International Students

International Applicants

Celebrating diversity provides a powerful foundation on which to launch successful careers in national and international health and human services organizations. CHHS faculty and staff value the diverse opinions, perspectives, and world views that our international students bring to our educational environment and learning community.

Please visit the Office of Admissions website to learn more about international transcript evaluations, the English language proficiency requirement, and the student visa process. Application deadlines for international applicants are one month prior to published deadlines for domestic applicants. Plan ahead! Review deadlines and required materials for the program you are interested in.

Immigration regulations limit the number of online courses international students in F-1 status can count towards their full-time enrollment. For more information, visit the website of the Office of International Programs and Services.

We ask that students admitted during the spring semester please take into consideration the numerous U.S. state and federal holidays in December and January during which Mason and government offices will be closed. We ask for your patience as your I-20 documents and visa are processed and sent to you. Please see the academic calendar for the university holiday schedule.

Undergraduate Students

In order to gain admission to a CHHS undergraduate program, students must apply to the university. Learn more about applying to George Mason as an international undergraduate student on the university admissions webpage. If you have questions, contact Mason’s Office of Admissions directly at 703-993-2000.

Graduate Students

The application process for the Master of Science in Global Health, the Master of Public Health, the Certificate in Public Health, and the PhD in Public Health requires an application to be submitted via SOPHAS. For information on master’s level programs, please visit the Department of Global and Community Health’s graduate admissions webpage. For information the PhD program, please visit the PhD admissions webpage

In addition to the general application requirements by program, international applicants must also provide:

  • 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 section)
    • IELTS: send scores directly to George Mason University using code 5827 (minimum score: 7.0 total band score, with a minimum of 6.5 in each subsection)

Common International Graduate Admissions Questions

What are the international graduate application requirements?

When applying to the graduate programs offered by the Department of Global and Community Health in SOPHAS, you must include:

  • Official U.S./Canadian transcripts from ALL schools attended
  • CV/Resume
  • Statement of Purpose and Objectives
  • Two letters of recommendation, or three letters if applying to the PhD program
  • World Education Services (WES) ICAP course-by-course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside of 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.

Read more about the general application requirements.

How should I have my foreign transcripts evaluated?

SOPHAS will accept any transcript evaluation other than the WES ICAP evaluation, which provides course-by-course evaluations from all transcripts from the home country of applicants along with a proof of degree confirmation date. For more information, visit SOPHAS and World Education Services.

Are the graduate programs in the Department of Global and Community Health considered STEM?

No graduate programs in the Department of Global and Community Health, including any the PhD in Public Health and any MPH concentration, are considered STEM. The CIP code for the MPH program is 51.2201, which is not designated as STEM.

Who do I contact regarding my visa?

The Office of International Programs and Services assists international applicants and students with visa information. This office also provides support to international students once they arrive at Mason.

Is there special funding for international students to obtain their Masters degrees?

There is no special funding for international students in the Department of Global and Community Health. Funding at the master’s level is very limited. The Department of Global and Community Health receives a limited number of Graduate Research Assistantships each year. The GRA application comes out in late spring and is sent to all current and admitted students.

Is there special funding for international students to obtain their PhD?

Exceptional applicants, including international applicants, are offered funding that provides for tuition and living expenses. Funding is limited and competitive. Strong applicants are automatically considered for a graduate research assistantship, which provides tuition waivers, health insurance, and a stipend in exchange for up to 20 hours a week of research support.

I have more questions. Who can I talk to?

First, see our general graduate admissions questions.

If you have more questions, contact gch@gmu.edu.