INTO George Mason University and the Mason Global Center

Our Mission

As an integral member of the George Mason University Community, INTO Mason creates vibrant experiences for international students through transformational learning opportunities tailored to meet specific linguistic, academic and cultural needs. 

Overview

Located in the Mason Global Center, INTO Mason supports the outstanding academic programs offered by the university with

  • a welcoming, interconnected community of students from across the U.S. and the world;
  • strong student support programs; and
  • state-of-the-art facilities with technology-assisted learning.

The innovative International Year One and Academic English language programs offered at the Center are delivered by highly qualified Mason teaching faculty. INTO Mason also provides a breadth of academic preparation and support services designed specifically to meet the unique needs of its international students.

Academic Programs, Services & Administration

George Mason University offers academic International Year One programs at the Fairfax, Arlington, and Songdo campuses as well as English Language programs based in Fairfax. All programs are administered through the Academic Division of INTO Mason, which functions as the academic department for English Language studies and services university-wide—reporting directly to the University Provost. 

Academic Programs

There are three standing academic programs administered through the Academic Division of the INTO Mason joint venture:

Each program has a specific curriculum and guidelines as indicated in the special sections for each program in the catalog.

Academic Advising and Services

Personalized support tailored to international students' educational, social, and cultural needs prepares them to progress with confidence as degree-seeking students. Programs operating through INTO Mason at the US-based campuses, also provide international students with learning experiences and services that promote academic, professional, and personal success.

Academic Administration

  • Nicole J. Sealey, Academic Director
  • Karyn E. Kessler, Ph.D., Associate Director, Curriculum and Instruction
  • James Jones, Assistant Director, Advising & Academic Services
  • Benjamin Elwood, Program Manager, Academic English
  • Christina Brady, Program Manager, Undergraduate International Year One
  • Steven Harris-Scott, Ph.D., Program Manager, Graduate International Year One
  • Esther Kim, Special Programs Coordinator
  • Kathy Rossell, Learning Resource Center Coordinator

Faculty

Highly qualified full-time faculty teach in its International Year One and English Language Programs.

English Language Faculty

Term Assistant Professors: Cheng, Richard; Kessler, Karyn; Kim, Julie; Moore, PJ and Sanchez, Deborah

Term Instructors: Bobal, Christine; Brady, Christina; Camus, Adele; Copley, Steven; Driscoll, David; Dunaway, Sean; Elwood, Benjamin; Espino, Maggie; Harries, Emma; Hoyle, Stephen; Kim, Esther; Kirsch, Jane; Kohn, Ellen; Kozumplik, Thomas; Lilley, Timothy; McCamish, Troy; Miller, Laura; Musfeldt, Scott; Namubiru, Esther; Paez, Bonny; Richardson, Mary; Rottenberg, Lori; Simmons, Noele; Skipper, Katherine; Smith, Michael and Steadman, Sarah.

Humanities Faculty

Term Assistant Professors: Gifford, Daniel; Harris-Scott, Steven; Lewis, Amy; Rose, Todd and Weinstein, Aimee.

Term Instructors: Graham, Robert; Jones, James; McLagan, Kirsten and Sealey, Nicole. 

Affiliated Faculty: Baker, Sarah (English); Biddle, Jessica; Boylen, Simon (Business); Coleson, Michael (Mathematics); Cutrufello, Emma; Doestch-Kidder, Sharon (English); Habib, Anna (English); Mack, Melissa (English); Mills, Mallory; Pfaff, Julia; Pierce, Robert (Business); Rogers, Darshana and Savage, James (English).

Center Facilities & Administration

Facilities

All Undergraduate International Year One students and many Academic English students may live in the Mason Global Center for their first year. The Mason Global Center opened in August 2014 and is the primary home for INTO George Mason University. This community connects domestic and international students for academic, language, cultural, and social exchange. The building includes residential accommodations for up to 270 international and domestic students; 17 classrooms; 100+ computers; wireless Internet throughout the center; a learning resource center with study materials, books, DVDs, and periodicals; a dining facility; lounge areas for meetings and study groups; and open spaces for socializing.

