Mason in the Rankings

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Updated February 7, 2024

"[These] rankings reflect the value and performance families are looking for from a college education, and Mason’s year-over-year enrollment increases and placement of our graduates confirm that we are now a destination for graduates from Virginia and beyond."

U.S. News and World Report 

Read - U.S. News & World Report: Mason has 10 graduate programs in the top 30 nationally

Read - Mason's Antonin Scalia Law School ranked second in the commonwealth and D.C. Area

Read - Nine Mason online programs ranked by U.S. News in top 50 among public universities

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Overall Ranking

51 105

Innovation

8 (best in VA)

20

Social Mobility

51 (best in VA)

72

Best school for veterans

49

69 (tied with American)

 

Undergraduate programs

Among publics

Nationally

Business

52

84 (tied with American)

Computer Science

59

100

Economics

43

99

Engineering

67

105

Nursing

85

112

Psychology

36

67 (tied with George Washington)

Teaching

17 (tied with UVA)

48 (tied with Gallaudet)

 

Graduate programs

Among publics

Nationally

Biological Sciences

66 (tied with Virginia Tech)

119

Biological Sciences

59

96

Chemistry

113 (tied with ODU)

173

Civil Engineering

66

90

Clinical Psychology

74

101 (tied with George Washington, Catholic University)

Computer Engineering

38

64 (tied with George Washington)

Computer Science

38

65

Constitutional Law

20

42

Contracts Law

12 29

Corporate Law

13

36

Criminal Law

45

94

Criminology

10 (best in VA)

10

Earth Science

91

124

Education

65

83

Electrical Engineering

58

93

Elementary Education

16

20

Engineering

53

82

English

62

99

Fine Arts

73 (tied with George Washington)

39

Healthcare Management

17

32 (tied with Georgetown)

Homeland Security

5 (best in VA)

5

Industrial Engineering

25 (tied with UVA)

34

Industrial Organization Psychology

4

5

Intellectual Property Law

9 (Best in VA; tied with UVA)

22

International Law

30

67

International Law

30

67

Law School

12

32

Math

56

91 (tied with George Washington)

Nonprofit Management

9

13

Nursing DNP

28

39

Nursing Masters

21

38

Part-time Law

1

4

Part-time MBA

40 (tied with William & Mary)

65

Physics

72

113 (tied with George Washington)

Psychology

47

80

Public Affairs

27 (tied with VCU)

39

Public Finance

18 (best in VA)

24

Public Health

50 (tied with VCU)

76

Public Policy Analysis

21

34

Social Work

54

79

Sociology

57

84

Special Education

17

19

Statistics

39

54

Tax Law

38

74

Trial Advocacy Law

22

64

Online masters programs

Among publics

Nationally

Business (non-MBA)

44

62

Business (MBA)

54

74

MBA for Veterans

41

50

Education

40 (tied with VCU)

45

Education (curriculum and instruction)

17 (tied with ODU, William and Mary)

17

Education (Special Ed)

8

8

Education for Veterans

14

14

Engineering

51

67

Information Technology

35

50

Nursing

34 (best in the DMV)

49

Nursing for Veterans

11

18

 

The New York Times

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Economic Diversity

19 (best in VA) 56

 

Foundation for Independent Rights and Expression (FIRE)

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Student free speech and open inquiry

8 8

 

Times Higher Education

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Overall

52

87

Arts and Humanities

46 (tied with William & Mary)

80

Business and Economics

48 (tied with ODU)

79 (tied with American)

Clinical and Health

33 (tied with Virginia Tech)

58

Computer Science

45 (tied with ODU, UMBC)

73 (tied with George Washington)

Education

56 (tied with ODU, UMBC, William & Mary)

74 (tied with Howard)

Engineering

62 (tied with VCU)

96

Law

5

15

Life Sciences

57

88

Physical Sciences

72 (tied with ODU)

109

Psychology

41 (tied with VCU)

69

Social Sciences

30 (tied with Virginia Tech)

59

 

National Science Foundation

Read: NSF rankings show Mason ahead of research funding goals

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Total Research Funding

78

117

Federally Funded Research

75

115

Institutions without Medical Schools

60

85

Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences: Total Research Funding

50

61

Atmospheric and Ocean Sciences: Federally Funded Research

31

42

Computer Sciences: Total Research Funding

21

32

Computer Sciences: Federally Funded Research

13

20

Engineering

52

73

Mathematics

43

62

Social Sciences: Total Research Funding

7

10 (Best in the DMV)

Social Sciences: Federally Funded Research

23 (Best in Virginia)

33

 

Washington Monthly

Read: 2023 College Guide and Rankings

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Overall

60

91

Pell Grant performance

55 (best in VA)

73

Social mobility

34 (best in VA)

54

Best bang for the buck (Southeast)

8 (best in VA)

25

 

Forbes

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Overall

40

93

 

Academic Rankings of World Universities (Shanghai Rankings)

Category Among Publics Nationally
Atmospheric Science 18 (best in VA) 25
Business Administration 57 78
Clinical Medicine 39 76
Communication 47 (best in VA) 65
Computer Science 46 73
Earth Science 44 (best in VA, tie with UVA) 60)
Ecology 60 76
Economics 31 57
Education 41 56
Electronic Engineering 50 (best in VA, tie with VCU) 76
Information Science 19 26
Law 10 23
Management 52 79
Materials Science 52 79
Political Science 53 88
Psychology 51 80
Public Administration 33 (best in VA, tie with UVA) 47
Public Health 33 67

 

Wall Street Journal/College Pulse

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Overall

33

95

Social mobility

41 (best in VA)

56

 

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Ed.

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Communications technology

5 (Best in VA)

15

Health, fitness, and recreation

31

67

Homeland Security

18 (Best in VA)

35

Humanities

30

46

Public administration

30

84

 

Money

Read - In Money’s 2023 College Rankings, Mason is a star

 

Overall

 

Awarded one of America's Best Colleges

4.5/5 Stars

 

 

EduRank

Category

Among publics

Nationally

Broadcast journalism

37 (best in VA) 53

Conflict resolution

10 (best in VA) 20

Criminology

19 (best in VA)

25

Data Administration

19 (best in VA)

29

Early childhood education

19 21

Entrepreneurship

1 2

Human rights law

7 (best in VA) 23

Intellectual property law

7 (best in VA) 19

International economics

25 46

International relations

17 (best in VA) 35

Political economy

12 (best in VA) 24

Public policy administration

15 (best in VA) 26

Remote sensing engineering

30 (best in VA) 38

Software engineering

13 18

Special education

27 32

UX/UI design

10 14

Web design

8 (best in VA) 11

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