Boston University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 389 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CSWE, + 2 more
  • 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
Source: NCES

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1.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2013

While some of the faculty are outstanding (particularly the younger, more recently arrived faculty), the administration is beyond unsupportive--my Department and university administrators are actually obstructive to my progress in my program and in my career. They actively disincentivize higher achievement, provide no guidance towards opportunities to build on our research, and are generally incompetent. Furthermore, they provide no meaningful summer opportunities, and have bizarre, inconsistent, opaque practices about research opportunities, teaching assignments and financial aid.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Journalism
Graduation Year: 2014

At Boston University School of Communication, the obvious strengths are the fact that a student can get real world experience in a top-five media market. Professors and instructors that lead courses usually have twenty or more years of work experience in their respected fields. Not only is their experience in guiding and developing our skills but several of the faculty have won awards in the journalism to backup their teaching methods. When a student leaves Boston University, their skills will put them at a competitive advantage because we have an extraordinary aptitude for working in a fast-paced environment. The only negatives are the cost of living and possibly the shortage of financial aid provided by the school.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

Excellent clinical experience, but extremely expensive costs of tuition and living expenses.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Overall this is a good program. The biggest issue is that it offers less in the way of skill-building, but a student can take courses outside of the concentration to get the tools they need post-graduation. The cost of living is high here, and the program is quite expensive. Though they offer tuition remission for working at BU, the jobs are very competitive. I think the Career Services department is very helpful in providing a network. Also, the faculty are very good.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2012

As a student in the BU undergraduate program, I was excited to receive my acceptance letter into the School of Public Health. I dual concentrated in both Epidemiology as well as Health Policy and Management. My professors were fantastic and my courses were intriguing and applicable to my future career goals. The best aspect of this school is their fantastic career services center. Lisa Toby, a member of the career services center, is fantastic. She guided me through any question or concern I had and helped me in the job search process. She is fantastic! The main drawback of BU School of Public Health is the price. After 4 semesters I graduated with almost $60,000 in student loans. As an undergraduate at BU I received substantial financial aid in the form of grants and scholarships. In the graduate program this is just not the case. With about $3,000 a semester for living expenses, I resided in a somewhat unsafe part of town my first year, then luckily was able to live in student housing my final year. This is a major drawback for anyone that cannot find living arrangements within the tight budget. Many of my peers had to find additional work to pay what the loans did not. Overall, I loved BU School of Public Health. I loved the people, I learned a great deal, and despite the high costs of living I love Boston. I had an amazing internship that I would never have had the opportunity to obtain if I was not at BU. They helped solidify my career path and gave me encouragement that I could become successful one day in my chosen field. Go BU!
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is extremely competitive; however, there is a lot of coursework, so any slacking would be detrimental to your grade.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

Excellent faculty with very helpful administration. Any question will be answered and any problem quickly addressed. Quality of education is valuable and all classes so far have been quite meaningful.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

Pro is being in Boston and networking access to institutions like Harvard and MIT
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I am in the online MSW program at Boston University. This program allows me to receive an outstanding education from an excellent institution without having to uproot my life. I am able to maintain my job and go to school at my pace. The staff at Boston University are wonderfully responsive and have been a great support in easing the transition not only into graduate school, but also into a non-traditional learning environment.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

The Master in Medical Sciences program at Boston University School of Medicine has afforded me the opportunity of pursuing a career in medicine. It goes above and beyond to prepare students for the MCAT and applying to medical school. The workload of this graduate program is both a pro and a con. I was studying and doing schoolwork every day, but I would not have traded this workload because I am a better prepared student. The biggest con of this program is the cost. There are no scholarships available, and the cost of living in Boston is astronomical.
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