George Mason University

Transfer Credit Policy

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

The Office of Admissions is responsible for awarding undergraduate transfer credit and completes course-by-course transfer credit evaluations for all new transfer students. Evaluations will be available to new transfers approximately one week prior to their scheduled transfer orientation. All students are responsible for providing their final transcript to the Office of Admissions. Re-admitted students will receive a new transfer credit evaluation based upon current transfer credit policy. A previous transfer credit evaluation will not be applicable to the new catalog year. The university reserves the right to revise a transfer credit evaluation at any time.

Transfer credit evaluations are considered final upon completion of the first academic year of enrollment. No changes will be made to evaluations after this time.

Criteria for Assessing Transfer Credits

The following criteria will assist you in understanding your transfer credit evaluation:

  • A maximum of 90 total transfer credits will be accepted. No more than 75 credits may be transferred from a community college.
  • Each college-level course must be graded with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer. Courses graded on a Pass/Satisfactory basis will not be considered for transfer. Developmental coursework, college algebra, and career and technical courses do not transfer.
  • Regardless of course content, courses completed as lower-level (freshman or sophomore) will transfer to Mason as lower-level. Courses completed as upper-level (junior or senior) will transfer to Mason as upper-level. All Mason students must complete 45 hours of upper-level coursework to fulfill bachelor's degree requirements.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for English (ENGH) composition coursework from non-regionally accredited U.S. institutions.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for computer science, engineering or information technology courses completed more than ten years prior to Mason enrollment.
  • Virginia Community College System (VCCS) courses completed within an Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts and Science or Associate of Science degree program are transferrable to Mason BA, BS, and BFA degrees.
  • Associate of Applied Science coursework does not transfer to Mason to apply to BA, BS or BFA degrees.
  • Credit from institutions operating on a quarter system calendar are transferred by multiplying the quarter credit hours by two thirds.

Academic Credit by Exam

Students may accelerate their graduation by the award of transfer credit from any of the following exams. Official transcripts from the testing agency should be sent to the Office of Admissions during the application process. Transfer credit evaluations are considered final after the first academic year of enrollment. No additional credit, including external credit by exam, will be considered.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

The University awards credit for many AP exams. New freshmen should request that their official AP exam results be sent to the Office of Admissions at testing time. George Mason University’s AP school code is 5827. Questions regarding AP exams may be directed to the College Board at: www.collegeboard.com.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

AP Exam Required Score Course Credits
Art History 4 ARTH 200 3
5 ARTH 200, ARTH 201 6
Biology 4 or 5 BIOL 103, BIOL 104 8
Calculus AB 4 or 5 MATH 113 4
Calculus BC 4 or 5 MATH 113, MATH 114 8
Calculus AB Subgrade 4 or 5 MATH 113 4
Chemistry 4 or 5 CHEM 211 4
Chinese Language & Culture 3 CHIN 101 3
4 or 5 CHIN 210, 250 6
Computer Science A 3,4, or 5 CS 112 4
Computer Science Principles 4 or 5 CS 100 3
English Language & Composition 4 ENGH 101 3
5 ENGH 101, 201 6
English Literature & Composition 4 ENGH 101 3
5 ENGH 101, 201 6
Environmental Science 4 or 5 EVPP 110 4
European History 4 HIST 101 3
5 HIST 101, HIST 102 6
French Language and Culture 3 FREN 101 3
4 or 5 FREN 210, 250 6
French Literature 3, 4, or 5 FREN L377 3
German Language and Culture 3 GERM 101 3
4 or 5 GERM 210, 250 6
Government & Politics: Comparative 4 or 5 GOVT 133 3
Government & Politics: United States 4 or 5 GOVT 103 3
Human Geography 4 GGS 103 3
5 GGS 101, GGS 103 6
Italian Language & Culture 3 ITAL 101 3
4 or 5 ITAL 210, 250 6
Japanese Language & Culture 3 JAPA 101 3
4 or 5 JAPA 210, 250 6
Latin 3 LATN 101 3
4 or 5 LATN 201, LATN 202 6
Macroeconomics 4 or 5 ECON 104 3
Microeconomics 4 or 5 ECON 103 3
Music Theory 3 MUSI 115 3
4 or 5 MUSI 115, MUSI 116 6
Physics B 4 or 5 PHYS 243, PHYS 244, PHYS 245, PHYS 246 8
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 4 or 5 PHYS 260, PHYS 261 4
Physics C: Mechanics 4 or 5 PHYS 160, PHYS 161 4
Psychology 4, or 5 PSYC 100 3
Spanish Language 3 SPAN 101 3
4 or 5 SPAN 210, 250 6
Spanish Literature 3, 4, or 5 SPAN L488 3
Statistics 4 or 5 STAT 250 or OM 210 3
Studio Art: 2-D Design 4 or 5 AVT 104 4
Studio Art: 3-D Design 4 or 5 AVT 105 4
Studio Art: Drawing 4 or 5 AVT 222 4
United States History 4 HIST 121 3
5 HIST 121, HIST 122 6
World History 4 HIST 125 3
5 HIST 125, HIST L387 6
International Baccalaureate

