Mason Square


A Vision for

the Modern Campus


George Mason University’s Arlington Campus will become Mason Square, a dynamic collaborative hub uniting scholars, students, researchers, policy and business developers that will accelerate the pace of change and solve grand challenges. 

In the heart of the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Mason Square will be a new innovation experience in the Greater Washington, D.C., area, bringing the public and private sectors together for:

  • Education of a highly trained, skilled workforce,
  • Discovery and development of new technologies,
  • Transformation of ideas to real-world application, and
  • Business development to bring products to market. 
Image of the Fuse building on Mason Square on Mason's Arlington campus
Interior rendering of Fuse at Mason Square


Fuse Building


The heart of Mason Square will be Fuse, a technology-forward building that will be a catalyst for digital innovators, researchers and entrepreneurs to collaborate and thrive.

Integrating classrooms, labs and workspaces, start-ups and public programming, Fuse will promote the exchange of new ideas and the transfer of intellectual property with Mason faculty and students, partners, the tech industry and the community.

It will also be new headquarters to Mason’s Institute for Digital InnovAtion, helping to drive research and development partnerships with the academic community and the region’s network of impact investors, innovators, venture capitalists, and companies, as well as federal agencies, NGOs, and business leaders.  

With nearly 350,000 square feet, Fuse at Mason Square will be a net-zero carbon emissions-ready building with:

  • LEED Platinum, FitWel 2.1, and RELi 2.0 certifications
  • Eenergy-efficient green roof for heating and cooling,
  • An agile floor design to enable responsive team or project growth,
  • Specialized labs for robotics, VR, simulation, security, and data visualization.
  • A 50-seat theater-style multipurpose room,
  • Double height atrium and outdoor plaza for retail and community events
Together, Fuse at Mason Square will create collaboration and cross-pollination between George Mason University, business, and the Arlington community.
Fuse at Mason Square is a next generation civic and community urban space

Events at Mason Square


Mason Square will support Virginia's Tech Talent Investment Program 


This 20-year plan is designed to produce 25,000 additional graduates in computer science, computer engineering, and software engineering. 

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A Business Incubator 

At Fuse, the collaborative work of students, scholars, and entrepreneurs will fast-track ideas from research and development to marketability.  

Researchers working on an autonomous vehicle

A Technology Leader

With more than 300 researchers, innovators, and scholars, the Institute for Digital InnovAtion will focus on technology, systems, and educating a digital society. 

Image of Mason's pilot space

A Research Powerhouse 

As an R1 university, we conduct research that goes beyond the desire to understand; we make a difference, changing lives and changing the world.


Mason is the largest, most diverse university in Virginia, and produces the most computing graduates in the commonwealth. 


Our community includes representatives from all 50 states and more than 130 nations. 

George Mason University logo
An image of Mason's campus sign on Mason Square

With 38,000 students at three campuses in Virginia and one in South Korea, Mason sets the standard for excellence, diversity, and inclusiveness, while cultivating and linking key actors to drive policy and technology solutions. These qualities and actions will lead to solutions to the world’s most complex problems.

Become a Leader in Your Field

Mason Square will be easily accessible to those who want to advance in their established careers. Program schedules accommodate working professionals, with most classes starting no earlier than 4 p.m. during the week.  Mason Square will offer opportunities at: 



Student raking soil

An Emphasis on Sustainability

Mason educates leaders, conducts interdisciplinary research, invests in sustainable infrastructure, and promotes and supports socially conscious entrepreneurship as a part of our commitment to sustainability. Join us in solving the complex challenges of today to create a better world tomorrow.

Honor College students learn about race and diversity

A Model of Diversity and inclusion 

Diversity is a Mason core value, reflecting our status as the most diverse university in Virginia. We value diversity and inclusion, as the power of many perspectives boosts our capacity to explore original ideas, develop creative solutions, and meet grand challenges.




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