Argosy University Online Reviews - Master's in Forensic Psychology
Review of Forensic Psychology Masters Degrees
I applied to this school in 2014 and was immediately accepted which should have already been a red flag. I was interested in pursuing my MFT but after discussing my career path, was told that the master in forensic psychology was the same thing but it would be better because of the forensic aspect. After the first two classes in the program I discovered that this path does NOT LEAD TO BEING LICENSED (which I was told it would and I would be able to practice). WRONG. but instead I stuck it out, being optimistic. WORST DECISION. Lets not even speak about financial aid, or the people who are your so called academic advisors. This school just wants your money. They do not care about you as a student, the education quality was poor, and it was a waste of my time. I DO NOT RECOMMEND THIS CAMPUS IN PARTICULAR TO ANYONE. I am now at the orange county campus and it is much different. I suggest you try there.
I am currently seeking a MA from Argosy University. I am in the Forensic Psychology program with a focus on Homeland Security. I absolutely love this school, the pace, and the format. It is easy to keep up with assignments and due dates. All of my professors are easily accessible and usually respond to questions within 12-24 hours. My academic and finance counselors are truly amazing and just a quick email or phone call away! They are truly invested in my success. I have recommended this school and program to many others.
I had a great experience with the admissions rep. Once I started the program, I noticed that there was little interaction with the instructors when it came to class discussions. There was lesson material posted and course books; however, to the extent of being educated, the students are basically educating themselves. When sending emails offline to the instructor, I did not receive a response. When contacting my academic adviser, I received no response until I said I was withdrawing from the program. The last straw was a course where a great deal of time was spent in responding to posts and the instructor gave a 0 as a grade stating the responses were not in the format expected. Well the instructions stated that the instructor would provide names of two classmates to critique and that was not done either. The instructor basically set the entire class up to fail as he did not provide any feedback throughout the week and no one had this format that HE expected. Finally, I submitted my withdrawal forms six days prior and I get a call from my academic adviser reminding me that I have not been in attendance for the past week and when I reminded her who I was and my withdrawal form was submitted; she said she would look and process the form. I would not recommend this online program or academic adviser staff to future students. I completed my Bachelor's online; thus, it is not my first time in dealing with an online program.
I now have a degree, have over $40,000 in loans, and no job. Once you leave the school forget trying to reach anyone to have any questions answered. I wish I never went to this school especially for an online degree. Most people I talk to that went to an online institution receive a 4.0 so how is that competitive or demonstrative of the material learned? Plus, I cannot find assistance from the so called excellent career building services.
Don't waste your time or money here . I just graduated in April, and this school is a joke. The staff is unreachable all the time. It is impossible to reach anyone or get any straight answers from anyone ever. My financial aid advisor never returned my calls and I ended up screwed bc my aid was revoked and I had to reapply half way through because I was never notified. Furthermore, as much as I want to be proud of my degree I feel like it was not challenging. Not even a little bit. And speaking of degrees, no one seems to be able to tell me where mine is and when it will be coming in and it has been 11 weeks since I "graduated". Do yourself a favor and go somewhere else.
I do agree with most that Argosy is very expensive. I wish I had researched other more economical options. This is where my unhappiness ends. I started Argosy in 2008. In late 2009 I married and my husband and I relocated. School was put aside for a while. When I decided to return to school I was able to resume my degree but because of a lack luster undergraduate GPA (I had a good GPA for the 1/2 of the degree I had already completed) I had to take an academic writing course. I was a bit put out by this lengthy course which doubled my work, but in the end found it to be very helpful. I had one of my favorite professors in this course. I got a call once a month from my AA and FA. This was a bit much and I assume a computer generated their call lists to check up on my status and see if I had any questions. So, those that have written about no contact I think Argosy heard you and are making changes. I admit that when I left Argosy the first time I did get a lot of calls, At one time I asked not to be contacted by phone at all because they were wanting me to restart my journey. But, they are required by law not to call if you ask them not to and when I did they honored that even noting that I now wanted calls when I contacted them to complete this degree. My academic advisor has been great. I think Jennifer is my third or fourth since beginning school but by far the best. She has been helpful, prompt, encouraging, and even soothing when the work load got to be too much with my own personal dynamics and life. My financial aid guy has called regularly. He is always nice, but other than telling me that he got my loan money and discussing my progress in the course I have had no need to reach out to him. I am still waiting for him to call and tell me I won a scholarship (HINT). For those of you who have problems with your professors I admit that I had one or two that were strange or even inappropriate in their comments at times. I shared this concern in the course survey and hopefully this was pointed out to them. Overall I have had GREAT teachers. They were usually prompt in responding and very helpful. They encouraged critical thinking and discussion. I admit that I was a bit leery of not being face to face with classmates and professor but found that I was able to censor myself and my writing before submitting. I have had some GREAT classmates. I am not good with names, but recognize a few of the same people in some of my classes. Online learning is not for everyone. I do not think it should be used as the primary school for undergraduate degrees. I think that you need some self discipline, motivation, and encouragement to stay on task with the demands of these courses. If you are the type that flies by the seat of your pants a 5 week program is not for you. As for those who are upset about losing money if you drop a course this happens in all upper level education situations. This is not unique to Argosy and should not be held against them. Again, Argosy has been a great option for me in pursing a master's degree. I would not recommend this type of learning to everyone.
