George Mason University


Not ready to commit to a degree program? Want to take a Summer Term class? Retired and ready to pursue your passion? Looking to gain new professional skills?

Nondegree status lets students visiting from other institutions, community members seeking personal  enrichment or employees looking for advancement to enroll in courses for which they are qualified. All without seeking formal admission to a degree program. Enrollment in specific courses is based on eligibility criteria and availability of space.

All nondegree applicants must complete the online application for admission and supply all official supporting documentation as requested by the Office of Admissions. Registration priority is given to degree-seeking students. Academic departments may restrict or prohibit nondegree enrollment in some courses.

Important Deadlines

Information about application deadlines for non-degree students.

Semester Application Deadline
Fall Semester August 24
Spring Semester December 1
Summer Session A May 5
Summer Session B May 19
Summer Session C June 16


Types of Non-Degree Students

High School Guest Matriculants

Exceptionally talented high school juniors and seniors may be considered for dual enrollment in lower-level (100-299) undergraduate courses. These applicants will be evaluated based on their academic performance in high school. Only students who have excelled in high school and demonstrate the preparation and maturity indicative of the potential to succeed in Mason's competitive course work will be admitted.

Undergraduate Non-degree

Visiting undergraduate students from other colleges or universities or community members who have completed one academic year of coursework at a regionally accredited institution may be considered for undergraduate non-degree admission. Students who intend to transfer to Mason to earn a bachelor’s degree are ineligible for non-degree study. To be considered for admission, undergraduate non-degree applicants must present a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average and be eligible to return to all previous institutions attended.

Non-degree undergraduate students may seek academic advising from the Office of Academic Advising, Retention and Transitions.

Graduate Non-degree

Current graduate students visiting from other colleges or universities or community members who hold a conferred baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution may be considered for Graduate Non-degree admission. The minimum standard for Graduate Non-degree admission is a 3.00 cumulative grade point average on the baccalaureate record. Non-native speakers of English are required to meet the university minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement.

Please Note: Before applying for non-degree status, you are encouraged to consult the university schedule of classes (available at and the academic department offering the course(s) of interest. Certain graduate courses are restricted to degree-seeking students only.

George Mason University Employees

The Office of Admissions welcomes applications from all George Mason University employees who wish to enroll in non-degree courses. Employees are required to meet the same admission criteria and deadlines as non-employees for degree or non-degree seeking enrollment.

Full-and part-time faculty, administrative and professional faculty, classified staff, and non-student wage employees are eligible for the University Employee Tuition Exemption benefit, subject to University Policy #2209. The Office of Admissions waives the application fee for these students as well as Mercatus Center employees. Full-time students, graduate assistants and student wage employees are not eligible for a tuition exemption or application fee waiver.

  • Apply online
  • Select the Employee Fee Waiver at the end of the application
  • Provide any documentation requested by the Office of Admissions
  • Transcripts are not required for administrative, professional and teaching faculty
  • Provide a copy of your MASON ID to the Office of Admissions
  • Admission decisions are communicated to employees via the Mason email account
  • Register for courses
  • Submit the Tuition Exemption form
Senior Citizens

Mason welcomes applications from Virginia’s seniors. Under the terms of the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, eligible Virginia residents, 60 years or older with a taxable income of less than $23,850, may apply to take university courses for credit in either degree- or nondegree-seeking status without paying tuition. Admitted senior citizens may register to audit courses regardless of income level.

Senior Citizens are required to meet all the same admission criteria and deadlines as for the Undergraduate or Graduate Nondegree applicants. The University waives the application fee for seniors enrolling under the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974. The application fee waiver must be requested by the applicant before online application submission.

A senior student works on a project

Student works on projects inside the Art and Design building.