Whether a pathway to graduate or professional degrees, or experiential learning with an off-campus facility, the University of Mary Washington maintains various partnerships with other institutions to facilitate our student’s academic and professional success.
Volgenau School of Engineering at GMU
UMW students have an accelerated pathway to a Master of Science degree from the Volgenau School of Engineering (VSE) at George Mason University. Students express interest through an interest form available from the Assistant Dean of Arts and Sciences at UMW. Approved students enroll as non-degree students in VSE during their senior year at UMW and may take up to 9-credits of graduate level coursework in one of several programs including Applied Information Technology, Computer Science, Data Analytics Engineering, Operations Research, Statistics, and Systems Engineering. Upon completion of their senior year at UMW, students in the program can use their earned credits from GMU as electives at UMW, and can then matriculate to GMU’s Volgenau School of Engineering having already completed nine credits toward a Master of Science degree program. In most cases, students will be able to earn their MS in only one year after graduation from UMW.
Virginia Tech College of Engineering Master of Engineering in Computer Science
The Virginia Tech College of Engineering is partnering with University of Mary Washington to help position students for mid-level and advanced positions in industries related to computing technology. By establishing an accelerated pathway of foundational courses at partner universities, currently enrolled students can be prepared for early admission to Virginia Tech’s MEng degree in computer science as early as spring of their junior year. Once accepted these students during their fouth year can begin taking up to 6 credits from an approved set of courses from an approved set of courses that can be applied beyond the 120 required credit hours required for University of Mary Washington undergraduate degree towards their MEng degree (UMW course level approved: (max. 6 credits) from approved course list).
By outlining a clear pathway and course equivalencies, both the engineering and liberal arts student are able to participate in Virginia’s Tech Talent Pipeline. Many students will find that they can complete their MEng degree in just one extra year.
The Commonwealth Graduate Engineering Program (CGEP)
This is a collaborative graduate program that offers graduate engineering programs for students at receiver sites throughout the Commonwealth. Our Stafford and Dahlgren are two such receiver sites. Read more about options at our Dahlgren campus.
George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School
UMW and the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University established an accelerated 3+3 Program which provides a fast track to a career in law. After just three years of undergraduate study at UMW, you enter Scalia Law as a full-time, first-year law student. The program will save you one year’s worth of tuition and time. More details can be found on this GMU web-page.
George Washington School of Medicine and Health Sciences
An early selection program for students in the UMW Honors Program who are interested in a career in medicine. Students who are accepted into and fulfill the requirements of the early selection program will be provided provisional admission to the four-year M.D. program. Learn more from the Honors Program website.
Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM)
Interview Program: The VCOM Guaranteed Admissions Interview Program guarantees qualified UMW pre-medical students interviews for admission into the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM).
Early Acceptance Program: A special program for UMW students from a list of specific underrepresented groups.
Bernard J. Dunn School of Pharmacy at Shenandoah University
Offers UMW students an accelerated pathway to a pharmacy degree.
More information on pre-health opportunities at UMW can be found on the Pre-Health Program website.
Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation
The Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation (SMSC) represents a powerful partnership that now includes the University of Mary Washington. SMSC offers a range of hands-on, interdisciplinary programs in conservation for undergraduates, graduate students, professionals, and high school students. Through an agreement with UMW, undergraduate students at UMW can “study away” at the SMSC for a semester at their facility in Front Royal, VA. Smithsonian scientists, George Mason faculty, and experts from conservation organizations around the world provide direct connections to the most current teaching, and research work in the field. Students thrive in a collaborative atmosphere of creative, analytical thinking, and alumni of the program become part of a lifelong global community. Interested students should have earned at least 45 UMW credits and some courses of study may require specific upper-level prerequisites in biology. Once admitted, UMW students choose one of several 16-credit tracks of courses that transfer back to UMW. Students interested in pursuing this opportunity should connect as early as possible with the faculty director Professor Alan Griffith in the UMW Department of Biological Sciences.
The New England Center for Children (NECC)
The Department of Psychological Sciences offers a study away program for their majors in Southborough, MA. The NECC provides state-of-the-art education and individualized treatment—with care and respect—for children with autism and other disabilities.
As a private, nonprofit corporation, our commitment extends to creating a positive, professional environment for our staff so that they can work cooperatively toward achieving NECC’s goals. We strive to be at the forefront of conducting and publishing research to further the understanding and treatment of autism and related disabilities. For more information for contact the chair of the Department of Psychological Science, Dr. Christine McBride or the faculty supervisor of the UMW-NECC collaboration, Dr. Miriam Liss.
UMW-Bangor University, Wales, UK, 4+1 Program:
One year and degrees are available in Arts and
Humanities, Business, Law, Education, Social Sciences, Health and Behavioral Sciences as well as Natural,
Physical, and Applied Sciences. It is free for UMW students to apply to the programs, there is no GRE requirement
for UMW students, and students with a 3.0+ GPA are pre-approved for entry, and those with at least a 3.5 GPA
will qualify for a £4,000 scholarship.
UMW-U of Reading, Reading, England, 4+1 Program
Programs are only one year and degrees are available in a variety of disciplines. It is free for UMW students to apply to the programs, there is no GRE requirement for UMW
students, and students with a 3.0+ GPA are pre-approved for entry. UR scholarships available for qualified applicants.
UMW-The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM), Aix-en-Provence, France, 4+1 Program
Many master’s programs at ACM are only one year in length and degrees are available in a variety of disciplines, including:
French Studies, International Relations, Business Administration, Art History, and Media Studies. It is free for UMW
students to apply to the programs (application fee waived), there is no GRE/GMAT requirement, students with a 3.0+
GPA are pre-approved for entry, and those with at least a 3.5 GPA will qualify for a $5,000 scholarship.
• 4+2 Program, UMW / The American College of the Mediterranean (ACM), Aix-en-Provence, France. The
Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Painting program at ACM is two years in length. It is free for UMW students to apply
to the program (application fee waived), there is no GRE/GMAT requirement, students with a 3.0+ GPA are
pre-approved for entry, and those with at least a 3.5 GPA will qualify for a $5,000 yearly scholarship.
Contact the UMW Center for International Education, Dr. Jose Sainz, for more information about international graduate partnership programs.