Transfer Credit Policy

Evaluation of Transfer Credit

The Office of Admissions is responsible for awarding undergraduate transfer credit and completes course-by-course transfer credit evaluations for all new transfer students and freshman who intend to enroll.  Evaluations are available to new transfers approximately one-week after the release of the admission decision.

Admission to Mason is contingent upon receipt of all official, final transcripts. Official transcripts from prior institutions and credit-by-exam scores such as AP must be transmitted directly from the Registrar at your previous institution(s) or the appropriate exam agency to:

George Mason University
Office of Admissions
4400 University Drive, MSN 3A4
Fairfax VA 22030

or electronically to ugtrans@gmu.edu.

Re-admitted students receive an updated transfer credit evaluation based upon the current transfer credit policy and their updated catalog year. The university reserves the right to revise a transfer credit evaluation at any time.  Transfer credit is not evaluated for non-degree seeking students.

Applicants to the University who have attempted college courses at other institutions are required to disclose their complete academic enrollment history in the admission application. George Mason University reserves the right to revoke admission or disenroll students who fail to indicate all previous institutions attended on the admission application.

Students planning to take courses after they apply but before matriculating to Mason should inform the University at admissions@gmu.edu.

Students planning to take courses at another institution AFTER they matriculate require prior authorization through the Study Elsewhere form: https://registrar.gmu.edu/wp-content/uploads/SE-UG-1216.pdf

Criteria for Assessing Transfer Credits

The following criteria will assist you in understanding your transfer credit evaluation:

  • All coursework must be earned at institutions accredited by a Mason-recognized U.S. institutional accrediting agency or international equivalent.
  • A maximum of 90 total undergraduate transfer credits will be accepted. No more than 75 credits may be transferred in from 2-year institutions or credit-by-exam programs which will be awarded lower-level credit (typically 100 and 200-level courses and credit-by-exam such as Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, Joint Service Transcript).
  • Each college-level course must be graded with a "C" or better to be considered for transfer. Courses graded on a Pass/Satisfactory basis will not be considered for transfer. Developmental coursework, college algebra, and career and technical courses do not transfer.  NOTE: The University amended the transfer policy to accept courses graded on a Pass/Fail system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Pass courses completed in the Spring and Summer 2020 terms, that are equivalent to a C (2.0) grade or higher, will be considered for transfer. Pass courses completed in the Fall 2020 forward, that are equivalent to a C (2.0) grade or higher and designated as a pandemic-specific grade will be considered for transfer.
  • Regardless of course content, courses completed as lower-level (typically designated as 100 and 200) will transfer to Mason as lower-level. Courses completed as upper-level (typically designated as 300 and 400 level courses) will transfer to Mason as upper-level. All Mason students must complete 45 hours of upper-level coursework to fulfill bachelor's degree requirements.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for any business courses completed more than ten years prior to enrollment at Mason.
  • Virginia Community College System (VCCS) courses completed to satisfy the requirements for an associate degree generally can be applied toward Mason bachelor's degree programs A few exceptions exist, such as MTH 161/163.
  • No transfer credit will be awarded for courses taken during terms while suspended from Mason.
  • Associate of Applied Science coursework generally does not transfer to Mason to apply to BA, BS, or BFA degrees. Select courses in AAS programs do apply toward the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) programs.
  • Credit from institutions operating on a quarter system calendar are transferred by multiplying the quarter credit hours by two-thirds.
  • Transfer credit is not awarded for any English as a Second Language (ESL) courses.

Patriot Transfer Explorer

Patriot Transfer Explorer is a convenient self-service tool that allows you to self-articulate your coursework.  Patriot Transfer Explorer provides greater clarity to you, such that you know exactly where you stand in meeting course and degree requirements at Mason.

Transfer Credit Matrix

This database contains courses that have been evaluated to offer transfer equivalency at the University, including all courses that transfer in from the Virginia Community College System. Use this to look-up course equivalencies for transfer credit. If you do not see your course listed, you may appeal for credit directly to the appropriate academic department at Mason using the form at the bottom of this page.

Academic Credit by Exam

Students may accelerate their graduation by the award of transfer credit from any of the following exams. Official transcripts from the testing agency should be sent to the Office of Admissions during the application process.

Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

The following list of Advanced Placement (AP) exams and corresponding Mason transfer credit is effective for students matriculating to Mason during the 2022-2023 catalog year. Official AP transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions using Mason's AP school code: 5827

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

AP Exam Minimum Score Mason Equivalent Credits
AP Arts      
Art History 3 ARTH 200 3
  4 or 5 ARTH 200, 201 6
2-D Art and Design 4 or 5 AVT 104 4
3-D Art and Design 4 or 5 AVT 105 4
Drawing 4 or 5 AVT 222 4
Music Theory 5 MUSI 115 3
AP English      
English Language & Composition 4 ENGH 101 3
  5 ENGH 101, 201 6
English Literature & Composition 4 ENGH 101 3
  5 ENGH 101, 201 6
AP History/SocSci      
Comparative Government and Politics 3, 4 or 5 GOVT 133 3
European History* 3 HIST 100 3
  4 or 5 HIST 100, L388 6
Human Geography 3 GGS 103 3
  4 or 5 GGS 101, 103 6
Macroeconomics 3, 4 or 5 ECON 104 3
Microeconomics 3, 4, or 5 ECON 103 3
Psychology 3, 4 or 5 PSYC 100 3
United States Government and Politics 3,4 or 5 GOVT 103 3
United States History 3 HIST 121 3
  4 or 5 HIST 121, 122 6
World History: Modern 3 HIST 125 3
  4 or 5 HIST 125, L387 6
AP Math/CompSci      
Calculus AB 3 MATH 123 3
  4 or 5 MATH 113 4
Calculus AB Subscore 4 or 5 MATH 113 4
Calculus BC 3 MATH 123 3
  4 or 5 MATH 113, 114 8
Computer Science A 3 CS Elective 4
  4 or 5 CS 112 4
Computer Science Principles 3 CS Elective 3
  4 or 5 CS 100 3
Statistics 3 STAT 105T 3
  4 STAT 250 3
  5 STAT 250 for nonmajors; 260 for majors 3
AP Sciences      
Biology 3 BIOL 103 3
  4 BIOL 103, 105 4
  5 BIOL 103, 105, 102  8
Chemistry 3 CHEM 103 4
  4 or 5 CHEM 211, 213 4
Environmental Science 3 EVPP 108, 109 4
  4 or 5 EVPP 108, 109, 112, 113 8
Physics 1: Algebra-Based 3 PHYS 103 4
  4 or 5 PHYS 243, 244, 245, 246 8
Physics 2: Algebra-Based 3 PHYS 104 4
  4 or 5 PHYS 243, 244, 245, 246 8
Physics 1 and Physics 2 4 or 5 PHYS 243, 244, 245, 246 8
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 PHYS 245, 246 4
  4 or 5 PHYS 260,  261 4
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 243, 244 4
  4 or 5 PHYS 160, 161 4
AP World Lang/Culture      
Chinese Language & Culture 3 CHIN 110 6
  4 CHIN 110, 201 9
  5 CHIN 110, 201, 202 12
French Language and Culture 3 FREN 110 6
  4 FREN 110, 201 9
  5 FREN 110, 201, 202 12
German Language and Culture 3 GERM 110 6
  4 GERM 110, 201 9
  5 GERM 110, 201, 202 12
Italian Language & Culture 3 ITAL 110 6
  4 ITAL 110, 201 9
  5 ITAL 110, 201, 202 12
Japanese Language & Culture 3 JAPA 110 6
  4 JAPA 110, 201 9
  5 JAPA 110, 201, 202 12
Latin 3 LATN 101, 102 6
  4 LATN 101,102, 201 9
  5 LATN 101,102, 201, 202 12
Spanish Language and Culture 3 SPAN 110 6
  4 SPAN 110, 201 9
  5 SPAN 110, 201, 202 12
Spanish Literature and Culture 3, 4 or 5 SPAN L488 3
AP Capstone Diploma      
Seminar 3, 4 or 5 General Elective 3
Capstone Research 3, 4 or 5 General Elective 3

* New/updated equivalencies for 2022-2023 catalog year

International Baccalaureate (HL)

The following list of International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and corresponding Mason transfer credit is effective for new students.  Official IB transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions from the International Baccalaureate Organization: www.ibo.org.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

