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When it comes to earning a bachelor’s degree, nothing should stand in your way. Not cost. Not complicated admissions or transfer processes. Not lack of support.


That’s why George Mason University (Mason) and Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) have teamed up to launch ADVANCE — an award-winning transfer program that streamlines your journey toward a four-year degree through BOTH institutions.

Earn your associate’s degree at NOVA, then seamlessly transfer those credits toward your bachelor’s degree at Mason. ADVANCE makes earning your degree easy.

Pay less and get more


By completing the first half of your degree at NOVA, you can save more than $15,000 on the cost of tuition. In addition to serious savings, ADVANCE also offers specialized, aligned curriculum to ensure your NOVA credits transfer toward your selected degree program at Mason. Also, with dedicated success coaches guiding you every step of the way, you don’t have to navigate the transfer process alone. Our number one goal is to help you ADVANCE. 




ADVANCE is more than a pathway —

it's a game changer.

We’ve simplified the path to earning a bachelor’s degree and added some major perks in the process. As a student in the ADVANCE program, you’ll benefit from:

Applying just once; there’s no second application to Mason.

Internships and hands-on training that prepare you for long-term career success.
Access to facilities as well as sporting and cultural events at NOVA and Mason.
A cohort-based model that allows you to build connections with your peers.
Co-enrollment in select classes at Mason while you’re still a student at NOVA.
Degree pathways co-developed by NOVA and Mason faculty in popular, new, and emerging industries.

Your all-access pass to

academic and

career success.

Your dedicated success coach will be with you from day one at NOVA — providing continuous academic guidance and support up until the day you walk across the stage as a Mason graduate. They’ll also help you explore different career pathways and discuss how your major relates to your future job, what kind of jobs are out there in your desired industry, and what skills are essential to give you a competitive edge. Bottom line: ADVANCE ensures you’re career ready.

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