George Mason University Reviews

  • 259 Reviews
  • Fairfax (VA)
  • Annual Tuition: $36,024
90% of 259 students said this degree improved their career prospects
93% of 259 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Stephanie Garcia
  • Reviewed: 11/23/2012
  • Degree: Education
"Pros - teachers are knowledgeable, classmates are supportive, classes are engaging Cons - not enough social activities, program offered only on Fairfax campus"
Victoria Duong
  • Reviewed: 11/19/2012
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"The quality for the value of the graduate program is exceptional. The faculty are wonderful and knowledgeable. The campus is beautiful. The cons are the traffic is horrible and the cost of living in this area is rather expensive but because GMU is within the D.C. Metro area, that can be understandable."
Alireza Sadeghi
  • Reviewed: 11/16/2012
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"I'm really satisfied with the school as a graduate student. But my major problem is that it is hard to afford the rent of the home. The university does not provide housing facilities for graduate students and the amount of rents are too much."
Alyssa Curry
  • Reviewed: 11/14/2012
  • Degree: Education
"George Mason has been a terrific school to go to as a Graduate student because it allows me to work in school districts that I would like to teach in upon graduation. As an Undergraduate student it lacked the same fun, "college town" atmosphere that most students look for. The faculty at GMU, especially those in the New Century College Program, are phenomenal teachers and human beings. They go out of their way to help you achieve all that you can both personally and academically. The Elementary Education program is filled with teachers who are passionate and extremely knowledgeable about effective teaching practices. I would highly recommend this Graduate School program."
Maria Leon Sainz
  • Reviewed: 11/14/2012
  • Degree: Public Policy
"Pros: perfect if you are seeking a job in the international field in the US or abroad. Cons: None."
Allison Sarmuksnis
  • Reviewed: 11/13/2012
  • Degree: Education
"The pros of my graduate program at George Mason University is that it is a nationally accredited program run by teachers, administrators, and staff members that are passionate about what they do. Teachers and Professors stay after, meet with you before you are even in the program, work with you in order to answer all of your questions. They really go above and beyond their duty to go out of their way to help you do your best. That is what matters at the George Mason University Community. They want to help you do your best-with whatever it takes. The cons of my graduate program at George Mason University is that it is difficult with transportation. Traffic in Northern Virginia is terrible. Sometimes I wish that they offered classes at a different time other than after rush hour started just so we could come to class at the right moment. Parking is another issue. However, what school doesn't have a trouble with parking? In a different light, it shows that a lot of people are coming to class, so that is why traffic is so bad and all of the parking spots are taken! Therefore, those are the pros and cons of my graduate program. I love GMU!"
Natalie Shapiro
  • Reviewed: 11/12/2012
  • Degree: Education
"The Education school is really reputable, especially in competitive Fairfax County, but as a grad student and living off-campus I am not invited to any campus events and have not met any people outside of class meetings. The location is really great though; right outside of DC and there is plenty to do in Fairfax. However the social scene for a grad student is low and the area is expensive."
Manjusha Upadhye
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2012
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"My Graduate program is definitely going to help me grow in my career. My undergrad program in the same school got me my current job within a month. I do not see any cons to this program. Its just growth, growth and more growth."
Christiane Silva
  • Reviewed: 11/3/2012
  • Degree: Education
"This is my first semester with GMU, still learning a lot about this college. I enjoy going to school and the instructors are very helpful."
Michelle Buhrandt
  • Reviewed: 10/23/2012
  • Degree: Social Work
"The graduate program at George Mason University School of Social Work is a program filled with competent and professional faculty. Pitfalls of the program are that the department is not located on the campus, leaving grad students to feel disconnected from the benefits of campus such as grabbing a cup of coffee or having a chance to catch up with fellow students between classes. Additionally, the department is lacking in its assistance in placing students in internships, leaving much of the burden onto students to cold call agencies in their community."
Mark Coletti
  • Reviewed: 10/22/2012
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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."
Junmin Shi
  • Reviewed: 10/18/2012
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"My graduate program stresses on students' innovation and advanced facilities are always accessible, which are the best parts I think."
Ruth Jackson
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2012
  • Degree: Education
"U.S. News and World Report have it right. Mason is the number one up and coming school."
Marissa Washington
  • Reviewed: 10/17/2012
  • Degree: Environmental Science
"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."
Zitong Sheng
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2012
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"I love this school! It's new but great!"
Emma Shaw
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2012
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"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."
Isaac Sabat
  • Reviewed: 10/9/2012
  • Degree: Social Sciences
"My advisor is AMAZING! The program is very highly ranked. And I really like the other students here."
Max Shear
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2012
  • Degree: Liberal Arts
"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."
Hannah Wang
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2012
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"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."