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BRIDGE Program

**This page is only for graduate students admitted in Spring 2014. Prospective students should visit www.intohigher.com/mason for more information about INTO Mason’s graduate Pathway Programs and to apply.**

Advising

Students who began the BRIDGE-English Enrichment Track Program in Spring 2014 receive additional English language support to help multilingual students meet the general admissions requirements during their first year.

Current BRIDGE students may contact the INTO Mason Graduate Pathway Advisor, Mr. James Jones at 703-993-6003 or jjones12@gmu.edu to schedule an appointment. If you need to cancel an appointment, please contact Mr. Jones at least 12 hours in advance.

University Catalog

BRIDGE English Enrichment Track students are subject to all published academic policies as set forth for graduate students in the Mason University catalog.

Program Completion Requirements

Successful completion of the BRIDGE-EET requires the student to:

(1) Take all prescribed courses in the program structure section of this guide in full-time status. This program must also be completed within two consecutive semesters with an overall GPA of 3.0 and a grade of B or better in each graduate course.

(2) Take the required academic English proficiency examination at the end of the first semester to assess academic English language progress. This mid-year assessment will determine which courses the student must take during the second semester of study.

(3) Students must meet and achieve the goal score required by their academic program by the end of the BRIDGE-EET program:

English Enhancement Track Academic English Proficiency Goals

Mason Academic Units Placement Examination
  • College of Science
  • College of Visual & Performing Arts
  • School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution
  • Volgenau School of Engineering
B2
  • College of Education & Human Development
  • School of Management
  • School of Public Policy
B2+

After successful completion of the program, participants are reviewed then promoted to regular degree status to complete the remaining required courses in their graduate degree program.

BRIDGE-EET students are provisionally admitted to Mason. Therefore, as indicated by the university catalog, students who do not meet the program requirements will be reviewed by Nicole Sealey for termination; students terminated from BRIDGE may not be eligible for admission to another graduate program at Mason based on their academic credentials. University regulations for appeals and extensions for graduate students apply.

Sample BRIDGE schedule for the English Enrichment Track

First Semester Credits
One required course toward graduate program 3
Preparing for Graduate Study I 2
Graduate Communications in the Disciplines I 4
TOTAL
9
Second Semester Credits
One or two required courses toward graduate program 3-6
Preparing for Graduate Study II 2
Graduate Communications in the Disciplines II 4
Only As Needed: Advanced Communication Strategies (based on a mid-year English proficiency evaluation) 0
Only As Needed: Modern English Grammar (based on mid-year English proficiency evaluation) 0
TOTAL
9-12

 

BRIDGE-EET students are regularly assessed to ensure adequate progress toward academic English language acquisition and take a required academic English proficiency examination at the end of the first and second semesters to assess academic English language progress. The mid-year assessment determines whether the student must take Advanced Communication Strategies during the second semester of study. Students for whom both advanced strategies courses are waived may take a second graduate course during the second semester.