Portland State University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.8 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 5 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NWCCU, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 26,627 (21,071 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 52% part-time, 48% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $15,816 in-state; $23,160 out-of-state
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4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

What is really nice about this program is that it is so new those who are enrolled have a lot of feedback involved in shaping the academic process. Professors are very supportive. School is reasonably inexpensive but the financial aid office is sometimes challenging to deal with. It is also unfortunately pretty culturally homogeneous.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

One of the most positive aspects of being a graduate student at Portland State University is the access to faculty and small courses. The Masters of Public Policy is housed in a school that has Political Science, Public Affairs, Public Health, and Criminology in one location so students have a broad opportunity to connect with a diverse set of faculty. Negatives of this program include location: you are not located on the east coast near prominent policy institutions and do not have the opportunity to participate in influential fellowships.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

This is a great, challenging program with excellent and supportive faculty who are more than willing to give students all kinds of opportunities to gain skills and advance their careers. Every single professor that I've met has an extensive resume and is completely engaged with the surrounding community, providing leadership and other assistance to local, state, and federal organizations and programs. They love what they do, and it shows in the quality of instruction, interest in student achievement, and level of engagement with research and bettering the community. The only cons are really external to the program itself - PSU has had several on-campus attacks of young women recently and there is not a strong safety presence on campus (I've never seen any safety officers in parking garages or other secluded places). When I do see officers, they seem to be traveling in "packs", which means that their presence is not spread out over campus. Additionally, it is difficult for Ph.D. level students (and others) to find financial aid. While I have been very fortunate to receive scholarships and a graduate assistantship, there is no guarantee for funding in subsequent years, all the departments are hurting for money, and I know several students who are having to make tough choices to afford their education.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2018

This program is great. I love the courses and type of field experience available to the graduate students. However, this program offers very little financial support, making student life difficult.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

Overall, I have had a good experience at PSU, but I wish that nonprofit management was able to branch out into its own program.
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