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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016
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Walden University has been great. I graduated Summa cum Laude from a major brick and mortar university and have 2 Masters degrees. At Walden, I have encountered wonderful, knowledgeable and caring professors, a professional and personable support staff, and excellent coursework. An online doctoral degree requires hard work and self direction--there is no-one there to hold your hand and nurse you through it. I often had to work 20-30 hours a week on my lit review, and plow through hundreds of scholarly articles--on my own. The professors expect you to be an adult because this is a program developed for professionals and individuals who can handle the pressure and work load. On the other hand, they are always there to encourage, support and instruct, so you're never alone. I am almost done, and am excited to have that degree in hand--knowing it was with the friendly, caring, and intelligent support I received at Walden University.

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Sherman - about 2 months ago

Catherine,

i see you are in PPA as I am as well. Are you having problems with getting feedback during your dissertation process from your Chair? If not, what do you recommend. I have working on my prospectus for two quarters but feel that I could have had it approved if I was getting or had gotten feedback in a timely manner. What is working for you?

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Catherine - about 2 months ago

Sherman--I personally have a great team and have nothing but praise for them. The Taskstream process ensures timeliness, as it sends reminders to the profs if there is a gap between the allotted time for review and their response (overdue response). I am kept in the loop every minute. Did you submit it to the Taskstream site yet? I would suggest you contact Research if you are unsure of how the process works.

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Kat - about 2 months ago

Hello, Thank you for your feed back, I will be obtaining a PhD in Criminal Justice at walden starting in August of this year, how long have you been with Walden to get your Phd? I am hoping to finish in 2.5 years since I am on the advanced track.

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Catherine - about 1 month ago

Hi Kat, I took 2 years of coursework and have been developing my proposal for the past 18 months. The lit review was a lengthy process for me because of the complexity of my topic--I have seen others go through this portion of the process much quicker than I did. I anticipate the research portion to take about 3 months (I have to travel to complete it) and then final write up another 6 months. Hopefully I will be done by next June, in which case from beginning to end it would have taken me about 5 years.

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Stacey - about 1 month ago

hahahhahahahahahahahahahahahaha, 30 hours on a lit review............ ok

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Catherine - about 1 month ago

Stacey: Re-read the entry: 20-30 hours a week.

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Keith - about 1 month ago

hahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahahahaha, Stacy doesn't know how to read................ha

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Abdusattor Esoev - 22 days ago

Catherine,

Thanks for that positive feedback on the Walden University, as most other ones appear to be quite negative. I am also starting my PhD in PPA in this August and I have been somehow concerned on how the programme would go and whether it's worth investing for this University, but seems you are quite happy with it, so I trust I would be also happy. I obtained my MBA from University of Liverpool (online programme), so I am familiar how much self-study and self-devotion is required to achieve your educational goals on online programme. UoL was very tough for me, sometimes I even regretted for being enrolled in the programme as being 100% employed and being married with small children had been indeed very difficutlt for me to study, but it turned out to be rewarding when I received my MBA Degree with Merit from during this year Graduation Ceremony in the Liverpool, UK.

I would appreciate to know more about what I need to pay particular attention at when I start my programme in coming weeks? How was your study experience? was it full time (two modules at one time) or half time (only a module at one time, which I am thinking to option for)? any other suggestions both on modules and dissertation?

Many thanks in advance,

Abdusattor

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Catherine - 21 days ago

I am a full time student, but then I have also cut my working hours as I work through my dissertation. I think if you are accustomed to being self directed you will enjoy the experience and not have any problems. The residencies are a tad stressful since you have to continue with the coursework while attending seminars all day, but other than that they're a nice chance to meet people from all over the world and find out what they are doing in their respective fields.

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Degree: Drafting and Design Technology/Technician, General
Graduation Year: 2013
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I found the instructional design program to be rigorous and challenging. The program provided me with a sound foundation and instructional design. When I started my degree I was a schoolteacher, within four months of graduating I was able to find a very good job as an instructional designer in the corporate world. And I have been in my field for Just over two years. My degree program gave me a brilliant insight into the field and I was able to build upon that. I am so glad I chose Walden. When I compared it to other universities that offered an instructional design program, I found Walden University's program to be more comprehensive.

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Degree: Business Administration and Management, General
Graduation Year: 2017
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Walden offers a program for working individuals without sacrificing a higher standard. I am very please with my experience, and my employer has noticed the difference in aptitude Walden provides. I highly recommend! Walden is unlike other online colleges - not a paper mill - instead Walden is a true leader in the field! I am very please with my decision to invest in this institution!

