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Grand Canyon's online Master's program was the perfect program for me. It allowed me to obtain my degree while working full-time in my current job. The degree allowed me to advance within my company and as a professional in the community. The work required me to apply my education in real life situations through observations, teaching opportunities with partner schools, and through submission of a multitude of work. Great teachers that worked with you, especially in those times when a student didn't "show up" for their part in a group project. I actually have made a lifelong friend through my program as well. We still to this day communicate to share curriculum and the most recent developments in special education. I recommend the online school for anyone who needs flexibility in their educational goals.
This is by far the worse "college" that I have ever attended and I have credits from a host of different colleges. The doctoral courses were terrible. Most instructors provided little to no feedback and the school would do nothing when another student obviously cheated on several occasions. The doctoral programs are simply overwhelmed with too many students and professors who do not have time to provide any type of substantial feedback. You might as well pay yourself to watch several YouTube videos, read books, and complete essays. I certainly believe in not being "spoon feed" but this is absurd. Several doctoral students have had to completely re-do all or part of their dissertations at the final AQR review stage and this was after full committee and AQR (proposal stage) approval. What you and your committee plans, thinks, and does really does not matter once you reach the final review stage. This problem could be remedied by having ARQ input from the beginning. The expected quality is not the same. You will see some GCU dissertations that should have never been passed, while others are excellent. Some students do the bare minimum and are passed right through, whilst others needlessly work hard to no avail. Same as the doctoral courses, most chairs provide little feedback, the IRB is unorganized and often unprofessional, and some of the AQR reviewers are overworked, stressed out, and unprofessional in comments. Ask yourself. Will a GCU non education doctorate really mean anything? Be certain you will be able to find a better job or promotion at work before you start any doctoral program. Otherwise, the cost is not worth the extensive economic and physical costs. Why spend less time away from family when the level of support is just not there? I highly recommend taking the GRE over a thousand times if need be and attend an on-campus doctoral program at any D1 college. I once asked GCU if I would simply "sit in" as an observer to gain valuable experience and of course they said "No" and I was the best student. Go figure.
Entered the Masters of Public Health program. As with every other review - the beginning exchange was really positive. They were basically cheerleaders talking to you about how great this is and that is and how wonderful of a student and experience you are going to have. Through the admitting process you have an "admissions counselor" who says "If you need ANYTHING or have ANY problems you contact me first. Then you have a "program counselor" that tells you the same thing. Once admitted, the first course is basically a $1200 Comp I review. APA this and APA that. I was in the honors Comp I & II classes at my undergrad and they picked apart my papers that we were writing to no end. However, Moving to my second "class" - I received new that my uncle was dying and I drove to Chicago (8 hours away) to see him before he passed. I emailed all of my "counselors" and instructors to let them know what was going on. I missed a little over a week of classes and therefore wasn't going to make the "A" in the course that they wanted me to have. I tried to expain to everybody involved why I missed the classes and that I was sitting in a hospital watching my uncle die - I wasn't in the Bahamas saying the hell with my homework. I was dismissed from the program. Would I recommend? H*** no. Run away and fast. Find a different program.
My experience thus far has fantastic. The professors have been attentive, interactive, and knowledgeable. Actually, my last professor earned her PhD from UC Berkeley and was a content expert in course material. I especially prefer the online format with focus on one class per eight weeks, consecutively. The idea of having my dissertation imbedded into each course from the beginning was the biggest draw, as several colleagues have shared horror stories regarding their lack of preparation for completing their dissertations on-time despite finishing all PhD courses as scheduled. Caveatthis program is a TON of work. Those looking for a degree mill had better apply elsewhere.
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!
I atttended GCU in 2016, directly after I received my ADN from a city college. It was a totally different experience to me because for one; I had never done online classes. Also, I knew it would take alot of discipline to be able to obtain this degree. I started looking and the recruiter was very helpful to me. After I reached out for information she stayed in contact. I had let her know I would not be able to start until I received my official license. The day my license posted the recruiter called me again and asked if I was ready to start. I was very enthused by this because to me; it showed interest and concern. I ended up starting the same month I received my license. At first it was hard, and difficult. I was able to call my counselor hash out different things and for the most part my teachers were very understanding. The only part I regret is that I took all my classes one at at time. Seeing as though when my friends heard about the program, they immediately enrolled and doubled up on their classes. Either way I graduated with honors and I am ready to start over again with my MASTERS. This time I will double up LOL.
DO NOT choose this school!!! Started my first class and got half way through when Hurricane Florence hit. I contacted my instructor, enrollment counselor, and student services counselor. They were not concerned at all with the fact that I was homeless and lost everything, only that they re-enroll me in the class and charge me a second time. When I asked for a leave of absence, they refused, stating that because I had failed the first class (due to the hurricane and no internet or computer) and had not logged into the repeat class, that they were forcing me to take, I could not get a leave of absence. Instead, they send my financial aid back and withdrew me leaving me with an outstanding balance of almost $3000. It is almost impossible to get in touch with anyone at the school other than the two counselors you are assigned. There is not directory for offices such as financial aid, academic affairs, etc. This school is a scam. They are only after money and are not concerned with their students at all.
Do not waste your time with this RN-BSN program. The University manipulations the program adding classes and combining them so that they can get mire money from them. They do not care about you, your education, or the quality of their online instructors.
It's supposed to be a part-time Master's program but the coursework is ridiculous. The professors and staff are great and their site is user-friendly but aside from the online discussions with substantive responses to classmates with references - there is normally at least 1 paper due a week and sometimes 2 or 3 each week. It's as if this university does not think that working teachers with families have anything to do. It is completely NOT necessary to lose all semblance of work life balance and work on Sundays an all hours to finish the course work. They really need to review and evaluate the workload given to students. Oh and anything under a B is a fail. So even a B- is considered failing.
Dont be fooled . The nice but very annoying counselor will NOT be with you through out your program. This place is ALL about the money. They will offer free textbooks ebooks that will not load. And a scholarship to Alumni another joke. Please dont choose this school and waste your time and money .