IB HL Exams Minimum Score Mason Equivalent Credits
Arabic B: Language 4 ARAB  110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 ARAB 110, 201, 202 12
Biology 4 BIOL 103 3
  5 BIOL 103,105 4
  6, 7 BIOL 103,105,102 8
Chemistry 4 CHEM 103 4
  5, 6 or 7 CHEM 211, 213 4
Chinese Cantonese B: Lang 4 CHIN 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 CHIN 110, 201, 202 12
Chinese Mandarin B: Lang 4 CHIN 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 CHIN 110, 201, 202 12
Computer Science 4 CS 112 4
  5, 6 or 7 CS 112, 211 7
Economics 4, 5, 6 or 7 ECON 100 3
English A: Language and Literature 5 ENGH 101 3
  6 or 7 ENGH 101, 201 6
English A: Literature  5 ENGH 101 3
  6 or 7 ENGH 101, 201 6
English  B: Language  5, 6 or 7 ENGH 100 4
Film* 4, 5, 6 or 7 FAVS elective 3
French B: Language  4 FREN 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 FREN 110, 201, 202 12
Geography 4 GGS 101 3
  5, 6 or 7 GGS 101, 102 6
German B: Language  4 GERM 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 GERM 110, 201, 202 12
Global Politics* 4, 5, 6 or 7 CONF elective 3
History: Africa & Middle East 4 HIST 125 3
  5, 6 or 7 HIST 125, 262 6
History: The Americas 4 HIST 122 3
  5, 6 or 7 HIST 122, 125 6
History: Asia & Oceania 4 HIST 125 3
  5, 6 or 7 HIST 125, 252 6
History: Europe* 4 HIST 100 3
  5, 6 or 7 HIST 100, 125 6
History: Islamic History (last 2009) 4 HIST 281 3
  5, 6 or 7 HIST 101, 282 6
Italian B: Language   4 ITAL 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 ITAL 110, 201, 202 12
Japanese B: Language   4 JAPA 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 JAPA 110, 201, 202 12
Korean B: Language  4 KORE 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 KORE 110, 201, 202 12
Latin: Classical Language 4 LATN 101, 102, 201 9
  5, 6, 7 LATN 101, 102, 201, 202 12
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches 4 MATH 110, 123 6
  5, 6 or 7 MATH 110, 113 7
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation 5, 6, 7 MATH 108, 110 6
Mathematics: Further 4 MATH 110, 123 6
  5, 6 or 7 MATH 110, 113 7
Music, all curricula 5, 6 or 7 MUSI 100 3
Philosophy 4, 5, 6 or 7 PHIL 100 3
Physics 4 PHYS 103 4
  5, 6 or 7 PHYS 243, 244, 245, 246 8
Psychology 4, 5, 6 or 7 PSYC 100 3
Russian B: Language   4 RUSS 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 RUSS 110, 201, 202 12
Social and Cultural Anthropology 4, 5, 6 or 7 ANTH 114 3
Spanish B: Language  4 SPAN 110, 201 9
  5, 6 or 7 SPAN 110, 201, 202 12
Theatre 5, 6 or 7 THR 101 3
Visual Arts 4 or 5 AVT 104 4
  6 or 7 AVT 104, 105 8

*New/updated equivalency effective 2022-2023 catalog year

International Baccalaureate (SL)

The following list of International Baccalaureate (IB) exams and corresponding Mason transfer credit is effective for new students.  Official IB transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions from the International Baccalaureate Organization: www.ibo.org.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

IB SL Exams Minimum Score Mason Equivalent Credits
Environmental Systems & Societies 5 EVPP 108, 109 4
  6 or 7 EVVPP 108, 109, 112, 113 8
Film* 5, 6 or 7 FAVS elective 3
Global Politics* 5, 6 or 7 CONF elective 3
Mathematics (taken before May 2021) 5, 6 or 7 MATH 108 3
Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches 5, 6 or 7 MATH 108 3
Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation 5, 6 or 7 MATH 110 3
Music* 5, 6 or 7 MUSI 100 3
Physics 5, 6 or 7 PHYS 243,  244 4

