Graduate Admissions Standards

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George Mason University Admissions Requirements

Admission to the program is competitive, and meeting the minimum application criteria does not guarantee admission. Selection criteria differ by program and are established by the faculty of that program. Applicants are evaluated on the strength of their academic background, results of standardized exams (if required by the program), work experience, and any additional evidence of potential success in the program. The faculty determines the number of admission offers to extend based on the resources available to the program. Late applications will be considered on a space-available basis.

The general university graduate admission standards include the following:

  • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education or international equivalent. Applicants with a degree from an international institution must submit a transcript evaluation showing that the degree is equivalent to a four-year bachelor’s degree in the United States.
  • 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 postbaccalaureate 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.

Individual Program Admissions Standards

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  • Nursing, PhD
    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).
  • Nursing, DNP, MSN to DNP Pathway

    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 (see Departmental Form).

  • Nursing, DNP, BSN to DNP Pathway

    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.

  • Nursing, MSN

    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