Academic Support

Knowing the available  academic support resources at Mason will get you started in the right direction towards completion of your degree – from study areas to the Writing Center, it is all here. Additionally, it is vital for you as a Graduate Student to understand the policies governing your education at Mason. Be sure to be informed!

Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School Workshop Series

Learning Services and Graduate Student Life designed the Maximizing Productivity During Graduate School workshop series specifically for Mason graduate students who are managing limited time and are balancing school along with multiple life commitments. In these workshops, learn how to make the most of the time and energy you have while working toward your graduate degree.

Writing Center

The Writing Center provides tutoring services, workshops, resources and quiet space to help all students develop and refine their writing skills.

Learning Services, CAPS

Learning Services provides Academic Skills Workshops by Learning Services such as: Scheduling & Time Management, Overcoming Procrastination, and Advanced Reading Strategies.  Individual academic counseling is also available to assist students in achieving their academic goals.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides individual counseling at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Prince William campuses.  CAPS offers a counseling group at the Fairfax campus for graduate students who would like to work on developing strategies for coping with personal and academic stress. Please go to Groups and Workshops Offered by CAPS for more information.

Technology Support

The Division of Instructional Technology (DoIT) fosters and supports the University community in the use of technology for research, teaching and learning.


Mason’s libraries offer a wide range of support services for students, from liaison librarians who provide specialized assistance in their areas of expertise supporting academic programs to Dissertation and Thesis Services which helps students prepare, format, and complete their theses and dissertations correctly and on time.  Additionally, the Library offers e-Journals, research databases, and research portals. Data Services consultants are also available to help find, manage, analyze, and map data.

Disability Services

Disability Services provides services and support to ensure equal treatment of people with disabilities at Mason. The office implements and coordinates reasonable accommodations and disability-related services that afford equal access to university programs and activities.

Disability Services is available to serve all students with disabilities, including those with cognitive (e.g., learning, psychological, and closed head injury), sensory, mobility, and other physical impairments.

Research Development, Integrity & Safety

Conducting your research properly and safely is important to Mason. Numerous resources to help you do just that:

  • Research & Economic Development – provides an overview of Mason’s research focus areas and a list of resources to assist with research development and conducting research with integrity.
  • Environmental Health & Safety – provides resources pertaining to health and safety while working in art studios and workshops and laboratories.
  • Research Subject Protections – works with students to ensure research is conducted following ethical standards, and governmental and University regulations to protect human and animal subjects of research.

Research Funding

Research Development administers support to faculty, students and staff in identifying and seeking funding to increase George Mason’s funded research base. Seminar offerings include an introduction to grant writing and a session specifically designed for graduate students.