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Graduate Student Orientations – Fall 2019

Fall 2019 orientation information is currently being compiled. This page will be updated on a rolling basis as we receive additional information from departments and units.

Welcome to Mason! As the new academic year begins, George Mason University offers several orientation and welcome programs for new and returning graduate and professional students. Graduate Student Life is currently compiling orientation schedules from many of Mason’s graduate academic units for Fall 2019. When compiled, they will be listed below: please click on the college/school that houses your department; college/school-level events are listed first, followed by departments in alphabetical order. If you have questions about an orientation program, please contact the person or email listed.

If you do not see your department listed, please contact your department directly to inquire if an orientation is planned. A list of graduate programs is available here (select Graduate Studies).

College of Education and Human Development

CEHD Student and Academic Affairs
CEHD Graduate Prelude
Date: 08/17/2019
Time: 8:30-11:30am
Location: Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall (Fairfax Campus)

Graduate Prelude is a College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) orientation program which introduces newly-enrolled graduate students to University and College resources, personnel, policies, values, and expectations. Join us for a morning of valuable information as you embark upon your CEHD graduate degree. CEHD will reach out to newly enrolled students with more information and an invitation to attend this free event.
Contact: Brianna Alford

Higher Education Program (HEP)
HEP Orientation
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: TBA

The Higher Education Program will have its new student orientation on 8/21/19 from 5:30pm-6:30pm. We will then have a light dinner reception to follow for new and current students from 6:30pm-7:00pm.
Contact: Katie Richards

Exercise, Fitness and Health Promotion (EFHP) Graduate Programs
EFHP Welcome Back Breakfast
Date: 08/30/2019
Time: 9:00-10:00am
Location: 212 Bull Run Hall (Science and Technology Campus)

We will have a welcome back breakfast for all students, faculty and staff associated with the EFHP program.
Contact: Joel Martin

College of Health and Human Services

CHHS Fall 2019 Graduate Student Orientation
Date: 08/15/2019
Time: 4:30pm
Location: Johnson Center, Cinema (Fairfax Campus)

This is a great opportunity to meet CHHS faculty, fellow students, and other members of the Mason community while learning about university resources and your graduate program. There is no cost to attend. Please register here. Visit the website for more information.
Contact: Amanda Stokes, 703-993-5275

Global and Community Health
GCH Graduate Student Welcome Event!
Date: 09/04/2019
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Merten Hall, Room 1203 (Fairfax Campus)

The Department of Global and Community Health would like to extend a warm welcome to our incoming graduate students! Please join GCH graduate students, faculty and staff for a reception with food and games to welcome our new graduate cohort to George Mason. Visit the website for more event information.
Contact: Kelly Beckwith

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Department of Criminology, Law and Society
CLS MS New Graduate Student Orientation
Date: 08/19/2019
Time: 9:00am-2:30pm
Location: Fenwick Library, Room 1014B (Fairfax Campus)

This is a mandatory orientation session for incoming graduate students entering the MS in Criminal Justice program. The orientation will be held on Monday, August 19, 2019 in Fenwick Library, Room 1014B. Its purposes are to convey valuable information about the MS program, including its goals and requirements, and to help create a sense of community among the fall 2019 cohort members. It will involve organized activities, including opportunities to meet and talk with faculty, students, and criminal justice leaders. In the meantime, visit the CHSS website and Graduate Student Life website for more information relevant to newly admitted graduate students.
Contact: Brielle Manovich, 703-993-9417

First Year Graduate Psychology Students
Psychology Graduate Program Orientation
Date: 08/22/2019
Time: 8:30am-3:30pm
Location: TBA

The Psychology Department is hosting an orientation for our new graduate students. Our orientation will include an overview of our department and programs, workshops about teaching and research assistantships, lunch, and breakout sessions. Event details will be available to students closer to the date of the event.
Contact: psycgrad@gmu.edu

Department of Economics – Fall 2019 Graduate Student Cohorts
Economics Graduate Orientation
Date: 08/22/2019
Time: 11:00am-1:30pm
Location: Buchanan Hall, Economics Conference Room, D180 (Fairfax Campus)

