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 a graduate 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

    NOTE: This program can be completed in 16 months including the Pathway program.

* 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 Requirements Academic English Language
Direct Admit:
  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA, varies by program
  • TOELF iBT 88 (20 subscores)
  • IELTS 6.5
  • PTEA 59+ or
  • Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 7 with no grades below B
2-Semester Pathway:
  • 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • TOEFL iBT 70 (13+ subscores in reading and listening)
  • IELTS 6.0 (5.5+ subscores in reading and listening)
  • PTEA 47
  • Password 6.0 Knowledge and 6.0 Writing or
  • Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5
1-Semester
Pathway:
  • 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • TOEFL iBT 80 (17+ subscores in reading and writing)
  • IELTS 6.5 (6.0+ subscores in reading and writing)
  • PTEA 53
  • Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 6
Bridge Pathway:
  • Select 3-year undergraduate degree or equivalent
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • TOEFL iBT 85
  • IELTS 6.5
  • PTEA 58+ or
  • Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 6
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Graduate Pathway in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences

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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