The School of Business is ranked in the top 10 percent of the nation’s undergraduate business schools and offers a Bachelor of Science in Business with innovative concentrations. The School of Business also offers several options for a minor for business and non-business majors, as well as an undergraduate certificate program in accounting. The School of Business programs are designed to prepare graduates for work in a rapidly changing and competitive marketplace with local, regional, and global companies. With Mason’s location in Northern Virginia and proximity to Washington, D.C., combined with the assistance of the School of Business’s own Career Services staff and Student Success and Academic Services staff, students are also afforded exceptional opportunities to gain practical experience and global engagement opportunities to complement their academic coursework. Students admitted spring 2020 and later will graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Business degree.

Policies

Academic Policies

Students should become familiar with the university's general academic policies in addition to those specific to each academic unit.

Email

George Mason University uses only Mason e-mail accounts to communicate with enrolled students. Students should activate their Mason e-mail, use it to communicate with their school, department, program, and other administrative units, and should check it regularly for important information.

Study Elsewhere Policy

A student who has matriculated at Mason may transfer a limited number of hours (9 for undergraduates, 6 for graduates) of coursework in School of Business disciplines from another institution (not including registration through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area or coursework completed through the Center for Global Education). Students are permitted to take courses elsewhere under unusual circumstances - these circumstances do not include scheduling or commuting convenience, or financial (lower cost) reasons.

Special instructions for School of Business students: courses that are attempted at a two-year institution may not be used to fulfill upper-level requirements. Any course that a student wished to transfer to fulfill major, concentration or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

For additional information, see AP.1.4.2 Permission to Study Elsewhere.

Undergraduate Internship Policy

The School of Business recognizes the importance of experiential education in both learning to apply theory to practice and positioning students for success in their careers. Because the School of Business is committed to supporting students' professional success, the School requires that all student internships for credit be registered with the School of Business as either ACCT 492 Internship in AccountingBUS 492 Internship in BusinessFNAN 492 Internship in FinanceMGMT 492 Internship in ManagementMIS 492 Internship in Management Information SystemsMKTG 492 Internship in Marketing, and OSCM 492 Internship in Operations and Supply Chain Management.

Students may enroll in a maximum of 6 credits for these courses. Only three credits of an internship course may be taken at a time.  For students in catalog years Fall 2016 and beyond, one internship course may apply to the concentration as an elective, and a second internship course would apply as a general elective credit. For students in catalog years prior to Fall 2016, a maximum of 6 credits of internship may apply to general electives.  See Internship Academic Credit.

Termination Policy

Students who do not earn a C or higher in three attempts of School of Business Foundations and Core courses will be terminated from the School of Business. Students terminated from the School of Business are prohibited from enrolling in any School of Business course and will not be eligible to receive a degree from the School of Business.

Courses required for School of Business Foundations: ACCT 203 Survey of Accounting, BUS 100 Business and Society (Mason Core), BUS 103 Develop Professional Skills I: Foundational Elements, BUS 200 Global Environment of Business (Mason Core), BUS 210 Business Analytics I, BUS 310 Business Analytics II, ECON 103 Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core), ECON 104 Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core), and MATH 108 Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core).

Courses required for School of Business Core: ACCT 303 Accounting for Decision Making or ACCT 330 Financial Accounting I, BULE 303 Legal Environment of Business, BUS 303 Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements, FNAN 303 Financial Management, MGMT 303 Principles of Management, MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing, MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems, and OSCM 303 Operations Management  or OM 303 Operations Management.

Once a student has attempted a School of Business Foundations and/or Core course twice unsuccessfully, they must meet with an academic advisor in order to receive an override to register for the third attempt. Students who do not successfully complete these foundation and/or core courses within three attempts will be terminated from the School of Business and will not be eligible to receive a degree from the School of Business. Students terminated from the School of Business are prohibited from enrolling in any School of Business course.

Students terminated from the School of Business are permitted to declare the business minor only, and are not able to declare any other School of Business minors. For more information about this, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major. The School of Business Termination Policy is separate from the University Repeat Policy AP.1.3.4.

All School of Business courses require a C or higher with the exception of FNAN 303 for Finance and Financial Planning concentrations and majors (B- or higher is required). No upper-level concentration required or elective course may be attempted for a C or higher more than three times. Once a third unsuccessful attempt is made in a School of Business concentration required or elective course, the student will be unable to pursue that concentration and must work with an academic advisor to declare a new concentration in the School of Business.

