Graduate Bridge Pathway Program

Designed for students with select 3-year international degrees

How the Bridge Pathway Program works

Similar to "Top-Up" programs, INTO Mason's Bridge Pathway Program provides a supplemental year of advanced graduate preparation for students with select international bachelor's degrees equivalent to 3 years or 90 credits.

This two-semester Pathway includes:

  • Graduate coursework required for the specific degree programs
  • General education classes
  • Graduate transition preparation
  • English writing development 

Earn credits toward your master's degree

Beginning in the first semester, you will take classes toward your master's degree while completing general education requirements needed for graduate school at Mason.

Students in the Bridge Pathway Program receive customized academic advising to assist them in choosing the best classes that will complement their studies.

Which Pathway programs are available?

INTO Mason offers 26 Graduate Pathway Programs that participate in the Bridge Pathway Program. See the “Progression” tab for more information on available majors.

What will I study?

This program offers holders of select 3-year degrees the opportunity to enroll in a modified Standard Pathway for participating graduate programs. See Sample Study Plan below for details: 


  • 30 credit hour program
  • 9 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 21 credit hours remaining toward degree
  • Semester 1 Course Title  Credit Hours
    Prov 501

    Introduction to Graduate Study I

    EAP 503* or EAP 505*

    Interpersonal Communications for International Students: Practicum and Theory OR Advanced English for Academic Purposes

    EAP 506 Graduate Communications in Disciplines I 4
    CS 583  Analysis of Algorithms 3
    EAP 097 GRE Preparation 0
       Total 11
     Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
     PRV 502 Introduction to Graduate Study II 2
    EAP 507 Graduate Communications in Disciplines 4
    CS 571 Operation Systems 3
    CS 500-level Elective** Class choice depends on approval from disciplinary advisor 3
     EAP 097 GRE Preparation 0
    EAP 510 Linguistics Capstone 0
      Total 12


*EAP 503 or EAP 505 is replaced by an advanced undergraduate class

**One graduate class (e.g.- CS Elective) is replaced by an advanced undergraduate class

Questions? Please contact INTO Mason at [email protected].


Graduate Bridge Pathway Program

Graduate Bridge Pathway Entry Requirements

Academic Requirements:

  • 2.75 minimum GPA equivalent based on the applicant's country/institutional scale
  • Select 3-year undergraduate degree or equivalent

English Language Requirements:

  • TOEFL iBT 85+ (17 minimum subscores in reading and writing)
  • IELTS 6.5 (6.0 minimum subscores in reading and writing)
  • PTE Academic 58+
  • Completion Academic English Level 6

*If you meet all of these criteria, you may apply directly to George Mason University. If you do not meet these criteria, we encourage you to apply to our Pathway and English language programs.


Graduate Bridge Pathway Program

When can I start?   

2016-17 Dates and Prices

Program Title Program Start and End Dates Tuition

2-Semester Pathway

Fall 2016: August 22, 2016 - May 17, 2017

Spring 2017*: January 17, 2017 - December 20, 2017


*Depending on the Graduate Pathway Program, Spring Graduate Pathways to Management and Sports Recreation Studies will end in early August of the same year.


Graduate Bridge Pathway Program

What are the progression requirements to the university's graduate degree program? 

The requirements for completing the Bridge Pathway Program are the same as the requirements for the participating Graduate Pathway programs. Select a program below to learn more: 

Participating Graduate Pathway Programs

Graduate Pathways in Education and Human Development

Graduate Pathways in Visual and Performing Arts

Graduate Pathways in Humanities and Social Sciences

Graduate Pathways in Business

Graduate Pathways in Conflict Analysis and Resolution

Graduate Pathways in Engineering