Service Summary

The Citrix Virtual Lab provides remote access to academic software. Students and faculty with a VPN connection can access the necessary software needed to support online coursework.

Faculty and staff looking for virtual desktop resources for business or controlled research use should use the Patriot Virtual Computing environment instead.

VPN Requirement

Users accessing the Citrix Virtual Lab will be required to use Mason’s Virtual Private Network (VPN) before you can log in. See the Getting This Service section for details.

High-Performance Virtual Machine (VM)

Faculty may request an enhanced environment with improved graphical performance for themselves, their classes, and their students (e.g., specialized for 3D rendering applications).

Key Features

The Citrix Virtual Lab provides a standard computer lab image as is normally available in University Computer Labs.

Software currently available on the Virtual Lab includes:

  • 7-Zip
  • Acrobat Reader DC
  • Anaconda Python
  • ArcGIS Desktop 10.8.1
  • ArcGIS Pro 2.8
  • Eclipse
  • FileZilla
  • Gimp
  • Google Chrome
  • Google Earth Pro
  • IBM SPSS Statistics 27
  • jGRASP
  • JMP Pro 14
  • MatLab R2021A
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Microsoft Office Enterprise 2019
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • MS Visual Studio Code
  • Notepad ++
  • OpenJDK
  • PuTTy
  • R
  • R Studio
  • Respondus
  • Rocscience Suite
  • SAS 9.40
  • Stata 17.00
  • VideoLAN VLC Player
  • Wolfram Mathematica 12.2
  • Zotero

Getting This Service

Download the App (Required)

For the best user experience, users are required to download the Citrix Workspace App before logging in:

Getting Started

Accessing this service requires a connection to the George Mason University VPN.

  • If you are already a VPN user, log in to Cisco AnyConnect Client with your Mason NetID and Patriot Pass Password.
  • If you need VPN access, see the instructions on Virtual Private Network (VPN) to download the Cisco AnyConnect client from the Related Downloads box on this page. Once you have the client installed, with your NetID and Patriot Pass Password, log in to the VPN.

After connecting to the VPN, visit and log in with your NetID and Patriot Pass Password. See How to Sign in to the Citrix Virtual Lab.

High-Performance Virtual Machine (VM)

Faculty may request high-performance VM for themselves, their classes, and their students.


This service is available 24/7, excluding planned outages, normal maintenance windows, and unavoidable events. Maintenance windows are Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. but may be extended to 2 p.m., if needed. If maintenance is required outside of these hours, it will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.


All users of the George Mason University network must adhere to University Policy Number 1301: Responsible Use of Computing.

Additional Information

Additional departmental software may be made available. Please contact for more information.