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

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)

An optional BA 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 degree online program accepts applications on a rolling basis and is currently accepting applications. Applicants for the online program should apply here. Applicants for the on-campus MBA should apply here.

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

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Program: Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Degree: MBA

College/School: School of Business

Credits: 48 total

Who should apply?

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 Mason?

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

  • Renowned faculty of experts and innovators who teach our on-campus MBA courses
  • Proven career, salary, and position advancement for George Mason MBA graduates
  • 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 Mason’s career services

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

Requirements: 48 total credit hours

Courses for 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

An optional certificate in Business Analytics 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 (2019-2020):
Tuition is $998 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 graduate department.

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%

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

  • Analyst
  • Contract Specialist
  • Contracting Officer
  • Director
  • Logistics Analyst
  • Negotiator
  • Project Manager
  • Senior Analyst
  • Senior Consultant
  • Senior Financial Analyst

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 the online program should apply here. Applicants for the on-campus MBA should apply here.

Click here to download the full application checklist for this program.

GMAT/GRE Waiver Information
Candidates who have demonstrated through work experience and/or academic background that they have a strong quantitative background may apply for a GMAT/GRE waiver. We look at previous academic performance, undergraduate major, post undergraduate degrees, and amount and type of professional work experience when evaluating waiver requests. Please see below the graduate exam essay instructions.

In no fewer than 500 words, please explain to the admissions committee your quantitative background. Include previous and/or current quantitative/analytical academic courses completed as well as grades received at the undergraduate, graduate, certificate, or non-degree level. In addition, include an example of a professional experience that demonstrates your quantitative skills. Describe to the committee and provide examples of your ability to communicate in a strong written and oral capacity. Be sure to list any earned certifications.

You must first submit an application to the online MBA program. You will be notified via email if you do or do not qualify for the GMAT/GRE waiver after your application has been completed.


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

How long does it take to complete the program?
The part-time online MBA is 48 credit hours and can be completed in less than 3 years.

How much does the program cost?
$998 per credit hour for a full tuition cost of $49,584.

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?
While there is a $75 application fee, there are multiple times throughout the year that the fee may be waived.