Information for International Students

While all applicants must satisfy the economics program application requirements, those who have earned degrees internationally may need to satisfy additional University requirements as described in the University Catalog:  Admission of International Students.  

Answers to common questions about these requirements are provided here, but any questions regarding international admissions policies should be directed to the George Mason Office of Graduate Admissions at  George Mason reserves the right to request these requirements from applicants.

International transcript evaluation

What is it?  This is a standardized process completed by professional credential evaluators who review international transcript documents to determine U.S. degree equivalence in terms of credits and grades earned.  Mason requires the transcript evaluation report to be prepared as a course-by-course credit evaluation with a GPA calculation.

Do I need one?  If you are applying for graduate study and have not earned a conferred bachelor's degree or higher in the U.S. from a regionally-accredited institution, you must provide an official transcript evaluation report for your international degree(s).  For students currently completing bachelor or higher degrees from regionally-accredited schools in the U.S., if your degree will be conferred before the start of your first term at Mason, the transcript evaluation requirement is generally waived.  

How do I get one?  You may use one of two sources to complete this requirement, and you should indicate your preference in your submitted online graduate application. You can arrange for an official transcript evaluation to be prepared by any affiliate member.  The agency will collect your documents, prepare the report for a fee, and send an official copy directly to the George Mason Office of Graduate Admissions (OGA).  Mason cannot accept unofficial student uploads of the evaluation report.  The agency must send the official reports to OGA at this address: 

Office of Graduate Admissions

George Mason University

4400 University Drive, MSN 4C8

Fairfax, VA 22030.


George Mason credential evaluation: You may request that George Mason credential evaluators prepare an evaluation for internal use only using the approved unofficial transcripts you upload through your online application.  While this service is offered free of charge, it may take up to 6 to 8 weeks for our evaluators to complete the report after your transcripts are approved as complete.  Please keep this time frame in mind as you prepare materials to meet your application deadline.  This requirement should be completed by the application deadline for full consideration of your application. 

Standardized test of English proficiency

What is it?  The University requires that all students have a full command of academic English at the graduate level in order to be successful throughout their studies.  Scores on standardized English proficiency exams may be required for applicants who earned degrees internationally.  Please refer to the information on this link for the University’s graduate admissions policies:  Admission of International Students.   If you have questions about the English proficiency requirement, please contact the Mason Office of Graduate Admissions at

Do I need to take a test?  If you have earned or will earn before your enrollment at Mason, a conferred bachelor’s or higher degree from a regionally-accredited academic institution from one of the following countries/regions, your English proficiency requirement is considered met and no test is required

United States, Canada (excluding province of Quebec), Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua, Barbuda, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago), the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.

If you do not meet this conferred degree requirement, an official score on a standardized test of English proficiency is required. 

May I substitute experience or English language course credits in place of the exam?  No.  The English proficiency standards and admissions requirements are established by the University’s Graduate Council.   

What tests do you accept and what scores do I need?  Detailed information on the exams Mason accepts (TOEFL, IELTS, Pearson PTE) and the mandatory minimum scores required can be found through this link:   

When do you need my test scores – will you review my application without them?  For full consideration of your application, you should aim to have the official test results submitted in time to complete your application by the priority deadline.  Until official scores are received, your application will remain incomplete and will not be forwarded for faculty review.  Note that it may take up to 2 to 3 weeks for test agencies to send scores after your test date and it will take additional time for Graduate Admissions to process scores once they are received by the University.

How do I submit my official scores?  Official test scores must be sent directly to the Office of Graduate Admissions by the test agency as described on the standardized test link:  Unofficial uploaded copies of test reports will not be accepted.