California State University-Los Angeles Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.02 out of 5.0)
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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 27,827 (24,074 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 43% part-time, 57% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,073 in-state; $17,577 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

CSULA School of Social Work is an outstanding program that will not financially hinder you upon graduating. Courses are well taught and organized for a granteed success, including studesnts witch families! I would highly recommend the MSW. program! Take advantage of State University Grants through early financial aid application along with a abailable stipend programs!
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2015

I received my MA in TESOL from Cal State LA and am extremely grateful for the opportunities this program has afforded me. The supportive faculty provided generous opportunities to engage in research at the university, helping lay my path to continued studies pursuing a PhD in education. The coursework provided a strong foundation in the elements of pedagogy, language, and culture in the language classroom. The program encourages students to attend and present at academic conferences, providing direct experience in contemporary research on language teaching and learning. In addition to learning the theoretical underpinnings of Second Language Acquisition research, courses on teaching methods and a practicum component equipped me with multiple applied techniques for the language classroom. Many students interests centered on these elements of the program and greatly improved their instructional methods. Though several members of my cohort went on to pursue advanced degrees, most of the students are now employed as community college professors, university instructors, teachers, or in learning and writing centers. In addition to the great mentorship, the TESOL faculty are kind and caring, fostering a true community with lifelong friendships among the alumni. While the program was challenging, it was also fun! If you are interested in language learning, teaching, or applied linguistics, I give the MA in TESOL Program at Cal State LA my highest recommendation.
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2001

Cal State LA prepared me for the filed of educational administration. While I was taking my classes, I was also working full time as a teacher with many administrative roles. I was not yet sure I wanted to pursue being an administrator at an elementary school, but I quickly realized, through the learning I was involved in at CSULA, that I wanted to pursue the field.
1.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2015

MA in TESOL: Honestly, this program is a major joke. I attended within the last few years. It absolutely in no way prepares you to become a good teacher. It is all based on outdated theory and research and is just overall ridiculous . The professors are all so boring and their teaching methods are so boring. I spent 2 years of my life listening to peoples feelings on boring topics and at the end of the 2 years I felt like I learned absolutely nothing. I could have picked up a teaching methods book and read for a couple hours or did some research online and got more in 2 hours than in 2 years. You may learn how to study terms for exams which you will braindrop later. You may learn how to write endless amounts of papers. But in no way, shape or form will you enhance your teaching skills. It is a joke. Seriously a waste of time and money! I would just go do the CELTA, it's 110% better. Whoever is in charge of this program should fire everyone and completely remodel the program. Get some awesome younger teachers with overseas teaching experience who are aimed at making you a better teacher. Drop the stupid exams and essays. Save all that research and paper writing for PHD students. When I came to get my Masters I was told it would directly teach me to be a great ESL teacher. It didn't do that at all. Seriously run far away from this program. Don't waste time or money. If you don't believe me... visit the campus and find some of the current student and ask them. I guarantee you they will all say its a joke and waste of time. Everyone felt that way when I was there a couple years back. I heard it got even worse from a colleague.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 1999

California State University, Los Angeles was an excellent program for pursuing my Master's Degree in Audiology. Currently, they are in the process of starting a doctoral program in Audiology, which should be an excellent, in-state option to consider.
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2010

The professors were really helpful in providing the needed information! They were always supportive during classes and office hours. The syllabus and curriculum were presented clearly from day one. The access to technology and web resources were readily available.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012

It is a great program! You have to create a program plan as part of the application process so I felt that it was definitely organized and mapped out your classes. The professors are also amazing and knowledgeable.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2013

Cal State University of Los Angeles was a great school. I enjoyed my classes and the campus was clean, friendly, and easy to get from one class to another. Parking was easily accessed and the campus was not overly crowded. I enjoyed my classes as well. My professors were wonderful and every class had something new to offer.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2013

College was an amazing experience where I was able to figure out my career goals as well as place where I can follow my passions with like minded individuals
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

It opened new opportunities for me career wise
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