George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 13 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 33,917 (21,990 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 65% part-time, 35% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $12,038 in-state; $28,442 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

George Mason University's School of Policy, Government, and International Affairs (GMU SPGIA) in Arlington, VA is one of the many departments offering a Master in Public Policy (M.P.P.) degree in the Washington, DC area. While the name-recognition/prestige of the degree pales in comparison to nearby schools such as Georgetown and George Washington University, the quality of education is similar and costs are significantly lower - especially if you receive in-state tuition. Further, the location of the school ensures that you have ample opportunity to do meaningful internships and/or grow your network of people working in government, lobbying, and consulting. Additionally, if you are working full-time, GMU does a excellent job of ensuring that you can pursue the degree with minimal conflict with work. Overall, the program is a great value for the price which is its comparative advantage compared to more established options in the area.
4.93 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I find this program quite comprehensive as it covers all the aspects of industry.
3.79 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The courses I've taken have been very good for the most part. Some faculty make themselves available to discuss coursework, dissertation work, or career issues, but they generally do not proactively help students to advance their dissertations or careers. Few scholarships are available, though great efforts are made to offer GRAships. Little is done to publicize students' accomplishments (publications, fellowships, etc.). In short, SPP is a great school for students who are very directed and need little guidance in progressing with their studies or determining their career path.
4.39 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I have just completed my first semester at GMU. I can say that I am satisfied with what the school has to offer. It is delivering on what was originally promised - I do believe my education here will be beneficial for my future endeavors. The location is in the heart of the city and very close to the capital - transportation could be better. I do wish there was a shuttle from the main campus in Fairfax to the Arlington campus but I can understand why that is not possible a the moment. The professors are very involved with the students and they also have their own duties outside of school which adds to students potential connections. All in all, I am enjoying Mason. Go Patriots!
4.21 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

In-State Tuition is a huge plus. Graduates tend to get the same jobs as graduates from George Washington U. and American U. at less than half the cost. It's a win-win!
4.54 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The Public Policy Graduate is one of the most valued programs in the university. I am proud to be a part of such a program.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

I felt that while the schedule of courses as a cohort is very convenient for the average professional attending graduate school, the fairly new and ever-changing program still has some development to make.
4.32 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The International Relations program at Mason allows me to have a hollistic view on the cultures, religions, economics, conflicts, resources geographic regions while also understanding the uniqueness of every country in the world.
4.54 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

I am a young middle manager with a lot of responsibility, this program is built to fit that lifestyle and still allow me to be successful in my education program! Very excited!
3.96 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I believe that many are skeptical of the nature of Mason's peace operations program under public policy. I myself wonder if it is possible to become able to contribute in the developing world with mostly just academic exposure. I imagine the study abroad requirement is essential to understanding the difficulty of the field.
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