College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS)

George Mason University
Fairfax, VA


Details at a Glance

  • School Type

    grad Public
  • Application Fee

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  • Financial Aid Available

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Our Program

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) offers 14 graduate certificates, 18 master's and 10 doctoral degrees.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) at George Mason University is a leader in the humanities and social sciences nationally and internationally with 14 graduate certificates, 18 master's and 10 doctoral degrees. As an R-1 university in the DC-Metro area, students have access to incredible leadership, occupational, and research opportunities in a breadth of industries and academic fields, and our students graduate prepared to lead economically successful and civically engaged lives. Join CHSS, and be at the center of it all.  

Graduate Degree Programs


  • MA

Art History

  • MA


  • PhD, MA
  • Graduate Certificate in Science Communication

Criminology, Law and Society

  • PhD, MA
  • Criminal Justice (MS)

Cultural Studies

  • PhD
  • MA (Concentration of English MA)


  • PhD, MA


  • PhD Concentrations: 
  • Linguistics 
  • Writing and Rhetoric 
  • MA Concentrations: 
  • Cultural Studies 
  • Linguistics 
  • Literature 
  • Professional Writing and Rhetoric 
  • Teaching of Writing and Literature 
  • MFA in Creative Writing: 
  • Fiction 
  • Nonfiction 
  • Poetry 
  • Graduate Certificates: 
  • College Teaching 
  • Folklore Studies 
  • Literature and Composition 
  • Professional Writing and Editing
  • Teaching English as a Second Language  

Foreign Languages

  • MA Concentrations:
  • French 
  • Spanish 
  • Spanish/Bilingual-Multicultural Education 
  • Spanish and French 

Global Affairs

  • MA

Higher Education

  • PhD in Education Specialization in Higher Education
  • MA in Higher Education and Student Development
  • Graduate Certificate College Teaching
  • Graduate Certificate Higher Education Administration


  • PhD, MA
  • Graduate Certificate in Digital Public Humanities

Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)

  • MA Concentrations
  • Computational Social Science
  • Energy and Sustainability
  • Folklore Studies
  • Individualized Studies
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Social Justice and Human Rights
  • War and the Military in Society
  • Women and Gender Studies

Middle East and Islamic Studies

  • MA
  • Graduate Certificate


  • MA Concentrations
  • Philosophy and Cultural Theory
  • Ethics and Public Affairs


  • PhD concentrations: 
  • Applied Developmental Psychology 
  • Clinical Psychology 
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience 
  • Human Factors/Applied Cognition 
  • Industrial/ Organizational Psychology 
  • MA Concentrations: 
  • Applied Developmental Psychology 
  • Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience 
  • Human Factors/Applied Cognition 
  • Industrial/Organizational Psychology 
  • MPS Concentration: 
  • Applied Industrial/Organizational Psychology 
  • Graduate Certificates: 
  • Cognitive Neuroscience 
  • Applied Psychology with a Concentration in: 
  • Usability 
  • Transportation Human Factors 


  • PhD, MA


  • Application Fee

    dollar-circle $75


  • checkbox-alt Admissions requirements vary per program. Please visit your program of interest's web page to see their individual requirements.

Application Deadline

Application deadlines vary by program. Visit our website and view your graduate program of interest for their individual degree program deadlines.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Additional Information

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