University Consortium

Students should review university policies regarding the University Consortium under Special Registration Procedures in the Academic Policies section of this catalog. Students who have attempted or failed a course at Mason are not permitted to take the equivalent course through the consortium under any circumstance. All consortium registration requests must be submitted to the dean's office at least 3 weeks prior to the first day of classes for the relevant semester at Mason.

Any consortium course that a student wishes to register for to fulfill major or graduate-level course requirements in the School of Business must be attempted at an institution accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB).

Non-Business School Student Credit Limitation

Enrolled undergraduate students who are not declared in the School of Business are limited  to 9 credits of upper-level business coursework within the School of Business. This policy applies to any student who is declared in another major or program at Mason. This policy does not apply to students who have declared a School of Business minor and are earning required credit toward that minor. This policy does not apply to students who have been terminated from the School of Business. Terminated students are prohibited from taking business courses.

Undergraduate Course Overload Policy

The School of Business recommends that undergraduate students attempt no more than 18 credits in an academic semester and no more than 14 credits in a summer term. Students wishing to attempt more than 18 credits must submit a Permission to Overload from to their academic advisor.

To be eligible for a course overload, a student must fulfill all of the following criteria:

  • At least a 3.0 cumulative GPA at Mason
  • Have completed all courses successfully in their previous semester with no F or incomplete (IN) grades
  • Complete the Permission to Overload form and obtain an academic advisor's signature

Freshmen and transfer students in their first semesters are not given permission for overloads as they have yet to establish an academic record at George Mason University.

If approved for an overload, the student is responsible for adding the additional class(es) and paying for the related tuition by the official university deadlines.

Transfer Credit Expiration Policy

Transfer credit is not awarded for any business (management, marketing, finance, accounting, management information systems, operations and supply chain management, foundations, core, or any other School of Business course) courses completed more than ten years prior to Mason enrollment. This includes any older courses completed at RBC or the VCCS.

Laptop Policy

School of Business students are required to adhere to the School of Business laptop requirements.  These requirements are required for all business courses.  More information about the laptop policy can be found here.

Appeals Process

The School of Business strives to maintain policies and procedures that are consistent with those of the University, as well as in the best interest of our students. If you have any questions concerning a particular policy or procedure, contact the Office of Student Success & Academic Services, Room 008 of Enterprise Hall (703-993-1880) or visit the website.

Courses Excluded from School of Business BS Degree

SWE 401Internship Reflection1
MUSI 394Ethnomusicology Internship1-4
COMM 450Internship in Communication0-6
FAVS 450Internship in Film and Video Studies3
GOVT 480Internship3
MUSI 496Internship2-6
CONF 370Internship Field Experience1-9
PHIL 306Philosophy Internship3-6
RELI 426Religious Studies Internship3
ARTH 393Art History Internships3-6
GCH 498Global and Community Health Internship3,6
GAME 491Internship3-4
HAP 498Health Administration Internship (Mason Core)4
HDFS 499Advanced Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science1-3
EVPP 494Internship1-3
ENGH 459Internship1-3
MUSI 395Teaching Internship1-4
ECON 498Internship3-6
ASTR 409Astronomy Internship3
SPMT 490Internship (Mason Core)12
TOUR 490Hospitality, Tourism, and Events Management Internship (Mason Core)12
CLIM 409Research Internship3
CHIN 490Internship in Chinese Studies1-9
CONS 498Internship1-3
THR 455Theater Education Internship6-12
AFAM 490Internship2-6
KINE 490Kinesiology Internship III (Mason Core)12
AMGT 489Internship in Arts Management1-4
HDFS 498Internship and Analysis in Human Development and Family Science1-6
ANTH 495Internship1-6
PRLS 490Recreation Management Internship (Mason Core)12
GGS 480GGS Internship1-3
SPAN 490Internship in Spanish1-6
AVT 489Internship in Art and Visual Technology1-6
USST 490Internship3
WMST 400Internship in Women and Gender Studies1-3
CDS 491Internship1-3
HHS 480Research Internship in Public Health3
CRIM 480Internship6-12
HIST 399Internship1-9
RHBS 490RS: Clinical Research Internship3
KINE 341Kinesiology Internship I3
MUSI 495Internship in Music Education (Mason Core)6-12
KINE 441Kinesiology Internship II3
PHYS 409Physics Internship3
SOCI 416Internship in Sociology I (Mason Core)3-6
HHS 492RS: Internship in Clinical Research3
FRLN 490Internship in Foreign Language Studies1-6
ENGR 395Engineering Internship3
AVT 453Professional Practices3
GEOL 480Internship1-3
CVPA 489Field Experience in the Arts3-6
GLOA 495Global Experiential Learning1-18
KINE 330Seminar in Kinesiology3
ECED 490Internship in Early Childhood Education (Mason Core)3-6
FRSC 406Forensic Internship3

