Grand Canyon University Reviews - Psychology

2.75 out of 5 stars
(60 Reviews)
56% of 60 students said this degree improved their career prospects
45% of 60 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
M.B. - 2/4/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"I have been at Grand Canyon University for almost 7 years as a doctoral student. I was told the program was going to be 3 and half years. I’ve had 3 dissertation chairs and 4 methodologists. I started at Grand Canyon University in April of 2013. Since then I have been lied to and bullied into doing things I didn't feel comfortable doing. I have voiced my concerns regarding how long this program is design to be throughout this entire process, however I just keep getting strung along. It is clear that Grand Canyon University has adopted the predatory practice of targeting minorities like myself so as to profit from the government student loans that I received. I am currently having to pay for my 11th continuation class that cost $500 each out of my own pocket. I don't qualify as a full-time student anymore and I now have to pay my student loans back but I still don't have my degree to get employment. I have al ready finished writing all 5 chapter of the dissertation and I still keep getting strung along. This so called university is a complete scam. They should not be allowed to mislead students while making a profit. The dissertation chair persons are put in place to make sure students get so far into the program that by the time they realize what has happened it is too late. This institution has taken advantage of me. I have tried to resolve this matter with Grand Canyon University but their intent is to keep things in house and to keep me quiet. Grand Canyon university is refusing to give me my degree unless I continue to pay for more classes."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Lore - 2/3/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"How I wish that I did not have to write this but I am at the end of my rope. I began my doctorate program with high hopes but the subjectivity of the grading is ruining my GPA. On top of that, I have to beg me send repeated emails to get any answers from my councilor and several professors. Incredibly disappointed. I believe I will need to change schools."
3.0 out of 5 stars
W.T. - 1/22/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"The bottom line up front: The school is good, not prestigious. There is a difference. Yes, I would do it again. Is it adequate to get me into a stateside medical school... not sure yet. Having read through a series of angry reviews over GCU's on-line Psychology program, I thought I would take the time to offer my own point of view. In early 2018, with A.A.S. in hand, I came to GCU in an attempt to escape the money grab of repeated coursework. They accepted most of my credits and subsequently I was off to the races. I doubled up on courses throughout the whole program, which has brought me to the end of the road in roughly a year and five months. Throughout this time, I've had a myriad of experiences with instructors. Most were good, very few were questionable, and the rest were masters of their craft. None of them were arrogant, mean, or disrespectful. The student advisers were switched out frequently, but transitions were nearly seamless and administrative processes were fast/accurate. The coursework was practical for the most part. However, there were a few courses that could have been written in finger-paint over someone's lunch break and that is of no fault to the instructor. Mostly everything has a clearly written baseline in terms of acceptability. What is subjective is the interpretation of what is considered "substantive". Some instructors want references for everything. Others harp on word count. Some are just happy if a student can marginally grasp a concept. It is on the student to be able to flex to the instructor's style, not the other way around. There is one major downside to this program... the other students. While this is not the rule and there are many exceptions, the lack of effort on behalf of some students is appalling. When the requirement is to write six posts per question, per week, it means just that. When a student shows up at the eleventh hour on a group assignment while one or two people have done all the work, they've effectively stolen a grade. When a student cannot compose a sentence using proper structure and grammar, they have no business pursuing higher education. These actions devalue the concept of higher education. There are those that are there for a piece of paper (which they will inevitably receive), and there are those that are using GCU as a platform for a career. There really is no median or mean in this group dynamic. Ultimately, it all boils down to selection criteria by the institution and the cut-line is very low with GCU. With regard to the observations mentioned above, I will most likely graduate with a 3.98 GPA if I can continue my track record. The reason I mention this: I am not very intelligent. This means that anyone attempting this program that is willing to put in the work will not only pass, but separate themselves from the rest of the pack if the smallest iota of effort is put in. I will finalize with a few words of conventional wisdom... and you should: ask questions to your instructors. If they do not answer, you have tools available to route a complaint. The coursework is designed to pass, not fail. I say this with trepidation because as a Psychology student, you'll be subjected to the goodness of two statistics-based courses. Do not post if you intend to drop a class because you will be charged every time. Check out your instructors. You'll be shocked at what you can find out about them on Google. Hint: the bad ones have track records associated with their teaching methods. Use spellcheck. Have someone sanity check your papers because you will write hundreds of them. In ending, I wish you the best of luck on your endeavors with GCU should you choose to enroll."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Becca - 12/9/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Do not go to this school. It is one big money making scam. They do not care about their students, they will not help you when you need it, they will run you around in circles, lie to you, and charge you for everything they can think of. The instruction, if you can even call it instruction is horrible. Instructors do not teach, there are no lessons, no lectures, and no explanation of subject material. You teach yourself everything from the textbook. Instructors seem to not understand subject material and many are unable to answer questions about subject material or assignments. There is generally no feedback on assignments or papers. In the many classes i have taken at GCU, I can think of two classes with instructors that actually provided useful feedback. Tests are not worded well and the summary of what is on the tests is not accurate. The cost is exorbitantly high, and is a complete an total waste of money for the "education" you receive. I am very frustrated with every aspect of this school, and would encourage anyone thinking about GCU to reconsider and do your research on other schools."
