George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 331 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CSWE
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 34,909 (23,817 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 16 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 60% part-time, 40% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $14,480 in-state; $34,184 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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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. 
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.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

I am enrolled in a graduate post baccalaureate program at George Mason. It offers everything possible for a student who desires to make their resume better for medical school. My only complaint is that the tuition is very high comparably for in-state and out-of-state.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I am pretty satisfied with the program. The Social Work classes were not on the actual GMU campus. It was in a building on Democracy Lane, which was convenient for me because I could easily walk there. The staff is willing to help you which is always great. It may take a while to hear from field placements. Typically, the middle of July for some, but a few may wait longer. The staff has changed a little bit this year with a few people leaving, but the others who are there do their best to help.The public transportation is okay. GMU students are able to take the CUE buses for free; however, sometimes, you will wait longer than you anticipated. Living here is pretty affordable. There is an H-Mart and other pretty cheap grocery stores you can shop at.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: - Professors are friendly and understanding. - George Mason is a safe community - Classmates are great people. Great to have class discussions and share thoughts. - Great class contents and variety of courses to take. Cons: - Tuition is expensive (recently got an email about education program tuition discount opportunity, but I didn't qualify, because I was not working at a public school.) - Scholarship department is not as involved and helpful.
2.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

A great school, but it should have more financial aid opportunities.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2017

George Mason University offers a great Nursing program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. The material is appropriate and the professors are knowledgable. Many classes in the graduate program are offered online which makes it very convenient. I have enjoyed this program thus far. The only area of improvement I would suggest is better communication and support from the administration side.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

A counseling program that really challenges who you are and what you want to be. Although it is hard work, it pays off in the end. Great to be part of a program that is both unique and helps you to think outside of your world view.
2.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

I'm not very far into the graduate program, but the few classes I've had have been decent. I think, like most larger schools, it is what you make of it. It's a fairly self-directed program, but that allows for an amazing amount of creativity if you have the initiative to look for unique opportunities (whether in terms of research, or working with professors).
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