George Mason University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.87 out of 5.0)
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  • 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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4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2012

George Mason University's Masters of Public Administration is of a good value for students interested in pursuing a career in Public Service. The value is in presenting a hands-on, experiential curriculum that provides all students with the tools to understand how to make a difference in service to our nation. In particular, students are presented with well qualified teachers from the Washington, DC metro area who currently serve in public sector and non-profit organizations. These teachers are invaluable, as they provide their expertise in what is required to implement, formulate, develop, and advocate for public policies that benefit the public good. In summary, George Mason's Masters of Public Administration program provides an excellent education for those wishing to pursue careers in the Government and/or non-profit sector advocating for policies that benefit the nation's welfare not only for today, but for the future.
4.0 out of 5.0
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 Some of the required texts have been a bit outdated, or on the dry side.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!
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Uniquely situated in the bustling DC metroplex, George Mason offers unparalleled academic and professional opportunities. I am a second-year student in the MPA program and I've been impressed with the caliber of discussion in the classroom and the opportunities afforded to students because of our location and strong alumni network.
2.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

A great school, but it should have more financial aid opportunities.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

Pro -- it gives you a lot of options for work. Con -- it's also a general enough program that you will have to make the case as to why you're a fit for a any particular job you apply to.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2014

There is always some marginal room for improvement when it comes to course content, but with such a diverse enrollment (i.e. students from varying levels of undergraduate programs and undergraduate degree fields), I think the program does what it can. What the program may lack in rigorous content, it certainly makes up for with a very positive experience. I believe 90% of what a person learns is a result of how their peers respond/utilize/help one another with the mutual desire of pursuing a degree, and the environment of this MPA program can't be beat!
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

Graduate School is what you make of it. GMU offers many outlets for whatever students are looking for: social life, academic clubs and organizations, internships, job opportunities, networking, and various alternative academic opportunities such as studying abroad and the peace corps. The MPA program is flexible, informative, and very useful--especially in the greater DC area. I have no doubts that it will serve me well in my future. I would've liked a little more hands-on time with professors but it's another area where it's up to the student to take the first step--particularly in larger programs like the MPA program at GMU. The largest class size I had was 28 people to one professor but for the most part class sizes are reasonable and professors are helpful and knowledgeable.
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