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Graduate International Pathways to master's degrees in the Volgenau School of Engineering

INTO Mason provides sixteen Graduate International Pathways for international students to enter various graduate degrees in the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) at George Mason University. The pathways give students the academic foundation, essential language skills, and cultural knowledge to successfully move on to their master's degree programs. 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 are the available Graduate International Pathways at INTO Mason to degrees in the Volgenau School of Engineering at GMU:

  • Applied Information Technology
  • Bioengineering
  • Biostatistics
  • Civil and Infrastructure Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Data Analytics Engineering
  • Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Information Security and Assurance
  • Information Systems
  • Operations Research
  • Software Engineering
  • Statistical Science
  • Systems Engineering
  • Telecommunications

The following are the types of pathways available:

  • One Term pathways (Accelerated): These pathways lead 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. All VSE pathways have one-term pathway options available.
  • Two Term pathways (Standard): These pathways lead students through their first year 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. All but one of the 16 VSE pathways have two-term pathway options available (all except Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis).
  • Bridge pathways: These pathways 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 graduate degree programs. Students will often move on to those degree-seeking programs with several graduate credits completed as determined by the graduate degree program. Thirteen (13) of the sixteen (16) VSE pathways have Bridge pathway options available (all except Digital Forensics and Cyber Analysis, Operations Research, and Systems Engineering).

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 Graduate 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
  • 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 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 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 Volgenau School of Engineering:

Applied Information Technology Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology degree:

Standard semester 1 of 2
EAP 506Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I4
INYO 501Graduate Transitions for International Students I2
Language Support Course 10-2
Required Major Course(s): 23-6
Programming Essentials
Algorithms and Data Structures Essentials
Database Management Systems
Fundamentals of Computing Platforms
Total Credits9-14

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology degree:

Standard semester 2 of 2
EAP 507Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II4
INYO 502Graduate Transitions for International Students II2
Language Support Course 10
Required Major Courses 26
Programming Essentials
Algorithms and Data Structures Essentials
Database Management Systems
Fundamentals of Computing Platforms
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology degree:

Accelerated semester 1 of 1
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4
INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3
Language Support Course 10
Required Major Courses: 26
Programming Essentials
Algorithms and Data Structures Essentials
Database Management Systems
Fundamentals of Computing Platforms
Total Credits13

The following grid is for the first semester of the Bridge, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology degree for students with certain 3-year degrees:

Bridge semester 1 of 2
EAP 506Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I4
INYO 501Graduate Transitions for International Students I2
Upper-level Undergraduate Mason Core Course 13
Required Major Courses 23
Programming Essentials
Algorithms and Data Structures Essentials
Database Management Systems
Fundamentals of Computing Platforms
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the Bridge, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Applied Information Technology degree for students with certain 3-year degrees:

Bridge semester 2 of 2
EAP 507Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II4
INYO 502Graduate Transitions for International Students II2
Upper-level Undergraduate Mason Core Course 13
Required Major Course 23
Programming Essentials
Algorithms and Data Structures Essentials
Database Management Systems
Fundamentals of Computing Platforms
Total Credits12

Bioengineering Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Bioengineering degree:

Standard semester 1 of 2
EAP 506Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I4
INYO 501Graduate Transitions for International Students I2
Language Support Course 10-2
Required Major Course(s): 23-6
Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits9-14

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Bioengineering degree:

Standard semester 2 of 2
EAP 507Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II4
INYO 502Graduate Transitions for International Students II2
Language Support Course 10
Required Major Courses: 26
Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Bioengineering degree:

Accelerated semester 1 of 1
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4
INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3
Language Support Course 10
Required Major Courses: 26
Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits13

The following grid is for the first semester of the Bridge, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Bioengineering degree for students with certain 3-year degrees:

Bridge semester 1 of 2
EAP 506Graduate Communication in the Disciplines I4
INYO 501Graduate Transitions for International Students I2
Upper-level Undergraduate Mason Core Course 13
Required Major Course: 23
Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the Bridge, 2-semester pathway into the Master's of Science in Bioengineering degree for students with certain 3-year degrees:

Bridge semester 2 of 2
EAP 507Graduate Communication in the Disciplines II4
INYO 502Graduate Transitions for International Students II2
Upper-level Undergraduate Mason Core Course 13
Required Major Course: 23
Neural Engineering
Medical Imaging
Biomaterials
Advanced Biomechanics
Total Credits12