Program Description

Connect to America’s epicenter of policy, economy, and thought leadership with George Mason University’s online MBA. We are cultivating the next generation of business, government, and public institution pioneers. The online MBA equips students with a diverse skill set and global perspective to solve a wide range of complex organizational challenges.

Students develop their analytical, managerial, and interpersonal skills in a rigorous, engaging business and management curriculum. The online MBA program adheres to AACSB accreditation requirements and emphasizes four primary areas of study:

  • Collaborative Communication and Leadership
  • Knowledge of Functional Business Disciplines
  • Analytical Decision Making
  • Contemporary Issues in Business

George Mason University, Costello College of Business

– Ranked Top 20 of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online Business Analytics MBA Programs, 2022

– Ranked Top 50 of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Online MBA Programs for Veterans, 2023

Global Residency Option

Online MBA students have the option to participate in our Global Residency program. Spend a week abroad; visit and study companies in a foreign country while completing a team project and gaining a transformative view of business from another country’s perspective.

Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics (BA)

The optional Business Analytics Graduate Certificate can be integrated into the MBA curriculum. Earn an additional, credentialed skillset immediately upon graduating with a focus on the collection, study, and delivery of data to make better business decisions and predictions.

Application Deadline

The MBA online program accepts applications on a rolling basis and is currently accepting applications. The program has Fall, Spring, or Summer start terms. Applicants for both the online and on-campus MBA should apply here.

Virtual Open House

The George Mason University faculty dedicates time throughout the year to hold interactive sessions online for those who would like to learn more about the programs we offer. If you would like to find out more about what you can expect from an online Master of Business Administration, visit our pre-recorded Virtual Open House and watch at your convenience. For information on upcoming sessions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Online Student Experience

As an online MBA student at George Mason University, you are able to learn in a flexible online environment allowing working professionals to access the curriculum from anywhere. Learn more about what you can expect from this program by viewing this video highlighting the online student experience.

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Program Summary

100 Percent Online

Program: Business Administration (MBA)

Degree: MBA

College/School: Costello College of Business

Credits: 48 total

Who should apply?

George Mason’s online MBA is an ideal fit for professionals who are seeking a high-caliber education within a flexible, competitively priced, part-time program. A minimum of two years professional work experience is required to apply. Our online MBA students come from a variety of professional and academic backgrounds, including:

Politics, accounting, finance, information systems and operations management, anthropology, media arts and design, economics, criminal justice, history, international affairs, psychology, communication, marketing, electrical engineering, computer science, biology, chemistry, music, foreign language, and law.

Why choose George Mason?

Students choose George Mason’s online MBA, because of its:

  • Renowned faculty of experts and innovators who teach our on-campus MBA courses
  • No GRE or GMAT required
  • Proven career, salary, and position advancement for George Mason MBA graduates
  • Multiple paces; complete in as little as 16 months or up to three years
  • Flexible online format designed to accommodate busy working students
  • Competitively priced value for a respected master’s degree program
  • Financial aid programs and life-time access to George Mason’s career services

Program requirements for the online Master of Business Administration are subject to change.

Requirements: 48 total credit hours

Courses for George Mason’s online MBA are offered in convenient, part-time online asynchronous format. An optional, in-person, one-week residency abroad can be used to satisfy the global course requirement. A graduate certificate in Business Analytics can also be built into the MBA curriculum.

Required Courses

MBA 633 – Statistics for Business Decision Making
MBA 653 – Organizational Behavior
MBA 603 – Managerial Economics and Decisions of the Firm
MBA 623 – Marketing Management
MBA 638 – Operations Management
MBA 643 – Managerial Finance
MBA 612 – Managing Costs and Evaluating Performance
MBA 613 – Financial Reporting and Decision Making
MBA 662 – Management of Information Technology
MBA 678 – Strategic Management


MBA 712 – Project Management
MBA 703 – Financial Markets
MBA 706 – Investment Analysis
MBA 702 – Corporate Financial Policy
MBA 721 – Marketing Research
MBA 720 – Marketing Analytics
MBA 725 – Leadership
MBA 726 – Negotiations
MBA 711 – Entrepreneurship
MBA 738 – Data Mining for Business Analytics
MBA 739 – Advanced Data Mining For Business Analytics
MBA 795 – Global Business Perspectives
MBA 716 – International Business Strategy

Global Residency

The online MBA’s optional global residency gives students to the opportunity to travel for a week abroad, visiting and studying companies in a foreign country while completing a team project. To complete the global course requirement, students who cannot travel abroad take the online International Business Strategy course.

Certificate in Business Analytics

The optional Business Analytics Graduate Certificate can be integrated into the overall curriculum. Areas of emphasis include the collection, study, and delivery of data to help students make better business decisions and predictions in their future roles.

Please note that students are responsible for airfare to and from the residency location. Lodging, transportation during the residency, and some meals are included with tuition.

Tuition & Fees (2024-2025):
Tuition is $1,105.50 per credit hour. An additional charge of $35 per credit hour applies for a Distance Learning fee.

Financial Aid:
For information on loans and scholarships, visit the Office of Student Financial Aid. For information regarding grants, tuition waivers and other merit aid, please inquire with your admissions representative.

According to the Dept. of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth projections look strong for management positions typically filled by MBAs in the following sectors:

  • Financial Specialists: 2.8%
  • Management Analysts: 2.0%
  • Business Operations: 3.9%
  • Human Resources: 3.5%
  • Marketing/Sales: 2.8%

George Mason’s MBA graduates go on to fulfill a range of in-demand leadership roles, including:

  • Business Operations Analyst
  • Project Manager
  • Finance Manager
  • Supply Chain Analyst
  • Program Manager
  • Senior Associate for Strategy and M&A
  • Senior Manager for Government Compliance
  • Market Research Specialist
  • Director of Financial Planning and Analysis

If you are unable to find the answers to your questions, submit a Request For Information form or contact our admissions representative via the contact information below.

Phone: 703-348-5006

How do I apply?
Applicants for both the online and on-campus MBA should apply here.


Can I take courses without applying?
Only students who are admitted to the Costello College of Business’ MBA program may take classes in the program.

How long does it take to complete the program?
The online MBA is 48 credit hours; complete in as little as 16 months or up to three years.

When are classes held?
MBA classes for part-time online students are offered in an asynchronous format, meaning they can be viewed interactively at your convenience. However, students still must meet all study deliverable requirements and deadlines.

What accreditation do George Mason and the MBA program hold?
George Mason University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. The MBA program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business Accreditation Standards.

How much does it cost to apply?
There is a $75 application fee.

What are the application requirements?

  • Completed online application
  • $75 application fee
  • Resume
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Personal Statement
  • Undergrad GPA-minimum 3.0 (submit all college transcripts)