George Mason University
4400 University Dr.
Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
(703) 993-2400
Accrediting Agency:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

George Mason University was founded in Fairfax, Va., in 1972, making it one of Virginia’s youngest schools. The university is also one of its largest, with more than 20,000 students enrolled. It is ranked among the top national universities by the U.S. News & World Report. Nearly one-third of George Mason University’s students are enrolled in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs. Notable alumni can be found in the corporate, literary, sports, entertainment, and in politics and government. Former George Mason University students including Anna Cabral, Treasurer of the United States; Karl Rove, Deputy Chief of Staff to President George W. Bush; and Kathleen Casey, Commissioner of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.

Programs Offered

Mason offers graduate certificates and degree programs and consortial programs. Undergraduate areas of study include nursing, including an RN to BSN pathway, applied science, and information technology. Master’s degrees are offered in an executive-format Master of Business Administration (MBA), transportation policy, computer science, software engineering, and systems engineering. Online courses may have on-campus requirements at the Fairfax, Arlington, Prince William County, or Loudon County campuses.


George Mason University has been regionally accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools since 1972.


Admissions requirements for George Mason University’s online division vary slightly depending on what type of applicant you are, such as transfer student or high school graduate. It will also vary based on which degree level you’re applying to and degree program. Students applying at the undergraduate level must submit an admission application, SAT or ACT scores, a 250-word personal statement, and a secondary school report and counselor recommendation. At the graduate level, applicants must submit an application form, two official university transcripts, letters of recommendation, official test scores for GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT, and other materials as specified by the program.

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