• Anytime
    Application Deadline
  • 4 months

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After Graduation

Upon successful completion of an INTO George Mason University Graduate Pathway in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences 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'.

Programme Structure

Course features

  • Develop your knowledge and skills through active learning in your chosen subject area.
  • Guaranteed university placement for all successful students.
  • Adapt to studying in the US with a strong focus on study and research skills.
  • Improve your English level and develop the vocabulary for your chosen degree subject.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 4 months
    • Duration description

      1 - 2 Semesters

  • Credits
    6 credit hours alternative credits


    • 30 (thesis option) or 36 (non-thesis) credit hour program
    • 6 credit hours apply from Pathway
    • 24 to 30 credit hours remaining toward degree


    • 30 (thesis option) or 36 (non-thesis) credit hour program
    • 6 credit hours apply from Pathway
    • 24 or 30 credit hours remaining toward degree
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.75

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.75 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Age requirements: 17 years and above

Academic requirements: Four-year undergraduate degree or equivalent in geography, geology or earth science. 2.75 undergraduate GPA equivalent.

English language requirements:

  • 1-Semester Pathway: 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, or IELA 176 (169 subscores in reading and writing).
  • 2-Semester Pathway: 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, Completion of AE Core and OCS Level 5, IELA 169 (162 subscores in reading and listening), or Duolingo 55.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    21780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 21780 USD per year and a duration of 4 months.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

Tuition fees can be up to $37,900 depending on the start date and / or programme option.

Living costs for Fairfax

  • 1330 - 2300 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


We are committed to helping talented and ambitious international students like you achieve their goals of studying at George Mason University. We award scholarships for our Pathway programs in amounts that are typically between $1,000 to $18,000 per program per qualified student.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.


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