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

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

George Mason has been a terrific school to go to as a Graduate student because it allows me to work in school districts that I would like to teach in upon graduation. As an Undergraduate student it lacked the same fun, "college town" atmosphere that most students look for. The faculty at GMU, especially those in the New Century College Program, are phenomenal teachers and human beings. They go out of their way to help you achieve all that you can both personally and academically. The Elementary Education program is filled with teachers who are passionate and extremely knowledgeable about effective teaching practices. I would highly recommend this Graduate School program.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros: perfect if you are seeking a job in the international field in the US or abroad. Cons: None.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of my graduate program at George Mason University is that it is a nationally accredited program run by teachers, administrators, and staff members that are passionate about what they do. Teachers and Professors stay after, meet with you before you are even in the program, work with you in order to answer all of your questions. They really go above and beyond their duty to go out of their way to help you do your best. That is what matters at the George Mason University Community. They want to help you do your best-with whatever it takes. The cons of my graduate program at George Mason University is that it is difficult with transportation. Traffic in Northern Virginia is terrible. Sometimes I wish that they offered classes at a different time other than after rush hour started just so we could come to class at the right moment. Parking is another issue. However, what school doesn't have a trouble with parking? In a different light, it shows that a lot of people are coming to class, so that is why traffic is so bad and all of the parking spots are taken! Therefore, those are the pros and cons of my graduate program. I love GMU!
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

The Education school is really reputable, especially in competitive Fairfax County, but as a grad student and living off-campus I am not invited to any campus events and have not met any people outside of class meetings. The location is really great though; right outside of DC and there is plenty to do in Fairfax. However the social scene for a grad student is low and the area is expensive.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

My Graduate program is definitely going to help me grow in my career. My undergrad program in the same school got me my current job within a month. I do not see any cons to this program. Its just growth, growth and more growth.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

GMU is the most diverse university in the US which offers an academic experience that is culturally rich. Frustrations include lack of communication between faculty and graduate students, lack of training for working as a graduate teaching assistant, and the amount of work required for GTAs (much more than the 20 hours/week that we're supposedly being paid for, plus the stipend is one of the lowest in the country).
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

This is my first semester with GMU, still learning a lot about this college. I enjoy going to school and the instructors are very helpful.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

The graduate program at George Mason University School of Social Work is a program filled with competent and professional faculty. Pitfalls of the program are that the department is not located on the campus, leaving grad students to feel disconnected from the benefits of campus such as grabbing a cup of coffee or having a chance to catch up with fellow students between classes. Additionally, the department is lacking in its assistance in placing students in internships, leaving much of the burden onto students to cold call agencies in their community.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Though the computer science PhD program is only a decade or so old, it has already earned an excellent international reputation. Though there are the inevitable bad apples in the department, most of the professors are competent, friendly, and accessible. There are still some evolving complexities with regards to the bureaucracy. For example, there are rules for the PhD student at the university, college, and department level; sometimes it is not clear what rules are what. Worse yet are the "knowing to know" problems due to this complexity. Fortunately the administrators in the department are aware of these types of problems and have been helpful in resolving this issues when they arose in my case. I also note that they are taking steps to educate PhD students such that they're adequately prepared to finish the program.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

My graduate program stresses on students' innovation and advanced facilities are always accessible, which are the best parts I think.
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