University of San Francisco Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.81 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CEPH and NASPAA
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 11,003 (6,745 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 14 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 18% part-time, 82% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $24,260
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4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2018

The program is very closely tied with the urban affairs sister program, and has a good amount of urban planning components. This program is good for anyone looking to get into public policy and running campaigns. The professors are experts in their fields, and have their network pretty integrated in the city of San Francisco. The program is also very good at using its network to find jobs and internships.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

Pros- As a graduate student at the University of San Francisco you will learn about public policy and how policy affects the community, state, and federal government. The program is great to teaching you about nonprofit, government, and local community policies and how students can get involved as a community activist, lobbyist, or even as a politician. This program is great for those who have a pre-law background, political science, or public policy; however if you do not (such as myself) the program is design to help students learn from the beginning and then advance very quickly second semester. The professors are amazing as they've worked in the fields and have great connections within the community as well as state level or federal level. As a graduate of this school i've been able to work within the nonprofit, state level, and now presented with an opportunity on the federal level. Cons- The school is based in San Francisco, which means the cost of living is very high. Any student thinking about attending the program and not living on campus need to at least be financial stable in order to live within the city and not stressing over money as well as keeping up with classes.
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros of the graduate program is that it is very diverse in terms of student body and academic material. This environment invites many informative perspectives, which is very applicable to a professional career after graduation. As well, there is a great learning environment of rigorous reading, writing, and discussion that challenges the mind in the best way. The cons associated with this program is that San Francisco is very expensive to live in/commute to! It may prove to be difficult to access in that regard. Furthermore, as the University is a private institution, tuition is high.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

In comparison to the greater University community, my specific program in public affairs works to bridge praxis to practice through utilizing practical applications of on the job research and task assignment simulations to best prepare their graduates. Perhaps the greatest con to the program is its young age.
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