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The Volgenau School of Engineering is located in the Fairfax campus of George Mason University in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The Volgenau School offers programs at the B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. levels.


Established in 1985, the Volgenau School of Engineering was the first engineering school in the United States to focus its scholarship primarily on information technology-based engineering. It was also the first school to offer a doctoral degree in information technology and remains the Commonwealth of Virginia's only school of engineering with its main campus in the National Capital Region.

In conjunction with its 20th anniversary, the school received a $10 million gift from Ernst and Sara Volgenau and was named The Volgenau School of Information Technology and Engineering in honor of this gift. This gift enabled the school to create new academic and research programs in bioengineering.

In April 2009, the school moved to a new building. This 185,000 square foot building was the first LEED certified building on campus and affords VSE the opportunity to more comfortably house its academic and research initiatives. A portion of the building is reserved as lease space for companies who want to work closely with faculty and students.

The Dean of the School is Dr. Kenneth Ball, its Senior Associate Dean is Dr. Steven Nash, and its Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies is Dr. Sharon Caraballo.

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  • Department of Bioengineering
  • Department of Civil, Environmental and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Department of Computer Science
  • Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Department of Information Science and Technology
  • Department of Mechanical Engineering
  • Department of Statistics
  • Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research
  • Undergraduate programs

    The school offers the following undergraduate degree programs:

  • Applied Computer Science
  • Applied Information Technology
  • Bioengineering
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Cyber Security Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Systems Engineering
  • Information Technology

    The program is run by the Department of Applied Information Technology (AIT). ines including web development, computer graphics, information systems, telecommunications, event-driven programming, network administration, and information security. There are currently five areas of Concentrations within the AIT Department: Information Security, Database Mining and Programming, Networking and Telecommunications, and Web Development and Multimedia.

    Postgraduate programs

    The Volgenau School offers 13 MS degree programs, close to thirty focused 15-credit certificates, and six post-master's degree programs including five Ph.D. programs and an Engineer in IT degree program.

    Master of Science Programs

    The school offers the following MS degree programs:

  • Applied Information Technology,
  • Biostatistics
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering,
  • Computer Science,
  • Computer Engineering,
  • Computer Forensics,
  • Data Analytics Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering,
  • Geotechnical, Construction, and Structural Engineering, MEng,
  • Information Security & Assurance,
  • Information Systems,
  • Management of Secure Information Systems,
  • Operations Research,
  • Software Engineering,
  • Statistical Science,
  • Systems Engineering,
  • Telecommunications.
  • Doctoral Programs

    The six PhD programs and the Engineer in IT degree programs are briefly described below.

    Ph.D. in Civil and Infrastructure Engineering

    Students may elect to study in the areas of: environmental engineering, geotechnical engineering, water resources engineering, construction engineering and management, infrastructure systems engineering, structural engineering, or transportation engineering.

    Ph.D. in Computer Science

    This nationally ranked program is run by the Computer Science department and offers research opportunities in many different areas including Algorithms and Theory of Computation, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, Computer Vision, Computer Science Education, Databases, Data Mining, Graphics and Image Processing, Information Systems, Languages, Parallel and Distributed Computing, Software Engineering, Security, and Systems and Networking.

    Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering

    This program is run by the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE). The goal of the program is to prepare students to perform independent and original research in their areas of interest. There are currently five areas of active research in the ECE Department: communications and computer networks, computer engineering, control systems and robotics, signal processing, and microelectronics.

    Ph.D. in Information Technology

    This program is run by the office of the Senior Associate Dean. Students may conduct their doctoral research under the supervision of any eligible faculty member of any of the school's departments. A student may select to obtain this degree without a specific concentration or in one of the following concentrations: Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, Information Security, Information Systems, and Software Engineering. Choosing a concentration may impose additional requirements and may reduce the program flexibility.

    Ph.D. in Statistical Science

    This program is run by the Department of Statistics. Research areas of key departmental faculty in the program include statistical signal processing, biostatistics, statistical genetics, statistical graphics, and data exploration.

    Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and Operations Research

    This newly approved program is offered by the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research. The PhD in SEOR curriculum offers a unique integration of systems engineering and operations research. This integration affords students a strong analytical and computational capability on the one hand and an overarching systems perspective that is well-grounded in application of the other.

    Engineer degree in information technology

    This program is run by the office of the Senior Associate Dean. This is not a doctoral degree, but it allows students to combine advanced course work of the Ph.D. degree in Information Technology with an applied project. Students may conduct their project under the supervision of any eligible faculty member of any of the school's departments.


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