Oregon State University Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
of students recommend
(3.96 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 78 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU and ACEND
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 7 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Small
  • Student Population: 29,576 (24,612 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 28% part-time, 72% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,722 in-state; $22,524 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Being online allows the flexibility of receiving an education and it not dictating your life, which is great. The downsides are of course a decrease in interaction with faculty and other students.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2015

Everyone in the Department of Forest Ecosystems and Society is extremely friendly and willing to help with anything. The classes offered are very interesting and are preparing me well for my future career goals.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

Not only is Oregon State a beautiful and friendly campus, the graduate program here is wonderful. It is a very collaborative program where grad students and mentors work together as well as graduate students and graduate students. There is relevant and innovative research presented on a current basis, and much of it is directly applicable to industry. The building is in need of an overhaul, however, as it was built back in the 50s.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The great thing about Oregon State is that the program I am doing is online and can be flexible to meet my needs as a full time teacher. Additionally the professors are knowledgeable and easy to understand and easy to access. I have most of my professors Skype names so if I need help I can easily contact them on skype. Sometimes the work load isn't too bad, some classes it can be difficult but the professors work with us. Overall, I find my education through Oregon State to be pretty good.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2016

There are many advantages to a low-residency program, including the opportunity to customize one's time management. Academic interaction is high, managed through a blog system and emails. The residency itself is a magnificent opportunity to stay at a beautiful arts center in the woods, intensely addressing our craft. The MFA in Creative Writing At OSU-Cascades is innovative and exciting. The down side is there is no financial aid available other than loans-no opportunities to work off some debt through teaching, etc., that would be available on campus.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

Oregon State graduate school in the sciences is more research-focused than professional, and the value of the degree is highly dependent on your faculty advisor.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

As a Master's of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) student, the pros of my graduate program are being able to work a wide variety of faculty in forestry and communication as well as learning to utilize an integrative approach to problem solving. The main con of my program is simply the fact that many people are skeptical about interdisciplinary programs for a Master's degree because they are not focused on one discipline.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2014

The overall resources for students are good, but there are not a lot of graduate stand alone classes offered, and many grad-only classes are canceled due to lack of enrollment, which makes program planning difficult.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

The Forest Ecosystems and Society program is a diverse program both in the student body and of the direction you want the program to take. However, sometimes this open program structure can lead to a lack of direction. There are not that many graduate courses offered, or they are offered irregularly. The College has made a new position, the Associate Dean for Graduate and International Programs, whose job it is to improve the graduate program (part of which will be improving course offerings).
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2013

The College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Science is a well-funded program and most students receive full tuition coverage and above-average living stipend. Cost of living in Corvallis is very low and rated one of the top cities for biking/walking . There are tons of outdoor activities, but those who enjoy larger cities and night life will probably not be happy here. CEOAS is very research-intensive with less focus on coursework. Due to the interdisciplinary nature, courses are not overly-challenging, but the research workload and expectations are very high. Career preparation is strongly focused in academia, and therefore writing is a core aspect within courses. Unfortunately, for those who do not continue within academia, there is little career support at all.
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