California State University-Northridge Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 146 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: CEPH
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 39,916 (35,756 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 26 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 48% part-time, 52% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,309 in-state; $17,813 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2012

While pursuing a Master's degree in English, I was able to simultaneously take various science courses to completed my medical school prerequisites. I was also offered several teaching jobs on campus ranging from English to Chemistry which helped establish my professional life and experiences. The graduate English program also offers a competitive Teacher's Associate program which, for students who are accepted, provides graduate students with valuable "in the classroom" time. The class structure is extremely flexible and encourages experimentation with pedagogical practices and technology. CSUN also offers plenty of opportunities for students to participate in conferences, volunteer activities, and some readings. While CSUN offered many valuable opportunities for personal growth, it no longer offers a "thesis" option for English students that are pursuing an emphasis in creative writing. This can be a major con for students who are using the CSUN Master's program as a stepping stone to MFA programs or PhD programs that expect an MA student to have completed a thesis. While CSUN does offer a Capstone Project as an alternative, many universities will not consider this as academically rigorous as a final thesis.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

This program has an excellent, supportive faculty who really care about the students. They want to make sure you're understanding the material and excelling. They will go beyond what's expected of them. The workload is intense, which is good- this is grad school and you should feel challenged. Students discover they are capable of far more than they realized when they first walked into Manzanita Hall. It is a commuter school, so networking or socializing with fellow grad students is difficult. Some commute as much as two hours just for this education. Overall, CSUN has a great Communication Studies program. I'm proud to go to this university.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2013

I had a wonderful experience at CSUN. Great courses and professors
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

California State University Northridge's Educational Psychology program is amazing. The real-world opportunities to develop your counseling skills are immeasurably valuable and well-organized. the staff and faculty are are friendly and make themselves available to the students as both resources and mentors. Beyond this, they are very professional and knowledgeable. California State University Northridge's Educational Psychology program comes highly recommended by this reviewer!
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Mathematics
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros of the mathematics program at Cal Northridge are that it is challenging, afforadable, and the schedule is flexible. The cons of the mathematics program at Cal State Northridge are that you don't get much support from peers and that the math department doesn't use much technology.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

I love CSUN's History graduate program although as with any graduate program there are admittedly some shortfalls. There is a lack of feeling of support from some faculty members yet there are indeed also faculty who are willing to support with the students in terms of academic support, providing scholarship opportunities, and extracurricular scholarly activities. Not much research internship opportunities offered by the school in comparison to other schools. Nonetheless they do host interesting lectures and have faculty that are very interested in their subjects. Overall I love the program.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of my graduate program are location, nationally accredited, supportive and experienced faculty, hands on training, and cost. There aren't really any cons.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

California State University Northridge is a good school, but improvement is need it.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

The only con about my particular program is that its an off-campus program so I cant always access the things available to on campus students simply because of distance. Other than that I am more than satisfied with my program. My professors are kind, accessible and knowledgeable. This program has made me grow not only as a person but as a social worker. Its truly a beautiful program.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

This school is great!. The faculty is invested in your success. The campus is nice and so are the residential areas that surround it.
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