Administration

  • Todd Rose, Ph.D., Executive Director
  • Gerard Maguire, Finance Manager
  • Julia Pfaff, Operations Manager
  • Jessica Biddle, Student Experience Director
  • Ilona Castro, Marketing & Recruitment Manager
  • Darshana Rogers, Enrollment Manager
  • Nathan Dougan, Systems Integration Manager
  • Tabitha Wells, Human Resource Manager

Student Services & Orientation

Student Services

The INTO Mason Student Services provide a range of co-curricular programs and services promoting social and personal well-being. Upon arrival at Mason, the team helps students settle in to life in Fairfax and provides social opportunities and a variety of resources tailored to the specific needs of international students.

International Student Orientation

Orientation involves a variety of important events that prepare students to be successful at Mason, including information about maintaining visa status, registering for Mason classes, health requirements, and insurance coverage. All students must attend the INTO Mason Student Orientation in order to enroll in classes.

Undergraduate International Year One Program

The Undergraduate International Year One (IYO) Program combines academic coursework, English language support, and academic skills development in a carefully constructed program designed to prepare students for rigorous Mason degree programs. For most students, participation in IYO will not add more time to the completion of their bachelor's degree.

Three types of Undergraduate International Year One programs are available:

  • One Term Program (Accelerated): This program is a single term of study. Upon completion of all progression requirements, students will move on to their degree-seeing program as second-semester freshmen (up to 16 credits).
  • Two Term Program (Standard): This program is designed to lead students through their first year of study. Upon completion of all progression requirements, students will move on to their degree-seeking program as second-year, freshman (up to 29 credits) or as sophomore students (30 or more credits).
  • Three Term Program (Comprehensive): This program is designed especially for International students who want to start earning credits toward their bachelor's degree at a US university while improving their English skills. Upon completion of all progression requirements, students will move on to their degree-seeking program as second-year, freshman (up to 29 credits) or as sophomore students (30 or more credits).

The Undergraduate International Year One Program is designed for students who:

  • Desire to study for an undergraduate degree in the U.S.
  • Need to improve their English language skills
  • May have slightly lower GPAs than required of direct-entry students
  • Desire additional academic, language, and cultural support in order to succeed during their first year at a U.S. university
  • Any or all of the above

Administered through INTO Mason in partnership with the academic units across the university, the courses in the various Undergraduate International Year One programs are taught by highly qualified Mason instructional faculty members and supported by International Year One academic advisors.

Students enrolled in any Undergraduate International Year One program should review the program's student guidebook for specific details related to program requirements and expectations.

Admission

Admission to the Undergraduate International Year One (IYO) Program is offered to international and multilingual students by two methods:

  • Students may apply directly through the INTO Mason admissions process OR
  • By referral from the University Admissions Office due to not having met the grade point average, English language proficiency, or other requirements for direct admission.

The Undergraduate International Year One Program entry requirements are as follows:

  • High school diploma
  • 2.5 minimum high school GPA equivalent based on the applicant's country/institutional scale
  • Documentation demonstrating the minimum English language proficiency levels:
    • One Term (Accelerated) International Year One Program:
      • TOEFL iBT 80 (17 minimum subscores in reading and writing)
      • IELTS 6.5 (6.0 minimum subscores in reading and writing)
      • PTE Academic 53
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 5
    • Two Term (Standard) International Year One Program:
      • TOEFL iBT 60 (13 minimum subscores in reading and listening)
      • IELTS 5.5 (5.5 minimum subscores in reading and listening)
      • PTE Academic 45
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 4
    • Three Term (Comprehensive) International Year One Program:
      • TOEFL iBT 50 (10 subscores)
      • IELTS 5.0 (4.5 subscores)
      • PTE Academic 41
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 3

Students should review the specific requirements by International Year One Program online for details.

Available Year One Programs & Majors

There are five Undergraduate International Year One programs available:

  • Business, leading to 5 undergraduate majors in the School of Business
  • Engineering and Computing, leading to 10 undergraduate majors in the Volgenau School of Engineering
  • Humanities and Social Sciences, leading to 21 undergraduate majors in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Art's School of Music
  • Human and Social Development, leading to 7 undergraduate majors in the College Health and Human Services, the College of Education and Human Development's School of Recreation and Tourism, and the School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Science, leading to 13 undergraduate majors in the College of Science

Each program allows students to progress to preapproved undergraduate degree programs. For a full listing of specific academic programs associated with a specific International Year One Program, students should refer to the website for specific requirements.

