What are the requirements for admission into the ABS Graduate Certificate Program?
View our admissions requirements page for the certificate program.
Do I need to take the MCAT (or GRE, or other professional exam) before I apply to the program?
No. Our program has an integrated preparatory course hosted by Kaplan to prepare students for the MCAT, DAT, GRE, etc.
I still need to take one more pre-med class before I have all of my requirements completed. Can I take that course while I’m in the program?
No. All pre-health program requirements must be completed, with a C or better, before acceptance into this program can be made official.
Can I still apply if my undergraduate GPA is below a 3.0?
Yes, however, please note that this program is best suited for those close to the 3.0 threshold as that shows evidence of success in the program. If you are below 3.0, we are looking for exceptional circumstances to include an evident progression in academic performance, commitment to the health professions field, etc.
What is the deadline for applying to the certificate program?
We have rolling admissions so it is advisable to apply early. The application deadline for the 2021-2022 cohort is July 15, 2021. **Deadline has been extended to August 1**
How many letters of recommendation are required for the certificate program?
We ask that you request three letters of recommendation, and recommend that at least one come from a science faculty member.
Can I submit my letters of recommendation through Interfolio?
Yes, we accept letters through Interfolio. Please have them sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. You will still enter your recommenders first and last name in the application; be sure it matches the names of the recommenders of the letters being sent from Interfolio. In the application, you will also need to list an email for each recommender; please use email@example.com .
Do I submit official transcripts with my application?
During the application process, we are happy to receive unofficial transcripts. Please upload a copy from every school or university that you have attended in the application, even if the courses are listed on another transcript.
If admitted to the program, you will need to submit official transcripts.
Official transcripts should be submitted directly to:
COS Graduate Admissions Processing Center
George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MSN 6A3
Fairfax, VA 22030
All applicants whose undergraduate institution(s) have the ability to send transcripts electronically should send them to firstname.lastname@example.org. The transcripts will not be considered official unless sent by the school.
I am not a US citizen or a US permanent resident at this time. Am I still eligible to apply to your certificate program?
We consider all applications for admission. All ABS applicants requiring F1 visas are eligible to apply. George Mason University does not guarantee that any applicant will receive an F1 visa. However, applicants must submit all required documents in a timely manner to enable the College of Science Graduate Admissions Processing Center the time necessary to process the forms to secure such a visa.
Can I call your office and explain my academic credentials in order to get a feel for whether or not I might be accepted to your program?
Applications are reviewed by a number of individuals who are part of the admissions committee. As such, we cannot provide you with any information on the likelihood of being accepted to our program. Please remember that admission is competitive, and it is best to review the admissions criteria on our website before applying.