George Mason University

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School Overview

George Mason University is a public university located in Fairfax County, Virginia. Commonly referred to as Mason, the main campus is located south of Fairfax, Virginia, with additional campuses in Loudoun County, Prince William County and Arlington County. The student body population is more than 32,000, which is the largest enrollment in Virginia.

Mason offers a broad array of academic degrees, with popular and widely respected programs such as Business, Law, Economics, Computer Science and Creative Writing. Recently two Mason faculty members have won the Nobel Prize in Economics.

George Mason offers a highly flexible online executive MBA degree designed for working professionals and executives. However, most of the university’s degrees and courses are not provided online.

The school’s namesake, George Mason, was an American founding father and co-author of the Bill of Rights. The school was established in 1957 as a part of the University of Virginia. In 1972 it became an independent university.

General Information

Admission Office

4400 University Drive, MSN 3A4

Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

(703) 993-2400

Fax: (703) 993-4622

Contact: Andrew Flagel

Associate Vice President, Enrollment Development / Dean of Admissions
Main Address

4400 University Drive

Fairfax, VA 22030-4444

(703) 993-1000

Total undergrads: 18,809

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,558

Degree-seeking undergrads: 18,240

Graduate enrollment: 11,224


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $70

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 63%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 84%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $6,840 $7,512 $8,024 $8,684 +8.23%
Books and Supplies $850 $900 $900 $900 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $7,020 $7,360 $7,700 $8,220 +6.75%
Other $2,664 $2,704 $2,740 $2,740 0.00%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $9,900 $10,290 $11,680 $11,680 0.00%
Other $3,390 $3,440 $3,560 $3,560 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $17,374 $18,476 $19,364 $20,544 +6.09%
In-state Off Campus $20,980 $22,142 $24,164 $24,824 +2.73%
In-state with Family $7,690 $8,412 $8,924 $9,584 +7.40%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $8,192
In-state Student Fees $2,364
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $22,952
Out-of-state Student Fees $2,364

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 1,600 65%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,028 42% $7,485,888 $7,282
• Federal grants 482 19% $2,115,252 $4,388
• Pell grants 482 19% $1,669,106 $3,463
• Other federal grants 442 18% $446,146 $1,009
Institutional scholarships or grants 662 27% $2,420,586 $3,656
Institutional grants or scholarships 366 15% $2,950,050 $8,060
Student loan financial aid 1,230 50% $7,222,791 $5,872
• Federal student loans 1,221 49% $5,546,597 $4,543
• Other student loans 147 6% $1,676,194 $11,403

