Founded in 1957 as a branch of the University of Virginia in Fairfax County, VA, George Mason University became an independent public university in 1972. In this short history, George Mason has proven a leader in economics and law, with two Nobel-prize winning economists on the faculty. From a tiny branch campus George Mason has grown into the largest student body in Virginia, with multiple campuses of its own. US News and World Report ranks George Mason as a top up-and-coming college, and a number of its graduate programs rank in the top 100.

The School of Management has been acclaimed by US News and World Report, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance Magazine, and The Princeton Review. With a well-developed alumni network and faculty with connections to the corporate and public sectors, George Mason’s School of Management offers students a wealth of networking and professional advancement opportunities.

The school offers two AACSB-accredited online programs. The Global EMBA emphasizes business in a globalized marketplace, with the new challenges that this technological, decentered business world creates. Students complete the coursework with a global residency, a week-long program in an international location such as Chile, China, and Eastern Europe. The National Defense EMBA, which prepares students for employment in the national defense industry, takes advantage of George Mason’s proximity to Washing DC to send students on a week-long residency in the District of Columbia.

Admissions requirements include:

•    A bachelor’s degree
•    GMAT or GRE scores
•    Two years of professional experience (recommended; most students have up to six)
•    at least one college-level calculus course

Tuition for the online MBA runs $56,700, including fees and room and board for residency periods. Both programs are two years full-time.  Financial aid is available for qualifying students, including need-based assistance and deferred payment plans.