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Global Affairs - MA

Fall Deadlines

Standard Deadline: March 15, 2024

Spring Deadlines

Standard Deadline: October 15, 2023

Application Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement Recommendation Letters Resume Foreign Language Proficiency

Program-Specific Instructions

Additional Information

What should an applicant include in the goals statement?

The goals statement should address the following:

  • Purpose for graduate study and why the applicant has selected Global Affairs (and planned area of specialization) and George Mason University
  • The applicant's career goals and plans for the future
  • The applicant's preparation for the field of Global Affairs, in relation to academic background, extracurricular activities, professional experience, etc.
  • Any other details that are not revealed elsewhere in the application that give the admissions committee an idea of who the applicant is as a person and master's candidate

Note: Applicants are welcome to include an explanation for any problems or inconsistencies in other application materials (low GPA, etc.) in their Goals Statement.

What is the page length for the goals statement?

Goals statement should be two pages in length.

Writing Sample

A writing sample is optional and will be reviewed if included with the application.

The program requires evidence of professional competency in a second language (other than English) that is widely used in contemporary international communication. For additional information about this requirement see the Foreign Language Proficiency section under Prospective Students.