Deadlines, Requirements, and Tests
In order to gain admission to a CHHS undergraduate program, students must first apply to the general university. Our office is not responsible for processing applications to the general university or issuing a decision on Mason applications. We encourage all applicants to contact Mason’s Office of Admissions directly at 703-993-2400 or visit the Office of Admissions web site to learn more about Mason's application guidelines and requirements.
University Deferment Policy: Applicants who did not receive an admission decision for the original term they applied will be reviewed for a decision for the next semester. Applicants who were admitted but chose not to attend the semester they were admitted will be considered again for admission to the next term. In both instances, admission is subject to university enrollment limits. Applicants who decide to remain at their previous institution will be required to submit in progress grades before their deferred application is reviewed for a decision.
Once a student applies for deferment, it is the student's responsibility to drop all registered courses by the deadline date listed in the Schedule of Classes. Failure to do so may result in full or partial tuition liability. All classes in which a student is enrolled past the drop deadline will remain part of the official academic record which includes tuition liability and receiving a grade "F".
Standardized test information and registration bulletins are available on Mason’s Fairfax Campus at the Office of Admissions in the Johnson Center. Applicants may also obtain information and register for tests online through the individual testing companies.
When registering for an exam, please use the code 5827 to identify George Mason University unless specified otherwise below. Codes for specific academic units are not necessary.
Mason can accept only official scores sent directly from the testing agency to the university. Most test scores are valid for five years, but the TOEFL is valid for two years. Once George Mason receives official test scores, the university retains these scores for only two years.
English Proficiency Exams
Proficiency in English is required for all non-native English speakers regardless of current residence. Proficiency in English is demonstrated through taking the IELTS–Academic Exam (International English Language Testing System), the Pearson test, or the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher from a college or university in a native English-speaking country (e.g., Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the United States) may request an exemption from the English proficiency exam.
The following websites provide testing, registration information, and a list of domestic and international testing centers:
International English Language Testing System (IELTS – Academic)
Mason requires score of 6.5 or above on this test.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Educational Testing Service
The institutional code for Mason is 5827. Applicants must achieve a 575 on the paper-based exam; a 230 on the computer-based exam; or an 88 on the Internet-based exam, with a minimum score of 20 in each sub-section.
The institutional code for Mason is 5827. Applicants must achieve a total score of 59 on the computer-based exam.
English Language Institute (ELI)
Mason’s English Language Institute (ELI) provides an opportunity for prospective graduate applicants to study the English language and to prepare for English proficiency examinations. Please contact ELI directly for their semester and summer course offerings.