Boise State University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.99 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 23,854 (20,186 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 74% part-time, 26% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,754 in-state; $24,070 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2011

The graduate program at Boise State University offers a lot of flexibility throughout your journey during your master degree. I am very pleased with the support, and feedback I received from my proffessors. During my culmination activity my committee members encouraged me to continue working with my master project. During this past summer after two years of my graduation I converted my project into a book that is going to be published by March 2014. Because the great experience I had with students, professors and other members in general, I applied for the doctoral program in education. I started in this spring 2014. I am very excited, and as I result of my first class, we will be presenting our final paper in a Rouge Forum in Denver. Boise State professors are committed to work with you and offer you opportunities and experiences for you to grow in your carreer. I am very happy and pleased for all the knowledge, motivation, and experiences I obtained as part of my master program. Now, I can not wait until I start my dissertation and get my doctor degree. The only pros I will add to my experience is the lack of information many departments give you during your journey. I was an independent student that always read all the paperwork and do some research myself to make sure the information received is accurate. There were moments that many people will send you in different directions at the same time. But due to my determination, and independence I made my journey a really enjoyable one.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is rich different skills to learn in the field of Instructional design and performance technology. I really like the fact that they teach what they preach which is actually a learning methodology that works through apprenticeship, teamwork and hands-on practical application. The only thing I didn't like is one teacher who I thought was either particularly prejudiced towards persons who had experience in the field. Also, the live discussions by Skype were a bit intimidating. This seems to be a very well known program for persons who are already practicing the skills of an instructional designer, but need their Master's degree to move up or move on in their job. Many of your peers will already be working in the field, so you can learn from professionals, but they are also your competition for grades. Therefore those of us new to the theories are always left a little bit in the dark when it comes to the 'actual practice' we are asked to perform. Professors and counselors are helpful and willing to help, but there is a lot to 'teach yourself' particularly in the use of WORD charts and diagrams (shapes and illustrations) that you may have to teach yourself if you have no prior experience making diagrams. I'm not thrilled with the LMS system of Lotus Notes and did not especially like the number of books we had to buy when many times we rarely used them extensively. Considering the length of the courses, three enormous books at $100-150.00 each is really too many books to buy. Certainly for the amount of assigned reading, the professors should be more judicious about choosing only one book and adding resource articles for additional instruction. Team work across time zones requires non-cognitive skills such as leadership, civility, time management and sometimes new technology. I found the that I could do my work much faster alone than in a team but always learned more when I was in a team. Unfortunately, you can also get stuck in a lousy team and get a poor grade because of a teammate. I really feel that practice projects with team members is important while major projects for grades should be independent work.
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I have enjoyed my program. It has been very challenging. The classes size is small and the quality of professors is high. I would like to see a more comprehensive screening process for applicants.
4.38 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: The accessibility to the counselors and the instructors is excellent. One reason I left a prior distance learning program is that the support services were extremely weak. This college is fully set up to handle distance learning with a personal touch. I really like the reminders and help that the counselors give me to help me make course selections and help me with my problems in class (hardly an issue except one or two times.) The technical support is also superior to the other program I was in. Another reason I like this school is that the students seem to be professionals already working in my field which means I am rubbing shoulders with peers who can really help me in my career and with the practical application of the learning goals. Since I am a novice in my chosen field of study, this has been really helpful. The average age is 30-45 yrs. We have a few students right out of undergrad, but they are the exception. I was uneasy about the class teamwork required especially due to my time zone, but so far, it has worked out extremely well and every one has been very professional. I have never had a team member who doesn't pull their weight. Cons: One instructor had a very controlling online presence where we were required to talk with him/her weekly. I didn't enjoy that at all and I think my grade suffered for it. I am more comfortable on-line than being a student in class due to the fact that English is my second language. I have an easier time reading the coursework and responding in writing in order to express my thoughts. Another Con is that the program changed the PROGRAM title half-way through my residency and I was surprised and disappointed that students were never consulted or asked their thoughts and opinions about this. I can see changing names of a program (potentially meaningful because of the words and description of the program) for all new students entering the program for the first time as they are "Purchasing" that name and program title. I paid for the other title and I am not happy with the program name change. It sounds small-minded, but I chose the program based on what would be eventually written on my degree. I probably would never have chosen this school if I had encountered this program by the new name. This made me feel undermined in my first three semesters. I believe the coursework has not changed, but the perception by future employers may now be different. I hope it doesn't adversely affect my job prospects. Another Con for me is that one has to be very proficient in working with certain software in order to create design work required in the coursework. One might want to discuss this with the counselor before enrolling and do some pre-semester training before entering the program. I've had a steep learning curve due to this. Another Con for me is that some professors require too much course work for the credits offered. I have put in an average of 12 hours per week for the minimum of 3-4 credits per semester of coursework, This is a doable goal for someone working full-time, 40 hours per week in a professional job with many responsibilities or in management. But I have also put in over 25 hours for the same 3 credits. I think the latter amount (almost double of what is promised) is too much for a career person who works full time. I have worked with my counselor to choose professors more carefully and review the coursework prior to registration date to avoid this kind of disparity in course-load between professors. Watch out, some do require lots of busy work. A word of warning to those who already work in a university which is on the semester system. You are going to take Graduate work at Boise which is also a semester system. Typically this means that your career deadlines are the exact same ones that occur in your Graduate studies. So if you are starting classes in your career, you are also starting classes at grad school. If you are preparing to give midterm exams, you are also taking your midterm exams or writing midterm reports. I am finding that this calendar match up is one of the most difficult things for me. I wish I had chosen a school with 8 week courses or a quarter system due to the 16 week calendar bunch up in my career. I feel that sometimes my school work suffers because I can't let my career suffer and doing both at the same time is demanding extraordinary effort on my part. I try to work ahead, but sometimes you can't avoid weeks where you are required to travel or weeks with lots of career goals intermingling with your professor's need to overwork you at the same time. If you don't see your family or friends at all and you can't remember why you are going to grad school, you will remember this warning. I wish Boise state would move to the 8-week courses popular with other online schools, especially for the 30-55 yr. olds who have busy lives. I'd rather take twice the courses at a faster pace.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Instructional Technology
Graduation Year: 2015