Banner Code: BU-BS-BUS

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 120

School of Business students pursuing a BS degree must complete a minimum of 120 credits, including the Mason Core requirements, business foundations, business core and concentration requirements. In addition, the following requirements must be met:

  • A minimum of 45 credits at the 300- or 400-level.
  • A minimum of 30 credits of School of Business core and concentration courses at Mason.
  • At least 9 credits required for the specific concentration and BUS 498 Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core) taken at Mason.
  • A grade of C or higher earned in the business foundations, business core and concentration requirements.

Students should carefully follow prerequisites for School of Business courses. Students may be removed from a course if they enroll without having fulfilled the prerequisites.

Mason Core Requirements

Some Mason Core requirements may already be fulfilled by the major requirements listed below. Students are strongly encouraged to consult their advisors to ensure they fulfill all remaining Mason Core requirements.

Foundation Requirements
Written Communication6
Oral Communication3
Core Requirements
Arts3
Literature3
Natural Science 17
Western Civilization/World History3
Total Credits25

Note: Remaining Mason Core requirements are fulfilled with concentration course work.

Business Foundations

Those who do not successfully complete these courses within three attempts will be terminated from the School of Business and will not be eligible to receive a degree from the School of Business. Students terminated from the School of Business are prohibited from enrolling in any School of Business course. Students terminated from the School of Business are permitted to declare a business minor. For more information about this, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

ACCT 203Survey of Accounting3
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core) 23
BUS 103Develop Professional Skills I: Foundational Elements3
BUS 200Global Environment of Business (Mason Core) 23
BUS 210Business Analytics I3
BUS 310Business Analytics II3
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
ECON 104Contemporary Macroeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
Select one course from the following: 13-4
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Applied Calculus
Total Credits27-28

Business Core

Those who do not successfully complete these courses within three attempts will be terminated from the School of Business and will not be eligible to receive a degree from the School of Business. Students terminated from the School of Business are prohibited from enrolling in any School of Business course. Students terminated from the School of Business are permitted to declare a business minor. For more information about this, see AP.5.2.4 Termination from the Major.

ACCT 303Accounting for Decision Making3
BULE 303Legal Environment of Business3
BUS 303Develop Professional Skills II: Advanced Elements3
FNAN 303Financial Management3
MGMT 303Principles of Management3
MIS 303Introduction to Business Information Systems 13
MKTG 303Principles of Marketing3
OSCM 303Operations Management3
Total Credits24

General Electives

Select 19-20 Credits 119-20
Total Credits19-20

Capstone

Students must successfully complete all Business Core courses and BUS 310 Business Analytics II to be eligible to enroll in BUS 498 Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core).

BUS 498Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core)3
Total Credits3

Concentration in Accounting (ACCT)

The concentration in Accounting prepares students for professional careers in the private and public sectors. The accounting concentration is designed to produce accounting professionals who can both generate and apply financial information to solve business problems. Our students learn principles of business and accounting as well as the specific skills and specialized technical knowledge necessary for success in the dynamic field of accounting. Our program emphasizes ethics, critical thinking, written and verbal communication, and effective use and understanding of technology. Our graduates are employed by the assurance, tax advisory, and consulting groups of the top accounting firms as well as Fortune 100 companies. Our proximity to the nation's capital provides unique opportunities for our graduates to work in government and in the federal practices of public accounting firms. The accounting concentration program is separately accredited by AACSB International. Students interested in CPA certification can apply to the MSA degree to meet the 150 hour requirement for CPA certification in most states. The MSA allows students to meet the 150 hour requirement for CPA certification in most states in only nine months.

