Grand Canyon University Reviews of in Psychology

  • 60 Reviews
  • Phoenix (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,050
53% of 60 students said this degree improved their career prospects
42% of 60 students said they would recommend this program to others
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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."
Joe P
  • Reviewed: 11/18/2020
  • Degree: Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I think I am the “guy” another reviewer mentions who was stuck in AQR for 2 years. Well, I finally graduated after 7 years. I made the mistake of completing a dissertation with a more rigorous design. I had to re-write Chapter 4 three times although my statistical results and assumption checks were correct each time. My dissertation was over 500 pages. I constantly edited, added, moved, and deleted several sections. The school IRB was horrible. Unnecessary red tape. I had one chair who would sit on my work for 19 business days. It took an act of Congress to remove him."
  • 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: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • Reviewed: 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."
Not any better than Argosy
  • Reviewed: 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."
  • 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."