All Mason students must have a full command of academic English to be successful in their studies. For this reason, Mason requires applicants to demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration, regardless of citizenship.
- An English waiver is provided to undergraduate applicants who will have completed four years (grades 9-12) of college preparatory English (excluding ESL and remedial English courses) at a U.S. regionally-accredited secondary school, excluding Puerto Rico, or in the following countries with grades of C or better in each English course by the time you enroll at George Mason University:
Canada (excluding province of Quebec)
Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago)
- Undergraduate applicants may present six credits of English Composition I and II from a U.S. college or university recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. Each course must be completed with grades of A, B, or C and be approved by the Department of English and the Admission Committee. ESL and remedial courses will not be considered.
- Applicants who hold a conferred bachelor’s degree or higher from a U.S. college or university accredited by an organization found here or recognized university in:
Canada (excluding province Quebec)
Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent & Grenadines, Trinidad & Tobago)
Examinations and Scores
The university will not accept any examination scores that are more than two years old as verification of English language proficiency including
TOEFL iBT Undergraduate - Testing code 5827
- College of Engineering and Computing Undergraduate: 80, no section minimum
- All other undergraduate programs: 80 or higher, minimum of 18 in each subsection
* The Office of Admissions uses the TOEFL 'MyBest' score (superscores) from tests taken over the last two years to determine English Proficiency.
TOEFL iBT Graduate- Testing code 5827
- College of Engineering and Computing Graduate: - 80 or higher, no section minimum
- Schar School of Policy and Government PhD Programs: 100 or higher, 23 points in each section
- All other graduate programs- 88 points, minimum 20 in each section
* The Office of Admissions uses the TOEFL 'MyBest' score (superscores) from tests taken over the last two years to determine English Proficiency
6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.0 in each subsection
- College of Engineering and Computing Graduate: 6.5 total band score, no subsection minimum
- All other graduate programs- 7.0 total band score, with a minimum of 6.5 in each subsection
Pearson Academic Test of English Undergraduate
A minimum score of 59
Pearson Academic Test of English Graduate
A minimum score of 67
Duolingo English Test Undergraduate (Approved for Fall 2022 - Spring 2024 applicants)
Minimum score of 110
Duolingo English Test Graduate (Approved for Fall 2022 - Spring 2024 applicants)
Minimum score of 120
Evidence-based Reading and Writing score of 500 or higher (new exam). Mason’s SAT testing code is 5827. Undergraduate applicants only.
A score of 20 or higher on both the English and Reading section. Mason’s ACT testing code is 4357. Undergraduate applicants only.
Overall score of 176 with a minimum of 169 in each subsection
- College of Engineering and Computing Graduate overall score of 176, no subsection minimum
- All other graduate programs - Overall score of 180 with a minimum of 170 in any subsection
English proficiency can be shown by enrolling in an Academic English Language program at the INTO George Mason University Center and successfully completing Level 6 for undergraduate programs or Level 7 for graduate programs. To apply for an English Language program, please visit http://www.intohigher.com/mason/apply.
Please Note: English proficiency may be met by one of the above ways, the Office of Admissions may still request additional documentation if deemed necessary.