Catalog and University Policies

The university Catalog is the primary resource for academic and program information. Here you can find policy information, course descriptions and their prerequisites, as well as archives of previous Mason catalogs.

Each student is governed by the academic policies in effect during his or her individual catalog year.  By default, the catalog year is the term in which the student first began attending Mason.  In some circumstances, such as if a student leaves the university and reapplies at a future date, or if it is deemed advantageous by an academic advisor, the original catalog year may be changed.  Verify your catalog year by viewing the “Student Records” tab on PatriotWeb to ensure you are consulting the catalog relevant to your specific program requirements. Click here to access archived catalogs.

To see the current policies in place for this catalog year, please visit the Policies page from the Registrar’s Office. We often receive questions regarding Permission to Study Elsewhere and Leave of Absence policies – you can find information on both of these procedures here.

Understanding the university’s various policies is the responsibility of each Mason student. If you have questions, we are more than happy to explain these policies in depth and provide additional information as necessary.

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Academic Calendar

12:00 AM Midterm progress reporting period
Midterm progress reporting period
Sep 25 @ 12:00 AM – Oct 20 @ 11:59 PM
100-200 level classes
12:00 AM Fall 2017 Graduation Application...
Fall 2017 Graduation Application...
Sep 30 @ 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM Selective Withdrawal Period
Selective Withdrawal Period
Oct 2 @ 12:00 AM – Oct 27 @ 11:59 PM
Undergraduate Students Only
12:00 AM Spring 2018 Schedule on Patriot Web
Spring 2018 Schedule on Patriot Web
Oct 2 @ 12:00 AM – 11:59 PM
Students are assigned a time ticket for their class code (GR, SR, JR, SO, FR, ND) that allows access to registration based upon the number of completed hours from most to least. This time ticket[...]