Interdisciplinary Studies at George Mason University

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The Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences consists of multiple established degree paths that exist in partnership with academic units and faculty across the University. It offers a home for students with broad academic interests who seek a master's degree that will help them to create a better world. While their degree paths may vary dramatically,

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CHSS graduate students are invited to enjoy free coffee and snacks in the Horizon Hall 6th-floor kitchen and study space on November 30 from 9-4, courtesy of the Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA), in partnership with the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to chat with Marguerite Rippy, Associate Dean of Graduate Academic Affairs, from 3:30-4:30 PM. Signs will be posted in Horizon Hall with directions or contact GAPSA for directional assistance.

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Join us in celebrating and congratulating our Community and Catalyst Alumni Award winners!

Kathy Alborado, MAIS '91: Alumni Service Award - Community

Janae Johnson, MAIS '15: Distinguished Alumni - Staff

To learn more about all of the CHSS Community and Catalyst Award winners, visit:


The Interdisciplinary Studies program has received funding to award two $500 grants to support students doing an internship or conducting research for a project or thesis. The grant’s purpose is to foster professional productivity and assist in timely degree completion.

To be eligible:

1. For project/thesis students: Student must have successfully completed MAIS 797 Proposal Writing OR be currently enrolled in MAIS 797 with the goal of commencing research during Spring 2023

2. For internship students: Student must be enrolled in experiential learning credits for Spring 2023

3. Must be active student (currently enrolled or enrolled in past year, have not graduated).

4. Student does not need to be enrolled in credits; funds will be paid in the form of a stipend and will apply to tuition first with remaining refunded to student.

To apply:

* Please submit a brief description [300 words max] of your internship plans OR thesis/project research to [email protected] by December 1.

* For project/thesis students: Include your research goals, specific plans for working towards these goals during the award term, and a brief description of how the award funds will support your research.

* For internship students: Include an internship description, specific plans for working as intern during the award period, and a brief description of how the award funds will support your internship.


Each semester our college organizes LinkUp mentoring events for current students to speak with alumni about their career choices and paths. These sessions provide unique learning opportunities from our experienced alumni and community partners. The next event is on November 17, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m., and it will be virtual. You do not need to dress up or stay the entire time. To register, visit


Interested in developing skills for generating high impact research questions that address critical societal issues?

*Gain awareness of research methodologies used across disciplines
* Learn how to use mixed methods, including narrative scenario development and computational modeling to explore and refine research questions

Class is open to graduate students in all programs and colleges. No pre-requisites or technical knowledge required!

Course numbers: PSYC 592-004; PSYC 892-004; CSI 709-001; CSS 739-001

For more information, contact: [email protected] or [email protected].




Coming up on October 27 is Mason’s Graduate Student Career Fair featuring employers seeking candidates to fill roles requiring advanced degrees. If you’re a master’s or doctoral student pursuing a non-academic career path, this event is for you! Get more details and check out the list of participating employers at


GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections

Thursday, Nov. 3 & Friday, Nov. 4, Online

Build your productivity, research, and writing skills at GRADReCon: Graduate Research Connections! A smorgasbord of workshops on topics essential to your success at Mason, GRADReCon is a partnership of Graduate Student Life, University Libraries and other key University programs and services for grad students. Topics include research funding, grant writing, project management, writing literature reviews, authorship and publication, and more. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

View the full schedule and sign up for sessions:

Events 10/20/2022

Coming up on October 27, University Career Services is hosting a Graduate Student Career Fair for master’s and doctoral students pursuing non-academic career paths. This is a unique opportunity for Mason graduate students and PhD candidates to connect with employers seeking to fill roles requiring an advanced degree.

To help you practice networking before the fair, there will be a "Prepare for the Fair" virtual workshop on October 25.

Get all the details at

Events At George Mason University Career services, we want you to get connected for a brighter future. Be part of our events, meet potential employers, and participate in career-oriented workshops.


Having trouble motivating yourself to complete your work? Feel like you have hit a wall in your program? This session will help you explore your values, discuss strategies for motivating yourself, and assist you in developing goals to enter the next phase of your graduate career.

This workshop will be presented simultaneously in-person and online on Zoom.

