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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.

Graduate Application Deadlines and Requirements

We offer a wide range of diverse programs to put you firmly on your career path, from teacher preparation to Sport Management we have many options for you to consider.

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 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 program require two letters of recommendation. Applicants should follow the instructions included within 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.

Entrance Exam: A passing exam score is required for all applicants applying for a teaching license program by the state of Virginia Department of Education. Applicants can submit a Praxis CORE series, SAT, ACT or VCLA plus a Math score. Please check Virginia Test Requirements to see passing score information and how to submit your test results to Mason.

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.

Program Admission Deadlines

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
Phd EducationJanuary 15October 1
Elementary EducationPriority: March 1
Space Available: July 15
Priority: October 1
Space Available: December 1
Secondary EducationPriority: March 1
Space Available: July 15
Priority: October 1
Space Available: December 1
Counseling ProgramsFebruary 1October 15
MS Athletic TrainingJanuary 15Not accepting applications (Fall admission only)
MS Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion - Advanced PractitionerPriority: April 1
Space Available: August 15
Not accepting applications (Fall admission only)
MS Exercise, Fitness, and Health Promotion - Wellness PractitionerPriority: April 1
Space Available: August 15
Priority: November 1
Space Available: January 6
All Other ProgramsPriority: April 1
Space Available: August 15
Priority: November 1
Space Available: January 6