For Graduate Students

George Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) offers a wide variety of graduate programs in the humanities and social sciences that build students’ research and critical thinking skills through engaging programs of study that assess current issues against the backdrop of human history.

Whether you are looking to update your professional credentials, engage in a new course of study, or delve into intensive research at the doctoral level, we have options to study full or part-time; online or in person. Our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is demonstrated in a curriculum that offers racial and social justice courses across disciplines.

Want to update your knowledge and skills quickly? Earning one of our graduate certificates in topics ranging from Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies to Digital Humanities, or gaining a Master’s level degree in programs ranging from Economics, to Computational Social Science, to Art History can offer you efficient options to grow as your career grows. 

Looking for opportunities for in-depth research experience? With over a dozen Doctoral programs at a designated top-level research university, George Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences offers the chance to work with world-class researchers in a major metropolitan area rich with career opportunities. See our Future Students page for more information on applying.

Once you are an admitted student, you can find all the information you need about program offerings, policies, or specific information about student-faculty collaboration. Looking for ways to finance your education? Check out the many funding options at George Mason.

We hope you thrive in our programs from your first class to graduation. At George Mason’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, we like to say we are “at the center of it all,” in terms of campus life, interdisciplinary connections, and students’ professional and intellectual development.

Questions? Please contact individual graduate program directors or the graduate academic affairs office at chssgrad@gmu.edu.

Important Dates for Advancement to Candidacy

Students that have met the requirements for advancement to candidacy and wish to advance for fall 2020 semester must have all paperwork submitted to the office of Graduate Academic Affairs no later than Friday, December 4, 2020.

Students that meet the requirements for advancement to candidacy for spring 2021, must have all paperwork submitted to the office of Graduate Academic Affairs no later than Friday, January 8, 2021.