Graduate Pathway in Social Work

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.

  • 60 credit hour program
  • 6 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 54 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Introduction to Graduate Study I
  • Interpersonal Communication for International Students or Advanced English for Academic Purposes
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines I
  • Introduction to Social Work (prerequisite)*
  • Communication and Technology for Social Work Practice
Semester 2
  • Introduction to Graduate Study II
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines II
  • Research Methods for Social Workers
  • Linguistics Capstone

*This is an undergraduate course that does not count toward the master's degree. 

Career Paths

As a graduate of a master's degree program in Social Work at George Mason University, you might find work in both the public and private sectors:

  • Mental health agencies
  • Schools
  • Businesses
  • Healthcare

Graduate Pathway in Social Work

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 with 30 credits of general studies or liberal arts course work
  • 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
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



Graduate Pathway in Social Work

When can I start?

2018-19 Dates and Prices

Pathway Program Start Dates Tuition
2-Semester Pathway Fall: August 20, 2018               $36,800

Graduate Pathway in Social Work

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 next 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 courses
  • No grades of NC, W, or IN permitted
  • Statement of purpose
  • 3 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 Master of Social Work at George Mason University.

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