To be considered for degree status, university graduate admissions standards require applicants to hold a baccalaureate degree from a "regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent."
Accreditation indicates an institution follows shared values and practices and meets established standards for educational quality. Mason's accrediting body, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) lists integrity, student learning, self-regulation, peer review, accountability, transparency and continuous quality improvement as core values.
George Mason University recognizes degrees accredited by the following organizations:
|NWCCU||Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities|
|NCA-HLC||North Central Association of Colleges and Schools,
Higher Learning Commission
|NEASC-CIHE||New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc.,
Commission on Institutions of Higher Education
|SACS||Southern Association of Colleges and Schools,
Commission on Colleges
|WASC-ACCJC||Western Association of Schools and Colleges,
Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges
|WASC-ACSCU||Western Association of Schools and Colleges,
Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities