The problem is I am finding a lot of conflicting info regarding the quality of the school in my research. Does anybody know anything about the quality of the school?
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Hi, you might remember me
from this post about an online Organizational Psychology Masters
program at Colorado State University. Most Mefites were pretty down on the idea and I decided online is not for me. Mainly because you make absolutely no real contacts with faculty or students. I believe the a great value of grad school is the relationships you develop that can help in your career later.
You may also remember me
from getting into a Work Psychology Masters program
at The University of Barcelona only to have my acceptance redacted because I didn’t have an undergrad degree in psychology. The university did however help me get accepted into a sister program at The University of Valencia and I wasn’t able to get my visa on time so I had to turn the offer down and let a local student have my place.
So I’m looking at all my options again and as I’m 37 and have a good and pretty high paying job, I have decided that it is better for me to find a program in which I can continue working while studying rather than taking two complete years off. One program I found sounds very intriguing at The University of the Pacific
. It is a Masters in Intercultural Relations
. It’s completely up my alley and is a limited residency meaning I visit several times a year and do the rest from a distance. So unlike the CSU program I get face to face contact with students and faculty, an advisor, and I get to do research and write a thesis.
Here are the rankings I have found from various sources online.
The Princeton Review rates it 80 out of 378.
gives it a 345 overall out of 650, 241 in private colleges, and #67 in the West.
U.S. News and World Reports
gives it a 112 out of 300.
The worldwide QS top college
ratings gives it a 701+ which is the lowest ranking they provide (I think basically its unrated) and of which there are a couple hundred schools with this rank. Now I know this is a completely different sample of schools.
If one is a career minded, full time, older student maybe one should one be less picky about school quality and go with a mix or quality and practicality? I’m attending for the knowledge and experience to work for myself consulting in the specialized field of cross cultural training for expatriates and multi-cultural teams so I’m not concerned about impressing any hiring managers in the future.
I know these rankings are a bit controversial so I come to you my friends. Does anybody have any experience, thoughts, or knowledge of this school? Does it look like a decent program?