University of Michigan - Ann Arbor Graduate Program Reviews

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  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 4 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 43,651 (28,312 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 10% part-time, 90% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $20,966 in-state; $42,016 out-of-state
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3.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Fitness Trainer
Graduation Year: 2019

Before I get into this article, Id like to start with a little disclaimer: I am in no way intending to insult the University of Michigan as an institution or any of the faculty and staff associated with it. Im extremely thankful for the opportunity to be a part of the university and am grateful to the people that vouched for me. Im also not suggesting that formal education is useless, as it certainly has its place in certain professions (e.g., medical professionals, lawyers, and engineers). Ultimately, Im writing this article to shed some light on the dynamics of higher education within my field of interest and to potentially help those that might be contemplating career or continuing education decisions in this area. In my experience from the first semester, Ive been left with nothing but great things to say about my classmates, counselors, professors, and lab coordinators. The resources at Michigan are impeccable and the network of people that youre exposed to as a student is also top notch. So if I have all these wonderful things to say, then why would I have withdrawn half-way through? There is a multitude of reasons that Im going dive into pretty thoroughly that justify this decision. First, is the design of the movement science masters. The beauty of the program is in its openness and autonomy that it provides students to specialize or diversify within the sub-divisions of kinesiology (e.g., biomechanics and rehabilitation, exercise physiology, and motor control etc.). It accomplishes this by mandating that students only take two required courses, upper-level statistics and research methods. While the rest of the coursework must be dedicated to at least 9 credits worth of movement science studies. The only problem is that there is a lack of faculty to provide enough classes that actually merit a truly graduate level education within these sub-fields. The university does have tremendous faculty doing excellent research, which is a huge plus from the outside looking in, but it does no good if they dont have the time or support to teach graduate level material. They circumvent this problem by allowing masters students to take a variety of undergraduate elective courses that really arent designed to create a student that is a master of science. For someone who is pursuing higher education to gain a skill(s) that will enable career independence and be desirable in the marketplace, this is not beneficial. Its easy to listen to the allure of your ego whispering in your ear about how distinguished youll be with two extra letters behind your name and a recognizable brand to solidify your credibility, but thats simply delusion if the skills and experience arent there to back it up when the rubber hits the road. Second, is the cost of higher education and saturation of degrees in the marketplace. As a masters student, youre in a weird place when it comes to funding. Youre not at the Ph.D. level, in that you wont receive tuition assistance and a stipend for living. While your other alternatives from the government are also limited. So, for most people that means taking out unsubsidized loans that accrue interest while you pursue your degree, which would be okay if you had a guaranteed vocation following graduation (e.g., academia, research, medicine, allied health, etc.). However, this is most likely not the case, as the aim of the program is to create graduates [that] are well-prepared to pursue doctoral research studies, professional health care programs including medicine and rehabilitation, health and wellness, as well as positions in the private and public sector. These circumstances create a time crunch where you're ultimately on the clock to try to cram as many credits in each semester to complete your degree as fast as possible. Im sure most of you know that cramming the night before an exam is not the way to achieve excellence in a subject and its no different here. So not only are students stuck with the limited course selection within Kinesiology, but its in a condensed time frame that doesn't allow for the advertised flexibility unless you take the two years $50,000 route. For the financially-conscious student, it also doesn't leave enough time to gain rapport with a lab to conduct any meaningful research (a critical component of graduate-level scientific studies), which could mitigate the negative educational impact of the limited course offerings. For any of the younger kids out there, let me emphasize how critical it is to manage your debt while in school. As a younger guy, I didn't really grasp the importance of this and Im guessing that a lot of other people failed to as well, given that there is $1.275 trillion of student loan debt in the U.S. as of September 2017 with 40% of that coming from graduate and professional degrees. Just based on personal anecdote, the market is saturated with college kids with degrees from big-brand and even smaller name universities while working fairly remedial jobs. In my opinion, this is evidence that it makes no sense to spend more than you have to on tuition. Go to a community college for as long as you can and get the information that you need to pursue your career and don't pay a penny more. In todays market, what really matters is who you know and what you've done and its never been easier to network and showcase your skills. Third, in the field of strength and conditioning, its all about time on the saddle. If your desire is to coach general population clients, athletes, or strength sports competitors then the best way to learn is through observing the top in the field, applying their knowledge, and actively participating. Ive heard countless leaders tell stories that follow this framework. For example, Ive heard T. F. discussing his decision to forgo an MBA in exchange for experimenting with financial investing with a business mentor by utilizing what would have been his MBA tuition (if you're unfamiliar with Tim check out his blog https://tim.blog/). Another example is a pioneer in the strength community, Louie Simmons of Westside Barbell, constantly on the front lines learning and applying his knowledge in training which has resulted in hundreds of world record power lifters (https://www.westside-barbell.com/). Both of these guys have been extremely successful in their given fields by simply taking initiative and gaining first-hand experience. Often times, the information you receive in the academic setting is behind the times or occurs in a vacuum, making it less valuable in a real-world setting. Im not diminishing the importance of having a solid scientific foundation in topics like physics, chemistry, biology, anatomy, and physiology because they will certainly boost the comprehension of any personal trainer or strength coach, but I believe that for these professions they can be acquired in a much more cost-effective fashion through self-education. Lastly, there are so many inexpensive, more effective educational alternatives in the free market. In these modern times, you can learn nearly anything online either through websites like Coursera.org, Skillshare.com, or Lynda.com. Other alternatives include podcasts, you tube, audiobooks, and webinars. If its not online, then you can probably order a book on the subject from Amazon quicker than you can blink your eyes. Lastly, if that's not enough then there are plenty of credible professionals running weekend seminars or certifications that are a fraction of college tuition. Another great educational alternative is interning. The hands-on experience allows for observational learning, immediate application of knowledge, and direct feedback from a mentor. This learning model is much faster than what typically happens in school. If any younger kids have read this far, check out discoverpraxis.com for internships with start-up companies that utilize this apprenticeship model. In conclusion, there are a lot of options available that are less expensive, more efficient, and provide a level of differentiation in a diluted market.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Architecture
Graduation Year: 2015

