George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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95%
of students recommend
(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 334 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASM
  • 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

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2016

The program has everything I needed to become what I want to be and they do everything they can to make sure I succeed.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017

I'm in the second semester of my M.Ed - Curriculum and Instruction program at GMU. I have an Elementary Education focus and. I am in the semester long internship cohort, so I attend graduate school part time, and will complete the program over the course of six semesters. I have never felt more supported or cared for in my education than I do right now. The College of Education and Human Development faculty is amazing. The professors understand that my cohort members and I have families and jobs outside of school and are flexible when life gets in the way of our studies. The cohort model offered by GMU allows for students to build invaluable professional relationships while working towards their degree. On the topic of professional relationships, my field experiences thus far have been incredible. The schools and teachers I have worked with have been upstanding examples in the field of elementary education. I wholeheartedly recommend George Mason University's M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction program to all who are interested.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

This graduate program is very competition and requires a great amount of focus and effort. It moves at a fast pace because it mimics medical and dental school classes. However, there is a great support system available to the study body that really does make a difference. The graduate teaching assistants are easily accessible, knowledgable, and are very willing to help when needed.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2017

I think the graduate program is extremely beneficial because Special Education is a career field that is growing exponentially and is in great demand. I like that the staff at George Mason offer lots of teaching and learning opportunities in the surrounding northern Virginia area. The only con of this program that I am aware of as of now is the cost of tuition.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

My grad program is great because of the location. Right in DC, our professors work in the field and we get to have amazing hands on experiences with famous arts organizations so close to campus.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016

My academic advisor was clear with me from the beginning about what my courseload would look like as well as the necessary requirements to achieving my goals. I've had nothing but good experiences here. My professors are knowledgeable and available. Mason's LIFE Program is also an incredible asset to the university. It provides graduate students with the opportunity to work with students with disabilities, gaining valuable experience and teaching skills.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2016

As a graduate student, I will find many opportunities to work with professors. Working with professors will provide excellent work experience in my specialized field of study. On average, students with graduate degrees from GMU earn a higher salary than students with only a bachelors degree. Many jobs now prefer to hire applicants with graduate degrees, and so a graduate degree could present a job opportunity unavailable to undergraduates. Graduate school can be expensive if I don't have any source of financial aid. Graduate school can be stressful for some, including myself, because of the depth at which graduate students study their subject.
4.38 out of 5.0
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Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2017

As a graduate student at George Mason, I feel fortunate to be surrounded by others committed to equity in education. In the Multilingual/Multicultural program, I am expanding my experiences beyond the classroom (I taught bilingual education for six years and am now a coach). I am thinking about and having discussions around issues that most educators do not discuss. I love the program. The downfall is that I am paying quite a bit out of pocket since I am still paying off undergrad loans (and will be for some time). I would not leave the program because I feel so fortunate to be in it. The commute to Fairfax from DC schools and the price are the only downfalls to my graduate program overall at GMU.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2019

I am doing a PhD at GMU and according to me it provides great facilities which includes libraries to study, food court, dorms to live on campus. Besides this, also having writing center, English language class, resume writing tips, job fairs and social activities to make new friends and create a good network. Faculties are easily accessible and are kind enough to help their students. However, transportation facilities are not that good for all the area in Fairfax. Mason shuttles are not accessible for all the region in Fairfax and also not available to travel to Arlington campus. But, surrounding area covers almost all the basic needs plus some fun place as well.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2015

In my time at George Mason I have found every professor I encountered to be knowledgeable, passionate, and committed to the field of early childhood special education and inspiring new teachers. The workload is heavy but effective, resources are abundant and everywhere, and all staff are approachable and flexible to the needs of their students. It is easy and encouraged to connect with classmates and program advisors are helpful, knowledgeable, and endlessly supportive. Technology is used extensively and all professors rely on blackboard to some extent. Financial aid could be better. By the end of my program I will be in a lot of debt, even while maintaining my part time job (not in the school system) to absorb some costs. Financially it has not yet been feasible to leave my position as a paralegal to immerse myself in the school system. Overall I have thoroughly enjoyed my graduate education experience at Mason. My learning and experiences while here have shaped and informed my teaching philosophy. I have learned a great deal and can't wait to apply it when I am finally in the classroom!
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