MA in Middle East and Islamic Studies

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.

Step 1: Complete and submit the online Graduate Admissions application. George Mason University requires all graduate applicants to upload all possible required supplementary materials, such as unofficial transcripts, goals statement or writing sample, at the same time you submit your application. Online applications require a non-refundable $75 application processing fee.

Step 2: Within a few days of submitting your online application, you will receive an email with your Mason G number (G#). This is a tracking number provided to all applicants that allows us to match your supporting documentation to your completed application.

Step 3: Check your application status and requirements checklist in your application portal. Initial processing takes 3 to 5 business days from the date of submission. You can use your application log-in and password to access your information throughout the application process. Graduate Admissions may send updates or notify you of issues with your application through your admissions portal, so it is best to log in periodically to monitor your application status.

Step 4: For newly admitted students, refer to the CHSS New Graduate Student webpage for tips on confirming enrollment, submitting official transcripts, registering for class and more.

Program Specific Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement GRE Portfolio Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Additional Information

The goals statement should be between 750-1000 words and should include career goals and the role of graduate study in Middle East and Islamic studies.

An analytical writing sample (uploaded online; max 2000 words) is optional but recommended.

Accelerated Masters Option for Current Mason Students 

Students interested in exploring the Accelerated Masters option should email as early as possible. For more details about how to apply for the Accelerated Masters option, visit the college's Accelerated Master's Programs Overview page as this option follows a separate application process.

Application Deadlines

Priority Fall Deadline: February 15

Priority Spring Deadline: October 15

Applications for Fall 2022 not submitted by the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis and accepted until August 1, 2022. Applications missing supplementary materials after August 1 will be considered until August 15, 2022.

Applications for Spring 2022 not submitted by the priority deadline will be considered on a space-available basis and accepted until December 1, 2021. Applications missing supplementary materials after December 1 will be considered until December 15, 2021.


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