Graduate Admission and Funding Support

Faculty and staff have resources to aid them from the admissions process to creating opportunities to fund Mason graduate students' studies and research.

Admissions Support

Application and Review Tool Assistance for Faculty and Staff 

In December 2017 the university made the decision to move forward with the selection of Target X as the CRM (client relationship management) tool to be used for the graduate admissions applications, communications and application review. The CRM launched in Fall 2018 and continues to evolve with enhancements made on a regular basis. The Office of Graduate Admissions, Admissions Technical Team, and Enrollment Management work together to maintain the system in collaboration with the College Liaisons. Learn more about Target X by visiting,

College Liaisons 

Each college or school has an assigned Office of Graduate Admissions Liaison (OGAL). This individual works closely with the Office of Graduate Admissions to convey unit-specific needs. They are the first and primary point of contact for all faculty and administrative staff in their college for issues related to TargetX, the Application Review Tool, applicant issues and college/school-specific trainings. 


The Office of Graduate Admissions and the Admissions Technical Team have created several trainings that cover different uses of the CRM. There are a series of videos and manuals organized by subject matter.  Please see below for the areas/roles covered. Note, you will need to login to Blackboard to view these resources.  

For Faculty who are interested in additional resources, trainings, around Graduate Admission, visit their Blackboard Page today.

Grant Funding Programs

The Office of Graduate Education works to raise awareness of funding opportunities, as well as with researchers seeking support for graduate programs and students in grant proposals.

Many proposals allow investigators to request budgetary funding to support students with assistantships or fellowships, helping the investigator boost staff, while providing funding and training opportunities for students. 

Major grant programs that support graduate education and training. include:


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Graduate students can be valuable members of a research team. Grants might cover their costs.