George Mason University recognizes the International Baccalaureate (IB) Program and awards academic credit for successful scores on all of the Higher Level (HL) examinations and some of the Standard Level (SL) exams. New freshmen should request that their official IB exam results be sent to the Office of Admissions at testing time. Questions regarding IB exam results may be directed to the International Baccalaureate Organization at: www.ibo.org.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Exam Subject Score George Mason Course Equivalent Academic Credit Awarded
Arabic Language B HL 5 ARAB 210 3
Arabic Language B HL 6,7 ARAB 210, 250 6
Biology HL 5,6,7 BIOL 103 & 104 8
Chemistry HL 6,7 CHEM 211 4
Chinese Language B HL 5 CHIN 210 3
Chinese Language B HL 6,7 CHIN 210, 250 6
Computing Science HL 4 CS 112 4
Computing Science HL 5,6,7 CS 112 & CS 211 7
Economics HL 6,7 ECON 100 3
English A: Language and Literature HL 5 ENGH 101 3
English A: Language and Literature HL 6,7 ENGH 101 & ENGH 201  6
English A: Literature HL 5 ENGH 101 3
English A: Literature HL 6,7 ENGH 101 & ENGH 201  6
English B HL 5,6,7 ENGL 100 3
Environmental Systems & Societies SL 6,7 EVPP 110 & EVPP 111 8
French Language B HL 5 FREN 210 3
French Language B HL 6,7 FREN 210, 250 6
Geography HL 4 GEOG 101 3
5,6,7 GEOG 101 & 102 6
German Language B HL 5 GERM 210 3
German Language B HL 6,7 GERM 210, 250 6
History: Americas HL 5 HIST 121 3
History: Americas HL 6,7 HIST 121 & HIST 125 6
History: Africa HL 5 HIST 125 3
History: Africa HL 6,7 HIST 125 & 262 6
History: East & Southeast Asia & Oceania HL 5 HIST 125 3
History: East & Southeast Asia & Oceania HL 6,7 HIST 125 & 252 6
History: Europe HL 5 HIST 101 3
History: Europe HL 6,7 HIST 101 & 125 6
History: Islamic History HL 5 HIST 281 3
History: Islamic History HL 6,7 HIST 281 & 282 6
Italian Language B HL 5 ITAL 210 3
Italian Language B HL 6,7 ITAL 210, 250 6
Japanese Language B HL 5 JAPA 210 3
Japanese Language B HL 6,7 JAPA 210, 250 6
Latin Language B HL 5 LATN 210 3
Latin Language B HL 6,7 LATN 210, 250 6
Mathematics HL 5,6,7 MATH 110 & 113 7
Mathematics SL 6,7 MATH 108 3
Music HL 4 MUSI 115 3
5,6,7 MUSI 115 & MUSI 116 6
Music SL 6,7 MUSI 115 3
Philosophy HL 5,6,7 PHIL 100 3
Physics HL 5,6,7 PHYS 243 & PHYS 244 & PHYS 245 & PHYS 246 8
Physics SL 5,6,7 PHYS 243 & PHYS 244 4
Psychology HL 5,6,7 PSYC 100 3
Russian Language B HL 5 RUSS 210 3
Russian Language B HL 6,7 RUSS 210, 250 6
Social and Cultural Anthropology HL 5,6,7 ANTH 114 3
Spanish Language B HL 5 SPAN 210 3
Spanish Language B HL 6,7 SPAN 210, 250 6
Visual Arts HL 4,5 AVT 104 4
6,7 AVT 104 & 105 8
CLEP Exams

