Program Goals

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Access to Employers

ADVANCE your career through special access to career resources and co-curricular experiences to enhance your success


You may be eligible to take co-enrollment courses at Mason depending upon curricular pathway and use financial aid to cover Mason course costs

Dedicated Success Coach

Access to an embedded Success Coach available at NOVA and Mason to serve as your primary point of contact for the program, providing continued guidance and support from enrollment into ADVANCE until your graduation from Mason

Earn Two Degrees

ADVANCE allows you to earn both an associate and bachelor’s degree, maximizing your time and tuition dollars by taking specialized and aligned curriculum, ensuring you take the right class the first time, saving you money in the process

Full Access to Facilities

Upon enrollment into ADVANCE, students have full access to NOVA and several Mason facilities, resources, and events with your Mason student ID card (*some Mason facilities require a payment of a semester opt-in fee)

Streamlined Admissions Process

Upon enrollment into ADVANCE, you will never have to submit a transfer application to Mason or submit an official transcript to have NOVA courses transfer into Mason