Boston University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.88 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 393 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 13 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 64,316 (35,864 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 34% part-time, 66% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $48,082
Source: NCES

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4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2015

Faculty and support in the program are very helpful.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2017

There are two cons: not enough people doing Physics, and the overwhelming TF workload.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: the location is great and the high-level academic surroundings offer great opportunities for collaborations. Cons: Expensive to live there Huge work load with a lot of teaching in bad conditions (1 TA for 80 students) Horrible pay schedule Poor quality of infrastructure Inexistant career counseling or help adapted to adapted degree holders
3.13 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros - lots of networking Cons - too bureaucratic. Horrible website. Lack of financial and moral support from directors.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2015

The program provides a lot of value in terms of education and teaching. Many students work to fund their tuition (through generous tuition remission programs), so social contact is often lacking unless you make a concerted effort. It is a young and growing program, so some aspects are less bureaucratic and regimented - there is still a lot of flexibility to take classes in other departments as well.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2017

Graduate Life is awesome in BU. We have a lot of students from all over the world.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2017

Very practically focused courses providing a well balanced education. Expensive if you don't get tuition remission through an on-campus job though.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

I am pursuing a PhD in Biomolecular Pharmacology through the Department of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics. A definite pro for this program is the level of practical experience students gain that are interested in a research career in the pharmaceutical industry. For example, some of your classmates work at nearby biotech companies and summer internships are available with Pfizer. Faculty members have diverse research interests and many are leaders in their respective fields. The program also offers joint degrees in Biomedical Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering. Overall, I would recommend the Pharmacology program at BU.
1.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros are the wide variety of professors associated with the program, they are great! Also, the rotation system is fantastic. Con is the lack of internal safety net type of funding not being available in case you don't find a lab after the first year.
2.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Dentistry
Graduation Year: 2014

Excellent faculty instruction but way too expensive. Quality of education is not proportionally appropriate to cost of tuition and cost if living in Boston. Some what disorganized and the digital records program is horrible so things are made more complicated the. They should. But to be clear I'm mostly reviewing the specialty residency programs not the predoctoral program. Reputation is very impressive throughout the US so the diploma will look good on your wall and doors may be opened for job opportunities. The majority of the patients have trouble being able to afford treatments but MassHealth is accepted, which helps those that have Medicare dental coverage. Prepares you to deal with all sorts of patients from all walks of life and how to handle very difficult patients as well as those that are severely medically compromised. When I'm in private practice, I think very little will surprise me and I'm very prepared to deal with medical emergencies.
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