University of Maryland - College Park Graduate Program Reviews

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and ALA
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 39,083 (28,472 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 24% part-time, 76% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $13,884 in-state; $28,122 out-of-state
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4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019

Pros: Professors and advisors willing to help students achieve their research goals; professors and students willing to collaborate on research projects; rigorous academic program; interdisciplinary work; opportunities to overlap in program specialties Cons: None
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

Pros: I have a great relationship with the faculty in the sociology department and I have received excellent mentorship and career advice. I also find that faculty are generally accessible. I think that the workload associated with coursework is average but like most Ph.d programs it is what you get published that counts. The university shuttle system is awesome and there is a nearby metro stop which makes getting to a from campus easy for those who don't want to drive. The graduate program is very culturally and racially diverse and there is a god sense of community amongst grad students. Being close to DC is huge bonus on the job front and is generally an interesting place to live with tons of fun stuff to do. Cons: Mentorship and financial support is unequally distributed. The faculty don't seem to be on the same page and the program changes very slowly. Living in the DC metro area is expensive. College Park is nothing to write home about.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017

The program is great! Supportive faculty and students, lots of opportunities. The location and cost of living are the biggest drawbacks.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2012

I love how diverse my graduate program was. I spent four years learning about the ins and outs of the society that we are privileged to live in. Con would be the job search directly after college. There is not a clear career path outlined for sociology majors.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015

Workload is brutal, but you get what you give. I've gotten a great education, a great friendship network, great opportunities, and a great research agenda. It costs a ton to live here. You will be damned poor unless you get a moonlight gig, which a lot of us do cause it's DC.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013

The average graduate stipend across the noted States, $1100-1300, is provided to the graduate student here as well. However, the closest graduate housing available to students charges $ 700-1200 for rent in two and one bedroom apartments. The rent rate is in Dc is impossible to afford. In addition, the safety is not good where graduate housing is located at. Several incidences of robbery, assault is reported every week. The department has amazing professors, however, they are very busy with their own research agenda and doesn't have much time for the graduate students. The graduate students start teaching their own courses in their second years in large classroom, which loads a significant amount of work o on the shoulders of the grad students, and takes significant amount from completing their own dissertation or other research activities. The quality of education at the graduate level is excellent. The funding is available for only five years in a major where the length of graduation is on average 7.5 years across the United States.
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