California State University-Stanislaus Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(4.12 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 23 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Small
  • Student Population: 9,762 (8,620 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 22 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 34% part-time, 66% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,472 in-state; $17,976 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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4.4 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2008

Great college, especially for education majors.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017

The professors chosen for the teaching credential classes are energetic and very helpful. They truly care about their students both as professionals and individuals. I feel that courses needed should be laid out a bit easier as to know exactly what to take.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2015

The graduate program has a very charismatic faculty that is not only willing to help you achieve your goal, but takes a personal interest in your success. I feel like the faculty cares and understands the pressures of being a college student. The cons are that the program is not as clearly spelled out in a list of what needs to be done to finish the program completely. Maybe having an available checklist for all programs would be beneficial.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2018

One of the best things about my program is it's affordability. I have the opportunity to receive a quality education from an AACSB accredited school without the strain of excessive debt upon graduation. It is also among the top 20 for Online MBA programs. The only drawback is the distance from where I reside, but fortunately I will still be able to participate in classroom discussions and virtual office hours.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Higher Education
Graduation Year: 2018

I feel the pros of the graduate program I am enrolled in is the wonderful and supportive staff and beautiful campus. This program will open many job opportunities for me. The cons are that it is not in my town.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: Small which allows better relationships with students and faculty, great support and help with any grad student needs. Cons: Some courses are not open every semester meaning you have to wait until next year to take the class sometimes
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2014

Both of the previous reviews touch on some things I agree with. I will say, however, that I only had one class that was a little "too easy" with redundant busy work. All of my other classes were challenging, some were almost too challenging. Overall, the program was rigorous. I feel like I earned my degree. This program is actually very good, even in comparison with higher tier programs. I rated the quality of education very high. Plus it is a great value for the money. The things that lowered my rating were career support, use of technology, transportation (yes, you have to commute to Stockton and there is no shuttle) and quality of network. But those are the things you sacrifice for an affordable degree in a laid-back rural town setting. And yes, this is basically a 2 year degree that takes usually takes 3 years here because comps are only offered in Spring. But for some people that's not a big deal. So, bottom line, this is a very good program that has some quirks, but I'm sure they all do in one way or another.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2016

The quality of the education here is what you make of it. If you are serious and you work hard, you will get a great education. Be aware that this is a liberal arts college that values "collaboration" over individual competence and ability. This program relies heavily on groupwork to help carry through the academically weak. I wish I had done a program with a GRE requirement--I would have had more competent people in my groups and my life would have been easier. Also, this 2-year degree takes 3 years at Stan. You have to have a super-high GPA to petition to do the degree in the normal 2 years. They don't make that fact clear up front. Also, you will have to commute from Turlock to Stockton.
2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

Pros: 1) Wonderful Faculty: They seem to really care about the student. Usually willing to meet outside of the classroom hours for discussion. 2) Tuition/Living Expense Costs: CSUS is very affordable. The cost of living and the cost of tuition are both rather low in comparison to other CSU's. Cons: 1) At times, the coursework seems easy, not as challenging (at times..) 2) School Prestige is not very high outside of the valley it's located in. 3) The alumni network is small and consolidated within the region of the actual university (small footprint).
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: I was able to transition from a credential student to a masters student without having to reapply, take the GRE, or pay any extra fees. The classes have been small size and the professor has shown great interest in all students. Cons: Limited classes, limited faculty, and dept. chair has limited scheduling.
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