George Mason University Graduate Schools

George Mason University (referred to as GMU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Fairfax, VA. It is classified as a Research University (very high research activity) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice. The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at George Mason University is $16,644 for Virginia residents and $37,956 for out-of-state students. The school has 11,437 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 38,541 including undergraduate students.

Graduate School Overview

George Mason University (referred to as GMU) is a Public, 4 years school located in Fairfax, VA. It is classified as a Research University (very high research activity) school by Carnegie Classification and its highest level of offering is Doctor's degree - research/scholarship and professional practice.
The school is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges (1/1/1972 - Current).
GMU Directory Information
School NameGeorge Mason University (GMU)
Address4400 University Dr, Fairfax, VA 22030-4444
Phone703-993-1000
Webhttps://www2.gmu.edu
Online Applicationhttps://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/apply-now
Financial Infohttps://www2.gmu.edu/admissions-aid/financial-aid
The 2022 graduate school tuition & fees at George Mason University is $16,644 for Virginia residents and $37,956 for out-of-state students. The school has 11,437 graduate students where it has a total enrollment of 38,541 including undergraduate students.
It offers total 293 graduate programs through Post-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice). Among them, 54 programs are available online classes.
Graduate School 2022 Key Facts
School TypePublic, 4 years
Tuition & Fees$37,956
$16,644 for Virginia Residents
Student Population11,437
Offered Degrees/ProgramsPost-Bachelor Certificate, Master's, Post-Master Certificate, Doctorate (Research), and Doctorate (Professional Practice)
Number of Programs293 graduate programs
(54 programs available online learning)
Student to Faculty Ratio17 to 1
The graduate tuition & fees at George Mason University is $16,644 for Virginia residents and $37,956 for out-of-state students for the academic year 2021-2022. The tuition per credit hour is $693 for Virginia residents and $1,581 for out-of-state students.
George Mason University offers the alternative tuition plans.
George Mason University offers the distance education programs. All course works for completing a degree program can be done through online exclusively for graduate programs. In addition, the distance learning courses are offered for students who are not enrolled online exclusively.
On its campus, academic/career services, employment services for students, placement services for completers, on-campus daycare for students' children are provided for their students.
Special Learning Opportunities & On-campus Services
Distance Learning (Online Classes)54 Online Programs Available
Special learning Opportunities
  • ROTC (Army, Air Force)
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification
On-Campus Student Services
  • Academic/career services
  • Employment services for students
  • Placement services for completers
  • On-campus daycare for students' children

2022 Graduate Tuition, Fees, Other Expenses

For the academic year 2021-2022, the graduate school tuition & fees of George Mason University is $16,644 for Virginia residents and $37,956 for other students. The graduate tuition & fees are increased by 1.46% compared to previous academic year.
Data source: 2021-2022 tuition - NCES(National Center for Education Statistics (Last update: July 22, 2022)
2021-2022 Graduate Tuition & fees
Virginia ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
2017-2018$11,228$3,252$30,932$3,252
2018-2019$11,736$3,402$32,322$3,402
2019-2020$12,144$3,504$33,456$3,504
2020-2021$12,594$3,504$33,906$3,504
2021-2022$13,035$3,609$34,347$3,609
The graduate school tuition & fees of GMU is expensive compared to public graduate schools in Virginia. The average graduate school tuition for all graduate schools in United States is $19,204 and the Virginia graduate tuition is $27,804 (public) / $16,962 (private).
The next table compares the average graduate school tuition by location and school types.
Graduate Tuition & fees Comparison
ResidentsOut-of-State
George Mason University$16,644$37,956
All Graduate Schools$15,958$19,204
Public$11,320$20,434
Private$19,234
Virginia Graduate Schools$14,484$18,851
Public$14,613$27,804
Private$16,962
For academic year 2021-2022, the living costs are $20,192 when a student lives on-campus housing facilities (i.e. dormitory, school owned apartments, etc.) at George Mason University. On-campus living costs are increased by 3.51% compared to previous academic year. The off-campus living costs are $20,830. Off-campus living costs are increased by 7.60% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Living Expenses
Living On-CampusLiving Off-Campus
Room & BoardOther ExpenseRoom & BoardOther Expense
2017-2018$12,028$4,074$12,028$5,612
2018-2019$12,426$4,196$12,426$5,780
2019-2020$11,946$3,378$12,264$6,318
2020-2021$12,090$3,596$12,786$6,572
2021-2022$12,630$3,606$13,268$7,562
For academic year 2021-2022, the tuition per credit hour for graduate programs is $693 for Virginia residents and $1,581 for other students at George Mason University. The graduate tuition per credit hour are increased by 1.41% compared to previous academic year.
2021-2022 Graduation Program Tuition per Credit Hour
Virginia ResidentsOut-of-State
2017-2018$603$1,424
2018-2019$631$1,489
2019-2020$652$1,540
2020-2021$671$1,559
2021-2022$693$1,581
The law school tuition at George Mason University is $25,875 for Virginia residents and $41,261 for out-of-state students for academic year 2021-2022. Next table shows the tuition & fees for law school and/or medical schools at George Mason University.
2021-2022 Law School/Medical School Tuition at George Mason University
Virginia ResidentsOut-of-State
TuitionFeesTuitionFees
Law$23,142$2,733$38,528$2,733