2.0 out of 5 stars
Not any better than Argosy - 11/30/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2020
"It's interesting how Argosy shut down and this school that claims to be Christian but wastes your money. When your in the dissertation phase you drag through the prospectus. Most students do not get to the proposal until Dissertation II. Each chair is different I find none of them to be good based on other students experience. I am annoyed with the experience I had where the chair never really looks at your documents until day nine or ten. I do not understand the purpose of the prospectus course, proposal course, or residency if they are just going to make you start over on the research. The syllabus in proposal is a joke. LOL I was like you just drop the same ten points or prospectus once the ten points is approved. I wish I could pick my chair, methodologist, not just my content expert."
1.0 out of 5 stars
MP - 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."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Rose - 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."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Ball Marit aoho - 8/8/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"This University does not care about the success of the students. They are only interested in using students to collect student's loan, land you into huge debt and do not care about your graduation. Please do not waste your money and your time, there are great universities where you will be successful, not this university."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Dan - 7/17/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2021
"Please search for another university. I have been in this program for nearly 7 years and am going nowhere. I went to my first residency with an approved (by my chair and methodologist) 10 strategic points and prospectus. I was ready to start my Chapter 2. However, (with hostility) I was told to trash my approved work and start over. I spent the entire week of residency changing what I had worked on for the past year. Once I returned from residency, I had a difficult time making the new direction work. Eventually my team told me to undo what residency made me do and go back to my original work; this was 6 months of going back and forth. So things were back on track and a year later, I make it AQR with an approved proposal that was reviewed by my chair, methodologist, and content expert. However, I was told by AQR to change my design and my research was getting dated (must be within 5 years). Correcting my dissertation his took a considerable amount of time because one change impacts other areas. I am now waiting for the results, but have lost faith in the institution. I am constantly complemented on my work but don't feel as if I have an advocate that really wants me to graduate. There is minimum collaborating as I was often left to figure things out on my own. Another reviewer pointed out the wait time and they are correct. They take 2 weeks to review your document which gives about 6 days for the student to address concerns and resubmit. Another point, during our core studies we do not write any parts of the dissertation which forces you to take the continuation courses at the end of the program which cost $500 per class. I would like to know the graduation rate for PHD students. I have met several GCU students along this journey and no one has graduated. We have all been in the program over 4.5 years. I honestly I think they will continue to misguide me and will not allow me to reach my goals of graduating until they reach $100, 000. Find better, you deserve it!"
2.3 out of 5 stars
SKH - 6/2/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"GCU tells prospective students that it takes about 3.5 years to complete the degree. No. The coursework takes 3 years, and you can't double up on classes even if you are not employed. The dissertation takes anywhere from 1 to 7 years. The Ph.D. program at GCU did not prepare us for the dissertation process well. The online courses were transformative and did help with reading research and writing skills. However, the quantitative and qualitative courses did not cover dissertation topics beyond the literature review and how to use SPSS. You do not get to select or change your committee chair, who is the be-all/end-all of the dissertation process. The rubrics, milestone guides, and templates are not aligned, but that almost doesn't matter because each chair interprets the prospectus and proposal based on their own interpretations. I am an honor student (even with GCU), and this was the worst school experience I have ever had. If you are considering a Ph.D. be sure it is what you need for your career. If I had known ahead of time that intense frustration in dealing with incompetent or nonresponsive teachers and the impossible dissertation process, I would never have pursued this degree. I did not graduate from GCU, but transferred to another school. I am covering important research skills that were skimmed over at GCU. I might actually finally graduate!"
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