George Mason University

As Virginia’s largest public research university, George Mason University is recognized as an innovative and entrepreneurial institution with global distinction in a range of academic fields.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate enrollment exceeds 11,000 with students studying in 127 degree programs at the master’s, doctoral, and professional levels. In addition, we offer more than 100 graduate level certificates.

Some of the many benefits of being a Mason graduate student are:

  • Numerous and diverse career and graduate-assistantship opportunities
  • Networking opportunities with the more than 80,000 Mason alumni who live and work in the Washington, D.C., area
  • Classes offered at convenient times and locations so you can work while you complete your degree

Admission is competitive and selection criteria differs by program. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program.

All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the Graduate Admission Policies chapter of the University Catalog.


To be eligible an applicant must have a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education. Applicants completing their undergraduate work at an institution outside the United States must have their degree certified by an NACES-approved agency as equivalent to those acquired at an accredited institution.

Application may be made during the final year of undergraduate study. Acceptance is contingent on award of a baccalaureate degree before matriculation to a graduate or professional program at Mason.

Graduate Application Requirements

For full consideration, applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed online Graduate Application
  • Nonrefundable application fee
  • Official transcripts, as required by the program, from all institutions previously attended. If applying for more than one program you will need transcripts for each program unless they are in the same college or school
  • Goals statement
  • Letters of recommendation as required by the program
  • Other materials specified by the program, including official exam scores from Graduate Admission Exams (such as GRE or GMAT), departmental forms, portfolios, or interviews and so forth

International applicants should read the admission of International Students section for more information on required documentation. Specific departmental admission requirements for degree-seeking students are listed in this catalog under the relevant discipline.


Apply Online or Apply for the School of Law.

Within a few days of submitting of your online application, you will receive an email with your Mason G number (G#). This is a tracking number provided to all applicants that allows us to match your supporting documentation to your completed application. If you already have a G#, please include it when you submit your supporting documentation.

You may check the status of your application using the case sensitive login and password you created when you applied.