This school is nothing more than a money grubbing farce. My education has been a joke. Even my admission process, which was minimal was in my eyes inadequate, took essentially two hours. I went in for information about their programs and left a student. It was easier than buying a car. The admissions staff wear headsets like they are telemarketers ready with rebuttals. Although I thought this odd, I admit it was nice to not have to jump through any hoops. I was suppose to write an essay so the admissions staff sat with me at a computer and told me what to write. I was suppose to have a formal interview but instead I just ended up on the phone talking with someone who was cooking at the same time. My professor who is also the head of the department has no experience or knowledge base of the program. It is a Forensics Program and he has a doctorate in business admin.Throughout my classes, of which he has essentially taught all, he has given little to no real feed back. The syllabus for the courses have almost always been cut and pasted with incorrect dates and information. Rarely has our assignment grades been posted in a timely manner if at all. Often, I have no idea how I've been doing in the class until I have my final grade posted. From the very beginning of the program, my degree process has been mixed. They have changed my courses required, the length of the courses, the degree paths that one can focus on, the requirements to graduate and eventually implemented a comprehensive exam to complete at the end which I feel minimally prepared for. I am currently in my seminar and will be graduated in April. I have wasted and exorbitant amount of money on a degree program that I was led to believe would lead to me being licensed. Which it will not.
My undergrad experience at Ashford was so wonderful, and then I arrived at Argosy. What a great big disappointment. The worst part about Argosy is the professors. They are all so obviously there to collect a part time job paycheck. They aren't friendly, helpful, or mentoring. One even sent out the entire class a bizarre rambling email that mentioned he was high on painkillers. LOL. Then, there are all the Argosy polices. Policies on top of policies. The one I found the most disgusting? That even if you're in the hospital they still charge you for the course you had to drop. There is no refund unless you file an appeal and that rate of success? Dismal. The school sucks. I won't be working on my doctorate there.
This school took money from my VA benefits and refuses to apply them to my account even with proof they were paid! The instructors are unprofessional; they will insult and harass you. If you ask them for help be prepared to be docked on points on ALL of your assignments! I graduated my last 2 schools with honors and know how much work and applying yourself goes into good grades.
If you report the instructors, you get laughed at. And forget about trying to withdraw because they wont let you. I am on 9 weeks of waiting to get a phone call back! I was told in writing that the online EdD program WAS APA accredited due to the fact that the residency can be done at an APA accredited school. I was also pushed through enrollment with the "we will call you back on that" to never get a call back. Now my student loans need to be signed for and they refuse to allow me to withdraw from school and are trying to get students loans without my signature or approval!!
I wish I found this before experiencing such a nightmare. I have worked with several advisors and their managers and the response is always the same - leave weeks of voicemails and their little people will say "they will call you back, I am sending them an email". They will NEVER call you back unless they are getting money out of it! I am totally disgusted with this school! I have been trying to figure out how to report them since I requested to withdraw BEFORE this term started and they went so far as to have the instructor call to let me know my assignmnet is late! To which I had to explain that I requested to withdraw and they enrolled me regardless in class because they wont return any of my messages.
They last 3 times I spoke with somebody I got "disconnected" in the process of "getting things handled". If anybody has any advice on how I can get out of this school, stop them from taking student loans out, and I have written proof of requesting to withdraw BEFORE this term but they are charging me for the ENTIRE year up front with NO refund as they have said... please let me know?!?!?!