Graduate Admissions Standards

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George Mason University Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum application criteria does not guarantee admission. Selection criteria differ by program and are established by the faculty of that program. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. The faculty determines the number of admission offers to extend based on the resources available to the program. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

The general university graduate admission standards include the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent. Applicants with a degree from an international institution must submit a transcript evaluation showing that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the U.S.
  • A 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale or better in baccalaureate study. The GPA requirement may be higher for some graduate programs. For applicants with postbaccalaureate credits, a separate GPA is calculated for each institution. The difficulty of the baccalaureate degree and professional work experience may be considered in assessing the application for admission.

Individual Program Admissions Standards

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  • Rehabilitation Science, PhD

    Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include GRE general examination scores and professional and volunteer experience in related fields.

    Applicants are encouraged to contact the department faculty to discuss their interest prior to applying. Preference will be given to full-time applicants, and interviews may be required at the request of the faculty admissions committee.

    Although some prospective students hold clinical doctoral degrees in medicine, occupational therapy, physical therapy, psychology, rehabilitation counseling, and other related fields, a clinical degree is not a prerequisite.

  • Rehabilitation Science Graduate Certificate

    Applicants must hold a bachelor's degree in a discipline related to health sciences from a regionally accredited institution and have a minimum of a 3.0 GPA to be considered. Such fields include, but are not limited to, health science, biology, exercise science, physical therapy, occupational therapy, engineering, and psychology.

    Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and/or volunteer experience.