Admission to George Mason University is required for admission to the BSN program. Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.
Students currently enrolled at Mason, who will not graduate from Mason prior to starting the BSN program, need only submit the BSN departmental application.
Students graduating from Mason prior to the start of the BSN program (Accelerated Second Degree applicants) must submit a degree-seeking transfer undergraduate university application.
Traditional applicants transferring to Mason and Accelerated Second Degree applicants should submit a degree seeking undergraduate transfer Mason application for the fall semester, not spring. Only those applicants who plan to enroll in courses during the spring semester should apply for that semester.
RN to BSN and Co-enrollment applicants should submit a degree seeking undergraduate university application for the semester in which they intend to enroll.
If applying to the RN to BSN or Co-enrollment program for fall, submit a fall university application, unless you plan to enroll in coursework during the previous semester (spring).
If applying to the RN to BSN or Co-enrollment program for spring, submit a spring university application, unless you plan to enroll in coursework during the previous semester (fall).
You will receive a Mason ID or G number (G#), your unique student identification number, by applying to George Mason University. Because the BSN application form will ask you for your G#, it is best to apply to the university at least three weeks before you submit your BSN departmental application.
Visit Mason's Office of Admissions for information on applying to Mason as a transfer student.
Determine if your Credits Transfer
Note: Transfer equivalency decisions are ultimately made by the Office of Admissions only after a student has been admitted to Mason and paid the enrollment deposit to the Office of Admissions. It is the applicant’s responsibility to determine if a potential transfer course matches the Mason BSN prerequisite.
To determine if your courses will transfer to Mason and satisfy the prerequisite requirements (nursing prerequisites and Mason Core and elective courses)
Use the Transfer Credit Matrix to determine if credits earned at another institution will transfer to Mason. The transfer credit matrix includes all Virginia Community College System (VCCS) schools, as well as other institutions throughout Virginia and across the country.
If your course is not listed in the Transfer Credit Matrix, review the Nursing, BSN information in Mason’s online course catalog. Compare the Mason course descriptions of the prerequisites to the descriptions of courses taken at another institution.
Virginia Guaranteed Admission Agreement (GAA)
The Virginia Guaranteed Admission Agreement guarantees George Mason University admission to qualifying applicants from VCCS schools or Richard Bland College. If you are admitted into Mason under the terms of the GAA, you receive a Mason Core waiver and all of your Mason Core and elective prerequisite course requirements will be met (with the exception of ENGH 302, Mason’s upper-level English course). Your nursing prerequisite course requirements will not be waived.
Admission to George Mason through the GAA does not guarantee admission into the BSN Program. In order to be eligible for BSN admission, you must complete a BSN departmental application (which is separate from the university application). The Mason BSN programs are extremely competitive, and we advise all students to develop a thoughtful back-up plan.
The Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Nursing is required for all RN to BSN applicants. However, the AAS degree is not a qualifying degree for GAA eligibility. Thus, it is not possible to obtain a general education waiver with just the AAS. Contact your VCCS advisor for information about pursuing a qualifying degree.