California State University-Fullerton Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.06 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 149 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 5 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 40,235 (34,576 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 54% part-time, 46% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,284 in-state; $17,788 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Amazing Faculty, Great Resources Cons: Bad Parking, tuition costs
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2014

I am going through the graduate teaching credential program right now, but so far it is an amazing program. The teachers are engaging and provide a lot of resources to help us when we are in the classrooms. Also the school provides us with the opportunity to make connections with many teachers in the field at the local public schools.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate program is heavily based up on fieldwork experience, which is beneficial because it gives you the ability to learn from professionals who have been working in the field for a long time. Conversely, it means a lot of reading and discussion pertinent to theory to make up for the lack of a thesis.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Performing Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

I have very mixed feelings about my program. I'm learning from some of the best in the business, and they all passionately love what they do. I'm learning how to work with top of the line technology in quality facilities and this school could not be a better fit for where where I want to be. My problems with my school are mostly with the campus itself, and the absurd amount of work that gets put on so few graduate students. Parking is atrocious for the first month of classes, requiring students to try and arrive sometimes several hours before class is scheduled to hunt for parking. Last year our campus went on lockdown on several occasions, so there has always been a certain level of uneasiness for the next few days after the lockdowns occur. The workload is the absolute killer within my department specifically. In such a small program, the work that needs to be done for the facilities in preparation for performances is heavily taxing labor that requires every heavy lifting. The problem arises when only one graduate student is able to do the physical labor, while the other graduate seems to be merely a paper pusher for certain faculty members. Both students are required to put in the same number of hours, doing very different jobs.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015

I think an absolute pro about my program is the benefit of having small interactive classes with diverse people. I think you not only learn from the professors, but also from your classmates! I believe the only con may be that there is so much that CSU Fullerton offers that it is easy to feel overwhelmed. However they make a strong effort to make each student feel mentored on their path to success!
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2013

There doesn't seem to be much competitiveness in the Graduate program. Everyone is very supportive in and out of the classroom. Campus safety is amazing; they reacted very quickly when we had armed robbers on the campus last semester. I did not get much (except for one professor) that explained all the avenues and how to make connections throughout and after the program. It was very enlightening, but I wish I'd had more. I learned more from conventions. The teachers are all well-qualified, but there is a sore lacking in the availability of classes to to take. Teachers get back to you very quickly through email, are very engaging, and definitely make time for you if needed, but it's difficult with all their other obligations to feel invited to talk to them outside of the classroom. The social scene is awesome; there are little cafes on campus to meet at, and downtown is very close for the night life! The diversity of our program is incredibly representative, and everyone feels included. The surrounding area is great for part-time or full-time retail jobs because it is geared towards undergraduates. There are not many "career" type jobs around, and it is even more difficult to know if there are when you are a commuter student (as many there are). Transportation is easy if you get a bus pas, but the 57 is pretty awful. Getting out of the parking lost at 4 PM-6 PM is a nightmare, so if you're there, park for the whole day. There weren't any classes that I thought gave us busy work. Everything assigned to us had some pertinent information we could use or apply for the future. Even with it's drawbacks, this has been one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences of my school-life/ career!
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015

PROs: The graduate program offers more than just courses to help students prepare for your career; there are numerous resources available to students to help them start building a network with business professionals that will become invaluable when students begin looking for a job after graduation. CONs: The graduate program charges an additional "Professional Program Fee" for any business-related major, the amount of which depends on the number of semester units taken. This fee is rather high and adds up very quickly.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: program is very flexible, so you can work and go to school at the same time.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016

The program is preparing me to be a strong leader. I like the small cohort, the interaction with the professors, and the overall quality of the campus and the education I am receiving. The only downside is that there is not much offered in terms of grants and scholarships at this level from the school. I do not want to take a loan, but that is really the only option
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

The best aspect I enjoyed about my graduate program was building relationships with faculty and their willingness to assist students. I loved the fact the program is not very large classes are not impacted. The least favorite thing I liked about my program and it goes for many programs is that their are not many scholarships available and their is not financial aid offered. That is why I hope I can receive some assistance to help pay for graduate school.
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