MBA Program

Become the future of business with an MBA from George Mason University’s School of Business. 

A Mason MBA equips you with diverse skills and global perspective, preparing you to lead in the new era of business.  

Located just outside the nation’s capital, in Arlington and Fairfax Virginia, Mason’s in-person MBA program delivers the flexibility and accessibility working professionals need to fast track their careers, pivot industries, or grow their own businesses. No matter your current industry or future career goals, an MBA from George Mason University introduces you to the data-driven-decision-making frameworks and soft skills you’ll need to reach your fullest potential. 

Our strong relationships with the business community afford you a variety of opportunities to connect with and gain valuable insights from area business professionals. Gain diverse business skills, broader insights, and confidence while developing 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.  

In addition to our on-campus option, Mason also offers a fully online MBA program. Learn more about Mason’s Online MBA program here

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Flexible Pacing
Finish the program in as few as 20 months with our accelerated option.
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No Test Required
Submitting GMAT, GRE, and EA test scores with your application is optional.
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Highly Ranked
#67 in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Part-Time MBA Programs. Also ranked one of the Best Part-Time MBA Programs for Veterans.
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Global Residency
Broaden your global business perspective with firsthand international experience. Spend a week abroad, visiting and studying companies in a foreign country.
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Evening Classes
designed for working professionals, or take classes exclusively online.
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Strategic Location
In-person classes are offered in Fairfax and Arlington, Virginia. Our Mason Square (formerly the Arlington Campus) is Metro-accessible.
Laura Ransone, MBA '19

"The most beneficial part of the program was the ability to learn something in class and apply it to work the next day. I was able to use my education to grow within my organization and open myself to new opportunities for career advancement."

Laura Ransone, MBA ‘19​, associate director at AMPED Association Management

 

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Curriculum

On-campus classes are held in the evening. The program requires 48 credits: 30 credits of core courses, a three-credit global requirement, and 15 credits of elective courses. The MBA program operates on an eight-week module structure. Each course meets one time per week.

Using case methods, so you spend your time thinking about real business problems, not just theory, our instructors regularly incorporate opportunities to connect business theory with business practice: role-playing, simulations, projects, and guest speakers are used to enhance learning from textbooks, lectures, and discussions.  

Explore Degree Requirements

See courses and electives for the MBA 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

See a sample class schedule to discover how Mason's MBA program can fit into your life and career.

The Global Residency: MBA 795 - Global Business Perspectives

Each component of Mason’s MBA program explores the role of management in the complex global economy and examines the risks and opportunities inherent in global commerce. Go even deeper and explore a new country and culture with the Mason MBA Global Residency.  

This three-credit course includes a week-long international study tour led by an MBA professor. You’ll meet business and government leaders, professors, and MBA students from other universities, and you’ll participate in seminars and visit local and/or multi-national companies. The global residency is offered at the completion of the core curriculum or program. This scheduling enables you to integrate what you have learned from your courses into the global experience. While venues change with the world economy, past residencies include Chile, China, Central Europe, and Western Europe. Some travel costs, such as lodging, some meals, and ground transportation, are included in your tuition. Students are responsible for airfare to and from the country.  

Enhance Your Degree with a Certificate

Mason's business certificates are available both as components of your MBA degree or as stand-alone options. Certificate students completing at least two certificate courses with grades of B or better will have their application requirements for the MBA degree program reduced. Certificate courses taken can be applied towards the MBA degree requirements upon acceptance into the MBA program. 

Connect With Our School of Business Centers & Initiatives

Mason’s School of Business is home to five specialized centers that support faculty research, curriculum development, and offer real-world experiences. Our centers are committed to delivering the leadership the world needs by providing valuable opportunities for interaction among scholars, students, and industry leaders. 

Meet Your Instructors

Mason’s School of Business faculty members bring both theoretical and applied expertise to the classroom, and have an international reputation for their thought leadership in interdisciplinary focus areas such as ensuring global futures, the digital transformation of work, and entrepreneurship and innovation. Their work finds applications in industries such as government contracting, information technology, retail, real estate, consulting, and more, and they are often quoted both in the popular and business press. 

Accounting Faculty

JK Aier
Area Chair
Accounting

Scott Broshears
Adjunct Faculty
Accounting

Edward Douthett
Associate Professor
Accounting

Syed Hasan
Instructor
Accounting

David Stubing
Assistant Professor
Accounting

Kumar Visvanathan
Associate Professor
Accounting

Finance Faculty

Serdar Aldatmaz
Assistant Professor
Finance

David Gallay
Associate Professor
Finance

Derek Horstmeyer
Co-Founder & Director of the GMU Student Managed Investment Fund
Finance

