George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(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
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

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.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

U.S. News and World Report have it right. Mason is the number one up and coming school.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2013

EVPP is a program that allows you to develop professionally into a leader. The evening classes are great for working individuals, and the courses offered are interdisciplinary. They give you the option to do a research project or thesis which is different from some other programs and schools. The program can do a better job with making sure students are connected and informed by doing a orientation in the beginning of the 1st semester and maybe hosting workshops throughout the year. All faculty are very approachable and willing to help you.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

I love this school! It's new but great!
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros: The program is academically challenging and a great match for my interests. The class sizes are small enough to effectively participate and ask questions but not too small where I feel pressured to have to talk all the time. Cons: The social life has been mediocre but having DC 30 minutes away compensates for the lack of activities on campus.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

My advisor is AMAZING! The program is very highly ranked. And I really like the other students here.
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

Graduate students are just not treated as well as I've seen at other Universities. Its a shame because the school is on the rise and is looking like they are ready to turn a corner, however, they should pay more attention to their grad students. We teach their classes...many of them...we do research...we are active in programs across the school. Yet we're paid less than the surrounding area and are expected to do more work for that amount of money. This is a HUGE flaw in the school.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Main reason why I appplied to GMU was due to the affordable tuition costs for in-state residences. Second reason why I applied was due to interest in Environmental Science and Public Policy master's program.
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