College of Humanities and Social Sciences


MA in Psychology

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.
  • Unofficial transcript(s) from previous domestic institution(s) attended (uploaded via online application).
  • Goals statement that is a biographical statement outlining their background and experience and describing their future goals in psychology (uploaded via online application).
  • Resume or CV (uploaded via online application).
  • The names and email addresses (via online application) of the three professors or supervisors who will be submitting the required letters of recommendation.
  • GRE scores from exam taken within the past five years (NOTE: Applicants should plan to take the GRE at least two months before the deadline.)

Applicants with international academic credentials should:

NOTE: 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. If you prefer to have Mason evaluate your international transcripts, you should apply 45 days before the posted deadline date.

  • provide proof of English proficiency: either TOEFL, IELTS, or Pearson Test of English. Please refer to the university’s English Proficiency Standards
  • submit your official transcripts in a sealed envelope directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions either via postal mail or in-person to:

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8
245 Johnson Center
Fairfax, VA  22030

For questions regarding the application process, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at or (703) 993-9700.

Application Deadlines and Decision Timelines

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.  Each graduate concentration expects to make initial admission decisions by the dates posted below. However, decisions will continue through April 30 as applicants are selected from the waitlist and the programs reach capacity.

  • Applied Developmental Psychology*: January 1

Initial decisions typically made by March 1 after open house event in February.

  • Biopsychology (Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience)*:  February 1

Initial decisions typically made by March 1.

  • Human Factors/Applied Cognition*: February 1

Initial decisions typically made by February 15.

  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology: February 1

Initial decisions typically made by March 10.

*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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