George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 333 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASM
  • 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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4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2016

A few pros include: -The graduate programsat GMU are tailored for full-time working professionals; professors understand that a majority of the students are already working in their particular fields. Professors keep the classes interesting by teaching material that is realistic and comparable in the job environment. -Diversity of student body: GMU's diversity is unmatched; I have never seen such a variety of people in one school before. -Cost: GMU's graduate programs are affordable in comparison to the other university programs in the DMV metropolitan area. A few cons include: -Traffic/parking: traffic and parking are absolutely the worst part of commuting to GMU. The campus is located on a major street that is always busy, especially during rush hour (the time when most graduate students are on their way to campus. I don't have many bad things to say about GMU, it is a great institution with a vibrant campus.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

I love my program so far, the professors are very supportive in mentoring and helping me. It is a great school in a great location. As usual, money is always the problem. If education was free, I would have multiples degrees by now. Needless to say that is not the case, so the problem is living is expensive here for a student.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2016

The program is well-located to the DC area, albeit public transportation is more difficult from DC to Fairfax. The program is large and funding is little, unless you're willing to teach.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I find this program quite comprehensive as it covers all the aspects of industry.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

As I am focusing on new media and information technology to go along with my history degree, I feel that George Mason offers the best program for these two disciplines. Their Center for History and New Media ensures that the graduate program has capable professors who are knowledgeable in the technology needed to excel.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

George Mason's locations near the Washington, DC metro area are fantastic but it could be improved by having core classes on the Arlington campus. For those working in DC that rely on public transportation, commuting to Fairfax can be long and problematic. The classes themselves are of terrific value - I have been able to take advantage of my peers' networks and experiences, as well as those of my professors. Social life for graduate students is available if you are looking for it, have a car, and live near Fairfax for your core classes. I am lacking the latter so I am hoping to cultivate closer relationships when I move to the Arlington campus.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

My graduate program provides me with a very large web of potential mentors and career coaches; everyone who teaches in the secondary education program classes is very experienced and is very willing to share the wealth of information that they have about getting into secondary education. I love the faculty! The only con is the area; Fairfax is not particularly "hip" or "happening," but that is to be expected in a family town.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015

The Arts Management program is a great addition to George Mason University. Situated in Arlington, it has great access to museums, galleries, and performing arts venues downtown for hands-on learning. However, not all professors take advantage of this and prefer lecture rather than using the assets of the surrounding area.
3.88 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

I got my undergrad degree from this school and was amazed to go back for my graduate studies. Initially, I was very paranoid about taking a course online but it was made very user friendly and not as intimidating for me.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018

George Mason University is an excellent school and the Recreation Department is top notch. The classes are engaging and the instructors are experts who care about the learning of the students. However, if you are looking for a vibrant graduate student live, you will need external sources as there are not many ways for students to meet and hang out after class. A car is a necessity living in Northern Virginia to be able to access the cultural resources of the area and traffic is heavy during rush hours.
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