How to Apply to a CHSS Graduate Program

Applications to graduate programs within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences are processed by the University's Office of Graduate Admissions.

For the most successful application experience, we encourage you to follow these steps:

√  Review Application Requirements

Explore our graduate programs and learn more about the application process. Consider:

  • Are you eligible to be considered for graduate study at Mason? What are the university's admissions standards?
  • What is the application deadline?  Does the program accept applications for spring?
  • How many letters of recommendation are required? 
  • Does the program have specific instructions for preparing the goals statement?
  • Are standardized test scores like the GRE required?  When are tests offered? (NOTE: GRE scores are valid for only five years from original test date.)
  • Do you hold international academic credentials? If so, review the admissions requirements for international students.  You may be required to submit additional documentation to complete your application.

√  Use the Correct Application

  • Mason has transitioned to a new online application system.  Start the application process by visiting the Office of Graduate Admissions website.  

√  Apply by the Deadline

  • Submit your application online on or before the deadline.  Departments may not review applications submitted after the deadline.

√  Submit Official Documents

If submitting official documents, send documents to:

Office of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University 
4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8 
213 Johnson Center
Fairfax, VA  22030

Your application will not be forwarded to the department for academic review until it is complete.  Your application is not complete until all required documents have been submitted. 

Graduate Certificate Students

Applicants to graduate certificate programs should refer to Applying to a Graduate Certificate.

Non-degree Students

Applicants for non-degree graduate study apply online.  Information about non-degree study