Indiana University - Bloomington Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.86 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 9 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 46,817 (36,862 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 36% part-time, 64% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,247 in-state; $25,153 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.07 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

There are a few things that are disconcerting about SPEA: 1. Grade inflation: These classes are hard, no doubt. Very difficult. In order to compensate, grades are inflated, which to me devalues the point of the education. Show me what I got. Tell me where I need to improve. 2. Financial Aid: There is some available, but finding it is very difficult, and SPEA isn't super interested in assisting you. 3. Professors: Most professors are very excited about teaching, and about the material they do teach. However, many adjuncts and the like are simply researchers and don't give the slightest care about what they are doing beyond their research. It shows in their students' ability and interest in the material.
4.21 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The education and experience I have gained at SPEA have altered the way I view and understand society’s most pressing issues. Through my coursework I feel confident entering the workforce and pursing my passion of helping mend the rift between human development and environmental conservation – a very complex and contentious issue. Not only have I gained invaluable skills and perspective at SPEA, but I have become empowered by the knowledge that I am not fighting this fight alone, and that my peers will be working alongside me to leave a positive mark on the world.
3.79 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

I believe the program gave me professional skills and was not solely focused on just academic knowledge, which I believe will really help me in my future career. I think the SPEA network is broad and I have met Speons truly all over the world, when I least expected it and in a professional capacity. I love the Bloomington community. There are always things to do, whether you are into music, the arts, the outdoors, or a foodie or beer and wine snob. As for the community, there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer and Bloomington has a strong focus on social programs and the environment, which is important for someone in SPEA. Also, it is relatively affordable and I always felt safe here. Now, for the downsides to SPEA - I felt that I could have benefited from an assigned academic adviser, or dedicated academic advisers on staff. Also, I feel that the career development office could use some revamping, as I did not find that they were much use to me when it came time for job hunting. While Bloomington is very diverse for a small-ish Indiana city, we could always use some more diversity! SPEA itself appeared to make an effort to include international from various backgrounds, and also domestic students from various backgrounds, so there were always interesting people to talk to.
3.93 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

I have been largely impressed with SPEA's graduate programs. More impressive still is the quality of character in the students that SPEA attracts. Definitely some future change agents and world leaders in this group...
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

The graduate program is challenging and worth it because it was an eye opener to me, I learnt new things that I was not used to. The instructors were accessible and provided a suitable and conducive platform for learning. My level of thinking changed drastically and this has improved on how I see things and how I can be a solution provider in my own little way.
2.86 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

This program is slowly evolving into something better, but it's not quite there yet. Students feel as if they don't quite belong in SPEA even though the placement within the school is ften emphasized. Some classes are good, others need better instructors and structure.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

PRO: diverse course offerings, generally engaged faculty, talented and respectful peers CON: career development and alumni support is still being developed, overall program needs more structure for the young student body
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