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Standards, Requirements, and Deadlines

Selection criteria differ by program and are established by the faculty of that program. Applicants are evaluated on past academic performance, rigor of the course selection, standardized test scores (if required), letters of recommendation, goals statement, writing sample (if required), professional experience, applicant's "match" with the program, and any additional evidence of potential success. The faculty determines the number of admission offers to extend based on the resources available to the program.

The general university graduate admission standards include the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent (both verified through official transcripts)
  • 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 post baccalaureate 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

Please see the information below for application deadlines. To request information about your program of interest, please visit the Mason Graduate Admissions website.

Department of Global and Community Health

Program Fall Spring
Global Health, MS* 3/1 None
Public Health Graduate Certificate*  3/1 11/1
Public Health, MPH* 3/1  None

*Applications for GCH graduate programs are submitted through SOPHAS.

Visit the Department of Global and Community Health Graduate Admissions page for more information about application requirements.

Department of Health Administration and Policy

Program Fall Spring
Health Services Research, PhD 4/1 None
Health Policy, MS 4/1 11/1
Health Informatics, MS 4/1 11/1
Health Systems Management, MHA 4/1 11/1
Health Informatics and Data Analytics Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1
Public Health Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1
Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1

Admissions Standards and Application Materials

Health Services Research, PhD

Additional Admissions Standards:

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and volunteer experience, evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the doctoral level, and GRE scores.

Graduate courses in statistics, economics, health systems and public health, health policy, and health informatics are recommended as preparation for the curriculum in the PhD in health services research program.

Students applying to the PhD program must hold a master’s degree or equivalent.

Students with MDs, JDs, or prior PhDs may also apply.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume or CV - The curriculum vitae or resume should include an up-to-date employment history, list of publications, awards, grants submitted and grants received to date by the applicant.
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores reported directly from the appropriate testing service
  • Expanded Goals Statement
  • Please complete the PhD in Health Services Research Department Form (docx) and upload with your graduate application.

Health Informatics, MS

Additional Admissions Standards:

A minimum GPA of 3.25 is preferred. Preferred applicants should have a background in information technology or health care; however, the background is not required to be admitted and succeed in the program. Students planning to change their careers are encouraged to contact an informatics advisor to discuss the program and its requirements. For these students it is also particularly important to describe in the goals statement how they envision themselves in the informatics field.

Application Materials:

Health Policy, MS

Additional Admissions Standards:

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and volunteer experience and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level. The GRE is not required; however, it is strongly recommended for applicants with a GPA lower than 3.0.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Health Systems Management, MHA

Additional Admissions Standards:

Work experience in the healthcare industry is preferred, but not required for admission. The GRE or GMAT is not required for admission to the program.

Application Materials:

Health Informatics and Data Analytics Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

If you are currently a graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Health and Human Services, fill out a one-page application form to add a certificate as a secondary program of study. Please review Mason’s requirements for graduate certificates and then contact the Department Manager at hap@gmu.edu or 703-993-1929 to obtain a copy of the application form.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • No Letters of Recommendation required
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Public Health Leadership and Management Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

If you are currently a graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Health and Human Services, fill out a one-page application form to add a certificate as a secondary program of study. Please review Mason’s requirements for graduate certificates and then contact the Department Manager at hap@gmu.edu or 703-993-1929 to obtain a copy of the application form.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Quality Improvement and Outcomes Management in Health Care Systems Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

If you are currently a graduate student enrolled in a degree program within the College of Health and Human Services, fill out a one-page application form to add a certificate as a secondary program of study. Please review Mason’s requirements for graduate certificates and then contact the Department Manager at hap@gmu.edu or 703-993-1929 to obtain a copy of the application form.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

School of Nursing

Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate 4/1 None
Nursing Education Graduate Certificate 4/1 None
Nursing, DNP, BSN to DNP Pathway 2/1 None
Nursing, DNP, MSN to DNP Pathway 2/1 None
Nursing, MSN 2/1 None
Nursing, PhD 2/1 None

Admissions Standards and Application Materials

Nursing, DNP, BSN to DNP Pathway

Additional Admissions Standards:

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include on-site interview (if required), the GRE (if requested), professional and/or volunteer experience, and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level.

Applicants must be licensed registered nurses in the U.S. with a minimum of one year of experience as an RN prior to admission. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better within the last five years.

Applicants to the BSN to DNP program must hold a BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum of 3.0 GPA and a strong record in science and nursing coursework.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores (if requested)
  • Expanded Goals Statement
  • Copy of your current, active RN license
  • Copy of your active nursing certifications, if applicable
  • An interview may be requested

Nursing, DNP, MSN to DNP Pathway

Additional Admissions Standards:

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include on-site interview (if required), the GRE (if requested), professional and/or volunteer experience, and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level.

Applicants must be licensed registered nurses in the U.S. with a minimum of one year of experience as an RN prior to admission. Applicants must have completed an undergraduate statistics course with a grade of C or better within the last five years.

