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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  • 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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3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2012

The program has a high portion of quality instructors, many of whom are willing to share a research project. The workload is reasonable. Some classes are not at the graduate level - more like advanced undergraduate. A lot of the graduate students also did their undergraduate at CSUN, and have unreasonably low workload expectations. Teaching assistantships pay next to nothing and expect quite a bit of work. However, by far the worst part of the program is the complete failure of the administrators. I am trying to graduate, and no one can tell me the steps to follow. My department is helpful, and knows what I need to do for them, but in terms of forms, fees, and deadlines of those type, no one knows! I am a capable person with multiple jobs; many other alumni share my frustrations.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

I find that CSU Northridge has undergone some major changes since I was an undergrad who graduated in 2010. The department of geological sciences has shown major growth with their technology and faculty, and I am very delighted to be a part of their department as a graduate student.
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