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, Pathways 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 and Pathways 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 through the Academic Innovations and New Ventures unit. 

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. Harris-Sealey, Ph.D., Academic Director
  • Karyn E. Kessler, Ph.D., Associate Director, Curriculum and Instruction
  • Bonnie Sylwester, Ph.D., Assistant Director, Academic Initiatives and Assessment
  • 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
  • Kathy Rossell, Learning Resource Center Coordinator

Faculty

Highly qualified, full-time, George Mason University faculty regularly teach in the International Year One, Pathways and English Language Programs.

English Language Faculty

Term Assistant Professors: Kessler, Karyn; Moore, Patrick and Sanchez, Deborah

Term Instructors: Bobal, Christine; Brady, Christina; 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; Pugh, John; Richardson, Mary; Rottenberg, Lori; Simmons, Noele; Skipper, Katherine; Smith, Michael and Steadman, Sarah.

Humanities Faculty

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

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

Affiliated Faculty: Coleson, Michael (Mathematics); Doestch-Kidder, Sharon (English); Habib, Anna (English); Mack, M Reese (English); Mills, Mallory; Moteaabed, Shora (Business) 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
  • Nana Bonsu, Marketing & Recruitment Manager
  • Darshana Rogers, Enrollment Manager
  • Nathan Dougan, Senior Systems Integration Manager
  • Anne Owl, 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 (InYO) 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.

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.

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, Computing & Statistics, 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.

Business

One Term Program Curriculum (Accelerated): Required Courses

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

Two Term Program Curriculum (Standard): Required Courses

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
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
BUS 210Business Analytics I3
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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

Three Term Program Curriculum (Comprehensive): Required Courses

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
BUS 100Business and Society (Mason Core)3
BUS 210Business Analytics I3
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
ECON 103Contemporary Microeconomic Principles (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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

Two Term Program Curriculum (Standard): Required and Major Courses

Required Courses for All Majors
ENGH 121Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English I3
ENGH 122Enhanced Composition For Multilingual Writers of English II3
INYO 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).

Three Term Program Curriculum (Comprehensive): Required and Major Courses

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
INYO 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 and Social Sciences

One Term Program Curriculum (Accelerated): Required Courses

Required Courses
ENGH 100Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)4
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
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.

Two Term Program Curriculum (Standard): Required Courses

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
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
HIST 125Introduction to World History (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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.

Three Term Program Curriculum (Comprehensive): Required Courses

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
UNIV 140INTO Mason Pathway Transition1
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
UNIV 141INTO Mason Pathway Extended Transition1
HIST 125Introduction to World History (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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

One Term Program Curriculum (Accelerated): Required Courses

ENGH 100Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)4
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
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.

Two Term Program Curriculum (Comprehensive): Required Courses

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)
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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

Three Term Program Curriculum (Comprehensive): Required Courses

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)
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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

One Term Program Curriculum (Accelerated): Required Courses

ENGH 100Composition for Multilingual Writers (Mason Core)4
CHEM 211General Chemistry I (Mason Core)3
CHEM 213General Chemistry Laboratory I (Mason Core)1
EAP 102Language Support for American Cultures1
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
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): Required and Major Courses

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
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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): Required Courses

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
INYO 105American Cultures (Mason Core)3
COMM 101Fundamentals of Communication (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

Graduate International Pathways Program

The Graduate International Pathways 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 Pathways Program will add one additional semester to their overall master's degree program.

The following are the available Graduate International Pathways 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 Pathways 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 Pathways 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 Pathways programs. For these students, their Graduate International Pathway 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 Pathways are taught by highly qualified Mason instructional faculty members and supported by International Pathways academic advisors.

