Graduate Student Resources

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Considering a Graduate Degree?
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The College of Visual and Performing Arts offers highly-focused graduate programs of study designed to prepare students for professional work in the arts, in education, and beyond.

Learn more about our graduate programs and resources below.

New Graduate Student to George Mason University?

The online orientation portal for new graduate students is open and available to you. Select “Student Login” and use your Mason NetID and password to begin.

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Graduate Programs of Study

Arts Management

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Overview and Contact Information

Advisor/Contact: Dr. Karalee Dawn MacKay

The MA in Arts Management responds to a growing demand for graduates who can manage and coordinate the arts, bridging the worlds of performing and visual arts with applied managerial skills.

Visit the Arts Management website.


Music Showcase at Mason

Overview and Contact Information

Advisor/Contact: Dr. Gregory Robinson

The Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music's rigorous and extensive academic offerings prepare students for high impact, fulfilling, and meaningful careers in music.

Visit the Reva and Sid Dewberry Family School of Music website.


Mason School of Dance students

Overview and Contact Information

Advisor/Contact: Kim Harris

The Concentration in Dance, Visual and Performing Arts MFA, is a highly selective 60-credit program of study grounded in the modern dance genre that emphasizes mastery in performance, choreography, and teaching in higher education.

Visit the School of Dance website.


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    Overview and Contact Information

    Advisor/Contact: Robert Yi

    The School of Art is a collaborative academic and professional community focused on advancing creativity through traditional and new media applied to varying social contexts.

    Visit the School of Art website.


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      Overview and Contact Information

      The School of Theater’s mission is to use theater as a means of preparing students for a complex and challenging future, through rigorous, concentrated and individual training. We offer our graduates the best preparation for a life in the theater. 

      Visit the School of Theater website.

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      Graduate Resources

      Academic Calendar

      Find the Semester and Multi-Year Academic Calendar on the Office of the Registrar website

      Graduate Student Forms

      Access Graduate Student forms on the Office of the Registrar site.


      Graduate Student Research

      Find Resources for Graduate Student Research

      Complaints and Grievances

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      Policies and Procedures

      The College of Visual and Performing Arts follows all graduate academic policies as reflected in the University catalog. It is the student’s responsibility to review graduate policy and procedures as outlined in the catalog.


      The College of Visual and Performing Arts abides by the grading policies as outlined in the University catalog.

      Graduate Academic Standing

      All CVPA graduate students should familiarize themselves with the university policy on Graduate Academic Standing.

      • Academic Warning. A notation of academic warning is entered on the transcript of a graduate student who receives a grade of C or F in a graduate course.

      George Mason's Code of Student Conduct

      The College of Visual and Performing Arts strives to be an unwaveringly inclusive community and to foster a purposeful safe learning environment. To that end, all students are expected to abide by the expectations set forth in George Mason’s Code of Student Conduct.

      Non-Degree Admission and Enrollment 

      In addition to meeting non-degree graduate admission eligibility requirements, non-degree graduate students are expected to maintain a 3.0 or better Mason GPA and are subject to AP.6 in the university catalog

      Time Limit

      Graduate students who would like to request an extension of their timeline (either to advance or to graduate) must complete the graduate time limit extension form.

      University Resources

      The Graduate Division provides important resources and information that all graduate students should familiarize themselves with.


      Find information on withdrawals

      After the drop deadline, graduate students may withdraw from classes during the unrestricted withdrawal period. Please see the Office of the University Registrar’s website for drop and withdrawal deadlines. After these deadlines have passed students may request permission to withdraw for non-academic reasons (e.g., a medical emergency, family crisis etc.). Students should email their program advisor with detailed information explaining the reason for the request and attach documentation to support the request. After the advisor has reviewed the request, it will be sent to the CVPA Assistant Dean for Student Academic Affairs. If approved, the appropriate paperwork will be sent to the Office of the Registrar for processing.