1. Complete all of the Next Steps for Admitted Graduate Students.
2. Update your Mason and non-Mason email contact preferences in Patriotweb to ensure ease of communication.
3. Insert your G number into your email signature for university related correspondence.
Check your Mason email regularly in the weeks leading up to your first semester.
Two full semesters beginning in August (fall semester) and ending in May (spring semester). Assistantships do not run over the summer semester.
You will be assigned to a professor prior to the start of each semester.
No, unless given permission by the director and chair.
Doctoral students are given an assistantship for up to five years based on performance and good academic standing.
They do not cover books.
Students should check their account balance in Patriot Web.
The number of tuition waiver credits provided can vary from year to year. That said, full-time GAs received 17 credits of tuition waiver for the 2020-2021 academic year.
The Accounts Payable portion of the Office of Fiscal Services office handles all graduate student employment pay matters.
Students must complete an individual section request form and submit it to the graduate coordinator via email attachment. This form must be signed by the supervising professor.
A restricted course requires student approval before you can register. This is to ensure that students who need the course in order to fulfill a program requirement can enroll before the class fills up.
To register for a restricted course (for example, HIST 810 or HIST 696), email the contact person listed in Patriotweb. Provide your g number in the request.
Your dissertation advisor is determined by meeting with the PhD Graduate Director to discuss options. For general advising information, please click here.
For a list of all faculty research interests/affinities, please click here.
Please ask for an advising appointment with Dr. Smith at email@example.com to finalize your program of study.
Yes, with a reduction of credits up to a maximum of 30 pre-approved credits.
The oral exam may be taken after completing 15 credits of coursework in your major field.
Students must first contact all of his/her committee members to secure a date and time. Once done, they must contact Lea Burgess (firstname.lastname@example.org) to reserve a room.
Students must propose their 804 minor field topics to the Graduate Committee in the semester before you plan to enroll in HIST 804 to complete the readings course and exam.
Information on the minor field proposal process is located here.
The graduate coordinator proctors all minor field exams. Students will receive their examination prompts from the graduate via email, taking about 7.5 calendar days to complete the exam in a "take-home" format.
Once completed, students return the exam to the graduate coordinator. The two faculty readers will notify the student directly of their grade via the official grading form.
To register for HIST 998, you must complete an Individual Section Request Form and submit it to the graduate coordinator via email attachment. This form must be signed by the supervising professor.
You may register for HIST 999 after advancing to candidacy. To do so, you will need to send an email request to the graduate coordinator that includes your name, G number, dissertation advisor and the number of credits you intend to enroll into. They will then provide you with the Course Registration Number (CRN) you'll need to enroll yourself via Patriot Web.
Please refer to the Graduation information on the Registrar's website.