George Mason University

Professional & Community Learning

Mason is for learners. Whether you’re exploring a career change, adding to your professional portfolio, looking for family enrichment, or retired and enlivening a new life passion, we invite you to engage in the wide variety of learning opportunities presented on our campuses and throughout the region.

Professional Development

  • For Educators: The Office of Education Services offers a broad range of credit and non-credit courses, educational services, resources, and professional development and serves as a clearinghouse for requests for research assistance, consultation and collaboration. For more information, call 703-993-6165.
  • For Professionals: Mason offers a broad range of courses to help build your leadership skills, get up to speed on the latest HR regulations, build up your technical toolkit, or work toward an advanced degree. We have the Executive and Professional Education program you will need to get ahead, and many are formatted to fit around a busy work day.
  • For Health and Human Services: The Office of Academic Outreach 500 Internal Server Error

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Mason Speakers

More than 100 professors, researchers, administrators and alumni volunteers from George Mason University comprise the Mason Speakers resource. They provide lectures and guest presentations to organizations and businesses at no cost. 


Students at Mason Observatory at night

Star gazers enjoy a visual feast at the Mason Observatory.

Spend an Evening Under the Stars

At our free sessions at the Mason Observatory, visitors can peer into the infinite with our 32-inch Richey-Cretien telescope, and learn from scientists during a 30-minute presentation. During daytime tours, visitors can see sunspots and prominences through the six-inch solar telescope. If you really have stars in your eyes, join our team of volunteers, who share their excitement about astronomy at public events and conduct minor maintenance.


Explore the World

Mason Cultural Tours, which are open to the public, are offered throughout the year. These not-for-credit trips, which generally include airfare in the program fee, include journeys to such places as Cuba, Peru's Machu Picchu, France, Italy, and South Africa.


Members of OLLI's photography club with the statue of George Mason on the Fairfax Campus

A photography club is part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's many options for members. The Photography Club welcomes all members, whether they use a basic camera or specialized equipment, and whether they're new to photography or have had years of experience. Photo by Ed Marion.

For Adults Who Are Interested in Lifelong Learning

Mason's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Encore Learning programs deliver all the fun of learning with no homework and no exams to Virginia seniors.

In addition to a variety of courses and special events, as official affiliates of Mason, members can participate in university activities and use university resources either free or at a significant discount.  Our social activities can include clubs, luncheons, open house parties and picnics. Members can also volunteer and teach courses!