George Mason University

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George Mason University Review

Fairfax, VA, 4400 University Dr
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Career Preparation B+
Students and Culture B+
Facilities A-
Activities and Groups B+
B+
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George Mason University is a large, public, four-year university enrolling 33,929 students and offering 240 degrees in Fairfax, VA.

Study Areas, Degree Popularity

Check out the most popular majors and specific degrees students have earned at George Mason University.

*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
1
Human and Social Sciences
2,062 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Anthropology
35
11
Cognitive Science
0
Educational Psychology
15
Health Policy Analysis
13
History
96
54
8
Humanities/humanistic Studies
4
International/global Studies
30
International Relations and Affairs
198
64
Latin American Studies
4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
138
Linguistics
1
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies
39
2
Near and Middle Eastern Studies
5
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution
55
70
5
6
Philosophy
5
4
Political Science
154
Political Science
24
2
Psychology
387
57
6
19
Public Administration
44
98
9
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
10
11
Public Policy Analysis
145
6
16
Religion/religious Studies
2
Russian Studies
13
Science, Technology and Society
1
Social Work
50
75
Sociology
47
5
3
Sustainability Studies
14
Women's Studies
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
2
Education and Liberal Arts
1,839 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Administration of Special Education
3
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
1
Applied Mathematics
1
Art Studies
0
4
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
21
12
Art Teacher Education
14
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services
42
0
Creative Writing
15
32
Curriculum and Instruction
442
50
Education
36
Education/teaching of Individuals with Autism
94
Education/teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness
5
Educational/instructional Technology
22
Educational Leadership and Administration
105
English Language and Literature
126
English Literature (British and Commonwealth)
44
Fine Arts and Art Studies
13
Foreign Languages and Literatures
41
7
Health Teacher Education
90
Higher Education/higher Education Administration
0
Liberal Arts
60
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
20
5
Reading Teacher Education
7
Rhetoric and Composition
248
Special Education and Teaching
211
18
Speech Communication and Rhetoric
23
Sport and Fitness Administration/management
6
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods
4
Teaching English As a Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor
17
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
3
Business
1,229 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
248
26
24
Business Administration and Management
165
173
Economics
186
45
17
Finance
179
Marketing/marketing Management
91
Operations Research
0
Organizational Behavior Studies
40
Project Management
18
Real Estate
17
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
4
Mathematics and Science
869 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Astronomy
1
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
3
Biochemistry
2
Bioinformatics
0
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
0
Biological and Physical Sciences
3
Biology
278
20
Biometry/biometrics
8
2
2
Biostatistics
1
Chemistry
55
14
Epidemiology
0
2
Geography
26
20
15
Geological and Earth Sciences/geosciences
9
Geology/earth Science
19
0
0
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
157
Mathematical Statistics and Probability
4
Mathematics
46
14
2
Mathematics and Computer Science
3
6
1
9
Mathematics and Statistics
2
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
14
3
Neuroscience
58
6
Physical Sciences
4
Physical Sciences
0
Physics
25
8
4
Statistics
17
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
5
Computer Technology
858 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects
42
Computer and Information Sciences
86
53
1
16
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance
32
Computer Science
22
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
88
34
Critical Infrastructure Protection
19
Data Modeling/warehousing and Database Administration
1
1
Information Science/studies
39
10
Information Technology
264
69
19
8
Systems Engineering
28
17
5
4
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
6
Healthcare
669 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Athletic Training/trainer
26
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist
6
Clinical Nutrition/nutritionist
11
5
Community Health and Preventive Medicine
139
Gerontology
0
Health and Medical Administrative Services
0
Health Communication
3
Health/health Care Administration/management
34
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
75
0
6
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management
0
International Public Health/international Health
14
2
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
4
Medical Informatics
23
Neurobiology and Anatomy
1
Nursing Practice
21
Public Health
42
4
Registered Nurse
198
48
1
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
7
Legal and Law
582 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Law Enforcement Administration
13
5
Police Science
314
Cyber/computer Forensics and Counterterrorism
25
Dispute Resolution
31
Forensic Science and Technology
7
28
1
Law
154
Legal Professions and Studies
2
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies
2
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
8
Engineering
450 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
20
Biomedical Sciences
11
49
Civil Engineering
68
17
1
Computer Engineering
16
29
0
Computer Software Engineering
43
5
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
57
33
1
7
Engineering
0
4
Environmental Science
24
22
13
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
7
4
Industrial Engineering
19
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
9
Art and Design
296 recent grads, 4 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Cinematography and Film/video Production
35
Dance
17
1
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts
22
Fine and Studio Arts Management
22
2
Graphic Design
1
Music
0
Music
16
Music Performance
52
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
3
Visual and Performing Arts
119
6
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
10
Hospitality
64 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Tourism and Travel Services Management
64
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
11
Trades and Careers
10 recent grads, 1 study levels
Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Construction Engineering
10
*Number of people in 2015 that graduated with this degree and study level.
Online Programs

Check out the online programs offered at George Mason University.

