California State University-Los Angeles Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
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(4.02 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 110 respondents

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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

Student & Graduate Reviews

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

The Social Work graduate program at Cal State LA provided me with comprehensive preparation for my career. I received the perfect combination of in-class instruction along with field experience. Not only did classes include information about working one on one with people, but also included classes about changing policy and administering social programs. When i graduated, I had clear awareness about what social justice really means. What i enjoyed the most about my experience at Cal State La, however, was the relationships I made with fellow students and professors alike. Graduate school is difficult journey, but having amazing people to embark on the journey with makes it that much more rewarding. I have great relationships with many of my professors, and they have empowered me to recognize my own expertise as a scholar. i look forward to one day becoming a professor at Cal State LA and helping others to discover and develop their own expertise.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Biology
Graduation Year: 2016

Excellent Masters program with adequate support from the department.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Affordability. Diversity. Committed faculty and staff. Balanced instruction on micro and macro practice. Great place to connect with others in the field of social services in LA. Offers 2-yr and 3-yr programs. Cons: I can't think of any big Cons.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

There were a lot of students taking the ABA certificate and not enough professors. The professors that were there were either ill or on a leave for a year. It was very touch and go for a while and not a whole lot of support.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

I feel that the cons of this program is the scheduling and days available for classes as well as the required units per quarter/semester. Also One of the pros of this program is that the professors are very helpful and knowledgeable on the subject. Another pro of this program is the affordability compare to other social work programs.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros are the diversity of the program. We have a big population of international students from India and China to go along with students who studied here in the U.S. You get to learn the perspective of someone from a different country and that is something that has added value to my education. Another big pro would be that the program is affordable. It is remarkably less than many other programs I looked into. A con would be that is is not exactly a world renowned program so it might not exactly draw as much attention to employers as other programs at first.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: CSULA is a nationally known and well-acclaimed school in both the undergraduate and graduate programs. Their graduate nursing program is one of the top programs in the United States and is well-respected among the healthcare community. The program is quite competitive to get into, and gives me the confidence that I am receiving the best education with only the brightest colleagues. The faculty are extremely supportive and always pushing students to only grow professionally and personally. The graduate program offers both full and part-time pathways to accommodate your working schedule as well. I want my future NP career to be able to provide for the underserved community, and CSULA allows me to do so. Cons: I would say is clinical placement. Initially, it would be the students responsibility to find preceptors for clinical rotations; and this would be difficult especially for students, like myself, who do not know many NPs who work out in the community. However, recently, our school has hired a clinical placement coordinator who has made students' lives easier by helping find placement. Also, the location of CSULA is not in the safest part of LA. However, campus security does provide assistance to your car if one should feel unsafe.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

pros: learning and being taught by highly skilled health care managers. Cons: learning in a multi lingual environment.
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