Studying at Mason

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When you choose Mason for graduate studies you join an inclusive community of scholars in more than 130 master's, doctoral, and professional programs, and more than 100 graduate-level certificates.


Students converse at career fair held at the Arlington George Mason University Campus, home to many graduate programs.
Career fairs and networking events help you get moving on the next steps of your journey. Mason's high regard in the marketplace and close proximity to employers makes us an attractive choice for graduate school.


Mason's proximity to the Washington, D.C., metro area puts you in the orbit of thousands of employers in the public, private, academic, and NGO sectors.

Our location and flexible programs also allow many graduate students to attend classes and conduct research while they advance their careers.

Students at Smithsonian Mason School of Conservation observe native ecosystem of the campus on a group hike.

Transitioning to graduate school directly from undergrad or returning to the classroom after time in your career can be an unfamiliar landscape. Read the Navigating Graduate School guide to get your bearings.

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Finding Your Way in Graduate School

The landscape of graduate school can vary vastly between programs, but there are some common steps all graduate students can take to help build a solid foundation of success in their master's or doctorate programs.

The Office of Graduate Education has an orientation guide to help you get integrated into graduate school. 



Living that Graduate Life

Two graduate students, masked to prevent the spread of coronavirus, work on laptops in the casual atmosphere of the graduate student lounge of the Mason Sci Tech Campus.
Graduate Student Life is committed to providing programs and services to help you stay on track, build community, and prepare for your professional life.
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Mason's Office of Graduate Student Life connects students with campus resources to meet your needs.

Their team arranges programming for: 

  • Professional development
  • Personal development and well-being
  • Community-building and engagement

The office will also provide help when you need it and be an advocate for you in the community. 

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Come to Gradstravaganza!

Graduate Student Life's signature welcome event will introduce you to everything you need to know to fully engage with the graduate community here.

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Students rehearse using flute, oboe, and english horn.

To have a successful graduate career, it helps to be playing from the same sheet of music. When policy or procedure questions arise, you'll need to know what references and resources are available.

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Policies and Procedures

If you're wondering, "Can I do that?" or have questions about grades, leave-of-absence, or any other action that could affect your journey to a degree, find answers in our policy and procedure guide.