Graduate Admissions

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Admission to the George Mason University MPH Program is competitive. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution and a minimum of a 3.0 GPA is recommended. Several criteria are evaluated in the admissions process, including the strength of the undergraduate record and any post-baccalaureate course work, the GRE general examination, career goals, and recommendations.

Many courses in our program assume a solid foundation in subjects such as statistics and social and behavioral sciences. If you have not taken courses in these subjects, did not perform as well in them as you would have liked, or just need a refresher, we suggest taking them at the undergraduate or community college level before applying to our graduate program. Please be sure to send us your transcript from this coursework.

Application Process

All graduate programs within the Department of Global and Community Health (MPH-all concentrations, MS in Global Health, and Certificate in Public Health) use the SOPHAS Application Service. SOPHAS is an online application system where prospective public health graduate students can apply to multiple accredited schools.

All applicants to these programs must submit the following to SOPHAS:

  • SOPHAS online application form, which includes information for tuition classification decisions
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned any credit
  • Official and current GRE test scores (Mason-SOPHAS Institution Code: 1236)
  • Statement of Goals: In 750 to 1,000 words, state your professional plans and career objectives. 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
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Resume
  • If necessary, official and current TOEFL test scores (Mason-SOPHAS Institution Code: 5688)
  • If necessary, course-by-course WES ICAP evaluation of foreign transcripts.

Submit all forms directly to SOPHAS. No supporting documents are accepted at Mason’s admissions office.

Minimum Scores

While there are no minimum score requirements, the typical student admitted to the MPH program has a GPA above 3.0 and has GRE scores of 151 on the quantitative reasoning section, 152 on the verbal reasoning section, and 4.0 on the analytical writing section.  Applicants' scores are expected to be competitive with these averages, although meeting these standards does not guarantee admission to the program.

Proficiency in English is required for all non-native English speakers regardless of current residence. Applicants who hold a conferred bachelor’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university or recognized university in Canada (excluding Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia or New Zealand have demonstrated English proficiency.  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. The TOEFL minimum score is an 88, but you must score at least 20 in each category.

Application Deadline

MPH and MS students are admitted only once each academic year, for entrance in the fall. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than March 1.

Certificate students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than by November 1 (for spring) or March 1 (for fall).

Tuition Classification

In-state tuition rates are afforded to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who claim entitlement according to the Code of Virginia, Section 23-7.4, including applicants who may be in approved DACA status. Please review the code if you think you are eligible for in-state tuition.

The cost for the online MPH /Public Health Practice concentration is the same for Virginia residents and non-Virginia residents.  Visit Mason Online for details.