Graduate Programs at GMU

George Mason University offers 220 graduate programs for Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The next table lists number of programs by offered degree and online availability along with number of completers by degree/certificate programs. Last year, 4,386 students have completed their study at George Mason University.
Offered Degrees at George Mason University
Award LevelTotal Number of ProgramsAvailable Online ClassNumber of Completers
Master's Degree94223,107
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship380281
Doctor's degree - other10158
Post Bachelor's Degree8722840
Total220444,386
The next table shows the popular graduate programs at George Mason University by award level.
  • The most popular Post-graduate Certificate program is the Applied Behavior Analysis program with 170 completers.
  • The most popular Master's program is the Curriculum and Instruction program with 422 completers.
  • The most popular Doctorate program is the Law program with 172 completers.
George Mason University offers 220 programs through Master's, Doctorate, and Post-Graduate Certificate. The programs are offered both in online and on-site education. Last year total 4,386 students have completed their graduate studies.
  • 3,107 students have earned/completed Master's program.
  • 158 students have earned/completed Doctorate (Practice) program.
  • 840 students have earned/completed Post-Bachelor's program.
Master's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Natural Resources and Conservation [+] 14 completers$52,800
Environmental Science14-
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 3 completers-
Near and Middle Eastern Studies3-
Communication and Journalism [+] 19 completers-
Speech Communication and Rhetoric19-
Communications Technologies [+] 1 completers-
Animation, Interactive Technology, Video Graphics and Special Effects1-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] (3 completers) 400 completers$90,500
Computer and Information Sciences91$90,500
Information Technology56-
Information Science/Studies8-
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration222-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications13-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance10-
Education [+] (2 completers) 945 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction422$53,400
Educational Leadership and Administration122$64,300
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration20-
Educational/Instructional Technology0-
Special Education and Teaching326$56,500
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services42$47,400
Art Teacher Education6-
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching7-
Engineering [+] (1 completers) 147 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering6-
Civil Engineering29-
Computer Engineering21$96,700
Computer Software Engineering32-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering26-
Systems Engineering20-
Construction Engineering1-
Industrial Engineering12-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 7 completers-
Foreign Languages and Literatures7-
Legal Studies [+] (4 completers) 67 completers-
Programs for Foreign Lawyers41-
Banking, Corporate, Finance, and Securities Law7-
Intellectual Property Law2-
Legal Research and Advanced Professional Studies (other)2-
Legal Professions and Studies (other)15-
English Language and Literature [+] 46 completers$55,100
Creative Writing22-
English Literature (British and Commonwealth24-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] (2 completers) 68 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences37-
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology (other)15-
Biometry/Biometrics13-
Biostatistics2-
Bioinformatics1-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 23 completers-
Mathematics7-
Statistics16-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] (1 completers) 128 completers-
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution71$49,000
Mathematics and Computer Science5-
International/Global Studies37-
Dispute Resolution0$66,900
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)15$55,400
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] 31 completers-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management14-
Kinesiology and Exercise Science17-
Philosophy and Religious Studies [+] 7 completers-
Philosophy7-
Physical Sciences [+] 15 completers-
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology3-
Chemistry1-
Geology/Earth Science4-
Physics7-
Psychology [+] (1 completers) 107 completers$68,800
Psychology67$68,800
Industrial and Organizational Psychology25-
Educational Psychology15-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] 102 completers$54,200
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration6-
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies26-
Critical Infrastructure Protection0-
28-
42-
Human Services [+] (1 completers) 241 completers-
Public Administration81$62,100
Public Policy Analysis71$64,900
Health Policy Analysis3-
Social Work79$47,400
Public Administration and Social Service Professions (other)7-
Social Sciences [+] (2 completers) 172 completers-
Anthropology10-
Economics68-
Geography4$68,300
Geographic Information Science and Cartography1-
International Relations and Affairs19$60,500
International Relations and National Security Studies (other)57-
Political Science and Government7$50,100
Sociology6-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 70 completers-
Visual and Performing Arts6-
Graphic Design1-
Art History, Criticism and Conservation7-
Fine Arts and Art Studies (other)0-
Music26-
Fine and Studio Arts Management30-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (2 completers) 237 completers-
Health/Health Care Administration/Management61$64,700
Athletic Training/Trainer11-
Public Health51$53,600
International Public Health/International Health2-
Medical Informatics51-
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist19-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse42$91,900
Business [+] (3 completers) 228 completers-
Business/Commerce31-
Business Administration and Management97$103,100
Project Management15-
Accounting57-
Organizational Behavior Studies17-
Real Estate11-
History [+] 29 completers-
History29$40,700
Total3,107
Doctorate (Research) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Natural Resources and Conservation [+] 7 completers-
Environmental Science7-
Communication and Journalism [+] 8 completers-
Health Communication8-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] 19 completers-
