Admitted Graduate Students

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Congratulations on your offer of admission to the Schar School of Policy and Government!

It is a pleasure to welcome you to George Mason University. We look forward to your arrival and to assisting you in your time at the Schar School. This page will provide you with important next steps in your journey to becoming a Mason Patriot. 

Next Steps

Step 1 > Confirm Your Enrollment

Confirm your intent to enroll through your application portal. Master's students will also use this portal to pay their tuition deposit. 

Step 2 > Activate Your Mason NetID

Activate your Mason NetID and password here. More detailed information on setting up your Patriot Pass can be found on the Information Technology Services (ITS) website. Prompt activation of your Mason NetID and password is important in order to access your Mason accounts and register for classes in a timely fashion.

Your claim code is a 6-digit representation of your date of birth in the MMDDYY format. For example, if your birthdate is March 10, 1986, your claim code should be 031086. If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Team at schar@gmu.edu.

Step 3 > Activate and Check Your Mason Email

Activate your MASONLIVE email account here. Additional information on logging into your MASONLIVE email can be found on the Information Technology Services (ITS) website. Once you have set up your email, check your account for any important information. All official information from Mason will come to your Mason email. You should also send correspondences from this account. 

Step 4 > Your First Semester Classes

Please review the Course Registration Information so you know what classes to take in your first semester. You will also find the name of your academic advisor in the document, and are encouraged to contact your advisor to introduce yourself and ask any questions you may have pertaining to course selection and registration. For a complete program overview, review the Graduate Degree Requirements that correspond with your catalog year. 

The academic advising team is here to help you as you prepare to begin coursework. 

Step 5 > Register for Classes

You will be able to register for classes once:

  • You have confirmed enrollment online through your application portal.
  • You have activated your Mason NetID and password. Details about account activation can be found above in Step 2. (Note that you will need to wait 1-2 business days after confirming your enrollment online before you can activate your NetID and password.)

Once you have completed the above steps, you can log on to PatriotWeb to register for classes (a PatriotWeb student guide can be found here). 

Step 6 > Register for New Student Orientation

REGISTER FOR ORIENTATION HERE

The Schar School New Student Orientation is held virtually the week before classes begin. The session will provide you with important information about the Schar School, the university, and the services you will use throughout your graduate program. Orientation is mandatory for incoming degree and certificate students and is for degree-seeking students only. If you are a non-degree seeking student, please visit the Admitted Non-Degree Graduate Students page

Program directors, faculty, student services and admissions staff, and current students will be available to answer your questions. You may also take your student ID photo and purchase a parking permit at orientation.

Step 7 > Submit Immunization Records

Turn in your Immunization Record Form to Mason Student Health Services by August 1, 2020. Virginia law requires ALL admitted university students to submit immunization documentation.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, record forms can only be submitted through the online patient portal. Please note that at this time, no late fees or holds will be applied in Fall 2020 until a safe decision is made for the university to re-open. Students can additionally submit documentation to be transcribed by Student Health Services at no cost. 

Step 8 > Obtain Your Mason Student ID Card

Electronic photos for your Mason ID/Card can be submitted to the Mason Card Office. Please review the submission process and guidelines beforehand. The Mason ID/Card Office on the Arlington Campus will also be open on the day of New Student Orientation if you wish to take your photo then instead. 

The Mason ID/Card Office is located in Van Metre Hall, Room 220 (located in the Campus Administration suite) on the Arlington Campus or in Student Union Building 1, Room 1203 on the Fairfax Campus. Hours of operation and other details can be found on their website.

International Students

Visa Documents

Please use the application portal to complete your visa application and upload any necessary documents. Additional information can be found on the Office of International Programs and Services website

International Student Orientation

Please be sure to attend the International Graduate Student Orientation held by the Office of International Programs and Services (in addition to the Schar School's New Student Orientation). Additional details about orientation and registration can be found here

Additional Resources

Student Guide

Please review the Schar School Student Guide. The document contains important policies and procedures for the Schar School's master's programs, university resources, and the appropriate contact information for all campus entities, including your program director.  

