Newly Admitted Students

Welcome to Graduate Studies in the College of Visual and Performing Arts

Congratulations on your recent admission!

This webpage is designed to help you prepare for your first semester. In addition to reading the information below, please be sure to visit the university's page for Newly Admitted Students.

One of your first steps is to confirm your enrollment decision. You take this action via your decision letter in the application portal. The Office of Graduate Admissions will send you a response that contains further instructions within 24-48 hours.

CVPA New Graduate Student Orientation

CVPA's Graduate Orientation is an opportunity for all incoming graduate students to meet the Dean and Associate Dean, learn about the college's policies, and meet other new graduate students. Attendance is mandatory and part of the CVPA 600 course.

Orientation will take place one (1) week prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semesters. Specific date and time information will be sent to you via e-mail.

If you have any questions, please contact Asma Omarzad (703-993-9773). 

Your program may require a second orientation. Please contact your department directly for more information. 


Meet new and current graduate students from across campus and learn more about Grad Life at Mason by attending this free event! This annual event allows students to take advantage of workshops and make connections with important offices around campus. Bring the little ones, because families are welcome to attend, too.

Check back in the Fall for more details.

Also be sure to check out the Graduate Student Life website to learn more about job opportunities, housing opportunities, and use the New Grad Student Checklist to help you prepare for your first semester at Mason. 

Additional Information for CVPA Graduate Students

International Student Orientation

International students are also required to attend orientation through the Office of International Programs and Services. Please contact their office for information or if you have any questions about other items, such as your visa paperwork.


CVPA 600

All incoming graduate students are required to enroll in CVPA 600 during one of their first two semesters in the program. This course is designed as an opportunity to network with other graduate students in the college and learn more about professional development in the arts. Each semester varies by number of sessions and activities. A syllabus will be provided at the beginning of each term to those who register with dates and information about each session.

Advising and Registration

All Graduate Students are assigned an advisor at the time of admission. Please refer to your decision letter for your specific advisor’s name and e-mail address. Be sure to contact your advisor and schedule a meeting to discuss course planning prior to registering for the fall, spring or summer semester.

See a list of CVPA Graduate Academic Advisors.

Address any Admissions Holds on Your Account

If you only provided unofficial transcripts with your application, the Office of Graduate Admissions requires official transcripts to be on record before you can register for courses. Please have your official transcripts submitted to their office either at or by mail at:

Office of Graduate Admissions
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 4C8
Fairfax, VA 22030

For questions or concerns about your file, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions at 703-993-9700.  

Other offices, such as the Immunization Office or Students Accounts, may assign holds if you have not submitted correct documentation or have open balances on your account. Holds are communicated through your PatriotWeb account. Please contact these departments directly to resolve these holds before the start of the semester. 

GMU Email

All university communications are conducted through GMU email accounts. Be sure to check your account daily in order to receive important messages from your professors and the CVPA Academic Affairs office, as well as from other university offices. 

After you have set up your PatriotPass account, you should be able to activate your email. Visit to set up your email with your Mason ID. If you have any issues, contact Mason's ITS Support Center ( or 703-993-8870). 

Register for Courses

Once you have indicated that you plan to accept our offer of admission through your decision letter in your self-service center, and received confirmation of your ability to enroll, you will gain access to the Mason student system within 24 hours.

The procedure to access the registration system is:

  • First, activate your new student PatriotPass account. You will need your G number, indicated on your admission email/letter, and CLAIM ID number, which is your birth month, day and year in 2-digit format (i.e., June 30, 1976, would be entered as 063076).
  • Once you have followed the prompts on this page you can access any system at the university.
  • Registration occurs via PatriotWeb. Login to Patriot Web Self Service then follow the pathway from Student Services to Registration.

If you are having problems logging into PatriotWeb or activating your new account contact the ITS Support Center (

The Schedule of Classes is available online and specific course descriptions can be found in the university catalog. Please check the academic calendar for semester start dates and important deadlines.

For a step-by-step guide to registration visit the University Registrar.


Addressing Questions or Issues

Asma Omarzad, CVPA Graduate Program Manager, will be your main contact to the CVPA Academic Affairs Office as a graduate student. She can assist in the following areas: 

  • Orientation and CVPA 600 Questions
  • Registration Issues
  • Student Forms
  • Questions/Concerns for the Associate Dean

You can reach her at or at 703-993-9773.