Professional Development

Mason offers resources to help graduate students develop skills and make connections beneficial to their professional careers. Check with your academic department or Career Services for information about professional organizations in specific fields.

Office of Graduate Student Life

The Office of Graduate Student Life offers professional and career development programs specifically tailored to Mason graduate students in collaboration with partners such as the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning and University Career Services. Past workshops have focused on interviewing and salary negotiation for academic and industry jobs, career switching, and public speaking skills. To learn about upcoming events, visit the Grad Life Events page.

Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning

The Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning offers a variety of professional development programs for graduate students, covering everything from teaching techniques to career preparation. The flagship program is the PROV 701 Preparing for Careers in the Academy seminar, a year-long program for advanced doctoral and MFA students who are considering academic careers. The Stearns Center also offers PROV 601, Thriving in your graduate program: Fostering graduate student success, a seminar for beginning (1st- and 2nd-year) doctoral and MFA students, which is designed to explore the opportunities and challenges typically associated with graduate school with an eye toward facilitating their success as graduate students at Mason. Additionally, the Stearns Center offers workshops on a host of topics, ranging from creating teaching philosophies to preparing for the academic job market and more. Finally, all teaching programs (consultations, observations, etc.) are available to graduate students as well as faculty.


Graduate fellowships provide support to Master’s and Doctoral students for research, writing, fieldwork, language study, professional development, or independent projects undertaken in conjunction with a degree program. The office offers a variety of services including info sessions, workshops on funding and writing strong applications, one-on-one coaching, and fellowship advising.

Research Development

Offers support to faculty, students and staff in identifying and seeking funding to increase George Mason’s funded research base.

Enhancing your Technical Skills

Information Technology Services provides an array of information technology resources, services, tools, and training the the University community so that technology can be used in teaching, learning, and research.

Career Services

Serves students by providing career assessment, coaching, counseling, resources and employment listings to advance the achievement of career-related goals. The staff offer a variety of programs including workshops, online education, career fairs, on-campus interviews, and employer information sessions.   Graduate students enrolled in the following schools may also use career development services located within their individual school:  School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution, School of LawSchool of Business, and Schar School of Policy and Government.

Centers & Institutes

A comprehensive listing of Mason centers and institutes

Lectures, Seminars, Thesis & Dissertation Defenses

Faculty lectures, Colloquia Series, brown bag seminars and the like can be informative and helpful in a student’s professional development. Attend thesis and dissertation defenses in or out of your field. Check college or school websites for a list of upcoming defenses.