University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Graduate Program Reviews

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94%
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(4.08 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 249 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 7 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 50,678 (34,071 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 42% part-time, 58% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $17,289 in-state; $25,953 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

The Master of Liberal Studies program is great if you want to study one or more areas in an interdisciplinary way. UMN is very supportive of students and instructors/staff truly want to see students succeed academically, personally, and professionally. The tuition is high, but it can be balanced out if a student is able and willing to take more than 6 credits per semester. Tuition is capped at 6 credits (other fees apply, but not exorbitantly), so tuition can be halved by attending at double time, fyi.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

World-class professors and challenging coursework are the biggest pros for the part-time MBA program. Professors have spent a significant amount of time working in their industry, or conducting extensive research, or both. Class sizes are manageable, and professors and TAs make an effort to be available to students who are employed full-time and have specific needs for office hours. A wide variety of course offerings is available, as well as multiple formats. I have been able to create a comfortable mix of on-site class, online class, and condensed courses (3 full-day classes over 3 weeks) to fit my professional and personal life, while still feeling challenged academically. Cons include the lack of a cohort, due to the part-time nature of the program. Carlson bridges the gap well by providing extracurricular networking activities and clubs that are open to full and part time students. Many of the year 1 courses are a slightly more advanced repeat of upper-level undergraduate coursework, designed for students who have been out of school for a while or who have no academic background in business majors, which can sometimes feel tedious. However, instructors do their best to teach at a pace that will challenge students and achieve academic goals over the course of the semester.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

Very holistic approach to the field of physical therapy, as students are exposed to academic, clinical, and research aspects throughout the curriculum.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I like that the program is small and intimate amidst a vast campus so people can network and delve into the pool of skills with that personal element that invites more value than quantity.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Veterinary Science
Graduation Year: 2017

There needs to be more diversity in the program and at this school.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2019

Situated within a surprisingly diverse, active, environmentally-conscious metropolis, UMN students are poised to enjoy a high quality of living--if you work at it. The people are friendly--a usually meaningless generalization, but I think more true here than other places I've lived. The weather is abyssmal but I wanted that, i.e., to want to stay inside to study. Housing is overpriced but transportation is very good and getting even better with the light rail. You can live and work and study here without a car. Certain neighborhoods are very urbane and concerned with the arts (esp. the theatre community). Student financial aid at UMN is available but so complicated due to fellowship rules that I can't recommend their office as well-organized. My aid dropped suddenly for arcane reasons, and I know others who've had the same experience. Overall, university services are streamlined and responsive due to the Onestop system, which generally responds to any question I can come up with within five or six hours. The medical center is on campus and is easy to access. Security has recently become an issue, with many more crime alerts (including sexual assault) than I'd expected, coming from a campus where such alerts were rare.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2015

The funding is good for an MFA (a necessity, in my book), and the cost of living manageable. I can get through a school year on the stipend (modest living mandatory), but need a summer job to survive the other three months of the year. The other MFA students in the program are its biggest asset--UMN does a great job of selecting writers with a variety of styles, backgrounds, and approaches. This was important to me: I did not want to go to a program that tried to select or reinforce any one style of writing. Also, since (almost) everyone has the same funding package, there's less unhealthy competition. The program is cross-genre, which means it encourages (and in the case of one class, requires) you to work in a genre outside the one in which you were admitted. I've appreciated this, as work in other genres has informed and improved my work in my chosen track. The workload (teaching or TA-ing one class per semester) is doable, but challenging in terms of time management, especially the first year, in which you spend a lot of time figuring out how to teach. This will be the case at any program that offers GTA positions, and worse for those that have a "heavy" load. I'm personally grateful for the teaching component, despite its consumption of my otherwise-writing time. Not only does it allow for the program's full funding, it's a gateway to future employment. While UMN's Creative Writing program doesn't really offer other post-MFA job prep, it does as good of a job as I can imagine of prepping its incoming MFA students for their teaching role. This program is three years in length--a luxury, in my book. The quality of faculty teaching varies. I've had a few great experiences with teachers, one surprisingly terrible one. Regardless, don't expect to find a nurturing mentor among the faculty. They are (for the most part) primarily writers, secondarily teachers. I recommend focusing on developing strong relationships with peers, as they can be your best and most committed readers. As for Minneapolis, the city is a great locus for the arts. A chilly one, but a great one. The Loft Literary Center downtown is also an excellent summer and part-time post-graduate employment option.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: great city and good funding Cons: some of the faculty are pretty checked out/ do not offer constructive feedback for students
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2017

I am only part-way through the program, so my access to career advice is somewhat limited. While the funding could be better, the six-year package and faculty support make this a great program for my sub-field.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Good funding, teaching experience. Cons: Apathetic faculty, inconsistent academic quality.
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