Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (358)
I enrolled in the MS.Ed program at Walden after doing some research of online universities that offered a Masters program in Mathematics education. I ultimately chose Walden because of the low cost, regional accreditation (vs. National), and its affiliation with the NEA, which provided a discount in tuition. For the most part faculty was ok. Most were knowledgable in their field and able to provide valuable feedback on my work. Others seemed to skim my work and it was evident that they had not read any of it. I was disappointed with the lack of interaction from my professors. The majority popped in to contribute here and there to the discussion forums, but I did not feel like I was learning from them-but rather from the course readings and video resources embedded in the course. Furthermore, I was astonished by the academic levels of several members in my cohort. I honestly couldn't believe that they were in a graduate program and frequently wondered if their seemingly mediocre or less writing skills and knowledge (as observed in weekly discussions) were receiving the same As as myself. I have a feeling they did. I will say that in some ways you get out what you put in. The weekly assignments and essays made me reflect on my professional skills/philosophy/practices in ways that I hadn't before. I am a better teacher now, because of it, than I was before. However, that is because I was able to take the presented information to the next level myself. Admittedly, the assignments were busy work and I was able to write almost all of them in 1 sitting, in less than 5 hours and still receive between 3.5 and 4.0 on them. Those who have stated you're buying a degree, not earning one, are not that far off... In the end, I was able to get out of the experience what I had wanted-a Master's degree that improved my teaching skills and allowed me to move up on my pay scale in a manner that was flexible with my busy schedule and on a budget.
I attended Walden from 2007-2010 for an MS in Psychology and again from 2012-2013 for a Post-Master's Psychology Certificate in Teaching Online. I'm currently employed full-time as a Program/Disabilities Coordinator for a medical school and I also work part-time as an instructor for a technical school (I teach a psychology course and an intro to online learning course). Walden definitely helped me get to where I am in my career today. I completed both programs solely online which was a huge help as I worked full-time through the entire process. The patience and aid I received while writing my Master's thesis is unmatched. I would absolutely recommend Walden to a friend or family member.
Avoid this school at all costs. After five classes, I called it quits. Four classes of no interaction with instructors and perfect scores on every assignment which led my to believe nothing was being graded as long as they were getting paid. I expected a level of academic integrity and would rather had feedback based upon my work not just being handed out grades. The fifth class that ended my tenure there was finally instructor involvement but very highly unprofessional involvement and then I started to notice that I might actually have been the only real student in the class because everyone else had to same writing style on the discussion board, every post was formatted the exact same way. It made me believe I was interacting with phony students or just names to fill up the class. I tried to drop this class and was told I must complete 60% of the class or my financial aid would be returned leaving a balance so I completed 75% of the class and then tried to drop the class and they refused so I stopped participating the rest of the way and withdrew from the University on the last day of the term. But, two weeks later, I now have a 1400 balance on my account for money that they claim they returned to the lender and are trying to collect on it. But when I contacted the lender, they said no money was returned so they are trying to scam 1400 extra dollars out of me.Stay away from the university at all costs
I have just completed my MSN. Most of my professors were very knowledgable and helpful. A few were not but that is expected in every institution of learning. I am shocked at the comments. I felt I received a quality education and it will be very useful for my career goals. This is a true evaluation. I noted one person stated the postive evaluations were falsely sent in.
I took a six months leave of absence. After becoming very ill and needed medical treatment. I send in the Doctors reports to them. But after the six months, they would not let me resume my studies. I appealed and they still would not let me resume my studies. When I asked them why? They stated that they did not have to tell me the reason why. I wrote an email to the university. They never replied to me. Do NOT go to this school.
My teachers were wonderful very supportive and helpful. The feedback is excellent, my enrollment adviser was excellent, but my academic adviser was awful. I called to get feedback on what classes should I take for the next course and was told " just pick any". I never heard from my academic adviser until my 3rd term. IT is awful as well, financial aid was unhelpful and uncaring. I got my refunds on time which is hard to do with most schools. But now that I read all the negative reviews I will be getting out of this school as soon as possible. Nervous!
Walden University is quite expensive, quite disorganized, has very poor student services, and ultimately just wants your money, and does not want to provide a quality program. The programming was somewhat difficult, with some good faculty, however the dissertation stage of the program was a joke... They assign you a project chair, who 9 times out of 10 forgets what stage you are at, fails to send your project to the other committee members within the prescribed periods, and you will likely do at least 1 extra course that you did not plan to do so you can get your dissertation completed. In my dissertation they changed my committee members twice, delayed my graduation, made me take another course, with no acceptable resolution with the university even though they violated their own policies. My advice STAY AWAY from this university, they are HORRIBLE to their students.
The most difficult part of this so called instruction is how the Ed.D's do not correct the incorrect APA formatting in the discussion forums presented by the students, if I am a student and I see the errors, surely the so called educator should teach these students how to write instead of waiting until the student is set to graduate from Walden, and in the last course of a program the educator will come down hard on APA formatting because they do not want you to graduate from Walden and not know how to write a correct APA paper. Furthermore, the educators do not educate, all they do is go to the discussions and ask a simple question of you or give a vague response, they do not teach. Not sure why you need a Ph.D to teach at Walden, I have a Master's degree and I could do a better job as an online educator than some of Walden's so called faculty. The best part of the program are the media segments also known as resources, in most case the presenters are impressive and knowledgeable, otherwise the course materials, reading and internet are how you learn, it is certainly not from the educators, THEY DO NOT TEACH
For this review I will keep it succinct. Walden is not an institution where you learn through instruction. Read a book, write a paper, search on google, write more, and begin again. If you desire interaction, collaboration, good solid knowledgeable feedback, and consistency, then this will serve as advice to avoid the Walden program. It is very costly. It is non-supportive. It is geared for low profile. It is retaliatory. Search the internet first. Use your intuition and understand that there are individuals that pose as positive bloggers to underpin the university's reputation. If you pay close attention you will notice a very common voice to the posts. If you notice the posts that are opposite the glowing reviews, they all have the same theme. The cost per semester is outrageously expensive and the service you receive in turn is not worth the aches and pains of trying to pay off the student loans. The interactions are non-existent; the instruction is vapidly delivered. I advise you to pose as a disgruntled student and see how far you are allowed to go before you attempt to attend this "university". You will find that you are not only dismissed, but are marked for weeding. I will not bore you with my experiences, but suffice it to say that I have experienced all of the same things as the others with regard to non-instruction, bilking of money, retaliation, and no end product. Use the common sense adage "if it sounds too good to be true, then it probably is". If you need to hear it, then "don't make this mistake - go to a face-to-face college or university". I wish you good luck in your journeys and may they bring you to your dream.
It is true that I applied to Walden because I know that I could get a degree without studying much or do any meaningful research. I did not know how (understandably) biased the industry was against Walden graduates. I would have stood a much better chance of getting a teaching job without this EdD than with it. Now, I cannot get a job because I graduated from Walden. And- I'm broke!