George Mason University

You are considered a transfer student if you have enrolled at a college or university after graduating from high school.

Each year, more than 3,000 talented students transfer to George Mason University. Applicants generally have 30 or more transferable credits from a regionally accredited college or university. Those with fewer transferable credits must meet both freshman and transfer admission criteria.

With more applicants than spaces available admission to the university is competitive. Applications received by the priority deadline are reviewed first. Late applicants are considered on a space-available basis. The Admissions Committee is unable to review summer courses to qualify fall applicants for admission.

Transfer applicants are expected to apply online. You may access our admission application at your convenience, 24 hours a day. For information about application fees, please see our application fee information section.

NOTE: Accelerated BSN applicants are advised to review the selective admission School of Nursing information below.

Application Deadlines

Deadline Type Date Decision Notification
Fall Priority Application March 1 Begins April 1*
Mason Financial Aid January 15 Early April
Spring Priority Application October 1 Begins November 1*

* Fall and Spring admission decisions begin to release on the dates listed above and continue until the transfer class is filled.

Applications for regular transfer admission will be considered after the priority deadlines on a space-available basis. Late applicants are not considered for GAA admission.

Transfer Admission Requirements

The Admissions Committee considers each transfer application individually, reviewing all grades received in courses attempted as well as the rigor of the applicant’s academic program. Transfer applicants may pursue one of two pathways to transition to Mason: Regular transfer admission or GAA admission. Competitive applicants present:

  • 30 or more transferable semester hours from regionally accredited U.S. colleges/universities or international universities recognized by their Ministry of Education. Official transcripts from all previous institutions must be transmitted directly from the Registrar at your previous school(s) to the George Mason University Office of Admissions. We welcome electronic transcripts sent to: Unofficial transcripts will not be processed. Transfer applicants who have enrolled in coursework outside the United States must meet additional international admission requirements.

    NOTE: Applicants with Northern Virginia Community College transcripts are required to send their NVCC transcript via NOVAConnect. The Office of Admissions will not accept a paper transcript.

  • Freshman English Composition and a Mason Core equivalent math. The English course must be equivalent to ENGH 101 and the Math course must be equivalent to one of the following: MATH 106, 108, 110, 111, 113. 125 or STAT 250. Virginia Community College System (VCCS) applicants see below. College Algebra is not accepted. Qualifying courses in English and Math must be completed prior to application.
  • 2.85 or higher cumulative grade point average for GAA admission.
  • An essay. Although optional, applicants are encouraged to use the essay to provide information about their background that can’t be gleaned from transcripts or a resume.
  • Resume for any applicant with gaps in enrollment other than a summer term. Although optional, the Admissions Committee will expect you to document your post-secondary school educational and professional experiences.
  • All applicants to George Mason University are reviewed for English Language Proficiency. If English is not your native language, please review requirements to meet Mason’s English Language Proficiency Requirements.

Upon application, transfer applicants who have fewer than 30 hours of earned university-level credit must meet both freshman and transfer admission requirements. These applicants must also submit:

  • Secondary school transcript
  • ACT or SAT scores

The Admissions Committee may request either of these credentials for some students who have completed more than 30 credits.

Students who graduated from high school more than five years prior to enrollment at Mason are generally not required to submit SAT or ACT scores.

Additional Information

English and Math Requirements for VCCS and RBC Applicants

Richard Bland College (RBC) transfer applicants and Virginia Community College System (VCCS) transfer applicants who choose not to earn a transfer associate's degree will be considered for regular transfer admission.

RBC applicants are advised to complete ENGL 101 and ENGL102 and one of the following math courses:
MATH 110, 201, 202 or 207.

VCCS applicants are advised to complete ENG 111 and ENG 112 or 125 and one of the following math courses:
MTH 151, 152, 170, 173, 180, 181, 182, 240, 241 or 271.

English and math requirements should be completed during the first two semesters of community college enrollment. College algebra courses, including RBC MATH 101 and VCCS MTH 158 and MTH 163 are not transferable to George Mason University. Virginia Community College applicants must meet all basic requirements for transfer admission.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Mason students must have a full command of academic English to be successful in their studies. For this reason, Mason requires applicants to demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration.

Undergraduate applicants who have completed four years (grades 9-12) of college preparatory English at a U.S. secondary school or secondary school in Canada (excluding province of Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua, Barbados, Barbuda, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, and Trinidad & Tobago), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand with grades of C or better in each English course have demonstrated English proficiency. Applicants who hold a conferred bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or recognized university in Canada (excluding Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand have demonstrated English proficiency.

