Mason, NOVA Partner to Help Students

ADVANCE creates a single point of admission and financial aid, a dedicated advisor from admission to NOVA through graduation from Mason, realignment of curricula to ensure students do not lose credits when they transfer, and financial incentives.


Plan Your Path to Mason in ADVANCE

Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and George Mason University created the ADVANCE program to streamline your journey toward a four-year degree.

Almost 3,000 NOVA students transfer to Mason each year. ADVANCE aims to help even more students by providing the support they need to earn a bachelor's degree within four years. The program offers:

Students in one of Mason's Gyms
As an ADVANCE student, you'll also be a Mason Patriot from your first day at NOVA. That gives you access to recreation facilities on both campuses.
  • Major Cost Savings! Completing your associates degree at NOVA before transferring to Mason will save you tuition costs.
  • Make every Credit Count. Specialized, aligned curriculum from NOVA to Mason ensures all credits transfer toward your selected degree program.
  • Dedicated Success Coaches. Success coaches provide you with continuous support and guidance, from your enrollment at NOVA to your graduation from Mason.
  • ADVANCE = Access. You will be eligible to access recreational facilities, sporting and cultural events at NOVA and Mason.
  • No Additional Application. Earn your associate degree at NOVA and then seamlessly transition to earn your bachelor's degree at Mason with no additional application required.
  • Co-Enrollment. You are eligible to take select classes at Mason while you are enrolled at NOVA.
  • ADVANCE Your Career. Enjoy special internship and co-curricular experiences that will prepare you for career success.
A Mason Nursing Student working with an IV
Nursing is one of the many fields you can choose to major in through the ADVANCE program, which provides students with access to both institutions. Take classes at NOVA, and see all your credits transfer to Mason.

The ADVANCE program is open to all NOVA students with fewer than 30 overall credits who plan to transfer to Mason to pursue a bachelor’s degree through more than 95 pathways. (See requirements)

See the full list of degrees or contact an ADVANCE success coach.

LEARN MORE about how the ADVANCE Degree Program provides you with the skills needed for your next career. Check out the new ADVANCE Career Accelerator Toolkit.