BSN Admissions

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Prerequisites and Advising

All students planning to major in nursing enter Mason as pre-nursing (BPRE) majors and are expected to complete (or have completed) general education courses (Mason Core), elective credits, and nursing prerequisite course requirements.

Traditional or Accelerated Pathway: To be eligible for admission, students must complete all general education (except ENGH 302) and nursing prerequisite courses prior to BSN admission.

RN to BSN Pathway: To be eligible for admission, students must complete all nursing prerequisite course requirements prior to BSN admission. Mason Core courses and elective courses may be completed while enrolled in the RN to BSN program.

Co-enrollment Pathway: To be eligible for admission applicants must complete all nursing, Mason Core, and elective prerequisites prior to the semester they intend to begin the program. Applicants must be enrolled in a partner community college AAS-Nursing program.

Mason Veterans in Nursing Program: To be eligible for admission applicants must complete all nursing, Mason Core, and elective prerequisites prior to the semester they intend to begin the program. Applicants must be enrolled in a partner community college AAS-Nursing program, and provide proof of military service.

As current Mason students prepare to apply to the nursing program, they will work closely with their academic advisors to learn more about the nursing program and the application process.

Questions about Applying to the BSN Program?

We recommend you attend an Information Session before applying to the BSN program. This is the best way to meet a College of Health and Human Services advisor, discuss your questions, and receive a preliminary evaluation of your transcript.

Application Process

Two separate applications are required for the BSN Program, one for George Mason University and one for the BSN Program.

Application 1: George Mason University

Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the nursing program. If you are already enrolled at George Mason University, you only need to complete the BSN departmental application.

Application 2: BSN Departmental Application

The BSN Departmental Application involves three parts: Part A (the online application), Part B (Slideroom submissions to be submitted by Traditional and Accelerated applicants only) and part C (supporting documents package). Learn more about the BSN Departmental Application.

Application Deadlines

Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline Application Opens
Accelerated Second Degree Pathway, Nursing, BSN 1/15 None One month prior to deadline
Co-Enrollment Pathway, Nursing, BSN 3/30 11/30

Fall: December 15
Spring: September 1

Mason Veterans in Nursing Program, BSN 3/30 11/30

Fall: December 15
Spring: September 1

RN to BSN Pathway, Nursing, BSN 1/15 10/1 One month prior to deadline
Traditional Pathway, Nursing, BSN 1/15 None One month prior to deadline

Due to the availability of clinical spaces for the Traditional and Accelerated pathways, the Traditional and Accelerated programs are limited enrollment pathways. Admission into the nursing program is competitive, and admission is not guaranteed, even for students who have been at Mason since their freshman year. Nursing advisors work closely with all BPRE students to advise them on the BSN application process and assist them in developing a solid back-up plan in the event that admission into the BSN program is not earned.