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Selective Admission Majors

Admission to the university and to the major are usually simultaneous with the following exceptions:

School of Nursing

Major: Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Applying to the university and applying to the BSN program are two separate application processes, so it’s important to be aware of nursing application guidelines and expectations. Transfer applicants must first apply to Mason before applying to the BSN major. Admission to the BSN major is highly competitive and requires transfer applicants to meet additional BSN application deadlines separate from university deadlines.

Pre-nursing students are not automatically accepted into Mason’s nursing program. In order to be admitted into Mason’s BSN program, students must complete a separate BSN departmental application. This application is available on the BSN Admissions website during specific application periods. BSN applications received after deadline dates will not be considered. Acceptance to the nursing program is contingent upon admission to the university, but admission to the university does not guarantee admission to the nursing program.

Prospective students who are interested in pursuing a major in nursing are strongly encouraged to attend an information session provided by the CHHS Office of Student Affairs for advising prior to applying to the nursing major. All transfer students interested in the nursing major are responsible for understanding and meeting the requirements of BSN Admission. For additional information, please visit the BSN Admissions website.

Volgenau School of Engineering

Majors: Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science or Computer Science

All transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of MATH 113 Calculus I (4) or MATH 125 Discrete Mathematics I (3) and CS 112 Introduction to Computer Programming (4) with grades of B or better in each course.

Majors: Bachelor of Science in Bioengineering, Civil, Environmental, and Infrastructure Engineering, Cybersecurity Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Systems Engineering

All transfer applicants must have completed the equivalent of MATH 113 Calculus I (4) and Math 114 Calculus II (4) with grades of B or better in each course.

Applicants who wish to pursue a second-bachelor's degree in a Volgenau discipline must meet the same requirements. Students who did not complete the core math or programming courses within the first bachelor's degree may with non-degree enrollment. Contact the Office of Transfer Services before applying.

College of Visual and Performing Arts Majors

Majors: Bachelor of Arts in Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Music, Film and Video Studies or Theater
Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art and Visual Technology, Dance, Theater
Bachelor of Music

Transfer applicants to these majors must complete an audition, portfolio review or interview to be considered for admission to the major. Contact the appropriate school or department immediately after submission of the transfer application to schedule.

School of Art or 703.993.8898

School of Dance
Schedule the audition online at:

School of Music
Schedule an audition online at: or 703.993.1380

Department of Film and Video Studies or 703.993.3287

School of Theater or 703.993.1120