Jiasun Li
Assistant Professor
Finance

Alex Philipov
Area Chair
Finance

Tiago Requeijo
Assistant Professor
Finance

Mark Troutman
Adjunct Faculty
Finance

Information Systems and Operations Management Faculty

Mehmet Altug
Associate Professor
Information Systems and Operations Management

Raymond Brow
Adjunct Faculty
Information Systems and Operations Management

Jehanzeb Cheema
Assistant Professor
Information Systems and Operations Management

Sid Das
Assistant Area Chair
Information Systems and Operations Management

Cheryl Druehl
Associate Dean for Faculty
Information Systems and Operations Management

Amit Dutta
Professor
Information Systems and Operations Management

Brad Greenwood
Associate Professor
Information Systems and Operations Management

Kumar Mehta
Associate Professor
Information Systems and Operations Management

Nirup Menon
Associate Dean for Arlington Ventures
Information Systems and Operations Management

Pallab Sanyal
Area Chair
Information Systems and Operations Management

Management Faculty

Suzanne de Janasz
Professor, Management and Conflict Analysis & Resolution
Management

Tori Grady
Masters of Science in Management Program Director
Management

John Hillen
Executive in Residence
Management

Mahesh Joshi
Associate Professor
Management

Claus Langfred
Area Chair
Management

Mandy O'Neill
Associate Professor
Management

Cindy Parker
Assistant Area Chair
Management

Kevin Rockmann
Professor
Management

Jim Wolfe
Entrepreneur in Residence
Management

Marketing Faculty

Constant Cheng
Associate Professor
Marketing

Brett Josephson
Associate Dean for Executive Development
Marketing

Tarun Kushwaha
Professor
Marketing

Laurie Meamber
Associate Professor
Marketing

Saurabh Mishra
Area Chair
Marketing

Gautam Vadakkepatt
Associate Professor
Marketing

What Our Alumni are Saying

Aamer Arshad, MBA ‘18

"As an alumnus of the School of Business, the choice was obvious; however, it was also a practical one. Mason’s course offerings, evening classes, two campuses, and competitive tuition rates made it the best value."

Aamer Arshad, MBA ‘18
David Chiang, MBA ‘17

"If you’re looking into B-school, George Mason University School of Business is a great option. The ROI is amazing and the networking opportunities will help propel you into the next stage of your career."

David Chiang, MBA ‘17
James Hartman, MBA ‘19

"The MBA program at George Mason had a faculty with a significant amount of practical, real-world experience. The most memorable learning experience would be the international study abroad component."

James Hartman, MBA ‘17

Frequently Asked Questions

If you have additional questions, call us at (703) 239-2670.   

How much work experience do I need before I can apply?

MBA program applicants are required to have a minimum of two years of post-undergraduate work experience.  

Do I need an undergraduate business degree to be admitted?

No. Applicants come from a variety of backgrounds, but all applicants are required to hold a degree from an institution of higher education accredited by a Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agency or international equivalent.  

If you don't have a business undergraduate degree or background, this will not hurt your chances in the admissions process or your success in the program. 

When are classes offered?

On-campus classes are in the evenings. Core classes are generally offered from 7:20 to 10 p.m. 

Can students work while attending classes?

Yes. Mason's MBA program is designed to fit your career, educational aspirations, and lifestyle. It’s a perfect program for working professionals.  

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. 

Where are Mason MBA graduates employed?

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

  • Capital One  
  • World Bank Group  
  • Hilton  
  • Marriot International  
  • Booz Allen Hamilton  
  • Deloitte  
  • Northrop Grumman  
  • CACI International Inc  
  • Freddie Mac  
  • Fannie Mae  
  • The Motley Fool  
  • General Dynamics Information Technology  
  • Leidos  
  • Wells Fargo  
  • Inova Health Systems  
  • Boeing  
  • Nestle  
  • Navy Federal Credit Union 

Is Mason’s School of Business accredited?

Yes. The School of Business is fully accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) International, and is one of only 189 schools in the world with business and accounting programs fully accredited by AACSB International. 

In addition, Mason’s School of Business is both a signatory and a champion of the PRME (Principles of Responsible Management Education), the United Nations’ initiative aimed at promoting responsibility and sustainability through business and management curricula. 

What will I learn?

After earning your MBA from George Mason University, you’ll understand: 

  1. Collaborative Communication and Leadership

    • Demonstrate teamwork skills to form and lead effective organizational teams
    • Develop interpersonal and leadership skills to form, lead and work effectively within diverse organizations.
    • Effectively utilize both written and verbal communication skills.
  2. Knowledge of Functional Business Disciplines:
    • Identify and represent knowledge of all core functional areas of business and an ability to integrate them into a meaningful firm level perspective.
  3. Analytical Decision Making:
    • Demonstrate the ability to analyze uncertain complex management situations using appropriate tools, techniques and information systems for decision-making.
  4. Contemporary Issues in Business:
    • Exhibit knowledge of ethical decision making considerations, corporate social responsibility and sustainability practices.
    • Identify relevant economic, political, and social factors that impact business conducted both within and across national boundaries.