Graduate International Pathways to master's degrees in the Schar School of Policy and Government

INTO Mason provides two Graduate International Pathways for international students to enter various graduate degrees in the Schar School of Policy and Government 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 Schar School of Policy and Government at GMU:

  • International Commerce and Policy
  • Public Policy

The following is the type of pathway 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. Both Schar School 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
  • 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 Schar School of Policy & Government:

International Commerce and Policy Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Arts in International Commerce and Policy 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
ITRN 504Microeconomics and Trade Policy3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Arts in International Commerce and Policy 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
ITRN 503Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy3
Total Credits9

Public Policy Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Public Policy 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
ITRN 503Macroeconomic Policy in the Global Economy3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Public Policy 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
PUBP 503Culture, Organization, and Technology3
Total Credits9