English Proficiency Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

If English is not your native language, regardless of your citizenship, you must provide Mason with verification of your proficiency in English for admission consideration. English proficiency may be demonstrated by an exam or waiver. Exam scores may not be more than two years old.


Minimum Undergraduate Score

Minimum Graduate Score


20 English and Reading

Not accepted

Duolingo English Test



IB Higher Level English A


Not accepted


6.5 and 6.0 each subsection

7.0 and 6.5 each subsection*

INTO Mason Academic English



Pearson Test of Academic English




500 Reading and Writing

Not accepted


80 and 18 each subsection

88 and 20 each subsection*



  • Duolingo English Test is accepted through spring 2024
  • TOEFL senders use testing code 5827
  • TOEFL at Home and MyBest TOEFL iBT scores are accepted
  • College of Engineering and Computing graduate applicant score requirement: IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 80
  • IELTS Indicator scores are not accepted

Waivers for English Language Proficiency

The Office of Admissions will waive the English language proficiency test requirement for applicants who have completed one of the following:

  • Undergraduate applicants who have completed four years of college preparatory English, excluding ESL and remedial English courses, at a U.S. regionally accredited secondary school. Each English course must be graded C or better. Puerto Rico secondary schools are excluded.
  • Undergraduate applicants who have completed six credits of English Composition I and II from a Mason-recognized U.S. institution with grades of C or better.
  • Graduate or undergraduate applicants with a bachelor’s or graduate degree conferred from a Mason-recognized U.S. institution.
  • Graduate or undergraduate applicants who have completed a Mason-recognized bachelor’s degree from one of these countries:

Waiver-Eligible Countries

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Applicants from Puerto Rico must meet the English language proficiency requirement.

INTO Mason

INTO Mason provides English language instruction and assessment for postsecondary speakers of other languages who wish to learn English for academic, personal, or professional reasons.