George Mason Announces Plans for Loudoun Location
Posted: March 9, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am
By Rey Banks
This fall, George Mason University is scheduled to begin holding classes in Loudoun County. These course offerings will connect students in one of the fastest growing areas in the nation to Virginia’s largest public university.
“George Mason University is an integral part of the fabric of the Northern Virginia community. It is a natural progression for Mason to grow into Loudoun County and a wonderful opportunity to partner academics with existing industry and a talented population, building a stronger community,” says Peter Stearns, provost.
Mason@Loudoun will offer courses and programs in information technology, management, nursing, health science, education, and social work, along with undergraduate general education courses, and will expand offerings as opportunities arise. An articulation agreement with Northern Virginia Community College will permit a seamless transfer into George Mason’s major programs.
A cluster of general education courses will facilitate the introduction to undergraduate studies for residents of the county and also bolster students transferring from community college or from other four-year institutions. A sampling of initial programs to be offered at Mason@Loudoun includes:
- College of Nursing and Health Science
General education prerequisites for a degree in nursing will be available, as well as nursing cohort classes and an accelerated pathway for graduates of allied health technical programs.
- Social Work Program
The program will offer an initial course that introduces students to the profession, professional values, fields of practice, and the job opportunities provided in the field.
- School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E)
IT&E will offer courses that may be applied to the major, the minor, or the 24-credit certificate program designed for students completing nontechnical bachelor’s degrees. The campus will also feature a new management concentration in the IT&E major.
- School of Management
To meet the growing demands of business in Loudoun’s rapidly burgeoning business community, the campus will offer master’s of business administration and executive master’s of business administration cohorts, as well as courses leading toward an undergraduate business minor.
- College of Education and Human Development
The college will offer new classes in instructional technology, special education, and education leadership, as well as cohort-based courses.
Pending final arrangements, Mason@Loudoun will be located in the Xerox building in Lansdowne. For additional information, visit the Mason@Loudoun web site.