Boston University Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
of students recommend
(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 394 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

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

Boston University is an excellent university which propels its' graduate students to meet exceedingly high standards while giving them great support to get there. Unfortunately, the political science department lags behind those of other high profile universities. It is small, which means it is very difficult to find a Ph.D. committee and to find professors who share one's research interests. It does not even remotely equip its' graduate students in methods training, offering only two mediochre mandatory courses.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Excellent faculty and research opportunities. Many support services made graduate school life/trials manageable, as well.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

Boston University has been a great school to attend. I enjoy living in Boston with such a high caliber of academics helped by the proximity of MIT and Harvard. I believe BU holds its own when compared to these institutions. The location of BU is excellent as it is very near the city and convenient to the wonderful neighborhood of Coolidge Corner. The campus has a severe lack of green areas or places for students to congregate which I believe is a problem for its undergraduate population. I care less as a graduate student since I'm always in the lab anyways!
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Finding grants and scholarships can be a challenge as there is no central office to facilitate it, but the quality of faculty and their accessibility to graduate students balances this.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2012

I enjoyed my time at BU as a MSEE student. The ECE department is strong and has good profs. It can be tough to find someone with funding for a PhD, but overall is a good program.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

BU is a good school and the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is a good program. Their strengths lie mostly in the high quality of education and the close interaction with faculty and professors. The weaknesses of the program: lack of graduate financial aid and the BU library definitely leaves a lot to be desired. Overall it is a good program and I am definitely glad I went there.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

Great research community in the heart of Boston. A lot of collaboration opportunities with world class research groups/labs in this area.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

Some professors are very involved and engaged in students' work and progress, while others are quite disengaged and unavailable. It would be nice to have more professional development support.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Great school. I have been very satisfied with my program.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

Overall a good school but the quality of the administrative work in the department and the lack of a good organization make it a very difficult environment to work in and drag the program down even if there is potential and funds to do much better.
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