One Term Program Curriculum (Accelerated)

Business Required Courses (One Term)

ENGH 100Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)4
MATH 108Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)3
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
UNIV 100Introduction to Mason1
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
EAP 108Language Support for Business in American Society1
Total Credits15

Humanities and Social Sciences Required Courses (One Term)

Required Courses
ENGH 100Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)4
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
MATH 111Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 13
UNIV 100Introduction to Mason1
General Education Course 23
Music majors must take the following:0-1
Applied Music I
Total Credits15-16
1

Depending on intended major and math placement, students may take a more advanced math class.

2

Course to be selected with advisor approval.

Human and Social Development Required Courses (One Term)

ENGH 100Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)4
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
UNIV 100Introduction to Mason1
Select one of the following courses:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core)
Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)
MATH 111Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 13
or STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
Total Credits15
1

Programs in the areas of community health, health administration, health, fitness and recreation resources and tourism and events management require STAT 250.

Science Required Courses (One Term)

ENGH 100Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)4
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 114Language Support for General Chemistry I1
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
UNIV 100Introduction to Mason1
Total Credits18

Two Term Program Curriculum (Standard)

Business Required Courses (Two Term)

ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
MATH 108Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)3
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
BUS 210Business Analytics I3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 108Language Support for Business in American Society1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
Total Credits29

Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics, Required and Major Courses (Two Term)

Required Courses for All Majors
ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
Select one of the following:3-4
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core) 1
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Select one of the following:3-4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Discrete Structures
Major Specific Courses6-7
Engineering Majors
University Physics I (Mason Core)
University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
Language Support for University Physics
Introduction to Engineering (Mason Core)
Information Technology Majors
IT Architecture Fundamentals
Language Support for Introduction to Information Technology
Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)
Computer Science and Statistics Majors
Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)
Language Support for Introduction to Computer Programming
Computer Ethics and Society (Mason Core)
Total Credits28-31
1

Students pursuing IT degrees should take MATH 108 Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core) for 3 credits instead of MATH 113 Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core).

Humanities and Social Sciences Required Courses (Two Term)

ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
MATH 111Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 13
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
HIST 125Introduction to World History (Mason Core)3
General Education Course 23
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 104Language Support World History1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
Music majors must take the following:1
Applied Music I
Total Credits27
1

Depending on intended major and math placement, students may take a more advanced math class.

2

These course options are offered to students beginning in the Fall term only.

Science Required and Major Courses (Two Term)

ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 113Language Support for University Physics1
EAP 114Language Support for General Chemistry I1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
Select the following to replace Physics courses if majoring in Geology or Earth Science:
Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)
Language Support for Introductory Geology I
Select the following to replace Chemistry courses if majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.
The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (Mason Core)
Total Credits34

Three Term Program Curriculum (Comprehensive)

Business Required Courses (Three Term)

Level 4 Core
Level 4 Oral Comm Skills
ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
MATH 108Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core)3
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
BUS 210Business Analytics I3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 108Language Support for Business in American Society1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
Total Credits29

Engineering, Computer Science and Statistics, Required and Major Courses (Three Term)

Level 4 Core
Level 4 Oral Comm Skills
Required Courses for All Majors
ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
Select one of the following:3-4
Introductory Calculus with Business Applications (Mason Core) 1
Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)
Select one of the following:3-4
Analytic Geometry and Calculus II
Discrete Structures
Major Specific Courses6-7
Engineering Majors
University Physics I (Mason Core)
University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)
Language Support for University Physics
Introduction to Engineering (Mason Core)
Information Technology Majors
IT Architecture Fundamentals
Language Support for Introduction to Information Technology
Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)
Computer Science and Statistics Majors
Introduction to Computer Programming (Mason Core)
Language Support for Introduction to Computer Programming
Computer Ethics and Society (Mason Core)
Total Credits28-31

Humanities Required Courses (Three Term)

Level 4 Oral Comm Skills
Level 4 Core
ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
MATH 111Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 13
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
HIST 125Introduction to World History (Mason Core)3
General Education Course 23
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 104Language Support World History1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
Music majors must take the following:1
Applied Music I
Total Credits27

Human and Social Development Required Courses (Three Term)

Level 4 Core
Level 4 Oral Comm Skills
ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
MATH 111Linear Mathematical Modeling (Mason Core) 13
or STAT 250 Introductory Statistics I (Mason Core)
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
HIST 125Introduction to World History (Mason Core)3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
Select one of the following courses:3
Basic Concepts in Psychology (Mason Core) (or CONF 101 or HEAL 230)
Conflict and Our World (Mason Core)
Introduction to Health Behavior (Mason Core)
IT 104Introduction to Computing (Mason Core)3
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 104Language Support World History1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
Total Credits29
1

Programs in the areas of community health; health administration; health, fitness and recreation resources; and tourism and events management require STAT 250.

