Continuing and Professional Education

Lifelong learning from a topresearch university – accessibly located near the nation's capital.

Mason's reputation for leading and advancing research helps you master the skills you need to thrive in the workforce of the future. Our Continuing and Professional Education team is dedicated and experience in crafting novel approaches to diverse professional up-skilling challenges.

We prepare individuals like you for in-demand careers by helping you master the skills that employers need most.

A hub for all types of learners

We are here to help you advance no matter where you are in your career. Our goal at CPE is to help you design your future.

Start Your Career

Our portfolio is a transformational starting point for those entering the job market as well as for those who are unemployed or have no degree.

Change Your Career

We offer courses and industry-backed micro-credentials to help you move into another industry with credentials you need to retool and succeed.

Upgrade Your Skills

For those that want to advance in their current position or industry, our courses and professional certificates offer you the ability to upskill and stay ahead of industry trends.

Keep Learning

Lifelong learners seek new opportunities to continually improve quality of life. Our programs offer many areas to help you stay fulfilled.

Get Started Today

Mason CPE offers a wide range of multidisciplinary courses and certificates designed to give you a competitive edge on in-demand fields. You can take some courses, which are available online, at your own pace.You can also earn one Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for each 10 hours of instructionto stay at the forefront of your industry.

Enrich your life or prepare for a new career path with study plans builtfor in-demand fields.

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Showcase your knowledge and boost your personal brand.

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Mason CPE offers a variety of corresponding to our programs and knowledge tracks.

Once you complete an eligible program, you can use these digital badges to add context to your résumé and transcript.

You'll have confidence in knowing that your digital credential is validated by , the world's largest digital credential network.

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Craft Specialized Credentials with CPE

CPE Partners with Mason's Colleges and Schools

Partner with Mason’sCPE to provide professional, non-credit certificates and micro credentials in courses taught by top instructors and researchers.

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Continuing Education for Your Company or Organization

CPE programs can be customized for corporations, organizations, and federal agencies to build curriculum that addresses the most pressing needs facing your organization including attracting, creating and retaining talented people.

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Mason's continuing and professional education programs help you maintain your competitive edge and move forward in your career. Photo: Ron Aira / Mason

No Limit to Your Potential

Our courses and certificates give you the credentials to advance in your current field, transition into another industry, or find success without a traditional degree. You’ll have the skills and knowledge that employers seek.

CPE also works with corporations, organizations, and federal agencies to buildand customize a curriculum that canattract, create, and retain top talent.

Mason is:

  • A Money “best value” college.
  • The largest public research university in Virginia.
  • Ranked as Times Higher Education, Best U.S. University under 50 years old.
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Work with Mason to train and source talent with programs customized to your needs.

Employers: Be Our Partner with the Mason Talent Exchange

Mason partners with regional employers through the to provide educational resources to enable experienced professionals to increase their skills.

  • Employers identify their needs for new talent and skills.
  • Mason creates a micro-credential to meet those needs.
  • Participating employers provide students with resources they need.
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