George Mason University

Fairfax, VA 22030

George Mason University (GMU) is a public institution in Fairfax County, Virginia. Established in 1949, it started as a branch campus of the University of Virginia. GMU became an independent institution in 1972. It is named after George Mason, who was a delegate to the U.S. Constitutional Convention. However, he was one of three delegates who refused to sign the declaration. Along with the campus in Fairfax, GMU operates four other campuses, including a campus in Songdo, South Korea. The remaining three campuses are in Virginia. GMU operates over a dozen professional schools and colleges, including the College of Health and Human Services, which was founded in 1985 as the GMU School of Nursing.

The university offers several CCNE-accredited nursing programs. Available programs include options for earning a BSN, MSN, DNP, or Ph.D. Registered nurses may apply to the RN to BSN or RN to MSN programs. A BSN to DNP program is also available. Students enrolled in the traditional or accelerated BSN programs receive clinical experiences at various clinical settings throughout the metro DC area. The accelerated program is a 12-month, full-time program while the traditional program may be completed in two years after completing two years of prerequisite courses.


Campus LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate87%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. Masters degrees (MSN, RN to MSN)
  2. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP, PhD)
  3. Accelerated BSN
  4. RN to BSN
  5. BSN

    The GMU BSN Program allows three tracks of entry into the BSN program with the first track being a two year curriculum for full time study following the completion of nursing pre-requisite and general education college level requirements.

    The second track is a mobility program for RNs with current unencumbered licenses to pursue a BSN and to be completed in one year of full time study without considering perquisite and general education coursework. The other accelerated BSN program is open to students who possess Bachelor degrees in another field and  is intended to be completed in one year of full time study.

    The program admits students who have already completed the pre-nursing curriculum in two years of full time college enrollment to be admitted into the nursing program in the fall of their junior year for the first two tracks and either spring or fall for the third track.

    Admission to the program is competitive with qualified candidates ranked on the basis of their application documents. All applicants accepted into the BSN program are required to submit health clearance including immunization series.

    All students must also have current CPR certification for health care providers and current health insurance for clinical components.

    BSN students, except RN-BSN candidates will be required to take part in preparation for the National Council Licensure Examination in a manner that is integrated into all components of the curriculum as well as in exam format.

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 206
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Postbaccalaureate certificate 4
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 33
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 0
Nursing Science Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 5
Nursing Practice Doctor's degree - research/scholarship 26

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from George Mason University

ALMA School of Nursing and Allied Health
7.82 miles away
Star College
9.14 miles away
Alexandria City Schools
10.16 miles away
ECPI University - Manassas Campus
10.19 miles away
American International Institute of Health
11.98 miles away
University of the District of Columbia
15.15 miles away
University of Maryland-University College
21.83 miles away
University of Maryland-College Park
22.49 miles away
Bowie State University
32.16 miles away
University of Mary Washington
37.59 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1972 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
04/11/2012 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
10/09/2004 - Current



Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading530 to 620
SAT: Math530 to 630
ACT Composite24 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Considered but not required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$15,089
30k to 48k$15,800
48k to 75k$18,989
75k to 110k$21,584
Over 110k$23,680
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $471.00 $1,358.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $572.00 $1,350.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Non-resident alien
Two or more races
Race/ethnicity unknown
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Nurses Scholarship - American Legion Auxiliary Department of virginia

Applicants must be daughters, sons grandsons, etc of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the american legion.

Mary Virginia Macrae Memorial Merit Award

A $400.00 nursing education merit award shall be given annually by the Iowa Department of the American Legion Auxiliary in memory of the late Mary Virginia Macrae, who served as the first [...]

American Legion Auxiliary Department of Virginia Past Presidents Parley Nurses Scholarship

Applicants must be daughters, sons, grandsons, etc. of veterans who served during eligibility dates for membership in the American Legion. Applicants must be in their senior year or graduates [...]

Edward J. and Virginia M. Routhier Nursing Scholarship

Candidates must be residents of Newport County, and a graduate from a high school in Rhode Island. Scholarships are open to individuals accepted into, and in attendance at any accredited [...]

Genevieve Saran Richmond Award

This scholarship has been donated by Leslie and Virginia Fiur to a nursing student with a disability.

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Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Virginia state board of nursing
George Mason University
4400 University Dr
Fairfax, VA 22030

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