Florida State University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
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(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 267 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 5 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 11 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 40,830 (32,706 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 27% part-time, 73% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,543 in-state; $26,697 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2015

I am working toward completion of a master's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders, (Speech-Language Pathology-SLP). This is a program that requires over 60 credit hours of coursework and 400+ hours of clinical practicums. I am a much older student, age 57, and began the program in 2010. I am grateful that FSU has been so supportive of me and my special needs. I am able to work full time as a SLP in the public school system while working through my master's degree online. The professors treat distance learners with the same concern, care and attention as their on-campus students. The lectures, course requirements and textbooks are of exceptional quality and the professors have acquired many awards in their profession. I have had many crises, medical and personal, since I began my graduate program in 2010, most of them age related. My professors have worked with me, pushing, crying with me through my trials and encouraging me when I honestly did not believe that I had the strength to continue. I will be honest, it is a difficult medical program and the distance learning program requires the student to be self-motivated and responsible for their own education. If you do not have these qualities, it is best not to begin this program. The professors expect you to act professionally and will not chase you down to be sure that you are doing your work. The quality of this academic program is very high and I do not feel that I have missed out on knowledge because I chose the distance learning program. I will graduate summer of 2015 and had no difficulty passing the national Praxis Exam for SLPs on my first attempt. I have proven, in my current position as a SLP in Lee County, just how well prepared I have been through FSU's program. Unfortunately, several medical crises have left me in a very difficult financial position. I have a huge student loan dept because of the length and cost of the program. I am required to complete my master's degree by 2016 in order to continue working in the schools, which is where my heart is. I love my students and because of that, I have helped many of them learn to read and improve their communication abilities. Working as a direct hire in a public school will not allow me to repay the loan debt, and I will only receive an additional $2500/year with my low teacher's salary once I complete my master's degree. I still have several classes to complete before I can graduate, but cannot obtain another loan because I no longer have enough class credit hours to meet the 6 credit hour/semester requirement for a student loan. I do not have the funds, at this point, to take even one more class and have no family left to borrow from, either. I could really use the help! I have maintained a nearly 4.0 GPA, in spite of my age and health related difficulties. It has been an incredible struggle, but gaining the knowledge to change young lives for the better makes it all worthwhile. When my students come to me and say, "Mrs. Olson! I am reading another book and I AM going to college!" it gives me goosebumps. One of my students is 14 with an IQ of 45. She came to me with no ability to read and is now reading at a second grade level. She is so proud! As an SLP the opportunities to help young people are endless. Our hands are not tied like the teachers are. Instead, we can teach to the child's grade level abilities, rebuilding broken hearts who have been told over and over, "You can't do this, you can't read. Have your Mom or Dad do the work for you, and then turn it in." As an SLP, you can make a difference, whether it is with oral cancer patients, children in schools, patients with traumatic brain injuries, strokes or dementia. The need is great and if you are determined to put in the time and effort to gain the knowledge required to do the job, FSU's Distance Learning Communication Disorders Program is an excellent option and will allow you to work while successfully learning the required skills.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: School Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

I love my program and really feel that what I learn in this field of study will make successful after graduation.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

My graduate program has an extensive amount of requirements, which is only expected given the level of education. It follows the National requirements for course content. It requires two internships. The pros of my program is I get to have hands-on experience for my thesis rather than having to write a paper. The cons to my program is it is only offered on weekends. I work full-time and attend school part-time. I am going 7 days a week which makes it dreadfully exhausting. I wish classes were offered to full-time employees on week nights. I wish the option to attend more than two classes was offered.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2020

It is hard work to finish PhD work but it worth fighting.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

Good developing topics as courses could be brought up to increase motivation among students.
2.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

I agree with all the critical comments posted above. It does not make any sense to pay an extra fee for the graduate classes which are combined undergraduate classes. While it makes graduate classes easier, one can wonder if the quality of graduate program affects the prestige of a diploma. There is no online graduate courses , and practically no summer courses. It would be also very good to have an evening program, like many business schools do, but this is likely beyond the means of this engineering college.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

Overall a good engineering school. It is geared towards persons who are interested in the thesis route. A suggestion would be for them to offer some summer courses for persons who would like to take the non thesis option and finish earlier.
2.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

I think graduate students at FSU pay so much for the fee and the health insurance. It is expensive to live and study here.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Many of the graduate courses here are too easy and seems to be a small extension of the undergraduate program. Apart from that, it's a good school to go to.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

This is my first year in the program. I like it, I wish I had more financial aid.
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