Human Development and Family Science (HDFS) - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.


School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Meet Our HDFS Students



December 19, 2018

Ready to embark on her next adventure: “I’m overjoyed,” she said of earning her bachelor’s degree at Mason after two years at Northern Virginia Community College. Read more...

Life happens, and then you graduate

December 20, 2017

In those quiet moments when Doris Weaver takes a break from her busy schedule and considers what she has accomplished, there is, she admits, a sense of disbelief. “I’m still in shock,” she said. Read more...

Students Give Voice to a Community in Need

October 17, 2017

Christina Cherry calls herself an emotional person. So when she heard stories of hardship told to her by African American residents of low-income housing projects in Alexandria, Virginia, the George Mason University senior took them to heart. Read more...

Mason senior completes Journey of Hope for disability awareness

September 14, 2017

This summer, Luke Miller found himself far from his home in Hampton, Va., and on a 4,330 -mile journey across the United States. Miller was traveling the country with a goal of raising awareness about people with Down syndrome, like his sister, Mary, and those with other disabilities. Read more...

Mason senior forging a path through research

December 20, 2016

Leanna Moron figures she’ll be an epidemiologist or statistician after she graduates from George Mason University this month. Reinforcing that path is her independent research examining the lives of Northern Virginia’s undocumented Latino immigrant families. Read more...

New program produces ‘an extraordinary first graduate’

July 6, 2016

When students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in human development and family science were called to the stage at the College of Education and Human Development’s convocation ceremony, only one student rose to her feet. Read more...