George Mason University

Make an impact near the nation’s capital

George Mason University prepares students for success and opportunity in critical, in-demand industries like politics, technology and cybersecurity. Mason is next to Washington, DC, the capital of the US and the center of US politics.

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George Mason University prepares students for meaningful careers in a global society. Mason is ranked No. 65 for top public schools and No. 35 for most innovative schools in the US, according to U.S. News & World Report 2021. The university’s focus is offering students opportunities to get involved in hands-on learning and gain valuable work experience before graduation. Top programs in cybersecurity, engineering and international relations propel students towards successful careers. Mason also promotes a diverse campus community, with over 4,450 international students represented by more than 130+ countries.

The main campus at Mason is in the suburbs of Fairfax, Virginia, a safe, quiet town where students can focus on their studies. Only 24 km by subway is the culture and network of Washington, DC, the center of US politics and government. It is one of the top 10 cities in the US to find a job, according to Indeed 2019, and the No. 12 best metro area for STEM professional opportunities, according to WalletHub 2021. Mason also has a second campus in Arlington, Virginia, ranked the No. 2 best city to live in America by 2021. Here, students are only a 30-minute subway ride away from the center of DC.

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The INTO Mason Center

Mason partners with INTO to create a support system for international students. The INTO Mason center is located on the main campus and provides students a variety of services.

  • A seasoned team of academic faculty and center staff who provide students with round-the-clock support.
  • INTO Mason welcomed students from 51 countries during the 2018 and 2019 academic years.
  • 97% of INTO Mason pathway students were eligible to progress to degree programs in 2019-2020, 96% of whom enrolled.
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Students can apply for direct admission to Mason degree programs through INTO, or for Pathway programs that prepare students to pursue a Mason degree.

Top-ranked Mason degree programs include the No. 6 best conflict analysis and resolution program, the No. 19 best cybersecurity undergraduate program and the No. 23 best public policy analysis graduate program, according to U.S. News & World Report 2021.

INTO Mason Programs:

  • Direct Entry: Students who meet academic and English requirements for their desired undergraduate and graduate degree programs can apply directly to the university program. To learn more, click here
  • International Year One: Students can earn credits toward their degree even if they don’t meet academic and English requirements for direct entry.
  • Undergraduate Transfer Program: A customized program allowing students to transfer credits and apply them toward their degree.
  • Graduate Pathway: Provides a direct path to various degree programs, offering academic foundation, essential language skills, and GMAT/GRE test preparation.
  • Academic English: An intensive program offering students rapid progress in preparation for an academic degree.
  • INTO Online English for Academic Success: An intensive online program offering students rapid progress in preparation for an academic degree.


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Career outcomes

  • $65,500 is the average first-year salary earned by Mason graduates.
  • 84% of Mason graduates are employed within six months of graduation.
  • Top employers of Mason alumni include Apple, NASA, Marriott International, and the Smithsonian Institution.
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Contact the center

INTO George Mason University
4400 University Drive, MS 6D11
Fairfax, VA 22030

T: +1 703 993 4501

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