Grand Canyon University Reviews - Master's in Counseling
Review of Counseling Masters Degrees
My experience was mediocre. I can say that my experience was not bad but I did encounter to much turn around. This school uses Christianity to sell a product,your money. Keep in mind for people pursuing a grad degree in counseling. It would be better to choose a school that is CACREP. Unfortunately this school is not. Personally I should had did the social work program at another school
I read the poor ratings before signing up for classes. I figured that the students who wrote poor comments were most likely poor students and that I would surpass those students because I did very well in my bachelor degree programs and career. I was so wrong and have a huge student loan to prove it! I never had the same counselor or instructor for very long. Many did not make it through the semester. Students without jobs, careers, or ambition tend to perform best. They were able to sign into the computer every morning making meaningless, uneducated comments for "points". Other students are supposed to comment on their ignorant posts. The whole progam is a joke. It is established for attendance, not content. There graduation rate seems to be very low for a reason. I wonder if there is a noted graduation rate for their online campus only? I am sure that it is very low. None of my friends graduated from their masters program either. They have great marketers for their online program, but that is all!
Very poorly run! Very disorganized. Definitely don't care about the students. They will change guidelines in the middle of the program making it next to impossible to finish the degree! Not worth the time or money! Most professor just give a grade without any explanation or even reviewing the work. I have had five different advisors in two years.
These people showed up marketing at my job. Never heard of them. Not one person completed the program. Once the advisor gets you on board, you are on your own. They don't care about the quality of your work, only quantity. Don't waste your $!! Graduation rate is very poor for this financially failing college.
This program and school are top-notch! Everything they said they would do, they did. I have no complaints with Grand Canyon and have recommended them to many, including family, friends, and colleagues. I learned an incredible amount in this program. I have been working in the field for 3 years now and find that I am as qualified as the rest of my counterparts that attended a brick and mortar school in person. I am very thankful for my education at GCU. Excellent program! Excellent university! Staff members (from financial aid to enrollment to professors) truly care about the student and their career goals. Thank you, GCU!
Most of the staff that I have contacted at GCU have been helpful & friendly; however, the student services advisor that I was assigned to has been somewhat rude and not very knowledgeable. I asked about completing my online degree in another state and the advisor replied I could not. I further investigated and found out I could. The advisor also mentioned that my learning and degree are meant for the state that I live in. I have big plans after I receive my degree and they do not involve working in the state I live in or for that matter in the United States. I do not feel that this counselor is motivating or encouraging and is just doing their job unlike other GCU staff that I have spoken with.
I absolutely dislike this school. I could never get in touch with my financial advisor even though I would schedule an appointment. Their advisors are not knowledgeable about their own programs and they charge for classes that I have not taken! Beware of this school.
I have been in the field of Addiction Counseling for a few years. I am still working full time so I needed to find a University to accommodate flexibility. I looked at a number of online schools and settled with GCU. I am also a Christian so GCU appealed to me due to their Christian affiliation, and that is my biggest complaint with GCU and why I am giving them a 3 star rating instead of 5 star. Although the M.S. program I am taking is considered secular, GCU DOES NOT integrate Christian principles or scripture into their curriculum, instruction, or classroom discussions so beware of this. I was lead to believe that they did and they do not. The university I attended for my B.S. degree did a beautiful job at Christian integration so it is entirely possible to do this and make it rewarding even with a secular program degree. As I said, that is my BIGGEST complaint with GCU. Now, having said that, the instruction with GCU is fairly solid. The professors are good. The instruction is good and challenging. They expect graduate level writing which I am pleased with. All writing, even class discussions, must be written in APA and done so with the expectation of having minimal errors. I actually like that way. Online instruction is not for everyone. You must be disciplined, organized, and a self-motivator. If you can't be those things or struggle with self-accountability, online is not for you and you should attend GCU or other university in a traditional manner. I think GCU is a good university. I've read some of the negative reviews, and honestly, I don't understand them. Other than what I wrote regarding Christian integration, I have NOT found GCU to be unethical or unprofessional in the least. The professors are helpful, knowledgeable, and want their students to succeed. The advisors are equally helpful. It seems to me that financially speaking, GCU is competitive. In other words, I didn't find GCU more expensive than other universities, and it certainly wasn't my experience that GCU tried to "screw me over with hidden fees". Bottom line is that my educational experience has been good with GCU other than the aforementioned lack of Christian integrational education. I would still recommend GCU to others. I hope that what I have written is helpful to others!
Grand Canyon University has an excellent graduate program. The professor's were helpful and understanding, with the exception of one professor but the school because of my GPA stepped and helped me out tremendously. I would recommend GCU without hesitation 100%.
I did the online program but I did want to choose a brick and mortar school. I can truly say it has been a great experience, I have learned a lot, great professors willing to assist you. I highly recommend GCU which has given me the opportunity to find excellent employment.