Degree Name
Associates
Bachelor's
Master's
Certificate
Doctoral
Accounting
Biometry/biometrics
Business Administration and Management
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Curriculum and Instruction
Education/teaching of Individuals with Autism
Educational/instructional Technology
Educational Leadership and Administration
Engineering
Geographic Information Science and Cartography
*Sources for school statistics and data include the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics and the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System. Data may vary depending on school and academic year.
School Accreditation Information
This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
Specialized institution accreditations:
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs (George Mason University Counseling and Psychological Services)
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar Law (LAW) - Professional schools Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education Health Services Administration (HSA) - Graduate programs in health services administration Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation English Language
Council on Education for Public Health Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools
*Source data obtained from U.S. Department of Education's Office of Post-secondary Education (OPE)
Alumni & Student Reviews
B+ Great
Career Preparation
What letter grade would you give your school on how well it prepares students for a career in the real world?
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
Speech Communications, Class of 1994

Nothing that I know of.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English Literature, Class of 1987

Writing, basic required courses such as math and science.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
english, Class of 1986

English degree is very broad; I had to go back and get my education credits to teach, even though I didn't want to be a teacher. I can't rate my school except with regards to my degree, which isn't fair to the school.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, BA, Class of 1989

I went to school before the internet era so we just really had career fairs and an active alumni association. However, I really feel that I benefited from attending a school so close to a major city with deep ties to the business community. I see that Mason now has active social media and web support tools for grads and near-grads. I don't feel that great classes or curriculum was provided to help students enter the job market, but I also believe most state schools were lacking in that in the 1980's. As an executive in the staffing field for more than 20 years, I'd say broadly that most schools today don't do a great job of job preparedness for new grads and it is a clear area for growth and improvement.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2015

It's near the government and has a lot of job fairs and networking events, as well as established professors and clubs and research projects.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. Government and Politics, Class of 2000

The school offered career counseling and a few courses on resume writing and interviewing skills.

Rated January 2016
B+ Great
Students and Culture
What letter grade would you give the students/culture at your school?
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
English, Class of 2014

It was fine, nothing special or out of the ordinary

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English Literature, Class of 1987

This was a long time ago, but I think GMU was more of a commuter school in those days. I think students were more part-time and trying to maintain jobs or families outside school. GMU may be different now.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
english, Class of 1986

Very diverse from metropolitan area. When I attended, there were a lot of "older" students and commuters.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, BA, Class of 1989

when I attended GMU, it was mostly part-time, commuter students. I did attend full time and actively participated in student government, intramural sports and the greek system. I am glad to see that Mason has grown and thrived and now has a wide range of full and part time students, both traditional and commuter.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2015

It's highly diverse and has over 30,000 students.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. Government and Politics, Class of 2000

At the time, over 80% of the students were commuter students because of location of the school to the bigger cities around it. As a result, students would have to be proactive in getting involved in school activities or be "lost in the sauce." I thought the students, generally, leaned to the left a bit on politics and related issues, again, stemming from the location of the school.

Rated January 2016
A- Excellent
Facilities
What letter grade would you give the facilities at your school.
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
Administration of Justice, Class of 2007

Computer labs, dining halls, convenience stores, campus stores, gym, pool, showers, dorms, auditoriums.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
English Literature, Class of 1987

School was still growing then, but there was a great library and a dining hall. It was also close to stores and local conveniences.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
english, Class of 1986

It's been over 30 years. We had few of those things when I attended, but now GMU is a huge, modern university.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, BA, Class of 1989

good to very good! I am basing this on current status as I have been back to campus several times.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Education, Class of 1988

Back in the 80's - poor. Now - excellent

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2015

they're up to date and doing a lot of construction to implement more things.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. Government and Politics, Class of 2000

I graduated in 2000, so I don't recall a lot except that it was "special" to have your own computer in your dorm room to not have to go to a computer lab. I thought we had great amenities - areas like a pavilion, a quad, student hall, various dining options, newer residents buildings, an auditorium...

