Graduate Pathway in Music

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 credit hour program
  • 10 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 20 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Introduction to Graduate Study I
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines I
  • Interpersonal Communication for International Students: Practicum and Theory or Advanced English for Academic Purposes
  • Graduate Applied Music
  • CVPA Graduate ProSeminar 
  • Ensemble
Semester 2
  • Introduction to Graduate Study II*
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines II
  • Ensemble
  • Graduate Applied Music**
  • CVPA Graduate ProSeminar 
  • Linguistics Capstone
1-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 30 credit hour program
  • 8 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 22 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Study*
  • Accelerated Graduate Communication in Disciplines
  • Graduate Applied Music
  • CVPA Graduate ProSeminar
  • Ensemble**

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

*Introduction to Graduate Study II or Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Study counts toward degree
**Subject to result of a graduate theory placement

Career Paths

As a graduate of a graduate degree program in Music at George Mason University, you might find work as a:

  • Music teacher
  • Accompanist
  • Lyricist
  • Conductor
  • Composer
  • Song writer
  • Musical therapist
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Graduate Pathway in Music

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 in music performance, music education, music theory, composition or jazz studies
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • Audition recordings (Applicants must submit audition recordings as a DVD or web-based file)*
  • TOEFL iBT 75 (17+ subscores in reading and listening)
  • IELTS 6.5 (6.0+ subscores in reading and listening)
  • PTEA 52
  • Password 7.0 Knowledge and 6.0 Writing or
  • Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5
1-Semester
Pathway:
  • 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in music performance, conducting, enthomusicology, music education, music theory, composition or jazz studies
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • Audition recordings (Applicants must submit audition recordings as a DVD or web-based file)*
  • TOEFL iBT 85 (20+ subscores in reading and writing)
  • IELTS 6.5 (6.5+ subscores in reading and writing)
  • PTEA 58
  • 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

*Composition: A portfolio of compositions and recordings of the compositions
Jazz Studies: Submit a video recording of five tunes in contrasting styles: Blues, Bop, Fusion, Cool, Swing, Early Jazz, Latin, etc., resume and a complete list of all pieces. Applicant may use a recorded accompaniment of play-a-long. Rhythm section instruments will demonstrate techniques idiomatic to the instrument e.g. comping, walking, various grooves. Applicants should also demonstrate knowledge of the 21 scales used in jazz.
Pedagogy: Submission of a studio teaching demo, no more than 15 minutes in length, audition in the primary applied teaching area is also required. Applicants are expected to have large and small ensemble experience on the major instrument and should have presented a full solo recital or equivalent. All music teaching experience should be summarized.
Performance, (Single Instrument or Voice, or Multiple Instruments): Prepare approximately 20 minutes of repertoire in varying styles and submit video recording. Voice must prepare repertoire to include foreign language pieces such as French, Italian or German. Percussion: Submit a recording of solos in each instrumental area, including a major four mallet solo marimba work. Orchestral excerpts and multi-percussion solos are also recommended.

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Graduate Pathway in Music

When can I start?

2017-18 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition
2-Semester Pathway Spring: January 16, 2018  $35,650

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition
2-Semester Pathway Spring: January 14, 2019               $36,800
1-Semester Pathway Fall: August 20, 2018 $21,150
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Graduate Pathway in Music

What are the progression requirements?

Upon successful completion of an INTO Mason Pathway program and meeting university requirements for graduate admission, you may enter your 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'. You must meet the following George Mason University Pathway progression criteria in order to progress:

  • Minimum overall GPA: 3.00
  • B or better in all Music courses
  • B- or better in all PROV/EAP courses
  • No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted
  • Statement of purpose
  • 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. 

Does this program lead to further study?

This program leads a Master of Music at George Mason University with concentrations in the following:

  • Composition
  • Conducting
  • Jazz studies
  • Music education
  • Performance
  • Pedagogy

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