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Non-degree status enables visiting students from other institutions who have no degree objective or community members seeking personal enrichment to enroll in courses for which they are qualified without seeking formal admission to a degree program. Enrollment in specific courses is based on eligibility criteria and availability of space in courses. Registration priority is given to degree-seeking students. Academic departments may restrict or prohibit non-degree enrollment in some courses. Applications submitted after the priority deadline will be processed as quickly as possible with no guarantee for enrollment.
Undergraduate Non-Degree Deadlines
Below are application deadlines for undergraduate non-degree students.
|Fall Semester||August 1|
|Spring Semester||December 1|
|Summer Term||May 1|
Graduate Non-Degree Students
Graduate non-degree deadlines can be found under the specific college or school for your program or course of interest. These can be found at https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/how-apply/graduate/application-deadl....
Categories of Non-Degree Students
George Mason University enrolls non-degree students in three categories:
Exceptionally talented high school juniors and seniors may be considered for dual enrollment in lower-level (100-299) undergraduate courses. These applicants will be evaluated based on their academic performance in high school. Only students who have excelled in high school and demonstrate the preparation and maturity indicative of the potential to succeed in Mason's competitive course work will be admitted. High school dual enrollment students may enroll for one course each semester. An official high school transcript and written permission of the high school counselor is required for admission consideration. Non-native speakers of English are required to meet the University minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement.
The Admissions Committee may ask for other supporting documentation such as test scores or transcripts from other dual enrollment credit. Admission is offered for one semester and students may enroll in a maximum of 11 undergraduate credits. Applicants are responsible for meeting all course pre-requisites. Admitted High School Guess Matriculant Undergraduate students are assessed undergraduate tuition rates. Students are ineligible for financial aid. Additional non-degree study beyond the first semester requires a new application each semester and admission review. Non-degree Undergraduate students are expected to maintain a 2.00 or better Mason GPA and are subject to the academic policies outlined in the University Catalog.
High School Guest Matriculant Special Programs
Select high school students may be invited to participate in one of several partnership programs offered through George Mason University. Students enrolled in Guest Matriculant Special Programs have unique admissions and enrollment requirements set forth by the University. Only those students that meet these requirements and agree to the University Honor Code will be admitted. Mason cannot guarantee that non-degree credit awarded will fulfill requirements at other institutions.
Visiting undergraduate students who are from other colleges or universities or community members who have completed one academic year of course work at an institution with an accreditation from the list found here, may be considered for Undergraduate Non-degree admission.
To be considered for admission, Non-degree Undergraduate applicants must present a minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average and be eligible to return to all previous institutions attended. Non-native speakers of English are required to meet the University minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Students who are actively suspended or dismissed will not be offered admission. Admission is offered for one semester and students may enroll in a maximum of 11 undergraduate (100-499) credits. Additional non-degree study beyond the first semester requires a new application each semester and admission review. Applicants are responsible for meeting all course pre-requisites.
Non-degree Undergraduate students are assessed undergraduate tuition rates, and are ineligible for financial aid. These students are expected to maintain a 2.00 or better Mason GPA and are subject to the academic policies outlined in the University Catalog.
Select undergraduate students may be invited to participate in one of several partnership programs offered through George Mason University. Students enrolled in special Non-degree Undergraduate programs have unique admissions and enrollment requirements set forth by the University. Only students that meet these requirements and agree to the University Honor Code will be admitted. Mason cannot guarantee that non-degree credit awarded will fulfill requirements at other institutions.
Students who are in F/J visa status may not be eligible enroll in non-degree courses. Please review the Additional Information under the international student heading.
Please note: ROTC Applicants will be restricted to 2 credits per semester, and these students do not need to reapply each term.
- Apply online
- Submit the application and non-refundable application fee
- Allow for processing of your application and check your application status online
- Look for decision email
Important Note: Before application you are encouraged to consult the Schedule of Classes and the academic department offering the course(s) of interest. Certain graduate courses are restricted to degree-seeking students only.
Graduate Non-Degree Students Current graduate students visiting from other colleges or universities or community members who hold a conferred baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by one of the organizations found here may be considered for Graduate Non-degree admission. The minimum standard for Graduate Non-degree admission is a 3.00 cumulative grade point average on the baccalaureate record. Non-native speakers of English are required to meet the University minimum TOEFL/IELTS requirement. Official TOEFL/IELTS scores must be received directly from the testing agency. Unofficial transcript(s) documenting the entire baccalaureate record are required. Applicants with international transcripts from institution(s) recognized by the issuing country’s Ministry of Education must provide an unofficial course-by-course credential evaluation from a NACES member.
Non-degree graduate students may enroll in a maximum of 10 undergraduate or graduate (100-799) credits per semester. Admitted Non-degree Graduate students are assessed graduate tuition rates for all (100-799) courses. Applicants are responsible for meeting all course pre-requisites. Non-degree Graduate students are ineligible for financial aid. Meeting the minimum standard for Graduate Non-degree study neither guarantees admission nor implies future admission to a degree-seeking program. Among the factors that may be considered in the admissions process are previous academic performance, professional experience and academic fit.
Non-degree Graduate students are expected to maintain a 3.00 or better Mason GPA and are subject to the academic policies outlined in the University Catalog.
*Please see restricted programs listed below*
All Non-degree applicants must complete the online admission application and submit a non-refundable application processing fee. The Admissions Committee may request supporting transcripts or test scores.
Admitted and enrolled non-degree students are responsible for the same policies and procedures that apply to degree-seeking students, including the University Honor Code and the Code of Student Conduct.
