Why Study Here?

Why the Costello College of Business at George Mason University? 

Learn here. Lead Anywhere. Change your world with a business degree or certificate from one of the largest business schools in Virginia, with over 4500 undergraduate and nearly 700 graduate students.

More reasons to choose Mason's Costello College of Business:

Where the Public and Private Sectors Converge . . . 

In addition to having the federal government in our backyard, the Washington D.C., region is home to government contractors, hundreds of nonprofit organizations, 19 Fortune 500 companies, and hundreds of tech companies where you can apply your classroom knowledge, test out career choices, find internships, and make valuable contacts.

We’re also home to the first-of-its-kind university center dedicated to addressing business, technology, and regulatory issues in government contracting—the Greg and Camille Baroni Center for Government Contracting.

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Mason's Fairfax campus serves graduate students and is the home for undergraduate studies, with residence halls that house more than 6,000 of our students. The campus is located on 677 wooded acres within 20 miles of downtown Washington, D.C.


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Our Mason Square campus sits in the Virginia Square neighborhood of Arlington County, Virginia, just outside Washington, D.C. Focusing on graduate and professional programs, the campus is Metro accessible and class schedules accommodate the hours of working professionals.

A Solid Foundation in Business

Today’s workplace requires more than just technical skills. Working directly with companies to develop curriculum, experiences, and experiential learning opportunities, the Costello College of Business provides its students with the knowledge and skills you need to succeed in your career.

Mason is the only business college in the region with an entire academic unit—business foundations—dedicated to merging a liberal education with the study of business, providing students with the tools to the chart their own path to success. 

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Dean Ajay Vinzé confers 1,157 degrees and certificates to members of the Spring 2023 business graduating class at EagleBank Arena in May.


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Class size of business foundation courses for freshmen and sophomores
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Over 600
Companies interviewed students on campus last year
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A College that Reflects Our World

George Mason University students represent 130 countries and all 50 states—making us the largest, most diverse public research university in Virginia. 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.

Diversity at Mason

Mason was recently named the most diverse university in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report.

A Unique Perspective on Entrepreneurship

Our Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship brings together ideas and perspectives for real solutions that serve the local business community and the world at large.

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Our community programs in entrepreneurship focus on inclusivity, and aim to empower individuals who do not currently have adequate access to entrepreneurship training opportunities by providing them with the knowledge and support they need to successfully launch and manage their own businesses.

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The Patriot Pitch Competition is a Shark Tank-like annual event that supports idea and early-stage business ventures and is open to current Mason students and recent alumni from all majors/fields of study.


Experiential Learning and Career Readiness

You will have the opportunity to experience the business world from day one. Whether through opportunities in the classroom or with our dedicated Career Services team, the Costello College of Business provides the hands-on, dynamic learning environment you need to succeed.

The Costello College of Business provides a dedicated career services team that offers you opportunities to intern for academic credit, personalized career coaching, employment and networking, and career planning services for life.

Student Managed Investment Fund

Through FNAN 477, finance students can be part of the Montano Student Managed Investment Fund and gain hands-on portfolio construction experience through the management of one-quarter of a million dollars in an all equity portfolio.