Mason tops the list for criminal justice and corrections in national ranking

George Mason University’s criminal justice and corrections program was the No. 1 rated program in the U.S. among 400 universities surveyed, according to a new ranking by College Factual.

Mason also finished in the top 1 percent of schools surveyed in the “homeland security, law enforcement and firefighting” category.

The Troy, N.Y.-based ranking service measures the quality and value of four-year undergraduate programs based on 11 factors, including post-graduate earnings, SAT scores, student loan default rates, starting salaries, faculty compensation and others.

Other Mason programs finished in the Top 5, 10 and 15 percent of their fields:

Top 5 percent:

  • Diversity and Ethnic Diversity
  • Liberal Arts
  • Liberal Arts General Studies
  • Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Social Work


Top 10 percent:

  • Accounting
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Teacher Education (subject-specific)
  • Nursing
  • Public Health
  • Public Administration and Social Service
  • Music



Top 15 percent:

  • Business, Management and Marketing
  • Computer and Information Sciences
  • Education
  • English Language and Literature
  • Health Professions
  • History
  • Public Administration
  • Social Sciences
  • Political Science and Government
  • Visual and Performing Arts

To see the rest of Mason’s College Factual rankings, click here.

In addition, Mason’s online Executive Master’s of Business Administration program is ranked No. 9 in the country by MBA Today. Some 470 online programs were evaluated and ranked based on estimated tuition costs, accreditation, PayScale early career salary and prestige. The full list is here.