Graduate Certificate in College Teaching (Offered by Higher Education Program)

Become a Mason Graduate Student

All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the Admission chapter of the University Catalog.

You are responsible for submitting all required application materials by the posted deadline. Review your program's Admissions Requirements and Deadlines before you begin your application. You can also visit our Grad Admissions FAQs page for helpful hints on how best to prepare your transcripts and other Admissions materials.

The fall graduate degree seeking application opens September 15.

The spring graduate degree seeking application opens April 15.

Program Specific Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement GRE Portfolio Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Additional Information

Application to the Certificate Program Only

Goals Statement (uploaded via online application): This essay demonstrates the applicant's writing ability and the background and credentials that qualify the applicant for certificate study at George Mason University. Applicants should also use this essay to express what they hope to achieve professionally and how the certificate can help achieve that.  The essay should convey that applying to this program has been an informed and thoughtful process. 

Writing Sample: This document should be a formal piece of writing that demonstrates the applicant's ability to write at the graduate level, creating a thesis statement and using scholarly literature to make and support an argument.

Application to Certificate Program as a Secondary Program

Applicants to the graduate certificate in college teaching who are already accepted or enrolled in a degree program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences must submit

Application Deadlines


Fall Deadline: March 15

Spring Deadline: November 01


Online Deadline Information

All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documents by the program's posted deadline date.

The Office of Graduate Admissions, in coordination with the Graduate Certificate in College Teaching review committee, will consider requests from admitted students to delay enrollment and have their application reconsidered for a future term.  A reconsideration is not an automatic admission and an applicant must go through admissions review again, regardless of previous decision. Offers of funding are not guaranteed for reconsiderations and are at the discretion of the program of admission. All requests for reconsideration must be submitted using the directions in the Self-Service Center by the enrollment deadline listed in the student’s offer of admission. Reconsideration is granted only for a period of one full academic year (Ex. Fall to Fall).

Additional Requirements for