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Graduate International Pathways to master's degrees in Humanities and Social Sciences

INTO Mason provides four Graduate International Pathways for international students to enter various graduate degrees in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS) 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 College of Humanities and Social Sciences at GMU:

  • Economics
  • Global Affairs
  • Linguistics
  • Psychology

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. Two of the four CHSS pathways have one-term options available (Economics and Psychology only).
  • 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 four CHSS pathways have two-term options available.
  • 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 program. Students will often move on to those degree-seeking programs with several graduate credits completed as determined by the graduate degree program. Three of the four pathways have Bridge options available (all except Linguistics).

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 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 George Mason University's College of Humanities and Social Sciences:

Economics Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Arts in Economics 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
ECON 630Mathematical Economics I 23
Total Credits9-11

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Arts in Economics 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 (students will take two of the following courses): 26
Survey of Applied Econometrics
Macroeconomic Theory
Economics Elective 3
Economics Elective 3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Arts in Economics degree:

Accelerated semester 1 of 1
EAP 508Graduate Communication in the Disciplines III4
INYO 504Accelerated Graduate Transitions for International Students3
Required Major Courses (students will take two of the following courses): 16
Mathematical Economics I
Microeconomic Theory
Economics Elective 2
Economics Elective 2
Total Credits13

The following grid is for the first semester of the Bridge, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Arts in Economics 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
ECON 630Mathematical Economics I 23
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the Bridge, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Arts in Economics 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
ECON 535Survey of Applied Econometrics 23
Total Credits12