Application Requirements and Deadlines

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, several programs have waived the GRE exam requirement for fall 2022 applications. See section titled "Required Basic Documents" for details. 

Applying to graduate programs at Mason Engineering is a multi-step process. All applications are processed through central admissions.

Admission standards and the general university admission requirements can be found in the University catalog under Graduate Admissions Policies. For additional information , please go to our Academics page and select your program of interest.

Eligibility to apply:

  • Must have a baccalaureate degree from a Mason-recognized institutional accrediting agency.

    • Earned or will earn a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally acredited US institution, or an equivalent degree from a nationally recognized non-US institution.

    • Applications may be submitted during the final year of undergraduate study. Note: Acceptance is contingent on award of a baccalaureate degree before matriculation to a graduate or professional program at Mason.

  • Earned a 3.00 GPA on a 4.00 scale or better in your baccalaureate study. Note: The GPA requirement can be higher for individual programs.

Please note: CEC Office of Graduate Studies does not offer application fee waiver for graduate admission. George Mason University offers limited application fee waivers for undergraduate and graduate applicants. 

Fall 2022 Application Deadlines 

The fall 2022 application is available now.

Funding Deadlines for Doctoral Programs:

  • December 1, 2021 for the following doctoral programs:

    • Computer Science, PhD
    • Bioengineering, PhD
    • Electrical & Computer Engineering, PhD
  • December 15, 2021 for all other doctoral programs

Standard Deadline for Graduate Degree Programs:

  • March 15, 2022

Space Available Deadline for Graduate Degree Programs:

  • F1/J1 Visa students, June 1, 2022
  • Domestic students, July 15, 2022

Applications received or missing supplementary materials after March 15, 2022 will be considered on a space-available basis until June 1, 2022 for those who require an F1/J1 visa for study in the United States, and July 15, 2022 for those who do not need a visa. 

*Note: Applications for the Bioengineering, PhD program will not be accepted after March 15, 2022.

Graduate Non-degree Studies: August 15, 2022

Spring 2023 Application Deadlines

Coming soon. The Spring application will open on April 15, 2022.


Required Basic Documentation

The following are required documents for the application process according to the degree sought. Note: Internationally-educated students may require additional documents. See the Internationally-educated applicant section of this page for details.

Certificate Program  
  • College Transcripts
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation
  • Goals Statement
  • Resumé


Master's Program  
  • College Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Goals Statement
  • Resumé

Notes on admission requirements:

  • Recommendation letters are NOT required for the following MS programs:

    • Computer Engineering

    • Electrical Engineering

    • Software Engineering

  • Fall 2022 applications only: The GRE is not required.


Doctoral Program  
  • College Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Goals Statement
  • Resumé
  • GRE (see 'notes on admission requirements')

Notes on admission requirements:

  • The GRE exam is required for the following programs:

    • Statistical Science, PhD

    • Systems Engineering & Operations Research, PhD

  • Fall 2022 applications: GRE exam is waived for all other doctoral programs and is optional for admission consideration. Applicants who took the GRE (General Test) with exams no older than five years, are encouraged to provide official test scores to help the review committee with decision-making. The PhD in Computer Science program recommends the GRE for internationally-educated applicants. 

  • Computer Science, PhD program requires two letters of recommendation for admission consideration.


Graduate Non-degree Studies  
  • College Transcripts
  • Resumé


Internationally Educated Applicants

Internationally-educated students must submit additional requirements to complete a graduate studies application:

  • Transcript evaluation from a NACES approved agency. See International Graduate Requirements for details.

  • English proficiency exam: TOEFL iBT for Graduate Studies and/or Research Assistantship (80 points total overall, with no section minimum); for Teaching Assistantship (88 points total overall, with a minimum of 20 points in each section). For additional details on TOEFL, IELTS or PTE, see Examination and Scores.

Application Procedures


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Step 1: Gather Your Documents

Compile the documentation required for your desired degree level (basic documentation is listed on this page).

Step 2: Choose Your Program

Select your program of study and check the requirements for your specific program and degree.

Step 3: Apply Online

Have your documents prepared and ready to upload before beginning the application. The central Office of Graduate Admissions handles all graduate applications to the university.

Contact Us

Graduate Studies


Phone: 703-993-1512

Prospective students and applicants are encouraged to email us to set up a virtual appointment.