Grand Canyon University Reviews of Master's in Psychology

  • 15 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $10,760
44% of 15 students said this degree improved their career prospects
33% of 15 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Master's in Psychology

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Trapped Student
  • Reviewed: 1/8/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I would not recommend this institution. I maintained a 4.0 throughout the entirety of my program and maintained an A throughout my research methods class. The course was online and the professor had a final exam in which she disclaimed that if the test had a glitch she would not reset it, which is an unfair policy with the current conditions of COVID. During the exam there was a glitch and the professor refused to reopen the test and let me complete it due to concerns with integrity of test. I asked for another question set or an alternative assignment and was ignored. I submitted an academic appeal and was denied. Do not attend this university if you value your education or GPA, or want to be treated fairly."
  • Reviewed: 11/5/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I originally selected GCU because it seemed that they had everything that I needed to be able to actually complete a master's degree while still having a very busy life outside of school. Tuition is cheap, classes are accessible completely online, I only had to take one class at a time, and they seemed to have a very welcoming environment. All of these things remain true, which is good. The only problem is that the program is designed and run so poorly that I am starting to feel like I have just wasted an enormous amount of time, effort, and money. I would seriously consider before deciding on this program from GCU. It's really difficult to overstate my disappointment and frustration with this school since I have yet to have a truly positive experience with anyone who works there. However, I will try to be mostly objective in this review as the purpose is to help you decide if this is the right program for you. I suppose it must be that this program will be a good fit for some people. The most important thing to know about this program is that there is absolutely no instruction of any kind. I only have two courses remaining, and all of my courses so far have had the same exact structure just with different assignments. Each class is eight weeks long and contains 1000 possible points that can be earned. Each week you must post one original comment to each of two discussion questions (DQs). You must also post responses to your classmates a minimum of three days in the week. This usually means responding to three different people, each on a different day of the week. The original posts are worth 5 points each and the weekly responses are worth a total of 20 points for each week for a total of 30 points per week just from discussion questions. This comes out to 240 points (30 * 8 = 240) just from discussions. And so far, my experience with DQs has been that they are basically just a pulse-check. I have never lost points on a post or a comment that I've made, and I have intentionally made some very poor comments just to test it. It appears that you get full points as long as you're present regardless of the quality of the post. So that's just under 25% of the course grade, which is basically free if you put in the time to do it. The rest of the points come from weekly assignments and sometimes a mid-term and final exam depending on the class. Typically (though there is at least one exception to this) there is one major assignment per week that is worth anywhere between 60 and 120 points. Some are group assignments, but most are just a standard research paper. They tend to be between 750–2000 words and require between 2–8 sources depending on their point value. They require some work, but they're really not much different from the standard paper that I was asked to write while in my bachelor's program. And that's pretty much it. Each course has a list of weekly assigned readings, but, honestly, I haven't even looked at any of them for my last couple of classes, and it hasn't seemed to matter all that much. In fact, I'm not really sure what their purpose is because they don't seem to relate to the course material at all. At first I thought I could use them as sources for some of my assignments, but I haven't found any so far that have enough relevance to be included, so you don't really need to waste your time reading them; conducting your own research is sufficient and more helpful anyway. It's also worth noting that I have yet to have a single class from a full-time, tenured or tenure-track faculty member. Every instructor has been at the adjunct level. Now I'm not saying that adjunct faculty cannot be great instructors, but it does strike me as odd that a student can go through nearly the entire program at the graduate level and not have even one full-time faculty instructor. It just kind of seems like the school doesn't even take this program very seriously, and that's really disappointing. One final thing I'd like to mention is the program's use of student services counselors. When I first started the program, I was really impressed that I had a counselor who would reach out on a pretty regular basis to check on my progress and to see if I had any questions or needed anything. However, the further along I got, the more I realized that my counselor really has no clue what is going on with the program. My counselor has never been able to give me any specific details about any of my courses, cannot see which instructor is scheduled to teach my next class even if it's less than a week away, has virtually no knowledge about online student success resources, and has consistently given false information regarding payment and other scheduling deadlines. I had hoped that this was due to just one poor employee, but I have now worked with multiple student services counselors and talked with two other classmates about theirs, and this appears to be a trend rather than an anomaly. I know I said I would try to be as objective as possible, so—to that end—I would like to also say something positive about GCU and the program I am in. Unfortunately, the best I can come up with is that it is cheap, easy, and accessible. As long as you're okay with all of your learning coming from reading research articles and being asked to participate in largely-meaningless weekly discussions, then this program will probably be fine for you. It's also great for people who are just looking to get a master's degree without any kind of challenge or academic rigor. As long as you have the time to put in to do the work, just about anybody can get a degree from this program. I would like to conclude by apologizing for not quite being able to keep all the bitterness from this post despite my promise to attempt to be objective. It's just really hard to try not to scream out that everyone should avoid this school when my experience so far has been so depressingly abysmal. Please take great caution when deciding whether to select this program or you will almost certainly be underwhelmed."
