California State University-Los Angeles Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
of students recommend
(4.0 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 116 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 4 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

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

Overall I am happy with my school but there is no chance for an international student to find a job with career engines of the university non of the companies come to campus are looking to hire an international one and it is a big challenge
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2017

My graduate program includes a very diverse group of members from many fields in education which make it a very interesting and well rounded cohort. This may bring challenges in working together later when trying to form groups for research, but will also enhance the learning.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017

Very competitive program allows students to flourish within various counseling careers. Faculty are readily available and care about the success of each student. Program offers many opportunities to network including school campuses, therapists, and other counseling students. Programs also provides students with easy access to technology including iPads for recording therapy sessions, use of therapy clinics, and other school resources for students to utilize, in order for students to save finances and to receive optimum learning. Campus is considered a commuter school so meeting other students and getting to know them well is difficult. However, this graduate program provides very intimate settings so getting to know other students allows room for intimacy and camaraderie.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

When compared to the more expensive Social Work schools in the LA area, such as UCLA and USC, Cal State LA is the most bang for your buck! I did the math and here are the three schools in comparison. USC was by far the most expensive, almost double that of UCLA. Cal State LA's tuition is half of UCLA's tuition. The MSW degree nevertheless is the same after all. Think of it this way: Do you want to have a posh study environment, be able to say that you went to a prestigious school, and brag about it, but end up left with a student loan that you have to pay back immediately after you graduated? Or do you want to not have to stress about paying back your hefty student loan? Another reason I chose Cal State LA over the other two (and over other Cal State Universities) is that Cal State LA is the only social work program in Southern California that offers a forensic concentration. This concentration prepares those students interested in working with the offender population in a very thorough way. The faculty is absolutely A-class and very supportive of the student's needs. Furthermore, those students who chose to conduct their independent research projects for their thesis are being fully supported and encouraged by the faculty. The school made it possible that a professor who does not teach thesis class this year is going to be my thesis advisor, because she is very familiar with my topic. Finally, the MSW student population at Cal State LA is highly diversified in terms of racial and socioeconomic composition, which is an ideal environment to learn how to become a true social worker. If I had to chose again, I would choose Cal State LA again without hesitation.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2012

Pros: very friendly and cozy study environment Easily acess to faculty members The new student union is very nice and lots of activities going on around the campus Flexible schedule Cons: Only one Ph.D program
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2016

I am very pleased with the education I am receiving at CSULA. The professors are supportive and genuinely care about student success.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2016

Affordable, fast-paced program for graduates. Other schools offer free MS Office and essential software, while this school requires you to use the computer lab or purchase your own software in order to access some electronic resources.
2.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015

Everything is ok except for the quality of instructors. The instructors are people with extreme psychological problems which shows by their bitterness and contempt for their job.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

CSULA has a well established MSW program and offers many opportunities to grow skills in and out of the classroom.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

The program is pretty good and has exposed me to multicultural and global environment. The professors have extensive backgrounds in their field and they demonstrate a genuine desire to teach and help the students to achieve their goals. They would keep you updated with all the conferences and competitions (related to our field of study) happening across the country and encourage you to participate. The College of Business and Economics also gives Travel Awards for students who want to participate in out-of-state conferences.
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