Keller Graduate School of Management Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (52)
This degree is not respected and not worth the cost. I omit the degree from my resume because of the disrespect the degree receives in the financial industry. This school should not be accredited and should not allow for federal funding. DeVry was bad Keller of DeVry IS WORSE.
I would stay as far away from this 'university' as it is possible to be. Unless you are an executive padding your resume, you are essentially paying for resume writing services. Keller has no business connections, the career fairs that they host are an absolute joke, and the 'career services department' and the counselor provide no practical or even theoretical advice. I have gone to career fairs where representatives from companies in attendance were emphatic about the fact that they were not going to hire any of the Keller grads. I inquired as to why they would even show up, if that were the case. Two separate individuals conveyed that Keller solicits the companies with no intention of graduates getting jobs. It's all part of the show. In closing, consider this: 1. MBA completed in 2 years 2. $80,000 in student loans 3. No job in the field, no assistance, and no career services department. Incidentally, Career Services has gotten much more interested in contacting me, since the 100 million Devry settlement. I have gotten several emails pertaining to how to get government jobs and such. Interestingly enough, it's still just resume suggestions. Nothing tangible. How does the federal government (The FTC) punish the undergraduate component (Devry) and ignore the other culprit (Keller) of a university?
Got a great job and learned a lot at Keller. I did not take any online classes although they offered them. At that time my company would not pay for on line education. The price I thought was reasonable in nature. This degree did give me the carrier edge I was looking for.
I've seen a lot of positive and negative thoughts about Keller Graduate School of Management but I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I went from 1998 - 2000 and took 1/4 of my classes online so I was able to experience both the in-person setting and the online setting. I didn't go into this assuming I would get a high paying job or any support, and I didn't look at career service offerings at the time, so I can't speak to how helpful they might have been. I found a new job within a month of finishing my M.B.A. with a 40%+ pay increase from the low $30k's to low $50k range and I was more than satisfied with that. I researched other Chicago area grad schools in the area and what I preferred about Keller was the inexpensive price + the fact that they ran 5 terms a year (10 weeks each). Most schools did 2 semesters only, which meant I could take up to 4 years to graduate since I also worked full time and could only take up to 2 classes at a time. Keller allowed me to graduate in 2 years and 1 term, and still take summers off. That flexibility was worth so much. I graduated with $30k in student loans, but that's reasonable given the times and less than if I had gone almost anywhere else.
Devry/Keller is all about money. I did get a good education at Keller, but it is just not a very well respected school because of the for profit deal. Most of my online classes were very demanding and required a lot of effort to get a good grade. Hands on experience lands the job; not a quality education. The Finance Team at Devry really took me to the cleaners with school loans. Bottom Line - Don't go to Devry/Keller. Pick a non-profit universality with a good reputation,.
I just finished my MBA at Keller Graduate School of management over the course of 8 years part time while having a full time job and 3 kids. I only took a couple classes a year and eventually finished with a MBA with a concentration in project management. Keller isn't perfect, but it is pretty good. it is affordable and flexible for your schedule as a working adult with a job and family. The professors are surprisingly good. The online content could use some improvement but it is expensive to update this type of online curriculum on a constant basis while keeping tuition affordable. I recommend taking classes in person at a local Chicago campus. To vouch for the quality of the professors, all of the project management classes used PMI curriculum. The PMBOK 5th edition was the text book. After finishing 4 elective concentration courses in project management I did additional self study and took the PMP exam and passed on my first attempt without any boot camps or any other supplements. The classes DID teach you what you need to be successful. Now I'm a MBA with a PMP certification from an arguably budget "for profit" school. My conclusion is that it was a good value and got what I wanted out of it.
Keller was a great school and it certainly enhanced my career. I am a IT Program Manager of over 40 personnel and it has increased my ability to lead these technicians with confidence. The school was perfect for what I needed and the instructors were very knowledgeable. I feel like I got the education that I was looking for. There were no surprises. I am a Veteran and going to Keller was perfect for me and my situation. I highly recommend Keller, however if you are looking for someone to hand you a degree then look elsewhere. You will have to work for it at this school.
Devry is a predatory for-profit business looking to steal your money with no regard for the student at all. Below is a snippet from one of the many letters I had to write to them requesting they return the funds they fraudulently obtained. Please note my original complaint began on December 13th, 2016 when I contacted the Tinley Park Campus and voiced my concern with the VA certifying official. I questioned why I was withdrawn from 2016 FIN560 without my knowledge or consent and stated that my participation was constant throughout the entire 2016 FIN560. I explained that I was not made aware of any such requirements or was I contacted by any officials notifying me of my pending automatic drop. I was later referred to Student Central Manager who told me that I was dropped due to lack of participation and that the system automatically drops students after 7 days. Ultimately she referred me to the Keller Catalog as an unsatisfactory resolution to the issue. Ironically, I was automatically enrolled in following courses again without my consent or knowledge however I was made aware of my lack of participation, attendance, etc. for this course which prompted me quickly resolve Devrys mistake. After many failed attempts to resolve this amicably I filled a student complain form on February 13th, 2017 with The Student Central Manager.
Other than the high cost associated with the school, I must say what I learned at Keller was phenomenal! After moving from State to State for years and raising a family of 4, my hope and desire to finish my Masters Degree had almost dwindled. I would enroll for classes only to have my family move away to another state for a new position or appointment. I attended a total of 4 State Universities but I was never able to finish my degree because they lacked the Hybrid (Onsite & online) 24/7 competitive advantage Keller provided me. Not only that, but the quality of learning at those State Schools was no better than Keller; and in some instances, the hands-on-activities approach Keller provided made the programs a lot more superior! They were preparing us for the real life experiences they themselves had experienced or were experiencing since most or all the professors were already professionals in the areas of their expertise. The other component to Keller is that it is mostly tailored towards the mature, responsible student who can study on their own and not expect a professor to do all the work for them. I credit my ability to complete a Master's degree to the way the program is offered and structured. I would suggest though that Keller puts some of the money the students pay into their Career Services to make sure Keller Graduates find jobs after graduating and help remove the stigma of attending a for "Profit School"!
I understand that a good number of people dislike for-profit schools and their model. This is for good reason. However, I have to say that my experience with this school, in particular the on-campus classes has been excellent! The professors all have substantial experience in the fields that they are teaching, and most of them currently work in those fields. I also have to say that this because this school is for-profit, they have the onus of trying put out a good product out there. So, it isn't good business to put out a poor product. In addition, the truth is that many people have been quite successful after attending this school. Finally, no school will continue to have regional accreditation for years if it a scam. I also understand that for most people the school is simply too expensive, and they don't want to be associated with the for-profit stigma. I was blessed to have been able to use my GI bill for this school which I'm very thankful for. If it wasn't for that, I would not have gone either. One other thing to point out is that there are a number of respected corporations that pay their employees to go to these schools over regular universities. There is a reason for that. These types of schools in particular DeVry/Keller is known for specifically provide career-oriented training. Again, each person must do what's best for him or her.