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

Admission

Admission to Graduate International Pathways 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 graduate admissions 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 Pathways 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 Pathways 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 Pathways program. The general minimum scores are as follows:
    • One Term (Accelerated) and Bridge International Pathways programs:
      • TOEFL iBT 75 – 85 (variable minimum subscores required for all but Engineering pathways)
      • IELTS 6.0 – 6.5 (variable minimum subscores required for all but Engineering pathways)
      • PTE Academic 52 – 58
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 6
    • Two Term (Standard) International Pathways programs:
      • TOEFL iBT 65 - 75 (variable minimum subscores required for all but Engineering pathways)
      • IELTS 5.5 - 6.5 (variable minimum subscores required for all but Engineering pathways)
      • PTE Academic 44 - 52
      • Successful completion of or waiver from Academic English Level 5
    • Three Term (Comprehensive) International Pathways 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 Pathways Bridge programs. Students should review the specific requirements by pathway at the INTO Study website.

Graduate International Pathways & Associated Majors

There are currently 47 International Pathways 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 Pathways, visit the INTO Study 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 (15 degree options)

Curriculum

Prescribed courses for the Graduate International Pathways programs include approximately 10 - 13 credits for One-Term programs and 20 - 24 credits for Two-Term programs. 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 12 credits of coursework toward the student's graduate degree during their International Pathways term(s) of enrollment.

One Term (Accelerated) programs include the following courses:

EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4
INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3

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 Pathways program will also be required to take:

Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (specified by International Pathway program)
Students will take one of the following:
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:

INYO 501Graduate Transitions for International Students I2
INYO 502Graduate Transitions for International Students II2
EAP 505Special Topics in Advanced English for Academic Purposes2
EAP 506Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I4
EAP 507Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II4
EAP 510Linguistic Capstone0
EAP 503Interpersonal Communication for International Students: Practicum and Theory as needed2
or EAP 504 Advanced English for Academic Purposes Reading and Writing

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

Appropriate coursework toward graduate program3-12

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

Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination (specified by International Pathway 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 Pathway program has specific progression requirements for completion. These typically include a minimum grade point average and minimum individual course grades (no grades of NC or I are permitted). Students should refer to the INTO Study website for specific program requirements. Students admitted to the university through a Graduate International Pathways 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 Pathways 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 Pathway program, and/or
  3. request an extension to continue studying as a Graduate International Pathways 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 Pathways programs 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 Pathway 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:

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:

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.

Academic English

000 Level Courses

AE 000: AE Pre-Registration. 0 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Not Gradeable (NG) scale.
AE 010: Level 1 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 011: Level 1 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 012: Level 1-2 Special Topics. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 013: Vocabulary in Daily Life. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 014: Listening in Daily Life. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 015: Writing Daily Life. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 017: Listening and Speaking. 6 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 020: Level 2 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 021: Level 2 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 022: Level 2-3 Special Topics. 2-4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 023: Basic Spelling Skills. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 024: Basic Pronunciation Skills. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 030: Level 3 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 031: Level 3 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 032: Level 3-4 Special Topics. 2-4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 033: Reading Plus. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 034: Dictionary Skills. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 035: Developing Vocabulary. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 036: American Culture. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 040: Level 4 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 041: Level 4 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 042: Level 4-5 Special Topics. 2-4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 044: Intro to IELTS Academic. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 045: Developing Spelling Skills. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 046: Developing Pronunciation Skill. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 047: Intro to TOEFL iBT. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 048: Present Yourself. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 050: Level 5 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 051: Level 5 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 052: Level 5-6 Special Topics. 2-4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 053: Newspaper Productioon. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 054: TED Talks. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 055: Let's Talk Math. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 056: Business English. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 060: Level 6 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 061: Level 6 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 062: Level 6-7 Special Topics. 2-4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 063: American TV Comedy. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 064: English through Pop Music. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 065: Advanced Pronunciation Skills. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 067: Acting with Americans. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 068: China 1-2-1 Orientation. 3 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language or English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 069: China 1-2-1 Orientation. 1 credit.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language or English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 070: Level 7 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 071: Level 7 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 072: Level 6-7-8 Special Topics. 2-4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 12 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 073: Dialogue with Americans. 4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 074: Giving Presentations. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 075: Advanced Vocabulary. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 076: Preparation for GRE. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 077: Preparation for IELTS. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 078: Preparation for TOEFL iBT. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 079: Advanced English Grammar. 4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 080: Level 8 Core. 10 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 081: Level 8 Oral Comm Skills. 6-8 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 082: Level 7-8 Special Topics. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 083: SuperTOEFL. 4 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.
AE 088: Elective Topic 3. 2 credits.
Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the English Language scale.