Tuition and Funding

Tuition can be paid through PatriotWeb or through the Student Accounts Office

Please visit here for funding and scholarship information provided by the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Schar School also maintains a list of external funding opportunities that you may browse and apply to independently. 

Parking and Transportation

PARKING
Decals can be purchased through the Parking Services Office. You must have a Mason student ID card and be registered for classes when purchasing a parking permit. Please note that Fairfax passes are not valid on the Arlington Campus, but Arlington passes are valid on both campuses.

METRO
The Arlington Campus is conveniently located a short walk from the Virginia Square Metro station on the Orange and Silver lines. The Fairfax Campus is accessible by Mason shuttle or CUE bus from the Vienna/Fairfax Metro station on the Orange line. 

PILOT ARLINGTON SHUTTLE (SPRING 2020)
Mason's Shuttle Services currently provides free transportation between the Fairfax and Arlington campuses for students with a valid Mason ID. For further information and updates, visit the Parking and Transportation website

Housing

Off-campus housing information can be found here or through the Arlington Campus Housing Guide. Additional information can be found through the Housing and Residence Life website

Health Insurance

Please note that students on an F-1 or J-1 visa are required to have health insurance and will be automatically enrolled in the Mason health plan. The health insurance fee will be reflected on your student account. If you currently have health insurance that meets Mason's criteria, you can apply for an exemption. Exemption applications must be received by Student Health Services before tuition payment is due. 

Eligible domestic students can enroll in the Student Health Insurance Plan during Open Enrollment periods. Please visit the Student Health Services website for more information.

Campus Information

You may familiarize yourself with the Arlington and Fairfax Campus maps. We are located on the 5th floor of Van Metre Hall on the Arlington Campus and the 3rd floor of Research Hall on the Fairfax Campus. 

ARLINGTON
Campus Address: 3351 Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22201

Arlington is consistently ranked by Niche as one of the best cities to live and work in the entire U.S., and we know as a Schar School student you will have a rewarding experience in this vibrant neighborhood of Washington, D.C. We encourage you to get connected with Mason's University Life Arlington Office and the other resources on the Arlington Campus. For more information about events and services, visit the University Life Arlington website.

FAIRFAX
Campus Address: 4400 University Drive, Fairfax, VA 22030

Mason's Fairfax Campus is located just 15 miles outside of Washington, D.C., giving you the best of both worlds. You’ll enjoy all the benefits of living near the nation’s capital, while also feeling safe and right at home at one of the largest and most beautiful residential campuses in Virginia. University Life Fairfax provides further services and resources to support students on the Fairfax Campus.   

Career Services

Learn about Career Development resources at the Schar School specifically for students, with a dedicated staff to assist with your professional development and job search needs. Schar School Career Services offers workshops throughout the year and are always accessible if you would like to make an appointment to review your professional materials or conduct a mock interview. 

Graduate Student Services Seminars

The Graduate Student Services Seminars is a signature program at the Schar School offered during the fall and spring semesters. The seminars focus on connecting students to academic and career resources; topics in the fall semester focus on graduate school success, while in the spring semester focus on career and professional success. 

For additional information on the program or to register, visit the Graduate Student Services Seminars website

Get Connected on Social Media

Stay up to date with the latest news and events at the Schar School by following our social media. Share your excitement and use the hashtag #ScharSchool - we would love to feature you!

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You can also subscribe to our YouTube channel for past event highlights or join our LinkedIn group for networking and professional development.

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The Schar School of Policy and Government has dedicated student services and career development teams to help you throughout your graduate program.

Meet the team.

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Still Have Questions? Please check our master's FAQ page for additional information regarding course registration and other resources. You may also contact your academic advisor who will be happy to assist you as you begin your program of study.

Read the FAQ.