Rated January 2016
B+ Great
Activities and Groups
What overall letter grade would you give the activities/groups at your school?
Based on 9 Reviews
Alumni
English Literature, Class of 1987

At that time, GMU was still developing, so I can't think of any popular activities -- maybe the anarchists' guild. Now, the basketball team is successful and very popular.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
english, Class of 1986

I can't answer this. I was a commuter student not involved in many activities. There is much to do there now, but not so much when I attended.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Psychology, BA, Class of 1989

again, my personal experience is pretty outdated but I have always seen great involvement for mason students in local and national politics and NGO's because of their proximity to the Nation's capitol.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
Accounting, Class of 2015

Sports games, the campus events like Mason Day, and the club fairs.

Rated January 2016
Alumni
B.A. Government and Politics, Class of 2000

Participating in Greek life was probably the most popular. Again, with such a high percentage of students commuting, if you didn't get involved with school clubs or sports, you wouldn't have much going on outside of your classes.

Rated January 2016
CURRICULUM FOCUS
George Mason University Human and Social Sciences Program
UDC Contributor

Diplomacy, criminal justice, community advocacy, human resources – these are just a few of the career possibilities awaiting graduates of George Mason’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution. Their background in examining the roots of discord and thinking about strategies to promote peaceful solutions makes students marketable in a variety of settings. Undergraduates receive core instruction in conflict theory, analysis, and resolution before concentrating on one of three areas: Interpersonal conflict, Community/organizational conflict, or Global conflict. Students bridge the gap between theory and practice through three required credits of field experience, for which neighboring Washington, D.C. proves beneficial. The school also offers master’s and doctoral degrees, including opportunities to join the Peace Corps and to study Mediterranean security at the University of Malta. Additional educational opportunities exist through specialized centers and programs at GMU. The Center for the Study of Gender and Conflict, for example, offers grants and faculty guidance for student-driven initiatives addressing gendered violence.

CURRICULUM FOCUS
George Mason University Legal and Law Program
UDC Contributor

Looking to study law in our nation’s capital? Mason’s law school, appropriately named after the patriot who drafted the document on which the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights is based, is just two miles from Washington, D.C. Travel time from the Arlington, Va., campus to the Federal Triangle is a mere 14 minutes via the Metro subway. This makes it easy for law students to take advantage of the immense legal resources and field opportunities D.C. offers. The school is particularly strong in intellectual property and patent law, and no doubt the nearby U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (which has sole appellate jurisdiction over patent cases) play a major role in that success. The campus itself is host to the Law and Economics Center, the Center for Infrastructure Protection and Homeland Security, and the Information Economy Project. The Mason Veterans and Servicemembers Legal Clinic and the Law and Mental Illness Clinic offer students the opportunity to earn credit for hands-on work with real clients. The law school enrolls about 550 students – roughly half of whom are state residents – and offers both day and evening programs.

Featured Alumni Review
Daniel
Juris Doctor, Class of 2015

U One of the things that stands out most to me about GMU is the diversity of its student body and the broad range of experience each student brings to the table. Because the school is located close to D.C. and because it attracts international students, discussions in classes are balanced, intelligent, and enlightening. GMU's law program is unique in a few ways. First, it's located next to one of the nation’s biggest legal markets. And while it's a top tier law school, it still isn't as expensive as the other top tier D.C. law schools. The law school is well connected to government agencies and think tanks, so if students want to go a government law route, it’s definitely a great choice. GMU's law program also has a strong economics focus, and its professors have a lot of business acumen. The economics and business law classes I took helped me start my own business, Attentiv, while I was in school.

Featured Alumni Review
Chelsie
Bachelor’s in Conflict Analysis & Resolution, Class of 2015

U There are a lot of special things about the CAR program. Because we are our own school dedicated to conflict, there is a tightly knit community; all of my past professors know me when I walk into the office and are willing to continue engaging me even after I have completed the program. Since many of our professors are involved in the field, students get exposure to a variety of projects and ways that studying conflict can translate to a career. The academic advising staff is incredibly helpful and always making sure that students have many options to pursue their passions. Our program requires students to do something for field experience credit, which can be an internship, study abroad, or independent study. Having done one of each, I can say for certain that this requirement helped me explore other options outside of the classroom and get involved while building different skills. Overall, the CAR program is very well-developed to ensure that students graduate with skills and knowledge that are both employable and useful in everyday life. I came to George Mason for this program, and it's easily one of the best choices I have ever made.

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