Grand Canyon University Reviews - Master's in MBA
Review of MBA Masters Degrees
So far this program has been great for me. The pace of the online MBA program is manageable and the course content appropriate. Group projects are a little challenging for the online classes, but can still be successful. My professors have been very responsive and take the time to provide specific feedback regarding my assignments and posts. In cannot speak for the students having trouble with financial aid and loans as I am not using those services. However, my student services councilor has been responsive to me when I have questions or need help.
This review is regarding the Colangelo College of Business MBA program as of 2017. I attended both the ASU and UA MBA programs, but had to transfer for different reasons. After taking a break, I decided to attend the GCU MBA program and it was the cheapest. The fact is that no MBA program in Arizona is competitive, especially the ones claiming to be (I'm talking to you ASU). The W.P. Carey MBA from ASU is currently the most expensive and the most over-rated; many of the other students in my cohort there had GPAs between 2.2 - 2.9 undergraduate GPAs, and were arts majors. The Eller MBA is not much better only by default because it's cheaper. The GCU MBA is the cheapest, with the lowest student to professor ratio. If you're dead-set on getting your MBA in Arizona, then the best return for your money and time is going to be GCU. The single greatest factor holding back GCU is that it's the lowest paying university in Arizona; meaning that the professors are probably in retirement or get something else from working there. I can't speak for the other colleges at GCU, but the Collangelo College of Business is a solid business school and frankly a much better name-sake than the others in Arizona (Collangelo spent many years in Phoenix managing the Phoenix Suns and the Diamondbacks). W.P. Carey was a real-estate tycoon from New York who never did anything in Arizona and Eller was a convenience store tycoon who many give credit for bankrupting the entire Circle K franchise single-handedly. The Collangelo MBA program provided me with a well-informed MBA education because unlike the other business schools in Arizona, the classes at Collangelo were small and engaging. A business school that claims to be something it is not, is not a business school; it's a scam. Therefore, a great MBA program gives you a high return on your investment, doesn't defraud you with inflated numbers and empty promises, and for Arizona, that's the Collangelo MBA. If you're still on the fence, look up the price and rank for an MBA from Washington State University. Shocker.
The MBA program is excellent. After being accepted to the MBA programs at ASU, UA, and GCU I chose to go to GCU because it was cheapest and probably the best quality of the three. ASUs' W.P. Carey MBA is way overpriced (55k) for its low ranking (57th according to US News and 47th to Forbes, 2016) and UAs' Eller MBA is 52k and is ranked in the mid-sixties by several major business journals. GCUs' Collangelo MBA is accredited, costs 30k, and offers emphasis. I've seen all three programs and unless you're desperate to visit another country during your program (Which ASU and UA will charge plenty extra for) they all offer the same quality for a typical MBA program. Both UA and ASU MBA programs use the same group exercises for example (the Climbing Mount Everest game), and GCUs' MBA program uses the same textbooks as ASUs'. If you're determined to get your MBA in Arizona, be smart and choose the MBA program that will be the most cost effective to save your money. After all, that's what you're paying for an MBA program to teach you.
The overall experience with GCU was a positive one. I'd say 9 out of 10 of my teachers were all great, you get a "meh" one here or there. Only had one that I couldn't stand and was super rude. My original counselor was AWESOME but he went to work somewhere else so I spent the last 6 months of my program dealing with a new counselor who I had no relationship with at all..... it was a bummer. The courses were challenging but manageable. The final two courses of the program were super time consuming! I did not like that we graduated (i.e. walked) in March but weren't done with classes until June!! So the last few months dragged pretty bad. I definitely am glad I went to GCU to get my Masters, no regrets and I'd do it again.
This school while great on the outside is far behind on quality education. Everyone is getting a cookie-cutter curriculum written program that doesn't allow for professors of knowledge to use there real-world experience. I gained hardly anything that I hadn't already learnt in my undergraduate program. Grad school (atleast at GCU) was a complete let down, I thought I was going to get real-world experience, but more times that not I was being taught by people my own age who had barely graduated from the program themselves. I believe it would be accurate to say I only had one professor that was an actual tenured PhD. GCU refuses to take action instead they put bandages on all their problems and it made for a horrific learning curve. I feel as if my cohort was the guinea pig for testing new ways of running the program and half the time there wasn't even an existing rule for a question that would come up. I voiced my concerns, but it fell on deaf ears, I was even told that's what you get with a non-research school. I wish them the best and hope for success, because otherwise they are growing way too fast and doesn't look like they know how to handle it. My degree is a $30,000 sheet of paper and now I am stuck with a loan that I will probably never be able to finish paying. This might seem like a poor review and while it is, it isn't a bitter, angry one. I really do hope they get better.