Science Required Courses (Three Term)

Level 4 Core
Level 4 Oral Comm Skills
ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
MATH 113Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Mason Core)4
MATH 114Analytic Geometry and Calculus II4
PROV 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 100Public Speaking (Mason Core)3
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
PHYS 160University Physics I (Mason Core)3
PHYS 161University Physics I Laboratory (Mason Core)1
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
EAP 103Language Support for Public Speaking1
EAP 113Language Support for University Physics1
EAP 114Language Support for General Chemistry I1
EAP 120Linguistics Capstone0
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
Select the following to replace Physics courses if majoring in Geology or Earth Science:
Introductory Geology I (Mason Core)
Language Support for Introductory Geology I
Select the following to replace Chemistry courses if majoring in Environmental and Sustainability Studies.
The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (Mason Core)
Total Credits34

Progression into Degree Status

Each International Year One (IYO) program has specific progression requirements for completion. These typically include a minimum grade point average and minimum individual course grades (no grades of W, NC, or I are permitted). Students should refer to the website for specific IYO program requirements. Students admitted to the university through an Undergraduate IYO program are required to complete all program requirements in order to maintain continuous enrollment.

Dismissal/Termination Appeals Process for INTO Mason Students

Students who do not meet all requirements for matriculation to their desired degree program at the end of their final term will be reviewed for termination from their Undergraduate International Year One program. Terminated students may initiate one of the following an academic action requests in writing:

  1. request an exception to the program policy,
  2. request to change to an alternate International Year One program, and/or
  3. request an extension to continue studying as an Undergraduate International Year One Extender student for one additional term.

All terminated student academic action requests must be submitted in writing to the academic advising staff located in the Mason Global Center within 14 days of notification. Requests should provide an explanation and supplementary documentation. Students who earn two unsatisfactory grades of C or lower will be ineligible to continue as an Extender. Students who fail to meet the program requirements after an extension will be reviewed for dismissal from the university.

Decisions on these requests are reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Academic Director. In some cases, additional reviews by the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education or Academic Initiatives and Services may be required.

Reenrollment and Readmission

Due to the nature of the Undergraduate International Year One Program as both English language development and academic coursework, students are subject to a limited reenrollment policy. Students who do not enroll after the first term or withdraw for reasons other than poor academic performance may request to reenroll in an International Year One program the following term (e.g., spring) to continue making progress toward meeting program requirements, with advance permission from the Academic Director. Students who do not enroll for two consecutive terms (e.g., spring and fall) must apply for readmission to the program and be re-assessed for language proficiency. Summer terms are counted for students whose initial enrollment begins in Spring semester.

Graduate International Year One Program

The Graduate International Year One Program is a pre-master's program that provides international students a path to various graduate degrees at George Mason University. The program gives students the academic foundation, essential language skills, and GRE test preparation (if required)  to successfully move on to the master's degree. For most students, entering the Graduate International Year One Program will add one additional semester to their overall master's degree program.

The following are the available Graduate International Year One programs at INTO Mason:

  • One Term Program (Accelerated): These programs lead students through their first semester. Upon completion of all matriculation requirements, students will move on to their degree-seeking program often with several graduate credits completed as determined by the graduate program.
  • Two Term Program (Standard): These programs lead students through their first year. Upon completion of all matriculation requirements, students will move on to their degree-seeking program often with several graduate credits completed as determined by the graduate program.
  • Three Term Program (Comprehensive):  This program is currently only available to students majoring in Accounting and is designed to start students a semester earlier than the standard 2-term program. In their first semester, students take Academic English classes along with one Accounting pre-requisite class and a language support class. Their second and third semesters then follow the standard 2-term program.
  • Bridge Program: These programs provide foundational coursework designed to substitute for an additional year of undergraduate academic coursework, to render students with three-year baccalaureate degrees eligible to move on to their degree-seeking graduate program. Students will often move on to those degree-seeking programs with several graduate credits completed as determined by the graduate program.

