Submitting Final Transcripts

Submit Your Official, Final Transcripts

Within your first semester of enrollment, official, final transcript submission is required for all previously earned degrees, including bachelor’s and higher, as part of our audit process*. If you plan to request transfer or reduction of credits, official transcripts are also required from the college or university where those credits were earned, regardless of a degree being earned there or not

We recommend you submit these transcripts as soon as possible upon admission. A registration hold will be placed on your student record on the day immediately after the last day to drop courses in your first enrolled semester. This hold will prevent any further course registrations and will not allow for your degree to be conferred when you apply to graduate. For details on submission, please see the notice below that applies to you.

Please note all items submitted become university property and will not be returned. If you want to have a set for yourself to keep, we recommend asking your university to give you a second (or attested) copy of these documents.

Below we have outlined the transcript requirements and submission process based on where your degree was earned. 

*While official transcripts for all earned bachelor’s and/or master’s degrees is the formal requirement for the audit process, there are some cases in which we may request alternate documents. If you are unsure whether what you plan to submit will meet the requirements of the audit, please contact our Graduate Admissions Office at masongrad@​gmu.​edu for clarification. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they submit the appropriate documents to complete the audit process.

Transcripts from George Mason University

If you have George Mason University transcripts…

No additional steps are required. The admissions office will verify your graduation using Patriot Web after the start of classes. Please note that your graduate admission is dependent on conferral of your Bachelor’s degree. If your undergraduate degree has not been conferred by the last day to add classes in your first semester, your offer of admission will be rescinded and you will be withdrawn from graduate classes.

Transcripts from Other US Insitutions

If you have transcripts from any other institution in the United States…

You may submit your final transcripts electronically or via postal mail.

  • Electronic submission (This is the fastest and preferred method)

Please contact your previous institution(s) or university registrar for more information. Many colleges and universities are able to send official electronic transcripts using secure encryption services such as Parchment or National Student Clearinghouse. Following their directions for submission, please have the transcripts sent to ugtrans@gmu.edu.

Our office does not accept scanned or emailed copies sent by students or by individuals employed within the universities. In order to be considered official, transcripts must be sent electronically to ugtrans@gmu.edu using official channels as previously outlined.

  • For postal mail

Please contact your previous institution(s) and have transcripts sent to the address below, exactly as it is written. Only transcripts submitted in sealed, university issued envelopes are acceptable.

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
MSN-4C8- Official Transcript Submission
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Transcripts from India

If you have transcripts from India…

Please request official copies of the items below from your previous institution(s) and have them sent to the address below, exactly as it is written. Only transcripts submitted in a sealed, university issued envelope are acceptable. All documents submitted must also include the stamp/seal of the university. We will also accept sealed official attested copies¹ from your university or embassy. 

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
MSN-4C8- Official Transcript Submission
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Required Items

  1. All official individual mark sheets, including your seventh & eighth semesters, issued by the degree-granting university, not the affiliated college².
  2. Consolidated mark sheets showing all passing grades from your entire undergraduate program, issued by your university, not the affiliated college².
  3. Diploma or degree certificate issued directly from your degree-granting university, not the affiliated college².  Please note that a provisional degree certificate will not be accepted.  
¹Attested copies are copies that organizations create of official original documents. We will accept copies of documents attested by the university issuing the original transcripts or by the student’s embassy. Universities and embassies typically use an attestation stamp or include a seal in order for the recipient to be able to verify that they have truly been issued by an authorized source within their organization. Copies of transcripts submitted without this official stamp or seal cannot be accepted as official. Attested copies must be submitted in a sealed envelope issued by the organization/institution providing the attestation.   
²If the university issuing the transcripts is also an autonomous university, the documents will be accepted and considered official. Documents issued by affiliated colleges will not be accepted to fulfill audit requirements.

Transcripts from China

If you have transcripts from China…

Please request official copies of the items below from your previous institution(s) and have them sent to the address below, exactly as it is written. Only transcripts submitted in a sealed, university-issued envelope are acceptable. We will also accept sealed official attested copies¹ from your university or embassy.

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
MSN-4C8- Official Transcript Submission
4400 University Drive
 Fairfax, VA 22030

Required Items

  1. A full set of transcripts showing all grades in English AND Chinese
  2. Degree certificate in English AND Chinese
  3. Diploma in English AND Chinese 
¹Attested copies are copies that organizations create of official original documents. We will accept copies of documents attested by the university issuing the original transcripts or by the student’s embassy. Universities and embassies typically use an attestation stamp or include a seal in order for the recipient to be able to verify that they have truly been issued by an authorized source within their organization. Copies of transcripts submitted without this official stamp or seal cannot be accepted as official. Attested copies must be submitted in a sealed envelope issued by the organization/institution providing the attestation.

Transcripts from Regions outside of the US, India or China

If you have transcripts from the Middle East, Africa, Europe, Central/South America or any other locations outside of the United States…

Please request official copies of the items below from your previous institution(s) and have them sent to the address below, exactly as it is written. Only transcripts submitted in a sealed, university issued envelope are acceptable. We will also accept sealed official attested copies¹ from your university or embassy.

George Mason University
Office of Graduate Admissions
MSN-4C8- Official Transcript Submission
4400 University Drive
Fairfax, VA 22030

Required Items

  1. A full set of transcripts showing all grades in English and the original language of study
  2. 2. Diploma(s) in English AND the original language of study. These documents must include your degree conferral date and the name of the degree that was awarded.

Although some institutions use English as the mode of instruction and issue transcripts in English, if your institution does issue documents in another language, then we will require them. If you are unsure whether the documents you plan to submit will fulfill audit requirements, please contact our Graduate Admissions Office at masongrad@gmu.edu.

¹Attested copies are copies that organizations create of official original documents. We will accept copies of documents attested by the university issuing the original transcripts or by the student’s embassy. Universities and embassies typically use an attestation stamp or include a seal in order for the recipient to be able to verify that they have truly been issued by an authorized source within their organization. Copies of transcripts submitted without this official stamp or seal cannot be accepted as official. Attested copies must be submitted in a sealed envelope issued by the organization/institution providing the attestation.