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 MA in psychology must submit:

  • Completed Application for Graduate Study (online).
  • Nonrefundable application fee.
  • Virginia In-State Tuition Rates application 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 that is a biographical statement outlining their background and experience and describing their future goals in psychology.
  • Three letters of reference from professors or supervisors.
  • GRE scores taken within the past five years (Applicants should plan to take the GRE at least two months before the deadline.)

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.

Application Deadlines

New students are admitted for fall semester only. All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documents by the programs' posted deadline dates. Deadlines vary by concentration. International applicants must apply 1 month before other stated deadlines.

  • Applied developmental psychology: January 1*
  • Biopsychology (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience):  February 1*
  • Human factors/applied cognition: February 1*
  • Industrial/organizational psychology: February 1
  • School psychology: January 15*

*Applications for the applied developmental psychology, cognitive and behavioral neuroscience, human factors/applied cognition, and school psychology concentrations received after the deadline may be considered on a space-available basis. 

Additional Information

Applicants to the MA in psychology must have 15 credits in psychology including a general/introductory course, a course in statistics, and a laboratory course in psychology. The concentration in school psychology also requires courses in abnormal psychology and developmental psychology.

The department considers all applications, considers them as a whole, and there are no rigid minimum scores required. However, we typically prefer applicants with an undergraduate GPA > 3.00, a GPA in psychology course work > 3.25, and GRE scores > the 50th percentile. Experience, letters of recommendation, publications, and (in some programs) an interview, can help compensate for deficiencies in numeric qualifications. No specific set of qualifications guarantees admission.

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