The University of Tennessee - Knoxville Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.24 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: SACS COC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ALA and CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 28,052 (22,139 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 36% part-time, 64% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,084 in-state; $31,502 out-of-state
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2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

The department of sociology would benefit from a few changes: increased racial diversity in their department, more rigor in their curriculum, and more guidance for their graduate students. Many of the professors, excluding the professors in the area of criminology, put minimal effort into their graduate seminars. Additionally, some professors do not have the time or energy to devote to advising activities. The largest area of concern is the tendency of professors to teach repetitive and outdated material. This is particularly an issue in the environmental area with some exceptions. Another concern relates to the "mission" of the department, as the department is more about social justice in theory than in practice.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

The education, mentorship, and guidance I have received is unparalleled. Additionally, the department's explicit focus on social justice has not only shaped my view of the world but also my dreams, aspirations, and overall life course. I would not be who I am today without the support of faculty and the department and for that I am grateful. It is a great department, and I strongly recommend it!
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

I couldn't be happier with the education and mentorship I've received from the faculty and other students in UT's soc dept.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013

The graduate student body was very collegial and both fellow grad students and faculty were always supportive and accessible. Opportunities to work with faculty on research and publication are frequent and emphasized as important. This is a very strong program. The one drawback is that the UT system in general has low funding levels and during my time in this program anywhere from 1/3 to 1/2 of the graduate students lacked funding. The department has taken serious steps to remedy this, but within the UT system this will always be an uphill battle. Also, for the last three years or so, this department has maintained a 100% PhD job placement rate!!!
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

The University of Tennessee-Knoxville has a wonderful graduate program in sociology. The department has an explicit emphasis on social justice and three unique program areas in political economy, environmental sociology and criminology. Faculty members are brilliant, accessible, and supportive and they seek to provide students with an equal mix of academic instruction and professional development. The sociology graduate students are equally impressive and, although the program is very competitive, their is a culture of solidarity among grads that is second to none. I could not be happier with the quality of education that I am receiving at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

I'm pleased I chose to attend UTK. Out-of-state tuition is expensive, but there are numerous opportunities for funding within the department and with other offices on campus. The faculty are highly respected in their areas and attentive to grad student needs. They are eager to allow us to take part in research projects to further our growth and success following graduation. I love living in Knoxville. The area is beautiful, and it's highly affordable compared to other places (especially college towns) I have lived.
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