Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (383)
I just completed my PhD program at Walden. I found the academic rigor of the program comparable to brick and mortar institutions, and personally found I learned more in the online environment due to the requirement to engage with students and faculty with the written word, several times/week. All of my professors were working in industry as well as teaching so brought to their comments points of views that enriched the learning experience. I particularly enjoyed the engagement with classmates from all over the US and World and think more strategically as a result. During the KAM writing and Dissertation stages of my program, it was important to remain self-motivated and willing to be the scholar that Walden trains you to be. Walden University will not hold your hand as you complete KAMs or your dissertation. Completion requires self-organization, self-regulation, self-management, self-motivation. If you are unable to think independently, you will not succeed at Walden. In addition to the academic rigor, the student support services at Walden were excellent. I always received a response to questions/issues/problems within 24 hours and always satisfactory from advising, financial aid, the writing center, the research center, registrar, etc. Also, the Walden Library is superb and I will greatly miss having access to it. I highly recommend Walden University.
As a recent Ed.D. graduate (2013) I found Walden to be a very challenging and rigorous course of study. The school is certainly research focused so if you are not self-motivated then it may not be the right place. I did find that during the doctoral process that my chair, committee member, and URR were extremely helpful and wanted me to be successful. The IRB process is somewhat overstated, however the rest of the process was very doable if you are willing to put the time into it.
I have read through many reviews on here, and truly cannot believe the negative ones. I am drawn to beleive that many of the negative reviews are due to student willingness to put in effort. My education thus far received has been fantastic. Walden honed my skills in writing at the academic level, broadened my ability to perform research in the areas of policy analysis and campaign strategy, and improved my critical reading skills. I am completing my dissertation with Walden, and have never found the process to be strung out. My chair is great, receptive, and really knows the topic area. The majority of professors teach at other major universities, and have extensive experience in their feilds. My chair was selected because she has sat with some of the greatest researchers in campaign research, and worked along side them. The professors I had for quantitative reasoning were really great in statistics, and had real world applications of their research, as well as a quality life and placement in academia. The reviews on here that are negative simply do not reflect the quality of educators at the school. To address issues such as academic advising, this also sounds incorrect by review of other comments. Academic advising has been very receptive, informative, and very familar with the process. My academic advisor has always been spot on with information provided, and in addition has always answered my e-mails or phone calls very promptly. I would also like to state my education moved in into academia, where I am now adjuncting a few courses per semester, plus working full time at a regular position in business. If it were not for my going back to Walden I would have have gotten a position teaching in college. I could not have gone back the traditional route for my Ph.D. as it wouldn't be possible to survive (rent, utilities, bills in general) and getting paid a $600 per month stipend. Many of these reviews I wonder if they truly are students at the school, or the older academics who are fighting the new trend. The world is changing, and people do not have the ability to go to a traditional school for a Ph.D. or M.A. while sarcrificing a real salary. Things have grown to expensive to do such even with student loans, because not enough money comes back to afford rent and bills. Walden gives many great minds the opportunity to go further. Traditional academia does not like it because it intrudes upon their "exclusive" club.
I attended Kaplan's Graduate Program and was not happy with the treatment I received from the Dean's office when I was hospitalized.
I transferred to Walden and the coursework and the professors are a dream. I feel supported and motivated to finish my degree and go on to obtaining my PhD.
I have been encouraged to write a blog about elder abuse because of my legal and wealth management background, my career advisor. My blog has taken off and I'm receiving job offers even before I complete my program. Yes, I am pleased with Walden!
I've read several of the reviews, focusing on the negative ones and I am a little amazed! I did my research before enrolling at Walden and I have a friend who attended which helped me decide to choose this school. I enrolled in March of 2012 and will complete my degree in August of 2013. I have had positive experiences with the instructors and financial aid office. I have not had to use job placement services or student support services. I have a 4.0 GPA. Some of the classes have been more challenging than others but just as many people have said, "you get out what you put in"! However, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. I thought the cost was reasonable, a MBA with the University of Florida is $45K and MPA at FIU is $21K and Walden was about $22K (including books). Although, some of the courses were easier than other, most of the work was challenging. I consider myself a fairly intelligent person and it sometimes took me hours to write a two page paper because of all the research and references I had to include. I was accepted into FIU but decided to attend Walden so far I have no regrets. I liked Walden and have recommended to others who have enrolled.
I transferred to this University from another in my senior year because they promised I could shave months off of finishing my degree and offered me a semester free. When I transferred last year I was not alerted that I was enrolled in classes earlier than I was supposed to be and the classes I was offered "free" I got all F's in! This placed in on Academic and financial aide probation... I had a 3.6 GPA at the previous university.
When I finally got my official review of my transfer credits they were completely different from my unofficial evaluation and I was now not a senior with less months taken off of my degree time as promised... I was a sophomore at Walden.
BEFORE I received this official evaluation I had already started my classes (that i actually knew about this time) ....I was absolutely disgusted with the my math lab instructions that were given in the math class. There were steps of the problem that could not be explained in any portion of the help areas or in the text book....so I had to google how to do actually do the problems. I ended up with an A in the class but it was because of google and ALL of my free time being dedicated to trying to find out how to properly do the problems.
The cost of this school is also outrageous. Their classes are 5 credit hours as opposed to 3 as most universities are, for the human services program it is 300.00 per credit hour so $1500P00 for one class. The net price calculator on the web site for rates is still on the 2010 school year, so it is reflecting much lower rates that what are currently being charged.
The support staff are always in a hurry just to get you off the phone and don't always give you accurate information....at all. So calling for help is completely useless. I have transferred back to my old school and I am having difficulty getting transcripts from Walden to be applied at my school so that I can graduate......please do not waste your time or money on this school....they are very dishonest and your degree will pull no weight in the market place.
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.