Middle Tennessee State University
Middle Tennessee State University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||10|
|Avg years at University||1.8|
|Research Quality||C+ (5.6)|
|Research Availability||C+ (5.2)|
|Research Funding||C (4.7)|
|Graduate Politics||B+ (7.4)|
|Errand Runners||A- (8.3)|
|Degree Completion||A (9.0)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||B+ (7.7)|
|Sufficient Pay||B- (6.3)|
|Education Quality||B+ (7.6)|
|Faculty Accessibility||B- (6.3)|
|Useful Research||B- (6.2)|
|"Individual" treatment||B- (6.2)|
|Campus Beauty||B- (6.0)|
|Campus Maintenance||B (7.0)|
|University Resource/spending||B (6.7)|
|Surrounding City||C+ (5.5)|
|Social Life/Environment||C (4.9)|
Most of the teachers have been good and interesting, but a few have been very poor.
My largest issue is that I work full time, in my chosen field. I was incredibly lucky to get the job I have, as it's quite a competition to get a spot. Most graduate level classes at MTSU are only offered during the 2:00 slot, meaning I would have to take half days at least one to two times per week. Naturally, my job isn't thrilled with this, and I burnt through all my PTO in one semester. Several classes are offered from 6-9, but they aren't the core classes, they're usually electives. My advisor's response to my concern was that I needed to quit work to prove I was serious about my education- although she admittedly wasn't concerned about my mortgage, car note, insurance, or grocery shopping while I was in school.
The administration and professors are really apathetic to student concerns, even when those concerns are about the course syllabus or projects that are due.I'm currently looking into other programs to get my degree. The stress from this program is NOT worth what I'm getting out of it. All of my courses so far have been simply assigned readings, and a general class discussion on the topic. The professors give little to no feedback to the students to guide them. I could engage in the same conversation at a bar, for significantly less money. I read on my own, at home, so having a list of assigned books does little for me, as I've already read quite a few of the books. If you love to hear yourself talk, or want to join a historical book club, join MTSU's Graduate History program.
MTSU is not a well-known institution and, as such, you have to prove your qualifications later when you reenter the work force. Therefore in the course work, the student must apply himself more to ensure you master the material particularly in Accounting, Finance and Statistics. If you just try to pass these courses you will pass but won't learn anything. If I were to tell a new MBA student something today, I'd tell him to be proactive in the aforementioned courses- ask question, see your professors regularly for help, do extra homework, etc. The pain during the course will pay off later.