Also available for eligible students, the Accelerated Advanced Accounting Pathway (A++) is a pathway that provides the ability to complete a bachelor and master’s degree in accounting in four years. For more information, please meet with an academic advisor in the School of Business.

Required Courses 1
ACCT 311Managerial and Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 331Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 332Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 351Taxation and Managerial Decision Making 3
ACCT 361Accounting Analytics 3
ACCT 461Assurance and Audit Services 4 3
Electives
Select one course from the following: 23
International Accounting
Financial Statement Analysis
Advanced Managerial Accounting
Advanced Financial Accounting
Advanced Federal Taxation
Honors Seminar in Accounting
Advanced Accounting Analytics
Government and Not-for-Profit Accounting
Seminar in Accounting
Internship in Accounting
Independent Study
Commercial Law
Advanced Issues in Managerial Accounting 3
Advanced Financial Accounting 3
Advanced Issues in Financial Reporting 3
Fraud Examination 3
Advanced Issues in Taxation 3
Advanced Accounting Analytics 3
International Accounting 3
Managing Data Quality and Integrity 3
Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting 3
Professional Accounting Colloquium 3
Directed Studies in Accounting 3
Special Topics in Accounting 3
Total Credits21
Second Concentration in Accounting
Required Courses
ACCT 311Managerial and Cost Accounting 3
ACCT 331Intermediate Accounting I 3
ACCT 332Intermediate Accounting II 3
ACCT 351Taxation and Managerial Decision Making 3
ACCT 361Accounting Analytics 3
ACCT 461Assurance and Audit Services 3
Total Credits18

 Concentration in Business Analytics (BUSA)

Business analytics encompasses a wide array of methodologies and techniques, from collection, organization, reporting and mining of data to extraction of useful and actionable information for the decision makers. As the field matures, more organizations are turning to business analytics as part of their core function to assist decision making and strategy development. Business analytics is grounded in an understanding of business and uses knowledge and skills related to analytic tools to identify business questions that can be answered by data, identify appropriate data to answer the questions, evaluate the quality of the data, analyze the data, form conclusions, and meaningfully communicate those conclusions to relevant parties. Business analysts will work in practice with data scientists with backgrounds in engineering, math, or computer science whose expertise in data analytics is centered on data architecture or developing data analysis tools.

Required Courses
MIS 310Database Management Systems 3
MIS 430Data Warehousing 3
MIS 431Data Mining for Business Applications 1 3
MIS 433Programming for Analytics 3
Electives
Select three courses from the following:9
Empirical Methods in Finance
Probability Methods for Finance
Advanced Data Mining
Marketing Research
Marketing Analytics for New Product Development
Management Science
Business Forecasting
Introduction to Exploratory Data Analysis
Decision and Risk Analysis
Internship in Management Information Systems
Internship in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Total Credits21
Second Concentration in Business Analytics

Students declaring a second concentration in Business Analytics must complete the four required courses and two elective courses for the concentration (listed above). 

Concentration in Finance (FNAN)

The concentration in Finance prepares students for professional careers by providing a solid foundation in the principles necessary to make operating decisions for an organization and in financial market analysis. We educate our finance students to understand, evaluate, and manage risk. In addition, students learn to conduct and effectively present financial analysis and research valuing complex projects, assets, securities, and firms. Students in the finance concentration explore the relationships among investors, firms, financial institutions, markets, and regulators. Students with a concentration in Finance have a unique opportunity to compete globally, as well as regionally, for unique and diverse job opportunities, including government (U.S. Treasury and the Board of Governors), large financial corporations (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac), international organizations (World Bank and IMF), and other careers related to Finance.

Required Courses
Select three courses from the following: 19
Principles of Investment
Financial Institutions
Introduction to Firm Valuation
Advanced Financial Management
Select one of the required Writing Intensive Courses below:3
Student Managed Investment Fund
RS: Contemporary Topics in Finance
Electives
Select three courses from the following:9
Principles of Investment
Financial Institutions
Introduction to Firm Valuation
Principles of Real Estate
Advanced Financial Management
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Futures and Options Markets
Money and Capital Markets
Empirical Methods in Finance
Venture Capital and Private Financing of Startups
Fixed-Income Securities
Probability Methods for Finance
International Financial Management
Advanced Topics in Firm Valuation
Sustainable and ESG Investments
Real Estate Finance
Real Estate Development
Honors Seminar in Finance
Fintech and Blockchain in Finance
Student Managed Investment Fund
Ethical and Professional Standards in Finance
Special Topics in Finance
Internship in Finance
RS: Contemporary Topics in Finance
Independent Study
Total Credits21
Second Concentration in Finance

Students declaring a second concentration in Finance must complete the four required courses and two elective courses for the concentration (listed above).

