The George Washington University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.79 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 291 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and CEPH
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 52,424 (22,314 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 50% part-time, 50% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $27,851
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3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014

This is a great program if you are trying to break into the field of international affairs in DC. There are a lot of opportunities to explore different specialties in the field and to gain hands on experience. Many of the professors teach at night and have day jobs in the top organizations in the field. They are willing to make introductions and recommend you for internships.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

George Washington is a great college, and the curriculum is one that is actually beneficial to the students. However, my only issue with the college is the communication (or lack of) from the admissions office and the financial aid office. Often times I found myself calling only to find out something was missing from my packet, yet there was no communication that anything was missing. I guess you'll have to stay on top of them in that regard, but the other aspects were great.
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2017

I really enjoyed studying public health at GWU. Classes are rigorous and require a lot of outside study and class prep, but you are very well prepared to be a successful professional in public health. Due to the fact that we are in DC, students have the opportunity (and are encouraged) to attend Senate hearings, Supreme Court cases, and events at Smithsonians and government facilities that pertain to public health. Students are encouraged to do internships at the premier agencies and organizations in DC. This degree will not only challenge you but support you and teach you how to be a leader within the public health community. I am graduating this coming May and feel extremely prepared for any job or higher education in the public health arena that comes my way.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2018

GWU is a very relaxed environment. Everyone wants you to succeed and is willing to work with you, if you are struggling. There are individuals that help set you up with laboratory rotations and attempt to recommend an environment that you will thrive it. Also, it has been my experience that they tend to take older students (late 20's to early 30's). The IBS program could also be described as a "commuter" program. Students tend to be split between GWU, Children's, and the NIH. Students live in the DMV area. Everyone gets together in class, but social activities out of class are rare or are done in small groups. The Student Association started a student mentorship group which has been helpful for figuring out the next steps and how to navigate through different transition periods.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2018

I am having a great experience at GW. My classes are interesting and the professors are engaged and willing to help. Assignments are rigorous but not excessively so. I manage to work full time while in this program. Most of my classes are discussion based. When done right this method is amazing- thought provoking and critical. Not all teachers, especially the adjuncts, are as skilled at this. The content is always good though, as are the connections and networking.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2019

George Washington University and the Milken Institute School of Public Health have a reputation of being one of the top, accredited, Schools of Public Health as ranked by many reliable sources (US News and World Reports, College rankings,, etc.). Other positive attributes include: The ability to accomplish my goal of obtaining a Masters in Public Health online while still maintaining my full-time employment status; that my professional education and experience are taken into consideration; and because of its location in the mega of healthcare reform - Washington DC, Milken Institute School of Public Health has some of the best experts in the field; instructors who will share their knowledge and experience in my education and training is a true honor and privilege.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2006

I loved GWU. It's an amazing school, in the heart of DC just blocks from the IMF, the White House, etc., and is conveniently located directly on a metro line, unlike most of the universities in the DC area. In addition, the campus has a lot of interesting history regarding nuclear fission, the big bang theory, etc., and boast alum including Jackie Kennedy and Fulbright.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2010

College was the best 4 years of my life. I made lifelong friends there and learned so much about myself in addition to the skills I gained in the classroom. I loved the sense of community we developed.
3.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2006

I enjoyed living in the city. I thought the courses were ok, but some could have been more challenging
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2012

George Washington was a fantastic place to study Public Administration and to earn my Masters Degree. Its location in Washington DC throws students in the way of a phenomenal range of events that can enrich their education if they take advantage of it. Attending lectures at Brookings or AEI or events at the World Bank was common. The undergraduate school had more of a reputation as a place where rich kids went who couldn't get into better / Ivy League universities, but the graduate programs are rigorous and very highly rated.
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