About the Donald G. Costello College of Business at George Mason University

The Donald G. Costello College of Business at George Mason University emphasizes student experience and career readiness via public, private, and academic partnerships, leveraging the natural advantages of the northern Virginia and greater Washington, D.C. region.

From rapid technological shifts to the changing expectations for the role of corporations in society, businesses today are confronted with a myriad of challenges. As it prepares to take its place among leading business schools nationally, the Costello College of Business offers forward-thinking innovations in eLearning, experiential learning, micro-credentialing, and stackable certificates. Download our 2014-2024 Strategic Plan to learn more.

Our Mission

To prepare a diverse student body to succeed in a global business environment. We produce outstanding scholarship in business and work to maximize the impact of our expertise. We endeavor to instill a strong ethical compass, and a lifelong habit of learning, in our students and stakeholders.

Our Vision

To be a place of opportunity...
...where learners at any stage come to develop;
...where enterprises find talent and expertise;
...where business is a positive force in the world.


In addition to our undergraduate and graduate programming, we also offer executive education and certificate programs to provide business leaders with the learning experience needed to meet the demands of today's complex global economy.

Undergraduate Concentrations

The Costello College of Business enrolls more than 4,500 undergraduate students pursuing a BS in Business with concentrations in:


Our faculty conduct world-class research, scholarship, and creative work that's recognized across the nation and around the world. Their growing prominence as thought leaders is evidenced through publication in leading journals and media outlets like Accounting Today, ABC News, Defense One, Federal News Network, Inside Higher Ed, U.S. News & World Report, and Washington Business Journal.

George Mason University is one of the top research universities in the nation, holding an R1 designation from the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. We are the largest public research university in Virginia, and account for almost 60 percent of the growth of higher education in the state.

We Welcome All Together Different

Since its founding in 1972, George Mason University has embraced diversity and inclusion as one of our core principles. The decades have proven that our ethos of standing together despite our differences is what sets us apart from other universities. George Mason University students represent 130 countries and all 50 states.

We proudly accept nearly 90 percent of undergraduate applicants, because we believe in inclusivity over exclusivity. Our graduation rate exceeds the national average, and there are no disparities in academic success rates among the differing ethnic groups or socioeconomic statuses of our students. We also have the flexibility to match the lifestyle of anyone looking to re-skill or move forward in a career.

    An Engaged Community Partner

    We graduate highly qualified business students, produce research that informs business strategy and operation, and provide avenues for the region's business leaders to give back and work with our students in the classroom. Learn more about partnering with us

    Research Centers of Excellence

    Our centers bridge the gap between research and practice, connecting our students and faculty with the business community, and making a positive impact on the wider world. Get engaged today.  

    Educating the Next Generation of Leaders

    Need to make a hire? The Costello College of Business prepares highly qualified undergraduate and graduate business students to succeed in your organization. 


    Located for Your Success

    Our Fairfax and Mason Square campuses are in the heart of northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C., where the public and private sectors converge. 

    Fairfax Campus (in Fairfax, Virginia)


    Mason Square (in Arlington, Virginia)