College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Certificate in Folklore Studies

Application Requirements

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

Applicants are strongly encouraged to review college policies for graduate certificate programs, particularly those sections relating to admissions at Applying to a Graduate Certificate Program.  

Application to Certificate Program Only

Applicants to the graduate certificate in folklore studies who are not currently enrolled in a degree program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences must submit

  • Completed Graduate Application (online).
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Virginia In-State Tuition Rates application if claiming entitlement to these rates.
  • Unofficial copies of transcript(s) from previous domestic institution(s) attended (uploaded via online application).
  • Goals Statement (uploaded via online application).
  • Resume or CV (uploaded via online application).
  • The names and email addresses (via the online application) of the three individuals who will be submitting the required letters of recommendation.

After your application is submitted and reviewed, you will receive instructions on how to submit the following required item:

  • Writing Sample. 1,500 to 2,000-word writing sample (uploaded online) of literary analysis. Read More.

Applicants with international academic credentials should:

NOTE: Applicants may supply an official international transcript evaluation from an independent evaluation agency approved by NACES or AACRAO. The WES-ICAP evaluation service includes verified academic credentials as part of the evaluation package. If you prefer to have Mason evaluate your international transcripts, you should apply 45 days before the posted deadline date.

  • provide proof of English proficiency: either TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. Please refer to the university’s English Proficiency Standards
  • submit your official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions either via postal mail or in-person to:

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8
245 Johnson Center
Fairfax, VA  22030

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or (703) 993-9700.

Application to Certificate Program as a Secondary Program

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

Additional Information

All students who hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university are eligible to apply.

International students with F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant status are advised to refer to the University Catalog's Admission of International Students to learn more about policies relating to full-time status and time limits.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: April 15

Spring Deadline: November 01

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

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