Concentration in Financial Planning and Wealth Management (FPWM)

Consumers increasingly seek professional advice on managing their finances from professionals with wide-ranging knowledge from taxes and estate planning to insurance and retirement planning to portfolio management. In a recent article title, Forbes described Financial Planning as “One of the Fastest Growing Careers” and noted that the field “is in Desperate Need of Young Talent.” The article went on to explain that the field is expected to grow at a 32% rate over the next decade according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics while the average growth rate for all occupations is 14%.” (Touryalai, 2012). The field of financial planning includes several certifications including the Certified Financial Planner certification (CFP) through the CFP Board and Personal Financial Specialist (PFS) certification through the AICPA. The national CFP Board and regional FPA leadership have reached out to Mason to work with us to develop a CFP-registered program in Financial Planning due to the significant need in our region for graduates with this specialization.

Required Courses
FNAN 390Introduction to Financial Planning and Wealth Management 1 3
or ACCT 390 Introduction to Financial Planning and Wealth Management
FNAN 311Principles of Investment 1 3
ACCT 351Taxation and Managerial Decision Making 3
ACCT 408Taxes Insurance and Risk Management 3
ACCT 441Estate Planning 3
ACCT 493Financial Planning and Wealth Management Capstone 2 3
or FNAN 493 Financial Planning and Wealth Management Capstone
Electives
Select one course from the following:3
Introduction to Firm Valuation 1
Investment Analysis and Portfolio Management
Sustainable and ESG Investments
Ethical and Professional Standards in Finance
Personal Financial Planning
Financial Statement Analysis
Advanced Federal Taxation
Internship in Finance 1
Internship in Accounting
Total Credits21
Second concentration in Financial Planning and Wealth Management
Required Courses
FNAN 390Introduction to Financial Planning and Wealth Management 3
or ACCT 390 Introduction to Financial Planning and Wealth Management
FNAN 311Principles of Investment 3
ACCT 351Taxation and Managerial Decision Making 3
ACCT 408Taxes Insurance and Risk Management 3
ACCT 441Estate Planning 3
ACCT 493Financial Planning and Wealth Management Capstone 3
or FNAN 493 Financial Planning and Wealth Management Capstone
Total Credits18

Concentration in Management (MGMT)

The concentration in Management prepares students to take leadership, management, and entrepreneurial roles in the public and private sectors. Students learn such skills as strategic thinking, motivating and managing nationally and internationally diverse work forces, building and leading team efforts, negotiating successfully, and instituting planned change in organizations.

Required Courses
MGMT 313Organizational Behavior 2 3
MGMT 321Introduction to Human Resource Management 3
Electives
Select five courses from the following: 15
Diversity in Organizations
Organizational Development and Management Consulting
Advanced Human Resource Management
The Legal Environment for Employee and Labor Relations
International Strategy
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Experiential Entrepreneurship
Starting a Business
Social Impact and Entrepreneurship
Cross Cultural and Global Management
Honors Seminar in Management (Topic Varies)
Negotiations in Organizations
Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills
Competitive Strategy
Current Topics in Management
Internship in Management
Commercial Law
Independent Study
Total Credits21

Students with a concentration in management may focus their careers in several areas. In selecting five elective courses, students may want to consider a likely career path. Recommended courses for three possible careers are provided below.

Human Resources Management
MGMT 421Advanced Human Resource Management3
MGMT 431The Legal Environment for Employee and Labor Relations3
Management Consulting
MGMT 412Diversity in Organizations3
MGMT 463Negotiations in Organizations3
MGMT 464Teamwork and Interpersonal Skills3
Entrepreneurship
MGMT 451Introduction to Entrepreneurship3
MGMT 452Experiential Entrepreneurship3
MGMT 454Social Impact and Entrepreneurship3
BULE 402Commercial Law3
Second concentration in Management

Students declaring a second concentration in Management must complete the two required courses and four elective courses for the concentration (listed above).

