- Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of study. Some applicants with a lower GPA may be admitted provisionally if there is sufficient evidence of potential success.
- Two sealed official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. Applicants do not need to send in transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University. Applicants with degrees from abroad must have transcripts officially translated and evaluated.
- Complete graduate application to include application fee and a 750 -1000 word goal statement that addresses the reasons for pursuing a degree in Educational Psychology. Steps for Applying.
- Three letters of recommendation from former or current employers or university professors, targeting work experiences and academic abilities. Please use the Letters of Recommendation Form.
- Official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) test scores for General Test. Scores taken within the last 5 years are acceptable. Beginning August 1, 2011, applicants are required to take the GRE revised General Test
- Passing scores on the TOEFL for non-native English speaking applicants.
- Note: Students who have not completed EDRS 590 or a comparable research methodology course or experience will be accepted provisionally and need to complete EDRS 590 within the first semester of the program.
- Applicants to the teacher preparation concentration must also apply to a teacher licensure Graduate Certificate program. Passing Praxis I (reading, writing and mathematics) scores are required for application to Mason's state-approved licensure programs and are part of the multiple criteria used to make admissions decisions. Passing Praxis II scores are required to be recommended for licensure. Candidates must pass Praxis II prior to their final internship.
- If you are an applicant with international credentials, please review requirements listed in Step 1 which includes a PowerPoint tutorial to aid you in the international application process.
Supporting documentation should be sent in one package to:
George Mason University
4400 University Dr., MS 4D1
Fairfax, VA 22030
Students admitted for fall are eligible to begin course work in summer or fall term.
- Spring : November 1
- Fall : April 1
Students admitted for fall are eligible to begin course work in summer or fall term. Applications may be accepted after the deadline on a space-available basis.
Detailed Admission information is available at PhD Admissions
PhD Application Deadlines
- Fall: February 1
- Spring: September 1
Students accepted as non-degree students by the university may take educational psychology courses providing there is space available. However, students may only transfer 12 credits of non-degree coursework into the master's degree and licensure program. This means that if students take courses as non-degree students and then are accepted into the master's and licensure program, only 12 credits of the non-degree coursework may be transferred into the program. Students must complete the Graduate Transfer of Credit Request form.