Graduate International Year One programs are designed for international students who:

  • Need further English language development. Students who require a moderate amount of English language support can enter all available International Year One programs to strengthen their language proficiency and ensure their long-term academic success
  • Require a fourth year of undergraduate study. Students who hold three-year baccalaureate degrees that are not formally evaluated as equivalent to a four-year U.S. bachelor's degree may enter select International Year One programs. For these students, their Graduate International Year One program acts as a "bridge" enhancing their international educational background with academic coursework to meet the eligibility for admission
  • Fall short of meeting the minimum GPA or admission test score requirements
  • Need to improve study skills for success in their chosen field of study
  • Any or all of the above

Administered through INTO Mason in partnership with the academic units across the university, the courses in the various Graduate International Year One programs are taught by highly qualified Mason instructional faculty members and supported by International Year One academic advisors.

Students enrolled in any Graduate International Year One program should review the program's student guidebook for specific details related to program requirements and expectations.

Admission

Admission to Graduate International Year One programs are offered to international and multilingual students by two methods:

  • Students may apply directly through the INTO Mason admissions process OR
  • By referral from the appropriate graduate admissions office due to not having met the grade point average, English language proficiency, or other requirements for direct admission (cascade).

The minimum documentation required for admission include: application, mark sheets/transcripts (in English and the original language), degree certificates (in English and the original language) and other required items as stated in the program catalog supplement.

The typical Graduate International Year One program entry requirements are as follows:

  • An undergraduate degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree in a relevant field as specified by the particular International Year One program;
  • 2.75 minimum high school GPA equivalent based on the applicant's country/institutional scale; and
  • Documentation demonstrating the minimum English proficiency levels as specified by the particular International Year One program. The general minimum scores are as follows:
    • One Term (Accelerated) and Bridge International Year One programs:
      • TOEFL iBT 80 – 85 (17 - 20 minimum subscores in reading and writing)
      • IELTS 6.5 (6.0 – 6.5 minimum subscores in reading and writing)
      • PTE Academic 53 – 58
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 6
    • Two Term (Standard) International Year One Program:
      • TOEFL iBT 70 - 75 (13 - 17 minimum subscores in reading and listening or writing)
      • IELTS 6.0 - 6.5 (5.5 - 6.0 minimum subscores in reading and listening or writing)
      • PTE Academic 47 - 52
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 5
    • Three Term (Comprehensive) International Year One Program:
      • TOEFL iBT  60 (13 minimum subscores)
      • IELTS 5.5 (5.5 minimum subscores)
      • PTE Academic 45
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 4

Students who hold three year baccalaureate degrees may be eligible for select Graduate International Year One Bridge programs. Students should review the specific requirements by pathway at the website.

Graduate International Year One programs & Associated Majors

There are currently 48 International Year One programs available to graduate students, and some offer concentrations. Each allows students to progress to pre-approved graduate degree programs. For a full listing of specific academic programs associated with specific International Year One graduate programs, visit the website.

  • College of Education and Human Development (5 degree options)
  • College of Health and Human Services (5 degree options)
  • College of Humanities and Social Sciences (3 degree options)
  • College of Science (9 degree options)
  • College of Visual and Performing Arts (3 degree options)
  • School of Business (4 degree options)
  • School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (1 degree option)
  • School of Policy, Government and International Affairs (2 degree options)
  • Volgenau School of Engineering (16 degree options)

Curriculum

Prescribed courses for the Graduate International Year One Programs include approximately 21 - 24 credits. The intent of these courses is to prepare students for the demands of the Mason graduate curriculum. Further, the prescribed courses may include up to 10 credits of coursework toward the student's graduate degree during their International Year One term(s).

One Term (Accelerated) programs include the following courses:

PROV 504Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Study for International Students3
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4

In addition to the core coursework listed above, students will also take:

Appropriate coursework toward graduate program3-6

Students whose graduate degree program requires the GRE prior to completing the International Year One program will also be required to take:

Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (specified by International Year One program)
Students will take one of the following:0
Quantitative Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination
Verbal and Quantitative Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination
Verbal, Quantitative, and Academic Writing Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination
Verbal Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination

Two Term (Standard) programs include the following courses:

PROV 501Introduction to Graduate Study for International Students I2
PROV 502Introduction to Graduate Study for International Students II2
EAP 503Interpersonal Communication for International Students: Practicum and Theory2
or EAP 504 Advanced English for Academic Purposes Reading and Writing
EAP 506Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I3-4
EAP 507Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II4
EAP 510Linguistic Capstone0

