California State University-Los Angeles Graduate Program Reviews

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 27,680 (23,458 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 28 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 49% part-time, 51% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $7,621 in-state; $16,549 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.8 out of 5.0
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
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 It is all based on outdated theory and research and is just overall ridiculous .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
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
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
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
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
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
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

It opened new opportunities for me career wise
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012

I attended California State Los Angeles University from 2009- 2012. I found their program to be concise and informative. The professors are very caring and involved with the students. The curriculum is organized and consistent. They have classes that start early in the afternoon and end in the early evening. The students appreciated being there and the collaboration that was provided. I would recommend this school to anyone pursuing a graduate degree in education.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Management
Graduation Year: 2017

I attended CSULA as an undergrad previously, and obtained my BA in communication studies. The education I received and diversity of instructors, as well as students, made me love this school. This is more of a commuter university, so if you're looking for the typical "college experience" with parties and such then I would not recommend this school; this is one main reason I loved CSULA. Students here are there to learn and receive an education. The professors were well versed in their subjects and were typically published or working towards that goal. Being surrounded by motivated and dedicated individuals pushes you to do your best. Communication studies as an undergraduate major really helped to prepare me for any career. Now, I hav returned to CSULA as a graduate student in pursuit of my MS in Healthcare Management. I have 2 classes left before I finish and I must say it has been challenging but having completed this goal is a great achievement. The masters program at CSULA is geared towards working individuals. This is great because the classes are all at night, so if you do work full time, then you can still obtain your masters! The only downfall is that there is an additional "professional program" fee that almost doubles the cost of the program. This was a huge set back for me and many others that were not anticipating this. The program is not an MBA but a MS, yet it charges students to be part of the professional business program. Irregardless, I feel the education received here has been well worth it and cost far less than private universities in the surrounding LA area. The professors in this program are established within the healthcare field and they all have years of experience. This program is a great way to connect with professionals who may be able to get you in the door somewhere if you are not already employed within healthcare. Typically, they require 2 years of experience before applying. This means you are surrounded by other professionals who are passionate about the same field as you. It really is an outstanding program.
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