Professional and Technical Writing Concentration

Become a Mason Graduate Student

All applicants for graduate study at George Mason University must meet the admission standards specified in the Admission chapter of the University Catalog.

You are responsible for submitting all required application materials by the posted deadline. Review your program's Admissions Requirements and Deadlines before you begin your application. You can also visit our Grad Admissions FAQs page for helpful hints on how best to prepare your transcripts and other Admissions materials.

Step 1: Complete and submit the online Graduate Admissions application. George Mason University requires all graduate applicants to upload all possible required supplementary materials, such as unofficial transcripts, goals statement or writing sample, at the same time you submit your application. Online applications require a non-refundable $75 application processing fee.

Step 2: Within a few days of submitting your online application, you will receive an email with your Mason G number (G#). This is a tracking number provided to all applicants that allows us to match your supporting documentation to your completed application.

Step 3: Check your application status and requirements checklist in your application portal. Initial processing takes 3 to 5 business days from the date of submission. You can use your application log-in and password to access your information throughout the application process. Graduate Admissions may send updates or notify you of issues with your application through your admissions portal, so it is best to log in periodically to monitor your application status.

Step 4: For newly admitted students, refer to the CHSS New Graduate Student webpage for tips on confirming enrollment, submitting official transcripts, registering for class and more.

Program Specific Requirements

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Goals statement (uploaded via online application). The goals statement should be 750 - 1000 words and describe particular areas of interest within a chosen concentration. Read More

A 1,500 to 2,000-word writing sample is required for all concentrations.  Read More
 
Applicants to the concentration in professional and technical writing are encouraged (but not required) to submit an optional portfolio that showcases nonacademic/workplace writing. Applicants may submit a 10-15 page portfolio of their nonfiction work such as technical or business reports, editing projects, or any other materials reflecting interests and skills in nonfiction writing and editing. The portfolio should include no more than 3 samples of writing oriented to the applicant's professional or educational interests. On a cover sheet, briefly discuss the audience and purpose of the writing sample. The cover sheet should be uploaded with the portfolio.

Application Deadlines

Fall Deadline: March 15

Spring Deadline: October 15

Summer Deadline: February 1

Funding Deadline: March 15

Fall admission: Application review will begin on March 15 for the Cultural Studies, Folklore Studies, Literature, Professional and Technical Writing and Teaching of Writing and Literature concentrations. 

  • Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted until August 1, 2021.  Applications received by March 15 will be considered for GTA positions.  Applications missing supplementary materials after August 1 will be considered until August 15, 2021.

Spring admission: Application review will begin on October 15 for the Cultural Studies, Folklore Studies, Literature, Professional and Technical Writing and Teaching of Writing and Literature concentrations. 

  • Applications for Spring 2022 will be accepted until December 15, 2021.  Applications missing supplementary materials after December 15 will be considered until January 1, 2022.

Summer admission: Application review will begin on February 1.

  • Applications for Summer 2021 will be accepted until February 1, 2021.  Applications missing supplementary materials after February 1 will be considered until February 15, 2021.

 

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