Graduate Pathway in Psychology

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
  • 32 credit hour program
  • 10-11 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 21-22 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Introduction to Graduate Study I
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines I
  • Interpersonal Communication for International Students*** or Advanced English for Academic Purposes***
  • Advanced Statistics
  • GRE Preparation
Semester 2
  • Introduction to Graduate Study II
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines II
  • Evaluative Research in Psychology* or Research Methods in Human Factors and Applied Cognition**
  • Quantitative Methods III* *** or Advanced Statistics II** ***
  • GRE Preparation
  • Linguistics Capstone
1-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 32 credit hour program
  • 7 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 25 credit hours remaining toward degree 
Semester 1
  • Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Study
  • Accelerated Graduate Communication in Disciplines
  • Advanced Statistics
  • Survey of Organizational Processes* or Research Methods in Human Factors and Applied Cognition**
  • GRE Preparation

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

*This course is for students pursuing the Industrial and Organizational Psychology concentration.
**This course is for students pursuing the Human Factors/Applied Cognition concentration.
***This Pathway accepts students with certain three-year degrees. Students will substitute two Mason Core or equivalent courses for Interpersonal Communication for International Students: Practicum and Theory/Advanced English for Academic Purposes and selected major course in consultation with an academic advisor.

Career Paths

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

  • Human resources generalist
  • Diversity manager
  • Outpatient services director
  • Nursing home administrator
  • Employee relations manager
  • Business intelligence specialist
  • Director of business development
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Graduate Pathway in Psychology

Entry Paths and Requirements

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 in psychology, cognitive sciences or human factors*
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • 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 in psychology, cognitive sciences or human factors*
  • 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent
  • 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

*This Pathway accepts students with certain 3-year degrees; see bridge entry requirements. Students will substitute two Mason Core or major courses for EAP 503/504 and selected major course in consultation with an academic advisor.

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Graduate Pathway in Psychology

When can I start?

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition
2-Semester Pathway Fall: August 20, 2018  $36,800
1-Semester Pathway Fall: August 20, 2018 $21,150
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Graduate Pathway in Psychology

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: 3.50
  • B+ or better in PSYC 611 and PSCY 639, at least one A in a PSYC course
  • B or better in all PROV/EAP courses, at least one A
  • No grade of NC, W or IN permitted
  • GRE: 160Q+, 150V+, 3.5AW+
  • 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 to a Master of Arts in Psychology at George Mason University.

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