Become a Mason Graduate Student
These steps will help you complete your application for graduate study in the College of Visual and Performing Arts.
Where to Start
Review your program's Admissions requirements. Some items take several weeks or even months to complete, so it's best to look ahead to help you plan out your application. You can also visit our Grad Admissions FAQs page for helpful hints on how to best prepare your transcripts and other Admissions materials.
How to Apply
CVPA Graduate Admissions is a self-managed system. Applicants are responsible for submitting all required application materials by the posted deadline. Review your program's requirements before you begin your application.
Step 1: Complete and submit the online Graduate Admissions application:
Step 2: Upon submission and payment of an online application, applicants will receive an email to confirm application submission that includes information to complete the admission process within 72 hours:
Applicants are assigned a G number once an application is submitted; this is a Mason identification number that will be key to all University communications.You can find this number through your self-service center.
For programs that require supplemental materials, such as a portfolio submission or pre-screening materials, you will be provided a link to our SlideRoom account in this email. You can also access the link to SlideRoom through your self-service center. You will need the aforementioned G number to submit your supplemental application items.
Please note that SlideRoom charges applicants an additional fee for submitting materials (not exceeding $15). This must be paid upon submission of your items in SlideRoom. Only submit what is required for your application.
Don't forget to check your application status (scroll to bottom of page). You will use your application log-in and password to access your information throughout the application process.Graduate Admissions may send updates or notify you of issues with your application through your self-service center, so it is best to log in periodically to stay on top of your application.
International Applicants: There are additional requirements for international applicants. To learn more about what documentation needs to be submitted and how, click here.
Applicants have the option to take graduate courses in non-degree status. To apply, interested applicants must complete an online application for their intended start term and include transcripts as well as a resume. Applicants will also be required to indicate which courses they plan to take on the application for approval during the application review process. Credits earned in non-degree status may potentially transfer to a degree program at a later date so long as it meets the program requirements and the program director approves the transfer. For information on transfer credit policies, please refer to the University Catalog.
CVPA Admissions Policies
All CVPA Admissions policies are stated in the university catalog under the general Graduate Admissions section. Programs may also have specific policies related to their Admissions process listed under their department's section of the catalog. Students should review these policies before submitting an application to their program of choice.
All applicants, regardless of admission or not, will have their decision uploaded through their self-service center. Applicants will be notified their decision is ready for their review via email to the address they provided at the point of application. Applicants will not be told decisions over the phone or in-person. Applicants who do not meet our minimum requirements (i.e., GPA, test scores, pre-screening requirements) may be issued a denial decision before their application is completed.
Admission to CVPA's Graduate programs is competitive; we appreciate that it takes time and energy to complete our admission requirements. Please note that there may be many reasons why you were not accepted into one of our graduate programs. The College of Visual and Performing Arts does not offer an appeal process for admission. You may file a new application, however, for a future semester. Please contact our Assistant Director of College of Visual and Performing Arts Graduate Admissions, Stevie Otto, if you have any questions or concerns.
Please note that all supplemental media items will only be accepted through SlideRoom unless otherwise indicated; no CVPA program will accept hard copies of materials or emailed items unless explicitly stated as part of the program's requirements. Applicants should carefully read the requirements for their programs and submit only what is required. Applicants are required to pay an additional fee for SlideRoom that should not exceed $15.
If you have general questions about Graduate Studies at CVPA or need assistance with the application process, please contact our Assistant Director for Graduate Admissions, Stevie Otto (703-993-5576).