California State University-Northridge Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.94 out of 5.0)
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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

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015

After attending California State University, Northridge (CSUN) , I felt well prepared for entering the workforce. I was able to focus my degree on my area of interest. Furthermore, the writing skills and interpersonal communication skills that I developed while attending CSUN will assist me throughout my career. In addition, as an alumni I am still receiving support and guidance from the factually that goes beyond any expectation that I had. I recommend CSUN to all future students.
1.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2013

I like csun but not the msw program. Go to another college if you want to get your msw program. They are not honest when it comes to the job market for social workers.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2014

Great school in a great community. Close to L.A. and everything fun. School is really investing in improvement in education and infrastructure.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

I am nearing the end of my second year of a three-year online Communicative Disorders master's degree program through California State University Northridge, which will allow me to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist. The program is rigorous, including challenging coursework in the specialty areas of the program, including language disorders, speech disorders, neurogenic disorders, hearing disorders, augmentative alternative communication, voice disorders, swallowing disorders, statistics, and clinical applications of these learned skills. Unique aspects of the program include 4-5 clinical practicum experiences across the lifespan (students provide direct clinical services for individuals ages birth to death, i.e., 0+) and a comprehensive examination after the three years to test clinical skills and knowledge. Although the course is online, the amount of works is just as much if not more than if attending on campus. The program has some great professors who care deeply about their students and their success. Acceptance into the program is also a plus because the program has more than one time to apply per year, which is nice compared to the large rush usually done at the beginning of January to apply to several schools. I would also say the cost of the program is fairly decent, currently totaling around $50,000 for the entire program (excluding textbooks, fees, and living expenses). There are a few downfalls to this program compared to others. One is that it has a larger cohort size, meaning the ratio of students to professors is not as good. This can make the response time a little slow, which can be detrimental when it comes to receiving grades on assignments. Most of my fellow classmates would agree that one of the largest stressors would be the amount of time it takes to receive feedback on some of the assignments, which are often needed prior to upcoming assignments or examinations. Another downfall is that students must find their own clinical practicum sites, which can be very difficult because many locations do not allow or already have students. Financial aid feels limited for online students. There is no summer financial aid option, so be prepared to pay out of pocket, use grants or scholarships, or save up on federal or private loans. This can get expensive. Finally, there is no option to complete any research thesis for a culminating project for this program. Students seeking to follow a more traditional research-based school should look elsewhere. Overall, the program is successful at providing sufficient access to a quality education and practice to utilize learned skills with fairly strong support from staff and faculty members. Aside from an occasional bitterness felt at a postponed grade or panic surrounding finding a clinical site, the program itself stands out to me as strong and as something that will truly prepare students to be competent speech-language pathologists. I would recommend students apply to this program, especially since the field is so competitive!
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2006

I chose an online school for my master's degree because I needed to continue to work. I have been highly satisfied with the competence and knowledge of my instructors, and difficulty of the curriculum. I especially like that I can immediately use any methods and strategies in my classroom after I've learned them. Their financial aid department needs some work, and more graduate funding opportunities, but overall I am satisfied with the quality.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

Currently, I am pursuing my Masters of Science in Health Administration at California State University, Northridge. Prior to the program, I had no healthcare experience or background, and they still accepted me into the program. It's rare to find programs like that. Also, within the first semester of the program, I was able to learn the basics of the U.S. Healthcare system. It is a challenging program, but worth every minute you put into it. I would highly recommend this program to anyone looking into pursuing a Masters in Health Administration.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

The M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is designed to set students up for success. Though rigorous and painstaking, it is evident that the challenges that students face are intended to shape each individual to into competent and ethical science-practitioners. The cohort sizes are small (i.e. 30 students or less), and the classes meet in the evening to accommodate students who are self-sufficient and need to work during the day to support themselves. The program also requires that each student complete a minimum amount of internship hours under the supervision of an approved company that provides behavioral services to individuals with developmental disabilities. With each incoming cohort, these companies are placed under review to make sure that the standards for supervision of their graduate students is up to par. Students also have the opportunity to be mentored by a faculty member upon acceptance into their research lab. Both undergraduate and graduate students are supervised using a pyramidal model, to prepare them for what they will face in Ph.D. programs, if they choose to pursue doctoral degrees. The faculty members are passionate about the science of behavior, and are even more passionate about the students meeting their personal and professional goals in the field of Behavior Analysis. In fact, it is not uncommon for students who have graduated from the program to meet with past faculty to seek clinical consult, and the faculty are happy maintain the professional relationship. Though Behavior Analysis is a smaller field within the Psychology department, the director of the program has made sure to impart on the students of the ABA program, that respect of other fields and collaboration is the key for overall positive change in the world. As such, along with Behavior Analysts who teach the courses, graduate students also have the privilege of being taught by the Director of the Clinical Psychology Masters program at CSUN, for two of the courses. Perhaps one of the most defining features of the ABA program at CSUN is the program format that has adopted critical elements from other professional education systems. For example, students of the ABA program are taught to debate, similar to the way that law students are trained to defend their cases using published literature and evidence to support their arguments. These skills are required of Behavior Analysts, as we will undoubtedly have to defend our clients right to treatment during IEP meetings, in-home service meetings, or even in court proceedings. Similar to medical students, ABA graduate students must undergo three separate oral examinations on basic concepts of Behavior Analysis, systems and procedures, and bedside manner. Each of these exams is a test of competence, ranging from foundational knowledge, to answering questions of a concerned parent or guardian in non-technical language. Of the available graduate programs in Behavior Analysis, I truly believe that the ABA program at CSUN provides one of the most well rounded environments that a student with a passion for Behavior Analysis could hope to learn in.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Pharmacy
Graduation Year: 2017

CNU is a fairly new College of Pharmacy (7 years) that provides an adequate foundation of learning for future pharmacists. However, the financial services are poorly organized and continue to under-promise while their students are struggling to repay undergraduate loans.
4.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2014

The graduate program was fantastic. It was challenging and offered an array educational courses relevant for real world experience. The professors were diverse and reflected the population of the students. I recommended 100%.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2018

The pros of this program are its cheap cost compared to other universities, it's close knit community, and the easily approachable faculty. During my undergraduate studies in this program I always felt a sense of community here. Everyone from students, faculty, and staff were approachable and friendly, regardless of title.The cons are, if any, is that some courses are hard to take because either they are offered every 2 years, fill up quickly, or get dropped due to low enrollment.
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