Transcripts: All applicants must submit two official copies of their transcripts. You must arrange for the universities you attended previously to send those transcripts directly to George Mason University. The transcripts must show that you hold a Bachelor’s degree and are eligible for graduate admission. You should also include transcripts that show any other relevant course work. During the application process, you can upload unofficial transcripts that will be used to facilitate the review.
Goal Statement: Write a brief essay, approximately one page long, that describes your motivation for pursuing a graduate degree in Digital Forensics and why you feel that you are qualified to undertake graduate studies in Digital Forensics. Use the goal statement to promote your cause if you feel that your application may have a weakness in another area.
Letters of Recommendation: Two letters of recommendation are required for degree-seeking students. Such letters should reflect on your aptitude for advanced studies in Digital Forensics and should be written by a professor or a rating official at your current or former place of work. A strong letter of recommendation carries significant weight in the admissions process. During the application process, you can provide the email address of your recommenders (get their permission first), and Mason will contact them directly.
Current Resume: Provide a current resume that highlights your qualifications and experience. Like the goal statement, it is an opportunity to demonstrate that you are likely to succeed in our program.
The MS in Digital Forensics program does not require a GRE. However, a strong GRE score, particularly in the quantitative section, is considered very positively.