Applicants to the MSN to DNP program must hold an MSN degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.5 or better in their graduate program and show evidence they have met coursework requirements consistent with Mason’s MSN core curriculum. Applicants must show proof of MSN precepted practice hours (pdf).

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores (if requested)
  • Expanded Goals Statement
  • Copy of your current, active RN license
  • Copy of your active nursing certifications, if applicable
  • An interview may be requested
  • Complete and upload the Verification of Precepted Master's Degree Clinical Hours (pdf). BSN to DNP applicants do not need this form.

Nursing, PhD

Additional Admissions Standards:

Applicants for admission to the PhD program will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • A master’s degree in nursing from an accredited program equivalent to 30 semester hours of credit, or a master’s degree in a related health field with a baccalaureate degree in nursing;
  • Evidence of one year of experience as an RN prior to enrollment;
  • Evidence of current licensure to practice professional nursing (Students on foreign student visas must present evidence of their country’s nursing licensure or the equivalent.);
  • An interview with one or more persons on the Doctoral Admissions Committee;
  • Research interests match or complement faculty research;
  • A writing sample describing goals in pursuing a PhD in Nursing;
  • GRE scores;
  • Professional and/or volunteer experience;
  • Evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level; and
  • Evidence of a prerequisite graduate-level course in applied statistics (past two years).

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores reported directly from the appropriate testing service
  • Expanded Goals Statement
  • Copy of your current, active RN license
  • Copy of your active nursing certifications, if applicable
  • An interview may be requested

Nursing, MSN

Additional Admissions Standards:

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and/or volunteer experience and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level.

All MSN Programs require the following:

  • BSN degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Active state-based/U.S. license as a registered nurse (RN)
  • A current CPR card
  • Work experience as an RN
  • Completion of an undergraduate statistics course

The Nurse Practitioner Concentration has the following additional requirements:

  • GPA of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework
  • Successful completion of an undergraduate health assessment course
  • Graduate Record Exam (GRE), only upon request
  • A minimum of one year of work experience as a nurse

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores (if requested)
  • Expanded Goals Statement
  • Copy of your current, active RN license
  • Copy of your active nursing certifications, if applicable
  • An interview may be requested

Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

Applicants must hold a master's degree in nursing and meet the admission standards and application requirements specified by the University, the College of Health and Human Services, and the School of Nursing and apply using the online Application for Graduate Admission. The application process is competitive.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Nursing Education Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards

Applicants must hold a master's degree in nursing and meet the admission standards and application requirements specified by the University, the College of Health and Human Services, and the School of Nursing and apply using the online Application for Graduate Admission. The application process is competitive.

Application Materials

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Department of Nutrition and Food Studies

Program Fall Spring
Food Security Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1
Nutrition Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1
Nutrition, MS 4/1 11/1

Admissions Standards and Application Materials

Nutrition, MS

Additional Admissions Standards:

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and/or volunteer experience and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Food Security Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

The Food Security Graduate Certificate follows the university's program admissions standards.

Application Standards:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Nutrition Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

Criteria considered in addition to the standard university admissions criteria include professional and/or volunteer experience and evidence of the ability to write and conduct research at the graduate level.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Department of Rehabilitation Science

Program Fall Spring
Rehabilitation Science Graduate Certificate 4/1 None
Rehabilitation Science, PhD 2/1 None

Admissions Standards and Application Materials

Rehabilitation Science, PhD

Additional Admissions Standards:

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.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores reported directly from the appropriate testing service
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Rehabilitation Science Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

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.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE Scores reported directly from the appropriate testing service
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Department of Social Work

Program Fall Spring
Gerontology Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1
Social Work, MSW 1/15 None
Social Work, MSW and Conflict Analysis, MS Dual Degree 1/15 None

Admissions Standards and Application Materials

Social Work, MSW

Additional Admissions Standards:

In addition to holding an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, applicants must have a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in the liberal arts to include at least 3 credits in each of the following: English composition, history or government, social sciences, and statistics.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

For Advanced Standing applicants only

  • BSW Field Evaluation Form (pdf)
  • Advanced Standing Recommendation
    Note: Be sure to check the MSW Advanced Standing Recommendation box on the Recommendation form in the online application.

Social Work, MSW and Conflict Analysis and Resolution, MS Dual Degree

Additional Admissions Standards:

In addition to holding an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university, applicants must have a minimum of 30 undergraduate credits in the liberal arts to include at least 3 credits in each of the following: English composition, history or government, social sciences, and statistics.

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

Applicants should communicate their interest in completing the dual degree program in the online application, in their essays, and recommendations should address the dual degree program interest. Students must be admitted to both programs in the same semester (fall only) to be admitted to the dual degree program.

Gerontology Graduate Certificate

Additional Admissions Standards:

The Gerontology Graduate Certificate follows the University's program admissions standards. 

Application Materials:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee. An application for Virginia in-state tuition rates is built into the online application.
  • Resume
  • Transcripts
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Expanded Goals Statement

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