My overarching goal is to become a knowledgeable, ethical, and innovative planning and zoning attorney in the state of Arizona. Rather than jumping into law school at 22 years of age, I chose to first earn a Master of Urban Planning degree from the University of Michigan and gain tangible work experience in the field of urban planning. Urban planning is the marriage between human beings, their physical surroundings, and the law. Over the last five years, my relevant work experience in diverse settings and graduate education at an academically rigorous institution have transformed into an inquisitiveness and drive to take the next step in becoming a planning and zoning attorney. My educational experience at the Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan allowed me to cultivate and advance critical skills which will serve to support my growth as a young professional in the field of law, namely, analytical thinking and interpersonal communication. Urban planning is a technical practice grounded in constitutional, property, and environmental law. As an urban planner for the City of Phoenix, I encounter challenges brought about by the inherently ambiguous nature of land use planning and must make decisions while considering the unique circumstances surrounding each situation. Like the legal field, each individual client has unique aspects in their case, and there is rarely only one interpretation to an ordinance or standard. For example, Kelo v. City of New London, 545 U.S. 469 (2005) highlighted the flexibility of the interpretation of public use. The Supreme Court ruled that a city does not violate the Fifth Amendments Taking Clause if it implements eminent domain over private property and sells aforesaid property with the objective of improving the citys economy for public benefit, thus, public use. The importance of honing my ability to analytically evaluate the intricacies of a complex issue as an urban planner was conveyed and taught to me in numerous ways at Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning. One of the reasons I chose to pursue urban planning is because I value the opportunity to exercise my analytical thinking skills to assist those who do not understand the complexities of the field. My graduate studies at Taubman taught me the invaluable importance of effective communication. On a given day at the City of Phoenix, I interact with dozens of patrons from the general public. Regardless of their background or knowledge of urban planning, it is my ethical duty as a public servant to assist anyone who seeks my expertise equally. In order to be an effective public servant, I must be able to perceive and interpret the clients objective. It is imperative to implement my interpersonal communication and charismatic nature to build rapport and properly understand each citizens unique issue or question. The ability to explain complex intricacies of my highly technical specialty to architects, developers, and attorneys, while also being able to condense and simplify the same specifics for a patron with no prior expertise in urban planning is essential in my line of work. Having the ability to communicate in many languages, so to speak, is a skill that I learned at Taubman, it served me well as an urban planner and it will serve me well as an attorney of law during the next steps of my life. At the Sandra Day OConnor College of Law, I plan to utilize these skills to create engaging, collaborative, and productive working environments with students, clients, and faculty. The Law and Sustainability Program and the Rule of Law and Governance Program will prepare me for the multi-faceted challenges that planning and zoning law present and put me in good standing to pursue a career in the Valley of the Sun, allowing me to give back to the citizens of Arizona. Moreover, my past and present experiences are indicative of my long-term commitment to land use law, lifelong learning, and public service. I was certain, even at 22 years old, that a career as an attorney was in my future. The Taubman College of Architecture and Urban Planning at the University of Michigan has certainly prepared me for future success.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2015

The University of Michigan is an exceptional institution to attend for graduate studies. The value the university gives to graduate students in comparison to other institutions is outstanding. Teaching/Research assistants are well-paid, and their is a Graduate Student Union at work to ensure graduate students are compensated, receive health insurance, and are treated as employees.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2007

The best ever. Leader of the best. Go blue. Woverines. Great Michiganers. Diversity. Awesome blend of Art, Music, Science and Technology.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2008

College experience was very good. Course work was challenging and provided opportunity to learn about accounting/finance field. Networking opportunities were also great.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

Michigan is a large school but creates small environments for masters programs. The campus is beautiful and there are plenty of resources for studying.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

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4.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Chemistry
Graduation Year: 2011

My graduate program was crucial to my success in my doctoral program. I learned a lot from the courses, my faculty, and my peers. The time to explore research areas set the stage fro my doctoral work.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2013

It was a great experience meeting new people and building great networks.
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2010

It was a great experience. The teachers are world class, and the subjects are cutting edge. Research done at the university is excellent.
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