* New/updated equivalency effective for 2022-2023 catalog year

ACT Global Assessment Certificate

The following list of ACT Global Assessment Certificate exams and corresponding Mason transfer credit is effective for students matriculating to Mason during the 2022-2023 catalog year.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Code Module Mason Equivalency Credits Hours
GAC 003    Study Skills for Independent Learning UNIV 110 3
GAC 005    Computing I: Intro to Computing for Academic Study IT elective 3
GAC 006    Business, Science & Social Science I: Communications Skills COMM elective 3
GAC 011    Computing II: Data Management IT elective 3
GAC 012    Business II: Business Studies BUS elective 3
GAC 013    Science II: Scientific Principles COS elective 3
GAC 016    Mathematics III: Calculus & Advanced Applications MATH 108 3
GAC 017    Computing III: Digital Communications IT elective 3
GAC 022    Business III: International Business BUS elective 3
GAC 023    Science III: General Science COS L301 3
GAC 024    Discrete Mathematics MATH elective 3
GAC 027    Social Science II: Identity & Interaction in Society SOCI 101 3
GAC 028    Social Science III: Research Skills & Global Issues SOCI 120 or GLOA 101 3
GAC 029    Psychology II: Intro to Psychology PSYC 100 3
GAC 030    Psychology III: Research Skills in Psychology PSYC 260 3

* New/updated equivalency effective for 2022-2023 catalog year

CLEP Exams

The University awards credit for select CLEP exams. New students should request that their official CLEP exam results be sent to the Office of Admissions after submitting the admission application. George Mason University’s CLEP school code is 5827. Questions regarding CLEP exams may be directed to the College Board at: www.collegeboard.com.

All CLEP exams listed below will be evaluated for students pursuing any major (including exploratory) at Mason when taken prior to matriculation. Current Mason students are required to submit a Study Elsewhere form to their academic advisor for approval prior to taking exams after matriculation to Mason.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

CLEP Examination Credit-Granting Score Course Credits Awarded
American Government* 50 GOVT 103 3
Biology* 50 BIOL 103* 3
Chemistry 50 CHEM 101, 102 6
Educational Psychology, Intro to 50 PSYC elective 3
French Language 50 FREN 110 6
  60 FREN 110, 201 9
  66 FREN 110,201, 202 12
German Language 50 GERM 110 6
  60 GERM 110, 201 9
  66 GERM 110,201, 202 12
History of the United States I:
Early Colonization to 1877
50 HIST 121 3
History of the United States II:
1865 to the Present
50 HIST 122 3
Human Growth and Development 50 PSYC 211 3
Information Systems 60 IT 104 3
Macroeconomics, Principles of 50 ECON 104 3
Microeconomics, Principles of 50 ECON 103 3
Psychology, Introductory 50 PSYC 100 3
Sociology, Introductory 50 SOCI 101 3
Spanish Language* 50 SPAN 101 3
  56 SPAN  101, 102 6
  60 SPAN  101, 102, 201 9
  66 SPAN  101, 102, 201, 202 12
Spanish Language w/Writing 50 SPAN 101, 102 6
  65 SPAN 101, 102, 201, 202 12
Western Civilization I:
Ancient Near East to 1648
50 HIST 100 3
Western Civilization II:
1648 to the Present*
50 HIST 100 or L388*  3

*New/updated equivalency effective 2022-2023 catalog

Cambridge International A-Level Exams

The University awards credit for certain A-Level exams based upon receipt of an official Certifying Statement of Results from either Edexcel, www.edexcel.com or Cambridge International Examinations, www.cie.org.uk. Credit is not award for AS- or O-Level exams.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Subject Exam Grade(Mark)   George Mason Course(s) Semester Hours Awarded
Accounting A*,A,B,C ACCT 203 3
Arabic A*,A,B ARB 110, 201,  202 12
  C ARAB 110, 201 9
Biology A*,A BIOL 103, 105,102 8
  B,C BIOL 103  3
Chemistry A*,A CHEM 211, 212, 213, 214 8
  B CHEM 211,  213 4
Chinese A*,A,B CHIN 110, 201,  202 12
  C CHIN 110, 201 9
Economics A*,A,B,C ECON 103,  104 6
English Language A*,A,B,C ENGH 101,  202 6
English Literature A*,A,B,C ENGH 202 3
French A*,A,B FREN 110, 201, 202 12
  C FREN 110, 201 9
German A*,A,B GERM 110,  201,  202 12
  C GERM 110, 201 9
Mathematics-Further A*,A,B MATH 105,  113 7
Physics A*,A,B,C PHYS 160, 161 4
Portuguese A*,A,B PORT 110, 201,  202 12
  C PORT 110, 201 9
Psychology A*,A,B,C PSYC 100 3
Sociology A*,A,B,C SOCI 101 3
Spanish A*,A,B SPAN 110,  201, 202 12
  C SPAN 110, 201 9

 

*New or updated for the 2022-2023 catalog

Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE)*

The following list of Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Exam (CAPE) exams and corresponding Mason transfer credit is effective for new students. Official CAPE transcripts should be sent to the Office of Admissions from the institution at which the exams were taken.

