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

4.67 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!
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

I am part of a cohort of local government workers from the surrounding region going through the MPA program together over 2.5 years. After a semester and a half, I have been very pleased with the academic rigor of the program. Most of my instructors have been quite effective, and all are clearly experts in the field of public administration. It is an expensive program, including grossly overpriced parking costs. Some of the required texts have been a bit outdated, or on the dry side. I have been pleasantly intrigued, and even amused by other texts. The workload is heavy, especially for someone who is also working full time. It is a cerebral sort of program, but I love a challenge!
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

George Mason University is a great school for higher education. The School of Systems Biology have professors who care about their students and want to see us succeeded. In addition,because the university is near the nation's capital, there are a lot of wonderful opportunities for students get network and eventually obtain a job. The only downside to the university is that there is little graduate social life. It would be great if the school had more graduate events so students can meet, provide support, and guidance for one another.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015

As single who works a full time teaching job as well as a part time job in the afternoon, I find the work load of this program manageable. I have never been the most organized person or the greatest student (I did my undergraduate degree at the same university) I currently have a 3.89 GPA at the midway point of my M.A. That doesn't mean the classes are easy, just that the professors are clear on information and expectations. The parking situation on campus is dire, but I find that to be the most troublesome part of taking classes on campus. Thankfully, I have the option to take any classes I choose to online, as every class in the program is offered this way and in person. I tend to learn best in person, but have had fabulous experiences with the online classes. This allows me to only face the stresses of parking on campus once a week. Overall, the program is great and I have had no complaints about the professors I've had or the classes I've taken. It is a top 10 program in the country, and I am proud to be a part of it.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros are that it is a fantastic program. The cons are that it is so incredibly expensive.
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