  • Reviewed: 11/6/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I enrolled in an online grad program with GCU. The first few days of class were treacherous to locate help. I dropped the classes in the first week. GCU staff explained I would not have any charges if I dropped the first week. A month later, I received a 900 bill for initiation fees which was placed on my credit. I really can't see how GCU purports Christian values when it's clear they arbitrarily charge whatever amount after a student has been enrolled. I asked multiple staff to apprise me (4 years ago) at what part of their documents expressed I owed an initiation fee, but no one provided this information. Thank God I'm receiving a master's degree with another university that offers much more academic excellence and integrity. I'm glad I had this adverse experience at the beginning since it prevented me from getting a degree at an opportunistic nest of iniquity."
  • Reviewed: 9/12/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"This school has been phenomenal. The faculty are highly skilled and very easy to talk to and work with, even online. I have learned a lot, the syllabus is set up to really help each student win and it takes only 8 - 10 hours a week to do the work. The thing that sets GCU ahead of the rest is that each student gets a graduation team of four counselors, tech support and a librarian who are there for you and actually respond quickly."
Alma A.
  • Reviewed: 5/28/2019
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I am slated to graduate this October, 2019 with a Masters in I/O Psychology. I have enjoyed the courses and have learned a lot. I like the flexibility of going into the classroom on your own time and most of my teachers have been very responsive to any questions I've asked and also to posting responses to student DQ answers. I have two complaints and one is that the DQ questions and assignments are written very poorly. They are difficult to understand, the spelling is atrocious as well as the punctuation and clarity are sub-par. If I'm working on graduate level work, I expect graduate level content. My second complaint is that my advisor isn't very responsive. Takes weeks for her to respond to questions either via email or phone. But in the long run, the school is good. I have found them relatively easy to work with and I can't wait to be done!! 1 class to go, plus my capstone!! WOOT WOOT!!"
  • Reviewed: 11/14/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I am extremely disappointed in GCU. At first when they are receiving payment from you they are extremely nice and helpful but once you are done they do not care at all about you. I now have a Masters degree I can not do much with because of "miscommunication"about the practicum in which they do not offer for my degree and was not informed this until after I was close to the end of my program. I also called to see when I would receive my diploma and was told I have to pay another $150 to receive it. For a degree I already paid for they want more money. For being a strong Christian College they definitely do not care about their students, all about the money!"
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2015
"My personal experience: First of all I was a hard-working student, I obtained a degree, I was patient, but had to learn the hard way! 1. Enrollment counselors: At most schools, they are very pleasant. However, I had the most amazing enrollment counselor ever. 2. Instructors: I had few that did not care about the students only the pay. In fact, one behaved as if I was bothering him and was irritated at any question I asked. Some have poor social skills and should not be teachers. They lacking open and sincere communication. 3. Student counselors: I had one who was caring and understanding but for the most part they had no concern for students, no social skills, not helpful. Most do not listen to the student needs or problems. They do not understand how important their job in the future of others. I was very disappointed with the last one. 4. The program is set up by someone other than the teacher and many of the teachers did not have a clue of what the program was about or how to convey the message so that students could develop the assignment because the teacher does not design the program, only teach it. I am not sure if the degree is recognized although you pay so much and get very little in return. 5. If you have any issues with grades, teachers, or counselors you are recommended to write so one but that individual never call you or provides you with a positive response. You feel as if you are an egg and they are the rock and no matter what your concern is, you lose. I liked the assignments and the discussion but I think the grading system was not right. The teachers grade you low if you disagree with any of the points If you complain you are placed on a blacklist. 6. Some of the books do not fit the 21st Century needs and should be upgraded or canceled and some were just copies of pages. 7. Students are not provided with all the information and class codes needed in advance and are penalized by the teachers for not knowing or having a special code, or the information was never in the syllabus but the teacher will fail you. On the course last day, instructors are nowhere to be found. If they made a mistake or forgot to grade a paper, you are likely not to receive help from the counselor. You have to submit and fill out documents but results are for the most not to your favor even if it was the teachers or student counselor mistake. This school is for profit!"
  • Reviewed: 1/24/2018
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"Graduate school is a time to independently learn and work with given guidance and support. This school enforces students to truly learn because a student is required to prove their understanding of topics. I like the student resources, and the free Microsoft and SPSS programs was helpful and friendly. It was easy to reach out to my advisor and counselor."
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2017
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"This university should be renamed university of jokes instead of Grand Canyon University I took to classes and seen the school was only interested in your money nothing more don't waist your time going to this university so sad it is not good for adults OMG"
  • Reviewed: 12/14/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I chose GCU because the admissions staff actually listen to what I had to say about my career and personal goals. I was looking for a Masters program that would support my schedule, finances and career. I also like the fact that it has been around since 1949, Division I and a beautiful campus."