University of Wisconsin - Madison Graduate Program Reviews

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82%
of students recommend
(3.81 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 11 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABA, + 13 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 42,716 (30,991 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 17% part-time, 83% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $11,870 in-state; $25,196 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2011

I am very thankful of my degree. I was able to get a job right away after graduation. I worked in my field of study. I did find out that I will not get paid enough to make a living, so I decided to go back to school and get my Masters degree in vocational rehabilitation counseling.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

Large universities provide a lot of avenues and pathways to connect across disciplines. However, it also means faculty are not as proactive about reaching out to students as they may be at smaller institutions.
4.61 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2019

I love everything about my program, except that it's located in Wisconsin. It's cold here.
4.54 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017

Great professors to work with and being covered under a five year guarantee could be a real advantage.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

Wisconsin Sociology is a top program in the field and offers an outstanding educational preparation to those intent on pursuing an academic career in the discipline. If you are a competitive applicant and gain admission to this program, it should be one of your top choices for PhD study. That said, there are a number of drawbacks to the program. The funding situation, atrocious in the past, has recently gotten marginally better. New incoming cohorts are guaranteed 5 years of funding in the program. This new policy provides stability, but it does not make for complete security. This program is quite intense, and the median time to graduation is 7-8 years. The baseline funding guarantee is for a 20-hour per week TA position. Compared to other top sociology programs, this represents a whole lot of extracurricular work. And the pay is quite bad! 14K/year is barely enough to keep one's head above water. If you're choosing between here and stanford, havard, princeton, chicago... you should take this into account when making your decision.
3.57 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

You must be very self-motivated to do well in a graduate program of this size. Faculty are busy and only spend time with students who ask for assistance directly and consistently.
4.61 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

UW Madison Sociology is an academic and intellectual wonderland. I don't think I've ever been happier in school.
2.71 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2017

Faculty topic areas are broad, diverse and faculty are quite accessible. However, due to the large size of the school, self-motivation is key
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