Professional Licensure and Certifications
George Mason University’s online programs that prepare students for professional licensure or certification meet current coursework licensure requirements in the State of Virginia (if applicable) and are approved by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV). Additional requirements beyond completion of the educational program may be required.
For students outside of Virginia interested in academic programs that may lead to professional licensure or certifications, it is imperative you understand the regulations for your state PRIOR to enrolling in any academic program. You are strongly advised to check with your state’s professional licensing board to confirm whether the program will meet your state’s requirements. A program leading to professional licensure in Virginia might not lead to licensure elsewhere because requirements are different from state to state.
State authorization to provide a program related to the preparation for certain licensure or certifications does not mean that the program meets the requirements for licensure or certification. Additionally, completion of a state authorized program does not guarantee licensure or certification.
The State Authorization team at George Mason University is in the process of determining whether certain programs meet the requirements for professional licensure or certification outside of Virginia. Please see the below information about certain licensure or certifications that are common subsequent to completion of George Mason University programs. Please follow the links for additional information regarding licensure/certification. Links and requirements last updated: May 2018.
You may also search for your career in the state you live in (or to plan to live in) by browsing the License Finder provided by the U.S. Department of Labor. If you experience difficulty finding the licensure requirements for a specific state, please contact the program’s advisor for help. You are strongly advised to contact your state’s professional licensing board regarding its requirements before you enroll in any program.
Nursing Programs: George Mason University is in the process of researching the requirements for nursing related licensure or certification that may be sought by online nursing program students in states other than Virginia.
Education Programs: George Mason University is in the process of researching the requirements for education related licensure or certification that may be sought by online education program students in states other than Virginia.
The MS in Accounting program is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business and assists in meeting the educational qualifications for the US CPA credential exam. Completion of this program is not sufficient to obtain a CPA license. Licenses are granted by the licensing authority in individual states and those licensing boards set the specific requirements for licensure in that state. State specific CPA license requirements can be found on the This Way to CPA website.
Certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) are granted by the Behavioral Analyst Certification Board (BACB). The BACB has three paths for obtaining certification as a BCBA (referred to as Option 1, 2, and 3). George Mason University provides a verified course sequence approved by the BACB which meets the coursework requirement for BCBA certification under Option 1. Completion of this course sequence is not sufficient to obtain a BCBA certification. In order to obtain a BCBA certification under Option 1, an applicant must also satisfy the BACB’s degree and experience requirements and must pass the BCBA examination. Additional details about the BACB’s certification requirements can be found on the Behavior Analyst Certification Board website.
The BS in Information Technology program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET and curriculum within the BS IT programs prepares students for certain CISCO Career Certifications. Completion of the curriculum is not sufficient to obtain a CISCO Career Certification. More information on the coursework and requirements to obtain a CISCO Career Certification, including required certification exams, can be found on the CISCO Training & Certifications website and the GMU Department of Information Sciences and Technology website.
Professional Responsibility Course: California Course (MOU with iLaw)
In order to be licensed by the California bar, applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements including evidence of a legal education, and successful passage of both the California Bar Exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE). This Professional Responsibility course is a preparatory course for the MPRE. This course does not satisfy any requirement on its own for admission to the California bar; applicants must still take the MPRE and complete all other requirements. Nor does completion of this course guarantee passage of the MPRE. George Mason University has received approval to offer this one course for California as an out-of-state public institution. If you are planning to practice law in the state of California, it is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the requirements for admission to the California bar before beginning this course. If you have any questions, contact the State Bar of California to seek information and guidance. The State Bar of California contact information can be found at: www.calbar.ca.gov/Admissions/Examinations.
The MPH program is accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health. Completion of the MPH program satisfies the eligibility requirement to take the Certified in Public Health (CPH) examination. Completion of this course is not sufficient to obtain a certificate in public health. Certifications are granted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners upon successful graduation from an accredited public health program and successful passage of the CPH examination. The National Board of Public Health Examiners also provides other avenues for obtaining a certificate in public health. Specific CPH certification requirements can be found on the National Board of Public Health Examiners website.