Graduate Pathway in Sport and Recreation Studies

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
  • 9 credit hours apply from Pathway
  • 21 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Introduction to Graduate Study I
  • Interpersonal Communication for International Students: Practicum and Theory1 or Advanced English for Academic Purposes1
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines I
  • Foundations of Sport and Recreation Studies
Semester 2
  • Introduction to Graduate Study II
  • Graduate Communication in Disciplines II
  • Legal Issues in Sport and Social Psychology of Sport: Leadership Implications or Psychology of Coaching
    OR
    Special Topics and PRLS Class2
  • Linguistics Capstone
1-SEMESTER PATHWAY
DEGREE CREDIT BREAKDOWN
  • 30 credit hour program
  • 6 hours apply from Pathway
  • 24 credit hours remaining toward degree
Semester 1
  • Accelerated Introduction to Graduate Study
  • Accelerated Graduate Communication in Disciplines
  • Foundations of Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Sport Marketing and Sales or Philosophy of Leisure and Sport

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

1This Pathway accepts students with certain 3-year degrees; see bridge entry requirements. Students will substitute two Mason Core or equivalent courses for Interpersonal Communication for International Students or Advanced EAP Reading and Writing and selected major course in consultation with an academic advisor.
2Class choice will be based on concentration and made in concert with academic advisor.

Career Paths

As a graduate of a graduate degree program in Sport and Recreation Studies with Concentrations in International Sport Management, Recreation Administration, Sport and Leisure Studies, Sport Coaching, or Sport Management at George Mason University, you might find work as a:

  • Recreation supervisor
  • Camp director
  • Volunteer services manager
  • Community services director
  • Social director
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Graduate Pathway in Sport and Recreation Studies

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 equivalent1
  • 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 or equivalent
  • 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

1This 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 Sport and Recreation Studies

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 Sport and Recreation Studies

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: 3.0
  • B or better in PROV/EAP classes
  • No grade 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 to a Master of Science in Sport and Recreation Studies with one of the following concentrations at George Mason University:

  • International Sport Management
  • Recreation Administration
  • Sport and Leisure Studies
  • Sport Coaching
  • Sport Management


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