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Higher Education and Student Development - MA

Fall Deadlines

Standard Deadline: February 15, 2024

Spring Deadlines

Standard Deadline: November 01, 2023

Application Requirements

College Transcripts Goals Statement Recommendation Letters Resume Writing Sample

Program-Specific Instructions

Additional Information

This goals statement demonstrates the applicant's writing ability and the background and credentials that qualify the applicant for graduate study at George Mason University. Applicants should also use this essay to express what they hope to achieve professionally and how this degree can help achieve that. The essay should be between 750 and 1000 words and convey that applying to this program has been an informed and thoughtful process. 

The writing sample should be a formal piece of writing that demonstrates the applicant's ability to write at the graduate level, creating a thesis statement and using scholarly literature to make and support an argument.