The University awards credit for select CLEP exams. New students should request that their official CLEP exam results be sent to the Office of Admissions after submitting the admission application. George Mason University’s CLEP school code is 5827. Questions regarding CLEP exams may directed to the College Board at: www.collegeboard.com.

Current Mason students with declared majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences may not receive transfer credit for CLEP exams. The Office of Admissions will continue to evaluate transfer credit for CLEP exams for new students applying to the University. Current students should contact their CHSS academic advisor with any questions regarding CLEP credit.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

CLEP Examination Credit-Granting Score Course Credits Awarded
American Government 57 GOVT 103 3
Chemistry 50 CHEM 101&102 6
French Language 50 FREN 110 6

French Language

66 FREN 110,210 9
German Language 50 GERM 110 6
German Language 66 GERM 110,210 9
History of the United States I:
Early Colonization to 1877
50 HIST 121 3
History of the United States II:
1865 to the Present
50 HIST 122 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC 211 3
Information Systems & Computer Applications 60 IT 104T * 3
Introduction to Educational Psych. 50 PSYC ---- 3
Introduction to Sociology 50 SOCI 101 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 ECON 104 3
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 ECON 103 3
Psychology, Introductory 52 PSYC 100 3
Spanish Language 50 SPAN 110 6
Spanish Language 66 SPAN 110,210 9
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East to 1648
50 HIST 101 3
Western Civilization II:
1648 to the Present
50 HIST 102 3

* Does not satisfy the information technology ethics general education requirement.

SAT Subject Tests

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Subject Test Minimum Score George Mason Course Equivalence Credit Hours Awarded
Chinese 620 CHIN 210 3
Chinese 670 CHIN 210 & CHIN 250 6
Chinese Listening 620 CHIN 210 3
Chinese Listening 670 CHIN 210 & CHIN 250 6
French 620 FREN 210 3
French 670 FREN 210 & FREN 250 6
French Listening 620 FREN 210 3
French Listening 670 FREN 210 & FREN 250 6
German 620 GERM 210 3
German 670 GERM 210 & GERM 250 6
German Listening 620 GERM 210 3
German Listening 670 GERM 210 & GERM 250 6
Italian 620 ITAL 210 3
Italian 670 ITAL 210 & ITAL 250 6
Japanese Listening 620 JAPA 210 3
Japanese Listening 670 JAPA 210 & JAPA 250 6
Korean Listening 620 KORE 210 3
Korean Listening 670 KORE 201 & KORE 202 6
Latin 620 LATN 201 3
Latin 670 LATN 201 & LATN 202 6
Modern Hebrew 620 HEBR 201 3
Modern Hebrew 670 HEBR 201 & HEBR 202 6
Spanish 620 SPAN 210 3
Spanish 670 SPAN 210 & SPAN 250 6
Spanish Listening 620 SPAN 210 3
Spanish Listening 670 SPAN 210 & SPAN 250 6
Advanced-Level Examinations