Concentration in Management Information Systems (MIS)

The concentration in Management Information Systems encompasses analysis, design, implementation, and management of information systems, to support business processes and decision making in all functional areas of an organization. The curriculum highlights not only the fundamental building blocks of information systems, but also the interaction of technology, people and business processes. MIS students learn about designing, building, maintaining, and securing information systems to meet organizational goals. They also acquire skills to use data and information through business analytics to support better managerial decision making in areas such as marketing, accounting and finance. MIS graduates are capable of translating business needs into technology-based solutions, and new technological advances into business capabilities.  The MIS concentration prepares students for diverse technology based careers including Business Analyst, System Analyst, Security Analyst,  Data Analyst, IT Project Management, IT Quality Management, Cloud Management,  IS Audit and Control, Government Contracting, and Consulting.

Required Courses
MIS 310Database Management Systems 3
MIS 320Networks and Security 3
MIS 330Systems Analysis and Design 1 3
Electives
Select four courses from the following (at least two must be MIS):12
Cloud Computing Essentials
Introduction to Programming for Business Applications
Advanced Database Systems
E-Business Systems Development
Information Systems Audit and Control
Information Security and Assurance
Data Warehousing
Data Mining for Business Applications
Advanced Data Mining
Programming for Analytics
Cloud System Management
Honors Seminar in Management Information Systems (Topic Varies)
Seminar in Management Information Systems
Internship in Management Information Systems
Independent Study in Management Information Systems
Management Science
Business Process Analysis and Simulation
Quality Management
Government Contracting and Procurement
Management of Technology Projects
Total Credits21
Second Concentration in Management Information Systems

Students declaring a second concentration in Management Information Systems must complete the three required courses and three elective courses for the concentration (listed above). At least 2 of the electives must be MIS courses.

Concentration in Marketing (MKTG)

The concentration in Marketing prepares students for a broad range of global and domestic career options in corporations, small businesses, government, and nonprofits. A marketing concentration provides students with a solid foundation in marketing management for understanding the needs of the customer, the value organizations create for their customers, and opportunities and threats in the global marketplace. Students learn marketing concepts and practices related to consumer behavior, marketing research and analytics, and marketing planning and strategy (product development, pricing, distribution, and advertising and promotions). Our graduates work in such diverse fields as advertising and marketing communications, product and brand management, customer relationship management, new product/service development, new market and business development, sales, retail management, marketing research and analytics, and digital and social media marketing. 

Required Courses
MKTG 312Consumer Behavior3
MKTG 351Marketing Research3
MKTG 471Marketing Management 13
Electives
Select four courses from the following:12
Federal Government Marketing
Sales Management
Advertising and Marketing Communications
Digital Marketing
Social Media Marketing Strategy
Retailing and E-Commerce Management
Business to Business Marketing
Marketing Analytics for New Product Development
New Product Development
Direct Marketing
Global Marketing
Ethnic and Multicultural Marketing
Honors Seminar in Marketing (Topic Varies)
RS: Marketing in the Nonprofit Sector
Seminar in Marketing
Internship in Marketing
Independent Study
Any other 300-400 level MKTG courses 2
Total Credits21
Second Concentration in Marketing

Students declaring a second concentration in Marketing must complete the three required courses and three elective courses for the concentration (listed above).

Concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM)

Operations and Supply Chain Management (OSCM) is the business function devoted to the management of resources and processes used by a firm to produce goods or services. Students with an OSCM concentration learn how to perform strategic and tactical planning, enabling them to efficiently and effectively manage the activities involved in transforming organizational resources into customer value. OSCM students acquire modeling, business analytics, and information technology skills for addressing a range of business problems. OSCM knowledge and skills are applicable to every business, spanning services, manufacturing, consulting, public sector (including government contracting), and not- for- ­profit organizations. The OSCM concentration is designed to prepare students for a career in the areas of: Supply Chain Management, Government Contracting (including procurement, logistics, and distribution), Project Management, Quality Management, Socially Responsible Operations, Product and Services Design, Process Analysis and Design, and, Planning and Control of Operations.

