Global Affairs
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Foreign Language Proficiency

All applicants to the MA in Global Affairs must present evidence of competency in a second language (other than English) that is widely used in contemporary international communication.

We recognize that each applicant brings different language competency and will have different means for providing evidence of this competency. Therefore, this requirement of the MA application is handled on a case-by-case basis between applicants and the Global Affairs graduate coordinator. Applicants are encouraged to contact the graduate coordinator (globalma@gmu.edu) to discuss their particular language situation.

Applicants must submit the Foreign Language Proficiency form to the graduate coordinator by the application deadline. The Foreign Language Proficiency form asks applicants to indicate how they will demonstrate language competency. Access the form in the "Language Resources" box on the right side of this page.

Evidence of language competency may be demonstrated by:

Advanced language coursework at George Mason University

Applicants that completed the 250-level of a foreign language at Mason have met the application requirement. The official transcript will serve as proof of proficiency.

Bachelor’s degree in a foreign language

Applicants with a conferred bachelor's degree in a foreign language have met the application requirement. The official transcript will serve as proof of proficiency.

Minor in a foreign language

Applicants with a conferred minor in a foreign language have met the application requirement. The official transcript will serve as proof of proficiency.

Advanced language coursework from an accredited institution

Applicants that do not have a bachelor’s degree or minor in a foreign language, but have completed language coursework at the advanced level from an accredited institution, may send a copy of their unofficial transcript to globalma@gmu.edu to determine whether the existing coursework is sufficient to satisfy the requirement.

Graduation from an institution where the language of instruction was not English

Applicants that graduated from an accredited secondary or post-secondary institution where the language of instruction was not English have met the application requirement. Applicants should forward a copy of a transcript or diploma to globalma@gmu.edu to verify degree completion.

Online Oral Proficiency Exam

Applicants may pursue an Oral Proficiency Interview through Language Testing International (LTI). These are proctored exams and the results should be sent directly to the graduate coordinator.

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