California State University-Northridge Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 144 respondents

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  • 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

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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.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

Wonderful program! Very organized and comprehensive. Excellent faculty.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2011

There were definitely more pros than cons when I was in this program. First off, the teachers were excellent. Everything the teachers taught were practical and were able to be applied to my profession. I really appreciated this because there are normally some classes where the information provided is not pertinent daily, but I can't say this was the case for the classes I took while in this program. I also found it helpful that the first semester of the program gives students the ability to practice the PACT, giving us an example of what is to be expected when it's time to complete the actual PACT. Another pro was that whenever I needed to meet with a teacher, they were always willing to meet and guide me through whatever I needed extra help or explanation of. In regards to cons, I feel as though they need to offer more classes related to technology. It was required to take a technology class, but it was solely based on computers. Now that secondary education is incorporating iPad, smart boards, and ELMOS in their classroom/curriculum, I would have liked learning how to utilize those in the classroom, programs on the iPad that can be used in the classroom on a daily basis, projects, homework, and how to successfully move in the direction of a technological classroom. All in all, my education at Cal State Northridge was excellent and I would highly recommend it to others thinking about completing a credential program. The graduate program had both pros and cons, but the pros definitely outweighed the cons.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2017

This program is great for working professionals as the classes are all on nights or weekends. Some of the classes are only 8 weeks long, and those take a lot of work, because you need to learn a lot of information in a short period of time. Overall, I really am enjoying my experience.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

I am a recent graduate of May 2014 from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor's Degree in Liberal Arts. The graduate program that I plan to pursue will be at Los Angeles Pierce College for their Pre-Veterinary Program. The program takes two to three years depending on the number of units you complete. You are expected to take a full load of 12-15 units and keep a GPA of 3.7 or higher, along with making time for volunteer hours at the farm, in the veterinary office, and working full time which is my plan. My goal is to complete this program as fast as I can, but a few setbacks have gotten in the way. I currently do not have the financial settings to take more than one or two classes as they are $46/unit and most are five unit classes. It is my dream to be able to take a full time class schedule and complete the program in two years, just around 100 units, as I have already completed some of the requirements. After I complete the program the graduate program for veterinary school takes a year to apply and then I hope to start at UCDAVIS and continue to reach my goals. The pros of this experience will be that I will get to do something that I love, travel, have the complete school experience and be able to give animals a voice as they cannot speak or tell you what hurts or what is wrong. Working with animals is not only a passion but a lifelong desire that I will slowly but surely complete in time, as I could not imagine doing anything else for the rest of my life.
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