George Mason University

George Mason University Admissions and General School Information

George Mason University, a large public university, is based in Fairfax, VA, with a network of campuses in Arlington, Prince William and Loudon; each of the integrated campuses has a specific focus. Nationally distinguished programs include conflict resolution, information technology, public policy and law.

About George Mason University

Beginning as a branch campus of the University of Virginia in 1957 near Washington, D.C., GMU became an independent university in 1972. In its brief history, the university has earned a reputation for innovation; for example, it offered the nation's first doctoral programs in bioinformatics and conflict resolution.

Though George Mason University has a total student population of over 30,000, its student-to-faculty ratio is 15 to 1. The university's strong undergraduate research program has provided opportunities for many undergraduates to publish their research findings. Undergraduates may also spend a semester at the Smithsonian Institution performing conservation research on-site at the National Zoo's Conservation and Research Center.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

George Mason University has competitive admissions; incoming freshmen typically have at least a B+ average in a strong college preparatory curriculum. Factors considered are cumulative GPA, level of coursework undertaken, test scores, a personal statement, a secondary school report (indicating the applicant's class standing) and a counselor recommendation. GMU prefers that applicants submit both SAT and ACT scores. To be admitted into arts majors, applicants are also required to submit a portfolio or audition.

George Mason University Schools and Colleges

College of Education and Human Development

This college houses the School of Recreation, Health and Tourism and the Graduate School of Education. RHT's undergraduate program in tourism and events management is becoming an increasingly popular major. The Graduate School of Education collaborates with outside departments to provide undergraduate credentialing programs in chemistry, biology, earth science, math, music and physical education; prospective teachers may also earn a licensure in dance.

College of Health and Human Services

The college comprises the School of Nursing and departments of health administration and policy, global and community health and social work. The college offers interdisciplinary degree programs in a wide range of health fields. Areas of study include global health, gerontology, rehabilitation science, health administration and health policy. Social work students can earn a dual master's degrees in conflict analysis and resolution and social work.

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Pulitzer Prize and Guggenheim Fellowship winners, a MacArthur fellow and a Nobel laureate are among the faculty members of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. The college houses the New City College, which offers bachelor's degree programs in integrative studies; it replicates a small liberal arts college education with a focus on critical thinking and technological skills in nine areas of competency.

College of Science

Departments in the College of Science include bioinformatics and computational biology, mathematical sciences and environmental science and policy. Students can also pursue an interdisciplinary minor or master's degree in forensics science. The doctoral program in neursoscience is also interdepartmental; Ph.D. candidates in this program may participate in research initiatives that contribute to advances in treatment of addiction, epilepsy and Alzheimer's disease.

College of Visual and Performing Arts

This college comprises the departments of dance, music, art and visual technology and theater. Arts students study the theory and history of their fields extensively and engage in numerous performance and exhibition opportunities. Students can pursue a BFA program in computer game design, a master's in arts education, graduate certificates in arts entrepreneurship and a B.A. in film and video studies, among other innovative programs.

Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Program options in conflict analysis and resolution at the institute include an undergraduate minor and major, a graduate certificate, master's degree and Ph.D. programs. The multidisciplinary social sciences curriculum is composed of core courses in conflict theory, analysis and resolution skills; students focus on interpersonal, community or international levels of conflict and an area of academic interest, such as psychology or anthropology. Students typically do internships in businesses, the court system or other organizations.

School of Law

This top-tier law school offers a J.D. program with a variety of concentration and track options, as well as LL.M. (Master of Laws) degree and dual degree programs. Law students gain practical experience serving in the university's numerous legal clinics and through externships. The Master of Laws program in law and economics is regarded internationally as a research leader in areas such as public choice theory and constitutional political economy.

School of Management

Undergraduates at the School of Management pursue business degrees in marketing, information systems and operations management, accounting and finance. Core business courses stress information technology, entrepreneurial problem-solving and a global view. The MBA and M.S. in Technology Management programs were among the first nationally to require an international residency for all graduate students.

School of Public Policy

The school's location provides students with numerous opportunities to explore and participate in Washington D.C. policy-making. Master's programs include peace operations and international commerce and policy. The school also offers graduate certificate programs, executive education and opportunities to study in locations throughout the world.

Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering

The school's certificate and degree programs through the doctoral level explore the intersection between information-based engineering and physical and materials science. Departments include systems engineering and operations research, applied information technology and computer science. A wide variety of specialized graduate certificate programs include information security, biometrics and federal statistics.

Contact Information

  • Address: 4400 University Dr., Fairfax, VA 22030
  • Phone Number: (703) 993-1000