Washington Metropolitan Area Consortium

Posted: December 5, 2013 at 4:30 pm, Last Updated: December 13, 2021 at 11:56 am

George Mason University is a cooperating member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.  The Consortium’s cross-registration arrangement permits students enrolled in eligible degree programs at one member institution to take a course at another member institution.


  • Students must be currently enrolled at Mason and admitted to a degree program.  Non-degree students are not eligible.
  • First semester students are not eligible for registration.
  • Students must be in good academic standing; some colleges have higher standards. Students in non-academic suspension or expulsion are ineligible.
  • Undergraduate students are restricted to undergraduate level courses and must be in junior status, having earned at least 60 credits.
  • Graduate students are restricted to Graduate level courses.

Tuition and Fees

  • Mason Consortium students pay the Mason tuition rate.
  • Tuition payment is submitted to Mason.
  • Additional fees, such as lab or course materials, are the student’s responsibility and must be paid to the visited institution.  Parking fees are also the student’s responsibility.
  • Credits taken through the Consortium are counted toward full or part-time status at Mason.
  • Refunds, if due, for dropped consortium courses will follow the Mason refund policy.

For students who are also Mason employees, the employee tuition waiver will not apply to consortium registration.


  • Only one consortium course can be taken in a given semester.
  • A maximum of 6 consortium credits can be taken.
  • Restrictions on enrollment may apply for certain courses.  Particular restrictions are not always detailed in the course information.
  • Independent Study, Special Institutes, Tutorials and Study abroad are exempt from registration.
  • Registration is not guaranteed.  Participation is limited by both course availability and institutional Consortium policies of the visited college or university.

Special Exception:  In order to fulfill their Foreign Language requirement, Undergraduate Foreign Language students are permitted to increase the 6 credit hour credit allowance to 9 or 12 credits.  Participation is limited to courses that apply to the student’s program of study.  Students who are dually enrolled (matriculated/degree seeking) at Mason and at another Consortium institution are not eligible to participate.  There are no exceptions to this policy.

Registration Procedure

Registration deadlines for Consortium registration are not the same as Mason registration deadlines.  Mason Consortium registration forms must be submitted two weeks prior to the first day of classes at Mason. (Summer registration forms are due two weeks before the start of Mason’s “A” summer session.)

Visiting Students

  • Visiting students should contact the Consortium Coordinator at their home institution for information regarding procedures and to complete required paperwork.
  • Registration for requested course is not guaranteed. Participation is limited by both course availability and consortium policies at the home institution.
  • Students may be responsible for contacting instructors and or course departments for courses that require approval or permission.
  • Students may be requested to submit academic transcripts prior to course registration approval.

1. Obtain Course Information.

Mason students may register for a course through the Consortium if the course, or its equivalent, meets the following requirements:

  • The course is not available at Mason during the same semester
  • The course is not exempt from Consortium registration at the visited school.
  • George Washington, American and University of Maryland courses that are offered off campus are not eligible.
  • Independent study, study abroad, special institutes and tutorials are not eligible.

Participation is limited by both course availability and institutional Consortium policies of the visited college or university.  Schedules of classes and course catalogs can be accessed at the visited institution’s website.  Contact the host institution to find out the following:

  • Is the course open?
  • Are there any prerequisites?
  • Are there any special fees?  Remember, special fees are the student’s responsibility and must be paid to the host institution.  A financial hold will be placed on your account at Mason and at the host institution if these fees are not paid.

2.  Complete the Consortium Registration Form.

All course information (course reference number, course section number, course title, semester hours, and level) must be noted.  Inaccurate and incomplete forms will not be processed and will be returned to you.

Consortium registration requests submitted by Mason students must be approved and recommended by the student’s department chair and dean.  An appointment may be required to obtain approval.  Registration permission is granted on a case by case basis.  Approval is not guaranteed.

Students must include George Mason e-mail to complete the form. All official communication and registration information will only be sent to student’s George Mason e-mail account.

The Consortium registration should be submitted to Mason’s Consortium coordinator two weeks prior to the first day of classes at Mason.

Schedule Changes

Registration changes cannot be made via Patriot Web.  The Consortium Coordinator must make these changes and will notify the other institution.  Contact the Consortium Coordinator immediately if the class is cancelled or you decide to drop the class.

Failure to notify the Consortium Coordinator in a timely manner could result in a failing grade as well as tuition liability.


Contact the Mason Consortium Coordinator
(703) 993-2000


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