In addition to the core coursework listed above, students will also take:

Appropriate coursework toward graduate program3-10

Students whose graduate degree program requires the GRE prior to completing the International Year One program will also be required to take:

Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (specified by International Year One program)
Students will take one of the following:0
Quantitative Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination
Verbal and Quantitative Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination
Verbal, Quantitative, and Academic Writing Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination
Verbal Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination

Three Term (Comprehensive) programs include the following courses:

Initial term of study:
Level 5 Core
Level 5 Oral Comm Skills
ACCT 330Financial Accounting I3
EAP 100Special Topics1
Total Credits4
Upon successful completion of the first term, students will follow the Two Term (Standard) program curriculum during their second and third terms of study.

Progression into Degree Status

Each International Year One program has specific progression requirements for completion. These typically include a minimum grade point average and minimum individual course grades (no grades of W, NC, or I are permitted). Students should refer to the website for specific program requirements. Students admitted to the university through a Graduate International Year One program are required to complete all program requirements in order to maintain continuous enrollment.

Dismissal/Termination Appeals Process for INTO Mason Students

Students who do not meet all requirements for matriculation to their desired degree program at the end of their final term will be reviewed for termination from their Graduate International Year One program. Terminated students may initiate one of the following an academic action requests in writing:

  1. request an exception to the program policy,
  2. request to change to an alternate International Year One program, and/or
  3. request an extension to continue studying as a Graduate International Year One Extender student for one additional term.

All terminated student academic action requests must be submitted in writing to the academic advising staff located in the Mason Global Center within 14 days of notification. Requests should provide an explanation and supplementary documentation. Students who earn two unsatisfactory grades of C or lower will be ineligible to continue as an Extender. Students who fail to meet the program requirements after an extension will be reviewed for dismissal from the university.

Decisions on these requests are reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Academic Director. In some cases, additional reviews by the Associate Provost for Graduate Education or from a College Dean may also be required.

Reenrollment and Readmission

Due to the nature of the Graduate International Year One Program as both English language development and academic coursework, students are subject to a limited reenrollment policy. Students who do not enroll after the first term or withdraw for reasons other than poor academic performance may request to reenroll in an International Year One program the following term (e.g., spring) to continue making progress toward meeting program requirements, with advance permission from the Academic Director. Students who do not enroll for two consecutive terms (e.g., spring and fall) must apply for readmission to the program and be re-assessed for language proficiency. Summer terms are counted for students whose initial enrollment begins in Spring semester.

Academic English Program

Administered by INTO George Mason University's English Language Programs, the Academic English (AE) Program, prepares international students for university study in the United States. The AE Program is designed to develop the English skills needed for successful communication, cultural integration, and participation in the academic environment of the university. Because AE is a non-credit program, some policies differ from degree- and non-degree seeking programs.

Admission

Students who apply to the AE Program must submit an application, application fee, and required documents through INTO Mason. In order to qualify for admission to the AE Program, students must demonstrate that they have earned at least a high school diploma.

Students have the option to apply for the AE or an International Year One (IYO) Program. Students who apply to an International Year One Program but do not demonstrate entry language requirements are given an individual pre-arrival study plan that provides an estimate of the number of Academic English terms to complete in order to fulfill International Year One entry requirements (AE + IYO). This pre-arrival study plan is only an estimate; an updated post-arrival study plan with a minimum of one term of AE will be provided to AE + IYO students after taking the INTO Mason Placement Test.

For more information about International Year One admission requirements, see Undergraduate International Year One Program or Graduate International Year One Program.

Program Outcomes

After successfully completing the upper level(s) of the Academic English program, students will be able to do the following:

  • Interact comfortably in the U.S. classroom with professors and fellow students
  • Understand U.S. values in an academic setting
  • Present their spoken and written ideas accurately and effectively in English
  • Write research papers with proper use of citations and references
  • Use the Internet and Mason library databases to conduct academic research
  • Read, understand, and critically evaluate academic texts
  • Understand and use vocabulary common to academic disciplines
  • Take useful and accurate notes in academic lectures and presentations
  • Develop and deliver oral presentations

Program Structure

The Academic English Program is offered three terms per year: Fall (15 weeks of instruction), Spring (15 weeks of instruction), and Summer (10 weeks of instruction). Upon arrival, all Academic English students are given a language proficiency assessment to determine their AE level placement. In order to be eligible for full-time status, students must be enrolled in a minimum of 18 hours of non-credit AE coursework per week. AE courses are offered at eight levels of proficiency regularly throughout the year.

