Mason has strong showing in U.S. News graduate program rankings, led by security studies and part-time law

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George Mason University has a dozen graduate programs in the top 50 of the U.S. News and World Report rankings released March 12, 2019. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

George Mason University has 12 graduate programs ranked amongst the top 50 in new rankings released by U.S. News and World Report on March 12.

Leading the way were the security studies program in the Schar School of Policy and Government, which was ranked No. 2, and the part-time JD program at Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School, ranked No. 4.

Mason’s security studies program is ranked behind Arizona State University and ahead of such prestigious institutions as Columbia University and the Naval Postgraduate School.

“We continue to do what we do well, which is deliver a classroom experience grounded in both theory and practice in the field,” Schar School dean Mark J. Rozell said. “Our program is made up of full-time faculty who are both scholars and practitioners. Students see that investment by the school in their success.”

In addition to its part-time program, the law school’s intellectual property study area was ranked No. 32, and the overall law school was ranked No. 45, retaining its place as a top 50 program.

“I’m delighted that U.S. News again recognized Scalia Law in the top five for part-time juris doctor programs,” said Scalia Law School dean Henry N. Butler. “Part-time students are a proud tradition at the law school. Their experiences enrich the classroom, student organizations and the entire law school community.”

Several programs were ranked among the top 50. The criminology, law and society program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences is ranked 11th. The special education program in the College of Education and Human Development was ranked No. 16, and the part-time MBA program in the School of Business jumped 15 spots to No. 32.

“I’m particularly happy to see the growing recognition of one of our most practical and applied programs,” said School of Business dean Maury Peiperl. “The part-time MBA brings together program participants who know from experience how to get the job done, with faculty and guest speakers whose research and professional expertise helps them to raise their game. It’s an unbeatable combination that exemplifies Mason’s deep connection with business practice.”

The public policy analysis program also came in at No. 32, and the public affairs program ranked No. 47.

The health care management program in the College of Health and Human Services ranked at No. 33, and the industrial engineering program was ranked No. 36. Also in the College of Health and Human Services, the doctor of nursing practice (DNP) program improved by seven spots to rise to No. 37, and the master of science in nursing (MSN) was ranked No. 49, up from last year’s ranking of No. 55.

Mason’s graduate programs offer outstanding networking opportunities with more than 112,000 Mason alumni who live and work in the Washington, D.C., area, and classes offer convenient scheduling and online options.

See how Mason fares in other rankings such as Money Magazine and the Shanghai Rankings here.  See more details from the U.S. News 2020 edition of Best Graduate Schools here. Mason’s national rankings are also listed below:


Part-time MBA: 32


Overall program: 11


Special education: 16

Overall program: 52


Overall program: 111

Industrial: 36

Computer: 77

Civil: 89

Electrical: 90

Biomedical: 91


Overall program: 33

Public health: 78

Social work: 96


Part-time JD: 4

Intellectual property: 32

Overall program: 45

International law: 54

Trial advocacy: 76

Tax: 82

Health care: 86

Environmental: 127

Clinical training: 143

Legal writing: 152


DNP: 37

MSN: 49


Security studies: 2

Public policy analysis: 32

Overall program: 47