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BRIDGE Program

The BRIDGE Program is a provisional admission opportunity for international students seeking a graduate degree from George Mason University. The one-year program is designed to prepare international graduate students for the intense level of study that Mason offers and provide a comprehensive first-year experience, including academic coursework, educational acculturation, and student support services.

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 offers international applicants alternative admission requirements for graduate studies with two separate tracks:

  • English Enrichment Track (EET) prepares multilingual applicants 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


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