Florida Gulf Coast University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.22 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 39 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 14,821 (13,733 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 61% part-time, 39% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,961 in-state; $31,216 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2015

This is a wonderful school. The teachers are willing to help the students whenever it is possible for them. The school is well connected with the community surrounding it, and it is small enough to be able to make friends with your classmates, and stay connected, unlike the larger universities.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015

The program has been appropriately challenging with a wealth of information delivered via multiple medias. Engaging course material is available online, but professors remain available to meet with students on campus or via E-meetings. The staff has been more accommodating than I ever expected. Registration, financial aid, library services, and others have friendly staff to help students learn processes that can be done with a couple mouse clicks after basic familiarization. The major negative aspect of this program is the limited opportunity for local internship and/or employment in educational institutions. Progressive, visionary, change has not been something widely accepted in the region.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

My graduate program is great because it is online so it gives you the opportunity to work and do service projects without having to always worry about your schedule. You can work on your own time. However, for students who are looking for that community, you will have to do some searching because many of the students might not be working at the same pace you are or they will be doing school far away from campus. The faculty are great and they are always available if you need help. The program is flexible and offers great specializations in Management, Non-profit, and Environmental Public Administration. Definitely look into it! 
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2012

The teachers are willing to work with you to make this master's program what you want it to be. However, if you don't have any interest or drive, you will get very little out of this program.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Forensic Science
Graduation Year: 2014

As a first year, first semester graduate student, I believe that the pros of my program are first and foremost the quality of the faculty. The Instructors I've encountered thus far have such a passion for their field; and it shows through their instruction methods, accessibility to students, and genuine concern about our success. The class sizes are small, as is the program; which gives me a unique opportunity to be in classes with fellow students who are just beginning (like myself), or in their final semester. The students in this program are very diverse, and it's great to not only learn from an Instructor, but also other peers in an open-format setting. This type of learning environment makes the assignments enjoyable and leaves the 'arduous, heavy workload' idea at the door. The material is challenging, but not overwhelming. The only 'con' I can think of at this time is that I would prefer to have the option of NOT taking virtual classes. Some people prefer online classes and do well-- I'm not one of them, especially for a graduate-level course. I'd much rather be in class on campus and have the face-to-face live interaction with my Instructor and fellow students. Overall, I love that my program is small because it gives me the chance to actually get to know almost every student in it. This program (Forensic Studies) is somewhat of a rarity at universities, but it provides highly-specialized courses with an A+++ faculty, which makes me proud to be a part of it.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2014

The school does an amazing job using technology to it's maximum potential. The student to faculty ratio is ideal; allowing for students to communicate with their professors whenever necessary. The school also has an excellent internship program, in which students are placed in the most beneficial environment for their desired field.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

There are many pros to this grad program and very little cons so far. One major pro is that you get to give back to the community. With the internship and the subject of public service there are many ways to give back. Another pro is how easy it is to get in contact with your professors. Unlike large universities where students are just a number, at FGCU it isn't hard to contact a professor for help. They are usually just a phone call or e-mail away, or you can visit them at their offices. A con would be all the reading that is expected of you. It seems almost impossible to get the reading done sometimes.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011

I enjoy my graduate program, my cohort, and my instructors. This isn't just school, this is practical experience and this institution makes strides in job placement after completion of the program. The program itself has 5 clinical internships that prepare you for your professional career. And, the program is a CACREP certified program - therefore nationally recognized. There's not much in Fort Myers, Fla but a wonderful school.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

Small school feel means lots of 1 on 1 time with your graduate advisers and your committee. This has been pivotal in my successes here. The school doesn't have the funding for cutting edge technologies yet, but what is available is worth your while.
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