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Jesus Diaz - about 2 months ago

You sound a lot like those guys that would defend AMWAY

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Justin Lacefield - about 2 months ago

If all you have is personal jabs please move on. I am entitled to my opinion and have given an honest response. You sound like one of those guys who likes to hear the sound of their own voice, and doesn't know what they are talking about.

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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016
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Walden is not a good school. They basically take your money and provide you with no guidance academically. You are left on your own to figure everything out while the professors keep changing the expectations. There is no consistency among the professors as it relates to what is expected and especially when you are working on the dissertation the lack of consistency can be costly for the student. It is the worst school and no one should ever attend.

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Greg - about 1 month ago

Sounds like this is your first time with an online university. In my experience this is not a bad university, but they do allow too many people in that do not put in enough effort.

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Degree: Nursing Education
Graduation Year: 2015
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Walden provided me with a respected MSN in Nursing and has given me a 35% discount on tuition for my PhD program. I find that those giving a bad rating to Walden U. are the same type of people who consistently blame their outcomes on someone else rather than considering if they are an appropriate candidate for an online education. It may cost more than a state classroom held course, but consider the time, travel expenses, and other factors and I will bet you that it comes near what you pay for the online course. However, it takes discipline and intelligence to complete an online program. You do not have the hand holding I find in classroom instruction and the amount of writing you must provide on each class assignment and discussion board is intense. It requires critical thinking and research that can substantiate your findings. You do not have a few classroom tests that can be crammed for in an overnight session. You have, week after week, discussion and papers that fully explore the subject matter of each class. So stop blaming others for your dissatisfaction until you fully evaluate your ability and readiness for online education. Walden is my school of choice and I feel fortunate to attend.

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Rachel - about 2 months ago

I disagree, the program consistently changes and the person that handles DNP sends conflicting messages, which is frustrating for the student

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Florida Sun Girl - about 2 months ago

Rachel, do you know that the President of Walden U. has an open door policy. If you feel so strongly about the program deficits then I would recommend that you contact the Dean of Nursing and the President. They will give you an open dialogue.

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Not Florida Sun Girl - about 1 month ago

I earned my Masters in Ed from WU and gushed about it endlessly to my coworkers about how great it was. I chose WU after experiencing two online classes with a different online institution whose instructors had no experience to be teaching the courses they were.

Then I enrolled in the Ed.D. Program. Everything was going along swimmingly. All the course were rigorous and engaging. They were even structured to help you work on your graduate project or dissertation in steps. I was knee deep in my study - proposal complete, outline complete, IRB process began, 3 chapters written - and over the course of three semesters I was assigned 4 different doctoral chairs.

Every time I was assigned a new chair I had to begin the submissions and approval process all over again and make any changes suggested or requested. The third chair contacted me once in an entire semester and I never heard from him again. Then, because of a move across country away from my original study participants and no money or time to travel and continue the study, as well as having the fourth chair out of communication for several months due to overseas travel, I stopped.

I worked hard. No one had to hold my hand. I was making excellent process and was excited by my progress. But, when you are consistently blocked in your progress and cannot get answers or help in moving forward from an institution who had up to that point been very helpful, it's a bit disconcerting.

At that point I appealed and requested a change in degrees, as they began offering an Ed.S in the exact same speciality with the exact same classes(titles, syllabi, and all) shortly after I began my program. My appeal was denied several times. My personal appeal to the President then who had an "open door" policy went unanswered by him personally. My suspicions are that because I was out of financial aid in that last semester - I should have been done three semesters prior but due to the chair changes I wasn't - they knew there was no more money forthcoming from me ( they actually enrolled me in the following semester when I told them I could not continue and surprise I couldn't pay it) they felt no reason to help or provide anything for the money already spent.

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Degree: Organizational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016
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I have read many reviews of Walden University. I personally find the DBA program to be top-notch. I also find that most people who complain simply are not intelligent and would complain about any program they go into. Online colleges or universities can be very difficult as distance learning is still considered to be in the infancy stages; however, I find that Walden University has a well developed learning platform. I can tell you personally that State Universities are much easier then online Universities as I have attended both.

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Joan Granston - about 2 months ago

Donald, I can see why you are a Walden student. Without any research you are calling all naysayers unintelligent.....ah ah I am now truly convinced that this school is a cash cow and will graduate anyone who has the money and computer skills. Unfortunately this is not a computer class and many other skills are needed to be a great scholar. I wish you the very best.

