California State University-Northridge Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.94 out of 5.0)
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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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4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of the Social Work Graduate program is the professors are relatable, accessible and very supportive. Often the administrator is sending links for scholarships, extracurricular activities and events to keep the cohort connected. The program does use technology well, we stay informed through a program called moodle, where the professor posts videos, important links and documents and other educational resources.The cohort is pretty small thus it really does feel like a family. The cons of the graduate program is the work load is pretty heavy, spending two days to school and interning for another two, it does become a little consuming. Lastly, our grad program's value is not the best as we are not very recognized in the school or are a prestigious program, in revers I always find myself explaining to students what social work even is.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

I love cohort MSW program. The professors are great and the program curriculum is challenging and relevant
3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2016

The faculty in the Nutrition and Dietetics department is encouraging which is very helpful in keeping motivation up.
3.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2016

Cal State Northridge's BCP program is highly competitive academically. I was looking for a challenge and to be pushed and I certainly got what I was looking for. The staff is extremely competent both academically and in their own research field. The staff really makes this program so strong. The only con with the program is primarily a con with high education in the United States in general, is the cost and the lack of financial aid. I wish there were more scholarships available for BCP students as the program is very expensive and the labs we are in require us to work 20 hours for free each week. Very difficult to keep a full time job and pay rent and bills.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016

I have received my Bachelors Degree in Deaf Studies and I am just starting my Graduate program for teaching ASL. I have been very impressed with the support and knowledge of my teachers in the Deaf Studies program. CSUN is very well known for their strength in ASL and I feel very confident I will receive the best training in my field.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros:It is designed for students who work full time. The program is fast pace. Portfolio instead of thesis. faculty is very accommodating. Cons: Since it is a cohort and the schedule is fixed,no flexibility in what you want to take. Some classes are pointless. It is mostly a commuter school so there is not much of a social life.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

This is a great program for those looking for a rigorous and challenging ABA program. This program will prepare you to be the best behavior analyst and you will definitely pass the BCBA exam.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

The pros are being able to have the opportunity to go to graduate school, furthering my knowledge and skills. I also have the opportunity to meet new people, make connections, take on opportunities, and learn how to become organized and successful. The cons would have to be how expensive the programs can be especially when you are not eligible for financial aid, and scholarships cannot cover all of the costs.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

A pro for the Master's in Social Work program at CSU, Nothridge includes many things. This program is an accredited program through CalSWEC, which provides students with more access and opportunities regarding potential future employment as well as alternative ways to achieve financial aid. I think that this is one of the top benefits for being a part of this program at this particular campus, as not all Social Work programs are accredited - and this matters. Another pro is that that program is a more generalist focus of Social Work rather than a single concentrated area of the field. I feel as though this enhances the knowledge, diversity of skills, and comfort in a variety of positions where they may be needed as opposed to only one area in such a diverse field. Like many Master's programs, financial aid is a negative aspect, however as a CSU, Cal State Northridge is more affordable than say, a UC or a private university. There are definitely means for financial assistance, however, aid for Master's programs are less available than say undergraduate or PhD students. Another negative, or con, is that some students may not have the availability required to complete the MSW program. I believe that the required attention is similar at many universities, but that does include a full time schedule in addition to required supervised hours as part of an internship in the field. Thus, making is difficult for an additional job, social life, or family time. The benefit to this though? A foot in the door for a possible job after school!
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2016

I have just started the graduate program. My undergraduate experience is in the same University. The pros I have to say are the network opportunities. The experience I have had with the professors, I would say for the majority are great, although their are some lemons. The area is in the valley, weather can really get hot.
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