Transfer to Mason

As Virginia’s largest public research university, George Mason University provides a college experience like no other. Mason offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degrees and numerous minors and certificate programs to customize your education and meet your career and personal goals.

Mason is at the forefront of emerging fields and is committed to providing a transformational learning experience that helps you grow as an individual, scholar, and professional.

Mason is one of only 131 schools in the country designated as a Tier One research university by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education.

Mason Programs

Discover Who You Are and Who You Want to Be

Mason’s nine colleges and schools provide the opportunity to craft your own course of study. Whether you’re passionate about a certain subject or want to start by exploring your options, we’ll provide the advice and guidance to help you find the best fit.

Mason’s Honors College

Mason’s Honors College provides motivated students with unique academic and social opportunities that enhance the college experience. Selected from the most outstanding students invited to the Honors College, University Scholars are awarded scholarships covering the full cost of tuition over four years.

Grad School Bound?

Jump-Start Your Graduate Education Experience!

Save money, time, and expand your career options with Mason’s bachelor's-to-accelerated master’s programs.

The Mason Experience

Part of the Vibrant Washington, D.C., Region

Mason is located 15 miles outside the nation’s capital. As the political and cultural center of the country, Washington, D.C., offers a great place to explore and gain valuable educational and professional experiences.

A Place Like No Other

Mason Campuses

Mason’s beautiful 670-acre residential campus is located in Fairfax, Virginia. Our additional Virginia campuses in Arlington and Manassas and our overseas campus in Songdo, South Korea, provide expanded access to educational opportunities for Mason students and others in our communities.

Mason is home to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia, a site that provides experiential education opportunities for students building careers in global conservation.

Campus Safety

Mason is committed to both individual and community safety. Our Mason Alert text notification system provides immediate updates and safety information. Students also have access to an array of safety features through the RAVE Guardian smartphone app. The George Mason University Department of Police and Public Safety has a force of more than 135 full- and part-time personnel. Officers are available on campus 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.


World-Class Faculty

Mason’s innovative spirit and reputation for excellence have attracted some of the world’s brightest minds including elected officials, retired generals, and former ambassadors.

A Brookings Institution analysis found that a George Mason education adds 20 percent to the value of a college degree when comparing mid-career salaries.

Online Learning Options

Mason Online allows students to take select classes offered on campus in an online format while at home, stationed abroad, or traveling. This allows you to learn on your own time from wherever you are.


Our 50+ residence halls offer a variety of options, including suites, apartments, and Learning Communities (LCs). Residence halls offer new or recently renovated spaces, open lounge areas, shared kitchens, and free laundry facilities.


With dining locations across our campuses—some open 24 hours—you’ll have the flexibility to eat what you want and when you want. Mason Dining offers something for every palate or dietary need, including allergen-free, vegan, gluten-free, and halal options. And if you're too busy studying, Mason Dining's fleet of delivery robots can bring you dinner while you brush up before finals!


Three state-of-the-art fitness centers offer everything from an Olympic-sized pool to group exercise classes. Mason’s fitness resources are endless—and free for full-time students.

460+ Student Organizations

There are so many ways at Mason for you to find your niche, get involved, and meet new friends. There are also opportunities for team activities through our intramural or club teams. Every year, we host thousands of events on campus, including theater, music, sports, movies, comedians, and more. There is always something to see or do.

200+ Study-Abroad Programs

Our study-abroad programs give you the opportunity to experience different cultures while studying at prestigious host institutions. If you’re an eligible freshman, Mason’s Global Gateways program allows you to study abroad as early as your second semester.

Experience the World at Mason

Home to Virginia’s largest and most diverse student body, Mason ranks among the most diverse universities in the nation.

Our diversity has defined and shaped our culture, from how we educate our students to our sense of responsibility in our communities and in the world as a whole. We are dedicated to helping individuals and organizations thrive in a complex world.

Our students represent all races, ethnicities, nationalities, religions, sexual orientations, and gender identities. Hailing from 130 countries and all 50 states, the Mason Nation brings together many different ideas and perspectives that contribute to a vibrant and engaging community.

Mason has a culture of seeing things as they are, accepting challenges, and figuring out how to get the work done.

We have a great foundation in place, but we know we can do more. Our Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence Task Force, created by President Gregory Washington, is taking a hard look at the current state of diversity and inclusivity efforts at the university. The work we do will create a strategy to incorporate change across Mason. We’re holding ourselves accountable because we know it’s not enough to set goals—we’re determined to meet the challenge today and in the future.


