Frequently Asked Questions

What is my G-Number? Where can I find it?

Your G# is an unique number assigned to all applicants by confirmation email within one or two days after submitting your application. If you do not receive an email confirmation within two days after submitting an application, check your spam folder.


What is Mason's institution code for the GRE and TOEFL exams?

Mason's institution code for standardized tests (GRE and TOEFL) is 5827


What is the minimum score I need for on the GRE?

GRE scores are part of the whole application.  Departments vary in how they incorporate the scores in the application review.  Contact the academic department to learn if there are any guidelines for your program of interest. Department Contacts


What transcripts are required to complete my application? 

Fall 2016 and beyond:   Applicants for Fall 2016 admission with degrees or credits earned from domestic institutions are required to upload scanned unofficial transcripts.

If admitted, applicants are required to submit official, final transcripts prior to the last day to add/drop courses in their first semester or they are withdrawn by the university.

For applicants with international academic credentials, please visit the Office of Graduate Admissions website:

Please see International Transcript Submission Guidelines for more information.


How do I submit electronic transcripts?

Official electronic transcripts for those institutions participating should be directed to Please do not request electronic transcripts more than 2 weeks prior to submitting your online application as this may result in a delay in processing.


I have applied to Mason before. Do I need to submit new official transcripts?

Possibly.  If you have applied, been accepted, and attended Mason in the past five years, the transcripts you submitted are probably archived. You will only need to provide updated official transcripts if you have completed additional work or have earned a new degree at another institution. If you applied to a graduate program over one year ago and were not accepted, you must provide official transcripts.


I am a current/former Mason student. Do I need to submit an official transcript?

NO.  You do not need to submit a Mason transcript.


How do I find out if I am eligible for in-state tuition rates?

Applicants may complete an Application for In-State Tuition Rates form as part of the online application process. For more information see the Virginia In-state Tuition Eligibility (Domicile) section of the University Registrar's website.