AE faculty are highly qualified with significant teaching experience and master's and doctoral degrees in TESOL or related fields. The program is also supported by academic advisors experienced in working with multilingual speakers of English and the Student Experience staff, who help students utilize university resources and engage in the Mason experience through opportunities to participate in campus and local community groups/programs.

Curriculum

In keeping with the current literature on second language acquisition and pedagogy, the Academic English curriculum is aligned with the Common European Framework of Reference scales (CEFR), American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Proficiency Guidelines 2012, and the Pearson Global Scale of English (GSE) Learning Objectives for Academic English. Curricular objectives and learning outcomes for each of the eight AE levels are geared toward an exit goal that is one level higher than the entrance level.

AE Level CEFR Entrance CEFR Exit ACTFL Entrance ACTFL Exit GSE Academic Entrance GSE Academic Exit
8 B2+ C1 Advanced High Superior 68-75 76-84
7 B2 B2+ Advanced Mid Advanced High 59-67 68-75
6 B1+ B2 Advanced Low Advanced Mid 51-58 59-67
5 B1 B1+ Intermediate High Advanced Low 43-50 51-58
4 A2+ B1 Intermediate Mid Intermediate High 37-42 43-50
3 A2 A2+ Intermediate Low Intermediate Mid 30-36 37-42
2 A1+ A2 Novice High Intermediate Low 22-29 30-36
1 A1 A1+ Novice Mid Novice High 16-21 22-29

All students, regardless of level, take one Core, one Oral Communication Skills (OCS), and one or two Elective courses for a minimum of 18 classroom hours per week. Core courses focus on reading and writing with additional attention to written grammar and vocabulary. OCS courses focus on listening and speaking with additional attention to pronunciation and oral grammar and vocabulary. Elective courses offer students a variety of content-based and skills-based instruction and can be selected by students enrolled in appropriate co-requisite Core or OCS courses.

Grading System for Academic English

Throughout the semester, students are assessed on how well they have met curricular learning outcomes. Midterm and final grades for all Academic English courses are submitted to the University as letter grades.

Letter Grade Percent Grade Quality Points Type
A+ 97-100 4.00 Passing
A 93-96 4.00 Passing
A- 90-92 3.67 Passing
B+ 87-89 3.33 Passing
B 83-86 3.00 Passing
B- 80-82 2.67 Passing
C+ 77-79 2.33 Failing
C 73-76 2.00 Failing
C- 70-72 1.67 Failing
D 60-69 1.00 Failing
F 0-59 0.00 Failing
NG N/A-Based on attendance only 0.00 Failing

Grade point average (GPA) is an important factor in determining program-to-program progression and evaluating academic standing.  

In-Program Level Progression

In Core and OCS courses, students must receive a passing final grade (A+, A, A-, B+, B, or B-) in order to advance to the next level of Core/OCS. If a student has performed exceptionally well in Core/OCS, the instructor may submit an AE Level Skip Form requesting that the student skip a Core/OCS level in the subsequent semester.

Program-to-Program Progression

In order for an AE + Year One student to progress to his/her planned Year One program, the student must earn for the most current AE semester a 2.5 or higher term GPA and a final passing grade (A+, A, A-, B+, B, or B-) of specified levels of Core and OCS. AE only students must meet the same language requirements for progression and submit other documentation as required by the prospective Year One program.

AE students applying for direct admission to George Mason University must earn a final passing grade (A+, A, A-, B+, B, or B-) of specified levels of Core and OCS to meet entry language proficiency requirements.

