California State University-Northridge Graduate Program Reviews

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91%
of students recommend
(3.94 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 146 respondents

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School Information

  • 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

Student & Graduate Reviews

4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mechanical Engineering
Graduation Year: 2015

I actually don't see any cons about my graduate program because the way I see it is that is going to give me more knowledge on something that I'm really passionate about which is engineering. Also, I believe that this graduate program is going to give me a stronger background to be able to to work at any place.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

The program is not costly but provides good academic background and decent networking.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2014

CSUN has a great credential program. They have a 2 year program for those that want more flexibility and they have a 1 year program for those who want to get it done quickly. The one year program has a neurodevelopmental methodology teaching focus. This is great because it will help future teachers be able to reach all kinds of different learning abilities. For this program, students are placed in schools for student teaching in the valley while the other program places students in other areas of Los Angeles. CSUN is also well known for its teaching credential program and is highly recognized by many in the industry.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2011

Very good program but really hard to get into, also there are very few Universities that have this type of program
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Love my grad program! Teachers truly care about the success of their students!
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2009

The affordability of the graduate program helped me further my education without suffering financially, but the costs of traveling to present my work at conferences (which was very crucial to the degree) and further my knowledge, unfortunately came out of pocket.
4.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2013

The Creative Writing program at CSUN has been completely life changing. The people in the program are fantastic, though the university at large does not seem to get what is done in it. That is more the fault of the university administration than anything else... the department is very supportive of all the students.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

Good program with professors who listen and are willing to help you.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2015

I am currently still in the program. The Pros: The campus is very close. The staff is knowledgeable and willing to help. Students are diverse and hard working. Professors are quick to respond to questions when outside of the class room. The Cons: The graduate program is not taken as seriously as other programs from different Universities in California.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2012

While pursuing a Master's degree in English, I was able to simultaneously take various science courses to completed my medical school prerequisites. I was also offered several teaching jobs on campus ranging from English to Chemistry which helped establish my professional life and experiences. The graduate English program also offers a competitive Teacher's Associate program which, for students who are accepted, provides graduate students with valuable "in the classroom" time. The class structure is extremely flexible and encourages experimentation with pedagogical practices and technology. CSUN also offers plenty of opportunities for students to participate in conferences, volunteer activities, and some readings. While CSUN offered many valuable opportunities for personal growth, it no longer offers a "thesis" option for English students that are pursuing an emphasis in creative writing. This can be a major con for students who are using the CSUN Master's program as a stepping stone to MFA programs or PhD programs that expect an MA student to have completed a thesis. While CSUN does offer a Capstone Project as an alternative, many universities will not consider this as academically rigorous as a final thesis.
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