Individual Program of Study
At the Mason School of Business, we create an environment that fosters creativity and innovative thinking. Through your Individual Program of Study (IPS), you may choose to either major or minor in business, double major or minor within the Arts & Sciences, or study two different business fields by adding a concentration to your studies. It's up to you! Our coursework allows for intellectual depth, breadth, and curiosity. Our team of dedicated advisors will help you navigate your options to fulfill your personal interests and goals.
All majors complete coursework in the core curriculum. The core curriculum is designed to give you a strong foundation in concepts and practices central to all business disciplines. This consists of our prerequisites (16 credits), Integrated Foundation Semester (11 credits), and the upper-level core courses (11 credits).
A major allows you to deepen your knowledge base in a specific discipline of business by exploring both the theoretical and technical aspects of that discipline. After being immersed in the Integrated Foundation Semester, you will choose a discipline which will serve as the primary focus of the remainder of your business education. We offer majors in Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Process Management & Consulting (for students entering prior to Fall 2015) and Data Analytics or Supply Chain Analytics (for students entering Fall 2015 or after).
A concentration allows you to study a business discipline outside of your major by taking 6-9 additional credits of coursework. Besides giving you exposure and experience in a secondary discipline, it enhances your degree. For instance, you could earn a major in Accounting with a concentration in Finance. We offer concentrations in Accounting, Consulting, Data Analytics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Innovation and Design Thinking, Management & Organizational Leadership, Marketing, Process Management & Consulting (for students entering prior to Fall 2015), Supply Chain Analytics, and Sustainability.
Our international emphasis option allows you to internationalize your business degree by integrating your study abroad experience with formal coursework in business and cultural studies. The combination provides the foundation for a global education, enhancing your perspective as well as academic knowledge.
Students majoring in the Arts & Sciences may wish to enhance their studies with a business minor. Minors are 18-19 credits worth of coursework in a specified field of business. Minors are offered in Accounting, Finance, Management & Organizational Leadership, Marketing, Process Management & Consulting (for students entering prior to Fall 2015), and Data Analytics or Supply Chain Analytics (for students entering Fall 2015 or after) and Global Business (based on faculty availability, offered in summer 2017 and 2018).