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The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

George Mason University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education.

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Intelligence Community Programs


In September 2012, Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) Dean Kenneth Ball said that, aware of the more than 10 years of dedicated research delivered by VSE researchers, VSE and he personally are committed to becoming the resource Intelligence Community agencies choose for funded research, education and training needs. He appointed Major Gen. Robert H. Latiff (ret), Ph.D., to lead the Department of Information Sciences and Technology’s Directorate for Intelligence Community Programs.

Directorate for Intelligence Community Programs is the resource within the department responsible for identifying, coordinating design, delivery and contracting for opportunities in research, courses, certificates and degree programs for agencies of the Intelligence Communities.

Uniqueness of George Mason University (Mason)

Location and Size

Located 17 miles from the United States Government’s (USG) headquarters, Mason is, geographically, USG’s closest major university. It is also among the largest universities, public or private, in Virginia with more than 33,000 enrolled. In 2012, Mason conferred degrees in more than two hundred programs, 86 alone at the Master’s level. Proximity enhances access so that today many active USG employees enroll in Mason courses, certificate programs and degrees, taught at Mason or by Mason at USG facilities.


Mason’s preeminent faculty includes professors from Mason’s VSE, plus industry leaders with outstanding reputations in their topics who serve as Adjunct and Visiting Professors. This highly credentialed team takes students way beyond theory and exposes them to the practical day-to-day issues.


Mason manages security clearances for more than one hundred of its research faculty whose funded work supports many agencies of the USG to include F.B.I., Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security. Our research experience in support of USG has extended for most of Mason’s 40 year history.

Experience Partnering with USG

In addition to that referenced above, Mason’s Department of Applied IT has an extensive history of supporting organizations of USG. Mason has:

  • Designed and developed hard question projects in support of the OCS
  • Designed, developed and delivers a graduate Certificate of four unclassified courses in Intelligence Technologies and a Concentration of four courses in the M.S., Applied Information Technology program, all tailored to the needs of aspiring USG staffers and USG contractors
  • Created, developed and managed delivery at Mason, of a ten-week executive lecture series in Big Data
  • Designed, developed and partnered with USG to deliver at a USG facility, a ten-session, Big Data Lecture Series for staffers
  • Prepared to develop and partner with USG to deliver in September 2013, a new version of the highly successful Big Data Lecture Program
  • Explored with various USG organizations interest in development of deep dive, topic-specific programs around Big Data and Massive Analytics

Knowledge of USG Processes

Mason in general and IST specifically, have gained extensive knowledge of USG unclassified administrative processes during our long relationship briefed above. That knowledge enables IST to anticipate many professional development education and training needs of USG so that we can continue to deliver timely responses.

For More Information

For more information about our Intelligence Community Programs, please contact us.