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English Proficiency Requirements

English Language Proficiency Requirements

All Mason students must have full command of academic English to be successful in their studies. For this reason, Mason requires that applicants demonstrate English proficiency for admission consideration, regardless of citizenship. English proficiency may be demonstrated by an exam or a waiver listed below.

Please note that we will notaccept exam scores older than two years.

Test

Minimum UndergraduateScore

Minimum GraduateScore

ACT

20 English and Reading

Not accepted

Duolingo English Test

110*

120*

IB Higher Level English A

6

Not accepted

IELTS

6.5 and 6.0 each subsection*

All CEC applicants 6.5 and no minimum subsection score required

7.0 and 6.5 each subsection*

All CEC applicants 6.5 and no minimum subsection score required

INTO Mason Academic English

6

7

Pearson Test of Academic English

59

67

SAT I

500 Reading and Writing

Not accepted

TOEFL

80 and 18 each subsection*

All CEC applicants 80 and no minimum subsection score

88 and 20 each subsection*

All CEC applicants 80 and no minimum subsection score

*Notes:

  • College of Engineering and Computing graduate and undergraduate applicant score requirement: IELTS 6.5or TOEFL 80. No minimum subsection score required.
  • Duolingo English Test is accepted through spring 2024
  • TOEFL senders use testing code 5827
  • TOEFL at Home and MyBest TOEFL iBT scores are accepted
  • IELTS Indicator scores are not accepted

Options for Mason Korea applicants only

Mason Korea applicants may also use the below scores from the Korean College Scholastic Ability Test to satisfy their language requirement:

Test Direct Admission Patriot Plus Pathway Admission

Korean College Scholastic Ability Test (Korean CSAT,수능)

English Section only for English Proficiency Requirement.

Rank 1 Rank 2

Any additional questions to Mason Korea admissions at askmk@gmu.edu

Waivers for English Language Proficiency

The Office of Admissions will waive the English language proficiency test requirement for applicants who have completed one of the following:

  • Undergraduate applicants who have completed four years of college preparatory English, excluding ESL and remedial English courses, at a regionally accredited U.S. secondary school or secondary school in one of the waiver countries below. Each English course must be graded C or better. Puerto Rico secondary schools are excluded.
  • Undergraduate applicants who have completed six credits of English Composition I and II from a Mason-recognized U.S. institution with grades of C or better.
  • Graduate or undergraduate applicants with abachelor’s or graduate degree conferred from a Mason-recognized U.S. institution or one of the waiver countries below.
  • Graduate or undergraduate applicantswhohave completed a Mason-recognized bachelor’s degree from one of these countries:

Waiver-Eligible Countries

  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada (excluding Quebec)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Dominica
  • Fiji
  • The Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Gibraltar
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Malawi
  • Malta
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Seychelles
  • South Africa
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Helena
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

Applicants from Puerto Rico must meet the English language proficiency requirement.

INTO Mason

provides English language instruction and assessment for postsecondary speakers of other languages who wish to learn English for academic, personal, or professional reasons.