Graduate Application Requirements
For detailed information regarding the graduate application process, please review this site and our Important Information handout.
After submitting the online application for graduate study, it is the applicant's responsibility to submit the remaining required materials. During the online application process, applicants will have several opportunities to upload supporting documents. After the submission of the application, the applicant will receive an email prompt for the upload of any outstanding supplemental documents. It is highly recommended that applicants choose to submit supporting materials online in order to expedite the application process.
It's important to note that the application process is self-managed. Students can find the requirements and deadlines for our graduate programs by consulting our Admissions Standards and Deadlines page. Supporting documents will include transcripts, letters of recommendation, goals statement, resume, and any other documents required by the specific program.
The official mode of communication between the College of Health and Human Services, the Office of Graduate Admissions, and applicants is email. Applicants will be notified of the status of their application and admission decision via email. Applicants must make sure their email stays active since it will be used to communicate with them throughout the application process. Applicants will receive periodic emails on the status of their application as it is processed.
All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must submit the materials listed below. Many graduate programs require additional materials or provide further explanation regarding the goals statement, letters of recommendation, or other aspects of the application requirements. All materials should be uploaded within the online application as Word documents or PDF files.
- Completed online Application for Graduate Study
- Nonrefundable application fee (see George Mason admissions website)
- GCH applicants pay application fees directly to SOPHAS. Learn more about the application fees on the SOPHAS website.
- MHA applicants pay application fees directly to HAMPCAS. Learn more about the application fees on the HAMPCAS website.
- Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, if claiming entitlement to these rates
- One official transcript from all institutions attended for each program applied to unless the programs are in the same college or school. To expedite the processing of your application, please upload your unofficial copy into your application. If admitted, you will be required to send official transcripts from each institution to the Office of Graduate Admissions (email@example.com or mailing address below).
- Goals statement (Some programs may provide alternative instructions for the goals statement. Please see below for CHHS program-specific requirements.)
- Letters of recommendation as required by the program
- Official exam scores, such as GRE or GMAT, reported directly from the appropriate testing service, as required by the program.
- Other materials specified by the program, including writing sample, portfolio, or interview.
- International applicants (those with an undergraduate degree from outside the U.S.) should review their additional requirements at George Mason's Admissions website for International Applicants.
Essay Required for Master's and Certificate Applicants (see program requirements):
General Instructions: In 750 to 1,000 words, state your professional plans and career objectives (Goals Statement). Please include your personal qualities and development and how they have influenced your career choice; your reasons for this particular degree in relation to your academic background, professional work experience, and career goals; and your reason for selecting your program at George Mason University.
Doctor of Nursing Practice Applicants (DNP): In addition to the general instructions above, please include in the essay your goals related to pursing a DNP, your potential area for practice inquiry, and current practice or plan for practice as a registered nurse.
Health Policy Applicants: The expanded goals statement must address and include the following: (1) your personal qualities and development and how they have influenced your career choice; (2) how your work experience (paid or volunteer) and academic background are relevant to this particular degree at George Mason University; and (3) your specific career goals in the short-run (1 to 2 years) after completing the program.
Health Services Research PhD Applicants: Instead of the general statement, submit a 1,000 word written statement of academic goals describing your research area of interest for advanced study in health services research and goals post-graduation.
Nursing PhD Applicants: In addition to the general instructions above, please include in the essay in which fields you expect to do doctoral study and research; how these interests have been influenced by your prior education, research, or work experience; why you are considering a career in an academic, research, or clinical setting; and any information relevant for evaluating your motivation to study and conduct research at the doctoral level.
Rehabilitation Science PhD Applicants: In addition to the general instructions above, your essay statement should include information on how your research interests have been influenced by your prior education, research, or work experience; reasons for considering this particular degree program in relation to your academic background, professional work experience, and career goals; why you are considering a career in an academic and/or research setting; the reasons for selecting this program at George Mason University; and any information relevant for evaluating your motivation to study and conduct research at the doctoral level.
Social Work MSW Applicants: In addition to the general instructions above, please begin your essay by defining social work in your own words and explain how it fits with your career goals.
Letters of Recommendation
All graduate programs within CHHS require two letters of recommendation as part of the application process. The people best-suited to provide recommendation for graduate study on the applicant's behalf (recommenders) are faculty members, university administrators, or internship/co-operative education supervisors who are in a position to discuss knowledgeably the applicant's academic potential for graduate study, as well as the applicant's personal qualities and experiences.
Near the end of the online application process, applicants will be prompted to provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of each recommender. Once the application is submitted, the application system automatically notifies recommenders that they have been named as recommenders and tells them how to submit the letter online.
It is appropriate to ask the recommenders in advance if they would be willing to submit a recommendation. Applicants might consider alerting recommenders after the online application is complete to be on the look-out for the electronic notice asking for the letter of recommendation.
Letter of recommendation requests are sent within the graduate application. To resend or change recommendation requests please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions (firstname.lastname@example.org). Letters will not be accepted in lieu of this form.
Please note: Recommenders must submit these forms online by following the prompt sent through email. If the recommender is not able to use the online system, they may submit recommendations directly to email@example.com. Letters of recommendation cannot be submitted by the applicant on behalf of the recommender, unless they are in a signed and sealed envelope from the recommender.
One official transcript from all institutions attended is required. The preferred method for submission of transcripts is an electronic submissions from the institution's Registrar's Office to firstname.lastname@example.org. The less preferred option (only if necessary) is that transcripts be sent directly from the institution's Registrar's Office to the address below:
Office of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive MSN 4C8
Fairfax, VA 22030
The mail stop (MSN 4C8) is crucial to the address. Failure to use it may result in delays in the processing of the application or even in lost documents.
In order to expedite the processing of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts into your application. You will still be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Admissions. However, unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admissions review.
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.
Applicants must consult our Admissions Standards and Deadlines page to determine whether or not their program of interest requires a standardized test as a part of the application process. Mason can accept only official scores sent directly from the testing agency to the university. Most test scores are valid for five years; however, the TOEFL is valid for two years. Once George Mason receives official test scores, the university retains these scores for only two years.
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.
Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
Educational Testing Service
Graduate Record Exam (GRE)
Educational Testing Service
English Proficiency Exams
Proficiency in English is required for all non-native English speakers regardless of current residence. Applicants who have earned a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States, Canada (excluding province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are considered to have met that standard. All other applicants are required to take an English proficiency examination and meet minimum scores set by Mason in order to be considered for admission. The TOEFL, Pearson Test of English, or IELTS exams can be used to meet this requirement. Please see the details below and also visit the Office of Graduate Admissions International Admissions page for more information.
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.
The institutional code for Mason is 5827. Applicants must achieve a total score of 59 on the computer-based exam.
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
Educational Testing Service
The institutional code for Mason is 5827. Applicants must achieve a 570 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 subsection.
INTO Mason English Language Programs
The INTO Mason English Language Programs provide an opportunity for prospective graduate applicants to study the English language and to prepare for English proficiency examinations. Courses are designed for international students looking to improve their language skills to achieve academic, professional or personal goals. Please contact INTO Mason directly for their course offerings.