Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How should I choose a major?

A. Health professions schools/programs do not choose students based on majors or minors. Instead they are looking for excellent grades in prerequisite and recommended coursework, good scores on relevant standardized tests (MCAT, DAT, OAT, PCAT, GRE) and significant clinical, volunteer and team experience. You should choose a major that interests you.

According to Steven Pearlstein, Robinson Professor of Public Affairs at George Mason University and Washington Post business and economics writer, “It’s worth remembering that at American universities, the original rationale for majors was not to train students for careers. Rather, the idea was that after a period of broad intellectual exploration, a major was supposed to give students the experience of mastering one subject, in the process developing skills such as discipline, persistence, and how to research, analyze, communicate clearly and think logically.”

Majors at Mason

Minors at Mason

Q. What is a recommended course schedule?

A. Health Professions Advising Schedule Planning 2017

Q. If a student were ever to be a recipient of any institutional action for unacceptable academic performance or conduct violation, must that student report it on a medical school application even if it did not interrupt enrollment, require withdrawal, or appear on a transcript?

A. Yes.  Prospective health professions should be mindful of university policies.

Q. What graduate education programs are available at Mason?

A.  Graduate Programs at Mason