Your goals are unique. Your degree should be, too.
Build a master's program that enhances your skills and accelerates your career.
George Mason University's multi-disciplinary master’s in management program lets you customize your graduate degree on what matters to you. You’ll gain foundational knowledge in business with your master’s in management core coursework through the Costello College of Business, while focusing on your own career aspirations by earning a certificate from schools and colleges throughout Mason. Certificate options include:
Costello College of Business (12 credits)
Learn how to collect, organize, visualize and analyze data to provide strategic recommendations to stakeholders in any organization.
The Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution (15 credits)
Gain practical knowledge of conflict analysis and resolution relevant to your focused areas of work. This program integrates conflict analysis and resolution theory, research, and practical techniques to prepare you to use conflict analysis and resolution approaches in your work.
College of Science (12 credits)
Learn to develop and manage environmental and sustainability initiatives and practices that will reduce, remove, and redress environmental impacts in various types of organizations.
Costello College of Business (12 credits)
Learn how to implement tailored information security solutions, become adept at leading strategic discussions, and excel in managing complex information security issues.
Schar School of Policy and Government (15 credits)
This certificate program is designed for those currently employed, or are considering a career, in the nonprofit sector.
Schar School of Policy and Government (15 credits)
This certificate program offers a variety of courses in public management including an overview of the operations required in public management and the processes that support them.
College of Education and Human Development (15 credits)
Develop skills for management of international sport enterprises and organizations, such as FIFA, the International Olympic Committee, Nike, global sport media, international events, international development agencies, and global marketing entities.
Your master's in management core coursework and your certificate combine to become a master's degree program where you'll build diverse business skills, broaden your insights, and expand your professional network.
A “HyFlex” delivery that makes it easy to manage your life’s competing demands
The program’s core courses are offered in a “HyFlex” (hybrid+flexible) model: you can choose to participate face-to-face in a classroom or live, synchronously online. No matter what you choose, you’ll interact with your professors in real time.
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The program requires 33 credit hours. This includes 18 credits dedicated to Business Fundamentals core courses, a graduate certificate ranging from 12 to 15 credits, and the possibility of 0 to 3 credit hours attributed to global coursework or an internship.
The master’s in management core courses (18 credits) emphasize leadership, teamwork, analytical decision making, global understanding, ethics, and social responsibility. 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.
If your add-on certificate program requires 15 credits, your 33 credit requirement is fulfilled. If you choose a 12-credit business certificate, an additional 3 credits are needed to fulfill the 33 credit requirement. These can be acquired through an internship, global residency, or a global selective course.
Are you an interested in earning a 5th year Master’s degree? Academically strong Mason undergraduates can apply for an accelerated master’s program and earn a Bachelor’s and a Master’s in as little as five years. Visit our Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Programs page for more information.
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.
Masters of Science in Management Program Director
Assistant Professor, Finance
Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management
Associate Professor, Information Systems and Operations Management
Assistant Professor, Accounting
Frequently Asked Questions
If you have additional questions, call us at (703) 993-8006.
The program requires an initial advising meeting with a program advisor to create your personalized curriculum plan. Depending on your timeline and the availability of courses, your advisor will help you design a path that aligns with your academic goals and ensures you meet the necessary credit requirements.
Yes, this program is open to all undergraduate majors, including business majors, with little to no work experience.
While in-person instruction for the Business Core courses will occur at the Mason Square (Arlington, VA) campus, students will also be able to participate virtually through Zoom. Certificate course schedules and locations will vary.
HyFlex means you have the freedom to decide whether to attend your master’s in management business core courses in-person at our Mason Square campus in Arlington, VA or remotely, in real time, from the comfort of your own location.
Yes, international students are eligible for the program. Please ensure that you apply by the program deadlines to have enough time to secure a visa if admitted.
Under our test-optional policy, applicants are not required to submit their GMAT/GRE test scores or request a waiver. This means that our admissions committee will base their decision on an applicant's previous academic performance, personal statement, recommendations, and resume. If you would like to submit a GMAT/GRE test score with your application, we invite you to do so. Applicants are not penalized in the application review process for electing not to submit a test score.
If you elect to not submit your test scores:
In your graduate application, you will be asked “Would you like to submit your official GRE/GMAT test scores to be considered as part of your admissions decision?”. Select “No”. The question will be under the “GRE/GMAT Waiver Request” section.
Are there any situations in which it might be beneficial to submit a GMAT/GRE test score?
Yes. A GMAT/GRE test score may:
- strengthen your qualification for merit-based scholarships;
- OR enhance your application package and provide evidence of your quantitative aptitude. Be aware that poor test scores could have a negative impact on your candidacy for the MS in Management program.
If you elect to submit your test scores:
In your graduate application, you will be asked “Would you like to submit your official GRE/GMAT test scores to be considered as part of your admissions decision?”. Select “Yes”. The question will be under the “GRE/GMAT Waiver Request” section. Your application portal will be updated to include the GMAT/GRE test as a requirement.
You will need to have your official test scores sent directly by the testing agency to our Office of Graduate Admissions. To submit your scores, please use Institution Code 5827. Test scores are valid for five years from the test date. It can take several weeks for test scores to be processed into your application package so we strongly encourage you to take the test at least 30 days prior to the application deadline.
Yes! We understand the importance of flexibility, and our program allows you to create a class schedule that accommodates your life so you can easily balance your professional and academic commitments.
Yes, there are merit-based scholarships available for the master’s in management program toward classes offered through the College of Business.
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 College of Business.
After earning your master’s in management from George Mason University, you’ll gain:
- Professional Development:
- Demonstrate active interpersonal communication skills.
- Form, lead and work effectively with diverse organizational teams.
- Develop effective written and verbal presentation skills.
- Knowledge of Functional Business Disciplines:
- Integrate knowledge of the functional areas of business into a meaningful firm-level perspective.
- Analyze ambiguous, complex situations using appropriate tools, techniques, and information systems for decision-making.
- 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.
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