English for Academic Purposes

000 Level Courses

EAP 097: Verbal Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination. 0 credits.
Prepares students in the International Graduate Pathways requiring the general Graduate Record Examination test for progression to take the computer adaptive version of the exam where the emphasis is placed primarily on the verbal section. This course primarily emphasizes the verbal portion of the exam along with test language and testing strategies; identifying common test-taking errors; and managing in test anxiety. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 0 credits. Equivalent to INYO 095, INYO 096, INYO 097.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.
EAP 098: Individualized Language Instruction. 0 credits.
Individualized language instruction for Pathway students. Focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 4 credits.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.
EAP 099: Individualized Language Instruction. 0 credits.
Individualized language instruction for Pathway students. Focus on reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 4 credits.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.

100 Level Courses

EAP 100: Special Topics. 0-8 credits.
EAP 100 is to be used as an incubator for special topics courses under development in the Undergraduate Pathway program at INTO Mason. EAP 100 will be used for the various content-based English Language Support courses that are paired with major or content courses required by Undergraduate Pathways students. Language support courses such as EAP 100 run concurrently with credit-bearing undergraduate content course. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 8 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Title varies by section and/or semester
EAP 102: Language Support for American Cultures. 1 credit.
Academic language support course for Undergraduate Pathways students taking American Cultures. Designed to increase students' ability to comprehend and respond to readings, discussions, and lectures related to American Cultures. Emphasizes the development of successful strategies for intrapersonal and small/large group communication activities, student familiarity with anthropological and sociological terminology and effective application of reading /annotating strategies. Also listed as PROV 102. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: PROV 105.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 103: Language Support for Public Speaking. 1 credit.
Academic language support course for Public Speaking. Focus on increasing students' comprehension and use of key grammatical structures, vocabulary, word forms, and reading/annotating strategies in oral speech. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: COMM 100.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 104: Language Support World History. 1 credit.
Academic language support course for Introduction to World History. Focus on increasing students' comprehension and use of key grammatical structures, vocabulary, word forms, and reading/annotating strategies in literacy/reading. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: HIST 125.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 107: The Grammar of Academic Writing. 3 credits.
This course is designed to improve students' understanding of written language and to provide mechanisms that allow students to take advantage of this flexible but structured form of communication. Providing this knowledge and these tools will improve students' abilities to identify and correct grammatical mistakes, write cohesive and coherent paragraphs, and condense essential information-necessary skills for effective academic writing. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 108: Language Support for Business in American Society. 1 credit.
Academic language support course for Undergraduate Pathway students taking Business in American Society. This course is designed to increase students' ability to read and analyze qualitative and quantitative information, understand and use business terminology, and utilize oral English fluency and literacy practices/strategies in anticipation of group discussions, debates, and oral/written critiques of business-related current events. Also listed as PROV 108. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: SOM 100.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 109: College Reading Skills. 1 credit.
Academic reading support for Undergraduate Pathways students in specific pathways. Designed to increase students' ability to read, summarize, and analyze texts, including information graphics and visuals. Focuses on student comprehension and utilization of discipline-specific genres/terminology and effective literacy practices/strategies in anticipation of group discussions, reading research, and responding to writing assignments. Also listed as PROV 109. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 111: Language Support for Introduction to Information Technology. 1 credit.
Academic language support for Undergraduate Pathways students taking Information Technology. Designed to increase students' IT literacy, including familiarity and accurate usage of terms related to digital devices, computer hardware, software, telecommunications, networking and multimedia. Supports students' oral and written academic English skills in anticipation of class lectures, textbook readings, individual assignments, and online discussion boards. Also listed as PROV 111. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: IT 101.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 112: Language Support for Introduction to Computer Programming. 1 credit.
Academic language support for Undergraduate Pathways students taking Computer Programming. This course is designed to increase students' ability to respond accurately to computer programming problems in English, understand and use programming terminology, and utilize oral English fluency and literacy practices/strategies in anticipation of class lectures, lab work, individual assignments, and online discussion boards. Also listed as PROV 112. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: CS 112.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 113: Language Support for University Physics. 1 credit.
Academic language support course for Undergraduate Pathways students taking program University Physics I. This course is designed to increase students' ability to respond accurately to physical problems in English, understand and use mathematical and physics terminology, and utilize oral English fluency and literacy practices/strategies in anticipation of class lectures, lab/recitation work, and online discussion boards. Also listed as PROV 113. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: PHYS 160 and PHYS 161.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 114: Language Support for General Chemistry I. 1 credit.
Academic language support for Undergraduate Pathways students taking General Chemistry I. This course is designed to increase students' ability to read and comprehend qualitative and quantitative information, understand and use general science and chemistry-related terminology, set-up and solve numerical problems in English, and take notes from oral lectures and textbook chapters. Also listed as PROV 114. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: CHEM 211.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
EAP 115: Language Support for Introductory Geology I. 1 credit.
Academic language support for Undergraduate Pathways students taking Introductory Geology I. This course is designed to increase students' ability to read and comprehend qualitative and quantitative information in English, understand and use general science and geology-related terminology, take notes from oral lectures and textbook chapters, and participate in group discussions. Also listed as PROV 115. Notes: Students must attain minimum grade of C to fulfill program requirements. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Corequisite: GEOL 101.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.
EAP 120: Linguistics Capstone. 0 credits.
Required to complete all standard undergraduate pathways. Provides students with opportunity to demonstrate mastery of English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and/or vocabulary. Builds on work in language support classes. Includes language assessment, feedback on skills, and review of post-program support. Required during second semester of the Undergraduate Pathways program. Also listed as PROV 120. Notes: A passing grade of "S" confirms the student's English language proficiency is sufficient for degree-seeking study. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 0 credits.
Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.

