Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (357)
I am working on a masters degree in nursing as a family nurse practitioner. I can tell you that this program is "NO JOKE". It is very time consuming and challenging. I certainly feel that I am getting a superior education, and I have not regretted attending this university for one minute. I have worked my butt off for the last year, and have 10 months until graduation.
People who are complaining about Walden all sound like they didnt have as easy a road as they hoped they would, so now they want to bash the school. If you are looking for an easy, "diploma mill" dont enroll at Walden, because your feelings will soon be hurt. You will have to work to get everything you get. Nothing will be given to you! If you work hard and put in the time, this is a doable school, but if your just want to coast along and make a good grade it will not happen at this school. I am very happy with Walden University!
Guys, I graduated from a normal university and took individual courses here to satisfy the 150 credit requirement for the CPA exam. I actually have no idea how this place can stay in business. I have successfully completed 2 classes from here, which are an absolute JOKE. I never purchased a book, and wrote elementary school level papers and discussion responses and got an A in the courses. This is nothing like a real college, save your money and get a degree that actually means something.
Second, the support is laughable. In a 5-6 month period, I have been through 3 advisors, had to defer 4 start dates for classes due to errors and negligence on their part, and the worst part of all - I literally cannot get a call back! As I am writing this right now, I have been un enrolled in a class, again, due to error on the part of my advisors. Left numerous messages with them, as well as their managers, and have no response.
If this was for a degree, I would be even more upset. Right now, I have to laugh at how terribly unorganized this place is. I guess I will try another online school for my remaining 2 classes. This place has atrocious reviews for a reason, guys.
(on a side note - never used job placement or financial aid so I cant speak for that)
At Walden there are some instructors who are very bias. I had all A's an one B until I became her student. She had her picks in the classroom and it was very evident. There was one student who always talked about he did not understand something and he ended with a B and I received a C in her class..along with many other students..who all complained to the advising department and we called the dean's office etc. Our grade did not change and I know that I followed, completed all assignments and received good scores on class assignments and when we spoke with this instructor on the phone me and other students found her to be rude//very rude.
I finished with a 3.42 and this is upsetting because I graduated from other colleges with a 4.0 GPA. The cost at Walden is tremendous and its a shame that they charge so much. It is raised yearly. Close to 5,000 for 6 credit course..60 or more tech fee. I am leaving because I have been in dissertation phase almost two years and the first instructor said my work was great and this is what I needed to change and then the next instructor stated that the work I did does not coincide with the rubric...its getting frustrating and I am running out of money.
Be CAREFUL when you make a decision as I did. I'm at the last phase, disgusted and broke...should have went to Capella(cheaper). Some of the instructors at walden ARE helpful but this one has messed my GPA up and I busted my behind.
Rigorous rubrics, tight time lines. What you put in, is what you get out of it. Professors for the most part are very articulate, challenging students to progress their thought process.
Format of the courses easy to understand; main discussion posting each week, four adequate (1/2 page+) responses, and roughly a paper due each week with a major paper at the end of each 8 week course. If you keep up with the course requirements you will do fine, granted a lot of late nights put in.
The heavier workloads are to be expected of Masters programs. Only one out of ten professors was not very helpful by way of extending any extra effort to progressing the students experience. Tech support very efficient and helpful. No financial support resourced to speak of that department.
Once again, what you put in, you get out.
Several quarters of study were 8-10 days of productivity with 9 1/2 to 10 weeks of waiting. Most notably for University Research review. Their entire thesis/dissertation process is serial. Meaning you pay your tuition regardless of whether Walden staff actually produce feedback. I still intend to graduate because of the investment already made. But, Would You Recommend Your School? I selected no -- because there was no opportunity for "Hell No" or "Not a snowballs chance in ..."
To be fair: Walden is not a Diploma Mill, Because it does not care to focus on those processes that would help students. Walden a profit driven "service provider" that views it's students as limited term revenue streams. In Walden's view, Walden must help relieve students of their money for Walden's profits.
