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The B.S. in Information Technology degree program is accredited by the Computing Accreditation Commission of ABET,

George Mason University is designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cyber Defense Research and Education.

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Bridge Courses

The department offers 1-credit bridge courses for a number of core/foundation courses. Each course allows students who have taken a course at another institution for which there is no articulated course in the IT program to review concepts previously learned and demonstrate that their academic exposure has provided them with the skills they need to succeed in advanced courses.

Students who register for a 1-credit course and successfully pass with a grade of “C” or better will receive credit (not a waiver) for the 3-credit respective course. Students who are not successful must take the respective course at GMU to meet their degree requirements.

Important Advising Note: Students may find each bridge course to be very challenging! Only students with a solid foundation of the content covered in the respective course should attempt to complete a bridge course. Bridge courses are not intended to replace the full content and experience gained from completing its 3-credit respective course. Students should consult with an advisor if they are unsure if they should register for a 1-credit review course or its 3-credit respective course.

The following bridge courses are available:

  • IT 191 – Review of Computing Fundamentals [Respective Course: IT 104]
  • IT 193 – Review of Multimedia and Web Design [Respective Course: IT 213]
  • IT 194 – Review of Database Fundamentals [Respective Course: IT 214]
  • IT 196 – Review of IT Problem Solving Using Computer Programming [Respective Course: IT 106]

Course Syllabi are available for each course.


To be eligible to register for a bridge course, students must meet the following criteria:

  • be a student admitted to GMU and have a G Number
  • have transferred IT elective credit (denoted as IT – – –) for a comparable course
  • never have taken the bridge course previously, even if you withdrew from it without completing it (you can only register for each review course once)
  • never have taken the respective course previously at GMU, even if you withdrew from it without completing it

Bridge Course Information for NVCC Students

Students transferring from NVCC should refer to the chart below to determine how to receive credit for Mason courses via Bridge Courses.  Students transferring from institutions other than NVCC who are interested in Bridge Courses must contact an advisor for assistance.

NVCC Course + Bridge Course = Mason Course
ITD 256 + IT 194 = IT 214
ITE 115 + IT 191 = IT 104
ITE 170 + IT 193 = IT 213
ITP 120 + IT 196 = IT 106


Registration for bridge courses is controlled by the department and an override is required. If you meet all of the eligibility requirements shown above, request a registration override.