Subject Test Score    George Mason Course Equivalence Credit Hours Awarded
Accounting: Cost Mgmt. I-III ACCT elective 3
Accounting: Financial Acct I-III ACCT elective 3
Business: Application in Mgmt. I-III BUS elective 3
Business: Concept Issues I-III BUS elective 3
Business: Mgmt. Principles & Processes I-III BUS elective 3
Chemistry I-III CHEM elective 3
Electrical & Electronic Engineering Technology I-III ECE elective 3
Geography I-III GGS elective 3
Physics Unit I I-III PHYS 243 3
Physics Unit II I-III PHYS 245 3
Physics Unit I & II I-III PHYS 243, 245 6
Tourism I-III TOUR elective 3

*New or updated equivalency for the 2022-2023 catalog year

French Baccalaureate

The University has reviewed transfer credit equivalencies for the following subjects of the French Baccalaureate exam. The French Bac “total score" is not used to determine credit eligibility; credit is based on examination subject scores alone.

Mason awards credit for some French Baccalaureate subject exams based on the area of specialization (Language & Literature, Economics & Social Sciences or Sciences) and the grade received. Official score report must be sent from directly from your school or national registry. Additional subjects may be appealed for credit.

Subject Exam Specialization (Serie) Grade        GMU Course(s)              Semester Hours Awarded
Biology/Geology S (Science) 16-20 BIOL 103, BIOL 102T 6
Biology/Geology S (Science) 14-15 BIOL 103 3
History/Geography ES (Econ/SocSci) 12-20 GGS 101 3
History/Geography L (Lang/Lit) 12-20 GGS 101 3
Philosophy ES (Econ/Soc Sci) 12-20 PHIL 100 3
Philosophy L (Lang/Lit) 12-20 PHIL 100 3

German Abitur

The University will consider transfer credit for the written exam subjects of the Abiturpurfungen (final examination) portion of the Abitur.  Each subject requires a minimum score of 10 on the 15-point scale. The Abitur total score is not used to determine credit eligibility. 

An official Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife (Abitur) transcript must be sent to the Office of Admissions.

Abitur Subject Score Credit Mason Equivalent
Biology 10-15 8 BIOL 103, 105, 102
Chemistry 10-15 8 CHEM 211, 212, 213, 214
Economics* 10-15 3 ECON elective
English* 10-15 3 ENGH elective
French 10-15 6 FREN 201, 202
German 10-15 6 GERM 201, 202
History 10-15 3 HIST L314
Physics 10-15 8 PHYS 103, 104
Religion* 10-15 3 RELI 100
Social Studies 10-15 3 HIST 100
Spanish 10-15 6 SPAN 201, 202

*New or updated equivalency for the 2022-2023 catalog year

Lebanese General Secondary Education Certificate (aka Lebanese Baccalaureate)

The University has reviewed transfer credit equivalencies for the following subjects of the Lebanese Baccalaureate exam. The Lebanese Bacc “total score" is not used to determine credit eligibility; credit is based on examination subject scores alone.

Official score report must be sent from directly from your school or national registry. Additional subjects may be appealed for credit.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded

Subject Exam Course Minimum Grade   GMU Course(s) Credit Hours Awarded
Arabic Reading in Arab Heritage II C (70%) ARAB L300 3
Biology Contemporary Issues in Biology C (70%) BIOL 102T 3
Math Calculus and Analytic Geometry C (70%) MATH 113 3
Physics Physics for Life Sciences C (70%) PHYS 243 3

Mason Departmental Credit/Course Waiver Exams

Some academic departments offer credit by exam or course exemption. Consult individual departments for testing information and your academic advisor for applicability to your degree program.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason Universit y course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Course Contact
Department of Communication
COMM 100 - Public Speaking
*COMM test provides a WAIVER for the Core requirement. Course credit is NOT applied.
Contact the Department of Communication
Phone: 703.993.1090
Department of English
ENGH 101 - Composition
ENGH 302 - Advanced Composition
Contact the Department of English
Phone: 703.993.1160
english@gmu.edu
Department of Modern & Classical Languages
Intermediate language placement testing

*MCL language testing provides a WAIVER for the foreign language requirement. Course credit is NOT applied.

