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Walden University
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Average reviewer salary: $59,167

Walden University's Top-Rated Degree Programs

Program Average Rating Percent Employed Average Time to Hire Average Salary % Degree Helped Career
Psychology Average Rating
Percent Employed 86% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $58,000 % Degree Helped Career 70%
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Percent Employed 86% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $79,000 % Degree Helped Career 100%
Nurse Practitioner (NP) Average Rating
Percent Employed 100% Average Time to Hire --- Average Salary $70,000 % Degree Helped Career 100%

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Good School - Be Prepared to Work
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Degree: Health/Medical Physics
Graduation Year: 2016
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I found the Walden program to be very good. As a professor myself, I enjoyed my courses and with the exception of 1 instructor, have learned quite a lot during my studies. I am starting my dissertation this year. A positive of online courses is that you get to experience many professors from all over the world. One of my professors was from Yale, one from Pudue, some from Georgetown, so lots of professors take on a course or two for the experience and to network with other professionals in the field. Some professors are very active in their fields, such as public health, so you have the opportunity to network with some interesting people. There are some things about online learning that are different in that you must do more work, reading, research on your own, so you have to plan when you will devote your time to your studies and stick to it. You will also need to learn to use the writing center and online library to supplement your work. I have not found that any employer looked down at online schools, especially since most major universities now have online degrees. Employers would have to be pretty out of the loop to still think this way. The degree was helpful for me in finding an excellent higher education position. I found Walden through a referral from the hospital center where I worked. Many health and public health professionals attend Walden. Walden could do better at advising students, at communicating programmatic changes and helping students to form support groups toward dissertation. I think advising needs some shoring up. This is where you will need to double check what you are told. The writing center and library staff are very supportive and helpful and they stay on top of the latest research. I have had absolutely no problem with financial aid, with taking a quarter off when my parent was ill, etc. so there is an option to take time off. Plan to spend 70K for a PhD unless you can get some help from your employer or pay a portion yourself while in school. Walden will set up payment plans for you also. The bursar's office is very helpful and on top of things. You have 7 to 8 years to complete a PhD if you need it. Most people don't. I would say to plan 5 years if you're working full time. Be prepared if you want a doctoral degree to set aside a social life and plan to study, read and research about 15 to 20 hours a week. You get used to the pace.

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Micheline A - 5 days ago

Thank you for the information, very informative. I am working toward my MBA with Walden, my first time taking online courses, it seems rewarding, I work on my own paste, the advisors, technical support team, instructors are very knowledgeable and helpful. I was referred by my best friend who received her MPH, after that I have one working or her PHD in marketing, one PHD in psychology and now is my turn to turn the page introduce my family and friends to Walden I have several who drop their former institution and transfer to Walden, and some who procrastinated for years already start. Way to go Walden. I am thinking on pursuing my DBA with Walden but I have little more time to complete my MBA so for sure where to challenge myself even further.

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Degree: Forensic Science and Technology
Graduation Year: 2022
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This school is starting to be a three ring circus. I enrolled in this school prior to the start of my program. I did my FAFSA and submitted all required documents, including a letter that the school needed in order for me to be accepted. Ok so L F, my enrollment advisor reached out and advised that I was accepted. I was so excited and looking forward to starting on September 2. Shortly after, I checked to see if everything was going ok and to my surprise financial stated that my account was randomly selected and that they needed additional information. I sent everything in immediately. Unfortunately my high school transripts were mailed to the wrong address, which I except responsibility for as I didn't realize it was not the same address. Then I sent in this notarized letter that they requested. The letter should have been received prior to them receiving my H.S. transcripts, which was received on September 3. Well they claim they never got the letter. Ok so I sent it again and this time i sent it certified and it was received. Now they decided that the copy of my ID that they have had since the end of July isn't as clear as they would like it to be, which I find hard to believe, since the copy that I sent to them was scanned and emailed. This process of how they operate is very fustrating. They have decided to for what ever reason randomly select my account for verification, which is bull. If Walden has already received my financial aid, then what more verification is it that you need? I mean FAFSA didn't ask me for any verification. Now I am being told that they just need to make sure that what I submitted on my FAFSA is correct, umm you received payment so how much more correction and verification is needed? This is really getting on my nerves and leaving a bad taste in my mouth. I have been waiting for a returned call since 09/03/2014.

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Denise - 11 days ago

I agree with you financial aid had been giving me the run around. I started on the 2 Sept and just received the acceptance letter funny. Still don't have a package put together for my aid and the term ends 23 Nov 14; so this means that I will own a bill for this term and won't be able to register for the next term. Over 4$ the stated that I went over during my undergraduate.

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Degree: Accounting and Business/Management
Graduation Year: 2013
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I must say I appreciate every single time spent during my studies at Walden. I have attained volume of knowledge that is beyond my expectation. Inspite of the quality of education i attained from this lovely school, I am still struggling to enter the business world. Seems to me that many employers reluctantly consider candidates from the school. Their thoughts about the school causes them to overlook your abilities. And this is truely sad because there are many coming from ivy league colleges and could barely contribute to sustained growth. I am proudi went to walden... Inspite of the struggles and the chunk of debt i have accumulate, I believe they infused in me the capabilities to change my world...

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2018
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All advisors were exteemely helpful . If a problem occured it was taken care of in a very timeley manner. My instructor is very supportive , all of the tools avaliable are so helpful !

