Walden University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (348)
I am in my third quarter of Walden University's Masters in Public Administration degree program.
This program is very challenging in both content and context of material and the time management requirements one must master to be successful.
I recently had an issue retrieving several required articles for two of the courses. After contacting my fellow students, the instructors, and the Walden Library staff a quick resolution was determined. I was getting frustrated and concerned about the amount of time I was taking to resolve this; but it was not necessary. I am glad it happened now however as my confidence in spending my time and money toward this Masters degree is worth it.
I did a lot of investigating and aked some hard questions. I checked out multiple online universities because I firmly believe in buyer beware. I checked out the accreditation, cost, the personal contact I got with various universities (there were some I did not pursue due to cost). My priorities when considering pursuit of my MSN were: good, accepted nationally recognized accreditation, the best fit for me (how well would the program suit me and vice versa), and cost. Walden fit the bill, I haven't been disappointed but as with everything else--we are adults and we need to expect to take some responsibility for our own situations and there is no school or instiution that is perfect all the time. I had a couple issues and when I pursued it, I got resolution. The program is very comprehensive, the resources are definitely there, the instructors have been wonderful so far and I would encourage anyone interested in online classes to seriously consider Walden. Word of warning: Online classroom settings are not for everyone, they don't suit everyone's learning style but if online is appropriate for you, Walden is an excellent choice.
I researched attending a traditional college v. an online university. I went for my master's degree in education. The main problem I have with Walden is there lack of educational endorsements. A degree in education is somewhat meaningless if many of the nation's schools do not recognize the university or their program. I have learned many valuable lessons and enjoyed the educational format of a an entirely online college experience. I thrived in my undergraduate studies at local universities, but with Walden I seem to be getting bored as I near the end of my degree. The degree is also one of the least expensive as far as online degrees (about 14K), but is far more expensive than most state schools. I knew all of the ups and downs before starting the program. I just warn you to be cautious. The course usually consists of a video series, online discussions, a textbook, and a few online links to review each week. The course was about the same level of difficulty as any other online course. Also, I think there is some "busy" work, but usually I only have to write one essay a week. I personally live in the Midwest and will argue an international online institution may actually be more marketable than attending the same state school where I obtained one degree already. I believe each individual should seriously evaluate whether all of the time and cost will benefit them in the long run.
I have been a PhD General Psychology Educational Psychology student at Walden since the end of 2007. I am currently completing the last of my classes and I have submitted my dissertation prospectus for department approval. I expect to complete my dissertation and defend it next summer. All in I would have to say the experience has been incredibly positive and challenging as well as rewarding. My enrollment advisor was wonderful. He guided me through enrolling in the first few courses and helped me with technical issues and finanical aid concerns. Through the years my academic advisor has been wonderful as well. Over the summer I contacted him for clarification on the dissertation process and he not only sent me a detailed email he attached a list of faculty and their research interests. I have found the instructors at Walden to be wonderful and professional as well. One of my professors, who is now on my dissertation committee, even called me from London to discuss one of my classes. And, just last week I spoke with my Statistics II professor and she stayed on the phone until I completely understood the analysis we were doing. In addition, Walden adjunct faculty participate in program and school committees and faculty are encouraged to publish research jsut like traditional faculty do. When I found out I had to attend residencies (not all programs do) I wasn't thrilled but when I got to Minneapolis and met fellow students from literaly all over the world I felt as though I had found the school that had the same ideals I did. Yes Walden is expensive but so is every other graduate program if you don't have an assistantship or research funding. I have a blue Walden pen and the big joke at the school where I teach is that it's my "$100,000 pen". I'm so impressed with Walden that I applied to teach for the BS Child Development program. Patsy
I would recommend Walden to anyone. I felt that the admissions team was very helpful and easy to work with. I am now in my 3rd quarter at Walden and it has been going very smoothly. There are a few disadvantages, like not being able to see your professors or classmates. There are also occasional communication problems. Other than that, I really enjoy my classes and I am able to hold a full time job and manage to have a life!
GOOD: Course content is up to date and requires strong reading and writing skills for the most part. Many fellow students already in reputable business positions and it shows in their writing. I was actually pleasanlty surprised at this but there are bad apples, see BAD.
Degree was great but actually learned many concepts that I had not learned formally before.
Worth it if you already hold a decent career position, but just lacking formal degree. Great to have as a back up to another degree (I had a Soc degree before).
Most of the instructors I found to be pretty enthusiastic about participating in discussions. Although most of the work comes from textbook, not lectures.
The tests and quizzes are relatively easy, but most of your points come from the paper anyway usually. So there isn't much of a way to get around having to know the contents to get a high grade.
Course speed. I would imagine it's fast for some people, but was just right for me.
BAD: Being that it's a for-profit, you are going to get some people that probably shouldn't have even graduated high school, but that's the same for many brick and mortar schools.
Group Projects. You will hear the excuse "death in family" or "child is ill" about 300 times before you're done. That's the one people use most. People pull the "I'll do as little as possible" move, but it's magnified in an online setting. The school/teacher does little about this problem.
OVERALL: Pretty much other than the group projects, I actually enjoyed the experince much more than I expected.
I am taking my last class at Walden before I get my degree. I have corresponded with people from all over the US and abroad. This has been a fabulous experience for me and I have learned so much new research and information that I have applied in my classroom immediately. There are some great instructors but when I found one I really clicked with, I continued to request her for the remainder of my program. This program truly help me to grow as a writer and I am seriously considering getting a Doctor of Ed degree as well. I am still researching costs and other universities. The online format worked very well for me. I highly recommend Walden!
I am (was)working on an EdD in Education. I recently ran into finacial hardships. I called Walden academic advising, told them I could not pay for the class, and was given the go ahead to drop the course and ask for leave. Now, they want me to pay for it. Until I cough up $4200+, I can not register for the next term (which equates to $8400+ for the two terms). They want proof advising said I could drop without paying. It was a phone call. There is no proof. A while back, Walden was great. But about a year and a half ago, they changed to where it's all about the dollar- screw the students. It's hard to get a live body on the phone. The classes do not prep you to write a dissertation under the Walden format guidelines (which way differs from other universities). Enroll any place else.
Walden promises all types of support from faculty and staff. Once they have your money, you get none of these! I went for three quarters and the Professors are rarely in the courserooms and they rarely reply to the discussions. Its as though all students are on their own in the classroom. Fights between students ensued while I was there due to the absense of any type of guidance from their professors. Do NOT waste your money on this school. Capella is the best online school and they do everything Walden does not!
I have to agree on the complaints on the administrative support of this school which is a total joke. I had to literally send repeated emails to the "admissions specialist" trying to get an idea of where my transfer credits stood and what class I can register for. 3 weeks of waiting and I wrote a scathing email demanding a response only to be written back with "contact your academic advisor". No responses to my questions, no apologies for taking weeks to respond. Yeah, they care about the money that they get out of you and that's about it. I have first hand experience of incompetence and rudeness from Walden's registrar's office. One advice to Walden: Hold your staff accountable to the same standards that you hold your students!!!!