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Degree: Entrepreneurship
Graduation Year: 2015
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Every negative review you see about Walden is true. It isn't worth the hassle. I signed up for the DBA program after being told how I'd receive credit waivers, a $5000 grant just for joining and various other perks. Nothing I was told about the program itself was accurate. Then, they broke federal law by refusing to use my allotted $20,500 per academic year and demanding I take out a Graduate PLUS Loan. Then, they broke another federal law by refusing to report my enrollment status to Clearinghouse. They always had some lie to tell as their excuse. The academic value of coursework at Walden doesn't exist. If you want a degree that isn't respected with a good GPA go to Walden, but otherwise avoid. I spent the entire semester trying to get my money back for Walden's various criminal actions and failure to provide a legitimate academic experience and managed to ace the course I didn't pay attention to, that sums up the academic rigor [or lack thereof] at Walden. No one at Walden seems to know anything. They have a 24/7 chat, but never know the answer to anything. The online writing center is a joke. You ask them to review for formatting style and all of their critiques are personal nonsense that don't help you improve your article. The professors don't seem to know anything either. There were at least three instances where I had to say to my professors "if you don't know what that word means you shouldn't be teaching doctoral level business courses." If you want your money back and to drop out of Walden I would suggest quitting your job, as it is a never ending process. No one answers the phone or responds to e-mail. If you do get a response its just a lie claiming they're working on it, but they really aren't. Avoid Walden University at all costs. You will lose out on jobs you're qualified for because no one respects them.

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Greg - about 1 month ago

Sounds like you had a rough experience with this school, but I have to say I had the opposite in the same program. Its all up to you If you are going to learn from the material and implement it in your life or just complain. I had issues with some professors at this university, but I also formed great relationships with others as well. The only real thing that I disliked about attending this university was my peers that did not put any effort in their work ( for my response) and having to pay back loans haha.

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Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015
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Walden University at the Doctoral Level is an absolute joke. I would dare say that they're a joke at all levels. But, I'll refrain from hurting the feelings graduates of that piece of garbage. They are designed to recruit as many students as possible to boost their commission and that's all they care about. You WILL NOT receive any support and the feedback from professors pretty much comes from a "comment bank". The professors barely read your work and gave me grades for completion. Don't waste your time or money as I've yet to find anyone who has successfully matriculated from any of their doctoral programs. I've been in education for 20 years, so I believe that I'm an authority on what's a good educational program and what isn't. In addition, I've already earned 3 Master's degrees from accredited brick and mortar institutions.

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David - about 1 month ago

Its an Online University, of course it is going to seem less intense compared to three masters from you received from brick and mortar. It is geared for you to learn on your own with minimum guidance. At the level of Graduating degrees the student should know what type of quality they are submitting and if they are truly learning from the material. I agree money is a drive at the for-profit university "of course" but you should not knock an outlet that gives someone the tools to better oneself.

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Degree: Developmental and Child Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
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I just (literally 3 weeks ago) graduated from Walden with my BS degree in Psychology. I love the school and the course work. If you're a person that needs constant attention and help this school is probably not for you, because you really have to work at your own pace and independently to complete task or coursework majority of the time. Seeing as I worked full time while trying to obtain my degree, this was right up my alley! My thing is college is not hard--no matter what school you attend as long as you know how to follow directions and turn papers and discussion boards in on time-you'll do fine. If not......then you won't. (shrugs) This school is VERY expensive, but to work and your own pace on your own time it was worth it to me.

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Dr. P.C. Kutschera, PhD - 2 months ago

Am really dismayed by all the negative comments on this blog which run against the current of my own personal experience as well as numerous students and graduates I encountered on the way to receiving a PhD in Human Services in 2009. I would put the rigor and intensity i experienced studying for my doctorate @ Walden, from 2006-2010, up against the challenges and standards of any so-called "brick and mortar" college or university from which I hold a bachelors and masters. My doctorate experience included a number of intensive on line courses, filing the equivalent of 16 peer-reviewed research papers under the University KAM (Knowledge Area Module) instruction system, and the completion of a vigorous, 3 year long dissertation experience at the mercy of a quite high quality demanding dissertation committee; my chair was an Ivy League degree holder. Admittedly it was a tough grind for someone already well established in the responsibilities of a demanding career - but well worth it. Have nothing but the highest praise and greatest pride in declaring I am a Walden doctorate degree holder. Glad I never quit - sticking out a long climb to reach a most revered summit. Go Walden go!

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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2013
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SCAM! They told me my doctorate would cost $40k, but it was over $100k. They kept changing my committee, there was a huge lack of correspondence, and each delay costs another semester. What one instructor approved, another would disapprove, which caused further delays. DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!!

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sunny - 2 months ago

It took me over two years to secure a Chair and Advisory committee.

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Jessica - about 2 months ago

Terrible experience, the directors, staff, advisors and teachers don't care about the students. Don't waste your money

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