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I attended GCU's PhD in Psychology (Cognition and Instruction). To be clear I did not graduate, completing all the courses but dropped out while attempting to complete the Dissertation. I was a good student, obtaining an "A" in all but one class (a "B" in this one). Some of the classes were very interesting; but many were just repeats of other classes, or classes that felt thrown together at the last minute. The program constantly changed as I progressed; the dissertation requirements alone changed many times while I attempted to complete it. There was very little support for completing the dissertation, and it seemed the bar was constantly moved. I would not recommend a PhD from GCU.
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.
I completed my bachelors and masters here!!! I was schedule to complete my master program in February 2018 in which I would have been eligible for Spring commencement but instead I finished in October 2017. Now they are saying I was eligible for the Fall commencement but there was no way I would have been able to attend ( i live out of state) and I am also a survivor of the a Route 91 concert!! Now I am on a waiting list and won't know if I can walk until a month before graduation!! Really disappointed and now has left a bad feeling about them. I have worked my butt off to complete my education and what I have been through in the last couple of months I really needed this!! Paying all this money and devoting all my time it sucks that i am not sure i will be able to celebrate my accomplishment!! It doesnt make sense to me!! I was already set to walk in spring but i finished 3 weeks before Fall Commencement. I never received an email to participate in Fall Commencement!!
Instructors are helpful and supportive. Content is practical and relevant to the field. Excellent program setup for working professionals with integrated plan for dissertation development throughout coursework. Christian focus is optional throughout.
My experience with Grand Canyon University was rather lackluster and really failed to delve into the field I working towards. I often found myself in useless classes that had absolutely no relation to the major I was pursuing. The required Christian Worldview class is completely unrelated to my degree and the introductory 7 week class is also rather useless as it is a simplified English writing class with regards to learning how to use the LMS, which could be taught in 1 hour, if that. The counselor, which I had been trying to contact for 4 weeks before I finally got a response to drop from Grand Canyon finally responded and with an attitude as if I had done something wrong to request to drop out nicely, mind you I contacted this counselor upwards of 6 times.
Grand Canyon University is a tremendous school to attend. The professors dedicate their time to students, and ensure that their students are getting the best education. While Grand Canyon is a private Christian school, professors, faculty, RA's, and etc do not push religion onto those who attend, and have welcoming arms at all times. Grand Canyon University also provides many resources to their students to set them up for success whether it be academically, or working.
Honestly, this school is fantastic if you are willing to put in the work and effort to learn as much as you can. This school focuses more on the practical application of degrees rather than unnecessary classes which focus on work loads. Study hard and you will do well.
This school is a scam and they are only in it for the money. You will be teaching yourself. The instructors constantly refer you back to the textbook when you need help. The advisors never call you back or respond to your emails in a timely manner. The only time you will hear from them is when they need more money. I can honestly say that I really haven't learned anything.
So far this place has been a madhouse. It is impossible to get in touch with your student service counselor and I have never heard of a school making you pay for three classes up front, just so your financial aid to work. They will scam you out of your money. After these three classes are over, I am going to another online university. Poor choice for me and I did not read the reviews before applying. Never heard of a university that does not deposit your financial aid in your account or a pay card, but you will receive a check by mail. HUGE SCAM. The staff never knows anything, and you talk with thirty different people before you actually speak to some you really need.