University of Massachusetts - Amherst Graduate Program Reviews

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97%
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(4.09 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 126 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NEASC CIHE, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB and CEPH
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 30,037 (23,373 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 66% part-time, 34% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $15,367 in-state; $29,991 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2016

I love being at the School of Computer Science at Umass Amherst. If nothing else, they look after their own. The department has a lot of resources for students in-department that other students might need to look to the wider university for, which means less dealing with complicated bureaucracy and red tape any time you want to get something done. In addition, most of the professors are excellent. Like all places this size, you get a few who aren't quite up to the bar set by most of the professors, but for the most part they are great.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

This is the perfect program for my current workload
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

I feel the pros of the creative writing program at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are mainly the diversity of artists and writers it draws, making for a dynamic, tight-knit and passionate community. The cons I feel are few and far between. The campus is friendly and open, and there is so much professional opportunity, whether in teaching at the university, publishing or working with any of the vast network of publishers and literary establishments in the Pioneer Valley. Overall, this is a stellar program.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros include quality professional development and community of like-minded peers. Cons might be the opportunities lacking in a smaller community versus city.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

I love the fact that I can attend the same school my mom graduated from even though I live over 1,000 miles away.
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

The school's environment (social and professional), both on campus and off campus is one of the greatest assets to the University of Massachusetts- Amherst. The faculty is committed to their students, creating a good place of learning. Class workload can change depending on the class and professor; for each has a variable level of work.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2013

This program provides an in-depth overview of art history. The Teacher Assistant program has been invaluable. However, there is a lack of transparency as to why certain TAships are given to students and not to others. There is solidarity among the students. However, the program is entrenched in an academic mind-set that is out dated. One of the worst aspects of this program is that graduate students take their lecture classes with undergraduates; I've taken undergraduate art history courses before, I should not have to sit through them again. Instead of a thesis, the program requires the student to take a general image exam and an essay exam on the student's major and minor. The thesis, in my opinion, is far more useful. It teaches scholarly research techniques, how to think up, organize, and develop an original piece of academic writing, which can later be adapted for PhD program applications. Tests have fewer applications in the art historian's life outside of the program and are over in a day and require a certain amount of memorization and regurgitation rather than the development of an original argument.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014

The program is fantastic. I love the online atmosphere. It helps me hold a job. I enjoy that it is very easy to contact the teachers. Also, the program allows you to learn at your own pace. However, there are a few cons. Sometimes it is easier to learn in person, which personally I am unable to do. Also the classes are rather expensive.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

The faculty are all leaders in their respective fields, so you are learning from the best. While many schools make you pay for your graduate degree, acceptance into this program only occurs if there is a biweekly stipend that will be given to you, which really helps with tuition and fees as well as living expenses.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2013

MBA program was fairly easy for me. There were a few classes that required a significant amount of effort, but overall it wasn't difficult to obtain good grades. If anything, UMass Amherst needs to do an audit of their courses and see what can be done to increase their online MBA academic rigor.
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