I started my master's degree at Walden University in January 2013 (MISM). What started as an exciting, hopeful journey turned into a major source of stress and concern. I came to this website when I was contemplating Walden. The negative reviews caused me to second guess my decision, but I moved forward anyway.
I have never regretted anything more in my life. I was worried about the lack of admission requirements – like writing samples, a GRE, or even an English Proficiency exam. I was right to worry. You will find yourself surrounded by classmates who do not understand the concept of plagiarism, grammar & punctuation, APA style, or professionalism. There are some highly intelligent students, but you know the old saying…just one rotten apple spoils the whole bunch. And believe me – you will find a lot of rotten apples.
I am in my first term of the semester, and I have a 95 average so far. This is nothing to be proud of. You are required to read online discussion board topics, submit your own post, and then respond to your classmates. Every other week is group week. Everybody contributes to a paper that is turned in at the end of the week. The other weeks require a "solo" paper. I am actually shocked to find that some of the reviewers find this challenging; although, maybe it is challenging for them. Middle school was much more rigorous.
I don't have a problem with the advisors. My advisor is awesome. The instructors give very little feedback. You are essentially on your own. The main problem, as many of you will find out if you attend Walden, will be with your fellow students. If you know your stuff, be prepared to do the work for some of the folks in your group. Be prepared to scan the reports for plagiarism. Be prepared to search for grammar, punctuation, and spelling errors. APA format is also required. I'm laughing to myself at this point. If the group doesn't adhere to the requirements, don't worry!! It's all good. Actually – other glaring errors are accepted as well! Go Walden University!! Yay! I'm so proud!
I will say this – the Writing Center is awesome! Too bad it is useless to go there!
There. This is my review of Walden. Not a degree to be proud of. Knowing what I know now, I would never hire a Walden graduate. If admission policies change, I might change my mind. Until then, all of us who are "in the know" will discount degrees from Walden.
Note: Walden is an excellent choice for those who just "need a degree" for job promotions.
For a school that is for profit, they do NOT help the students at all. The student does not have a "team" environment. It is all by yourself, good luck on your own. This is one college that it's team of professionals are non existent.
Incompetent advisers add to the horrible school environment; no one has any idea what needs to be done and they do not care if the student needs assistance or not.
I attended Walden University and earned a Master of Business Administration with a finance specilization. My experience at the school was more than positive and I would recommend it highly.
I think it is very interesting to read some of the reviews of the school by others. I would caution anyone seeking to earn any type of education, online or otherwise, to really be clear about your personal goals and objectives. I have earned degrees or certifications from some of the top schools our nation has to offer and can assure that Walden is no "cake walk". I definitely learned more than I would have in a brick and mortar environment. What separtes Walden from the other forms of education that I have attained is the opportunity to learn from my classmates. The students in my program were very knowledgeable and brought a great deal of insight into the course work.
I must also add that I failed one of my early courses because I wasn't focused enough. This was the first time that I had ever failed a college course in my life. At that moment I understood that this mode of learning would actually be more difficult than what I had experienced in the past. With that in mind, I adjusted accordingly and began to get the absoulte most that I could out of the experience.
The only thing that I would caution people about is the perception of getting an online degree. I think that peoples views are changing but you really should be a person who can leverage the actual education and not have to rely on a name or reputation. I believe that ultimately Walden will have a solid reputation and be understood by all to provide quality instruction but this will take time. As more people opt to actually learn something and not waste money on a name, this will have to change.
The last thing that I would like to add is that I have recently worked my way into a Director's position. If it had not been for my education at Walden there is no way that I could have understood business well enough to oversee an economic development organization. I can assure you of that. I have now started a program at Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management and am able to truly leverage that experience due to my learning at Walden.
I do not want to discredit anyone else who did not have a positive experience. However, I will note that I have heard complaints at every school I have ever attended. Again make sure the school fits with YOUR goals and objectives and experience it for yourself. I highly doubt that you will be disappointed as long as you are willing to work hard.
My undergraduate degree was achieved at a brick and mortar institution and I was very skeptical about online education. My husband is in the military so we move frequently. As the years passed and I had not gone back to school, and then found myself living overseas, I noticed some of my colleagues were attending online schools. I began talking to them and learning about different schools. One respected colleague had completed the MS Education Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment program and took the time to answer all of my questions and had very positive things to say about Walden. Since I very much needed to get back into school, I sent an email requesting more information.