Computer and Information Sciences9-
Information Technology10-
Education [+] 27 completers$81,600
Education27$81,600
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Oth (other)0-
Engineering [+] 17 completers-
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering1-
Civil Engineering7-
Electrical and Electronics Engineering6-
Systems Engineering3-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] 4 completers-
Linguistics4-
English Language and Literature [+] 3 completers-
Rhetoric and Composition3-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, Humanities [+] 5 completers-
Humanities/Humanistic Studies5-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] 20 completers-
Biochemistry2-
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology (other)1-
Biometry/Biometrics13-
Neuroscience3-
Neurobiology and Anatomy1-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 9 completers-
Mathematics6-
Mathematical Statistics and Probability3-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 32 completers-
Biological and Physical Sciences7-
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution11-
Mathematics and Computer Science5-
Science, Technology and Society9-
Physical Sciences [+] 10 completers-
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology2-
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences (other)6-
Physics2-
Psychology [+] 20 completers-
Psychology20-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] 4 completers-
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration4-
Human Services [+] 13 completers-
Public Policy Analysis13-
Social Sciences [+] 26 completers-
Economics18-
Political Science and Government3-
Sociology5-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 9 completers-
Music (other)9-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] 39 completers-
Public Health (other)3-
Nursing Science3-
Nursing Practice33-
History [+] 9 completers-
History9-
Total281
Doctorate (Practice) Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Legal Studies [+] 158 completers-
Law158-
Total158
Post-Bachelor's Programs and Number of Completers
ProgramAvailable OnlineNumber of CompletersAverage Earning after graduation
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies [+] 3 completers-
Women's Studies3-
Communication and Journalism [+] 0 completers-
Technical and Scientific Communication0-
Computer and Information Sciences [+] (1 completers) 14 completers-
Computer and Information Sciences1-
Information Technology3-
Information Science/Studies0-
Data Modeling/Warehousing and Database Administration10-
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications0-
Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance0-
Education [+] (6 completers) 298 completers-
Curriculum and Instruction71-
Educational Leadership and Administration23-
Administration of Special Education0-
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration0-
International School Administration/Leadership0-
Educational/Instructional Technology64-
Educational Assessment, Testing, and Measurement0-
Special Education and Teaching33-
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented0-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Vision Impairments Including Blindness0-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Autism38-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services2-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching2-
International Teaching and Learning0-
Foreign Language Teacher Education6-
Music Teacher Education3-
Reading Teacher Education10-
Drama and Dance Teacher Education1-
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor45-
Engineering [+] (2 completers) 5 completers-
Engineering0-
Computer Software Engineering2-
Telecommunications Engineering2-
Systems Engineering0-
Operations Research1-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Linguistic, Comparative, and Related Language Studies and Services (other)0-
Work and Family Studies [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Developmental Services Worker0-
English Language and Literature [+] 3 completers-
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing3-
Biological and Biomedical Sciences [+] (3 completers) 89 completers-
Biology/Biological Sciences32-
Biomedical Sciences50-
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology (other)6-
Bioinformatics0-
Conservation Biology1-
Mathematics and Statistics [+] 3 completers-
Applied Mathematics (other)0-
Statistics3-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies [+] 16 completers-
Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution1-
Mathematics and Computer Science0-
Gerontology3-
Science, Technology and Society3-
Holocaust and Related Studies2-
Cognitive Science1-
Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis1-
Computational Science4-
Sustainability Studies1-
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies (other)0-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies [+] (1 completers) 0 completers-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management0-
Physical Fitness Technician0-
Psychology [+] (1 completers) 183 completers-
School Psychology9-
Applied Psychology4-
Applied Behavior Analysis170-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, and Firefighting [+] (1 completers) 16 completers-
Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management5-
Terrorism and Counterterrorism Operations5-
3-
3-
Human Services [+] 6 completers-
Public Administration4-
Education Policy Analysis1-
Health Policy Analysis0-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions (other)1-
Social Sciences [+] 14 completers-
Geography9-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography2-
National Security Policy Studies3-
Visual and Performing Arts [+] 9 completers-
Art/Art Studies8-
Visual and Performing Arts (other)1-
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences [+] (1 completers) 37 completers-
Public Health15-
Medical Informatics11-
Clinical Nutrition/Nutritionist2-
1-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse0-
Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse/Nursing8-
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences (other)0-
Business [+] (3 completers) 137 completers-
Business Administration and Management10-
Non-Profit/Public/Organizational Management7-
Accounting1-
Auditing36-
Accounting and Finance4-
Accounting and Related Services (other)11-
Management Information Systems0-
Management Science68-
Actuarial Science0-
History [+] 7 completers-
History (other)7-
Total840

