Graduate Applications

It is best to submit the online application as early as possible and well before the published deadlines. All documents may be uploaded directly online. A faculty committee begins reviewing complete applications in late February for the PhD programs and late March through April for the Master's programs for fall admission. Additionally, decisions for spring admission to the Master's programs are given by early December. Certificate applications have rolling admissions. In the review process, all elements of an application are evaluated carefully: past academic performance, rigor of the course selection, GRE scores, recommendation letters, any professional experience, and match with the program's ongoing research.

GRE Notes

MS Biology:

The GRE General exam is required unless one of the exceptions listed below applies. There is no minimum required score.
1) applicants to the Accelerated BS/MS program at Mason
2) applicants with a previous MS degree or Graduate Certificate in a relevant area
3) those employed in a laboratory/biotechnology or healthcare industry for at least 6 months
4) listed co-authors of research or peer-reviewed publications in a relevant area
Students who choose the Translational and Clinical Research concentration in MS Biology may submit either MCAT scores or GRE general exam scores.

MS Bioinformatics & Computational Biology:

The GRE General exam is required. Other exams do not substitute.  There is no minimum required score.

PhD Bioinformatics & Computational Biology and PhD Biosciences applications:

The GRE exam is waived if applicants hold a Master's Degree from a fully accredited U.S. university at the time of their application.

Certificate applications:

Only transcripts, a brief goals statement, resume and TOEFL/IELTS scores (if applicable) are required. No GRE scores are needed.

Application Requirements:

Graduate Online Application available on the Admissions website with fee.

Application for Virginia In-State Tuition Rates, found in the online graduate application noted above.

Transcripts from all colleges, universities, and professional institutions attended (see the Frequently Asked Questions page for details)

Three (3) letters of recommendation, preferably from faculty members or those who can evaluate your academic potential.

Current Resume or CV

Goals Statement (750 - 1,000 words). Specifically:

For Master's and Doctoral Students:
Please include your personal qualities and development and how they have influenced your career choice; your reasons for considering this particular degree program in relation to your academic background, professional work experience, and career goals; and your reason for selecting your program at George Mason University. Please include at least two names of department faculty you would like to work with in areas of research interest.

Doctoral Applicants Only:
Include in the goals statement above in which fields you expect to do doctoral study and research; how these interests have been influenced by your prior education, research, or work experience; why you are considering a career in an academic, or research setting; and any information relevant for evaluating your motivation to study and conduct research at the doctoral level.

GRE General Exam Scores sent from ETS to George Mason University using institutional code 5827. Do not list a department code or name.
Applicants who have taken the GRE within the past 5 years may submit those scores. See the GRE website for scheduling information and practice exams (

Students with international degrees are required to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores. See also "Admission Requirements for International Students" web page.

Most documents can be uploaded to the online application.

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
MS 4C8, 4400 University Drive
Fairfax VA 22030-4444

Admissions Questions?


Website: Graduate Admissions

Phone: (703) 993-9700, Fax (703) 993-2392

Office Location: 245 Johnson Center, Fairfax campus