George Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) offers a wide variety of graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences that build students’ research and critical thinking skills through engaging programs of study that assess current issues against the backdrop of human history. 

Whether you are looking to update your professional credentials, engage in a new course of study, or delve into intensive research at the doctoral level, we have options to study full or part-time; online or in person. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is demonstrated in a curriculum that offers racial and social justice courses across disciplines.

Flexible graduate programs to advance your career

Want to update your knowledge and skills quickly? Earning one of our graduate certificates in topics ranging from Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies to Digital Humanities, or gaining a master’s-level degree in programs ranging from Economics, to Computational Social Science, to Art History can offer you efficient options to grow as your career grows.  

Looking for opportunities for in-depth research experience? With over a dozen doctoral programs at a designated top-level research university, CHSS offers the chance to work with world-class researchers in a major metropolitan area rich with career opportunities.  

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Research opportunities

Our faculty take great pride in being active scholar-teachers, and research is a vital part of both the undergraduate and graduate student experience here.  Opportunities to participate in research projects are readily available. Our students are encouraged to ask questions, to seek research training, and to contribute in ways that make an impact.