Graduate Students

 

 

Congratulations on your offer of admission for graduate studies at George Mason University and welcome to Mason Nation!

Be sure to follow all of these important next steps and review the information, below, as you will need it in order to prepare for your future as a graduate student at George Mason University. This list is for all graduate students, regardless of your graduate program. Please ensure you also review the checklists provided by your specific college or school for any program-specific items you may need to complete.

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NOW

Respond with Your Enrollment Decision

Screen capture of the decision letter as shown in the online application portal. Illustration highlights text that must be clicked to access the admission decision pane.
Decision letters are distributed in the Online Application Portal. Find the link within the letter to submit your decision.

Please let us know whether you plan to enroll. You must complete this step to allow self-registration. Take note, some colleges require additional steps or approvals.

 

1. Find your decision letter in the Online Application Portal. Click the linked text to submit your response. (Figure:1)

 

 

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Submit your decision.

2. Select your choice to accept or decline the offer of admissions with the dropdown menu. Click submit. (Figure: 2)

 

Within 24-48 hours of your submitted acceptance of admission, you will receive an official notification from admissions with instructions for course registration.

Some programs require a deposit to complete enrollment. If your program requires an enrollment deposit, the program will contact you to submit your deposit to finalize your enrollment plans.

 

 

 


Submit Your Official Final Transcripts

Final, official transcripts for your previously earned degrees are required within your first semester of enrollment. All degrees; bachelor's and above required as part of our audit process.

 

 

Attention F1/J1 Visa International Students: Finalize Your I-20

The Office of Graduate Admissions does not issue the I-20 for graduate study in the US. For questions related to your I-20, please contact the Office of International Programs and Services.

 

 

 

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BEFORE REGISTERING

Resolve Any Holds

If you previously attended or applied to Mason, you may have a hold on your account for submission of documents, parking, library fines, etc. You can determine whether you have an admissions hold by logging onto the Patriot Web after you responded to our offer of admission. Students and applicants are responsible for resolving holds. Failure to resolve holds may result in registration holds, as well as carrying financial ramifications. 

 

Activate Your Mason Live Email Account

Important messages will begin coming to you via your Mason Live email account. Please follow the 1st Login Instructions to get started. Be sure to check your messages often for vital enrollment information.

 

Register for Courses

Once you have indicated that you plan to accept our offer of admission, and receive confirmation of your ability to enroll, you will typically gain access to the Mason Self-Service system, Patriot Web, within 1-2 business days.

In most cases, the registration process is self-managed by the student in Patriot Web.

There are some colleges, such as the School of Business for example, that may require additional steps or approvals for registration or will complete registration on your behalf. Please confirm your process in your decision letter.

To begin the registration, process, please visit the University Registrar’s website for directions.

The Schedule of Classes is in Patriot Web under the Student Services tab. Specific course descriptions can be found in the university catalog.

Please check the academic calendar for semester start dates and important deadlines. 

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BEFORE ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS

Submit Immunization Records

Virginia law requires all admitted university students to submit immunization documentation. A hold will be placed on your account and a late fee assessed if you do not submit your complete immunization records by the posted deadline.

Please visit Student Health Services to obtain critical information and mandatory immunization forms. Your completed immunization form should be sent directly to Student Health Services. If you have trouble accessing the website, please contact Student Health Services at 703-993-2135 or immunize@gmu.edu.

Get Your Parking Pass

Mason requires parking permits for all students to park on campus. For more information on how to get this pass, please visit Parking Services.

 

Get Your Mason ID

Your Mason ID card will only be issued once you've registered for classes. Go to the Mason Card Office for more information. The card is used for library privileges, debit (if you sign up for a meal plan or Mason Money), free rides on the CUE bus, and more

Plan to Attend Your Program Orientation

Your academic unit or program will be following up with you via email to invite you to your new graduate orientation, if one is held. Please plan to attend to meet your fellow graduate students, your faculty, and the administrative staff who will be helping you throughout your program.

 

Get Involved in Graduate Student Life

Now that you are a graduate student, begin getting involved on campus and meeting other graduate students from around the university. Visit our Office of Graduate Student Life to learn more about upcoming events and activities specifically for graduate students.