California State University-Northridge Graduate Program Reviews

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(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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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.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2014

The Marriage and Family Therapy Program at CSUN is a wonderful program with wonderful professors. The level of education is high and the amount that a student learns about him/herself is unexplainable. The diversity of the campus allows students to increase cultural awareness. Overall, this is an exceptional program that I would recommend to anyone.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of the graduate program are the small classes and building a relationship and networking with the staff. The con of the graduate program is the limited number of course provided each semester.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Personalized experience Low cost tuition Friendly atmosphere Cons: Lack of modern technology
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

I feel like my program is well designed to help assist students through out the entire process. The only issue I have is that you have to take summer school classes.
1.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

The Chicana/o studies graduate program at CSUN is one that provides both an intellectual experience but yet needs improvement. Overall, the faculty and staff display great amount of support towards the students enrolled int he department. Many give up time outside of school hours to provide support for the students. The course work aims to educated about the historical Chicana/o or Mexican American experience. Overall this program is colorful, full of diversity and empowering. The downside is the lack of funding the program suffers from. Also, in the field of Ethnic Studies, Cultural Studies and Chicana/o studies, this program is falling a bit behind on current discourses.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

I enjoyed my undergrad education at CSUN. I was challenged academically but was also able to particpate in extra curricular activities. There are many opportunities on this campus. In the fall of 2014 I will begin the MSW program at CSUN. I'm excited to go back!!!
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