Required Courses
OSCM 320Supply Chain Management in a Global Economy 3
OSCM 456Quality Management 1 3
OSCM 493Management of Technology Projects 3
Electives
Select four courses from the following (at lease two must be OSCM):12
Service Operations
Management Science
Business Process Analysis and Simulation
Design Thinking for Innovations Operations
Public Sector Operations
Business Forecasting
Management of Product and Process Technologies
Honors Seminar in Operations Management (Topic Varies)
Government Contracting and Procurement
Seminar in Operations Management
Internship in Operations and Supply Chain Management
Independent Study in Operations Management
Database Management Systems
Introduction to Programming for Business Applications
E-Business Systems Development
Data Warehousing
Data Mining for Business Applications
Advanced Data Mining
Programming for Analytics
Total Credits21
Second Concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management

Students declaring a second concentration in Operations and Supply Chain Management must complete the three required courses and three elective courses for the concentration (listed above). At least 2 of the electives must be OSCM courses.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative Mason GPA

  • A- or higher on first attempt at the core course for the concentrations

    • ACCT: A- or higher in ACCT 303 Accounting for Decision Making

    • BUSA: A- or higher in MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems

    • FNAN: A- or higher in FNAN 303 Financial Management

    • FPWM: A- or higher in FNAN 303 Financial Management

    • MGMT: A- or higher in MGMT 303 Principles of Management

    • MIS: A- or higher in MIS 303 Introduction to Business Information Systems

    • MKTG: A- or higher in MKTG 303 Principles of Marketing

    • OSCM: A- or higher in OSCM 303 Operations Management

  • Submission of a personal statement/essay
  • Two recommendations from faculty within the School of Business
  • Once admitted to the program, students with a cumulative GPA below a 3.0 will be dropped from the program

Curricular Requirements

  • 3.0 cumulative Mason GPA
  • 3.5 GPA in the concentration or be in the 95th percentile GPA within the concentration
  • B- or higher on first attempt in every concentration course

Co-Curricular Requirements

The student must complete ONE of the following in addition to the curriculum requirements:

BUS 498Capstone Course: Advanced Business Models (Mason Core) (Honors Section)3
Honors Concentration Course
ACCT
ACCT 462Honors Seminar in Accounting3
BUSA
MIS 462Honors Seminar in Management Information Systems (Topic Varies)3
FNAN
FNAN 462Honors Seminar in Finance3
FPWM
FNAN 462Honors Seminar in Finance3
MGMT
MGMT 462Honors Seminar in Management (Topic Varies)3
MIS
MIS 462Honors Seminar in Management Information Systems (Topic Varies)3
MKTG
MKTG 462Honors Seminar in Marketing (Topic Varies)3
OSCM
OSCM 462Honors Seminar in Operations Management (Topic Varies)3

Bachelors of Science in Business Sample Plan of Study 

The sample plan below is a recommended sequencing of courses based on pre-requisites and scheduling. This may not fit every student's needs and is a guideline, not a requirement. Students should confirm major requirements with their academic advisor and with PatriotWeb Degree Evaluation to ensure they enroll in the proper courses and are on track to graduate.

Accounting 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033ACCT 3033
BUS 2003MKTG 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 3113ACCT 3323
ACCT 3313ACCT 3613
FNAN 3033BULE 3033
MIS 3033BUS 3033
ENGH 3023OSCM 3033
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 3513ACCT Elective 3
ACCT 4613BUS 4983
MGMT 3033Laboratory Science 4
General Electives 3General Elective3
General Electives 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

Business Analytics 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033MIS 3033
BUS 2003MKTG 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 3033MIS 4313
MIS 3103MIS 4303
OSCM 3033BULE 3033
MGMT 3033FNAN 3033
ENGH 3023General Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MIS 4333BUS Analytics Elective 3
BUS Analytics Elective 3BUS Analytics Elective 3
BUS 3033BUS 4983
General Electives 3Laboratory Science 4
General Electives 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

