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George Mason University School of Business - Full-Time MBA

Full-Time MBA Program Structure

The George Mason University MBA program allows students to graduate in as few as 20 months by taking classes during evenings across two campuses: George Mason University’s main campus in Fairfax, VA, and the Arlington campus.


The George Mason University MBA numbers 48 credits in total. Students attend class two evenings per week. Online options are also available. Flexibility in class schedule is permitted at the elective stage only, as this will prolong the degree to up to 36 months.

After completing their 30 credits of required core curriculum courses, students must also attend a mandatory 7-10 day global residency. Once they have completed the mandatory 3 credit residency, meeting business and government leaders, attending seminars, meeting professors and MBA students from other universities, and visiting local and/or multi-national companies, students can focus on their final 15 credit hours of specialized electives.

The nine areas of emphasis for electives are: accounting, business analysis, entrepreneurship, financial management, government contracting, international business, leadership, marketing, and project management.

Class Profile

Over 300 students, on average, enroll yearly in the George Mason University MBA program. The class tends to include roughly 55 percent male, and around 45 percent female. Students average 28 years of age, and possess 2-7 years of professional experience. The class average GPA is 3.26

Career Statistics

About 98.5 percent of students were employed by graduation in the most recent full-time MBA class at George Mason, with an average starting salary of $93,800. The top industries chosen were government, consulting, non-profit, and finance.

Tuition, Scholarships, and Financial Aid

For the current school year, the George Mason University MBA degree tuition is $998 per credit hour for residents of the state of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C., and $1,878 per credit hour for out-of-state and international students. With a total of 48 credits, in-state tuition for the entire program is $47,904 and tuition for out of state students is $90,144.

The George Mason MBA Program awards merit-based scholarships to highly-qualified MBA students who demonstrate intellectual promise in the business field through past academic performance, GMAT test scores, and previous relevant experience. Mason also offers graduate assistantships for both teaching and research positions, each providing a partial or full tuition waiver.

U.S. citizens and permanent residents applying to George Mason University’s full-time MBA program are eligible for federal Stafford and Graduate PLUS loans, as well as private loans.


Applicants to the MBA programs must have completed a Baccalaureate degree or recognized qualifications equivalent to a degree.

To apply to George Mason MBA program, applicants must submit a completed application form, official copies of transcripts from each institution attended, a current résumé and two letters of recommendation. The school also requires applicants to submit a personal career goals statement of a maximum 750 words. Official GMAT score OR GRE scores must also be sent in by applicants, along with a $75 application fee. GMAT/GRE waivers are available for specific applicants.

International non-native English applicants must provide proof of English competency with TOEFL or IELTS scores, unless they have earned a bachelors, masters, or doctorate from any accredited university in the U.S., UK, Canada (outside of Quebec), Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand. Applicants must also submit all transcripts.

Application deadlines are as follows:

Priority – Feb. 1, 2020
Standard – May 1, 2020

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