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The courses leading to the research courses and dissertation courses are fairly easy. It is when you reach these courses that the program slows down. Too many mentors do not know APA from abc, and can take weeks in returning concept paper, DP or DM. It may be a doctoral degree, but really anyone who graduates are not real doctors but a worthless piece of paper on the wall.
I having been working on my PhD since Sep 2006, and will begin writing my dissertation manuscript in about 6 months. This has been a great experience. It is academically rigorous, so no one should be ashamed of this school.
My mentors have largely been very positive. Just like Brick and Mortar schools, there are some weak links, but overall, they have been fine professors in their own right. I have had some exceptional teachers at NCU.
I believe the reputation of this school will only increase in a positive way over time. Having a doctoral degree from NCU will be no different than having one from any major public university in the country. Hard work is required. Sure, getting in is easy, but staying in is up to you.
NCU will give you a shot where other "traditional" schools might not. I got my shot, and am confident I will have a PhD as a result. Keep in mind that if you can't write well, you will not do well. Each person contemplating a doctoral program should do some soul searching before they begin. Be wise.
All in all, and excellent academic experience.
As a previous post said, school is what you make it, and everyone has their own fit with specific schools. Except for the very few individuals who do not know how (or do not want) to manage time or work, it is all about the fit of the school.
I loved NCU. It has cceptably difficult course work, reachable instructors (in most cases), and the infrastructure of the site, though curiously amateurish at first, evolved positively into a simple-to-use, professional interface. Compared to the other B&M schools I attended (Purdue and Embry-Riddle), the course work load and difficulty was comparable.
To those interested in applying to NCU, it is consistently ranked in the top 30-40 (out of well over 100) of regionally-accredited online-universities (accreditation programs that are DOE recognized). Also, it was the first online-university to have an accredited business program, which I find particularly esteeming since that is the masters program I pursued and achieved.
Finally, employers are finding online programs more and more acceptable, and just because the school says "non-profit," that does not make it a diploma-mill. Remember, every school has to make money to stay in business, and schools like NCU do not receive the government subsidies that even many B&M private universities receive. Besides, to those people who have an understanding of free-market capitalism, what better way to lower education costs by making the market competitive? No, you can't completely deregulate education -- you need standardization. But alas, how can you contribute as a citizen to a capitalistic society when you have $100,000+ loans to pay off?
As a current Doctoral Student at NCU, I would like to advise prospecting students to be careful. Take your time and do your homework well before choosing NCU. You will be dissapointed by the end of the day. Please dont waste your tuition money...look for another school. I have all negative experiences with NCU. I wish you well in your selection. Thanks
To persons interested in attending NCU. Any online school is only as good as you make it. If you are not willing to take responsibility for your own learning online is not for you.
I can attest to the fact that you will have to work hard to get your PhD at NCU. The coursework is at least as rigorous as any of the brick and mortar schools that I have attended. The mentors that I had were excellent. They will not spoon feed you information, but will guide you thru the learning experience.
My MBA is from a well known brick and mortar school and I know from experience that it was much easier to obtain than the PhD from NCU. For example my concept paper went thru over 20 revisions before it was accepted. I have learned more from NCU than any of my other institutions.
NCU is also the only online school that I know of that has ACBSP accreditation for their business programs. For those not familiar with ACBSP accreditation it emphasizes excellence in teaching. To obtain this accreditation is a plus for NCU. I know personally from having the site visit and reaffirmation report for our brick and mortar school. While the AACSB may be the gold standard for research oriented schools, ACBSP is for schools that focus on student learning.
NCU's PhD program is adequately difficult.I believe that the staff takes their work seriously and most Mentors I had took their jobs seriously too. The problems I have encountered are no different than any other accredited school I attended. It is difficult to complete the program without direct interaction with your Mentors but it is doable. You have to work that much harder to communicate effectively and do what you are told.
NCU was not what I thought it was going to be. There is no flexibility at all â€“ which was the purpose of what I needed. Sure you can start a new class every month, but with the overwhelming curriculum, you are not able to. The instructors are not available when you are told, and the classes are lacking. I previously had a 4.0 and the things they expect you to complete within the 12 weeks with NO help from the instructors â€“ a joke. I did not complete my CJ degree, I transferred elsewhere to complete in a real program. I believe in working for your degree, I have no problem with that, but when there is no professor guidance, it makes it difficult. No help, no flexibility, lacking performance from instructors and lacking relevant classes.
Having attended NCU for 4.5 years and graduated 9/08, I attest to the quality of this school. I assure you this is a no "give me" school. You will be required to apply your skills and knowledge and will be challenged like never before. Do not apply to this school unless you are ready to earn your degree through hard work. The negative comments I have read are probably from those who could not handle the rigor and were intimidated by the prospect of really having to earn your way through the classes, and ultimately to a degree after applying. Having a PhD handed to you is not going to happen at NCU. Finally, if you do not like NCU, don't attend and go somewhere else.
I'm in my 15th course and one away from completing my PhD in I/O psychology. My experience has been great. I've had great mentors that are easy to call and/or contact. The rigor of the classes are up-to-par with the b&m school I attended for my masters. The school is improving daily, and will continue to weed mentors that provide little value. I would recommend the school to others.
I completed 4 classes at NCU towards my PhD with a 4.0 GPA, but overall this work was accomplished with little to no guidance or communications from mentors, at best they occasionally "existed" within the academic setting. I have been an online instructor myself for the past 15 years and was shocked and dismayed, not only at how the mentors lacked a sense of commitment to the institution, but also the poor management throughout the school, in particular at the chair and dean's level in the School of Business Administration. I too expressed concerns regarding mentors only to have my concerns fall upon deaf ears. In the end I decided to pursue my academics elsewhere at a more honorable and respectable institution and I am very pleased with my decision to do so, my only regret is that I wasted time at NCU that could have been better served at nearly any other institution. My advice is to think twice before attending NCU.