Students may request to take courses offered through the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area with the proper approval from their advisor and from the COS Undergraduate Academic Affairs office. Grades received for courses taken through the consortium are factored into the students cumulative grade point average as they are considered resident credit.
Any request to take courses through the consortium must be submitted one month prior to the start of classes for the following the semester.
To be considered for the consortium, Mason students must meet the following thresholds:
- degree seeking juniors and seniors enrolled at Mason and in good standing
- limited to those courses which have been approved by the student’s academic dean and program, directly related to the student’s major requirements, courses which are not offered at Mason in that semester, seat availability at the consortium institution. As each request is unique, additional requirements may be imposed for a particular student’s request
- only one course through consortium may be taken in a particular semester
- at most, 6 credits of consortium credits may be applied to a student’s transcript. Additional limits are permitted for foreign language coursework.
To apply for the consortium, students must do the following:
- Contact the Consortium Section of the University Registrar’s Office (linked below).
- Obtain permission from the academic advisor and chair/director of the department/program.
- Fill out and return the consortium request form (linked below) to the COS Undergraduate Academic Affairs office one month prior to the start of classes at the consortium institution. Be aware that this date may differ from the Mason calendar.
- Await a decision. Consortium approval is rare and approval is on a case-by-case basis.