College of Humanities and Social Sciences


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 to the women and gender studies concentration must submit:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Study (online).
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates if claiming entitlement to these rates.
  • One official transcript from all previous institutions attended.  Transcripts must be sent in a sealed envelope to the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Admissions Office or, if an official electronic transcript, to Mason’s official email address for transcript receipt.  Official Transcripts.
  • Goals statement detailing interest in women and gender studies.
  • Three letters of recommendation preferably from professors who can comment on work completed in an academic course.
  • Resume or curriculum vitae.
  • The writing sample should be a short final or research paper (or an excerpt from a longer paper) that demonstrates the applicant's capacity to engage in scholarly analysis.

Applicants with international academic credentials should apply 30 days before the program deadline and must also provide:

  • Proof of English proficiency: either TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. Please refer to the university’s English Proficiency Standards.
  • Degree certificates, diplomas, or additional transcript documentation as outlined in the university’s International Transcript Submission Guidelines
  • 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.

Additional Information

Students will be admitted only if the program can assign to them a faculty advisor appropriate for their intended course of study.

Application Deadlines

All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documents by the programs' posted deadline dates.

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