School of Education - George Mason University
GMU Special Education Program ApplicationMore Less

Depending on county requirements, there may be two application procedures for cohort applicants.  Applicants must submit a graduate application (not non-degree) to George Mason University. They must also contact their county to determine if there is an application required by the county.  If so, the student must complete both the application to George Mason University and the application to the county. Cohort students are encouraged to print the step-by-step instructions for applying to Mason and follow them carefully to avoid delays in processing that can impede students' ability to continue with coursework.

GMU Special Education Program Application Deadlines:

  • Fall (Students accepted for fall are allowed to register for summer classes): Rolling Admissions, April 1 priority. For summer, students must be accepted prior to the start of their summer course. For fall, applications will not be reviewed after August 1, provided space is still available.
  • Spring: Rolling admissions, November 1 priority. Complete applications will be reviewed until January 1st, provided space is available. No applications will be reviewed after this date

First-time Students: Quick Admission Requirements and Process

In certain circumstances George Mason University allows students taking Special Education contract or cohort courses to bypass the formal university admissions process and be admitted for one semester only to Quick Admit (QA) Non-Degree status. To be eligible for Quick Admit status students must not have been previously quick-admitted and must provide the necessary documentation for QA status to the Outreach Program Enrollment office prior to or on the first night of class. This QA process requires less documentation than the formal application process and the active student status that results is temporary.  Any student who is quick admitted must go through the formal admissions process  in its entirety and be accepted to the Special Education program in Graduate status in order to proceed with their Special Education coursework beyond that first semester.

Quick Admit Process vs. Formal Application ProcessMore Less
Quick Admit Process
Formal Application Process

Quick Admit Documents
*NOTE: Quick Admit/Non-Degree status is TEMPORARY and only valid for ONE semester. Students must apply formally to Mason in order to continue coursework beyond the initial QA semester.

QA Documents are submitted to the Special Education Outreach (Cohort) Program Office:
Fax: 703-993-3681
Division of Special Education & disAbility Research
Registration Services
4400 University Dr., MS: 1F2
Fairfax,VA 22030

  1. Contract/Cohort Course Registration Form
  2. In State Tuition Application Form
  3. Unofficial Transcripts from an accredited university showing Bachelor's Degree and degree conferral date
  4. Course Tuition Payment
  5. International Students must also submit official TOEFL/IELTS scores AND an International Transcript Evaluation. (See

Formal Application Documents
Special Education Program

Formal Program Application is submitted online and supporting documentation is submitted directly to the GMU Graduate Admissions Office

  1. Completed Online Graduate Program Application and application fee
  2. In State Tuition Application Form
  3. Scanned, unofficial copies of your transcripts for application review.  Official transcripts are required after admission
  4. THREE (3) Letters of Recommendation forms
  5. Goals Statement
  6. Resume
  7. For licensure programs:
  8. Applicants with International Credentials will also need to consult the Information for International Applicants website. (See