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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  • 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: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I have just completed my first semester at GMU. I can say that I am satisfied with what the school has to offer. It is delivering on what was originally promised - I do believe my education here will be beneficial for my future endeavors. The location is in the heart of the city and very close to the capital - transportation could be better. I do wish there was a shuttle from the main campus in Fairfax to the Arlington campus but I can understand why that is not possible a the moment. The professors are very involved with the students and they also have their own duties outside of school which adds to students potential connections. All in all, I am enjoying Mason. Go Patriots!
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

I am really excited to be a part of the Dual Masters Degree at George Mason. I am getting both a Master's in Social Work and Conflict Analysis and Resolution. I think that GMU does an amazing job in providing a support network for its students. However, I am the only dual degree student so I feel that I get lost in-between the two degrees, and there is not as much administrative support of the dual degree as I wish there was.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

I thoroughly enjoy my program. I definitely feel as though I made the right decision by choosing the ODKM program. The pros are that I'm able to utilize my Psychology undergraduate degree within this Masters program and strongly bond with my classmates because of the cohort structure. A con would be the lack of financial resources I currently have to pay for the program. Thank you
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

One of the the pros is that the graduate program is flexible and works well for students working full time. However, this is also a con because it tends to limit the feeling of a "community" and a lack of a networking environment present at other top universities. The quality of the faculty and program material is excellent.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Pro -- it gives you a lot of options for work. Con -- it's also a general enough program that you will have to make the case as to why you're a fit for a any particular job you apply to.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2015

I am finishing up my first semester at GMU of MS in Computer Forensics. Biggest pro about taiking this program specifically at Mason is that you don't have to have a bachelors degree or any background related to in Computer Science in order to be considered. There is a list of few other academic backgrounds that still qualify. I have an foreign degree in Economics and got admitted. In the first place, it's really hard to find a school that teaches Computer Forensics as a degree. You may find classes, related to that field as a part of Computer Science program, but most likely you won't find it as a full rounded degree, especially MS. Biggest con it that if you are like me, do not have previous computer science related coursework, there re 5 preliminary classes that are required to be taken before you can start taking classes that would count towards your degree. Financial Aid cannot be used towards those 5 classes. Quality of education is probably highest that I've ever experienced anywhere. Cyber security and computer forensics is a rapidly changing world, and most of the professors actually are employed in the industry. This way we get the way of instruction that is the "insiders view" and not just limited to textbook material, and is so very recent that is not even found in the texbook yet. Most of the classes are in-person only, only small percentage is available online, also a lot of hands-on experience in the lab. Very well put together program, highly relevant to the industry class selection. A lot of assistance on government and law-enforcement involvement. Overall I'm extremely happy with my choice and can't wait to graduate .
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The Graduate program allows me to work in the school system while going to grad school. I am able to use field experience in my grad class from my classroom that I work in. The professors are very supportive and helpful.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011

My education at GMU was fantastic! The program I was in had some of the best faculty, in terms of knowledge and in terms of availability. The location of the school is pretty good, though Fairfax itself does not have a great deal of excitement, but it is easy enough to get to DC. Cost of living is a bit steep in the area, but worth it for the quality of the education received.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2016

The graduate program is excellent! The professors are accessible and easy to approach. The workload is demanding but not too much. Expectations from class, advisors, and other faculty are high but not unreasonable. There are plenty of opportunities to study in your interests; however, finical aid from outside of the department is difficult. Transportation to campus from around the school and parking on campus are the major downfalls; however, being this close to Washington DC makes commuting difficult regardless of conditions on campus. Overall my experience at GMU has been wonderful and I look forward to the time I have left here.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

There's a lot of reading in the History graduate program and the majority of the classes are seminar style. I have liked 90% of my professors, the museum studies professor they currently have is amazing, really knows his stuff.
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