California State University-Long Beach Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.01 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 111 respondents

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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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2.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2014

My specific program is confusing and there is limited advising. The cost per semester is affordable, however I have taken extra classes due to confusion with the degree itself.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2012

There are few students in the program so there is more time for one on one experience with the mentors. Since there are so few grad students, the classes are both undergraduates and graduates in the same classes. This is great for the undergraduates, but I believe it makes the classes less challenging for the graduate students.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2014

I am currently enrolled in a special cohort program in which my colleagues and I have become very close. We offer each other support and obtain additional support from our professors. The courses are pre-determined and set, so we do not need to worry about not acquiring the courses we need to graduate on time. Faculty in charge of the cohort guides us through the processes we need to complete in order to be prepared for our careers as competent Speech- Language Pathologists.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

It is rather a small program and funding availability is limited to graduate assistantships and research assistantships. CSULB is not a research institution, thus you must work hard to built your resume if you plan to pursuit post MA education. Many students are TESOL students, planning to teach English as a second language. Professors are very supportive and there are opportunities for guest lectures, colloquiums and conferences to enhance your graduate school experience.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I have not started the graduate program yet. However, one pro is that it is a generalist program, so we gain knowledge in all areas of social work practice. Though I enjoy that, the fact that there are no specific concentrations is also a con for me.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012

The student population of the program was very diverse. The faculty provided high quality service.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Physics
Graduation Year: 2016

CSULB is definitely a great place, and the program is very competitive at the academic level! The people in really nice, something important for your every-day work. The problem I see is that is not clear how the students will be able to afford the cost of the education and living expenses being full-time students!
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

This program allowed for the students to really talk about the upcoming theories in Psychology instead of just being lectured at in a classroom setting. It was a free environment to voice your opinions and not get immediately shot down by professors and other students.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros are that it is close to the beach so it receives the same weather pattern, the professors are friendly and open to discussion, the students are friendly, the classes are great. The cons are it rains alot during winter and can be windy, sometimes parking is hard to find, and some of the buildings are a little old.
4.63 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros are definitely the supportive department staff and the applied approach to sociology. Cons can be the excessive work-load and the fact that there is no student lounge or working lab.
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