Saint Mary's College of California Graduate Program Reviews

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84%
of students recommend
(3.67 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 32 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC and MACTE
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 3,908 (2,802 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 11 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 50% part-time, 50% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $37,756
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

I earned a bachelors and masters degree from this school while I worked for them as program coordinator to assistant director of technology. It became very clear after I received my masters degree that they could not care less; I simply got a pat on the back, no pay raise or any other professional opportunity other than doing the same job for nine years with a smile on my face . Despite what they promise all prospective students, that receiving a higher education degree from Saint Marys College of California (SMC) would net you better employment and pay; hilariously, my personal experience at that college was the exact oppositea point of concern I want to share to everyone considering a graduate degree at that school. Not only could they care less if their own employees received the degrees they promise students would better their lives financially and personally, not one job I applied for in the Bary Area (for over a year) ever cared that I studied or worked for SMC. It became an extreme embarrassment to spend more than a decade at an institution scholastically and professionally that provides no external advancement; therefore; my advice, if you want a graduate degree at a school that is actually worth the money you pay, then never consider Saint Mary's College of California for your chances are slim to none for it having any significant impact on you life unless you are already in a position of promotion sans having a graduate degree. You're much better off, financially and professionally, receiving a graduate degree from a more renowned institution. Take my advice from an employee of nine years at SMC: spend your $60k on a graduate degree from a school with more prestige, for the SMC title means little to none in the professional world within the Bay Area of CA and beyond.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018

The Saint Mary's College of California M.S. Hybrid Accounting Program is perfect for those who are currently working professionals. The Program is also a great opportunity to enter the accounting industry as a whole. The class schedule and class times are set so it is very easy to get into a routine and know what to expect week by week and quarter by quarter. I would recommend this program for anyone considering becoming a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) or considering sitting for the CPA exam. The course material will be necessary to become fully certified once the test sections have been passed. The instructors all come from unique backgrounds in that some are academic professors and some are working professionals contributing to the Program as well. Overall the experience has been phenomenal and will be worth every penny upon graduation!
1.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018

I can't say enough terrible things about this program. For an apparent "counseling" program most of the professors and advisors don't try to even listen or even understand students. There is absolutely ZERO support for grad students in terms of helping with field placement (most of the students in my class are having the worst experience) They also require 30 hours of mandated counseling and have absolutely no means of supporting or helping with the cost. The counseling department isn't allowing students to use the counseling services on campus unless we have a "psychological need" whatever that means. The program attempts to instill honesty and genuineness but completely counteracts this and in return are not empathetic, understanding, and assume that we "have it all together" because we are "counselors". I would NEVER recommend this program to anyone. Most of the professors in this program create an atmosphere that doesn't allow anyone with a different belief to speak or share with others - the complete opposite of creating an empathetic and understanding environment. It even counteracts the purpose of education to begin with - self-growth and learning. If you have any belief that is slightly different from the professors at this school you usually remain silent and are ridiculed for not having the same values, ideas, beliefs, and opinion. It also doesn't help that you pay 60,000 without any support to get a job after graduation or even any services to help during the program. I have never been so disappointment with an educational system that prides itself on acceptance and understanding when I have seen anything but this. If I didn't waste 30,000 already I would have left the program.
1.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Mortuary Science
Graduation Year: 2017

Expensive program that provides very little value. Administrators are continuing to just take students money and do not seem focused at all on the quality of education. Even after students write in the surveys that the class was useless, they continue to offer them.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015

The school has a pleasant atmosphere, beautiful campus, and 15 student to one teacher ratio.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014

It is a small college, but it has been growing well and has a good school for business majors. The Big 4 recruit from their accounting program.
3.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2014

The college has a small campus but continues to grow and improve year over year. I would recommend it more to students in the area, and the master's programs are good for those working full time.
3.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Quality of program and strong network. Cons: Lacking of support from Professors.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Finance
Graduation Year: 2015

I'd recommend the school to any upcoming grad students.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: Flexible & Competitive program. Cons: Lack of industry network
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