California State University-San Marcos Graduate Program Reviews

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90%
of students recommend
(4.0 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 30 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ASHA and CCNE
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 12,793 (12,184 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 24 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 35% part-time, 65% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,535 in-state; $17,463 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

3.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

I loved the opportunities it gave me and being so close to home. Most of the professors are wonderful, it's hard work but worth it!
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

The Master's in Sociological Practice program offers the opportunity to engage peers and faculty on topics that can be sensitive in nature, but ultimately encourage growth as an individual and as a scholar. The Sociology's faculty department is diverse in background and experience, which allows for a variety of perspectives to be brought into discussions. The cohort model of classes ensures that you can build lasting relationships with your classmates and facilitates a sense of trust in and out of the classroom. Overall, CSUSM is a great campus with wonderful faculty and I highly recommend it.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2018

CSU San Marcos is a very beautiful campus situated in the North County part of San Diego. I am a current graduate student in their first Master in Public Health cohort. Professors are well versed in their academia and you can find an array of classes being offered under various disciplines. This is definitely a commuter school with most of the activities and liveliness occurring much during the day. Now in regards to my MPH program, since it is a new program there has been a lot of trial and error, and it is also an accelerated program meant for students who can dedicate full-time to their studies. Although, you have the option of switching between part-time/full-time. The campus has a lot of staircases so you can say that you get a workout as you walk to class. The diversity is noticeable with the majority of students being either Caucasian or Latino(a). Love that they have a Cesar Chavez statue!
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2018

California State University San Marco's Masters of Sociological Practice is a very critical program. The professor are very engaged in social justice and have a strong liking to critical race theory, queer theory and others that challenge students. The program is designed to explore the challenges of society and explore the true meaning of what we can do to foster change. The professors are very engaged in the lives of students, and come from a diverse population. They truly push students to think deeply and critically at the issues that society is facing. They also push you to be a better writer by teaching the meaning of concise. The resources that are given to us by the University and the CHABSS Department are amazing and beyond the resources, the loving support that we receive is what keeps student engaged in the process of change.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018

CSUSM is an amazing school for someone who wants the college experience but does not want the big University feeling. CSUSM has smaller classes and the teachers are able to know you by name. It has been a great opportunity to learn and grown at CSUSM and I am excited to graduate with my Masters in Social Work degree in the next year.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018

I really like the fact that I am able to attend part time and it also includes the concentration that I am interested in. I also like that we are in a cohort model, so I get to work with my fellow future-social workers for the next 2.5 years; it really feels like a family. The professors have amazing experience and genuinely care for our well-being. One of the cons of this program, and of the school as a whole is their parking. Parking is unreasonably expensive, especially compared to other schools in the California State University system. Also, the classrooms that they have placed us in are very far from the school's parking lot, and because we take classes at night, I feel that there are plenty of other open classrooms on the main campus that we can be placed at instead.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

Although the MSW program at California State University San Marcos is still in its infancy, the quality of the program is top-tier. The faculty members are ambitious and their excitement towards getting the program recognized is infectious. The school offers both full and part-time programs to accommodate students who are employed or may not be able to fit the full-time regiment into their current life circumstances. The program is well rounded and emphasizes research and an evidence-based practices approach that gives students the knowledge and tools necessary to assist their future clients. If you are contemplating pursuing a MSW, I would highly recommend that you look into the program offered at CSUSM!
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017

The advantage of my graduate program is to have access to instructor and staff when needed. They are always willing to help whether is associate or not with class material. Lectures in general are like open discussions where students share their personal life without being afraid of confidential issues. Adding to that, there is not too many student in the class which facilitate discussions and understanding of the material. However, the disadvange of the program is that as being an international students, the university does not offer financial aid for us which makes it a little difficult sometimes to survive. Overall, I really enjoy very much going to Cal State University San Marcos because this university has helped me grow in many different ways. Being the successful young woman I am today goes all to what I have learned there. Thank you for considering my review.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications (Speech Pathology)
Graduation Year: 2016

This graduate program is one of the newer Speech-Language Pathology programs. However, I feel that I am getting a high quality education and learning from talented and intelligent professors who are experienced in the field. The program is set up as a cohort and everyone collaborates and helps each other.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

I am in the MSW program here at CSUSM and even though it is a fledgling program, it is competitive, succinct, and very enriching. I would recommend it above other MSW programs because you get field experience your first year in addition to your second year. Other MSW programs only put you in your practicum your 2nd year.
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