Admission to our graduate programs is competitive.
What Makes a Competitive Application?
While there are no minimum score requirements, the average admitted student has a GPA above 3.0 and has GRE scores of 151 on the quantitative reasoning section, 152 on the verbal reasoning section, and 4.0 on the analytical writing section. Applicants’ scores are expected to be competitive with these averages, although meeting these standards does not guarantee admission to the program.
Faculty reviewers assess the quality of the written personal statement, as well as the quality of academic and professional letters of recommendation.
The graduate programs (not including the Accelerated MPH) in the Department of Global and Community Health use the SOPHAS application system. SOPHAS is an online application system where prospective public health graduate students can apply to multiple accredited schools using the same transcripts and letters of recommendation, among other documents.
Application requirements to be uploaded to SOPHAS:
- Official U.S./Canadian transcripts from all schools attended
- Statement of Purpose and Objectives (personal statement)
- Two letters of recommendation
- GRE: send scores to SOPHAS using code 1236
- Note: the GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have earned a doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university in the United States or Canada.
- The GRE is not required for the certificate in public health.
- World Education Services (WES) ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada
- English proficiency test scores for applicants who attended post-secondary institutions outside of the U.S., Canada (excluding the province of Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean, United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand
- TOEFL: send scores to SOPHAS using code 5688 (minimum score: 88, with at least 20 in each category
- IELTS: send scores directly to George Mason University using code 5827 (minimum score: 6.5)
Submit all forms directly to SOPHAS. No supporting documents are accepted at Mason’s admissions office.
Once applications are submitted and verified by SOPHAS, applications will receive an email from George Mason University with additional information. Once an application is ready for review, it takes approximately 3-6 weeks for application decisions.
MPH and MS students are admitted only once each academic year, for entrance in the fall. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by March 1. Applications are accepted on an ongoing, space-available basis after the deadline.
Certificate students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters. Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted no later than by November 1 (for spring) or March 1 (for fall).
In-state tuition rates are afforded to residents of the Commonwealth of Virginia who claim entitlement according to the Code of Virginia, Section 23-7.4, including applicants who may be in approved DACA status. Please review the code if you think you are eligible for in-state tuition.