About

Students in Cultural Studies program offered by George Mason University can work in and across concentrations in literature, professional writing, rhetoric, cultural studies, film, folklore, linguistics, and the teaching of writing and literature. 

It offers the MA in field-specific concentrations as well as the opportunity to combine a concentration in one field with a certificate from another one. Many students use the MA for professional enhancement, or as an entry into teaching, professional writing, or doctoral study.

Students in the concentrations of cultural studies, literature, and teaching of writing and literature must demonstrate intermediate proficiency in a foreign language in one of the following ways: submitting an undergraduate (or continuing education) transcript that includes courses corresponding to intermediate proficiency; completing a Mason foreign language course numbered 202 or higher; passing a proficiency exam administered by the English department.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Cultural Studies
  • Research in English Studies
  • Histories of Cultural Studies
  • Introduction to Literary Theory
  • Seminar in Global Culture
  • Seminar in Film and Media Studies
  • Feminist Theory and Criticism  
  • Selected Topics, Movements, or Genres of Literature in English 
  • Literary Theory and Criticism 

                Detailed Programme Facts

                English Language Requirements

                You only need to take one of these language tests:

                • Minimum required score:

                  88

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                • Minimum required score:

                  570

                  The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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                • Minimum required score:

                  6.5

                  The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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                Academic Requirements

                You need the following GPA score:

                Required score: 3

                Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

                Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

                • Completed online application for graduate study and application fee
                • An earned baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education, or international equivalent, verified from copies of unofficial transcripts uploaded to the online application
                • Copies of unofficial university transcripts and any earned degree
                • All transcripts from colleges or universities outside the United States must be translated into English
                • Verification of English language proficiency
                • Official GRE, GMAT, LSAT, or MAT or other official test scores
                • Two letters of recommendation

                Tuition Fee

                • International

                  26794 USD/year
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                  11354 USD/year
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                Living costs for Fairfax

                • 1330 - 2300 USD/month
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