The BRIDGE Program offers international applicants alternative admission requirements for graduate studies with two separate tracks:
- English Enrichment Track (EET) prepares multilingual students for the professional expectations and intense level of academic English required for graduate study. This opportunity is available to master’s applicants in most Mason graduate schools.
- Degree Enhancement Track (DET) offers applicants with 3-year international bachelor’s degrees the opportunity to supplement their undergraduate education while beginning their graduate degree and preparing them for the demands of graduate school. This opportunity is available to master’s and PhD applicants in most Mason graduate schools.
The following Mason graduate schools participate in the BRIDGE Program and accept students on a provisional basis:
- College of Education and Human Development
- College of Science
- College of Visual and Performing Arts
- Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study
- School for Conflict Resolution and Analysis
- School of Management: MS Accounting and MBA only
- School of Public Policy
- Volgenau School of Engineering
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the College of Health and Human Development currently do not accept students provisionally through the BRIDGE Program.
Benefits of the BRIDGE Program
- Start earning credits toward your graduate degree sooner
- Develop professional documents to apply for internships, PhD programs, fellowships, conferences, and jobs
- Work with a disciplinary peer mentor, who will help guide you through your first year at Mason
In most cases, when you successfully complete the BRIDGE Program, there is no need for you to reapply to your graduate program. You can continue your regular graduate studies on your own schedule.
The BRIDGE Program English Enrichment Track offers additional English language support to help multilingual students meet the general admissions requirements. The BRIDGE-EET is a customized year of study that focuses on graduate studies preparation, English writing and interpersonal communication skill enrichment, and coursework required for your graduate program. The BRIDGE program also pairs students with a graduate-student scholar in their field of study to help them prepare for the demands of their specific graduate program. BRIDGE -EET students earn 21 credits and have the flexibility to take up to 10 credits toward their Mason graduate degree. Upon successful complete of the program, BRIDGE-EET participants can continue as a full-time Mason graduate student.
Each program has its own minimum required test scores for admission to the BRIDGE Program. Some academic units also have individual TOEFL section minimums. In order to be admitted to the BRIDGE-EET, you must meet all other general admissions requirements for Mason graduate programs with the following alternative English proficiency examination score minimums:
|Participating Mason Academic Units||English Proficiency Exams
Overall Score Minimums for BRIDGE-EET Admission
|TOEFL IBT Total||IELTS||Pearson Test of English – Academic||ELI ACCUPLACER test (For Mason ELI students only)|
Mason English Language Institute Applicants
If you are currently enrolled in the Mason English Language Institute (ELI), you should meet with your advisor before applying for admission through the BRIDGE-EET Program. In addition to the application requirements listed above, you will also need:
- Positive recommendations from your ELI core faculty members
- An appropriate minimum score on the ACCUPLACER test (according to the table above)
Mason Academic units also have score individual minimums. In addition, only students who have matriculated and completed coursework through the Mason ELI are permitted to submit a certification letter to meet the BRIDGE-EET English proficiency requirement for admission.
Contact Kirsten McLagan, Advisor for CISA applicants, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The BRIDGE Degree Enhancement Track (BRIDGE-DET) offers students a customized one-year course of preparatory study, combining general education studies, graduate transition preparation, English writing development, and course work required for your graduate program. As a BRIDGE-DET student, you will earn 28 credit hours including 6 credits toward your Mason master’s degree. Upon successful completion of the program, you can continue as a full-time Mason graduate student.
In order to be admitted to the BRIDG-DET, you must meet all of the general admissions requirements for Mason graduate programs, found at the links to individual graduate schools.
To learn more about the admissions process for ACCESS, you may contact Jennifer Tkacz at email@example.com.
Current ELI students: To learn how you can apply for admission to Mason, you may contact Kirsten McLagan at firstname.lastname@example.org.