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

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

It's a good program which is taught between a mix of academics and current professionals who have experience in the fields they teach. The classes vary in format based on the instructor so you can't expect the same thing from class to class which can make it hard to plan for what to expect but it also keeps it new and from being a routine. The campus is nice but the parking is bad.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

The pros are that they offer the same quality of work even though it is online. Great teachers. If you need any help just send an email and all their staff are quick to reply back. They let you know they are there for you in whatever you need. Cons is that the online program is very expensive.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

I have attended the Masters of Public Health Graduate Program in CSUN for a year now and have a feel of the program. The professors I have had so far have been very helpful and easy to get a hold of. They are also very knowledgeable in their specific fields. It is always good to have professors who know what they are talking about. The course work load can vary but for most of the courses there is a final paper and project due along with group activities. Each class also has a lot of reading and in some cases assignments that are due every week. Although there is a lot of course work I believe it is necessary to learn how to balance and organize your work and personal life. The only con I have about the program is class times. I work full time and some courses I cannot take because of the class time.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2012

Pros: Less Workload, Quality Education, Affordability, Good use of Technology Cons: Hard to get Financial Aid, Less Social life
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

The 60 unit, 2 year, CACREP Accredited College Counseling/Student Services program at CSUN is rigorous and very counseling based. However, there is A LOT of support (both financially and academically) to get you through it. The PROS are that you are guaranteed a paid internship your first year; there are opportunities for a paid internship your second year; small cohort (12-18); and the faculty/staff are WELL connected throughout the So Cal area and beyond -- landing a job after graduation isn't a hassle. The CONS are that the program is 60 units and full-time (there is no part-time option); you have to attend classes during the summer sessions; there is a heavy workload (but its grad school!)
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

I would say there are no cons at this time. The Pros are that the program I am in is offered online. This offers so much flexibility. Regardless of this being an online program, the support from the faculty if wonderful and follow ups with you are even better. The faculty really dedicates their time to you. I can't wait to begin classes already because I have heard great reviews of this school from my colleagues.
2.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

To start, the application process was a labyrinth. There were no directions or document requirements on the department's website and I had to send countless emails to both advisement and department advisors. The administration in general on campus is very disorganized and tend to lose your paperwork, so I always kept copies of any pertinent documents. That said, the professors in the department are very involved in your education and are continuously open for extra help and discussion. Because the program is so small, I have had individualized attention that you wouldn't find in a larger or more prominent program. This has also helped establish a strong individualized relationship between professor-student that seemed more like an interaction between peers and was very helpful when I needed letters of recommendation! Overall, there were pros and cons with this program, but I am satisfied with the quality of the education I have received and enjoyed working with all of the faculty.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2016

I have enjoyed my studies in the Linguistic program at CSUN thus far. I feel as if this program gives you a strong base of knowledge and this allows for many future job opportunities.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2017

The program is intimate and the professors are there to support you. The environment is very professional yet welcoming and friendly.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2018

I am currently in CSUN's Communication Disorders and Sciences online graduate program. While completing prerequisite courses I had the opportunity to meet several of the professors in the department. They were always very knowledgeable, helpful and truly cared for their student's education and success. The most challenging part of the program is getting the classes you need. Often times students are only able to get one or two communication disorders classes a semester; however, in the online program your entire schedule is fixed and given to you once you are admitted. I just recently started the graduate program and it is perfect for those students who need to work full-time while earning their degree.
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