Illinois State University Graduate Program Reviews

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School rating based on 44 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Midsize
  • Student Population: 20,760 (18,426 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 51% part-time, 49% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $9,400 in-state; $17,017 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2013

Affordable tuition. Professors have a mostly liberal bias and if you simply parrot their beliefs, you can get the grades necessary to receive your degree and get out into the workforce.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2011

Very challenging to get master's degree but also rewarding. Had it paid for by the mathematics department, so financials were not a problem. The school has beautiful scenery.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

It is convenient for those living close and offers an excellent education
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

I loved ISU. The faculty was very warm and welcoming. They do whatever they can to help students graduate. They only accept students into their program if they can provide students with a tuition waiver. Faculty of the program is recognized around the United States and have published a lot of research. They get you involved in different activities at the beginning of your schooling. This allows you to determine early on if you want to continue in the field or do something different. Also, Normal, IL is a great place. It's small enough to feel small town but big enough to have everything you need.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

Currently, I am a graduate student at Illinois State University. I will graduate May 2017 with a Master's of Science in College Student Personnel Administration. My cohort is small and is tailored to students who wants individualized attention. Also, my program discusses current issues and policy changes to benefit future student affairs professionals. Illinois State also accommodates graduate students financially by providing tuition waivers and graduate assistantships to each students. The professors are caring some even have scholarships for traveling to professional conferences in different states.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2018

It is a professional degree designed to improve the content and pedagogical knowledge of teachers of chemistry who already possess a bachelor's degree in Chemistry. This Master of Science in Chemistry Education is a unique program which I found difficult to find in many universities. It will enable me qualify as a professional teacher and also improve my teaching methods. I strongly recommend it for those who have bachelor's degree in chemistry and are interested in teaching.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2017

Great program! The faculty is amazing and are respected professionals in their field. If you are planning on being full time do not work full time! The work load in each class is very extensive. You are going to need to devote the majority of your time on homework and preparing your thesis. But overall it's an amazing program.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2017

This program allows great flexibility where students design their course work so that it best fits their personal interests. (Only 2 courses are required) Illinois State University's graduate program for Communications is recognized nationally. The faculty and staff support is incredible. Normal, IL is a beautiful and affordable town to live in. I would like to see more diversity in the program. (Students and staff) The technology on campus could use some updating.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2017

I absolutely love my grad program. I feel like I fit right in.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

Overall I am pleased with the program. The professors are completely invested in making sure you are successful and I have learned more than I ever expected to. My only complaint would be a lack of organization/communication between the Education Department and the Art Department. When it came to paperwork it was a stressful process. If you want to be a teacher however, especially in Illinois, this is definitely the place to be.
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