California State University-Sacramento Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.87 out of 5.0)
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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 30,284 (27,723 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 27 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 39% part-time, 61% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,138 in-state; $17,066 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2016

They are a great faculty with great classes and accessibility. I have one con that really bothered me though. There is no way to learn to teach or opportunity to assist in teaching or teach under the supervision of a professor. I was told that it is in the works but wouldn't be implemented until long after I graduate. That does me and others no good at all.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

The communication studies graduate program at CSU, Sacramento is undoubtedly one of the most best programs in the west in terms of faculty diversity and academic freedom. The students engage in not only a healthy and robust dialogue in every class, but the students are so close to their peers that they continue debates and sense-making outside the classroom too. It is clear that the communication department—students and professors—are passionate about what they do and study at CSU, Sacramento. This program, personally, has shown me the type of person I was, am, and could be in the future. I have been able to look at education not as a capitalistic franchise or stepping stone to "making paper," but I have been able to look at education for what it truly is: knowledge. I am a better person because of it. (Despite still ending sentences in prepositions)
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015

I honestly have only pros four my Graduate program. It has been the best experience of my life so far. The teachers are passionate and the department tries it's best to provide the best educational experience to it's students.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016

Sac State has a great staff that wants you to succeed. There are a lot of resources to find work, even after you graduate. Unfortunately, there isn't a great deal of variety in the degree concentrations. As of now, there are only four: General MBA, Finance, Business Analytics in Healthcare, and Global Business and Entrepreneurship. Overall would definitely recommend.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013

The Pros of Sacramento's State's graduate program are as follows: 1. Accredited 2. Highly affordable 3. Once accepted a graduate student is introduced to a wide range of students consisting of different ethnic backgrounds. Much diversity is offered in the graduate program 4. Sacramento State lies in the heart of Sacramento and is close to the Capital 5. Great financial aid towards the program Cons: As of right now I cannot think of any cons
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

The theme of graduate school is to be prepared for the presence and future. Sometimes the student are more prepared than professors. The professors seem that they are trying to prove that they are more intellectual and educated in the graduate class and fail to realize that there intelligence is not translating to students in class. They need to get it together.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2014

Good instructors in the program with diverse backgrounds. A lot of the learning is in the placement, which all students must accomplish. Classes can be long, most grad students have classes Monday & Tuesday (1st year) noon-6pm
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2014

Sacramento State offers an affordable and accessible education in the field of government and political science. The Professors in this graduate program are all experts within their fields and contributes to their curriculum years of personal experiences working in government, original research, and public policy. Moreover, the faculty provides students with a diverse collegiate background. There are professors who earned their PhD from Notre Dame, Stanford, Chapel Hill, Berkeley, UC Davis, William and Mary, UCLA, and other prestigious universities throughout the United States. Moreover, many of the professors have taught courses overseas or have held fellowships. The workload in the program is not too cumbersome. For each class you typically read one book or several articles a week. It is wise to keep notes on the material as you go along because the professors do not provide a comprehensive summary before your exams. Research papers range from 15 to 20 pages, but, most of them are not too difficult to write. Now, it is important for me to highlight that the professors are very eager to help you with your papers. They enjoy your company during office hours and will answer all of your questions about paper topics, help you develop a strong thesis, and help guide your analysis to the end. In this sense, the program makes you a better writer and it is a skill that will help you throughout the rest of your life. However, one of the downsides to the graduate program is that there is not enough emphasis on student interaction or competition. Essentially, you show up to class each night, discuss the material, and then go home. Social life in our graduate program is more individualistic and less communal, which is disappointing given the fact that most of the students themselves work in government, lobby firms, etc. As a result, networking possibilities are limited. Furthermore, the program itself does not try to push you into a career nor does it provide you with any connections to local government agencies or employers. If anything, the burden is on you to ask your professor for advice and the typically they don't have much to offer. Overall, Sacramento State is a wonderful campus and the graduate program is worth your time, money, and effort.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2013

Having earned both my Bachelor's Degree and my Teaching Credential from Sac State, and currently working on my Master's Degree, I can honestly say that this University is devoted to its students. The Professors are dedicated to making sure that their students are given not only the education, but also the chance for success. They take into account their diverse students' backgrounds and experience and are willing to help them when it really is in the best interest of the student. Through my education at Sac State, I am confident in my knowledge to move to post-secondary education, and know that I have support from my professors even after I graduate. The only thing that I wish Sac State had was a Doctoral Program in my area of interest.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2014

All of my instructors get to know their students one on one. We are encouraged to communicate with them through email and phone. They do everything in their power to ensure that we understand the content and can apply it appropriately. Many of the courses have an online component which makes it easy to "attend" no matter what my schedule. The face to face classes we have are arranged with the students to ensure the greatest number of attendees as possible.
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