California State University-Long Beach Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.01 out of 5.0)
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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 4 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CSWE
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 37,776 (32,345 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 42% part-time, 58% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,164 in-state; $17,668 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.83 out of 5.0
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
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)
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The strengths of my program include diverse and competent professors, easily accessible resources, convenient scheduling, staff support, affordability, and great learning opportunities. The cons of my program include congested parking areas and surrounding traffic.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

First, the program is one of the only DPT programs in California offered by a state school, and the only one in southern California, thus making it extremely competitive for admissions and quality of students. However, the close-knit cohort of only 27 in my year has granted extreme benefits both academically and socially. As well as accessibility of professors and mentors. Secondly, living in Long Beach is extremely diverse and always keeps students on their toes. Thirdly, Our program offers an on campus outpatient PT clinic, common to many campuses, but we also offer a neurology clinic where second and third year students give therapy to stroke and brain injury patients as well as other conditions for free.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros - beautiful campus and youre right next to the beach. The weather is steady and you can always find something fun to do. It is very competitive but then again, I am in graduate school so everybody already received their BS in Pure Mathematics so, by default, everybody is serious about their education. As for the undergraduate competitiveness, I don't know. Overall, long beach state Is awesome.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: small class friendly, very supportive professors convenient class hour Cons: simple educational materials limited school supplies
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2015

CSULB is a really amazing school if you have the necessary discipline and motivation to be a successful student. It's definitely a school that rewards ambition.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2014

This university has a well known single subject credential program. Instructors that are part of this program have mentioned how there is a high ratio of students that come out of this program with teaching jobs. Also, every teacher that I have taken for this program had experience in primary or secondary schools. These instructors give students tips and examples with their experiences in these schools, which is quite beneficial to its students. However, some of the workload can be excessive because the program attempts to weed out students who do not take the profession and the program very seriously.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

overall school is large and very nice. It offers multiple class sections to fit any schedule and the student body is very diverse.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2016

Its a program that takes a lot of time for each individual class which makes it longer than other grad programs. I just started; this is my first semester at CSULB and its a totally different atmosphere that UC Berkeley, where I earned my bachelor's degree.
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