Gonzaga University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.08 out of 5.0)
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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 7,567 (5,183 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 76% part-time, 24% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $16,845
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Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric-Mental Health)
Graduation Year: 2018

Some adjunct instructors not familiar with readings or assignments. There is little teaching involved with the program, mostly self directed study. Poor feedback from faculty. Immersion weekends sometimes appear chaotic. Online programs does not provide much student interaction: the blackboard notes written by students are often superficial, repeat what is printed in readings. Online MSN program must be very profitable for university. Cost is about $1000 per credit, plus fees.
2.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2018

The Gonzaga graduate philosophy program is meant for one type of person. Those with a bachelors degree in philosophy who want to do a full-time masters program and go on to a PhD so they can become a professor of philosophy. If you have any aspirations other than that, dont waste your time. If youre not a full-time student, few of the professors will care about your success or even care who you are. If you didnt get an undergraduate degree in philosophy, youll struggle without support or even clarity on what is needed to pass the comprehensive exams (those with undergraduate degrees in philosophy struggle too to be fair). If you dont want to get a PhD and become a professor, the program has no idea what to do with you. They dont know any alternatives to that route and seem to look down on you for not picking that career path. Unlike many other terminal masters programs, Gonzaga requires comprehensive exams, a logic exam, a thesis, and a thesis presentation to graduate. Most places will let you do either the exams or the thesis. This seem excessive by comparison but makes sense if your goal is a PhD. Thats really all they are prepared for. And even for that, you dont get much feedback on your writing which puts Gonzaga grads at a huge disadvantage in PhD programs. Not to mention theres a huge lack of diversity. I didnt have a female professor during my entire time in the program.
1.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2018

I was disappointed with my time at Gonzaga. The financial aid package was $3,000 less dollars than anticipated. I had to sit in on undergraduate classes, one of which consisted entirely of undergraduate presentations. The director of the grad program is vindictive, and you do not want to be on her bad side, but it is quite easy to unknowingly do so. The comprehensive exam favors white Christian males, and the program itself has no diversity. Most students are white males. I will say, however, that there were two or three faculty that made a concerted effort to support me in the process. The faculty at Gonzaga is incredibly knowledgeable, but the MA program itself is a nightmare. I would not recommend it to prospective students.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2011

I completed the Communication and Leadership Studies graduate program at Gonzaga University in 2011. The majority of the program was online with the exception of a mandatory 3-day intensive seminar course that had to be completed at some time during the program. I absolutely LOVED this program, the school, the faculty, and my classmates. Even though the courses were completed online, the faculty and staff went above and beyond to create a welcoming and personal learning environment. The quality of the material and instruction was excellent, and I felt thoroughly prepared to enter my career as an adjunct professor of Communication. I highly recommend Gonzaga University and this graduate program!
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2016

Gonzaga is a great school. Faculty member cares about students
3.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2008

Great school with knowledgeable professors (avoid "visiting professors" though).
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2010

Option of online or campus classes. Set in beautiful Spokane Wa. Four seasons to enjoy. Stunning campus near downtown and the Spokane river. Many classes/majors to choose from. Qualified and caring professors. And of course, an amazing basketball team.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2012

My experience with Gonzaga University was positive from start to finish. I chose this program because of the ability to study abroad. The Communication and Leadership Studies program offers a 3 week study abroad experience in Italy (Florence, Cagli and Rome) that is amazing. I would recommend anyone looking at this program to try to be apart of the study abroad experience. The remainder of my classes were online. There was a great deal of reading, as one should expect, and a lot of papers to right. The professors where helpful and knowledgeable. Grading was fair. This program definitely made me better in my field of Corporate Communication and I have been able to more than double (almost triple) my income in the five years since I graduated.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Psychiatric-Mental Health)
Graduation Year: 2018

I am currently in Gonzaga University's Psychiatric and Mental health Nurse Practitioner program. I was able to transfer most of my foundation courses from my master's degree in Nursing Education at Valparaiso University, IN in 2011. I have taken Psychopharmacology and currently taking Advanced Health Assessment. I can't stress enough how great the quality of instruction is. Especially Dr. Deborah Smith in Advanced health Assessment. I am blessed to be part of Gonzaga's Nursing Program. Both curriculums covered a wide base of topics and I feel like I am prepared very well and on my way to becoming a pretty good Psychiatric and Mental Health NP.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013

Great program. Excellent professors. Not only did I received an education for my career, attending this program enhanced my life as a person. I would highly recommend this school/program. There are several different programs to attend at Gonzaga, including an family nurse practitioner program. Was recently informed of my acceptance into this program to obtain my second master's degree.
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