MA in Communication

Become a Mason Graduate Student

All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the Admission chapter of the University Catalog.

You are responsible for submitting all required application materials by the posted deadline. Review your program's Admissions Requirements and Deadlines before you begin your application. You can also visit our Grad Admissions page for helpful hints on how best to prepare your transcripts and other Admissions materials.

Step 1: Complete and submit the online Graduate Admissions application. George Mason University requires all graduate applicants to upload all possible required supplementary materials, such as unofficial transcripts, goals statement and writing sample, at the same time you submit your application. Online applications require a non-refundable $75 application processing fee.

Step 2: Within a few days of submitting your online application, you will receive an email with your Mason G number (G#). This is a tracking number provided to all applicants that allows us to match your supporting documentation to your completed application.

Step 3: Check your application status and requirements checklist in your application portal. Initial processing takes 3 to 5 business days from the date of submission. You can use your application log-in and password to access your information throughout the application process. Graduate Admissions may send updates or notify you of issues with your application through your admissions portal, so it is best to log in periodically to monitor your application status.

Step 4: For newly admitted students, refer to the CHSS New Graduate Student webpage for tips on confirming enrollment, submitting official transcripts, registering for class and more.

The fall graduate degree seeking application opens September 15.

Program Specific Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement GRE Portfolio Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Additional Information

Admission to the graduate program in communication is competitive.  Meeting the minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission.

Goals Statement: Needs to be between 750-1000 words and uploaded to the online application. The goals statement should include the following information: Your future career goals and how an MA in Communication from Mason can help you achieve these goals.

Writing sample prompt:  In 1000-2000 words, respond to the following prompt:

What is a current problem related to strategic, health, or science communication that you might be interested in investigating? Why is this problem important? What would we need to know in order to address and help solve this problem? How would you apply your academic examination of the problem to future works, or if you were to design a study that investigates this problem, what would your study look like?

The writing sample is limited to 2000 words and must be uploaded to the online application.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: March 01

All applicants are strongly advised to submit applications and all supporting documents by the program's posted deadline date.

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