Continuing and Professional Education

Lifelong learning from a top research 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.

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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Mason's continuing and professional education programs help you maintain your competitive edge and move forward in your career.    Photo: Ron Aria / 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 build and customize a curriculum that can attract, create, and retain top talent. 


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.

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.

Keep Learning

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

CPE programs are designed for individuals, corporations, organizations, and federal agencies.

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We offer a variety of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for professionals required to stay at the forefront of their industries.

Earn one CEU for each 10 contact hours of instruction in a continuing education program or activity.

Mason follows guidelines designed to assure proper documentation and reporting of noncredit activities in compliance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) standards.

Registration fee credits must be used within one year.



CPE Offers Specialized Knowledge and Enhanced Credentials

We partner with Mason’s colleges and schools to provide professional, non-credit certificates and micro credentials in courses taught by top instructors and researchers.

Current programs include:



Showcase your knowledge and boost your personal brand.

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Mason CPE offers a variety of validated, verifiable badges 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 Credly, the world's largest digital credential network.



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.

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

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Continuing Education for Your Company or Organization

Mason works closely with organizations and large employer groups to build and customize curriculum that addresses the most pressing needs facing your organization including attracting, creating and retaining talented people.

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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 Mason Talent Exchange 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.