Graduate International Pathways to master's degrees in the College of Science

INTO Mason provides nine Graduate International Pathways for international students to enter various graduate degrees in the College of Science (COS) 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 Science at GMU:

  • Applied and Engineering Physics
  • Bioinformatics and Computational Biology
  • Bioinformatics Management
  • Computational Science
  • Earth Systems Science
  • Environmental Science and Policy
  • Forensic Science
  • Geographic and Cartographic Sciences
  • Mathematics

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. Eight of the nine COS pathways have one-term options available.
  • 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 nine COS 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

Applied and Engineering Physics Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics 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
PHYS 502Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics3
or PHYS 684 Quantum Mechanics I
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics 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
PHYS 513Applied Electromagnetic Theory3
or PHYS 685 Classical Electrodynamics I
Total Credits9

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Applied and Engineering Physics 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
PHYS 502Introduction to Quantum Mechanics and Atomic Physics3
or PHYS 684 Quantum Mechanics I
PHYS 705Classical Mechanics3
Total Credits14

Bioinformatics and Computational Biology/Management Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology / 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
BINF 631Molecular Cell Biology for Bioinformatics3
or BINF 630 Bioinformatics Methods
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology / 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
BINF 631Molecular Cell Biology for Bioinformatics3
or BINF 630 Bioinformatics Methods
Total Credits9

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology / 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
BINF 631Molecular Cell Biology for Bioinformatics3
or BINF 634 Bioinformatics Programming
BINF 630Bioinformatics Methods3
or BINF 633 Molecular Biotechnology
Total Credits14

Computational Science Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Computational Science 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
CSI 695Scientific Databases3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Computational Science 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
CSI 690Numerical Methods3
Total Credits9

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Computational Science 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
CSI 690Numerical Methods3
CSI 695Scientific Databases3
Total Credits14

Earth Systems Science Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Earth Systems Science 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
GGS 553Geographic Information Systems3
or GGS 560 Quantitative Methods
or GGS 579 Remote Sensing
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Earth Systems Science 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
GEOL 513Hydrogeology3
or GEOL 532 Paleoclimatology
CLIM 512Physical Oceanography3
or GEOL 506 Soil Science
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Earth Systems Science 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
GGS 553Geographic Information Systems3
or GGS 560 Quantitative Methods
or GGS 579 Remote Sensing
GEOL 506Soil Science3
or GEOL 513 Hydrogeology
or GEOL 532 Paleoclimatology
or CLIM 512 Physical Oceanography
Total Credits14

Environmental Science and Policy Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Environmental Science 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
EVPP 506Science of the Environment I3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Environmental Science 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
EVPP 507Science of the Environment II3
Total Credits9

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Environmental Science and Policy 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
EVPP or PUAD course3
EVPP or PUAD course3
Total Credits14

Forensic Science Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Forensic Science 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
FRSC 500Introduction to Forensic Science3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Forensic Science 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
FRSC 510Basic Crime Analysis3
FRSC 570Trace and Physical Evidence Concepts3
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Forensic Science 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
FRSC 500Introduction to Forensic Science3
FRSC 510Basic Crime Analysis3
Total Credits14

Geographic and Cartographic Sciences Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences 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
GGS 551Cartographic Design3
or GGS 553 Geographic Information Systems
or GGS 560 Quantitative Methods
or GGS 579 Remote Sensing
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences 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
Required Major Courses (student will take two of the following):6
Cartographic Design
Geographic Information Systems
Quantitative Methods
Remote Sensing
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the single semester of the accelerated, 1-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences 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
Required Major Courses (student will take two of the following):6
Cartographic Design
Geographic Information Systems
Quantitative Methods
Remote Sensing
Total Credits14

Mathematics Graduate Pathway

The following grid is for the first semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Mathematics 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
MATH 315Advanced Calculus I3
or MATH 675 Linear Analysis
Total Credits12

The following grid is for the second semester of the standard, 2-semester pathway into the Master of Science in Mathematics 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
MATH 321Abstract Algebra3
or MATH 621 Algebra I
MATH 322Advanced Linear Algebra3
Total Credits12