Take the Next Step
You're ready to build on your expertise, expand your research, and bring something new to the table. Get started by applying to pursue your graduate studies at Volgenau. Our state-of-the-art facilities and proven track record of academic advancement are the backbone of a strong and growing program.
Earning a graduate degree from Volgenau means you can be confident that your expertise is up to date and in demand. As Virginia's largest public research university, Mason combines the resources you need with the personal guidance of mentor-professors.
Volgenau offers 17 master's progams and seven PhD programs, many with several choices of concentration, allowing you to specialize in your specific area of interest. Our admissions process is competitive, with all applications reviewed individually by faculty members in the program to which you are applying. Prospective students can apply to all programs for both fall and spring semesters.
Program of study details can be found in the university catalog.
Sessions for Prospective Students
Volgenau hosts several information sessions for prospective graduate students in person and online throughout the academic year.
Although attendance at a session is not required for application, it is highly recommended. This is your opportunity to meet the administrative and academic staff members who will assist you in the pursuit of your graduate course work and degree.
Prospective graduate students must meet all the university's requirements and deadlines. Mason alums have the option of pursuing a fast-track admission path.
Office Location: 2400 Nguyen Engineering Bldg
|Session Type||Date||RSVP||Location||Start Time||End Time|
|Online Student Chat (Admitted)||Fri, Jan 13, 2017||RSVP||Online||10 a.m.||12 p.m.|
|Prospective Graduate Student Information Session||Sat, Feb 11, 2017||RSVP||Nguyen Engr Bldg, RM 4201||10 a.m.||11 a.m.|
|Online Student Chat (Admitted)||Thu, Feb 16, 2017||RSVP||Online||10 a.m.||12 p.m.|
|Prospective Graduate Student Information Session||Thu, Mar 9, 2017||RSVP||Nguyen Engr Bldg, RM 4201||6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Online Student Chat (Admitted)||Fri, Mar 10, 2017||RSVP||Online||10 a.m.||12 p.m.|
|Online Student Chat (Prospective)||Thu, Mar 16, 2017||RSVP||Online||10 a.m.||12 p.m.|
|Prospective Graduate Student Information Session||Wed, Apr 5, 2017||RSVP||Nguyen Engr Bldg, RM 4201||6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Prospective Graduate Student Information Session||Thu, May 11, 2017||RSVP||Nguyen Engr Bldg, RM 4201||6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Online Student Chat (Prospective)||Thu, May 23, 2017||RSVP||Online||10 a.m.||12 p.m.|
|Online Student Chat (Admitted)||Fri, Jun 9, 2017||RSVP||Online||10 a.m.||12 p.m.|
|Non Degree Prospective Graduate Student Information Session||Wed, Jul 12, 2017||RSVP||Nguyen Engr Bldg, RM 4201||6:30 p.m.||7:30 p.m.|
|Non Degree Online Student Chat (Prospective)||Wed, Jul 26, 2017||RSVP||Online||10 a.m.||12 p.m.|
If you have selected your field of study, note the requirements for your program and degree. Each program has a range of requirements, from a special essay to supplemental forms or a portfolio. Having this information at hand can speed the application process.
Graduate Admissions at Mason has recently centralized. The Office of Graduate Admissions will be responsible for all graduate applications to the university.
As a Volgenau graduate student, you'll have access to:
- Our graduate faculty, who are counted among the top ranks by the best science and technology organizations in the world. They bring their industry knowledge to the classroom, challenging students to push the boundaries of research, skill, and application, based on real-time knowledge of marketplace demand. Your professors' ability to win grants will make you part of the teams that enhance knowledge through research in our areas of expertise and other specialized fields.
- Proximity to career opportunities through our campuses in Fairfax, Arlington, and Manassas. Our locations provide Volgenau graduate students entry into government agencies and companies in "Silicon Valley East," the Dulles Technology Corridor and Loudoun County’s data centers, where many faculty members have established working relationships. They conduct research for and in coordination with their professional colleagues, providing students with access to and opportunities in their chosen fields.
- Chances to attend professional gatherings. D.C. frequently hosts academic and professional conferences, which offer abundant networking opportunities. Graduate students can attend on the cheap -- no need to come up with cash for plane tickets and hotels. You'll be a bus or subway ride away.