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At the heart of this multidisciplinary ecosystem is the drive to help our students succeed. Mason Square students find themselves where the world of academia blends with the professional world, creating a landscape of experience.

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Jim Jones demonstrates a driving simulator with a steering wheel and two concave computer screens in the Cyber Lab at Mason Square
Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) students tour Mason Square's Cyber Lab in Arlington. Jim Jones demonstrates a driving simulator.
Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/ George Mason University


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A Focus on the Future

Mason Square is putting the academic excellence of Mason in the heart of Arlington, making getting an exceptional education accessible to more of our community. Here we are utilizing the campus's resources and spaces for connectivity through all levels of education and towards all types of career paths. We're giving students not just an education, but also a way forward after graduation.

In order to get a deeper understanding, Mason Square students are provided opportunities for experiential and integrative learning by bringing professionals and experts to them. This dynamic, collaborative hub uniting scholars, students, researchers, policymakers, and business developers will accelerate the pace of change and solve grand challenges.

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George Mason University is a long-established landmark of quality education in Arlington.  At Mason Square, students can expect to find programming in the highest demand for Washington, D.C. and the global marketplace.
Photo by: Ron Aira/Creative Services/George Mason University


Educational Excellence

Mason Square is home to degree and certificate programs from eight different colleges. Programming is focused on delivering career advancement and readiness in the highest-demand fields in the legal, policy, financial, health, and technology sectors. Mason Square is located in Arlington's innovation district, with easy access to downtown Washington, D.C., allowing for learning opportunities not found elsewhere.

As part of Virginia's Tech Talent Investment Program, Mason is striving to increase the number of bachelor’s and master’s degree recipients in the fields of computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering programs.
Students and faculty gather around tables to discuss research presentations at the Carter School undergraduate research symposium
Carter School students discuss their research presentations with faculty as they work to resolve global problems from the lens of peace and conflict studies. Students, from the undergraduate level up, are given the opportunities to engage with research opportunities at Mason.
Photo by: Sierra Guard/Creative Services/George Mason University

Doing the Research That Makes a Difference

Learning does not stop when one leaves the classroom. Every day, Mason faculty and students help solve pressing problems, illuminate important issues, and shape decisions on policy. We work to answer questions of relevance through research, scholarship, and creative endeavors in a full range of fields—any enterprise offering the chance to break new ground and have a meaningful impact.

Opportunities and resources are available to undergraduate and graduate students seeking to do research while at Mason. You'll have the option of working on individual projects or joining an ongoing study with a professor, research center, or lab.

Two students present their business proposition in front of a projected Powerpoint presentation. One of the students is talking at a microphone, while the other stands waiting behind.

At the School of Business' Alpha Challenge event, student teams to choose, research, and pitch a stock for consideration for inclusion in the Montano Student Investment Fund. Photo by: Sierra Guard/Creative Services/George Mason University

A Path to Entrepeneurship

Since the 1980s, as Northern Virginia has developed into a world center for cloud computing, web services, internet applications, and more, Mason has been there every step of the way as both a beneficiary and a facilitator of cutting edge technology growth. With it's unique position within the Arlington Innovation District and its state-of-the art facilities, Mason Square is well positioned to host all the key actors in the innovation and entrepreneurship cycle, from researchers to entrepreneurs to investors and more.

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Students gather annually for campus Career Fair events. Employers from all over the region come to meet and recruit Mason students. Photo by: Cristian Torres/Strategic Communications/George Mason University

A Pipeline to a Strong Career

Mason Square is streamlining the journey from classroom to career by bringing students in contact with industry leaders and experts. Fuse at Mason Square has been designed to integrate classrooms, research labs, and retail space, increasing the interactions between all three sectors. On top of that, Mason Square is host to industry events, career counseling, and easy access to the DC and Arlington area. Students are given a wide range of opportunities to get their foot in the door with a variety of employers.