Boston University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.89 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NECHE, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: NASAD and NASM
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 65,390 (35,888 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 34% part-time, 66% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $51,716
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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 pre-doctoral 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.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2017

Individual approach to students, very friendly environment.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

Boston University gradate medical studies is an interdisciplinary program which gives students the opportunity to interact with displines that are not there own. It is possible to enter into the program as a genetics "major", join a microbiology lab, and work on bioinformatics. This gives the students an opportunity to expand horizons, find interests in areas they would not easily be exposed to and a norishing environment that welcomes interdisciplinary research which in my opinion is the now and future of science. It is an amazing program with great faculty and even greater students. The only con that comes to mind is that bu is often overshadowed by other schools and programs in the boston area and does not do an efficient enough job in showcasing such a strong attribute.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

I do not feel like there are too many cons to this programs. BU School of Management is dedicated to increase your knowledge and skills base while also growing and promoting your personal brand. There is a healthy balance load between academics and working towards your career outside of school.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Music
Graduation Year: 2015

This program prepared me for a career as a professional musician. Having access to musicians of the Boston Symphony was priceless.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2017

I have mostly positive things to say about the Physics PhD program at BU. The courses and comprehensive exams are graded noncompetitively and the graduation rate is very high. First year grad students are housed in a large collective office which helps to foster academic collaboration and makes it very easy to make friends. During the first year, the workload is very intense, but once classes are done, the workload becomes much more manageable. I have never had an advisor set hours for me or demand I work late. The courses are pretty standard as are the faculty teaching the grad courses; some/many of them are not good teachers. Although living in Boston is expensive, BU's stipend is adjusted accordingly and the health benefits are very good. I live in Cambridge and have little trouble paying my rent with enough left over for travel, etc. Boston is a very nice city. Crime is low and the public transportation is excellent, although not as extensive as other cities like New York.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2012

I absolutely loved BU. It's a tough school - the professors will work your butt off and demand a really high level of contribution in class and time commitment outside of class - but it's all worth it. my masters in Energy & Environmental Analysis challenged me intellectually, personally, and academically. The high quality professors are not the only teachers: my fellow students were Amazing sources of knowledge, information, and constant challenge and intellectual stimulation. The program is full of energetic, smart-as-a-whip, students. What I really loved: 1. Amazing professors 2. Serious Academic Rigor 3. Personalized Attention and Meaningful Relationships with Professors 5. Easily Accessible Academic Support 6. Amazing Academic Counselors (Sayaka!) 7. Really well known, well respected program (#1 Geography Department in the USA) 8. Amazing surroundings 9. Wide breadth and depth of courses 10. Research opportunities for everyone
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