Graduate Tuition and Financial Assistance

Graduate Tuition and Fees 2023-2024 Academic Year (per credit-hour)

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Tuition - In Person

In State


Out of State


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Discounted Regional Rate
15% discount for residents of Maryland and Washington DC attending MS and Graduate Certificates in person

Out of State


In-Person Discount for DC and MD Residents:

The Carter School is now offering a 15% discount – per credit – for MD and DC residents for in-person Graduate Certificate or Master’s programs.

This offer does not apply to other programs at George Mason University.   This discount cannot be combined with other tuition discounts.  Proof of residency will be required. 

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Tuition - Online
Available for MS and Graduate Certificates

In State


Out of State


Online Tuition Rate Discount for Out-of-State Students:

The Carter School Online Tuition Rate now applies to all out-of-state students enrolled in an online Graduate Certificate or Master’s Program – a discount of nearly 50% off the in-person rate for out-of-state students!

This offer does not apply to other programs at George Mason University.   This discount cannot be combined with other tuition discounts.

The Mandatory Student Fee of $155.00 per credit hour is included in the combined tuition/fees rates above.

Rates were approved by the Board of Visitors on May 4, 2023. Please see the Office of Student Accounts for official tuition and fee rates.

Financial Assistance

As a public institution in Virginia, George Mason is considered a top value in education, offering a world-class education at affordable tuition rates. The University and the Carter School support students as they apply for prestigious awards, such as the Fulbright, Boren, and many other grants, scholarships, and fellowships. George Mason is committed to assisting students by providing opportunities for financial support, such as grants, work-study positions, loans, and other financial aid options. 

To apply for a Mason Graduate Fellowship, please visit the Mason Provost's website for Graduate Fellowships.

Additional information about financial assistance can be found at Mason’s Office of Student Financial Aid.

Federal Financial Aid

As a student at the Carter School, you may be eligible for federal financial aid. 

To apply for need-based federal assistance, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  George Mason University provides more information about applying to the FAFSA .

To receive priority consideration for these funds, FAFSA forms should be received by the federal processor on or before March 1. 

Students seeking federal financial aid alone are not required to submit GRE scores for review. For other questions regarding need-based federal financial aid assistance, please contact Mason's Office of Student Financial Aid.

Carter School Student Scholarships

The Carter School offers a select number of merit-based scholarships for high-achieving students with strong academic credentials. 

A list of graduate scholarships can be found on the Carter School’s Scholarships and Funding page.

Additional grants and fellowships may be found through the Provost's Office.

Military, Veterans, and Dependents

George Mason University and the Carter School are proud to welcome veterans, active duty service members, guardsmen, reservists, and their dependents to our community. Through our dedicated Office of Military Services, you will be connected to a variety of services, including counseling and advising on benefits, academic and admissions requirements, and career transition guidance. 

George Mason University offers several services and benefits to eligible veterans and military students, including the Yellow Ribbon Program and Post-9/11 GI Bill®:

Chapter 30: Montgomery GI Bill® Active Duty
Chapter 31: Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment
Chapter 32: Veterans Educational Assistance Program (VEAP)
Chapter 33: Post-9/11 GI Bill®
Chapter 35: Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program (DEAP)
Chapter 1606: Montgomery GI Bill® Selected Reserve
Chapter 1607: Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP)

Discover more information from George Mason’s Office of Military Services.