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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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.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

The program has gone through some administrative changes recently, which has created some lack of consistency and reliability in the field placement aspect of the program. Nevertheless, the field placement is one of the best parts of the program, providing real experience and a class to discuss those experiences with your peers, a professor, and a field supervisor. It is probably the most challenging part of the program. The professors or nice and usually helpful, some are better than others. Overall, it's a decent program and pretty good value for in-state students.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: The program of Biological sciences is fairly competitive and you can link up with good faculty if you do your research. Most professors are very considerate and understanding of grad students with 9-5's. In my opinion, the environmental science and policy program is where most of the talent is. Cons: I think the school of systems biology is new and still working out the kinks. Even though there is a feeling of potential in the department, much of it seems underdeveloped. Many of the students keep to themselves- commuting to class and back home again. Not a whole lot of "grad student life" unless you are in the ESP where students seem more tightly knit.
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

GMU includes innovation as part of their vision, and this was a major factor in my choosing to go there. There is definitely an aura of progress and future thinking there that I am proud to be a part of. Traffic is absurd in Northern Virginia, and the cost of living is somewhat high, but GMU seems to have been very considerate with many infrastructure improvement projects. Without a doubt a university that is looking ahead.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

Courses and professors in Environmental Science and Policy are excellent. I have had trouble getting funding with little or no help from my advisors. My committee is impossible to get together. GTA stipend is very poor and GTAs are given too much to do that is impossible to complete in the 20 hours that we're paid for.
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