Special Types of Enrollment
The Extended Studies program enables students who have no immediate degree
objectives, or may need to satisfy prerequisites for graduate admission, to enroll
in courses for which they are qualified without seeking formal admission to the
university. It is generally expected that Extended Studies enrollees have earned
a minimum of 30 credits at another institution before applying for Extended Studies.
Extended Studies applications are available through the Admissions Office or on
the web at www.admissions.gmu.edu/extstud/
Extended Studies students may be restricted to undergraduate and 500- and 600-level
graduate courses. Enrollment is based on eligibility criteria and availability
of space in courses, and in high-demand fields may be restricted or prohibited.
Prospective enrollees may be required to supply unofficial evidence of their academic
background along with the Extended Studies application to the Admissions Office.
Students enrolling in both undergraduate and graduate courses during the same
semester will be charged at the graduate tuition rate.
Extended Studies enrollees are expected to achieve a semester average of at
least C (2.000) in all undergraduate courses and at least B (3.000) in all graduate
courses. Students who do not meet these criteria during two consecutive periods
of enrollment are not permitted to register again through Extended Studies.
Extended Studies enrollees who wish to apply for admission to a degree program
may do so at any time by following the standard undergraduate or graduate admission
procedures. A maximum of 18 undergraduate credits may be applied to an undergraduate
degree program. The Office of Admissions applies the same criteria for admission
to Extended Studies students applying for undergraduate degree status as to students
transferring from other institutions. Graduate students, with the approval of
a school or college dean, may apply a maximum of 12 graduate credits towards a
graduate program. If the admitted graduate student has transfer credit from another
institution, the amount of applicable credit earned through Extended Studies may
be reduced accordingly. Students must fulfill the degree requirements outlined
in the catalog in effect at the time they are admitted as degree candidates.
Grades earned through Extended Studies remain a part of the student's permanent
record, are recorded on the standard university transcript, and are counted in
determining the student's future academic standing. Extended Studies students
will be assigned to an academic unit on the basis of their educational plans as
stated on their application. The academic unit will handle academic advising and
determine the student's eligibility to continue in the Extended Studies program.
Students unsure of their future educational plans may consult Academic Support
and Advising Services.
High School Guest Matriculant
Secondary school students who wish to take courses at George Mason for transfer
back to their high schools may enroll through the Extended Studies program as
high school guest matriculants. Students must submit a copy of their high school
transcripts and PSAT or SAT scores with the Extended Studies Application to participate.
In addition to the Extended Studies Application, high school students are required
to have their counselor approve the course selection by signing the "High
School Guest Matriculant Registration Approval Form" and returning the form
to the Admissions Office with the Extended Studies Application. The High School
Guest Matriculant Form is available from the Admissions Office homepage at www.admissions.gmu.edu/extstud/
and can be faxed to the office at (703) 993-2392. Students who have completed
Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams should include
copies of the results. High school teachers or counselors wishing to provide support
for the student's enrollment may e-mail Larry Beatty, Associate Dean of Admissions,
College Guest Matriculants
College students enrolled at other accredited institutions who wish to take
courses at George Mason for transfer to their home institutes may enroll through
the Extended Studies program as guest matriculants. It is recommended that students
consult with their home colleges or universities before attempting to register
for classes at Mason. Undergraduate or graduate guest matriculants require written
permission from their home colleges or universities before admission. The responsibility
for determining the transferability of the course work to the home institution
lies with the student.
Students may submit an Extended Studies application through the Admissions
web site at: www.admissions.gmu.edu/extstud/
onapps.html or contact the Admissions Office at (703) 993-2400 for
The Extended Studies Enrollment Office coordinates enrollment under the Senior
Citizens Higher Education Act of 1974, as amended and as applicable to the university.
Under the terms of this act, eligible Virginia residents 60 years of age or older
with a taxable income not exceeding $10,000 are entitled to enroll in courses
offered for academic credit on a space-available basis without payment of tuition
and fees. Senior citizens who meet the income eligibility requirement and who
have completed a minimum of 75 percent of degree requirements may enroll in a
degree program during normal registration periods without payment of tuition and
fees. The Senior Citizen Tuition Waiver Form is available from the Registrar's
Office, (703) 993-2441, and on the Internet at http://registrar.gmu.edu/forms.html
for senior citizens who want to participate.
In addition, the act provides for audit of courses offered for academic credit
and also for enrollment in noncredit courses without payment of tuition and fees
on a space-available basis, regardless of the taxable income level. Students seeking
to audit a class must notify the Registrar's Office when registering for classes.
Tuition, however, may be charged for courses designed exclusively for senior citizen
groups. No senior citizen may change registration status in any given semester
once he or she has initially registered for classes.
Graduate Non-degree Status
School of Information Technology and Engineering (IT&E)
Admission for non-degree graduate study is suitable for those persons who do
not currently wish to pursue a degree, but are interested in taking graduate IT&E
courses. The following application materials should be submitted for consideration:
- IT&E non-degree application
- Official or unofficial transcripts
- Nonrefundable application fee
- Course Request Form
- Resume is optional
IT&E non-degree graduate application forms and
information regarding future Open Houses is available on the web at
Once the student receives an approved Course Request Form from IT&E, he/she
may register via the telephone registration system (4GMU) or in person for the
course. Approval for non-degree status does not guarantee admission for a degree
program at a later date. Up to 12 credit hours taken in non-degree status may
be transferred to an IT&E degree or certificate program, subject to the general
rules for transfer of graduate credit. Students who do not register for the term
for which they are accepted may have their enrollment postponed for one semester
upon written request to the Admissions Office. Further information about IT&E
programs and course offerings may be obtained from IT&E departmental offices
or the IT&E Graduate Student Services Office, Science and Technology II, Room
100, (703) 993-1505.
School of Computational Sciences
Non-degree status is available for professionals who are interested in taking
a limited number of courses in the computational sciences and informatics (CSI)
doctoral program. Up to 12 credit hours taken in non-degree status may be transferred
into the CSI doctoral or certificate program at a later date. Note that approval
for non-degree status does not guarantee admission into either the doctoral or
certificate program. For admission into non-degree status, the student should
have a 3.000 GPA or higher, and a B.S. degree in mathematics, computer science,
engineering, or natural science. Exceptions are reviewed on an individual basis.
The following application materials should be submitted for consideration:
- CSI non-degree application
- Official or unofficial transcripts
- A nonrefundable application fee
- Resume is optional
The CSI non-degree application can be downloaded from the School of Computational
Sciences web site at www.csi.gmu.edu.
Graduate Course Enrollment by Undergraduates
Undergraduates may request approval to take a graduate course either for reserve
graduate credit or for undergraduate credit. Special circumstances apply. See
details in the Academic Policies chapter of this catalog or in the Schedule
Summer enrollment is open to eligible undergraduate and graduate students on
a priority registration basis. The Summer Term offers more than 750 daytime and
evening classes in four sessions from five to eight weeks. Academic departments
take advantage of the Summer Term's unique opportunities to schedule innovative
as well as traditional courses. Many undergraduate and graduate students use the
Summer Term as a third semester with the option of taking up to 14 credits.