Florida Atlantic University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.03 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 335 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 30,380 (25,471 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 23 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 59% part-time, 41% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $6,657 in-state; $18,446 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2018

The FAU Geoscience program is primarily a mixture of geology and geography. There are more than a few additional courses available in other departments, such as Urban Planning or Environmental Science. This presents the opportunity for a grad student to have a wide variety of experiences and additional training in diverse fields. The faculty are primarily focused on either geology and geography work but if you're interests straddle those boundaries, there again is the option to pull from other departments to support what interests you. However due to the stratification between geology and geography in the department, there is rarely any overlap or synergy between the fields. There are no GIS courses for geologists nor Florida hydrology for geographers. There is a large push for graduate GIS courses to also be taught online, which I have found result in a lower quality experience. Overall, the program presents a great deal of freedom and guarantees 4 years of funding for a PhD. This freedom can be at times difficult and there is often no other support for work that does not fit in with existing research.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2016

Everything is great and there is much room for improvements. Thank you!
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

Overall the biological sciences department is growing and getting better each year. My biggest issue with completing all of the requirements for the Masters Thesis program is that my research adviser and laboratory is located at the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute in Fort Pierce, FL, but I had to teach and take classes at the Boca Raton campus. No public transportation is provided for students commuting between campuses, so I had to spend a lot of money from my own pocket to pay for gas, and book hotels when I need to stay up north and complete lab work. This is very difficult for a graduate student to afford. Rent in Boca Raton is incredibly expensive as well. I pay $700/month and that is the cheapest option I could find. My Teaching Assistant position pays $900/month, so I had to work a second job on top of teaching, taking a full credit load of coursework, and commuting to Fort Pierce to do research. My work week is anywhere from 60-70 hours, depending on coursework. Hectic and exhausting, but I managed!!
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Great opportunities, but lack of infrastructure in administration leaves gaps in student guidance and support.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros of my graduate program are that it will help me get earn teaching credentials and get a great job as a special education teacher. I am learning a lot and I enjoy working on the assignments because they stimulate my thinking in different ways than my Bachelors degree, which is in music, did. Choosing to get a Masters degree in Exceptional Education has been very worthwhile, and I am very grateful that I chose this program at Florida Atlantic University. The only con of my graduate program is that I do not think the work challenges me intellectually. I attended a private college for my Bachelors degree and I was challenged intellectually and started to think on a higher level about my schoolwork. At Florida Atlantic University, I have not gotten that same level of stimulation.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Provides opportunities to explore theories and enhances the educational knowledge we have till now. With the diverse school body, it's really a great platform meet people with various backgrounds. Cons: High Cost of attendance. Transportation seems to be increased.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

My graduate program is preparing me and providing me with requirements I need for my CPA license. I also feel that the program is great at incorporating real-world aspects that I can take with me. On the down side, the cost of living is very high, and I feel that some professors could show a little more respect for students.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Most of the faculty in the program are excellent, and the courses are thorough and informative. I learn a lot in this program. However, the cost of living here is high, transportation is often hectic, and the program itself is quite expensive with limited financial aid opportunities.
1.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2018

FAU has a very competitive cost for the MBA program. They have a very attentive staff dedicated to the MBA students. We have access to our own facilities. The enrollment process is very easy.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015

While the graduate program expanded my abilities to analyze literature and enhanced my writing skills, the faculty could have been more supportive. There was clear favoritism and the GTA positions' duties were not equally distributed.
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