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 Program. Applicants are encouraged to contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at globalma@gmu.edu for any questions or to discuss their particular language situation.

In addition to indicating on the online application, applicants must also submit the GLOA MA Foreign Language Competency form with attached proof to the Graduate Program Coordinator at globalma@gmu.edu at least two weeks prior to the application deadline for that given term. 

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 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 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 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 have met the application requirement. The transcript will serve as proof of proficiency.

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. The transcript or diploma will serve as proof of proficiency.

Online Oral Proficiency Exam

Applicants may pursue an Oral Proficiency Interview through Language Testing International (LTI). These are proctored exams and the satisfactory results should be sent directly to the Graduate Program Coordinator at globalma@gmu.edu.