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International Graduate Admission Requirements

Application Deadlines

Application deadlines vary by academic program. Please visit admissions.gmu.edu/grad for all deadlines.

Graduate applicants should apply online and then submit all supporting documents at the same time in one envelope whenever possible. Applications are reviewed by the individual academic programs and all documents should be mailed directly to the program to which you are applying.

Complete Graduate application for admission

University/Post-secondary Transcripts

Two official university transcripts sent directly to the appropriate academic unit in a sealed envelope from all schools you have attended at the undergraduate and graduate level. Official translations must be provided for all diplomas, certificates, and transcripts that are not already in English.

If you have attended an academic institution outside of the U.S., please follow our International Transcript Submission Guidelines (PDF) carefully.

English Proficiency

Mason students participate in rigorous graduate coursework as part of their university educational experience. Therefore, students at Mason must have a full command of academic English at the graduate level in order to be successful throughout their studies. All new graduate students are expected to accurately comprehend written graduate-level English, clearly understand rapidly spoken English in classroom lectures and in professional settings, write with proper grammar and syntax, and be able to respond quickly in English using a vocabulary appropriate for collegiate settings.

For this reason, Mason has a high standard of English proficiency for graduate admission. All Mason graduate programs strictly require applicants to meet that English proficiency standard. Applicants who have earned a bachelors, masters, or doctoral degree from a regionally accredited university in the United States, Canada (excluding province of Quebec), United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand are considered to have met that standard. All other applicants are required to take an English proficiency examination and meet minimum scores set by Mason in order to be considered for admission. The TOEFL, Pearson Test of English, or IELTS exams can be used to meet this requirement.

All other applicants must provide one of the following:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): A minimum score of 88 or higher with a minimum of 20 on each subsection on the internet-based exam, 230 or higher on the computer-based exam, and 570 or higher on the paper-base exam. Scores must be sent directly to Mason from ETS and can not be more than two years old. Our testing code is 5827. Some academic departments may require a higher score. Please be sure to verify minimum test score requirements with your academic program.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum score of 6.5 on the academic exam. Scores must be sent to Mason directly from the test center. Please contact the IELTS test center where you took the IELTS test and request that your official test scores be sent directly to the Mason Admissions Office. The test center may submit your scores electronically. An institutional code is NOT required. Some academic departments may require a higher score. Please be sure to verify minimum test score requirements with your academic program.
  • Pearson Academic Test of English: A minimum score of 59. Some academic departments may require a higher score. Please be sure to verify minimum test score requirements with your academic program.

The official university English Proficiency Policy may be found at: http://admissions.gmu.edu/documents/internationalEnglishProficiencyStandards.pdf

Entrance Exams

GRE, GMAT, LSAT, MAT or other standardized test scores may be required depending on your academic program. Please verify with your program. All standardized test scores must be sent to Mason directly from the testing agency.

Supplemental documents such as portfolios, departmental forms, and interviews as required by your program

Please visit admissions.gmu.edu/grad for tests, forms, deadlines, and other materials required.