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ADVANCE: Nothing should come between you and a four-year degree.

2019-2020 Pathways Updated

     New 2019-2020 pathways have been added.

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ADVANCE is an exciting new partnership between Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) and George Mason University (Mason) that gives NOVA students targeted, personalized support to complete their bachelor's degrees in a timely manner and save money.

ADVANCE welcomes declarations for fall and spring enrollment.  The following priority dates will assist you in planning to submit your ADVANCE declaration: 

  • Fall 2020 enrollment:  July 15, 2020
  • Spring 2020 enrollment:  November 15, 2019

While declarations can be submitted at any time and are reviewed for approval on a rolling basis, these priority dates will give students the best opportunity to complete the enrollment process prior to the beginning of the semester.

The ADVANCE Agreement is the final step toward enrollment and must be submitted no later than one week prior to the beginning of the NOVA semester.  Students who do not meet this deadline will be rolled into consideration for the subsequent term.

  • Fall 2020 Agreement Deadline: August 13, 2020 
  • Spring 2020 Agreement Deadline: January 9, 2020

Benefits of ADVANCE

Who Should Consider ADVANCE?

ADVANCE is available to NOVA students in good academic standing with less than 30 degree credits earned, who plan to transfer to Mason to pursue a bachelor's degree in any of the programs offered.

Enrollment Requirements:

  • Earned a high school diploma or GED
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative grade point average for students with college credit
  • Enrolled in NOVA associate's degree curricular program
  • Earned no more than 30 credit hours of applicable credit at the time of enrollment in ADVANCE 

Other Considerations:

  • Dual enrollment credit may be eligible to apply toward ADVANCE pathways, once a student is in degree status at NOVA 
  • Student academic history, conduct, and criminal history records are reviewed during the enrollment process and will impact the time to final approval. Items in a student's history may preclude them from participating in ADVANCE in alignment with the policies of Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and the ADVANCE program. 

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ADVANCE Program Pathways for 2019-2020

For the 2019-2020 catalog year, there are many pathways to choose from! In order to make it easier to find the degree that interests you, they have been sorted into categories. Use the search tool to find the program pathway for your degree of interest. Because we are continuing to work on additional pathways for the future, note that more programs will be coming in 2020-2021. The 2018-2019 pathways can be found here.

Area of Study  
MASON Degree  
NOVA Degree  
For more information, visit the Mason ADVANCE page.