Distance Education Programs

Jeremy Simpson leaning up against the railing in a well lit room.

"I’m learning a lot and already seeing the value of the program for the money I’m spending. It is very practical and hands-on," says Jeremy Simpson, online learner in the data analytics engineering master’s program.

Online Applied Information Technology Ranked by US News

George Mason University’s national profile continued to climb in the latest assessment of online programs by U.S. News and World Report.

The university’s online master’s program in applied information technology is ranked 23rd among U.S. institutions.

“The ranking not only speaks to the uniqueness of the program but also the sought-after graduates that the program produces,” Daniel Garrison, director of distance education in George Mason’s Volgenau School of Engineering, said of the applied information technology master’s program.

Get Your Engineering Education with Mason Online

The Volgenau School of Engineering offers a variety of courses and degree programs online using distance education technology through Mason Online. 

Take the opportunity to earn a degree from a top-ranking institution without disrupting your routine to come to campus. With Mason Online, you will study the same course material, taught by the same professors, on the same timeline as on-campus students. Getting a top-quality education from an accredited university is more attainable than ever with undergraduate and graduate programs in engineering and information technology that fit into a busy work and family schedule.

A Common Wealth of Knowledge Available Through CGEP

The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP) is a premiere provider of high-quality post-baccalaureate engineering education for practicing engineers and scientists interested in maintaining and enhancing their skills.  

Get Started with CGEP

Individuals enrolled as a CGEP student at a member institution are eligible to participate in the program through Mason. Mason students must file for approval through Mason Engineering administration before taking classes at another CGEP institution. Mason requires prospective participants to request permission a minimum of 10 business days before the start of classes. 

Transfer of Credit

Students must take at least 50 percent of their courses from the school from which they will receive their degree. Transfer of all credit from courses offered from the other cooperating institutions is subject to prior approval by the student's graduate program advisor.

Submit the form

Start the process of registration and approval by submitting your CGEP information form to the Volgenau School of Engineering.

Master's degrees offered through CGEP include:

George Mason University


Applied Information Technology (Cybersecurity concentration)


Architecture-Based Systems Integration (certificate)


Data Analytics Engineering


Data Analytics (certificate)


Systems Engineering




Old Dominion University


Design and Manufacturing

Modeling and Simulation

Engineering Management

Manufacturing Design

Experimental Methods

Coastal Engineering (Certificate)

University of Virginia


Civil Engineering (Environmental and Infrastructure)

Engineering Administration

Computer Engineering

Systems Engineering

Electrical Engineering


Virginia Commonwealth University




Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Civil Engineering (Environmental and Infrastructure)

Engineering Administration

Computer Engineering

Systems Engineering (Interdisciplinary)

Electrical Engineering


Virginia State University