The Economics Department welcomes the Fall 2019 incoming class of graduate students. Please join us for an orientation session about our department and the graduate studies program. Registration is not required. There is no cost to attend. During our orientation session, you will have the opportunity to meet the Director of Graduate Programs and the MA Director. Light refreshments will follow after their presentations. Visit the website for more information.
Contact: Mary Jackson, Graduate Coordinator

Department of Criminology, Law and Society
CLS MA/PhD New Graduate Student Orientation
Date: 08/22/2019
Time: 1:00-4:30pm
Location: Fenwick Library, Room 1014B (Fairfax Campus)

Orientation for new graduate students entering the MA/PhD programs in Criminology, Law and Society will be held Thursday, August 22, 2019 from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM in Fenwick Library, Room 1014B. This mandatory event for new students is an opportunity to learn more about the nuts and bolts of the graduate program, to meet faculty members and other new students, and to receive advice from current graduate students. In the meantime, visit the CHSS website and Graduate Student Life website for more information relevant to newly admitted graduate students.
Contact: Brielle Manovich, 703-993-9417

Anthropology
Graduate Student Orientation
Date: 08/22/2019
Time: 4:30-5:30pm
Location: 2084 David King Hall (Fairfax Campus)

This event will provide an orientation to the graduate program in anthropology for all MA students matriculating for the 2019-2020 academic year.
Contact: Daniel H. Temple, Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies

Sociology
MA / PhD New Graduate Student Orientation
Date: 08/22/2019
Time: 4:30-5:45pm
Location: Robinson Hall B, Room 313 (Fairfax Campus)

This event will provide an orientation to the graduate program in sociology for incoming MA and PhD students. A welcome reception will follow the orientation (6:00-8:00pm, Johnson Center, Room 240A).
Contact: Elizangela Storellí, Assistant Professor and Sociology MA Advisor

Philosophy Department
Philosophy MA Program Welcome Reception
Date: 08/27/2019
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Robinson, Room B465 (Philosophy department office suite) (Fairfax Campus)

The Philosophy Department welcomes new and returning MA students for the Fall 2019 semester. Come and meet faculty and new and returning students, and enjoy free refreshments.
Contact: Rose Cherubin.

Interdisciplinary Studies
MAIS Welcome Back
Date: 08/28/2019
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Merten Hall, Room 1202 (Fairfax Campus)

Welcome Back – MAIS (Interdisciplinary Studies) Graduate Students!
Contact: mais@gmu.edu

Department of Criminology, Law and Society
CLS Graduate Student/Faculty Welcome Back Luncheon
Date: 09/12/2019
Time: 11:45am-1:00pm
Location: The Hub Corner Pocket Patio (Fairfax Campus)

Please join the Department of Criminology, Law and Society for a Welcome Back Luncheon on Thursday, September 12 from 11:45am-1:00pm at the Corner Pocket Patio (located right outside the HUB). The lunch will be catered and provide a relaxed picnic setting to visit with friends and colleagues before fall classes begin. Visit the website for more event information.
Contact: Brielle Manovich, 703-993-9417

College of Science 

School of Systems Biology
New Student Orientation Fall 2019
Date: 08/20/2019
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Colgan Hall, Rooms 110E, 110H, and 110L (Science and Tech Campus)

This event is for new students entering the program. RSVP is required; there is no cost to attend.
Contact: Monique Sweeney

Environmental Science and Policy
Environmental Science and Policy Welcome Reception
Date: 08/29/2019
Time: 12:00-3:00pm
Location: David King Hall, Room 3006 (Fairfax Campus)

Meet and greet faculty, staff and other students in your major or minor in a casual and friendly atmosphere with free refreshments! Visit the website for more event information.
Contact: Anne Reynolds, 703-993-1043.

