California State University-East Bay Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.96 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 74 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and NASM
  • Campus Setting: City: Midsize
  • Student Population: 15,855 (13,407 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 50% part-time, 50% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,268 in-state; $17,772 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2008

I had a great experience at Cal State East Bay. The online degree program offered me the flexibility to work full time and still complete my degree. The teachers and staff were very helpful, and the education platform allowed for easy communication with fellow students.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2011

Very good. A lot use this to build their network for future job.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2007

I feel that it is not smart for the school to spend so much money to change their name from California State University, Hayward to California State University, East Bay. Most people still don't know where is the school until I told them that it is in Hayward. The Business program is ok. I can tell that the professors did try their best to teach us what they know, but there are not enough case studies or group work to get to know your classmates.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2009

The program I was in was very intensive. I had great professors that prepared me for the field. I also made some life long friends from those that I went through the program with . We bonded while studying and learning together. I would recommend this school for those pursuing degrees in education.
3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2011

It was a good school that gave a great, well rounded education
4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2017

Graduate programs Scholarship HJ Mike Chon Introduction After completing my second quarter as a Business student at CSU Eastbay, I feel that I have gained enough insight into the program to share some meaningful information beyond the basic demographics and statistics you'll find by reading a rankings list. In my opinion, the school serves a variety of students, all with different reasons for choosing this school, and despite being a lower tiered Business School, the program is perfect for driven individuals who may not have the finances or time for a traditional program. Instructors I admit, the instructors here are not perfect; however, they are hard-working and dedicated. The instructors are approachable and accommodating. Maybe they aren't some of the most cited in their fields, but they are genuine people who will give you their time. In my opinion, most of the instructors have a very straightforward teaching style, basically covering the material in the book, and would benefit tremendously from taking a different approach. Student Body There is a large international student population and the rest of the students are commuters. From stay at home dads to managers, the range is very wide. If you are open-minded, you will meet interesting people and make some meaningful connections. Having said this, as the average GMAT score indicates, the average student would not be a qualified candidate for the top tier programs. To be blunt, some of the students are maxing out their abilities to keep pace, and with a lot of group projects, they can be a drag on the productivity. It really depends on your previous academic experience and your expectations. Maybe not all of the students are the best minds in the area, but if you can network effectively and identify people with similar interests, you will not be disappointed. In my opinion, its a great way to prove yourself and be a big fish in a small pond. Lets not forget, depending on your background, that can be the big step you need to set fire to your career. Networking Networking is proactive, so if you are the type to sit silently during lectures and then quickly abscond at the conclusion, then you will cheat yourself out of meeting some people that can help you through the program and find a job. Also, most people are friendly and quick to lend a helping hand. In other words, its not the most competitive environment which is actually great for a lot of people, because sometimes you want to be in a more supportive environment. The students with the best grades fall under 2 categories. There are the ones that dont say a single word in class but ace every exam. You also have the students who are B+/A students but demonstrate their capabilities in every class, and seem to not really stress about the exams or their grades. Personally, I have made many contacts and have strengthened my professional network, and feel that the experience has been well worth it. If you can prove yourself, its a place where you will be noticed. ROI Not everyone will step into a high paying job after getting their MBA from CSU Eastbay. Some are doing this to get the automatic raise for getting a graduate degree. Some already have a job in mind. There are many students with no idea what they will do afterwards, but that is the great thing about graduation it is a new beginning with new possibilities. I am satisfied with my potential job opportunities, and I still have 3 quarters to go. In my opinion, it depends on how you can leverage your skills and personality to improve your career opportunities. The top student from CSU Eastbay may not get a second look from Sachs, but I doubt anyone here even wants to work there in the first place. Like I said, there is a wide range of students and everyone has a unique reason for choosing CSU Eastbay.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018

CSU East Bay provides an excellent masters program in the field of social work. The curriculum is engaging, and informative. The way the two year program is set up, I am able to maintain my full time job while attending school full time. The professors are approachable, supportive and accommodating. I also absolutely love the diversity of the campus itself. It makes me feel welcome and accepted.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Computer Science
Graduation Year: 2017

Computer Science is a very challenging course. Every few months there are new technologies that needs to be learned. Most of my Professors in Cal State East Bay are very knowledgeable in their area of expertise, and they can adapt well to changes in the technology industry and be able to apply those changes in the classroom. I just hope that there are more facilities available to students such as clustered computers so that we can leverage our skills in our particular interests.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Music
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: - Supportive, accessible instructors - Good quality classroom lectures'' Cons: - Inadequate physical assistance/support for students with Parkinson's - Very poor transportation
2.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Construction Management
Graduation Year: 2016

I feel the course should have more practical approach towards the program and have more research facilities.
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