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George Mason University
Fall 2008 Overview
About the University

Since it was founded in 1972, George Mason University has grown into a major educational force and earned a reputation as an innovative, entrepreneurial institution. Just minutes from Washington, D.C., George Mason has a growing and diverse student body and an exceptional faculty of enterprising scholars. At the center of the world’s political, information, and communications networks, George Mason is the university needed by a region and a world driven by new social, economic, and technological realities.

George Mason’s development has been shaped in response to the educational needs of its cosmopolitan constituency. The university has gained national distinction in a range of academic fields, including public policy, information technology, economics, the fine and performing arts, law, conflict resolution, and, most recently, the biosciences.

Strong alliances with business, the community, and government benefit George Mason’s students and the larger society. Enrollment is over 30,000, with students studying in 168 degree programs at the undergraduate, master’s, doctoral, and professional levels.

George Mason is a distributed university with three campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William counties. In fall 2005, George Mason opened a location in Loudoun County, and an international campus in the United Arab Emirates. Each campus has a distinctive academic focus that plays a critical role in the economy of its region. At each campus, students and faculty have access to all the university’s resources, while duplication of programs and support services is minimized through the use of technology. The university also offers programs at the Center for Innovative Technology’s Herndon Training Center and on the Internet.

Headcount Total Fall 2008 30,714
Undergraduate 18,809
First Professional 681
Graduate 11,224
Average Age 27
% Female 56
% Minorities 24
% Non-Res Alien 6
% Full-time 54
% Out-of-state 17
Faculty (by Tenure Status)
Tenure/Tenure-Track 877
Restricted 451
Total 1,328
Faculty (by Type)
Instructional 1,134
Research 194
Total 1,328
Admin/Support Staff 2,050
Part-time Faculty 1,005
Graduate Assistant 903
Total 3,958
Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 208
Admin/Support Staff 477
Part-time Faculty 153
Graduate Assistant 67
Total 905
% Minority Faculty/Staff
Full-Time Faculty 15.7
Admin/Support Staff 23.3
Part-time Faculty 15.2
Graduate Assistant 7.4
Total % of Minority Faculty/Staff 17.1
Academic Units
College of Education and Human Development
College of Health and Human Services
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
College of Science
College of Visual and Performing Arts
School of Law
School of Business
School of Policy, Government and International Affairs
Volgenau School of Engineering
School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution
Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
Academic Degree Programs
36 Bachelor of Science
28 Bachelor of Arts
2 Bachelor of Fine Arts
1 Bachelor of Science, Education
1 Bachelor of Independent Study
1 Bachelor of Science, Nursing
1 Bachelor of Music
Total 70 Bachelors Degree Programs
1 Juris Doctorate
Total 1 First Professional Degree Programs
37 Master of Science
19 Master of Arts
4 Master of Education
3 Master of Fine Arts
2 Master of Business Administration
2 Master of Law
1 Master in Social Work
1 Master of Science, Nursing
1 Master of Sci Nursing/ MBA
1 Master of Public Administration
1 Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies
1 Master of Music
1 Master of Arts in Teaching
1 Master in Public Policy
Total 75 Masters Degree Programs
30 Doctor of Philosophy
1 Engineer
1 Doctor of Arts
Total 32 Doctorate Degree Programs