Governors State University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 36 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and ACBSP
  • Campus Setting: Rural: Fringe
  • Student Population: 5,819 (3,517 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 13 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 59% part-time, 41% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $10,372 in-state; $18,844 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

I believe that strength is the organization allowing their students to be very independent and make their own choices. In all of the classes I enrolled in at the university, every single course handed the students the syllabi on the first day, and then we were left to our own devices to follow it at our own volition. GSU and its instructors fostered enough confidence in their students to be able to exercise/show their maturity/wisdom as far as how they would set upon meeting their academic promises. Furthermore, that was a sign of respect being exchanged form the instructors to the students. None of my classes were strictly focused on just ‘textbook teaching’ without having every student apply what was learned in lectures to real-life, current day events and tasks. In one course, I might have been asked to engage in an actual interview with a person to compose a feature story. In another course, I would be expected to prove my understanding of creating compelling designs and creating my own print advertisement with succinct, strong copy. The real world was consistently brought into the academic walls of the classrooms. And that is something that I really appreciated as an Undergraduate at Governors State. In terms of cons, I think if the College of Arts & Sciences had presented department, onsite experiences in a more accessible way, I could have utilized those sort of offers to practice my public speaking skills. For instance, any assistant positions that were available could have been emailed to all College of Arts & Sciences students. However, I do not recall receiving such notices, at least not too often.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

I feel that the pros of my program are that it is simple and quick to complete, more affordable than other programs in other colleges, challenging in terms of coursework, reputable, and convenient in distance. I feel that the cons of my program are that it is limited in concentrations and doesn't allow for more financial aid to be awarded. Other than that, it is GREAT!!!
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2008

The program is very interesting and flexible.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros of my graduate coursework is the rigor of the classes and the positive learning environment. I am confident that I will have the ability to apply the theory learned in class with professionalism. The only con is the university location which is outside of the city. However I am willing to travel the distance.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2015

Governors State University provides and open, friendly and accessible environment for working professionals to pursue their graduate level education. The programs are stimulating and custom-tailored to the diverse needs of the community it serves.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel that the pros are the affordability of the graduate program compared to most other universities. The teachers are very knowledgeable and helpful. The cons would be the distance from my house and the surrounding area isn't that great and also the fact that the school offers scholarships but only for minorities, it's unfair.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

The only con is trying to finance my education. Other than that task, my experience in the program is wonderful, and I enjoy every moment with my peers and instructors while learning.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

So far, I think highly of the faculty and the program.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of the graduate program is that is caters to individuals who are employed full time. The advisors are very detailed and keep you on track with whatever track that you in. The networking with current technology is great for being able to access faculty, students, and the library. The also have a shuttle bus to transport you from the train station (even though I don't ride the train). The cons is that their are no graduate courses offer in the daytime or on Saturdays. I would love to see this happen.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2014

I got my Bachelors at UIC, and came to Governors State for my Masters. I didn't fit into the big city campus, so naturally I loved it here! The professors are nice and concerned about how well you are doing, and the campus environment is very welcoming. I highly suggest coming here to get your education! The pros about my graduate program is the professors are very hands on. They make sure that you know and understand the material. Also, the class sizes are small, so you get a better relationship with the professor and yourself. The cons however is that classes tend to run three hours long for one day a week. It's great for adults who are working, but a bit more variety in class picking would be appreciated.
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