California State University-Los Angeles Graduate Program Reviews

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School rating based on 117 respondents

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  • 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

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4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2014

There are a number of areas that Anthropology at CalStateLA does very well. The first is providing opportunities for students to develop, present and publish original research. Second, is guidance and support for grant, scholarship, and graduate applications. Winning funding is one of the most difficult and necessary processes for academic success, and Anthropology is a model department in this area. Third, is the camaraderie that our field encourages and our faculty supports. I can best speak to archaeology which is, by nature, a team endeavor. We root for, compete against, and depend upon one another to succeed. The cons always come back to budgetary constraints that state schools across California suffer. Still, by being creative, our faculty continues to offer wonderful and unique opportunities for students. My time in the Anthropology program has been incredibly rewarding both academically and professionally.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2014

Entering the graduate program at CSULA I had my concerns with being able to use my degree to find a job within archaeology. After the first year I was able to land a summer internship with the US Forest Service and within my last year in the program I landed a position with a CRM company working as an archaeologist. Along with my professional success I presented at the Great Basin Anthropology Conference several times and participated as a crew member, crew chief, and volunteer at the China Lake Field School for the last 5 years. The academic program is challenging but better prepares its students for either a professional or academic goal.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2013

My education at CSULA could not have been better. The support and research opportunities available allowed me to get involved in professional archaeological investigations since I was an undergraduate student. I was able to work four seasons at Midnight Terror Cave in Belize, presented at the Society for American Archaeology on five occasion, as well as publish a number of papers. The mentoring at this institution was crucial in helping me win the Soros Fellowship for New Americans that gave me up to $90,000 over two years. Today, thanks to the supportive nature of the anthropology program at CSULA, I am at a PhD program at Boston University with full funding for six years.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017

The professors try very hard to be supportive of the students, they also push us to expand our horizons by participating in our field as much as possible.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2014

When I started to look into potential graduate programs in Anthropology, Cal State L.A. immediately distinguished itself by having the most active Mesoamerican field program in Southern California. During a campus visit, I was impressed by the bulletin boards illustrating the many students participating in field schools, presenting papers at professional conferences, and winning awards. I saw students translating their academic achievements at Cal State L.A. into acceptance in Ph.D. program. The faculty in the Anthropology program is extremely supportive, encouraging students to not find only success academically, but to also to apply for scholarships and get involved in campus activities. They work to help their mentees transform from students into professionals, knowledgeable not only in their own sub-discipline of anthropology, but also in all four sub fields of anthropology.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2014

When I started to look into potential graduate programs in Anthropology, Cal State L.A. immediately distinguished itself by having the most active Mesoamerican field program in Southern California. During a campus visit, I was impressed by the bulletin boards illustrating the many students participating in field schools, presenting papers at professional conferences, and winning awards. I saw students translating their academic achievements at Cal State L.A. into acceptance in Ph.D. program. The faculty in the Anthropology program is extremely supportive, encouraging students to not find only success academically, but to also to apply for scholarships and get involved in campus activities. They work to help their mentees transform from students into professionals, knowledgeable not only in their own sub-discipline of anthropology, but also in all four sub fields of anthropology.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2015

During my time at CSULA, I've been able to take my research to the next level and boost my CV despite the fact I study primates and my advisor studies caves. The beauty of this dynamic department is they offer a four field approach and if you have an open mind and determination, the resources are limitless. CSULA offers the best education for the money and the anthropology department deserves it's spot at the top of the list. In a recent TIME article, CSULA was ranked in the top 25 universities in the country for the value of education. If you are willing to go a little above and beyond and apply for scholarships and grants, your time spent here will be even more amazing. Two personal examples - I've been able to present my research at the 112th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association's in Chicago Il and I will present research this summer in Hanoi Vietnam at the International Primatological Society Congress. I've only been able to do this because the anthropology department rewards students hard work. This is the only institution I've known to not only prepare students but also acknowledge their accomplishments. In just over a year at CSULA, I've been awarded with the Hearst Trustee Award, Phi Kappi Phi Honor Society, Golden Eagle Award of Excellence, Outstanding Oral Presentation in the 22nd Annual CSULA Student Research Competition, Theresa A. Mike Scholarship, Graduate Equity Fellowship, Anna Bing Arnold Award, George P. Smith Memorial Award, Faculty Wives Special Fund, RSCA Fund to Support Research and Creative and Travel Support for Student Presentations. I am very thankful for this recognition and hope to continue building my career and enter a Ph.D. program next year. I will always take pride knowing I was part of a great program at CSULA.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2014

Professors are very helpful and they really know what they're talking about. You have to seek counseling and know all the right questions to ask.
3.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Early Childhood Education
Graduation Year: 2014

There are a lot of people on campus that are willing to help you out with any questions or support that you may need. The down side is that you have to seek this help and be aware of all the upcoming deadlines.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2016

Great professors who care about students doing well. I highly recommend this program- I've learned so much and I feel well-prepared for my future in speech-language pathology. As for the university itself it's more of a commuter school, so the social campus life isn't great.
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