Graduate School of Education - George Mason University
Graduate School of Education - George Mason University

Our Graduate School of Education is the alma mater for one third of teachers and administrators in Northern Virginia’s world-class school systems. Each year, more than 3,000 graduate students enroll in our innovative academic programs, which include advanced study for teachers and school leaders, instructional design and technology, and a renowned PhD in Education program that is among the largest in the country.

School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Admissions & Information Sessions

Our program is offered on the main Mason Fairfax Campus (traditional face to face), regional cohorts (hybrid) and online.

We are currently accepting Fall 2019 applications for the following program options:

  • Fall 2019 Northern Virginia Regional Cohort
  • Fall 2019 Campus Program
  • Fall 2019 Online Cohort
  • Fall 2019 Online Independent School Leaders Cohort

You may start applying for Spring 2020 for the following program options:

  • Spring 2020 Alexandria/Arlington Cohort (Employees of ACPS or APS only)
  • Spring 2020 Prince William area Cohort
  • Spring 2020 Campus Program
  • Spring 2020 Online Cohort

In Fall 2020 we will be offering a Northern Virginia cohort.

Application Materials:

  • Graduate application
  • Application fee
  • Goal statement (750 -1000 words) that addresses reasons for choosing leadership as a profession
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges and/or universities attended (applicants do not need to send transcripts for courses taken at George Mason University). Once admitted official transcripts will be needed.
  • Two recommendation forms - one recommendation must be from an administrator who supervised you in a school setting, and the second recommendation can be from anyone you choose.
  • Current resume with your education, professional licenses/certifications, and professional experience.

The last step in the admissions process will be an interview. You must complete the online admissions application and submit all required information to be scheduled for an interview. We recommend you apply by the priority deadline. Our program does not generally allow students to defer once admitted to the program.

Candidates interested in the Online program are encouraged to review the information posted on this site. Those interested in a regional cohort should email for information on how to be added to an interest list for upcoming information sessions. We strongly urge candidates to register for an information session. Information session dates will be added soon - please check back.  

Space is limited in each program option so we encourage interested candidates to start their admission application and submit it as soon as possible. Candidates who are interested in the Summer 2019 cohorts should apply for Fall 2019 admissions by the March 1, 2019 priority deadline. We also encourage candidates who are interested in the Fall 2019 Online and Campus programs to plan on applying by the March 1, 2019 priority deadline. 

If we do not have an information session scheduled for a region you are interested in attending select the contact us tab and send our office an email. Please note the region you are interested in and when you would like to start. The Education Leadership Program office will then send you updates on upcoming information sessions as they are scheduled.

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