Graduate International Pathways to graduate degrees in Health and Human Services

INTO Mason provides five Graduate International Pathways for international students to enter various graduate degrees in the College of Health and Human Services (CHHS) at George Mason University. The pathways give students the academic foundation, essential language skills, and cultural knowledge to successfully move on to their graduate degree programs. For most students, enrolling in a Graduate International Pathway will add one or two additional semesters to their overall degree program.

The following are the available Graduate International Pathways at INTO Mason to degrees in the College of Health and Human Services at GMU:

  • Health Informatics
  • Health Systems Management
  • Nutrition
  • Public Health
  • Social Work

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. Four of the five CHHS pathways have one-term options available (all except Social Work).
  • Two Term pathways (Standard): 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 five CHHS pathways have two-term options available.

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
  • 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 College of Health and Human Services:

Health Informatics Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Health Informatics 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
HAP 602Statistics in Health Services Management3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Health Informatics 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
HAP 678Introduction to the U.S. Health System3
Total Credits9

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

Accelerated semester 1 of 1
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4
INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3
HAP 602Statistics in Health Services Management3
HAP 678Introduction to the U.S. Health System3
Total Credits13

Health Systems Management Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Health Administration, Health Systems Management 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
HAP 602Statistics in Health Services Management3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Health Administration, Health Systems Management 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
HAP 678Introduction to the U.S. Health System3
Total Credits9

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Health Administration, Health Systems Management 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
HAP 602Statistics in Health Services Management3
HAP 678Introduction to the U.S. Health System3
Total Credits14

Nutrition Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Nutrition 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
NUTR 295Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)3
HAP 602Statistics in Health Services Management3
Total Credits15

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Nutrition 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
NUTR 515Fundamentals of Cooking3
Total Credits9

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Nutrition 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
NUTR 295Introduction to Nutrition (Mason Core)3
HAP 602Statistics in Health Services Management3
Total Credits14

Public Health Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Public Health 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
GCH 604Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Public Health 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
GCH 645U.S. and Global Public Health Systems3
GCH 609Community Assessment and Partnerships3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Public Health 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
GCH 604Fundamentals of Epidemiology and Biostatistics3
GCH 500Foundations of Public Health3
Total Credits14

Social Work Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Social Work program:

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
SOCW 600Foundations of Social Work and Social Welfare3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Social Work program:

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
SOCW 671Research Methods for Social Workers3
Total Credits9

Public Health Graduate Certificate, Generalized Concentration Graduate Pathway

 Admissions

  • Four-year undergraduate degree in a health related field or equivalent
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • Language requirements:
    • TOEFL: 80 (subscores of 17 in all skills)
    • IELTS: 6.5 (subscores of 6.0 in all skills)
    • Duolingo: 110
    • IELA: 170 (subscores of 160 in all skills)
    • AE Level: 6

Policies

A second course (GCH 604) may be available to students with closely related health undergraduate degrees.

Requirements

INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3
EAP 405Special Topics in Advanced English for Academic Purposes1
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4
GCH 500Foundations of Public Health3
Total Credits11