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Extended Studies students may be restricted to undergraduate and 500- and 600-level graduate courses, and enrollment is based on eligibility criteria and availability of space in courses. Enrollment in high-demand fields may be restricted or prohibited. Prospective enrollees are required to supply unofficial evidence of their academic background along with the Extended Studies application to the Admissions Office.
Extended Studies enrollees are expected to achieve a semester average of at least C (2.00) in all undergraduate courses and at least B (3.0) in all graduate courses. Students who do not meet these criteria during two consecutive periods of enrollment are not permitted to register again through Extended Studies.
Extended Studies enrollees who wish to apply for admission to a degree program may do so at any time by following the standard undergraduate or graduate admission procedures. One may apply a maximum of 18 credit hours of undergraduate credit to a future undergraduate degree program. The Office of Admissions applies the same criteria for admission to Extended Studies students applying for undergraduate degree status as to students transferring from other institutions. Graduate applicants, with the approval of a school or college dean, may apply a maximum of 12 credit hours of graduate credit toward a master's program. If the admitted graduate student has transfer credit from another institution, the amount of applicable credit earned through Extended Studies is reduced accordingly. Students must fulfill the degree requirements outlined in the catalog in effect at the time they are admitted as degree candidates.
Grades earned through Extended Studies remain a part of the student's permanent record, are recorded on the standard university transcript, and are counted in determining the student's future academic standing. Extended Studies students will be assigned to an academic unit on the basis of their educational plans as stated on their application. The academic unit will handle academic advising and determine the student's eligibility to continue in the Extended Studies Program. Students unsure of their future educational plans may use the services of Academic Advising Services.
Once the student receives an approved Course Request Form from SITE, he/she may register via the telephone registration system or in person for the course. Approval for nondegree status does not guarantee admission for a degree program at a later date. Students who do not register for the term for which they are accepted may have their enrollment postponed for one semester upon written request to the Admissions Office. Further information about SITE programs and course offerings may be obtained from SITE departmental offices or the SITE Graduate Student Services Office, Science and Technology II, Room 100, 993-1505, e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition, the act provides for audit of courses offered for academic credit and also for enrollment in noncredit courses without payment of tuition and fees on a space-available basis, regardless of the taxable income level. Tuition, however, may be charged for courses designed exclusively for senior citizen groups. No senior citizen may change registration status in any given semester once he or she has initially registered for classes.
Students may seek to take graduate courses for reserve graduate credit; this earned credit is held in reserve to apply later toward a graduate degree. Approval to register is normally given only to George Mason seniors who are within 15 hours of completion of undergraduate study. Approval for reserve graduate credit does not imply approval for admission into a graduate program at the university or that credit so earned will be accepted at another graduate school.
As a means of assessing the academic preparation of its students, the university regularly requires the submission of certain test information.
Students may obtain applications for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Law School Admission Test (LSAT), Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT), Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), and the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) from the Information Desk in the Johnson Center.
An informational pamphlet indicating credit available through the Advanced Placement Program is available from the Admissions Office.
Proficiency and Credit-by-Examination
Proficiency examinations are offered in a number of courses normally taken during the first two years.
Examinations in English, business, computer science, and music are usually announced by the appropriate departments. A satisfactory score on an examination affords a student credit for the course in question.
On the basis of examinations presenting evidence of qualification, regularly enrolled students may be granted up to 30 semester hours of undergraduate credit for courses in the university curriculum. The only exceptions to this regulation are registered nurses enrolled in the nursing B.S.N. program (see College of Nursing and Health Science for details). Credit is recorded for grades of C or above, but does not affect the student's grade point average computation.
Students may not earn credit by examination in courses in which they are enrolled beyond the time allotted for adding courses in that semester or in courses already audited or failed at the university. Transfer students may not earn by examination any part of the 30 hours that must be completed at George Mason University to earn a degree.
An information pamphlet indicating credit available through George Mason's credit-by-exam programs is available from the Admissions Office.
Foreign Language Testing
A score of 3 or higher on the College Board Advanced Placement Test in either language or literature, taken on completion of an advanced placement course in high school, not only fulfills the foreign language requirement, but also makes the student eligible for at least 12 credits. A score of 560 or higher on the College Board SAT II: Subject Test, or on the GMU placement test, makes the student eligible for 3 credits, while a score of 620 or higher on either test fulfills the foreign language requirement and makes the student eligible for 6 credits. No other credit by examination is available for elementary or intermediate foreign language courses, nor for conversation and composition courses. Credit-by-examination is available for other foreign language courses above the intermediate level.
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
George Mason University recognizes the IB curriculum as a strong pre-university academic program and encourages applicants to complete the requirements for the IB diploma. Advanced standing is awarded for Higher Level examinations with scores of 5, 6, and 7. Official transcripts must be issued by the International Baccalaureate North America, 200 Madison Avenue, Suite 2403, New York, NY 10016-3903.
An information pamphlet indicating credit available through the International Baccalaureate Program is available from the Admissions Office.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
The university does not recognize credits earned by CLEP General Examinations. As part of the Credit-by- Examination process, certain departments may use CLEP Subject Examination scores for total or partial credit in certain courses.
An information pamphlet highlighting which CLEP Subject Exams may be used for credit at George Mason is available from the Admissions Office. Placement Examinations
It is the student's responsibility to take a placement test and obtain its results before initial enrollment in a foreign language course. The dates for testing on campus are listed in the Schedule of Classes. Specific information on interpreting test scores can be obtained from the Department of Modern and Classical Languages.
Students may not enroll for credit in a course at a level lower than the one in which they are placed. Students and instructors should attempt to identify and resolve cases of inappropriate placement during the first days of each course. For students whose degree program contains a foreign language requirement, the placement determines the maximum number of credit hours, if any, that will be needed to fulfill the requirement.
A placement test is not required of international students who present evidence of having studied for four or more years in an educational institution where the primary language of instruction was other than English. These students will be considered to have fulfilled the foreign language requirement, but are not eligible for credit below the 300 level.
If through transfer credit, a placement test score, or GMU course work, a student meets the prerequisite for a lower-division foreign language course that is not offered during a particular semester, the dean will normally grant permission to continue the foreign language sequence by taking courses at another college or university.
Math Placement Exam
Successful completion of the Math Placement Exam is required for students seeking to register for MATH 105: Pre-Calculus Math, MATH 108: Calculus with Business Application, or MATH 113: Analytic Geometry and Calculus. The testing schedule for the placement exam appears in the Schedule of Classes and is posted outside Krug Hall, Room 102.
The Math Placement Exam is a timed test. Candidates should arrive no later than the scheduled time for the test. Late-comers will not be accommodated.
Students seeking a degree in business or a B.A. in Economics need to take MATH 108. Students seeking engineering, computer science, or a B.S. in Economics need to take MATH 113. MATH 105 is a preparatory course for MATH 113.
National Teacher Examinations
Persons seeking initial certification as teachers in Virginia are required to submit scores on the National Teacher Examination (NTE-Praxis). Information on the NTE-Praxis can be picked up outside Krug Hall, Room 102. Please be advised that George Mason University does not administer the NTE-Praxis. Students needing to take this examination must choose another location listed in the exam registration packet.