College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Notice:

Mason to move to virtual instruction for rest of semester, extend spring schedule by a week. Find out what you need to know to be prepared. Visit Mason's Coronavirus Information page and read Dean Ginsberg’s letter to CEHD students.

Graduate Application Deadlines and Requirements

The CEHD Office of Admission is currently working remotely. If you need to reach a team member immediately, please call (703) 993-2892 during business hours. You can also schedule a virtual appointment with a team member here.

Our wide range of diverse programs will put you firmly on your career path. From teacher preparation to Sport Management, we have many options for you to consider.

Program Admission DeadlinesMore Less

Most of our programs accept students on a rolling admissions cycle. Specific deadlines are listed below.

Priority deadline ensures consideration for the intended semester as well as financial aid options for students. Programs will continue to review applications until at capacity.

*Applicants that are interested in starting during the summer term must apply and have a completed application by April 1 for full consideration to enroll in summer courses.

ProgramFall DeadlineSpring Deadline
Athletic Training (Courses begin in the summer term)Priority: March 1
Space Available: May 1
Not accepting applications (Fall admission only)
Counseling ProgramsCLOSEDOctober 1
Education LeadershipJuly 1
Space Available: August 1
October 15
Education Leadership (Fully Online)July 1
Space Available: August 1
October 15
Education Leadership,
Independent School Leadership
July 1
Space Available: August 1
Not accepting applications (Fall admission only)
Education Leadership,
Math Specialist Leader
Priority: April 1
Space Available: August 1
Priority: November 1
Space Available: January 1
Elementary EducationPriority: April 1
Space Available: August 1
Priority: November 1
Space Available: January 1
Exercise, Fitness, and Health PromotionPriority: July 15
Space Available: August 1
Priority: November 1
Space Available: January 1
Instructional Design and TechnologySpace Available: August 10Space Available: January 4
PhD Education
(International Education/Education Leadership & Special Education specializations ONLY. All other specializations are CLOSED for fall 2020 consideration.)
March 1October 1
School PsychologyPriority: January 15
Space Available: May 15
Not accepting applications (Fall admission only)
Secondary EducationPriority: March 1
Space Available: August 1
Priority: October 1
Space Available: January 1
All Other ProgramsPriority: April 1
Space Available: August 1
Priority: November 1
Space Available: January 1
Non DegreePriority: April 1
Space Available: August 15
Priority: November 1
Space Available: January 1

Admissions RequirementsMore Less

All CEHD graduate programs require the following items for admissions consideration:

Resume: Resume should be updated and free of grammatical errors.

Goals Statement: The goals statement is 750-1000 words and should describe your academic and career goals related to the intended program. We recommend that applicants are specific in describing their past experiences related to the intended program as well as personal and professional aspirations. We also would like to know why you are choosing Mason to attend graduate school.

Transcript: Students can upload their unofficial transcripts for application review. Students with international credentials must provide official documents for admissions review. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Admissions for specific requirements.

Letters of recommendation: The PhD in Education program requires three letters of recommendation. All other CEHD programs require two letters of recommendation. Applicants should follow the instructions included in the online application to submit the recommendation form directly to their recommender. Mason does not accept paper recommendations. Recommendations should be professional or academic in nature. See FAQs for more information.

Teacher Licensure Programs

Graduate programs that lead to a teaching license will require additional items for admissions consideration:

Endorsement Requirement Worksheet: Endorsements are academic prerequisites required by the state of Virginia Department of Education for all teaching license programs. Applicants will need to create an account with our endorsement system and upload corresponding documents. Our Endorsement Specialist will verify academic credentials and provide advising on additional requirements if necessary. Applications must upload this document to their application. Specific information on this process can be found on our Endorsement page.

Additional items for admissions consideration;

GRE: Several CEHD programs require the GRE. Please refer to the requirements chart. GRE scores must be received for admissions consideration.

Interview: Several programs require an interview. Interviews are by invitation only. Applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview once all other application requirements have been met.

Writing Sample: Several programs require a writing sample. Writing samples are by invitation only. Applicants will be contacted to schedule a writing sample once all other application requirements have been met.