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Degree: Nursing Practice
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have been attending Walden since December 2013 ,and I have taken six classes so far and I have six more to go. As I can see it as a student the program has been very rigorous for me. I am a very hard working student and I have done well at the school. This is my first online school for myself but, I have tutored online students. Online takes a lot of time and dedication more than going to a brick and mortar school because you are truly self teaching yourself. I am planning to do my doctoral degree online not at Walden but another online school Maryville and it is because of their reputation. The tuition at Walden has been the cheapest I have seen around for a NP program its around total cost of 40,000 dollars. That is what a student pay to get a Bachelor Degree. I hate to see all the bad reviews but I think online education is what you make out of it as a student.

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Walden University was well worth it!
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Degree: Marketing, Other
Graduation Year: 2013
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I selected Walden University because my mother was attending it for her Masters in Education. Although I had to adjust to online school, it takes a lot of dedication, the adjustment came easily. I did enjoy the set schedules for assignments that were posted for the entire class as I'm a procrastinator and need deadlines to help push me to actually completing anything. I liked my instructors, although sometimes I did feel a little overwhelmed with assignments. But, I always managed to get it done on time. Instructors provided great feedback on assignments and I felt that many were actually interested in making you want to learn instead of just giving you credit for completing the assignments. I decided to complete a Master's Degree from Walden as well, which I am currently taking. Yes, this school is expensive; but many schools are nowadays. Overall, I really enjoyed my experience here, with the students, instructors, and academic advisers. Whenever I needed to contact my advisor, which was not often, they got back to me quickly, usually within a few hours after emailing them. Online education is different from the usual way as you have to motivate yourself to complete the assignments and study. But I can say that before I even completed my degree, I found myself applying what I learned to my profession. That helped to continue to motivate myself to stick with my studies. I like doing my own research anyway so online learning was ideal for me. If you would prefer to be lectured or have face-to-face with instructors and peers, then online school is not for you. Otherwise, I would recommend it to anyone who needs a degree and does not have a problem with researching, reading, and writing papers. There's a paper due just about every week of class, but it helps you to be able to apply what you've learned. I can say that in the courses I took, there were not a lot of tests which was great as I am not a great test taker.

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Degree: Clinical Child Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
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Loved Walden! Everyone is amazing! Always answers your questions and then goes above and beyond for you!

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Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2010
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Thank you all for your honest reviews. While the tuition may appear to be cheaper for the Doctoral program I was looking at, I'm seeing too many nightmare reviews to consider Walden University. Dodged that bullet...

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John - 28 days ago

I have just completed my first year of work toward the Ed.D. at Walden University. I am extremely pleased with Walden, and feel that I am learning a great deal. I have a 4.0 at Walden, and previously had a 4.0 in a Master's Program at WVU. Walden has provided the same level of rigor and challenge that I am used to. I would encourage you to reconsider.

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Degree: Psychology, Other
Graduation Year: 2010
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I started in the General Psych program then switched to Industrial/Organizational Psych. There are a lot of unnecessary classes (which may not be unique just to this school; I'm not sure) and it feels ridiculous to pay tuition to take such courses that are meant simply to "teach" good study habits or get accustomed to posting in online environments. Really basic, unnecessary stuff. Plus there were other courses that were deemed mandatory even though they were only introductory and had no follow-up (such as Research Methods - all the various psychological tests out there, how they work, what they measure, etc., which is great information but could have been included as a sub-matter in another class. The entire course was simply for us to pick one of these tests and study it in-depth, then continuously report on it for the entire 12 weeks. Such a thing is not going to help me in a career since it was way too generic, yet way too focused at the same time). However, many teachers really did engage students and encourage discussion beyond "Great post! I agree!" but at times it really did feel like I wasn't in a real competitive environment, in the sense that witnessing extremely poor grammar, syntax, etc. in others' discussion postings (especially from those who were purported to be at the end of their program) made me wonder how they ever got accepted in the first place at a Master's level (well, other than being willing to shell out $$). I do feel I learned a lot, and there was enough variety, such as group projects, and videos of case studies to watch and learn from. I did hit a snag with my final thesis in that I e-mailed repeatedly for status updates and the entire delay pushed me into another quarter, but after filing an appeal I was refunded the entire price.

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Rhonda - 12 days ago

Hello there. I read your post and complaints for the courses you were required to complete. I just got my degree at Liberty University in psychology and this is universal, it seems. I too took Research Methods, Statistics and Measurements in Psych. These courses did help me and it does add to what you will use in the field. Don't get discouraged, for me Liberty had us take Biblical courses as well but they are all to help me be better in my career and life. Don't forget when working in social services, you get your loans forgiven after 10 years or less.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2009
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Wow! I am planning to apply to the FNP program at Walden. All these reviews are giving me a second thought. Thank you all for your honesty. If anyone has been through the FNP program at Walden, can you PLEASE give me a feedback on the program?

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Amnio - about 1 month ago

I am in the last semester of the FNP program, and I can honestly say that it has been challenging, informative, and a great deal of work. I personally know several FNP graduates from Walden and they not only had a multitude of job offers at graduation, they also had a higher pass rate on their national certification exam than the 8 other colleges in the surrounding area (including 2 Division-1 universities). If you don't mind working hard, are good at self study, and are motivated to get your FNP, then I would recommend Walden

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