California State University-Long Beach Reviews

  • 128 Reviews
  • Long Beach (CA)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,714
94% of 128 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 128 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Susie Joo
  • Reviewed: 7/23/2015
  • Degree: Liberal Studies
"The graduate linguistics program at C.S.U.L.B. is comprehensive for students who intend to teach English to secondary English learners or have plans to continue their studies in a Ph.D. program. One of the most surprising aspects of this program is the close interaction between teachers and students; the faculty take the time to connect students with employment opportunities in their respective fields as well as encouraging the students to apply themselves in academic conferences as well as possible publication of their individual research. These key aspects have made my time at the school immensely rewarding and enjoyable."
Lucero Ramos
  • Reviewed: 5/14/2015
  • Degree: Sociology
"No longer accepting students due to lack of financial support and internal conflicts."
Caitlin McGarigal
  • Reviewed: 5/11/2015
  • Degree: Biology
"The graduate program in biology at CSULB has been a great experience for me thus far. My thesis adviser is very intelligent and accessible and he also supports my research and provides guidance whenever I ask for it. The facilities available are also exceptional; we have access to research boats, dive gear, wetlabs, tools, and a slew of undergraduate volunteers to help with field work. However, I would like to see a broader range of course topics and new, young, energetic professors being integrated into the older faculty, many of whom seem like they are about to retire!"
Rachel Padilla
  • Reviewed: 5/4/2015
  • Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
"The MFT program from CSULB is a competitive and supportive program for people who are ready and willing to work hard for their Master's degree. The students and faculty are very supportive of each other, but also have high expectations. Unfortunately the surrounding area can be pricey, and affording an inexpensive place to live and thrive can come a high price."
Eunji Kong
  • Reviewed: 4/22/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"If you want to study with well-educated, intelligent, and passionate professors for a cheap(er than most university) tuition? Then a Master's program at CSULB is the way to go. As someone who wants to pursue a Ph.D program in the future, I am blessed to be in the Masters of Psychological Research program at CSULB. It gave me the opportunity to really think about my career path and my interests. In addition to the great graduate program, the campus is very nice and technologically advanced. It even has a bowling ally and billiards on campus! How cool is that?"
Andres Medina
  • Reviewed: 4/2/2015
  • Degree: Civil Engineering
"If you want a masters in civil engineering this is a place to go, I would recommend only if extremely convenient to your current living situation. There are several other universities and cal states even in the surrounding area. It is a small program but not as strong as cal poly pomona. The graduate advising is terrible but outside of that you will get by in the classes."
Eunji Kong
  • Reviewed: 3/22/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"Graduate program in CSULB is giving me a lot of opportunities to refine my interest and broaden my views. Seminar course are especially entertaining as fellow graduate students discuss the academic papers assigned each week. While the workload is not little, it is bearable. In addition, the professors are knowledgeable and they guide you and your interest very well. Coming into the program, I was not sure where I am headed as I was conflicted with numerous undefined interest. With the guide of my mentor and supportive professors, I am slowly understanding what to expect from my future. And that is a great meeting, knowing what my future might hold and being satisfied with where my life is headed."
Cathalina Juarez
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2015
  • Degree: Higher Education
"My graduate program turned out to be what I expected from reading the program information on the website, speaking to Alumni, and visiting before beginning. My classmates were all really knowledgeable and challenged me. I am excited to see where we all take our careers. From what I understand Alumnus go on to work at universities, in K-12, non-profits, or go on to PhD programs. As for cons, I would say is that it is up to you to decide what your next move is career wise after receiving your Master's degree. As a graduate student the university career services didn't hold my hand but I searched for the resources I needed. It was also challenging to be working full-time and taking classes. Most of my classmates worked part-time or full-time. If you decide to do the thesis it is challenging but a rewarding experience."
Brandey Herrera
  • Reviewed: 1/27/2015
  • Degree: Education
"The strengths of my program include diverse and competent professors, easily accessible resources, convenient scheduling, staff support, affordability, and great learning opportunities. The cons of my program include congested parking areas and surrounding traffic."
