Undergraduate Programs Overview
Students at George Mason University Korea will literally enjoy a world of opportunities. This unique program is based in two dynamic nations (Korea and the United States) on campuses less than an hour away from two national capitals (Seoul and Washington, D.C.). One of the many attractive features of the academic program is that students will spend several semesters at Mason’s main U.S. campus in Fairfax, Virginia. All courses are taught by Mason credentialed faculty. Faculty for the program is drawn from Mason’s distinguished professoriate, which includes senior Mason faculty who come from the US to teach and do research at George Mason University Korea and they are joined by outstanding colleagues from around the world. Students will receive the same George Mason University degree as students who spend all four years on one of our three US campuses.
- Management, BS
- Accounting, BS
- Finance, BS
- Economics, BA & Economics BS
- Global Affairs, BA
- Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BA & Conflict Analysis and Resolution, BS
- Computer Game Design, BFA
The BS in Management (MGMT) 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 workforces, building and leading team efforts, negotiating successfully, and instituting planned change in organizations.
The Accounting degree (ACCT) prepares students for professional careers in the private and public sectors. The accounting major 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 capitol provides unique opportunities for our graduates to work in government and in the federal practices of public accounting firms. The accounting degree 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.
The Finance degree (FNAN) 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 majors 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. Finance majors explore the relationships among investors, firms, financial institutions, markets, and regulators. Students majoring 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.
Economics is about more than money and profits. It is a way of looking at the world through the lens of incentives, choices, and markets to help uncover new solutions to the persistent problems in our society. This economic perspective sheds light on important issues in the areas of production, education, crime, the environment, international trade, immigration, health care, economic growth, poverty, and more.
The BA is designed for students with a strong interest in the liberal arts. It is appropriate for those who prefer a less quantitative degree program than the BS and may be especially appropriate for students planning to attend law school or graduate programs in business or public administration.
The BS in Economics provides a stronger emphasis on quantitative analysis. Students prepare for a career as an analyst in government, consulting, trade associations, or other private sector positions, and for graduate school in economics or more quantitative business administration programs.
Global affairs is an interdisciplinary major that introduces students to the processes of globalization that affect all societies. Students gain a sophisticated understanding of complex issues such as terrorism, refugee crises, global inequality, and health and environmental challenges. Core courses in the major provide a knowledge foundation of the political, economic, cultural, and environmental processes in our global and globalizing world. The choice of a thematic or regional concentration helps students tailor the degree to their particular interests and career goals. Students in this program are encouraged to participate in study abroad opportunities and internships. They can complement their major with a second major or a minor.
The world is becoming increasingly connected and the ability to create and maintain cross-cultural connections is more important than ever. As the effects of violence and conflict are felt throughout the global community, we are seeing more and more opportunities for collaboration, problem solving, and peacebuilding in local communities and across international barriers. To prepare our students to make cross-cultural connections, Bachelor’s of Arts in Conflict Analysis and Resolution students must demonstrate intermediate level proficiency in a foreign language.
Analytical skills and techniques are critical to solving the world’s toughest problems. In order to solve conflict we must first understand it. Critical thinking and research skills are the focus of our Bachelor of Science program and are in demand by employers of all sectors. Students pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution develop research skills and have the opportunity to gain experience designing surveys, conducting interviews, analyzing statistics, and organizing data.
Computer Game Design program enables students to focus on the artistic components of computer game design while providing them with the technical skills prerequisite to the field. Required courses include computer science, art and visual technology, music, the humanities, and computer game design. The required internship provides students with practical experience that enhances their employability postgraduation. Students study both the sciences and the arts, all in a revolving-role team-based, project-based new pedagogical environment. The GMU Computer Game Design program hosts the only U.S. Serious Game Institute (in partnership with the University of Coventry U.K.), that concentrates on game-related applied research and new innovative game company cultivation.
The Mission of the Computer Game Design Program at George Mason University is to prepare students for employment and further study in the computer game design and development field, doing so with a curriculum designed to reflect the gaming industry’s demand for an academically rigorous technical program coupled with an understanding of the artistic and creative elements of the evolving field of study.
The program ranked in the top 35 in the United States for Video and Computer Game Design, according to gamedesigning.org. The website commented that “Programs have students learn both the technical and artistic side of development as they work together to create several projects to add to their portfolio before graduation.”