Grand Canyon University Reviews - Master's in Counseling

3.06 out of 5 stars
(27 Reviews)
47% of 27 students said this degree improved their career prospects
59% of 27 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Carol Ryan - 11/8/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2012
"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!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
Erika - 8/14/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
"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."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Mal88 - 2/24/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Aaron J. Larson - 2/10/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Danita - 1/11/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
"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%."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Dee - 7/20/2015
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Araya - 7/19/2015
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
"I don't agree with some comments that because the school is a for profit that they go easy on the students. This has not been my experience at all. My program is just as rigorous as a traditional institution. The instructors are extremely knowledgeable and attentive. I have attended the traditional university and I find online to be just as difficult because of the structure. However it is worth it. So far I have the same student advisor I started with last March 2014. I have two classes left before I begin practicum at which the school is assisting. I highly recommend GCU."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Sarah - 7/7/2015
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
"You can skate through classes putting in little work just like an on campus university, but if you want to there are plenty of opportunities to do well. Do the all the readings and independent research and you will be more knowledge than students in traditional programs. It's great if you have "a life" outside of school. There are weekly posts and papers. Some students do a very minimum post (5 sentences almost word for word from the book) but most do longer posts incorporating additional research and real life experience. My suggestion is to develop a good rapport with other students and the professors. You can publish papers and do research with them which will provide job opportunities. Sometimes it is difficult to get a hold of your adviser but it was like that at my undergraduate traditional university as well."
4.7 out of 5 stars
ktondre - 6/15/2015
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
"I have LOVED GCU. My advisers are always helpful and available. I have had the same student services adviser and enrollment counselor throughout my entire program. Ask for S. L. if you want an incredible counselor. The classes have been awesome. They require a ton of research and writing; don't attend here if if this is not what you prefer. If you're looking to study a textbook and regurgitate information in a test, this is not for you. I have had a couple sub-par instructors/professors. More than half of my instructors are PhDs, and many who weren't were about to complete their PhDs. There were a few instructors who were not fully engaged and seemed to care little about their students, but overall, that has not been my experience. The other part students entering this program should know is that they do NOT hold your hand through the practicum process. It is up to the student to find a practicum/internship site and supervisor. This may require finding multiple sites to complete your hours. It is not easy in some areas to find people willing to do this. Other than that, I highly recommend this program and this school."
2.5 out of 5 stars
Maggie - 6/7/2015
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017
"I wish I read reviews prior to enrolling. There have been problems in every area. First I was told I couldn't enroll because there was a hold from a student loan and I needed a release from them. After contacting all loan holders, it was determined there was no hold. GCU however insisted I needed a release. The loan holder won't give a release because there is nothing to release. A couple months later, everything is straightened out and I am enrolled. As a student who has done two bachelors and several masters classes at other colleges online, my first impression is that there classroom has an extremely bad layout. Very unorganized. I have managed to function in the classroom though, when it works. I am a busy person and set aside time to do homework when I have the time to do it, usually on the day it is due. So far, almost every week, the classroom and/or library goes down. Often in the middle of writing a paper. There is no way to tell when it will start working again, so I either keep checking in, or go to bed and work on it the next day. By the time it is submitted, it is late and I am deducted 10% per day for being late. I am a mostly "A" student and I just got a 50% on a paper mostly because it was a few days late. Classroom crashed, library crashed, I had other obligations,... I am thinking on bailing out of this school, but can't afford to lose the credits I do have in this program and it is almost impossible to transfer credits in a Masters program."
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