To register:



Military History and Russia's War on Ukraine
Monday, October 17, 2022 3:00 PM to 4:15 PM EDT

Christopher Hamner, GMU historian and MAIS concentration head for War and the Military in Society, will discuss the way that military strategists are interpreting the events and lessons of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

For more information and to register:


In this time when social and economic injustices of the world need much attention, you may be wondering how you can channel your energy into meaningful work. If you have a passion for human rights, social justice, making a difference, or want to work for an employer that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. Attend one or more of the four events as part of Social Justice Career Day!

To register for this event visit:


Today is World Mental Health Day.
For well-being resources for grad students check out:


The spring 2023 schedule was released on Patriot Web on Monday, October 3, 2022. Schedule an appointment to meet with your Academic Advisor/concentration head to review your degree completion plan BEFORE you register for classes next month!


Celebrate Universal Music Day!
* Listen to some music
* Create a special playlist
* Consider the benefits of music
* Learn to play an instrument
* Write a song

Learn more about Universal Music Day:


Building Community for Graduate Students of Diverse Identities

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2022, 3:30PM (The HUB, Ballroom, Fairfax Campus, Merten Hall, Lawn, Fairfax Campus)

Graduate Student Life, with the Office of the Provost: Graduate Education, Center for Culture, Equity, and Empowerment, LGBTQ+ Resources, Office of International Programs and Services, and Disability Services, invites graduate students of diverse identities (including graduate students of color, international graduate students, graduate students who identify as LGBTQ+, graduate students who identify with a disability community, and first-generation graduate students) to a welcome and networking picnic to celebrate the halfway point of the fall semester. Faculty and staff of diverse identities and other interested Mason community members who are interested in fostering inclusion and graduate student success on campus are also invited! Refreshments and hot hors d'oeuvres will be provided. For more information, please contact Graduate Student Life at [email protected].


In case you missed National Coffee Day on September 29!


Join us Wednesday, September 21, for a screening of The American Diplomat and a conversation with director Leola Calzolai-Stewart and producers Rachell Shapiro and Kiley Kraskouskas.

For more information and to register:


Thursday, September 15 at 7:30pm

The IIR (Institute for Immigration research) is hosting foreign-born players from the Washington Spirit, D.C.'s National Women's Soccer League (NWSL) team, to discuss the opportunities and challenges that come with being a foreign-born athlete in the United States.


The Department of Religious Studies and the Society for the Study of Religion will host a Welcome Reception to celebrate the start of the semester on Monday, September 12 from 3:30-5:00 in the Johnson Center, Meeting Room D. Enjoy refreshments and learn more about Religious Studies and the Society for the Study of Religion!


Head to the library, volunteer for an event, or donate books or money to help improve the world’s ability to read and give people better opportunities in life. For more information:

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Government Careers Week: Sept. 12-16


In support of the 10th Annual Mason Nation 9/11 Day of Service, there will be several service projects for the Mason community, including a clothing drive benefitting Women Giving Back (WGB). WGB is a local nonprofit whose mission is to “support women and children in crisis, and build their confidence and self-esteem, by providing great quality clothing at no cost.”

Women Giving Back 2022 Donation Locations

Child Development Center
Horizon Hall 5200 (Department of Communication)
Horizon Hall- 2nd Floor (The Mix)
Peterson 5400 (CHHS Dean’s Office)
Buchanan D205 (Honor’s College)
Merten 4100 (HR)
AQ 349 (ITS, Exec Offices)
Nottaway Annex (behind AFC in lot C—Parking Services)
Hazel Hall front desk (Law School)
SUB 1 3400 (Career Services)
Merten 4420 (Fiscal Services)
Merten 3100 (Office of Provost)
College Hall C200 (CVPA)
Innovation 412 (Stearns Center)
The Hub 2400/2500 (New Student & Family Programs & LEAD Office)
Johnson Center 240K (Women and Gender Studies Center)
Arlington Campus Parking Services
SciTech Campus Parking Services


Learning Services and Graduate Student Life present “Maximizing Productivity during Graduate School,” a workshop series designed specifically for Mason graduate students. We know you have 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. For more information:

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