AE Language Requirements for INTO Mason International Year One programs and Mason Direct Admission

Program Language Requirement 1 Language Requirement 2 Language Requirement
Undergraduate International Year One (Three Term/Comprehensive) Passing Grade in AE 030: Level 3 Core Passing Grade in AE 031: Level 3 OCS AE Term GPA ≥ 2.5
Undergraduate International Year One (Two Term/Standard) Passing grade in AE 040: Level 4 Core Passing grade in AE 041: Level 4 OCS AE Term GPA ≥ 2.5
Undergraduate International Year One (One Term/Accelerated) Passing grade in AE 050: Level 5 Core Passing grade in AE 051: Level 5 OCS AE Term GPA ≥ 2.5
Direct Undergraduate Admission Passing grade in AE 060: Level 6 Core Passing grade in AE 061: Level 6 OCS
Graduate International Year One (Three Term/Comprehensive) Passing grade in AE 040: Level 4 Core Passing grade in AE 041: Level 4 OCS AE Term GPA ≥ 2.5
Graduate International Year One (Two Term/Standard) Passing grade in AE 050: Level 5 Core Passing grade in AE 051: Level 5 OCS AE Term GPA ≥ 2.5
Graduate International Year One (One Term/Accelerated) Passing grade in AE 060: Level 6 Core Passing grade in AE 061: Level 6 OCS AE Term GPA ≥ 2.5
Direct Graduate Admission Passing grade in AE 070: Level 7 Core Passing grade in AE 071: Level 7 OCS

* Information in the chart above only shows program eligibility based on language proficiency requirements met.

Academic English students may not level skip directly into an International Year One (IYO) program or direct admission the following semester. Even if a student is approved to skip into an Academic English level beyond what is required for the desired IYO program or direct admission, the student must complete the subsequent semester in the AE Program first. Students also have the option of submitting official TOEFL/IELTS/PTE Academic scores to George Mason University in lieu of meeting the AE program-to-program progression requirements, but must still maintain good standing in the AE Program.

Attendance and Academic Probation

In order to make progress in developing academic language skills, students are expected to attend classes regularly and remain in good academic standing.

Attendance

Students with excessive absences in a course (more than 15%) will automatically receive an NG as a final course grade:

Term Meetings/Wk Course Absense Course Grade
15-weeks: Fall, Spring 5x Core 11 or more NG
15-weeks: Fall, Spring 3x OCS 7 or more NG
15-weeks: Fall, Spring 2x Elective 5 or more NG
10 weeks: Summer 5x Core 8 or more NG
10 weeks: Summer 4x OCS 8 or more NG

A final grade of NG in an AE course will result in probation and/or termination from the AE Program and George Mason University:

Situation Outcome
A student receives a final grade of NG for excessive absences in any course. The student receives an e-mail and hand-delivered letter from INTO Mason Academic Services stating that s/he is on Attendance Probation for the next semester. Before being permitted to register for AE classes, the student must meet with an INTO Mason Academic Advisor and sign an Attendance Probation contract. Students who refuse the contract or who violate the conditions of the contract will be dismissed immediately. Students who follow the terms of the contract and complete a successful semester will be removed from Academic Probation and considered in good standing.
A student on probation receives an NG for excessive absences in any course. The student is terminated from the AE Program and George Mason University.

Academic Progress

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress in developing their language skills and may not attempt the same Core or OCS course more than three times. Academic progress is determined primarily through term GPA. Students whose GPAs fall below 2.5 will be given a warning, placed on probation, and/or terminated from the AE Program and George Mason University:

Situation Outcome
A student earns a term GPA below 2.5. INTO Mason Academic Services e-mails the student that s/he is on Academic Warning for the next semester.
A student on Academic Warning earns a term GPA below 2.5. The student receives an e-mail and hand-delivered letter from INTO Mason Advising & Academic Services stating that s/he is on Academic Probation for the next semester. Before being permitted to register for AE classes, the student must meet with their assigned academic advisor and sign an Academic Probation contract. Students who refuse the contract or who violate the conditions of the contract will be dismissed immediately. Students who follow the terms of the contract and complete a successful semester will be removed from Academic Probation and considered in good standing.
A student on Academic Probation earns a term GPA below 2.5. The student is terminated from the AE Program and George Mason University.

Termination Appeals Process for INTO Mason Students

All termination appeals must be submitted in writing to the INTO Mason Academic Services office located in the Mason Global Center within 14 days of notification. Requests should provide an explanation and supplementary documentation. Students who fail to meet the program requirements after an additional semester will be reviewed for termination from the university.

Decisions on these requests are reviewed and approved at the discretion of the Academic Director. In some cases, additional reviews by the Associate Provost for Academic Initiatives and Services may also be required.

Reenrollment and Readmission

Academic English students who do not enroll after the first term or withdraw for reasons other than poor academic performance (e.g., spring and fall) must apply for readmission to the program and be reassessed for language proficiency upon return.