School of Computational Sciences
To apply, prospective students should forward a completed George Mason graduate
application, two transcripts from each college and graduate institution attended,
a current resume, and an expanded goals statement to the SCS Graduate Admissions
Processing Center. Each doctoral or master's program applicant should also include
three letters of recommendation, and an official report of scores obtained on
the GRE-GEN exam. The GRE-SUB is recommended if it is given in the student's undergraduate
major. The GRE requirement for admission to the doctoral programs will be waived
if the student holds a master's degree from a U.S. institution. TOEFL scores are
also required for all foreign applicants. Note that transcripts originating
from foreign countries must be evaluated by a U.S.-recognized agency. Specific
additional admission requirements for the various SCS programs are listed below:
- Applicants to either the doctoral program in computational sciences and informatics,
the master's program in computational science, or the certificate program in computational
techniques and applications should have academic backgrounds in physical or biological
sciences, engineering, mathematics, or computer science. They should have undergraduate
degrees from accredited institutions, with GPAs of at least 3.000 in their last
60 credits of study. Additionally, each applicant should have taken at least one
course in differential equations and should have facility in using a high-level
computer programming language.
- Applicants to the doctoral program in bioinformatics should have a B.A. or
B.S. degree in biology or a related field, including undergraduate courses in
molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, genetics, differential equations,
data structures, and probability and statistics. They should also have experience
using a high-level programming language. Admission to the program requires a minimum
GPA of 3.250 in undergraduate work and a combined GRE score of 1100 (quantitative
- Applicants to the Earth systems science M.S. program should have a B.S. degree
in Earth, environmental, or physical science. Previous course work should include
two semesters each of calculus, chemistry, and physics, and one semester of statistics.
They should have a minimum GPA of 3.000 in their undergraduate degree.
- Applicants to the new professional studies master's program should have undergraduate
or advanced science degrees in areas such as biochemistry, biology, chemistry,
computer science, or molecular biology, with GPAs of at least 3.000 in their last
60 credits of study.
Fellowships and assistantships are generally available beginning in the fall
semester. Those applying for fellowships and assistantships must submit completed
applications by February 1 for fall admission; all other applications for fall
admission are due by March 1. Applications for spring admission should be received
by November 1 of the preceding year.