Finance 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033FNAN 3033
BUS 2003MKTG 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 3033FNAN 3213
FNAN 3113FNAN Elective 3
MIS 3033BULE 3033
ENGH 3023BUS 3033
General Elective 3OSCM 3033
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
FNAN 3413FNAN 477 or 4983
FNAN Elective 3FNAN Elective 3
MGMT 3033BUS 4983
General Elective3Laboratory Science 4
General Elective 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Financial Planning and Wealth Management 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033FNAN 3033
BUS 2003MKTG 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 3033MGMT 3033
FNAN 3113FNAN/ACCT 3903
MIS 3033ACCT 3513
ENGH 3023ENGH 3023
General Elective 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 4413ACCT/FNAN 4933
ACCT 4083FPWN Elective 3
OSCM 3033BUS 4983
BULE 3033Laboratory Science 4
General Elective 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Management 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033MGMT 3033
BUS 2003MKTG 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MGMT 3133MGMT 3213
ACCT 3033MGMT Elective 3
MIS 3033BULE 3033
ENGH 3023FNAN 3033
General Elective 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MGMT Elective 3MGMT Elective 3
MGMT Elective 3MGMT Elective 3
BUS 3033BUS 4983
OSCM 3033Laboratory Science 4
General Elective 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Management Information Systems 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033MIS 3033
BUS 2003MKTG 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 3033MIS 3203
MIS 3103MIS/OSCM Elective 3
OSCM 3033BULE 3033
MGMT 3033FNAN 3033
ENGH 3023General Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MIS 3303MIS/OSCM Elective 3
MIS/OSCM Elective 3MIS/OSCM Elective3
BULE 3033BUS 4983
General Elective 3Laboratory Science 4
General Elective 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Marketing 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033MGMT 3033
BUS 2003MKTG 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MKTG 3123MKTG 3513
ACCT 3033MKTG Elective 3
MIS 3033BULE 3033
ENGH 3023FNAN 3033
General Elective 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
MKTG Elective 3MKTG 4713
MKTG Elective 3MKTG Elective 3
BUS 3033BUS 4983
OSCM 3033Laboratory Science 4
General Elective 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

 Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/.

Operations and Supply Chain Management 

First Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ECON 103 or MATH 1083ECON 103 or MATH 1083
BUS 103 or COMM 1013BUS 103 or COMM 1013
ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003ENGH 101, 100, or BUS 1003 or 4
Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253 or 4ECON 1043
General Elective 3General Elective 3
(MATH 008 self-paced tutorial if needed)0 
 15-16 15-16
Second Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 2033OSCM 3033
BUS 2003MGMT 3033
BUS 2103BUS 3103
Non-laboratory Science 3Fine Arts or HIST 100/1253
Literature 3General Elective 3
 15 15
Third Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
ACCT 3033OSCM 4563
MIS 3033MIS/OSCM Elective 3
OSCM 3203BULE 3033
MGMT 3033FNAN 3033
ENGH 3023General Elective 3
 15 15
Fourth Year
Fall SemesterCreditsSpring SemesterCredits
OSCM 4933MIS/OSCM Elective 3
MIS/OSCM Elective 3MIS/OSCM Elective 3
BUS 3033BUS 4983
General Elective 3Laboratory Science 4
General Elective 3General Elective 2
 15 15
Total Credits 120-122

Detailed four year plans and degree planning checklists can be found at https://advising.gmu.edu/current-student/majors-at-mason/

Accounting, BS/Accounting, Accelerated MS

Overview

Mason Accounting majors may apply to the bachelor’s/accelerated master's program to obtain both Accounting, BS  or Business, BS with a Concentration in Accounting and Accounting MS degrees. In the accelerated program, up to six credits of eligible ACCT 600-level courses can be used to meet both bachelor's and master's degree requirements. In addition, students have the option to earn up to 6 credits of reserve credit in 600-level ACCT courses (earned credit held in reserve to apply later toward a graduate degree).

For policies governing all accelerated master’s degree programs, see AP.6.7 Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Degrees.

Students in an accelerated degree program must fulfill all university requirements for the master's degree. For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies.


Application Requirements

Applicants to accelerated master's programs must have completed at least 75 credits toward their undergraduate degree (with at least 15 credits earned at Mason). Academic requirements specific to this bachelor’s/accelerated master's program can be found on the School of Business website

Students submit an application online through the Office of Graduate Admissions. Applicants to all graduate programs at George Mason University must meet the admission standards and application requirements for graduate study as specified in Graduate Admissions Policies.

Accelerated Option Requirements

In their final undergraduate semester, students must submit the Bachelor's/Accelerated Master's Transition Form to the MS in Accounting advisor to specify which course(s) are to be designated as advanced standing and if applicable, reserve graduate credit.

Following completion of the Accounting, BS, or a Business, BS with a concentration in accounting, a bachelor’s accelerated master’s student may transition into the Accounting, MS program if they have met the guidelines in AP.6.7 and the School of Business requirements here.