Mason makes strong showing in latest worldwide rankings

Horizon Hall, the newest classroom building on Mason's Fairfax Campus. Photo by Evan Cantwell/Creative Services

George Mason University has five programs in the top 100 in the world in the latest Academic Rankings of World Universities. The university also gained in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

In the Academic Rankings of World Universities, Mason’s law program at the Antonin Scalia Law School led the way at No. 35 worldwide. Atmospheric science came in at No. 40, and economics, public administration, and communication placed in the 51-75 grouping.

Atmospheric science (16th among publics and 24th nationally), economics (14th among publics, 31st nationally), public administration (16th among publics and 21st nationally), and communication (25th among publics and 32nd nationally) all were judged best in Virginia.

Mason’s law program is ranked No. 32 in the United States and No. 17 among publics, surpassed only by the University of Virginia among commonwealth’s institutions.

Mason is No. 34 among public universities in the United States (up two spots from last year and tied with Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth), and No. 63 nationally (up three spots and tied with Georgetown, Virginia Tech and Virginia Commonwealth).

Mason is ranked in the 201-300 group worldwide.

The rankings, compiled by the ShanghaiRankings Consultancy, are based on indicators such as the number of papers authored by an institution in an academic subject; the average impact of those papers, as measured by InCites; the number of papers published in top journals and conferences in an academic subject; and the number of staff at an institution winning significant awards in an academic subject.

In the Times Higher Education rankings, Mason placed 33rd among U.S. public universities (up four spots from 2021 and tied with Virginia Tech), and 63rd among all universities nationally (up seven spots and tied with Virginia Tech and Howard University). Mason is in the 251-300 grouping worldwide.

In the Best Value Schools ranking of bachelor’s programs in sustainability, Mason is 10th among public institutions and 14th nationally.

Other Mason rankings in the Academic Rankings of World Universities:


Among publics


Clinical medicine



Public health

25 (tied with Maryland-Balt., Virginia Tech, VCU

53 (tied with Georgetown, Maryland-Balt., Virginia Tech, VCU)

Business administration


56 (tied with George Washington, Georgetown)


38 (tied with Virginia Tech)

48 (tied with American, George Washington, Virginia Tech)

Tourism and events management



Electrical engineering


59 (tied with George Washington)



55 (tied with George Washington)

Political sciences





79 (tied with American)

Earth science

46 (tied with Old Dominion)

64 (tied with Old Dominion)






90 (tied with George Washington, Georgetown)


67 (tied with Virginia, VCU)

84 (tied with Virginia, VCU