Schar School of Policy and Government

Schar School Master’s Program
Non-Degree Master’s Student Orientation
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 5:30-7:00pm
Location: Van Metre Hall, Room 556 (Arlington Campus)

Welcome to the Schar School! Orientation is a great opportunity for newly admitted students to learn about how the Schar School’s staff, faculty, and resources can help them succeed in their academic and professional endeavors. This event is open to newly admitted non-degree students only. The attire is business casual. Visit the website for more information.
Contact: Jess Yon, 703-993-3762.

Schar School Master’s Program
Master’s Student Orientation
Date: 08/24/2019
Time: 9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Van Metre Hall, Rooms 125 and 126 (Arlington Campus)

Welcome to the Schar School! Orientation is a great opportunity for newly admitted students to learn about how the Schar School’s faculty, staff, and resources can help them succeed in their academic and professional endeavors. This event is open to newly admitted degree-seeking and certificate Fall 2019 students only. The attire is business casual. Visit the website for more information.
Contact: Jess Yon, 703-993-3762

School of Business

Master of Science (MS) in Management
MSM Program Immersion
Date: 08/12/2019
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: Van Metre Hall Multipurpose Room (Arlington Campus)

For more information and event details, contact Saul Garcia.

Master of Business Administration (MBA)
MBA Program Immersion
Date: 08/14/2019
Time: 7:30am-5:00pm
Location: Van Metre Hall Multipurpose Room (Arlington Campus)

For more information and event details, contact Caitlin Horan.

MS in Real Estate Development (MRED)
MRED Orientation
Date: 08/15/2019
Time: 3:00-6:00pm
Location: Van Metre Hall, Room 402 (Arlington Campus)

For more information and event details, contact May Abou Ghazaleh.

MS in Accounting (MSA)
MSA Program Immersion
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm
Location: Van Metre Hall Multipurpose Room (Arlington Campus)

For more information and event details, contact Mary Hayes Collins.

School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution

S-CAR Fall 2019 Graduate Student Orientation
Date: 08/22/2019
Time: 4:00-8:30pm
Location: Van Metre Hall (Arlington Campus)

This orientation is for those who have been admitted to a degree program at S-CAR. Please RSVP no later than August 16th, 2019. A formal invitation has been sent via email. Visit the website for more information.
Contact: School of Conflict and Resolution, 703-993-1300

Volgenau School of Engineering

New Graduate Student Orientation
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 6:00pm
Location: By E-mail Invitation Only

New Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. Students admitted to the Fall 2019 semester will receive an e-mail invitation. If you did not receive an invitation and were admitted for the fall 2019 semester term, please contact Volgenau School Graduate Admissions at vsegadm@gmu.edu or call us at 703-993-1512. Visit the website for more information.

Office of International Programs and Services

International Graduate Student Orientation
Masters Student Orientation
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 11:30am-5:00pm
Location: JC Dewberry Hall

This orientation is REQUIRED for new international students in F-1 and J-1 status: Master’s students (new and transfer), and INTO Mason Graduate Pathway students. Please register here. Visit the website for more information. For specific questions about the International Graduate Student Orientation, contact Jonathan Carmona. For all other questions concerning immigration and visas for new graduate students, contact oipsadmi@gmu.edu.

International Student Orientation
Doctoral Student Orientation
Date: 08/21/2019
Time: 11:30-5:00pm
Location: JC Dewberry Hall / JC Bistro

This orientation is REQUIRED for new international students in F-1 and J-1 status: Doctoral students. Please register here. Visit the website for more information. For specific questions about the International Graduate Student Orientation, contact Jonathan Carmona. For all other questions concerning immigration and visas for new graduate students, contact oipsadmi@gmu.edu.

International Student Welcome Back Mixer
Date: 08/28/2019
Time: 3:30-5:00pm
Location: Merten Hall, Room 1201 (Fairfax Campus)

OIPS welcomes new and returning international students to our Welcome Back Mixer. Reunite with old friends, make new ones, and learn about what programs and services are available to you through OIPS for the Fall 2019 semester! Food and prizes will be provided while supplies last. Hope to see you there!
Contact: Brandon Quiles