If you want to know more about a school, program or job, then talk to current and past students/workers, to get the real story. You can often find them on LinkedIn.
These posts that may be helpful:
On academic life
- Some notes from students
- Ivory Tower -- the review
- Applying for a masters degree in water studies?
- Masters of Useless
- Bleg: Funding for MSc students?
- Better PhDs