How to Apply

Applying to a GMU Psychology Graduate Program

To put in an application for the MA or PhD program, you will need to visit the admissions website. This page will help you with Psychology-specific questions. The application cycle for Fall 2024 will open September 15th. Please see below for various application due dates.

For those inquiring about the MPS online program for Applied Industrial and Organizational Psychology, their application process is through MasonOnline.  Please reach out to for any questions on this program. 

Review George Mason University Application Requirements

  1. All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the graduate admissions chapters of the University Catalog, as well as the additional psychology M.A. or PhD requirements.


Please note: 

Concentration specific GRE test information:

GRE Optional:

Applied Developmental Psychology; MA and PHD

Human Factors and Applied Cognition; MA and PHD

Industrial and Organizational Psychology; MA


GRE Required:

Industrial and Organizational Psychology; PHD


GRE not reviewed for acceptance:

Clinical PHD

Cognitive Behavioral Neuroscience; MA and PHD


If the GRE is required for your program, scores must be sent to GMU directly from ETS (our school code is 5827) . You must add the GMU school code to your exam for scores to be sent and associated with your application. The process of linking your GRE scores to your application does not happen immediately and you might initially seen your application as Incomplete due to GRE scores after you submit your application. Please allow  one week for your test scores to link up with your application before reaching out. 

Decide on a Concentrated Psychology Program

  1. Students interested in a graduate degree in psychology must decide which program they prefer:

Contact Current Program Faculty

  1. After deciding on a graduate psychology program, contact current GMU faculty to discuss your academic interests, goals, specifics on the program, and research being conducted at GMU.
  2. Faculty within each program can be found on the psychology website.

Submit a George Mason University Graduate Application

  1. Follow the instructions on the College of Humanities and Social Sciences admissions page.
  2. Submit your application by the deadlines listed on the Admissions website.
  3. Forward any official transcripts to the Office of Admissions as stated in the application. DO NOT forward transcripts to the psychology office as this will delay the university review of your application and an admission decision.

Resources for Applying to Graduate School and Psychology Programs

Deciding to Apply and Successfully Gaining Admission to Graduate Schools in Psychology

Applying to a GMU Psychology Undergraduate Program

Review George Mason University Application Requirements

  1. All applicants for undergraduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the undergraduate admissions chapters of the University Catalog.

Make Note of Application Deadlines

  1. Know how and when you would like to apply. Different applications have different deadline dates:



Meet & Visit Mason

  1. Mason Admissions representatives travel to high schools around the country attending college fairs. See when they will be at a school near you!
  2. Visit Mason yourself! Tour campus, meet students and faculty, get a feel for what it is like to be a Mason Patriot!

Want more information?

  1. Visit the GMU Admissions Office's webpage for more information on how to apply. This page is separated for incoming freshman, transfer, non-degree, and international students.
  2. Still wanting more? Fill out the Information Request Form to receive more admissions information.