500 Level Courses

EAP 503: Interpersonal Communication for International Students: Practicum and Theory. 2 credits.
The course requires that students use intensive practice in oral communication contexts typical at universities to build knowledge and skills for informal interpersonal communication settings with faculty, peers, and students, and skills needed for formal presentations, class discussion, and tutoring. Readings & assignments cover research on first impression management; informative and explanatory communication; conveying emotional support; listening, and narrative skill. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate degree at a university outside of the US.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
EAP 504: Advanced English for Academic Purposes Reading and Writing. 2 credits.
This 8-week course is designed for graduate international students who are studying abroad, emphasizing advanced skill development in graduate-level English for Academic Purposes for reading and writing within their disciplines. Utilizing a multimodal and interactive format, students will complete guided and independent research papers as well as read, discuss and write about excerpts from college texts and academic journals. Notes: In as much as possible, materials for the course will be discipline specific and individualized course goals will be determined by the needs of the students and their cultural experiences. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to English Language, Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
EAP 505: Special Topics in Advanced English for Academic Purposes. 2 credits.
This special topics course is tailored to international students who received their undergraduate degrees outside the United States. The course provides intensive practice and individualized feedback in advanced communication methods appropriate at the graduate level. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate degree at a university outside of the US.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Enrollment limited to students in the INTO Mason college.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
Additional Course Details: Title varies by section and/or semester
EAP 506: Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I. 4 credits.
Students develop strategies for completing research-based writing and presentations in their field and review rhetorical structures and organizational strategies common to US scholarly communications generally and in their particular field. Students will practice strategies at the sentence and discourse levels to increase the clarity, precision, and appropriateness of their communication skills. Group instruction will be supplemented by one-on-one conferencing. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate degree at a university outside of the US.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to English Language, Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Enrollment limited to students in the INTO Mason college.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
EAP 507: Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II. 3-4 credits.
The second course in a series that helps students develop strategies for completing research-based writing and presentations in their field. Students will review rhetorical structures and organizational strategies common to US scholarly communications generally and in their particular field. Students will also practice strategies at sentence and discourse levels to increase the clarity, precision, and appropriateness of their communication skills. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: EAP 506.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Enrollment limited to students in the INTO Mason college.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
EAP 508: Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III. 4 credits.
Students develop strategies for completing research-based writing and presentations in their field. Students will review rhetorical structures and organizational strategies common to US academic scholarly communications generally and in their particular field. Students will also review and practice strategies at the sentence and discourse levels to increase the clarity, precision and appropriateness of their oral and written communication skills. Group instruction will be supplemented by one-on-one conferencing as students complete a major graduate-level project. Notes: This course may not count towards academic degree requirements at the graduate level without permission from the academic dean/director. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of undergraduate degree at a university outside the United States.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
EAP 510: Linguistic Capstone. 0 credits.
Course builds on work in language support classes throughout the program and enables students to demonstrate acceptable mastery of their academic English language skills in reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary. Students take proficiency assessment receive feedback on skills, and review post-program language support resources. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Standard pathway students must have completed first semester of program, or at least 9 credits.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.

