California State University-Long Beach Graduate Program Reviews

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School rating based on 113 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

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3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014

The program is challenging and the professors represent different specialty fields. The faculty is readily available and very helpful with questions pertaining both to their respective classes and the program as a whole. The school is unable to provide a good variety of courses each semester and it is difficult to find courses that are both in your field of study AND satisfy the requirements to graduate "on time."
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2011

The political science graduate program at Long Beach State would rival any in the country. The professors expected a high level of work and for students to be prepared to contribute and participate in discussions every class. The professor availability and enthusiasm was the best part of the program. They were very engaged with the graduate students which helped to maintain an open dialogue with the material bringing student interests and current events into the classroom.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2013

The Research Psychology program at California State University, Long Beach is a great program and very effective. The program emphasises use of statistics, which I needed help with, and research methods. They have recently restructured the program to help students become more familiar with the methods process and work on their thesis at the same time, which would have been helpful while I was going through it. The downside is that the surrounding area is expensive (though it is an awesome place to live) and they did not have SPSS available to download onto student computers. Other than that, the program was great and the faculty are very approachable.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

CSULB's SDHE Program is by far the best program in California. Students have the opportunity to work while pursuing a graduate degree. In addition, the faculty is widely known and graduates from this program usually get a job quickly.
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.
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