Please note that transfer credit is not evaluated for admitted non-degree students. If you are attempting to register for courses with prerequisites, please contact the department that coordinates the course for assistance.
The Office of Admissions welcomes applications from all George Mason University employees who wish to enroll in Non-degree courses. Employees are required to meet the same admission criteria and deadlines as non-employees for degree or non-degree seeking enrollment.
Full-and part-time faculty, administrative and professional faculty, classified staff, and non-student wage employees are eligible for the University Employee Tuition Exemption benefit, subject to University Policy #2209. The Office of Admissions waives the application fee for these students as well as Mercatus Center employees. Full-time students, graduate assistants, and student-wage employees are not eligible for a tuition exemption or application fee waiver.
Transcripts are not required for administrative, professional, and teaching faculty.
- Apply online
- Upload your employee ID when prompted on the application
- Provide any documentation requested by the Office of Admissions
- Allow for processing of your application
- Look for a decision e-mail
- Register for courses
- Submit the Tuition Exemption form
Mason welcomes applications from Virginia’s Seniors. Under the terms of the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, eligible Virginia residents, 60 years or older with a taxable income of less than $23,850 may apply to take university courses for credit in either degree or non-degree seeking status without paying tuition. Admitted senior citizens may register to audit courses regardless of income level.
Senior Citizens are required to meet all admission criteria and deadlines detailed in the Undergraduate or Graduate Non-Degree sections above. The University waives the application fee for Seniors enrolling under the Senior Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974.
The University offers a number of undergraduate and graduate certificate programs. Enrollment in a certificate program requires the student to be in degree-seeking status. If you are interested in a certificate program, do not submit a non-degree application.
Non-degree Undergraduate students may seek academic advising from our exploratory academic advisors
Grades earned through non-degree studies remain a part of the student's permanent non-degree record and are recorded on the university non-degree transcript. They will not appear on the degree transcript unless the student is accepted to a degree program and permission is given by the dean to apply the non-degree credit to the degree program. A maximum of 30 undergraduate credits taken in non-degree status may apply to an undergraduate degree program if approved by the relevant program dean.
International students holding F or J visas are typically not admitted in non-degree status. Exceptions exist for those students enrolled in INTO Mason Pathway and English Language Programs or those who attend George Mason University pursuant to the terms of an exchange agreement or memorandum of understanding between Mason and their home university.
Admitted Non-Degree students are generally eligible to register upon admission. Be sure to consult the University Academic Calendar to check your registration date. University registration, enrollment and payment policies are governed by the Office of the University Registrar and the Office of Student Accounts. Be sure to meet all deadlines to avoid late registration fees.
Note: Before submitting any graduate non-degree application please review the following restricted programs. Visiting students who are in a degree-seeking program at another college or university will be classified as visiting students and admitted to one term only.
Please click on the headings below for more information.
Each program within CEHD has different restrictions on non-degree enrollment. Please consult the CEHD Non-degree chart.
Non-degree students are ineligible to enroll in 800-level courses in any CEHD program.
The following Anthropology (ANTH) courses are unavailable to non-degree students: ANTH 535, ANTH 536, ANTH 650.
The following Communication (COMM) courses are unavailable to non-degree students: COMM 600, COMM 650. Permission of the instructor is required for 700-level courses.
Graduate-level Cultural Studies (CULT) courses are unavailable to non-degree students.
Graduate-level Economics (ECON) courses are available to non-degree students only with the approval of the course instructor.
Non-degree students may not take graduate-level creative writing courses in the English Department without first obtaining permission of either the program director or the instructor of a specific course. Samples of original creative work will be required before such permission is granted.
Graduate course enrollment in Psychology for non-degree students is welcome, but must be approved by the instructor in advance. This is likely appropriate for numerous 500- and 600-level courses (and only a few at the 700-level or above), as long as the student has the required prerequisites or equivalent. The following (clinical assessment and intervention) courses are unavailable to non-degree students: Psyc 709, 710, 722, 750, 751,790, 810, 811, 816, 822, 823, 831, 832, 851, 860, 862, 881, 883, 885, 888.
Non-degree students are ineligible to take 800-level courses in any CHSS program.
For important information regarding program-specific restrictions, please visit: https://publichealth.gmu.edu/admissions/non-degree-students.
Graduate Social Work (SOCW) courses are unavailable to non-degree students.
Non-degree students are ineligible to enroll in 800-level courses in any CPH program.
Students are ineligible to enroll in any course offered by the Advanced Biomedical Sciences (ABS) program.
Non-Degree students are ineligible to take 800-level courses in any COS program.
Graduate coursework in the School of Art, School of Music, or School of Dance require either auditions or portfolio reviews. Descriptions of portfolio requirements are listed here: http://soa.gmu.edu/portfolio/. Interested Dance or Music applicants should speak with their appropriate department to schedule an audition. Non-degree students are not accepted into graduate-level courses without these reviews.
Non-degree students are ineligible to enroll in 800-level courses in any CVPA program.
Non-degree students are ineligible to enroll in 800-level courses in any program within the Krasnow Institute.
Non-Degree students are ineligible to enroll in 800-level courses within the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution.
Non-Degree students are not permitted within Mason’s School of Law.
The Schar School of Policy and Government prohibits non-degree students from enrolling in 800-level Ph.D. courses, or 700-level courses in the Organization Development and Knowledge Management program (ODKM).
The Volgenau School of Engineering prohibits non-degree students from enrolling in 700 and 800-level courses in all programs, as well as certificate-specific courses.