George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(3.87 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 345 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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3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2011

George Mason University's graduate program in Arts Management is excellent. You increase your network of arts managers in the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. The faculty is knowledgeable and very supportive. If you are an aspiring arts administrator, I encourage you to look further into the program. My graduate experience was second to none!
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

The pro's of going to GMU are that the faculty are incredible. Very easy to approach, very student oriented. Great research opportunities. I came to GMU because of the profiles of the full-time faculty. The cons- could be more diverse!!
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2015

From the beginning of my program, the faculty and students were warm and eager to teach and learn. I have benefited enormously from the master's program at GMU in such a short time. Focusing on theory and practical application, I would encourage anyone interested in Anthropology to join the conversation at GMU!
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

GMU is a great program for those who want a quality MBA without the large price tag.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: -Great staffs and professors: They are good in responding back on emails and answering questions. -Clean campus / classroom: Mason community is clean. All the classrooms are new or renovated. -Great peers: Everybody is nice and mannered. Student population is diverse and able to exchange different views and thoughts. -Good restaurants and shopping centers around campus: Great places to eat out and relax. Plus, majority of the stores have special Mason discounts. -Transportation: Cue buses are amazing. They are free to Mason students with ID and pretty much goes anywhere in town. -Cafeteria: Variety of food selection with good quality food. Cons: -Got a little bit strict on providing grants. -Tuition increased + charges education fee
4.17 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.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The financial aid office is horrible. They do not know what they are doing. They had made huge errors and I am being punished for it.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

A good balance of online and on campus learning. Professors are very helpful, knowledgeable and approachable. Good quality of education. The cons... the program did not offer the class that I think is essential and I tried to arrange in through independent studies but it was impossible to do.So the program is not flexible enough.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015

My graduate program at George Mason University is amazing! I have met phenomenal colleagues in my program along with resourceful, energetic, and passionate professors! The pros are that the professors and advisors are always willing to meet with you, answer any questions you have, and are willing to help guide you easily through the process of graduate school. Although some of the assignments and exams that I took at GMU are rather challenging and difficult at times, I know in my heart that I am getting a great education. The only con that I have is that the campus is very spread out. Traffic and parking can pose a problem, as with just living in the DC Metro Area. I love George Mason University because students are kind, collaborative, and willing to help each other to work together for a common goal in order to be successful individuals and good citizens. I wouldn't have it any other way. I am proud to be a George Mason University Patriot.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

I am at Mason's School of Systems Biology for a Master's in Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. The program was overall very well structured, and the opportunities here at Mason's Biomedical Research Lab are phenomenal. The professors (for the most part) are very hands on, and well-versed in their fields of study. The only reason why it's not 9+ stars across the board is due to the outrageous cost of living in the Northern Virginia area. Be prepared to spend over $1200 a month renting a one bedroom apartment anywhere within 30 minutes of the school. The graduate housing option on campus is similar in price to off-campus options, but the rooms are smaller and the amenities aren't anything to rave about (basic level internet, TV, cheap furniture included, etc). Otherwise, the cost of the program is reasonable (especially if you're in-state), just don't expect to get financial aid from Mason. It's the largest school in VA but receives the least state funding on a per-student basis than anywhere else in the Commonwealth. Overall, Mason has good opportunities in the Biological research field and if I had to do it over again, I would still recommend Mason's graduate program.
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