International Year One

000 Level Courses

INYO 044: Business Math Preparation. 2 credits.
Notes: The successful completion of this course will serve as a prerequisite for MATH 108 in lieu of the Math Placement Test. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits. Equivalent to MATH 008.
Recommended Prerequisite: AE Level 3 Core AE Level 3 OCS or admission to an INTO Mason Pathway program.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the ABC/NC Undergraduate Special scale.
INYO 045: STEM Mathematics Preparation. 2 credits.
Notes: The successful completion of this course will either: a) Serve as a prerequisite for Math 105 Pre-Calculus in lieu of the Math Placement Test or b)Prepare the student to achieve the necessary score on the Math Placement Test for entry into MATH 113. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 6 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: AE Level 3 Core AE Level 3 OCS or admission to an INTO Mason Pathway program.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the ABC/NC Undergraduate Special scale.
INYO 095: Quantitative Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination. 0 credits.
Prepares students in the International Graduate Pathways requiring the general Graduate Record Examination test (GRE) for progression to take the computer adaptive version of the exam with primary emphasis on the quantitative section. This course emphasizes test language and the quantitative portion of the exam along with testing strategies; identifying common test-taking errors; and managing test anxiety. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 0 credits. Equivalent to EAP 097, INYO 096, INYO 097.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.
INYO 096: Verbal and Quantitative Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination. 0 credits.
Prepares students in International Graduate Pathways requiring the general Graduate Record Examination test for progression to take the exam for students whose pathways require a primary focus on verbal and quantitative sections. This course emphasizes test language and vocabulary, in addition to: testing strategies; practicing logical, rhetorical, and mathematical problem-solving; identifying common test-taking errors; and managing test anxiety. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 0 credits. Equivalent to EAP 097.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment is limited to English Language level students.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.
INYO 097: Verbal, Quantitative, and Academic Writing Preparation for the Graduate Record Examination. 0 credits.
Prepares students in International Graduate Pathways requiring the general Graduate Record Examination test (GRE) for progression to take the exam for students whose pathways equal emphasis on all three areas of the exam. This course emphasizes test language and vocabulary, in addition to: testing strategies; academic writing preparation; practicing mathematical problem-solving; identifying common test-taking errors; and managing test anxiety. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 0 credits. Equivalent to EAP 097.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.

100 Level Courses

INYO 100: Transition INTO Mason I. 1 credit.
Assists first-year international and multilingual Year One students with their transition from high school to college life. It helps prepare students for successful progression to their chosen degree plan the promoting acculturation to academic norms and expectations at Mason, the development of self-efficacy, and engagement with the Mason community. It encourages to seek out and take full advantage of a wide range of campus resources. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit. Equivalent to UNIV 100, UNIV 140.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
INYO 101: Transition INTO Mason II. 1 credit.
Serves as a continuation of INYO 100. It provides extended first-year transition support for standard pathway students in the second semester. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit. Equivalent to UNIV 101, UNIV 141 Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Required Prerequisite: INYO 100C.
C Requires minimum grade of C.

Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Regular scale.
INYO 105: American Cultures. 3 credits.
This course provides an introduction to US cultures with a focus on diversity within American society. The course uses the concept of culture as a basis for discussing differences in Americans' experience of family life, work, education, the arts, national and ethnic identities, gender, religion and more. Through ethnographic readings, literature, film and field projects, students develop a better understanding of similarities and differences across the American experience. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the INTO Mason Undergraduate Pathway program.
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Special scale.
INYO 106: Introduction to Research Methods for International Students. 3 credits.
Academic research is the fundamental element of university-level education. Despite the variations in research disciplines. they all share basic concepts of academic inquiry. This course is designed to teach the methods. norms and procedures of undergraduate research in the humanities and social sciences. It should equip international students with the essential skills needed to successfully produce a quality academic paper. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Specialized Designation: Scholarly Inquiry
Recommended Prerequisite: Admission to the INTO Mason Undergraduate Pathway program.
Schedule Type: Lecture, Recitation
Grading:
This course is graded on the Undergraduate Special scale.

200 Level Courses

INYO 206: International Peer Learning Partnership. 0-1 credits.
This course is an experiential credit course for undergrad students partnering with Undergraduate International Pathway Program students to develop academic skills. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Completion of at least 15 credits at Mason with a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a program participation offer from INTO Mason.
Schedule Type: Independent Study
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.
INYO 207: International Peer Educational Leadership. 0-3 credits.
This course is an experiential leadership course for students partnering with Undergraduate International Pathway Program students as peer educational mentors. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the degree for a maximum 3 credits.
Recommended Prerequisite: Sophomore status or higher.
Schedule Type: Internship
Grading:
This course is graded on the Satisfactory/No Credit scale.

500 Level Courses

INYO 501: Graduate Transitions for International Students I. 2 credits.
Designed particularly for the Graduate International Year One program, this course is the first of a two-part transitional course series designed for international students who are studying abroad, emphasizing development, readiness, and success for Graduate/Professional school enrollment. This first course covers U.S. educational systems, university policies and procedures, writing skills and research resources, and graduate school study skills and methods. Notes: This course is for graduate students whose highest degree is from a non-US institution. This course may not count towards academic degree requirements at the graduate level. Enrolled students are required to take INYO 502 the following consecutive semester. Department approval required. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to English Language, Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Special scale.
INYO 502: Graduate Transitions for International Students II. 2 credits.
Designed particularly for the Graduate International Year One program, this second of a two-part transitional course series is designed for international students who are studying abroad, emphasizing development, readiness, and success for Graduate school enrollment. This course covers cultural adjustment to life and education in the U.S., program development, university resources, career planning as well as professional and personal presentation skills. Notes: This course is for graduate students whose highest degree is from a non-US institution. This course may not count towards academic degree requirements at the graduate level, depending on the pathway program. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Recommended Corequisite: Prerq: Completion of PROV 501 with a grade of B or better, in the immediate past semester.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Special scale.
INYO 504: Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students. 3 credits.
This class is specifically designed for international students in the Graduate International Year One program at INTO Mason. It emphasizes acculturation to U.S. academic norms, preparation for graduate study in the United States and especially George Mason University, along with skills necessary to complete graduate study successfully. Many of these expectations are not made explicit in U.S. academic culture, and the course focuses on making the policies, procedures, research skills, and systems clearer for international graduate students looking to obtain a George Mason University advanced degree. Offered by INTO Mason. May not be repeated for credit.
Registration Restrictions:

Enrollment limited to students with a class of Advanced to Candidacy, Graduate, Non-Degree or Senior Plus.

Enrollment is limited to English Language, Graduate, Non-Degree or Undergraduate level students.

Students in a Non-Degree Undergraduate degree may not enroll.

Schedule Type: Seminar
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Regular scale.
INYO 508: Special Topics Content Support in the Disciplines. 0-6 credits.
This Special Topics Content Support in the Disciplines course is tailored to international students enrolled in the INTO Mason Graduate Pathways Program. The courses will be designed to support INTO Mason graduate students in their major courses, providing individualized feedback and foundational information for those courses. Offered by INTO Mason. May be repeated within the term for a maximum 6 credits.
Schedule Type: Lecture
Grading:
This course is graded on the Graduate Special scale.
Additional Course Details: Title varies by section and/or semester