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Total of All Education Programs 4271 2850 382 403
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 18 1
Area Studies, Other 8
Latin American Studies 9
Russian Studies 1
Women’s Studies 1
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 249 53 17 9
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 24 11 3
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 235 7
Biometry/biometrics 11 1
Biostatistics 2
Epidemiology 2 3
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology, Other 9 4
Neuroscience 14 2
Business, Administration, Management, Marketing, etc. 930 238 17
Accounting 220 13 13
Business Administration and Management 228 142
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 48
Finance 214
Management Information Systems 4
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other 95
Marketing/marketing Management 131
Organizational Behavior Studies 35
Tourism and Travel Services Management 42
Communication and Journalism Programs 109 9
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other 93 9
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 16
Computing and Information Sciences 69 174 4 6
Computer and Information Sciences, Other 2
Computer and Information Sciences 67 33 4
Computer and Information Systems Security/information Assurance 34
Data Modeling/warehousing and Database Administration 4
Information Science/studies 85 2
Information Technology 22
Education 101 807 30 161
Administration Of Special Education 2
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1
Counselor Education/school Counseling and Guidance Services 52 1
Curriculum and Instruction 422 51
Education 26
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Autism 67
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Vision Impairments Including Blindness 1
Educational Leadership and Administration 142
Educational/instructional Technology 16
Health Teacher Education 79
Higher Education/higher Education Administration 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 22 5
Reading Teacher Education 1
Special Education and Teaching 186 12
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other 4
Teaching English As A Second or Foreign Language/esl Language Instructor 8
Engineering 342 192 17 45
Civil Engineering, Other 50 13 1 2
Computer Engineering 14 21 1 1
Computer Software Engineering 51 2
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 60 31 3 3
Engineering, Other 198 11 21
Industrial Engineering 27
Operations Research 1
Systems Engineering 20 49 1 15
English Language, Composition and Literature/letters 421 116 3
Creative Writing 41
English Language and Literature 147
English Literature (british and Commonwealth) 75
Rhetoric and Composition 274
Writing 3
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 33 13
Foreign Languages and Literatures 33 13
Health Services and Allied Health Sciences 302 143 2 17
Athletic Training/trainer 15
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist 9
Community Health and Preventive Medicine 20
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other 66 5 2
Health/health Care Administration/management 28
Hospital and Health Care Facilities Administration/management 5
International Public Health/international Health 8
Public Health 14
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other 6
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 192 88 2 4
History 143 58 2
History 143 58 2
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 163 3 1
Criminal Justice/law Enforcement Administration 3 1
Criminal Justice/police Science 163
Human Services 48 309 15 18
Public Administration 18 107
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other 13 7
Public Policy Analysis 133 15 11
Social Work 30 56
Legal and Law Studies 2 224
Law 224
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 1
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies, Other 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 182 8
Humanities/humanistic Studies 8
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 115
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 67
Mathematics and Statistics 28 23 3 5
Applied Mathematics, Other 1
Mathematics 28 6 1
Statistics 17 4
Statistics, Other 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies 35 264 21 77
Biological and Physical Sciences 6
Gerontology 3
Mathematics and Computer Science 2 4 7 2
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 216 48
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution 33 44 8 24
Physical Sciences 62 26 4
Astronomy 2
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology
Chemistry 29 15
Geology and Earth Science 19 6 1
Physical Sciences 2
Physics 12 1
Physics, Other 5
Psychology 327 62 15 7
Educational Psychology 5
Psychology 327 57 15 7
Social Sciences 570 182 19 23
Anthropology 28 3
Economics 120 50 19
Geography 14 17 10
Geography, Other 13
International Relations and Affairs 141 84
Political Science and Government 24
Political Science and Government, Other 211
Sociology 56 4
Visual and Performing Arts 248 76 1
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 19 3
Art/art Studies 1 5
Cinematography and Film/video Production 18
Dance 17 1
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts 21
Fine and Studio Arts Management 38 1
Music Performance 54
Music 24
Visual and Performing Arts 118 5
Work and Family Studies 4
Human Nutrition 4
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Latin American Studies B
Russian/Slavic Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Arts – General B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Film Production/Cinematography B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Decision science and operations management B
Finance/Banking B
Marketing Management B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Health Teacher Education B
Physical Education B


Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Electronics and communications engineering B
Systems Engineering B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

Foreign Language & Literature – General B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Health science B
Nursing (RN) B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Integrative studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Mathematics/Computer Science B
Neuroscience B
Peace/Conflict Resolution Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B
Parks, Recreation & Fitness – General B
Tourism and events management B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Astronomy B
Chemistry B
Geology B
Global and environmental change B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B
Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Police Science B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
International Relations B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

George Mason University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(703) 993-1000
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address:4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:34,909
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):67%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:16 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:26,132 (75% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$11,300
Out-of-state Tuition:$32,582
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:73%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$8,321

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

George Mason University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at George Mason University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies121
Biological and Biomedical Sciences6275
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services166
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs11
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services5362
English Language and Literature/Letters132
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics111
Health Professions and Related Programs4563
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service2241
Legal Professions and Studies2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities31
Mathematics and Statistics3122
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies5354
Natural Resources and Conservation111
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies11
Philosophy and Religious Studies21
Physical Sciences633
Public Administration and Social Service Professions3251
Social Sciences2683
Visual and Performing Arts2671
Grand total54688536

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at George Mason University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences12
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services1
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services211
Health Professions and Related Programs1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies1
Social Sciences1
Grand total1238

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at George Mason University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
Books and supplies$1,200

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid2,30873%
Grant or scholarship aid1,79857%$8,321
Student loan aid1,66953%$8,340

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid10,58346%$6,833
Federal student loans10,15944%$6,971

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for George Mason University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled George Mason University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

Number of applicants15,5486,9028,646
Percent admitted100%79%83%
Percent admitted who enrolled21%23%19%

Admissions Considerations

Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

George Mason University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment34,909
Undergraduate enrollment23,817
Graduate enrollment11,092

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

George Mason University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • 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 ( INTO George Mason Academic English Program)
  • 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

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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