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 philosophy must submit
After your application is submitted and reviewed, you will receive instructions on how to submit the following required item:
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (703) 993-9700.
GRE scores are optional. GRE scores are recommended for those students planning to go on to pursue a PhD in philosophy.
Applicants to the MA program in PHIL, including all concentrations, must have completed certain undergraduate preparation coursework with grades of B or higher in each course.
For the MA with Traditional and Contemporary Philosophy focus, these courses are:
For the MA with concentration in Philosophy and Cultural Theory, these courses are:
For the MA with concentration in Ethics and Public Affairs, these courses are:
An applicant with a baccalaureate degree who has not met all admission requirements may, at the discretion of the department, be offered provisional admission if sufficient evidence is presented to suggest the applicant has the ability to pursue graduate work.
Under an offer of provisional admission, the preparation coursework must be completed by the time the student has completed 12 credits of MA coursework; and the preparation coursework must be completed with a grade of B or higher in each course. If the student does not complete the preparation coursework with grades of B or higher in each course within the time of completion of the first 12 credits of graduate study, the student will be terminated from the program. For more information on provisional admission please refer to Graduate Admission Policies.
Fall Deadline: March 01
Spring Deadline: November 01
All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documents by the program's posted deadline date.