Application Requirements

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Requirements at a Glance

Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline Resume Letter of Recs Dept Form Test(s) Expanded Goals Statement
Food Security Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1 Yes 2 Yes
Nutrition Graduate Certificate 4/1 11/1 Yes 2 Yes
Nutrition, MS 4/1 11/1 Yes 2 Yes

Application Materials

Applicants for graduate study must upload supporting documents when submitting their online application. Complete applications include:

  • George Mason Application for Graduate Study and nonrefundable application fee.
  • Application for Virginia in-state tuition rates, if claiming entitlement to these rates. This is built into the online application.
  • Transcripts.
  • Goals statement as required by the program.
  • Letters of recommendation as required by the program
  • Resumé.
  • Other materials specified by the program.
  • International applicants (those with an undergraduate degree from outside the United States) should review their additional requirements as listed on the international applicant page of the Admissions website.
  • Certificate of Financial Responsibility. This form is required for international students requesting an I-20 visa.

Goals Statement as Required by the Program

State your professional plans and career objectives in 750 to 1,000 words. 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 choosing George Mason University.

Letters of Recommendation as Required by the Program

Most 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 supervisors who are in a position to knowledgeably discuss the applicant's academic potential for graduate study, as well as the applicant's personal qualities and experiences. Applicants who have been out of school for some time are welcome to submit recommendations from supervisors.

Near the end of the online application process, applicants will be prompted to provide the names 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. Consider alerting recommenders after the online application is complete to be on the look-out for the electronic notice asking for them to complete the recommendation form.

You can resend a recommendation request through the Self -Service Center. However, in order to change the name of a recommender, you will need to contact the Office of Graduate Admissions ( Letters will not be accepted in lieu of this electronic 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 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.


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.

One official transcript from all institutions attended is required. The preferred method for submission of transcripts is as electronic submissions from the institution's Registrar's Office to If necessary, transcripts can be mailed 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 number is crucial to the address. Failure to use it may result in a delay in the processing of the application or even in lost documents.

Please review the FAQs regarding transcripts on the university admissions website if you have further questions about transcript submission.

Official Exam Scores as Required by the Program

Contact the testing company directly to request that official scores be sent electronically to George Mason University. The George Mason institutional code for most standardized exams is 5827.

Mason accepts only official scores sent directly from the test agency to the university. Most test scores are valid for five years.