California State University-Long Beach Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.0 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 9 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 37,446 (32,195 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 43% part-time, 57% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $7,718 in-state; $16,646 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

I write this as a senior evening MBA student, with a cumulative GPA of 3.9 who is at the top of his class. Further, this submission is not designed to defame the college, but rather to inform perspective consumers of the return on investment they can expect to receive from the marketplace in lieu of obtaining this degree. Firstly, the curriculum is designed to be extremely Broad with very little industry relevant contemporary application. Rather than preparing you for a position and a functional role, the curriculum attempts to prepare students for roles as executive/CEO positions. This is most evident in the fact that there is no exposure to Modern practices or computer programs related to finance, accounting, Information Systems, or HR. Unfortunately, few MBA graduates will reach the point of CEO and be able to apply there Broad surface knowledge of multiple subjects. Moreover, the school lacks the Prestige to empower graduates to obtain such executive positions. This is the core deficiency of the program. There is a major disconnect in the curriculum relative to what the market demands of a graduate business student. Furthermore, having nearly graduated I have gained exposure to the job market to test the potency of my degree firsthand. Regretfully, the results have been quite lackluster. Few employers appear to be compelled by this degree, despite my additional robust and eclectic level of industry experience. Sadly, this degree has had little impact on my employability. Lastly, do not expect support from the Department for any type of Career Services. What they offer include job fairs and resume writing workshops. This is far below the level of sophistication and Industry relevance you would expect from a graduate Business program. Additionally, there are no avenues for internships, and the college appears to have no relationships with industry. All these core services are absent. It's quite similar to what is offered at the junior college level. From sraff to faculty to the dean, the department is occupied largely by careerist who treat students as though they are a commodity, and provide deplorable customer service. If I could do this again, I certainly would not have chosen this program. Ironically, the school is rated highly. Yet they are woefully detached from what is required by the contemporary job market.
2.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

Please read this message carefully if you are considering the MBA program at CSULB. If you are a potential student who already has a job and just needs the "paper" to move up in your current company and live and work in the Long Beach area, then the evening MBA program is definitely a consideration for you. However; if you are a career changer and/or looking to be exposed to a progressive curriculum that will foster a skill set that you will be able to leverage in the business world, I strongly advise you look at other programs. The following reasons are provided. 1) An outdated curriculum, sure there are some good classes; however in totality, you will not learn enough, or be exposed to an application based/hands on curriculum that will take you to a higher level in the business world , instead you will be subject to classes that assess your acumen using multiple choice question type exams, the type that you typically find in an undergraduate setting. Also, a lot of work done in class is performed by hand, with so many businesses using Microsoft Excel, or other commercial application based software, there are a limited number of classes that offers this type of learning style that will prepare you for the your next potential position. If you are an expert at lets say Excel, Statistics/Forecasting based software's, HR analytic type programs, great; however if you are not, you will not learn or be exposed to them that will help you land your next job after you graduate. 2) The network is extremely limited. You will have an extremely difficult time transitioning to another career or field given the current CSULB network that is currently in place. While CSULB may have you think otherwise, you are essentially on your own, and while its not for them not trying, the network doesn't look after its fellow graduates as lets say a USC does. 3) While I don't personally hold this position, a common theme amongst my MBA peers is that there is lack of leadership at the top level in the Graduate Business program. There is a lack of communication between the teachers/professors in various departments with regards to what they are teaching and preparing students who will go up to the next core level of classes. An example of this is a Finance 600 teacher asking students why they haven't gone over or learned a particular topic in Finance 500, when the general student reply would be "isn't that something the Finance department would/should discuss". My primary purpose in providing this review is not to bash CSULB, but for prospective students to really assess what they want from a MBA program. I knew that I wanted to learn and be exposed to a curriculum that was going to prepare me for my next career phase, and based on the CSULB MBA website, I believed it; however after being in the program, I have learned the nitty gritty so to say about the program and what it has to offer. So if the potential rewards from the program outweigh the risks, great; otherwise please just consider the reasons I outlined above and make your own choice. -Current Evening MBA Student- Fall 2018 Graduation Date
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018

My education at CSULB has prepared me to work in the field of social work. The school and the social work program has taught me various existential and classroom settings the techniques that will be useful when beginning my career to help those without a voice. This education has definitely been a stepping stone in the right direction to be an advocate in policy change.
3.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

Great school, professors are great, great support and location
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2010

Large school with a "small school" feel, as you take classes with the same people
3.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

I love long beach. Great programs and professors
4.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

A high end university that provides all the technology need it to teach and prepare students for their new roles
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

This college has many excellent programs and majors. Although it is a "commuter school" there are a large number of activities to help you connect to other people and faculty
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: School Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018

CSULB is the optimal graduate program for school psychology. It is affordable, with many opportunities for grants and scholarships. The student body of the program is diverse and issues of diversity in schools are frequently addressed. There is also a clinic on campus that is used for training in psychoed services, counseling, and intervention. Every local school district knows that CSULB grads make great school psychologists, which is why the program has excellent rates of employment. Could not recommend the program more.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2014

Located near the beautiful beaches of California is csulb. The school as a whole has a very friendly atmosphere with the feeling that everyone is ready to help. The faculty in my math department were like family and were always available with any question or problem that I encountered. Class sizes for graduate classes were no more than 30. This gave each student plenty of time to have one on one conversations with the professor. There multitudes of activities available in the school in your down time, including movie theatre, bowling alley and pool tables. If you are looking for a school with a strong friendly staff with small class sizes I definitely recommend CSULB.
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