Grand Canyon University Reviews - Doctoral in Psychology

2.71 out of 5 stars
(62 Reviews)
56% of 62 students said this degree improved their career prospects
44% of 62 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
PhD student at GCU - 11/28/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"I am a first year IO Psychology PhD student at GCU and have nothing positive to say about this program. At first, the conversion to non-profit lured me in as this should entail funding, however, thus far the only PhD students being funded, at least by income, are the current employees. In fact, half of my classes are filled with current employees at GCU, who constantly point out they receive 70% off tuition. Ive applied for TA positions, academic counselor positions, and adjunct positions with not so much as a call back, regardless of being admitted into the doctoral program. Furthermore, many of the doctoral students admitted are well over 50 years old or older and havent written an academic paper in decades. Shady. Many other doctoral students have complained to me that they are not graduating on time and being forced to pay thousands more in additional dissertation courses because of delays with their committees. It has become painfully obvious that unless you are a current employee at GCU, as a doctoral student, you will not be funded, will not be given opportunities to gain teaching experience, and will likely be laughed at by the larger academic community for buying into a scam school meant to max out your student loans in exchange for a worthless degree. The conversion to non-profit status does not guarantee anything, unfortunately, and GCU has almost zero commitment to academic outcomes for its doctoral graduates. Im actively applying elsewhere to escape. RUN."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Joe Bob - 11/27/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"This is by far the worse "college" that I have ever attended and I have credits from a host of different colleges. The doctoral courses were terrible. Most instructors provided little to no feedback and the school would do nothing when another student obviously cheated on several occasions. The doctoral programs are simply overwhelmed with too many students and professors who do not have time to provide any type of substantial feedback. You might as well pay yourself to watch several YouTube videos, read books, and complete essays. I certainly believe in not being "spoon feed" but this is absurd. Several doctoral students have had to completely re-do all or part of their dissertations at the final AQR review stage and this was after full committee and AQR (proposal stage) approval. What you and your committee plans, thinks, and does really does not matter once you reach the final review stage. This problem could be remedied by having ARQ input from the beginning. The expected quality is not the same. You will see some GCU dissertations that should have never been passed, while others are excellent. Some students do the bare minimum and are passed right through, whilst others needlessly work hard to no avail. Same as the doctoral courses, most chairs provide little feedback, the IRB is unorganized and often unprofessional, and some of the AQR reviewers are overworked, stressed out, and unprofessional in comments. Ask yourself. Will a GCU non education doctorate really mean anything? Be certain you will be able to find a better job or promotion at work before you start any doctoral program. Otherwise, the cost is not worth the extensive economic and physical costs. Why spend less time away from family when the level of support is just not there? I highly recommend taking the GRE over a thousand times if need be and attend an on-campus doctoral program at any D1 college. I once asked GCU if I would simply "sit in" as an observer to gain valuable experience and of course they said "No" and I was the best student. Go figure."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth D - 11/19/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"My experience thus far has fantastic. The professors have been attentive, interactive, and knowledgeable. Actually, my last professor earned her PhD from UC Berkeley and was a content expert in course material. I especially prefer the online format with focus on one class per eight weeks, consecutively. The idea of having my dissertation imbedded into each course from the beginning was the biggest draw, as several colleagues have shared horror stories regarding their lack of preparation for completing their dissertations on-time despite finishing all PhD courses as scheduled. Caveatthis program is a TON of work. Those looking for a degree mill had better apply elsewhere."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Doctoral Student - 9/25/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"An outstanding school. When I was searching for a doctoral program, GCU provided exactly what I was looking for in a format condusive to working adults. However, if you are expecting an easy "diploma mill" school, look somewhere else. Rigor, outstanding professors, beautiful campus, and support is top notch. Library services for research is amazing; advisors, all good quality. An attraction is also the amount support GCH gives to the community. GCU is located inner city Pheonix. A doctor program should push the learner to improve and be the best; not to give out all A's and graduate. Phd should entail a large amount of student responsibility; it is not a Master or Bachelor degree. If you want good QUALITY education; call GCU."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Crystal C - 7/19/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"Find a different program. While I'm about finished with my PhD, I've found the entire experience disheartening. Save yourself time and trouble by going somewhere else. You aren't going to finish in the time they tell you. Even if you are on track to be ahead of schedule, as I was, they go up to 5 weeks without allowing you to progress, but still charge you for tuition. I should have been finished the last 8 weeks, but misplaced paperwork cost me an extra $2,000. And that doesn't include all of the trouble it takes to get to your dissertation phase. An example, they have art therapy teachers teaching bio psychology without any actual bio psychology experience. They used the same books I taught my undergrad students out of. They had major assignments missing from the curriculum that no one noticed until the end of the journey. My best advice is just don't do it!"
4.9 out of 5 stars
Jc - 10/9/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Excellent professors. A challenging program. The program requires 20 hours per week and its on spot. I have not went through dissertation yet but I'm positive. Good online structure. Very good learning environment. Couple frustrations w different teaching methods but expected in learning environment"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Larson - 9/18/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"What a terrible experience, this place is by far the worst fraud currently being perpetrated on the American Students. Faculty are mean and uncaring across the board, and few are trained in the subjects they are actually teaching. Administration only care about keeping you enrolled in classes and paying tuition. At one point I was actually attacked verbally by my student services advisor Daryl Snow, in an email format. During the email he claimed I was an ignorant f!@#."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jeff K. - 8/10/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I applied for this doctorate program. They indicated that I needed 1 stats class. I took 4 stats courses. 2 were titled stats on my transcripts. Met all requirements, the advisor indicated that my stats couldn't be counted. I even took advanced stats. They waived acceptance letter in my face and then wanted me to pay for additional stats courses. Admissions counselor wanted me to locate stats course syllabus from 20 years ago to prove that stats was stats. No way, some scam. I know peers graduating but this program has changed. Of course in addition to 42k I was going to need to buy now remedial stats courses. I told them forget it and stopping here. The application process is inhumane and abusive. Earlier in life I would have been shattered. Stay away! Also, look at higher ups at university web site. Faculty like VP of student services does not list their contacts on web site. Faculty that are open to students at most institutions are not available to students here. Try to call and speak to some of them. Receptionist will say I cannot provide those in executive team their ext. And wont transfer you either. Now looking into other opportunities."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Jeff K. - 8/10/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I applied for this doctorate program. They indicated that I needed 1 stats class. I took 4 stats courses. 2 were titled stats on my transcripts. Met all requirements, the advisor indicated that my stats couldn't be counted. I even took advanced stats. They waived acceptance letter in my face and then wanted me to pay for additional stats courses. Admissions counselor wanted me to locate stats course syllabus from 20 years ago to prove that stats was stats. No way, some scam. I know peers graduating but this program has changed. Of course in addition to 42k I was going to need to buy now remedial stats courses. I told them forget it and stopping here. The application process is inhumane and abusive. Earlier in life I would have been shattered. Stay away! Also, look at higher ups at university web site. Faculty like VP of student services does not list their contacts on web site. Faculty that are open to students at most institutions are not available to students here. Try to call and speak to some of them. Receptionist will say I cannot provide those in executive team their ext. And wont transfer you either. Now looking into other opportunities."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Swede - 8/3/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"I attended Grand Canyon University, transcripts show that I have completed everything and gotten nearly straight A's, the administration has blocked my graduation despite the fact that I have completed the parameters of the program as outlined by the admissions paper work, again with newly perfect scores. Of course in hind sight I have found that NONE of the programs offered by the graduate school are respected or accepted in my state. I learned a great deal, despite the education they didn't deliver as offered, and am left with tons of debt."
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