The University awards credit for certain A-Level exams based upon receipt of an official Certifying Statement of Results from either Edexcel, www.edexcel.com or Cambridge International Examinations, www.cie.org.uk. Credit is not award for AS Level exams.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Subject Exam Grade
(Mark)
George Mason Course(s) Semester Hours Awarded
Accounting A,B,C ACCT 203 3
ACCT 2--- 3
Biology A BIOL 103, BIOL 104 8
B,C BIOL 103 4
Chemistry A CHEM 211, CHEM 212 8
B CHEM 211 4
Economics A,B,C ECON 103, ECON 104 6
English A,B,C ENGL 101 3
ENGL 2--- 3
Mathematics A,B,C MATH 105 3
MATH 113 4
Physics A,B,C PHYS 160 3
PHYS 161 1
Psychology A,B,C PSYC 100 3
Religious Studies A,B,C PHIL 100 3
PHIL 151 3
German Abitur

The University awards credit for the successful completion of the Hochschulreife with a Durchschnittsnote (average grade) of 1 (sehr gut/very good) or 2 (gut/good). Additionally, individual subject grades of 10-15 on the 15 point scale must be earned for credit.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Subject Grade GMU Course Semester Hours
Biology* 10-15 BIOL 103 & 104 8
Chemistry* 10-15 CHEM 211-212 8
English* 10-15 ENGH 100 3
French* 10-15 FREN 350 3
German 10-15 GERM 310 & 325 6
History* 10-15 HIST 314 3
Physics* 10-15 PHYS 103 & 104 8
Social Studies* 10-15 HIST 100 3

*Credit awarded based upon Qualification in the tested classes (Qualifikation Im Prufungsbereich) for the Abitur.

Mason Departmental Credit Exams

Some academic departments offer credit by exam or course exemption. Consult individual departments for testing information and your academic advisor for applicability to your degree program.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Course Contact
Department of Communication
COMM 100 - Public Speaking Contact the Department of Communication
Phone: 703.993.1090
Department of English
ENGH 101 - Composition
ENGH 302 - Advanced Composition
Contact the Department of English
Phone: 703.993.1160
english@gmu.edu
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Intermediate language placement testing Contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Phone: 703.993.1220
language@gmu.edu
School of Music
The School of Music offers credit by exam for some courses. Contact the School of Music
Phone: 703.993.1380
music@gmu.edu

Additional Information

Evaluation of Military Transfer Credit

Coursework from the Air University, the Defense Language Institute, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Coast Guard Academy will be considered for transfer if a comparable course is offered at Mason.

Military Science or ROTC credit earned at other regionally accredited colleges and universities may be considered for transfer into the Department of Military Science.

Other credit earned for training or military service (as documented on an official ACE transcript) may be considered for transfer into the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program and is subject to the Credit for Nontraditional Modes of Learning policy within BIS. If an enrolled BIS student decides to change majors, nontraditional transfer credit will not apply toward any other major.

Effective Fall 2014, new transfer students who have completed U.S. military service may be eligible for the award of six credits of lower-level Military Science electives: MLSC L400 (3) and MLSC L402 (3). To request credit, military applicants are required to provide the Office of Admissions an official Joint Services transcript or DD-214.

International Transfer Credit

George Mason University will consider transfer credit earned at institutions of higher education outside of the United States that are fully recognized by the Ministry of Education, provided that such credits have been earned through university-level coursework and are presented with equivalent grades of "A", "B", or "C". The Office of Admissions will make the final determination of the award and applicability of any international credit.

Learn more about International Transfer

Transfer Credit Matrix

This database contains courses that have been evaluated to offer transfer equivalency at the University, including all courses from the Virginia Community College System. Use this to look-up course equivalencies for transfer credit.

Transfer Credit Inquiry and Appeal

  • Transfer Credit Inquiry Form (PDF). Use this form if you are missing any transfer credit from your evaluation. This includes credit by exam such as AP, IB or CLEP. Before submitting this form be sure you have requested official final transcripts to be sent to the Office of Admissions and are have read and understood the criteria for credit acceptance policies.
  • Transfer Credit Re-Evaluation Appeal Form (PDF). Use this form if you were awarded elective credit for a course and wish to have it re-evaluated as equivalent to a specific Mason course.