I had tremendous technology support that was very timely. Most instructors gave great feedback on assignments. My learning curve was steep so the support and feedback was fundamental to my success. The server was down a couple of times which made assignment submissions just before deadline, scary. I am loving online learning and BSU!
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

I absolutely loved this program! I was highly active in campus life and built relationships with the faculty and I believe this is why I had such a great experience. The workload is heavy and you write a lot!!! But I felt it was worth it and prepared me for writing a thesis. The campus itself is huge with plenty to offer but the parking is horrible and can be expensive. Be prepared to walk, even if you have an on campus parking permit. But the campus is beautiful and full of history. I could not be happier with the education I have received and the friends I have made.
0.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

For an extremely low stipend compared to other schools, you can work with all the incompetent and lazy people in the hot, miserable city of Boise, ID. Additionally, on football Fridays, you can expect NOT to find anyone in their office, because it is far more important than their jobs (which they don't do anyways).
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

My professors are knowledgeable and compassionate. They truly care about student success and are willing to think and work outside the box when needed. I've enjoyed interactions with my classmates and have created an awesome professional network of support. My only struggle is with online classes as they are not a personal favorite of mine. I feel disconnected in online courses and don't mind using technology in class, but I prefer the face to face interaction that physical classes provide. The view from campus is breathtaking as well:)
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate program at BSU is a strong program and the particular one I am in is a cohort setup as well. This allows great opportunities to get to know people over the course of 2 years, and feel comfortable with them. As well as great opportunity to learn from your peers in a welcoming environment. The new business building at BSU is also something to be proud of. The building is stunning and equipped with the latest technology, a cafe, and lots of study space. I love it. I honestly so far cannot say anything negative about this program.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

A great business school with ample job opportunities and an extremely affordable cost, in a quickly growing city.
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