Major: Communication, concentration in public relations

Hometown: Panama City, Panama

About: Moises was born in Panama and moved to the United States when he was 5 years old. On campus, he was involved in many student organizations, such as Mason Ambassadors and the Hispanic Student Association, and he also served as the president of Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship. He hopes to one day use his public relations skills to have a positive impact on the lives of others.

“Mason was right for me because of the diversity of the student population and the abundant resources designed to help students succeed and the fun clubs and events always taking place on campus.”


Major: Film and Video Studies

Hometown: Chantilly, Virginia

About: Zoe earned one of 50 coveted spots in the Television Academy Foundation’s Internship Program. Assigned to Valhalla Entertainment, she wrote coverage pieces for CEO Gale Anne Hurd, the mind behind hits like The Walking Dead television series and The Terminator movies. Zoe has also helped write and develop scripts for television shows like Amazon’s Lore.

“The internships were really satisfying professionally. I got to help with script edits and transcribing for the new series. It was neat to be a fly on the wall as the series was reaching its final stages.”


Majors: Psychology and Neuroscience

Hometown: Little Rock, Arkansas

About: As a student, Kellon was a research assistant at Mason’s Social and Cognitive Interactions Lab. In addition to his research, Kellon held leadership roles on campus, serving on the university’s Interfraternity Council and the Diversity Advisory Council. After graduation, Kellon accepted a position with Amazon.

“When you attend college, you are supposed to get out of your comfort zone and experience new things, new people, and new environments. You won’t regret a thing. Coming to Mason will give you all of that and then some!”

Graduate Career-Ready

84 percent of our graduates achieve positive career outcomes within six months of graduation.

The College of Engineering and Computing is ranked No. 5 among high ROI colleges for engineering majors on Affordable Colleges Online.

The School of Business at George Mason University is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. The School of Business is among only 25 percent of AACSB-accredited business schools worldwide that are accredited in both business and accounting.

92 percent of Mason graduates are employed in the Washington, D.C., region, with a median salary of $65,500.

Mason’s English and history degree programs are ranked No. 1 in the country for earnings potential by PayScale.com.

More than 700 companies throughout the year connect with and recruit our students and graduates.

Connect with Top Regional Employers


Amazon HQ2

Mason continues to expand our Arlington Campus and will launch our new School of Computing to support the newest location of Amazon’s headquarters.

Career Services

University Career Services offers you the support you need to be career-ready. Whether it’s through resume workshops, internship resources, or our career fairs, you’ll have the help you need to shine as a candidate for a career in your chosen field.

Mason's Career Services team serves 20,000 students annually

Mason has an active alumni network, with 200,000 Mason graduates worldwide and 63 percent of Mason alumni living in the Washington, D.C., area.


Mason Provides an Affordable Education

Many Mason students receive some form of financial aid, such as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans. Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid has a team of dedicated professionals available to help you and your family.

Mason's loan default rate is 2.1 percent, which is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1 percent. This means that Mason graduates are better positioned than others to pay off the investment they made in their education.


Patriot Pride

Show your Patriot Pride with green and gold as you watch one of our 20 NCAA Division I men’s and women’s teams! Don’t forget to learn the fight song so you can sing along with our NCAA No. 1-ranked pep band, The Green Machine.


Transfer Application Requirements

Transfer applicants should present the following criteria to be competitive for admission:

  • 24 transferable credits from a regionally accredited institution
  • Students with fewer than 24 college credits are required to submit high school transcripts and standardized test scores
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Transferable English composition and mathematics course
  • Non-native speakers of English must meet the university’s English language proficiency requirement

In-State Transfers

Guaranteed Admission Agreement Requirements

Students earning an AS, AA, or AA&S through the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) may take advantage of this unique partnership between Mason and VCCS colleges. Specific requirements must be met to qualify for guaranteed transfer admission to Mason.

ADVANCE: A NOVA-Mason Partnership

ADVANCE is open to all Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) students with fewer than 30 credits who plan to transfer to George Mason to pursue a bachelor's degree. Specifically designed to streamline the transition between the institutions, the program connects you to dedicated advisors and success coaches from your first day at NOVA through your graduation from Mason.

Transfer Application Deadlines

Application Priority Deadlines

  • Fall Admission: March 1
  • Spring Admission: October 1
  • Mason Financial Aid Deadline: March 1

Applications for general transfer admission will be considered after the priority deadlines on a space-available basis. Late applicants are not considered for GAA admission. Using the Mason application, students may apply to the Honors College for either the fall or spring semesters, but must meet the priority deadline for their semester of entry.

The Office of Transfer Services offers transfer counseling Monday through Friday by appointment only for prospective transfer students and applicants. Appointment Information

Apply today and start your higher education journey with us!


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