George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
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(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 333 respondents

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School Information

  • 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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3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

The Master of Social Work program at George Mason is among the newest in the state, developed in 2001. In my opinion, that attributes to some of its flaws, such as program organization and school recognition in the area. Just like any school, there are some brilliant, experienced professors in the MSW program, as well as ones who perhaps should have stuck to their original career. The hours are rough; as a full-time student, I have to take 15 credits in addition to 20 hours of field practicum every week in order to graduate in 2 years. But one great thing about the program is its distance from D.C. You can easily have a field practicum in D.C. or stay in Virginia. However, living in the vicinity of D.C. also means that the cost of living in the area (Fairfax) is very high. That is one thing you can definitely expect as a student at GMU-- high rental costs.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Advanced Biomedical Sciences program is competitive program designed for students who want to continue their education in the sciences. Great support with the staff an excellent program for post back.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2014

The ISA program at Mason has professors that are contributing to pushing capabilities in Information Security. While the classes provide a robust foundation of the subject, some of the material is dated.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The M.S. Peace Operations program at George Mason is unique among all other graduate programs, even those in related fields (Conflict Analysis and Resolution, Security Studies, etc). It was the first program I found, related to CAR, that extended the reach beyond theory and academia to practice in the field. All of the professors that I have had thus far have experience--military, peacekeeping, diplomacy, UN, NGO,etc--related to our topics of study that they incorporate in the classroom on a daily basis. The program centers on international interventions that seek to achieve civil order with social justice in cases of humanitarian crisis and conflict. Akin to the other courses at GMU's School of Public Policy, classes are taught in the evenings to compliment working student's schedules. This may not be to everyone's liking, but it has allowed me and my fellow students to pursue careers and internships while attending school full-time. The professors and staff are apt and willing to help students to the best of their ability, and the network of alumni stretches to include military advisers, FBI, foreign service agents, and on the other side of the spectrum, peace corps volunteers and humanitarian assistance actors.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

The Art History master's degree program at George Mason is a competitive program with excellent professors who clearly want their students to succeed. The classes are rich and intellectually stimulating. The city of Fairfax is a great location a short drive from Washington, DC, and the George Mason campus is picturesque and safe.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2014

I like this course as it covers the managerial as well as the technological aspects of IT.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2014

I'm in the Fast Train program at GMU which is a low-residence program for international educators. I can live abroad, do most of my courses online, and teaching fieldwork in international schools where I live. I only have to go to campus for an intensive summer session. This is all very convenient for me since I've been living and teaching abroad for so long. I've found the professors to be very approachable, understanding, and helpful. The online discussions are engaging.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The counseling and development program at GMU has a big focus on social justice, multiculturalism, and advocacy. I am proud to be in a program that trains student to think outside the box and really push barriers that clients may face. I think that this program really prepares you to work with diverse populations which is a good skill to have.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Forensic Science
Graduation Year: 2015

I dislike how many of the required classes are open for anyone to take (as an elective). This makes it hard for me as a Forensic Science major to really pull as much knowledge as I can from my teachers. The people who take the classes as an elective almost never have any background in the topic, so they are always asking "common sense" questions. Thos of us who are majoring in Forensic Science have a well rounded background in the various topics and are trying to learn the more detailed and technical aspects of the various topics. We can not do that if the teachers are always spending time explaining the "common sense" things to the non-majors. I do like the smaller class sizes. It allows us to maximize our time with the teacher and to be able to really dive into the material (when there aren't any non-majors or very few non-majors). I also really like how the teachers use actual photos and scenarios to help us learn. This is a career filed that is hard to learn unless you see the real thing. You can describe how something looks but rarely is that enough to get a good idea, and later be able to recognize, what the teacher was discussing.
4.63 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

The psychology graduate program has been an amazing experience and I definitely feel that I made the right choice in moving to northern VA. Although my program concentration is small, it still offers a range of classes and has the support of a larger program, which was essential when I was choosing a program. Beyond my program, professors are always willing to incorporate additional students into their labs and because of my initiative and professors' willingness to help, I have found myself with a new cadre of friends and future colleagues.
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