Graduate Pathway in Operations Research

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
  • 0-6 credit hours apply from Pathway* **
  • 24-30 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)
  • Linear Algebra (pre-requisite)*
  • GRE Preparation (Pathway students only)

Semester 2

  • Introduction to Graduate Study II (Pathway students only)
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines II (Pathway students only)
  • Probability and Statistics for Engineers and Scientists I (pre-requisite)*
  • Quantitative Foundations for Systems Engineering* or Elementary Differential Equations (pre-requisite)* **
  • Linguistics Capstone (Pathway students only)
  • GRE Preparation (Pathway students only)

1-SEMESTER PATHWAY

DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN

  • 30 credit hour program
  • 0-3 credit hours apply from Pathway*
  • 27-30 credit hours remaining toward degree*

 Semester 1

  • Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Study (Pathway students only)
  • Accelerated Graduate Communication in Disciplines (Pathway students only)
  • Quantitative Foundations for Systems Engineering* or Elementary Differential Equations (pre-requisite)*
  • GRE Preparation (Pathway students only)

* If a student has demonstrated the equivalent of B or better in equivalent courses from their previous academic course work, with a faculty advisor's approval, he/she may take SYST 500 (Quantitative Foundations for Systems Engineering) in the first semester.

* If a student is approved to take SYST 500 (Quantitative Foundations for Systems Engineering) in the first semester, he/she may take 3-6 credits of course work applicable to the master's degree during the second semester, including: STAT 544 Applied Probability (3 credits) OR STAT 541 Operations Research: Deterministic Models (3 credits)

 

Career Paths

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

  • Operations research analyst
  • Economist
  • Computer systems analyst
  • Survey statistician
  • Engineer
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Graduate Pathway in Operations Research

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 Operations Research

When can I start?

2017-18 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition

2-Semester Pathway

Spring: January 16, 2018 

$35,650

1-Semester Pathway

Spring: January 16, 2018

$20,500

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition

2-Semester Pathway

Fall: August 20, 2018
Spring: January 14, 2019 

$36,800

1-Semester Pathway

Fall: August 20, 2018
Spring: January 14, 2019

$21,150

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Graduate Pathway in Operations Research

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: 3.00
  • B or better in all Mathematics and Statistics courses
  • B+ or better in all Systems Engineering and Operations Research courses
  • B- or better in all INTO courses
  • No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted
  • GRE: 160Q+
  • Statement of purpose
  • 1 letter 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 Operations Research at George Mason University.


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