Grand Canyon University Reviews - Master's in Psychology
Review of Psychology Masters Degrees
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!
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.
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
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.
Overall the school is good. I have had many great professors and one that was so rigorous that I wanted to quit, but I stuck it out and received an A- in the class. My only problem with this school is the SSA (Financial Aid). I was offered an Alumni Scholarship that would cover the 95.00 fees for each class and this is my 4th class and the scholarship still has not been applied to my account, despite speaking to my SSA several times. Initially they said they never received the form for the scholarship, but once they found it I was assured that it would be applied to my account. My Student loans have posted, but not the scholarship. My SSA keep telling me she sent a ticket for the issue to be resolved and still two weeks later nothing. They ask you to complete the EOCS and my SSA stated if I have a problem please let her know before I give a bad view on the survey. She never returns emails and you have to call constantly. I love the professors of the school, but they need more SSA's to help with the workload, because it seems that they have too many students to follow up with and not enough advisors.
This is my first experience with online education, but not my first experience as a college student. I already have BS and MA degrees but have never taken online courses before. I am two classes in to the MS in IO Psychology program at GCU, taking classes online, and my opinion of the program so far is that it is not very rigorous. The online posting and collaboration in the online forum requirements are a joke and add very little value to my personal enrichment and learning, There are no actual lectures from professors, just some light reading assignments, and a few written assignments. No exams whatsoever. Utterly bizarre. Of course it does make sense that a for-profit institution would want to be graceful and gentle on the grading, so as not to chase away the students, aka their revenue stream.
Every advisors were friendly during the enrollment. First class was great. The second class was given by Dr. G.. Dr. G. never reply on time, he is not able to help the student to improve a grade and the individual assignment it is vague. His expectation is too high but the instruction in regard the assignment do not clarify what he really want in the individual assignment. Many students are having the same issue with this teacher. The adviser promise to help with the material by providing guidance and feedback but do not call you back until few days after giving back the assignment. When you want to withdraw or change to another teacher class, she just explain that the amount of money paid it was for that class and you will lose the money. Informing of an transfer of school is worse, since the only reaction it is that the money would be needed to be pay out of my pocket. Crazy.... Think hard before attending GCU and explore others school.
My financial advisor never was around, she filed the paper work wrong so I did not get my loan, now the school will not give me my diploma or transcript until I pay them over 954 dollars for their mistake.
No, I was told that I would not need a GRE and that My degree would be good anywhere. Not so, I can not get my doctorate in psychology the degree is not any good.
Don't Attend Grand Canyon University.
Financially appealing. No requirements to get in. No out of state tuition.
They issue you a graduation team (of students I think). They call you every week it seems, but have no idea of what your progress is. My team swapped 4 or 5 + times in 3 segments.
The academics are a bit of a joke online. Responses/grades/notes are copy pasted on your work. When I figured it out, I literally put "This won't even be read, so I made this project up", in the middle of a paragraph between to conflicting points, and it went unnoticed. I then repeated it in the following paragraph. I got a middle of the road A, with the same copy pasted critique from the 2 prior projects.
Academic assistance is a bit of a dupe as well. When I actually needed help, I got a no replies to communication attempts. When I finally did, the instructor was overwhelmed, and wasn't able to help. She was a part time instructor for online courses, and it was a supplemental job for her. Turns out I had an undiagnosed learning disability. So I was getting easy A's, and had no idea there was an issue until it was too late. Then at the first sign of trouble, the graduation team vanishes. No one contacts you back. Then the billing department starts calling.
University's reporting system is flawed. I ended up losing 200 points on my credit score because the registrar's office got behind in reporting, and I kept getting dinged for late payments while supposed to be in deferment. When I attempted to later contest the flawed reports, I got the run around. I ended up having to wait it out and rebuild my score. I will emphasize that this was while attending class, receiving grades, and in the middle of a segment. Not while out of school.
Online: You have to prove attendance by answering questions, and posting online. You then have to reply to other's (quantity depending) posts. At no point did a single instructor mediate the posts when they got off topic or incorrect. It is a religious school, but you would think that when discussing something like psychology, genetics, etc... "God made them that way" would never be an actual answer. Another example is quoting your pastor as a source.
It is what it is. There are people who will fool themselves into thinking it is a great institution, because it is easy and unchallanging.
I hope this helps someone. Don't be fooled by the potential morality of the school. It is a business, and they just want the money. They fool a great deal of people. School doesn't have to be hard to be effective, but interaction with instructors is a must. You have to have the opportunity to try, then get real feedback to progress. This is not the place for learning. It is a great place to pay for a degree. Hopefully your employer doesn't research the school.