George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.88 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 332 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 33,929 (23,066 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 62% part-time, 38% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,304 in-state; $31,424 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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1.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2019

I am so unhappy with this program. The instructors are terrible (and not just the temp professors), there is little to no student support, technology used is way behind the times (seriously, I feel like I am back in 2002, nothing about this is current, let alone cutting-edge). It seems they will admit just about anyone, and you will wonder how many of your classmates got into graduate school, let alone how they are getting As and Bs. Shockingly little professional development for a "professional degree" program. And I cannot stress this enough, the instructors are terrible! Grading criteria will never be clear, but it hardly matters because you will still pass, even if undeserved. My lower division undergraduate classes were harder than most of these. If I could undo my decision to go here, I would in a heartbeat. I'm seriously considering quitting one semester in. This program is not cheap, and it is not worth the money! I am learning nothing, it is not worth networking with most of my classmates and teachers, and this program is not well regarded by employers in the area (for good reason). This is the biggest mistake I have ever made, and I wouldn't recommend this program to my worst enemy.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019

I am currently enrolled in the Masters of Education, Curriculum and Instruction (individualized concentration) at George Mason University. I love the flexibility of this program. I investigated many different graduate schools for education before choosing George Mason. I teach music at the elementary school level. Many music teachers pursue more straightforward advanced degrees in music education. While this was an option at George Mason (and the program has a good reputation there), I've known for a while that this course of study was not for me. I am confident in my music teaching abilities; I was more interested in deepening my understanding of the special populations in my classes (special education students, English language learners, gifted learners). The individualized concentration allows me to specialize in music education, while also branching out into coursework which will allow me to better serve all of my students, not just musically but across all learning styles.
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

College was a great time to explore a variety of things that you never thought you might be interested in. Branch out and enjoy!
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2012

Is a university that enjoys great prestige, very impeccable in its demanding teaching with the academic degree from where excellent professionals come
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

Overall I enjoyed attending George Mason. Some classes were significantly harder than others, depending on the teacher you received. Overall I thought I received a good education that helped me to perform well in my career.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2012

At the time I went the faculty for biochemistry was great, but many of the chemistry faculty were horrible teachers. I have no idea if this has changed since I went. Overall not a bad place to go for a BS or MS, but would look elsewhere for a PhD
2.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2012

it was ok.. not worth the money that was spent on it. Basic, not sophisticated or comprehensive program. Didn't prepare me to pursuing career in public health
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2018

The classes in the Master's of Public Policy program are quite rigorous, and most of the professors were knowledgeable and provided interesting class discussion and coursework. The downfall of George Mason is the advising department and the campuses. The parking at both the Arlington and Fairfax campuses is a nightmare.
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016

One of the best things that happened to me in my life was taking a degree at my school . I have lots of opportunity for learning, experiencing the technologies throughout the academics. It is also a great place of cultural diversity and you'll have the opportunity to meet hundreds of people from all over the world. Professor's are very supportive and informative to the students every time. Instead of judging you by the looks they only consider our skills and knowledge and dedication towards the subject. Overall I would recommend anyone to take a course or two at my school and try for yourself.
2.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2007

Don't focus too much on the individual topic, but focus on the ability to learn things. You are likely having to learn the skills needed on your next job.
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