Graduate Pathway in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences

Do you want to study for a graduate degree in the United States but need to improve English language skills or test scores? A Pathway program provides academic, language and cultural support in order to succeed at a US university. Students are guaranteed progression to an undergraduate degree program through curriculum consisting of credit-earning courses. We provide full integration with domestic and international students on campus from highly trained university instructors and tutors while giving you academic support throughout the program.

2-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 30 (thesis option) or 36 (non-thesis) credit hour program
  • 9 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 21 or 27 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Introduction to Graduate Study I (Pathway students only)
  • Interpersonal Communication for International Students or Advanced English for Academic Purposes (Pathway students only)
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines I (Pathway students only)
  • Quantitative Methods

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Graduate Study II (Pathway students only)
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines II (Pathway students only)*
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Linguistics Capstone (Pathway students only)
1-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 30 (thesis option) or 36 (non-thesis) credit hour program
  • 6 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 24 or 30 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Study (Pathway students only)
  • Accelerated Graduate Communication in Disciplines (Pathway students only)
  • Remote Sensing
  • Geographic Informational Systems

* Graduate Communications in Disciplines II counts towards degree

Career Paths

  • Cartographic designer
  • Computer programmer
  • Geographic information systems analyst
  • Remote sensing scientist

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Graduate Pathway in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences

Graduate Entry Paths and Requirements

There are multiple routes to graduate admission at George Mason University.  As an international graduate student, admission is determined by academic performance and English language proficiency.

Program Entry

TOEFL IBT

IELTS
Academic

PTE
Academic

Password
Knowledge/Writing

AE Level
Completed

OHLA Level Completed

Direct Admit
Graduate

88 overall
(20 subscores)

6.5 overall
(6.0 subscores)

59

N/A

AE Level 7

N/A

Bridge Graduate
Pathway (2-Term)

85 overall
(17 subscores)

6.5 overall
(6.0 subscores)

58

N/A

AE Level 6

N/A

1-Term Graduate
Pathway (Gold)*

85 overall
(20 subscores)

6.5 overall
(6.5 subscores)

58

N/A

AE Level 6

N/A

1-Term Graduate
Pathway (Green)**

80 overall
(20 subscores)

6.5 overall
(6.0 subscores)

53

N/A

AE Level 6

N/A

2-Term Graduate
Pathway (Gold)***

75 overall
(17 subscores)

6.5 overall
(6.0 subscores)

52

7.0 (Knowledge)
6.0 (Writing)

AE Level 5

OHLA Adv 2

2-Term Graduate
Pathway (Green)***

70 overall
(13 subscores)

6.0 overall
(5.5 subscores)

47

6.0 (Knowledge)
6.0 (Writing)

AE Level 5

OHLA Adv 2

* In order to progress to a pathway, AE+PW students must earn a term 2.5 GPA and a final passing grade (A+, A, A-, B+, B, or B-) of specified levels of Core and OCS.

** The 2016-2017 academic year is a trial period per Letter of Cooperation between INTO Mason and Open Hearts Language Academy (OHLA).

*** Requirements vary by program.

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Graduate Pathway in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences

When can I start?

2016-17 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition

2-Semester Pathway

Spring: January 17, 2017

$34,950

1-Semester Pathway

Spring: January 17, 2017

$20,100

2017-18 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition

2-Semester Pathway

Fall: August 21, 2017

Spring: January 16, 2018 

$35,650

1-Semester Pathway

Fall: August 21, 2017

Spring: January 16, 2018

$20,500

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Graduate Pathway in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences

What are the progression requirements?

Upon successful completion of an INTO Mason Pathway program and meeting university requirements for graduate admission, students may enter their second semester of graduate study at George Mason University. This transition from an INTO Mason Pathway program to a university degree program is called progression. Students must meet the following George Mason University Pathway progression criteria in order to progress:

  • Minimum overall GPA: 3.25
  • B or better in all Mathematics courses, at least one A
  • B- or better in all INTO courses
  • No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted
  • 2 letters of recommendation

Students are fully admitted to George Mason University provided successful completion of conditional admission criteria at the end of the Pathway and submission of all required admission credentials. 

Progression Advising

The INTO Mason Progression Advisor is available to assist Pathway students as they transition from INTO Mason to full George Mason University admission. From helping with paperwork to initiating the transition to ensuring students have completed their required courses, the Progression Advisor is ready to help students throughout the process.

Does this program lead to further study?

This program leads a Master of Science in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences at George Mason University.


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