California State University-Long Beach Graduate Program Reviews

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96%
of students recommend
(4.04 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 112 respondents

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School Information

  • 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

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

The graduate linguistics program at C.S.U.L.B. is comprehensive for students who intend to teach English to secondary English learners or have plans to continue their studies in a Ph.D. program. One of the most surprising aspects of this program is the close interaction between teachers and students; the faculty take the time to connect students with employment opportunities in their respective fields as well as encouraging the students to apply themselves in academic conferences as well as possible publication of their individual research. These key aspects have made my time at the school immensely rewarding and enjoyable.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017

This is one of the larger CSU campuses and classes can be numerous, but fortunately Anthropology is one of the smaller programs. The professors are eager to help and respond fairly quickly, especially Dr. Howell. As long as you're clear and assertive with your plans within the program, they will help you to accomplish those goals.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

No longer accepting students due to lack of financial support and internal conflicts.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2017

The graduate program in biology at CSULB has been a great experience for me thus far. My thesis adviser is very intelligent and accessible and he also supports my research and provides guidance whenever I ask for it. The facilities available are also exceptional; we have access to research boats, dive gear, wetlabs, tools, and a slew of undergraduate volunteers to help with field work. However, I would like to see a broader range of course topics and new, young, energetic professors being integrated into the older faculty, many of whom seem like they are about to retire!
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2017

The MFT program from CSULB is a competitive and supportive program for people who are ready and willing to work hard for their Master's degree. The students and faculty are very supportive of each other, but also have high expectations. Unfortunately the surrounding area can be pricey, and affording an inexpensive place to live and thrive can come a high price.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

If you want to study with well-educated, intelligent, and passionate professors for a cheap(er than most university) tuition? Then a Master's program at CSULB is the way to go. As someone who wants to pursue a Ph.D program in the future, I am blessed to be in the Masters of Psychological Research program at CSULB. It gave me the opportunity to really think about my career path and my interests. In addition to the great graduate program, the campus is very nice and technologically advanced. It even has a bowling ally and billiards on campus! How cool is that?
3.58 out of 5.0
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Degree: Civil Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

If you want a masters in civil engineering this is a place to go, I would recommend only if extremely convenient to your current living situation. There are several other universities and cal states even in the surrounding area. It is a small program but not as strong as cal poly pomona. The graduate advising is terrible but outside of that you will get by in the classes.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Graduate program in CSULB is giving me a lot of opportunities to refine my interest and broaden my views. Seminar course are especially entertaining as fellow graduate students discuss the academic papers assigned each week. While the workload is not little, it is bearable. In addition, the professors are knowledgeable and they guide you and your interest very well. Coming into the program, I was not sure where I am headed as I was conflicted with numerous undefined interest. With the guide of my mentor and supportive professors, I am slowly understanding what to expect from my future. And that is a great meeting, knowing what my future might hold and being satisfied with where my life is headed.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2015

My graduate program turned out to be what I expected from reading the program information on the website, speaking to Alumni, and visiting before beginning. My classmates were all really knowledgeable and challenged me. I am excited to see where we all take our careers. From what I understand Alumnus go on to work at universities, in K-12, non-profits, or go on to PhD programs. As for cons, I would say is that it is up to you to decide what your next move is career wise after receiving your Master's degree. As a graduate student the university career services didn't hold my hand but I searched for the resources I needed. It was also challenging to be working full-time and taking classes. Most of my classmates worked part-time or full-time. If you decide to do the thesis it is challenging but a rewarding experience.
2.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: the faculty are very knowledgeable and seem to genuinely enjoy teaching, the school does a good job trying to help you find sites for clinical internships Cons: the school has only recently transitioned to a doctorate and as such, my class were guinea pigs while the school tried to re-organize the curriculum. Also, the financial aid office is extremely unhelpful to out-of-state students such as myself, telling us we're ineligible for resident tuition for three years (after we've completed out degree)
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