My inquiry was answered quickly and it was very simple to get enrolled. My husband and I decided to pay my way so I did not apply for financial aid, so I cannot say anything on that topic. I have read lots of very nasty reviews about Walden, however my experience was great. Rubrics were used and clear criteria explained to get grades. I managed to graduate with a 4.0, feeling the work load was just right. Anytime I began to slack on assignments, points were deducted. It was not easy, but required discipline to stay on point and to complete the ePortfolio component. I had to take a break as my family was moving to a new country, but other than that one blip I went straight through. I feel I learned as much as I would have at a brick and mortar institution and the work improved my performance as a teacher. If you are not disciplined and willing to work hard, it is not for you. I've seen many people bash this institution so I waited until I received my email stating I had met all graduation criteria and to expect my diploma in the mail soon before writing a review. Any concern I had was responded to promptly. Throughout all classes, I felt all teachers were fair, professional, and prompt.
Please note I did not use financial aid services nor job placement services but had to fill in the stars.
I transferred into Walden after attending an APA accredited clinical psychology Ph.D. that was very hard to get into (2% acceptance rate) and earning my master's en route to the Ph.D. I have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 at a research extensive university, undergraduate research experience, and a 700 on the quantitative section of the GRE. I left my first program in good standing to try to find something else that was a better fit with what I was looking for. I ultimately arrived at working full-time in research and education and later attending Walden in a non-clinical specialization area.
The courses at Walden are no walk in the park, and this is coming from a student who was already used to hard work and being top of the class, etc. I have a 3.7 cumulative GPA at my first Ph.D. program with 45 ph.d. credit hours. There are only a few reasons why you should go to Walden rather than a traditional program 1) You need to work full-time or part-time and most traditional programs will not allow you to do this or your chair at your program will not allow you to do so 2)You have finished all your course work at your current institution, but you cannot graduate because your dissertation chair has no allies in the department and the committee members will not pass you because they hate your chair, 3)Your dissertation chair has left the University and the other faculty won't pick you up, because you started with another faculty member, 4)Your chair at the traditional university has asked you to do something unethical or is milking the heck out of you and working you 50 hours a week to get his research done and you can't get any of your own stuff done. Walden will allow you transfer in up to half of the course work you need for the ph.d. (9 classes of 18, excluding dissertation) Since being a student some of the roles I've had include being a full-time college instructor and being an assistant professor at regionally accredited colleges. Some of my colleagues at these institutions have turned up their noses and others have been cautiously optimistic.
Ultimately, it's about the work that you produce. I have been nominated for professor of the year several times and am working to publish peer-reviewed articles before and after I graduate. It is easy to get into Walden, but it is hard to graduate. The courses are rigorous and require a LOT of work. Also, there is no hand holding. You will have to motivate yourself or get a dissertation coach and maybe both. If a student actually graduates from Walden with a Ph.D. in psychology, that degree means something. In no way is it possible to skate through. I have learned more at Walden than at the APA accredited program I attended. That's probably because more is required, and so I have put in a lot more effort. The professors are unlikely to give you a lot of feedback. However, isn't it about independent learning anyway? If you can think critically at a high level, you will not have a problem. If you can't, don't go to Walden.
I do not agree with Walden's marketing schemes and I think that some of their policies are problematic. However, overall, for a non-licensure track specialization in psychology, the Ph.D. program is a good choice. By the way, because of my work experience and being just a few months away from graduation, I was able to obtain a full-time position at a non-profit regionally accredited institution teaching for a master's program in psychology. I don't think my experience is typical, but it shows that it is possible. I have been upset with Walden policies a few times, but I appreciate that the politics that exist at other institutions are counterbalanced with the purchasing power of the student. If you do not like your dissertation chair, you can fire him. If you have a professor who sucks, you can drop the class and take another professor without retribution. Again, Walden's not for everyone, but for those who start AND finish, it is a good choice.