optional.
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Global Residency
Gain global management perspective with a week-long residency trip.

 

Master's in Management program graduate Jannat Binder

"As a Business Systems Consultant for CGI, I continually apply and incorporate the business fundamentals and knowledge I obtained throughout the MSM program. I came out of the program smarter, and confident in my ability to stand out in the consulting industry."

Jannat Binder, MSM ’18, business systems consultant at CGI

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Curriculum

The master’s in management program’s cohort-based, full-time structure allows you to graduate in 11 months and focus on academics while incorporating an internship and global residency. The program requires 36 credits (12 courses): 33 credits of core courses and three credits of Global coursework.  

In addition to functional business principles, master’s in management courses emphasize leadership, teamwork, analytical decision making, global understanding, ethics, and social responsibility. 

Explore Degree Requirements

See courses and electives for the master's in management program in Mason's University Catalog

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years.  

Sample Schedule

Classes meet two or three days a week – Tuesday, Thursday (Wednesday – Module 1 only) from 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 pm. All classes are held at Mason’s Arlington, Virginia campus. View a sample schedule here

BMGT 695 - The Global Residency

The master’s in management degree is designed to teach you the fundamentals of business management in the global environment. The BMGT 695 - Global Residency is a three-credit course that includes a week-long international study tour led by Mason faculty.  

In 2021, Mason’s master’s in management program formed a partnership with the Burgundy School of Business in Dijon, France, where students engage in opportunities to meet with local business and government leaders. The experience includes visits to nonprofits, start-ups, and multinational corporations along with participation in a customized consulting project. Some travel costs, such as lodging, meals, and ground transportation, are included in your tuition. Students are responsible for airfare to and from the country.

BMGT 692 - Professional Development Experience

BMGT 692 provides students with an opportunity to gain practical, professional experience in conjunction with academic development. Hands-on experience is an important part of academic and career preparation.

The internship provides students with an opportunity to work for an organization for which they may be interested in pursuing longer-term employment. The ideal internship leverages students’ baccalaureate education with their recently gained business knowledge and serves to enhance career and job opportunities. Internships require 150 hours of professional work.


In addition to a traditional internship, another way to meet the 150-hours requirement for BMGT 692 is our “research-ship” opportunity. George Mason University’s School of Business MS in Management research-ship program is a consulting partnership with local businesses and organizations to utilize GMU’s MS in Management graduate students as consultants/researchers who receive advisement and guidance from program faculty and staff. These partnerships give Management graduate students the opportunity to align their educational goals with their professional interests while examining and solving key organizational concerns.

Certificate to Degree Pathway

Students who complete at least two business fundamentals certificate courses with grades of B or better will have their application requirements for the mater’s in management program reduced should they choose to apply. Courses taken for the business fundamentals certificate can be applied to the master’s in management program upon acceptance into the program. 

Meet Your Instructors

Our faculty live, work, and consult in the Washington, D.C., area and draw on their real-world experience to enrich classroom instruction. They serve as your mentors and are involved in every aspect of your education. They also perform research in their areas of expertise and have achieved international recognition from their groundbreaking work in areas such as executive compensation, effects of insider training on e-commerce, and change management.

Faculty members include:

Victoria Grady
Masters of Science in Management Program Director

Edward Douthett
Associate Professor, Accounting

Amitava Dutta
Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management

Eun Ju Jung
Assistant Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management

Tiago Requeijo
Assistant Professor, Finance

Katherine Rosenbusch  
Assistant Professor, Management

Matt Theeke
Associate Professor, Management

What Our Alumni are Saying

Master's in Management program graduate Gaby Webster

"The knowledge I learned gives me confidence in my current role as an Association Manager based in Arlington. Additionally, it has expanded the way I think about the world. I have been able to use those ideas to write on business and economic issues."

Gabrielle Webster, MSM ’16, association manager at McKenna Management
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Master's in Management program graduate Antonio Cordova

"The MSM program is ideal for anyone who is looking to transition from another career into business. It will give you the degree and knowledge needed to perform at the highest levels of business."

Antonio Cordova, MSM ’15, project manager at NetImpact Strategies

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, call us at (703) 993-8006.   

Can undergraduate business majors apply to the master’s in management program?

If you are interested in the master’s in management program but have earned a bachelor's degree in business, we encourage you to speak with one of our representatives at 703-239-2670 to discuss your options. 

What is the typical background of a master’s in management student?

Our students come from a wide range of undergraduate majors, including: 

  • Art and Visual Technology 
  • Biology 
  • Chemistry 
  • Communication 
  • Engineering 
  • English 
  • Government and International Politics 
  • Tourism and Events Management 
  • and many more. 

Can I work a full-time job while earning my degree?

We do not advise students to work full-time during the program. The master’s in management program is a full-time, intensive, and demanding program. While you will attend classes just three mornings a week, you will need time outside the classroom to complete projects and an internship.  

Are there any scholarships available to master’s in management students?

Every applicant is automatically considered for a merit-based scholarship at admission. Applicants are notified of awards with their acceptance letter. Submitting test scores with your application can help boost your chances of earning a scholarship award.  

What housing options are available near Mason Square?

On-campus housing is unfortunately not offered at Mason Square, but George Mason University does have an Off-Campus Student Services department, which provides resources for students searching for off-campus housing. 

I understand this program has a fall start only. What are my options if I want to start in the spring?

You may want to consider pursuing our graduate certificate in business fundamentals starting in January. Courses taken can be applied to the master’s in management program upon acceptance into the program. Contact us at 703-239-2670 to learn more about this pathway.  

Can I apply my master’s in management toward a Mason MBA?

Students who finish their master’s in management degrees and apply to Mason’s MBA Program, after having completed the necessary number of years of work experience (see MBA program for requirements), will be able to apply master’s in management course credits to the MBA course credit requirements. The university’s Reduction of Credit Policy (AP. 6.5.2) allows students to apply up to 21 credits from a prior degree to a new degree. Courses with grades of B- or lower will not transfer. For more information, contact the MBA admission team. Students may apply up to 21 credits from their master’s in management to the MBA program, except for: 

  • BMGT 623 Marketing and Firm Performance  
  • BMGT 638 Managing Business Operations in a Global Environment  
  • BMGT 662 Management of Information Technology  
  • BMGT 678 Business Strategy and Firm Leadership  

Where are Mason’s master’s in management graduates employed?

Our graduates have found professional success at top companies such as:  

  • Accenture 
  • Grant Thornton LLP  
  • Cambridge Associates  
  • Deloitte 
  • Salesforce 
  • CGI 
  • Kerecis 
  • Department of the Navy 
  • INOVA 
  • Conscious Capitalism 

What can you tell me about Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at Mason?

Diversity is one of Mason's core values; everyone is welcome here. Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report. To learn more about diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) at Mason, visit the university's DEI website. Visit this page to learn more about DEI at the School of Business. 

What will I learn?

After earning your master’s in management from George Mason University, you’ll gain: 

  1.  Professional Development:

    • Demonstrate active interpersonal communication skills.
    • Form, lead and work effectively with diverse organizational teams.
    • Develop effective written and verbal presentation skills.
  2.  Knowledge of Functional Business Disciplines:
    • Integrate knowledge of the functional areas of business into a meaningful firm-level perspective.
       
  3.  Analysis:
    • Analyze ambiguous, complex situations using appropriate tools, techniques, and information systems for decision-making.
       
  4.  Current Business Challenges:
    • Demonstrate an awareness and consideration for complex global business awareness challenges.
    • Identify and define a set criteria for ethical decision making business practice.
    • Identify emerging business trends and implications..