College of Education and Human Development - 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.

Funding Sources and Discounts

Many Mason students receive financial aid, whether as grants, scholarships, work-study employment, or loans.


Assistantships: An assistantship is an academic position that carries a stipend and usually involves part-time teaching or research, given to a qualified graduate student.

Tuition Discount for Virginia Educators

Tuition Discount: A 15% tuition discount is available for Virginia residents who are enrolled in a CEHD graduate program and are educators working in a public or non-public PreK-12 school located in Virginia.

Tuition Discount for Out-of-State CEHD Graduate Students

The out-of-state tuition discount is approximately 40% off the university’s approved rate for out-of-state graduate students (please see for current rate information).


Fellowships: Graduate fellowships are awards that provide support to masters and doctoral students for research, writing, fieldwork, language study, professional development, or independent projects undertaken in conjunction with a degree program.


Scholarships: A scholarship is a grant of financial aid awarded to a student attending a college.

George Mason University Financial Aid

The Office of Student Financial Aid has information on student loans, loan deferments, application procedures, payment schedules, qualifications, scholarships, loan counseling, and more. Please refer to Mason's Main Admissions page for information about money including, tuition and fees, typical total costs, financial aid, housing and residence life, dining services, and Mason Money.

The following Mason Certificate Programs are currently eligible for Federal Aid: Early Childhood Education – PK3, Students with Disabilities Access – Adaptive Curriculum, Secondary Education Licensure, Early Childhood Special Education, Students with Disabilities Access – General Curriculum, Teach for America – Special Education, Teaching English as a Second Language.

If the Certificate you are interested in is not listed as federal aid eligible, please contact the Office of Financial Aid if you are interested in applying for an alternative loan to cover the cost of the program.