Transfer Admission to Your Major
Admission to the university and to the major are usually simultaneous with the following exceptions:
School of Management
Admission to the Mason School of Management is competitive. Transfer applicants interested in majoring in Accounting, Information Systems and Operations Management, Finance, Management or Marketing should select this major on the admission application. Transfer students admitted to the University with less than a 3.0 GPA from each previous institution will be designated as Undeclared majors. These students will be academically advised in the Academic Advising Center. Admitted transfer students who present a 3.0 or higher GPA from each previous institution may be admitted to "pre-business" status. These students will be advised by academic advisors within the School of Management. All transfer students are notified of their major/academic status in their admission letter.
Admission directly to the intended SOM major requires additional measures including an application for Bachelor of Science degree status. All transfer students interested in SOM majors are responsible for understanding and meeting the requirements of SOM admission.
School of 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
Admission to the Volgenau School of Engineering is competitive. Transfer applicants interested in Applied Computer Science or Computer Science must have completed the equivalent of CS 112 Introduction to Computer Programming or CS 211 Object-Oriented Programming and MATH 113 Calculus I or MATH 114 Calculus II or MATH 125 Discrete Mathematics to be considered for admission. Both courses must be completed with grades of B or better.
Transfer applicants interested in any Engineering major must have completed the equivalent of MATH 113 Calculus I and MATH 114 Calculus II to be considered for admission. Both courses must be completed with grades of B or better in each course.
College of Visual and Performing Arts Majors
Art and Visual Technology
Art and Visual Technology majors applicants are required to schedule a portfolio review. For information, call 703-993-8898.
Computer Game Design
A portfolio review is required of all applicants to the Computer Game Design Program. Click here for more information about the portfolio requirement.
Applicants are required to audition. For information, contact the Dance Department at 703-993-1114.
Film and Video Studies
Applicants to the Film and Video Studies program are required to prepare a portfolio. Information about the portfolio process, including dates and portfolio requirements, can be found on the FAVS web page.
Applicants are required to audition. For information, contact the audition coordinator at 703-993-1380.
Acceptance to the Theater B.A and B.F.A. degree programs is by interview and audition or portfolio review. Audition dates and requirements may be found at: http://www.gmu.edu/depts/theater/admissions.html or by calling the Theater Department at 703.993.1120.
Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS) Program
The Bachelor of Individualized Studies (BIS) Program is designed specifically for individuals who graduated from high school at least seven years prior to program application and have accumulated at least 30 semester hours of college-level course work, including transferrable english composition and college-level mathematics courses. Transfer applicants to BIS must meet the same admission criteria as all other transfer applicants to majors within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. This program requires a separate application after admission to the university. The program is unique in that it accommodates non-traditional associate degrees and may accept credits earned through experiential or nontraditional learning. Individuals seeking information about the program are encouraged to attend a BIS information session. Reservations for these sessions can be made by calling 703-993-4556, or visit the BIS website for additional information.