Graduate International Pathway to a master's degree in the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution

INTO Mason provides one Graduate International Pathway for international students to enter the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at George Mason University. The pathway gives students the academic foundation, essential language skills, and cultural knowledge to successfully move on to their master's degree program. For most students, enrolling in a Graduate International Pathway will add one or two additional semesters to their overall master's degree program.

The following is the available Graduate International Pathway at INTO Mason to the Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution at GMU:

  • Conflict Analysis and Resolution

The following are the types of pathways available:

  • One Term pathway (Accelerated): This pathway leads students through their first semester of graduate school. 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 degree program.
  • Two Term pathway (Standard): This pathway leads students through their first semester of graduate school. 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 degree program.
  • Bridge pathway: This pathway provides 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 graduate degree program. Students will often move on to their degree-seeking program with several graduate credits completed as determined by the graduate degree program.

Graduate International Pathways are generally 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 many Graduate International Pathways. For these students, their pathway acts as a "bridge" enhancing their international educational background with academic coursework to meet the eligibility for admission to a GMU graduate degree program
  • 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 each Graduate International Pathway are taught by highly qualified Mason instructional faculty members and supported by International Pathways academic advisors.

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

Program Requirements

The following Graduate International Pathways are offered by INTO Mason in collaboration with the Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution:

Conflict Analysis and Resolution Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution degree:

Standard semester 1 of 2
EAP 506Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I4
EAP 410Language Support for International Students2
INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3
CONF 600Foundations of Conflict Analysis and Resolution6
Total Credits15

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution degree:

Standard semester 2 of 2
EAP 507Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II4
EAP 405Special Topics in Advanced English for Academic Purposes1
INYO 508Special Topics Content Support in the Disciplines1
CONF 610Conflict Inquiry3
CONF 657Facilitation Skills3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution degree:

Accelerated semester 1 of 1
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4
EAP 405Special Topics in Advanced English for Academic Purposes1
INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3
CONF 600Foundations of Conflict Analysis and Resolution6
Total Credits14