Emily Nichols
  • Reviewed: 1/16/2015
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"First, the program is one of the only DPT programs in California offered by a state school, and the only one in southern California, thus making it extremely competitive for admissions and quality of students. However, the close-knit cohort of only 27 in my year has granted extreme benefits both academically and socially. As well as accessibility of professors and mentors. Secondly, living in Long Beach is extremely diverse and always keeps students on their toes. Thirdly, Our program offers an on campus outpatient PT clinic, common to many campuses, but we also offer a neurology clinic where second and third year students give therapy to stroke and brain injury patients as well as other conditions for free."
Esther Martinez
  • Reviewed: 12/30/2014
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Pros - beautiful campus and youre right next to the beach. The weather is steady and you can always find something fun to do. It is very competitive but then again, I am in graduate school so everybody already received their BS in Pure Mathematics so, by default, everybody is serious about their education. As for the undergraduate competitiveness, I don't know. Overall, long beach state Is awesome."
kelly tran
  • Reviewed: 12/27/2014
  • Degree: Nursing
"Pros: small class friendly, very supportive professors convenient class hour Cons: simple educational materials limited school supplies"
Alejandro Rubio
  • Reviewed: 12/26/2014
  • Degree: English
"CSULB is a really amazing school if you have the necessary discipline and motivation to be a successful student. It's definitely a school that rewards ambition."
Paul Avalos
  • Reviewed: 11/8/2014
  • Degree: Business
"overall school is large and very nice. It offers multiple class sections to fit any schedule and the student body is very diverse."
Daniel Acuna
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2014
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Its a program that takes a lot of time for each individual class which makes it longer than other grad programs. I just started; this is my first semester at CSULB and its a totally different atmosphere that UC Berkeley, where I earned my bachelor's degree."
Jonathan Chen
  • Reviewed: 8/28/2014
  • Degree: Mathematics
"Pros: 1)Faculty are friendly and willing to work with their students. 2)Courses for program do a good job of preparing students for industry jobs. 3)Quiet study environments always available 4)Courses help challenge students and make them better mathematicians. 5)Student and faculty diversity. Cons: 1)Program needs improvement on communicating with new incoming students. 2)Website for program needs to be better managed."
CHK
  • Reviewed: 8/15/2014
  • Degree: Political Science
"CSULB is an extremely diverse campus filled with people and faculty from all over the world. You will see returning students, exchange students, off-campus students, on-campus students, etc. As such, classes are catered to every need and interest; there are a wide range of classes to choose from: from surfing to biochemistry. Faculty is caring and would like to see you succeed and such is reflected in their teaching methods and styles."
Jenna
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Social Work
"Attending CSULB School of Social Work part-time program was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The professors really care about your future and really helped prepare me for my future as a social worker. Also, my colleagues and fellow classmates were so helpful and experienced and helped me become the best social worker that I can be. If you are thinking about applying to an MSW program, long beach is the way to go. You get the best bang for your buck!!"
JTA
  • Reviewed: 8/5/2014
  • Degree: Environmental Engineering
"I transferred to CSULB to save money on both tuition an living costs. It is a beautiful, large campus with lots of greenery, a great student union and a number of clubs and student organizations to join. This is, however the second university that I have attended to get my degree in environmental science, and I have to say that the program here is much less hands-on than my other CSU campus. Yes, the instructors are, for the most part, very knowledgeable and helpful and are very dedicated to their subject and students. However, most of the work happens in the classroom and the learning comes from textbooks rather than field-work. Where I did transects and tagged insects before, I now spend a lot of time talking about how to tag and how to do a transects without actually doing it. I know people on other degree paths who love CSULB and what they have to offer, but I would truly appreciate more field time and less classroom time."
Esther Martinez
  • Reviewed: 7/3/2014
  • Degree: Mathematics
"I love math and that's why I decided to go beyond my bachelors of science but the oct of education definitely hinders, not only my own, but many other's opportunity to attend graduate school. Although, I am fortunate enough to continue, working and being a full-time student gets extremely stressful. Luckily, such a beautiful/scenic campus helps relax me!"