George Mason University School of Business MBA Review

By - April 17, 2018
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George Mason University is a public college founded in 1972. It currently is ranked the #140th best national university according to US News and World Report. Its current undergraduate enrollment is 23,812. Its main campus is located in northern Virginia near Washington DC. The George Mason School of Business offers an online MBA that is ranked #47 in the US according to US News.

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Well-ranked MBA program considering its cost

The tuition for the online MBA at GMU is $950 per credit hour, which is reasonable when you consider it is ranked as the #47 part time MBA in the US according to US News and World Report. It is tied with respected institutions that include Purdue University, University of Illinois Chicago and the University of North Carolina Charlotte.

The program website states that recent graduates of the MBA program have gone on to work in these types of business positions:

  • Financial analyst
  • Contract specialist
  • Director
  • Logistics director
  • Project manager
  • Senior analyst
  • Senior consultant
  • Contracting officer
  • Marketing director

Business programs are accredited by the AACSB

The AACSB is a global business education accreditation organization first established in 1916. It is recognized as the gold standard of accreditation organizations for business schools across the world. Only AACSB accredited colleges are considered for rankings by US News and World Report.

The School of Business at GMU has been accredited by the AACSB since 1991. It is one of 10% of business schools in the world who carry this accreditation. Holding this prestigious accreditation is especially important for an online MBA program.

Fully online MBA is available

For students who have busy professional and personal lives, it can be challenging to find an online MBA program of good quality that allows you to earn the entire degree online. You can do so at George Mason University. However, you do have the option if you wish to do a global residency that can provide you with the international business skills you need to move into many high paying managerial positions.

Lifetime career services available

The career services professionals at GMU are experienced helping graduates find work as soon as possible after graduation. Each MBA student and graduate receives individual attention to advance their business career. You have access to these resources for life.

High ROI

The 2017 MBA class at GMU has experienced high ROI, according to statistics published on the website:

  • 30% of students got a new position
  • 39% were promoted
  • 69% got a raise

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Business school is unranked by US News and World Report

While the online MBA program is ranked #46, the business school itself is not ranked by US News. Seeing the business school ranked by US News and World Report can help employers to determine the MBA is high quality.

National university ranking is relatively low

US News and World Report ranks this school only #140 in the US, which is a fairly low ranking. Its total score is only 42 out of 100, so this is not a highly regarded college in the eyes of US News and World Report.

School is not selective

At the entire university, 81% of students were admitted, which indicates the school will take most students who apply. This suggests the school is of lower quality than some competing colleges.

Four year graduation rate is low

The four year graduation rate is only 46%. This indicates many students do not complete their degree in the normal four years. However, it is only fair to point out that many students at GMU attend school part time and may finish their degree in five or six years.

The Details

General Information

  • Founded in 1972
  • Application deadline: Rolling for MBA
  • Application fee: $50
  • School type: Private
  • Term Schedule: Semester
  • Location: Fairfax VA
  • Student-faculty ratio: 16:1

Tuition Rates

  • MBA – $950 per credit hour

Business Degrees

  • Master of Business Administration


Class Profile

  • 81% acceptance rate at entire university

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • Overall 4 year graduation rate is 46%, which is below average.
  • Overall graduation rate is 67% within six years, which is about average.

US News Rankings

  • National universities: 140
  • Best colleges for veterans: 89
  • Best value schools: 103
  • Top public schools: 68
  • High school counselor rankings: 75
  • Best online graduate business programs (not MBA): 56
  • Part time MBA: 47
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