Graduate Student Population at GMU

For academic year 2021-2022, total 11,437 students enrolled into George Mason University graduate schools where it has total 38,541 students including undergraduate students. By attending status, there are 4,428 full-time and 7,009 part-time graduate students. By gender, 4,641 male and 6,796 female students are attending graduate schools. The next table summarizes the graduate student population by gender and attending status.
Graduate School Student Population By Gender
TotalMaleFemale
Total11,4374,6416,796
Full-time4,4281,9472,481
Part-tme7,0092,6944,315
The next table summarizes the students population by race/ethnicity.
There are 5,567 White (48.68%), 1,158 Black/African American (10.13%), 1,001 Hispanic (8.75%), 1,225 Asian (10.71%), and 2,486 students with other races. 1,345 students are enrolled with non-resident alien status.
Graduate Student Population By Race/ethnicity
TotalMaleFemale
Total11,4374,6416,796
American Indian/Native American291217
Asian1,225462763
Black/African American1,158369789
Hispanic1,001352649
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander10010
White5,5672,2873,280
Two More18260122
Un-Known920409511
Non-resident Alien1,345690655
George Mason University offers the distance learning opportunities (online degree program and/or courses) for graduate programs. 7,351 graduate students (64.27% of total students) are enrolled online exclusively and 2,617 graduate students (22.88% of total students) are enrolled some online courses. The next table summarizes the online student population.
Distance Learning Student Population
Number of Graduate Students
Total11,437
Enrolled Online Exclusively7,351
Enrolled Some Online Courses2,617
Not in Online Courses1,469
The following table summarizes the graduate students population by age at George Mason University. 2,515 students are aged 20 to 24 (21.99% of total students), 1 students are aged below 20 (0.01%), 823 students are aged above 50 (7.20%). Next table summarizes the student population by age at George Mason University.
Graduate Student Population By Age
TotalMaleFemale
Total11,4374,6416,796
Age 18-19110
Age 20-21993267
Age 22-242,4168831,533
Age 25-293,5321,4792,053
Age 30-341,9418571,084
Age 35-391,232545687
Age 40-491,378506872
Age 50-64757291466
Over 64663927
Age Un-Known1587

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