The School of Integrative Studies does not have assigned advising, which means that you are free to meet with any advisor in our office. You are welcome to ask to meet with the same advisor each time you request an appointment. Please keep in mind that not all members of our advising staff are available on a full-time basis. Therefore, you may need to meet with a different advisor if time is of the essence.
Your catalog year, is the academic year in which you enrolled at Mason. You can find your catalog year by logging into Degree Works. It is listed at the top right of each set of degree requirements.
While you are not required to meet with an advisor, we do strongly recommend meeting with one at least once each semester to ensure your timely completion of degree requirements. Students can also meet with an advisor to explore/discuss other relevant academic and co-curricular opportunities.
A Double major consists of earning a Bachelor of Art in two subject areas or a Bachelor of Science in two subject areas. Students need to complete the requirements of each major in addition to general education requirements. Students interested in a double major must meet with an advisor in each department and will need to have the Change/Declaration of Academic Program form signed by both departments.
Minors normally require 15-21 hours. To pursue a minor, please see an advisor in that academic department. To declare a minor you must submit an Undergraduate Minor Declaration form to the Registrar’s office. Many minors require an advisor’s signature to declare. If you would like to earn two minors, you may need to see an advisor in multiple academic departments.
To earn two degrees a student completes the requirements for two different types of degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science. Students must detail a program of study for each degree and obtain departmental approval. In order to graduate with two degrees, students need to complete a minimum of 30 GMU credits beyond those required by either degree individually. Please refer to Catalog AP.5.3.3 Second Bachelor's Degree for more information.
Add/Drop deadlines are listed each semester in the academic calendar. You can find Mason's academic calendars here: http://registrar.gmu.edu/calendars/.
A course that is dropped within the Add/Drop Deadlines (deadlines are set each semester on the academic calendar) does not negatively impact your transcript and can result in a percentage of tuition being refunded (percentages also listed on the academic calendar).
Withdrawn courses, result in a 'W' on the transcript and no tuition refund (A grade of 'W' does not negatively affect your GPA find out more here). The Selective Withdrawal period occurs after the add/drop deadline and can be found on the academic calendar.
INTS courses are broken down into their Learning Community (LC) and Experiential Learning (EL) credits on the Integrative Studies Course Details web page. Courses for past semesters can be found by selecting the desired semester on the navigation bar found on the left side of the page. To determine the number of LC or EL credits earned, consult the appropriate column next to the chosen course.
Example: In the sample below, INTS 202 earns 4 LC credits and 1 EL credit. However, INTS 103 earns 6 LC credits and does not earn ANY EL credit. (Note: Students enrolled Fall 2017 or later must take 30 total credits INTS coursework, LC/EL credit is not tracked.)
In order to take courses elsewhere, students must receive prior approval from the appropriate department or dean. The Study Elsewhere form can be obtained by visiting the Registrar’s website. The form must be signed by an advisor and then submitted with any required documentation to the Student Affairs office of the student’s academic department.
You will need to establish that you are eligible to receive the appropriate services and accommodations by meeting with the Office of Disability Services. You may also contact them at 703-993-2474 to set up an appointment.
An undergraduate student whose cumulative GPA is below 2.00 will be put on academic warning, probation or suspension. Your attempted credit level will determine the degree of academic restriction. A student’s attempted credit level consists of credits passed, credits failed, credits withdrawn, transfer credit, AP and IB credit, and any other credit the student earned through credit by testing. A warning and probation both result in a restriction of 13 credits for the following semester. Following a first suspension, students cannot take courses for two academic periods unless it is imposed at the end of a summer term in which case the student will be unable to enroll for the fall semester, but can return for the spring semester. If a student receives a second suspension, that individual will not be allowed to take courses for one full academic year. A third suspension will result in the student being dismissed from the university.
When calculating a student’s cumulative GPA, if a course is repeated, only the most recent grade will be used.
For Example: A student takes MATH 106 and receives a grade of C-. The next semester the student retakes the course and receives a grade of D. The grade of D will be used to calculate the students GPA because it is the most recently earned grade for the course, regardless if it's a better or worse grade.
Each class is evaluated according to university admissions policy. If transfer credit is awarded, they will be listed on your transcript and can count toward your degree requirements if appropriate. More info available at: https://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/how-apply/transfer/transfer-credit-policy
Transfer Credit Inquiry Form (PDF). Use this form if you are missing any transfer credit from your evaluation. This includes credit by exam such as AP, IB or CLEP. Before submitting this form be sure you have requested official final transcripts to be sent to the Office of Admissions and are have read and understood the criteria for credit acceptance policies.
Transfer Credit Re-Evaluation Appeal Form (PDF). Use this form if you were awarded elective credit for a course and wish to have it re-evaluated as equivalent to a specific Mason course.
Please refer to the Office of the Registrar's graduation information page, which includes deadlines and instructions to submit your application.
Please contact your advisor directly to inquire about your graduation status. Alternatively, you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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