All other applicants are required to show proficiency either by examination scoring or by taking at least two college-level English Composition courses in the United States and meeting minimum scores set by Mason to be considered for admission. Decisions regarding English proficiency are the sole discretion of the George Mason University Office of Admissions. Individual programs reserve the right to set higher minimum scores.

Examinations and Scores

The university will not accept any examination scores that are more than two years old as verification of English language proficiency including


  • Undergraduate: 80 or higher, minimum of 18 in each subsection. Our testing code is 5827.
  • Graduate: 88 points, minimum of 20 points in each section
  • School of Business Graduate: 93 points, 20 points in each section


  • Undergraduate: 6.5 or higher on the academic exam, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subsection. Institutional code is NOT required.
  • Graduate: 6.5 total band score
  • School of Business Graduate: 7 overall, with a minimum of 7.0 in each subsection

Pearson Academic Test of English

A minimum score of 59, all applicants


Critical Reading score of 450 or higher (old exam). Evidence-based Reading and Writing score of 500 or higher (new exam). Mason’s SAT testing code is 5827. Undergraduate applicants only.


A score of 20 or higher on both the English and Reading section. Mason’s ACT testing code is 4357. Undergraduate applicants only.

University-Level English Composition Courses

Completion of English Composition I & II with grades of C or higher in each course at a college or university with US regional accreditation. ESL and remedial English courses are not accepted. The University Admissions Committee makes the final decision about the acceptability of all English composition courses used in lieu of a TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Undergraduate applicants only.

For those not achieving English proficiency at the time of admission, INTO Mason offers English language and Pathway programs.

Second Bachelor’s Degree or Post-Baccalaureate Admission

Applicants holding a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or an international university recognized by that country’s Ministry of Education may pursue an additional bachelor’s degree or Post-Baccalaureate Certificate at Mason. The intended major must be in a field of study distinctly different than the first degree. Second-degree applicants are considered transfer applicants and are subject to the same competitive admissions review as first-degree applicants.

After admission, students work with the appropriate academic program to develop an approved contract or course of study of at least 30 credits beyond the first degree, taken after admission to the second degree, to meet university residency requirements. Some academic programs will have more stringent requirements. This contract will detail college-level and major requirements that must be met to satisfy graduation requirements.

Selective Admission Majors

Certain majors require transfer applicants to meet specific requirements before enrollment. Whether you are pursuing a bachelor’s degree or post-baccalaureate certificate, it is important to review the list of selective admission majors before submitting your application.

Adult Degree Completion Programs

Mason offers two distinctly different degree completion programs—the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) and Bachelor of Indvidualized Study (BIS)—designed specifically for adult transfer students. Each program is structured to meet the demands of part-time working adults who have completed some college-level coursework and want to finish their bachelor's degree.  Courses are offered on-campus and online.  Qualified students are offered direct admission to the BAS or BIS major only. Students who wish to change their major are required to re-apply. 

 Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS)

Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS)


College of Visual and Performing Arts

All transfer applicants to the College of Visual and Performing Arts must complete an audition, portfolio review or interview to be considered for admission to the major. Contact the appropriate school or department immediately after submission of the transfer application to schedule.

School of Nursing


The Bachelor of Science in Nursing program requires a separate departmental application. Transfer applicants must first apply to Mason before applying to the BSN major. Acceptance to the nursing program is contingent upon admission to the university, but the BSN program is highly competitive and admission to the university does not guarantee acceptance to major.

Prospective students interested in pursuing a major in nursing should attend an information session prior to applying to the nursing major. All transfer students interested in the nursing major are responsible for understanding and meeting the deadlines and requirements of BSN admission. For additional information, please visit the BSN Admissions website. Applications to the Accelerated Second Bachelor's Degree path are only accepted for fall enrollment. Accelerated applicants who apply for spring admission will not be considered.

Volgenau School of Engineering

Applied Computer Science or Computer Science

All transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of one of the following CS courses and one of the MATH courses with a grade of A or B in each CS and MATH course.

  • CS 112 (4) Intro to Computer Programming
  • CS 211 (3) Object-Oriented Programming
  • MATH 113 (4) Calculus I
  • MATH 114 (4) Calculus II
  • MATH 125 (3) Discrete Mathematics

Bioengineering; Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering; Cybersecurity Engineering; Electrical and Computer Engineering; Mechanical Engineering, or Systems Engineering

All transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of MATH 113 Calculus I (4 credits) and Math 114 Calculus II (4 credits) with grades of A or B in each MATH course.