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– Top 50 U.S. News Rankings: Mason Boasts 14 Graduate Programs

George Mason University’s nursing doctoral program ranks first among public universities in the U.S. News and World Report graduate program evaluations, while the law school secures a position in the top three within the Washington, Maryland, and Virginia region.

The ascent of George Mason University’s nursing programs in the graduate program assessments by U.S. News and World Report signifies readiness to address the heightened demand for highly skilled healthcare professionals in the commonwealth.

The doctor of nursing practice program at Mason now holds the top spot among public institutions, marking a significant rise of 27 positions from the previous year, and secures the second position nationally, climbing 37 spots. Additionally, the nursing master’s program has advanced to the fourth spot among public universities, up by 17 positions, and tenth nationally, a leap of 28 spots.

Furthermore, the master of public health program has surged ahead by 23 positions, now standing at 53rd place nationally among all institutions and 35th among public universities. The social work program ranks 47th among public institutions, while the health systems management program secures the 17th position among public universities and 32nd nationally. Mason proudly hosts Virginia’s first [mason students by the pond].

Dean Melissa Perry of the College of Public Health emphasizes Mason’s commitment to excellence and innovation in public health education, research, and practice, setting the standard for interprofessional education in Virginia. The programs aim to equip future health professionals with the necessary knowledge and skills to tackle contemporary health challenges effectively.

Overall, Mason boasts 21 graduate programs in the top 50 among public universities and 14 programs in the top 50 nationally across all universities.

The law program at Mason has made significant strides, advancing to the 11th spot among public schools and 28th among all law schools nationally. This achievement positions it as the third-best law school in Washington, D.C., Virginia, and Maryland. Particularly noteworthy is the part-time program, which ranks second nationally among all public law schools.

Dean Ken Randall of Scalia Law School expresses pride in achieving the highest ranking in the school’s history, highlighting the program’s strong performance. Additionally, the special education program has seen progress, securing the 16th spot among public institutions and 17th among all institutions.

The homeland security program at Mason ranks fourth nationally and among public universities. Moreover, the school excels in public affairs, ranking 39th nationally and 26th among public universities, as well as in nonprofit management, public management and leadership, and public policy analysis.

Dean Mark Rozell of the Schar School commends the academic programs and research quality, emphasizing the school’s growth in the rankings. The Schar School’s reputation aligns with the value it offers to students and professionals in the Washington, D.C., region, providing access to leaders, policymakers, and expert faculty.

Interim Provost Ken Walsh acknowledges Mason’s investments in graduate education, underscoring the institution’s commitment to excellence and the dedication of faculty, students, and staff. The recognition received reflects the impact of research and scholarship produced by these programs.

In 2022, Mason introduced its Graduate Division, enhancing student support services and establishing a dedicated graduate success center to bolster graduate funding for programs. Various professional development initiatives, including the Accelerate to Industry program and the Graduate Student Career Conference, aim to equip students with essential work-readiness skills.

The release of Engineering School rankings, Clinical Psychology program rankings, and Medical School rankings by U.S. News has been postponed. For the detailed rankings, please refer to the official announcement.

Mason students savor a delightful spring afternoon by Mason Pond. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Office of University Branding.