George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 334 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
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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.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

The GMU Health Informatics Program has given me the in-depth knowledge of clinical information systems and data retrieval as well the most efficient and effective ways for medical personnel to be able to access data for patient treatment. The program is helping me to develop the analytic and critical reasoning skills to improve the health care information systems. Further, the program is helping me be familiar with emerging technologies and prepare me to adopt and to manage evolving health information systems. Most of the classes offered are online so I am unable to work and communicate with students and faculty at GMU, to gain the technical and critical-thinking skills that are necessary to become a health information systems specialist.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Mason's PhD in Education with a specialization in Higher Education is both an exciting and challenging program. The program requires 5 research methods courses, a portfolio review system for comprehensive examinations (instead of 'a test'), and coursework both in the specialization and with students in K-12 ed. I prefer the Higher ed classes because of their relevance and ability for professors to help make connections, but the courses taught by the K-12 professors demonstrate their lack of knowledge about the way that universities and colleges work, so I have to work harder to make the connections on my own. If you are thoughtful about your concentration areas and read the bios of professors to pick someone with the best expertise for your interests when signing up for classes, it should be fine.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

I enjoy the diversity and the program that I am currently in. It is both fulfilling and challenging. It is giving me the tools needed for when I am finally out in the field making an impact on the world.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros I enjoy the interaction with faculty at the doctoral level and look forward to joining them when I complete the program The faculty is open to students and are flexible when emergencies arise. Library facilities are great and the librarian is the best The cons Financial aid is mostly not available and paying out of state is expensive. Parking is expensive.
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