George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.88 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 332 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: 33,929 (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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5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Health)
Graduation Year: 2016

GMU is located in the Washington DC metro area, so there are many opportunities to meet and work with numerous researchers, policy analysts, governmental and educational institutions. One of the most diverse campuses across the US, GMU is a positive campus that supports diversity of all students. The educational quality of the faculty is top notch. I'm glad I picked GMU.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

I have recently join the Sociology MA/PhD program at George Mason and i must say that it was my first choice. While the academics are certainly hard (naturally), the school seems to be focused upon the success of it's students. One of the pro's that i have seen of this graduate program that is that it is a fairly small department and so everyone is able to communicate with each other within a reasonable frame of time. One of the downsides to this is not really a downside, but more of a reality: the department is relatively small but also popular and thus very busy so everyone is always coming and going. Great school and beautiful campus and is worth at least visiting.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

anyone with a strong interest in electrical engineering should consider gmu for their graduate studies
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2018

This has been a very useful graduate program. It is challenging but the workload has been fair and useful thusfar. There is a diverse staff in the department and they seem to genuinely care about teaching.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Location, Tuition Cost Cons: Limited course offerings
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2012

Pros: Faculty was helpful and encouraging Cons: Need to provide scholarships or financial aid for international students
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros are it is close to my house. Cons are there is not much of on campus student life.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2016

Much of what you get out of any kind of program depends on your own effort. This does not mean that GMU's MFA program has little to offer. On the contrary, it provides a very stimulating atmosphere academically and otherwise. The professors certainly maintain their positions for a reason, they are masters of their field and know the limitations of what they have offer. Here you will find a community that is both supportive and practical. They won't foster any vain delusions, but work with your needs and desires, whether it be figuring out what you can do with this degree or questioning a piece of writing until it finds a shape worthy of the effort. Such is the state of funding and community too, you may think you are pestering people and have to send out emails. You may have to attend and manage readings and even read yourself, but persistence pays off. There are many events to network with fellow writers such as Fall for the Book and AWP as well as smaller readings held by bands of students themselves. The location also provides many other opportunities such as teaching or tutoring on the side, or just going into DC for fun. But all benefits of these opportunities and resources depend on how you decide to spend your time here.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2016

I have been a graduate student at George Mason University for two semesters, and in that time I've gotten to not only experience the academic pros/cons, but the social and environmental ones. Overall my experience has been extremely favorable, which is a testament to the school and the Health Administration and Policy program. Here are my general thoughts: -Pros: Career support, student diversity, grad program value, quality of network, faculty accessibility and support, education quality Overall, I feel faculty offers well-structured, deep dives into curriculums, and that it is preparing me for an eclectic range of health administration careers. I have been able to rub elbows with a plethora of healthcare professionals because of its networks with the American College of Healthcare Executives and AcademyHealth, and my advisors have been tremendously beneficial in helping shape my experiences. -Cons: Academic competitiveness, financial aid/assistance Possibly because of the structure of my MHA program, which caters toward working professionals, the healthcare classes I have taken have ranged from flexible to non-challenging. While I have learned much about past and contemporary healthcare issues, I'm not sure that students are graded rigorously. Additionally, I've founded few resources to help me obtain scholarship information; as my wife and I expect our first child in October, I would have appreciated more dynamic assistance when I'd sought it out. All told, I love the program I'm in and am proud to be a master's in health administration candidate at George Mason. Daniel Greenberg
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2016

I'm pursuing a Master's in interdisciplinary studies. That program allows me to combine multiple fields into one degree. I didn't see a program like this one with the fields that I wanted anywhere else in the country. It is unique and allows me to combine my current undergraduate studies with new fields of interest. The cons are that it can be confusing figuring out which person in each department has the right to authorize or override certain restrictions. Registering for classes can be difficult as the system doesn't recognize students in our program to be able to take certain courses because we aren't actually considered students in that field.
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