International Applicant Requirements

In addition to all of the other application requirements listed, international applicants to the Schar School graduate programs must submit the following credentials:

1. English and original language transcripts, diplomas, and degree certificates.

For further guidelines on submitting international credentials, please view the International Transcript Submission Guidelines

2. Students Seeking an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit:

a. Certificate of Financial Responsibility

b. An original bank statement in your name or your sponsor’s name demonstrating the minimum required funds for your studies at the Schar School of Policy and Government

c. Copy of the identification page of your passport

3. Proof of English proficiency by submitting either the TOEFLIELTS, or Pearson Academic Test of English exam scores.Please Note: George Mason University’s test code is 5827.

Minimum score requirements are as follows:


PhD Applicant

Master’s Degree Applicant

IELTS (Academic Test)



TOEFL (Paper-Based)



TOEFL (Internet Based)



Pearson Test of English



*must earn minimum score of 23 in each individual subsection

**must earn minimum score of 20 in each individual subsection

Please note for Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 applicants, we are accepting a score of 120 on the Duolingo Test of English. 

English Assessment Policy

It is necessary to submit official TOEFL or IELTS scores if an applicant’s highest degree(s) was conferred in any country other than the United States, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada (excluding Quebec), and Commonwealth Caribbean (Antigua, Barbuda, Belize, Cayman Islands, Dominica, Guyana, Jamaica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent and Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago). As part of the application review process for admission consideration, we will assess an applicant’s English language proficiency. Based on the results of this assessment, students may be required to complete additional English language coursework.

For more information about international student resources, please visit the Office of International Programs and Services.