Contact the Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Phone: 703.993.1220
language@gmu.edu
School of Music
The School of Music offers credit by exam for some courses. Contact the School of Music
Phone: 703.993.1380
music@gmu.edu
DEPARTMENT OF SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND OPERATIONS RESEARCH
SYST 462 - Flight Training Lab I
SYST 463 - Flight training Lab II
Contact the Department of Systems Engineering and Operations Research
Phone: 703.993.5689
seor@gmu.edu

SAT Subject Tests

SAT Subject Tests were last offered in the US in 2020 and internationally in June 2021. George Mason University will continue to review exam scores taken before this time.

NOTE: Students may only receive advanced standing once for a particular George Mason University course. Duplicate transfer credit will not be awarded.

Subject Test Minimum Score George Mason Course Equivalence Credit Hours Awarded
Chinese w/Listening 620 CHIN 201 3
  670 CHIN 201, 202 6
French 620 FREN 201 3
  670 FREN 201,  202 6
French w/Listening 620 FREN 201 3
  670 FREN 201,  202 6
German 620 GERM 201 3
  670 GERM 201, 202 6
German w/Listening 620 GERM 201 3
  670 GERM 201,  202 6
Italian 620 ITAL 201 3
  670 ITAL 201, 202 6
Japanese w/Listening 620 JAPA 201 3
  670 JAPA 201, 202 6
Korean w/Listening 620 KORE 201 3
  670 KORE 201, 202 6
Latin 620 LATN 201 3
  670 LATN 201,  202 6
Modern Hebrew 620 HEBR 201 3
  670 HEBR 201, 202 6
Spanish 620 SPAN 201 3
  670 SPAN 201,  202 6
Spanish w/Listening 620 SPAN 201 3
  670 SPAN 201,  202 6

   

Additional Information

Evaluation of Military Transfer Credit

Coursework from the Air University, the Defense Language Institute, the United States Naval Academy, the United States Military Academy, the United States Air Force Academy and the United States Coast Guard Academy will be considered for transfer if a comparable course is offered at Mason.

Military Science or ROTC credit earned at other regionally accredited colleges and universities may be considered for transfer into the Department of Military Science.

Other credit earned for training or military service (as documented on an official ACE transcript) may be considered for transfer into the Bachelor of Individualized Study (BIS) program and is subject to the Credit for Nontraditional Modes of Learning policy within BIS. If an enrolled BIS student decides to change majors, nontraditional transfer credit will not apply toward any other major.

Effective Fall 2014, new and current Mason students who have completed U.​S.​ military service may be eligible for the award of elective credit. To request credit, military applicants are required to provide the Office of Admissions an official Joint Services transcript or DD-214 showing other than dishonorable discharge.

International Transfer Credit

George Mason University will consider transfer credit earned at institutions of higher education outside of the United States that are fully recognized by the Ministry of Education or equivalent authorizing agency, provided that such credits have been earned through university-level coursework and are presented with equivalent grades of "A", "B", or "C". The Office of Admissions will make the final determination of the award and applicability of any international credit.

Learn more about International Transfer

   

Transfer Credit Inquiry and Appeal

  • Transfer Credit Inquiry Form (PDF). Use this form if you are missing any transfer credit from your evaluation. This includes credit by exam such as AP, IB or CLEP. Before submitting this form be sure you have requested official final transcripts to be sent from the Registrar at your previous institution to Mason’s Office of Admissions or electronically to ugtrans@gmu.edu and have read and understood the criteria for credit acceptance policies.
  • Transfer Credit Re-Evaluation Appeal Form (PDF).  Use this form if you were awarded elective credit for a course and wish to have it re-evaluated as equivalent to a specific Mason course. Courses from the Virginia Community College System are established on an annual basis. Appeals are rarely successful. For courses denied any equivalency, including elective credit, contact your advisor to determine if your course meets criteria for a substitution or waiver through the Office of the Registrar.

 

Policies marked with an asterisk are new or updated for the 2022-2023 catalog year.