Administrative Units

Administration plays a critical role in shaping the student experience, from providing essential resources and support services to creating a campus culture that fosters learning, growth, and community engagement.


The university's academic administration is organized into seven piers—five “program piers” and two “central piers”—that support student achievement and faculty advancement. The five program piers comprise the Office of the Provost’s substantive functional programs and internal operations, while the two central piers serve the overall needs of the Provost’s Office by providing leadership, support, and strategic guidance.


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Academic Administration

Academic Administration provides leadership and strategic guidance through resource allocation and alignment, business analyses, modeling, academic initiative management, partnership development, and communications. 



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Academic Affairs

Academic Affairs ensures the quality and integrity of curriculum and provides leadership for the implementation of strategic initiatives including online courses and programs, global education and international programs, and transfer initiatives. 



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Enrollment Management

Enrollment Management optimizes student recruitment and retention by developing and implementing strategic enrollment plans, overseeing the admissions process, providing financial aid services, and managing the Mason Student Services Center. 



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Faculty Affairs and Development

Faculty Affairs and Development aims to improve faculty excellence, equity, and well-being through various programs that support career growth and acknowledge achievements. 



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Institutional Effectiveness and Planning

Institutional Effectiveness and Planning advances Mason's strategic goals by engaging partners in data-informed strategic, operational, and tactical decision-making at all levels. 



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Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact

Research, Innovation, and Economic Impact supports Mason’s research enterprise, fosters innovation and entrepreneurship, and drives economic growth through strategic partnerships and initiatives.



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University Life

University Life empowers students for success by providing student support services, campus engagement opportunities, and a range of programs that promote academic achievement, personal well-being, and career readiness.