Florida Atlantic University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 344 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

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2019

I am fortunate to get this excellent opportunity to do my PhD at FAU. I am getting excellent lab and supervision here. The financial support is not great for the PhD students. The cost of leaving is very high at Boca Raton and we are not getting fellowship according to the standard of living. Also we need to take some extra course works which might not be useful for the thesis.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

Financial aspect very difficult. Not much help in terms of financial aid availability. Excellent program. Proud of my school.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

I am having a fabulous time earning my degree from Florida Atlantic University. Harbor Branch campus is a great location for a marine science field. The campus is located on the water, very small group of students, and lots of hands on experience.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: evening classes, knowledge and quality of facility Cons: limited elective class options,
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2016

The MA program is quite well rounded and offers excellent opportunities for students to explore areas beyond their chosen level of concentrations. The city of Boca Raton is quite sleepy and costly, so you may want to live somewhere less expensive which also has a much larger younger population.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017

FAU is a great local choice for those looking to get into Educational Leadership.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Neuropsychology
Graduation Year: 2018

There is a great, collaborative research community at FAU, and the faculty are all very helpful. You have access to a lot of resources here.
3.58 out of 5.0
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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.
3.5 out of 5.0
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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
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

Great opportunities, but lack of infrastructure in administration leaves gaps in student guidance and support.
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