Michigan State University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 265 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 50,538 (39,143 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 26% part-time, 74% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $16,122 in-state; $31,674 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros of the Masters of Social Work Program would be knowledge and encouragement of cultural competence and social diversity. Not only does this program ensure that students succeed academically and ethically, I believe that the Masters of Social Work Program emphasizes the importance of social and economic justice and continues to develop and grow in the field of policy and law to ensure the well-being of marginalized individuals and oppressed groups in society. However, I feel that this particular graduate program may to improve access to technological and social services, as it can easily become unorganized and hard to reach. Furthermore, the unorganized system for field placement may leave students with the unnecessary stress of field placement that may not be at all compatible to their educational pursuits or career goals.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Animal Science
Graduation Year: 2018

I am an international Student at Michigan State University. I am on my second year of a PhD degree and I am very happy with my choice. MSU has all the structure that I need, great professors, faculty and staff. The farm is on-campus which makes our Animal Science Research much easier. East Lansing is also a good city to live.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Electrical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

I came through focused on computational electromagnetics and most problems in problem solving was mostly google. The new computational department is what I would have applied to if I were starting now.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2016

Too much theoretical stuff makes my program boring many times.
2.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2020

The program is in transition since Professor Haider was appointed as Graduate Program Dorector in 2014. Department funding is increasing. New and ambitious faculty have been hired. Program rules have been changed to help graduate students begin to do research earlier. I believe it is moving towards better conditions.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2020

The environment is great in my department but sometimes feeling anxious and overwhelmed with respect to the courses.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2020

I am enrolled in one of MSU's dual PhD programs. I find the guidance to be extremely helpful. Faculty and staff are always emailing you opportunities for publication, grants, conferences, workshops, career, etc., and really motivate you to excel. You gain a lot of teaching experience. They fund part, if not all, of your conference travel expenses. The academic workload is pretty demanding but they usually provide you with a financial aid package. I don't know anyone who pays full, if any, tuition. We have a GA Union which is awesome! I love my courses and students. I don't find many cons, (other than normal academic buerocratic tensions you'll get in every university). The only con is it a college town with not very much to do other than the bar scene and movies. I'm from NYC so I had a lot to which I needed to adjust but if you enjoy the more Midwest/country-ish lifestyle then you'll fit right in.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2016

An excellent program if you come in knowing what you want to do, and if what you want to do has an engaged component. Not a great fit for those who just generally like philosophy but don't have more particular interests, or who aren't interested in engaged implications of their work.
1.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

I have a special case and am in an accelerated BS/MS program that I do my combined bachelor's and master's in 5 years total. Due to that, it is much quicker and is quite stressful. There isn't very much free time, but I expected it to be the case. My program isn't very well known, even to the people who created it, so sometimes that can be frustrating. Otherwise, I am glad I can choose this program to help me feel out what I'd like to do in the future.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: one of the top programs in communication studies. Good network -- most of the important people in communication studies are related to MSU. Great education and faculty support for grad students. Amazing people to work with (coworkers, faculty, staff). Cons: equal for everyone but a little insufficient stipend. East Lansing is not a very exciting place to live to be honest -- however for people who want to study, very little distraction can be helpful. I've come to appreciate the simple, peaceful living here so for me it's not a weakness anymore.
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