California State University-Northridge Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 145 respondents

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School Information

  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 41,548 (37,188 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 50% part-time, 50% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $7,835 in-state; $16,763 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2015

This program offers flexibility and support for its students. There is a tremendous amount of variability between professors. Some give a lot of work, while others give only exams. For the most part, the instructors are very helpful and accessible to their students. I was worried that being in a distance program would mean I would miss out on the social interaction and camaraderie with other students, but we have made up for the distance by doing things like setting up online social groups and study sessions. The program takes a lot of time and discipline, but it's well worth the effort. The tuition is a a little high, and there are sometimes technical issues that can be stressful. Overall, it's a great program and I'm very happy to be a part of it.
2.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

The best experience at California State University Northridge is the student diversity it offers to all its students. The academic excellence also triggers great student involvement towards success. However, the lack of faculty support and division in the administration towards their own personal interest, hurts the environment at California State University Northridge.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

The Pros: The amount of help and support is extremely great at this school, you really get a one on one attention from your professors in the department of geological sciences. The professors are also highly knowledgeable, showing a lot of enthusiasm in students learning. The Cons: Insufficient funds for the science and math departments.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2014

I am currently enrolled as a student in the MPA Cohort program and I love the experience and knowledge I'm getting from this program. I had to stay close to my home for school and this was perfect! The tuition price is set so it won't go up or down once you start the program. This is great because when will it ever go down. With this program, you take one class at a time and the class is only for 2 months. So everything is fast paced, but you are able to concentrate and really understand that topic. This was a great fit for what I needed! Affordable and competitive.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2013

I am in the MA program currently but also received my BA at Northridge. It has been a great way to push my portfolio before applying for an MFA program. The teachers at CSUN are amazing and really helpful in the art department. They also have a great art gallery with lots of opportunities for students to exhibit work. The con would be the facilities, because of state budget cuts there is not a lot of funding for extra tools and such. But that is offset by the strong community and great faculty, also the clubs bring in lots of great guest artist as speakers.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2015

I feel that the major pro to this part time program is that you can work full-time while still being able to juggle internship and schoolwork. It is close to many surrounding cities and the professors are very educated in the material they teach. The biggest con is having no vacation time ! We begin early january and go on all year until the end of December ! Hard work will pay off ! Other than that this program has allowed me to continue with being able to work but also further my education. I am very thankful for this part time program.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2013

Amazing school. Very challenging and rewarding. Staff is always available for support.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2014

Pros: Good classes that are helpful in one's future career. Also the faculty, so far, seems to be knowledgable and willing to help students with their needs. Cons: The times and amount of classes offered at certain times and with different professors. Thank you California budget.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2015

Great professors that are big players in the field and provide you with quality education and insight into what it's really like. Cons would be, because the department is small the offering of class sessions may not be flexible with varying schedules.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

The largest "pro" of my history graduate program are the accessibility of the professors who seem to go out of their way to help us succeed. The small size of my program is another important "pro" as it helps keep our class sizes small and therefore dynamic. The cons would include a lack of variety in courses, though this is due to a general lack of university funding and is not the fault of the department. My program also leans toward support for American history students in the numerous American history classes and scholarships explicitly for students studying American history. Support for other areas, such as medieval Europe or Chinese history, are lacking.
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