Keller Graduate School of Management Reviews
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I recommend the Specialized Master's Degree Program in Accounting & Financial Management (MAFM). I elected the CPA emphasis and graduated in 2012. The Keller coursework and Becker CPA Review helped improve my ability to pass the licensing exams. I appreciated the course flexibility with an online option. All the professors I had during my time at Keller were active CPA's and/or MBA graduates. I was promoted within the first 3 courses completed in 2010 and 3 years later, 2013, accepted a management level position outside the company, increasing my salary by 44%. Obviously, the degree wasn't the only reason for improvement in my career, but I think it's an important piece.
Even though it is a for-profit school, my experience at the Federal Way, Washington campus was very challenging and relevant. The professors have advanced degrees and have worked in the actual industry they were teaching. There was a strong willingness to share their knowledge with the students. In one of my classes, I had the opportunity to work on a real project for an actual company. It wasn’t a simulation and involved real funding. The Federal Way campus is small so not all classes were offered on site. I did my Master’s thesis program online. Nonetheless, the expectation was not lowered because of that situation. The thesis was reviewed by and presented to experienced HR professionals. Admission standards are high and the school accepts the GMAT for admission.
Keller's MBA program is ideal for working professionals. I'm a traveling sales director and found the ability to study and take tests online the perfect way to learn MBA Curriculum at a flexible schedule. I loved being able to network with Olympians and professionals working in a variety of industries from all over the world.
The instructors were very professional and expected a great deal from their students. I was able to work on my degrees while working, which was beneficial. Financial services could be improved, but overall if you work hard enough you will graduate. Maintaining a B average can be trying for some, but what's the point of going to graduate school unless you can put your best into your studies?
The master's program is very intense and you need to have strong discipline to succeed in this fast paced 8 week course environment. The students range from a broad spectrum of the extremely intelligent and engaged to the not very interested type. Many students that I have heard that have dropped out have done so because they can not keep up with the work. I do agree with the other reviews that say "you get out of it what you put into it." The professors that I have had are amazing. They have real on the job experience and they have amazing credentials. They demand excellence from their students and have been there for me every step of the way. I did not mark the satisfaction with the degree program at excellent overall because I have had some challenges with the administration staff but it was nothing that we could not resolve. It is a great school for flexibility if you can only afford to go to school only one night a week. As a working professional with children this was the only program in the Sacramento area that catered to my needs. UC Davis and Drexel both require 2 nights per week.
I just recently graduated, but I'm sure my degree will help me advance on my job. My major was Public Administration and my concentration is Government Management and I have so far 14 years with the State government in Indiana. My experience for the most part was very positive. I will always remember the valuable information I obtained that will be usable in my career as well as my personal life. I will also remember the friends I have gained from this experience.
Everyone at the school is very helpful...that is if you're just enrolling or thinking about enrolling here. Once you're enrolled no one seems to ever want to help you. Keller and Devry are merging and the Dept of Education is not making distributions. With that being said I would look for another school where the government isn't being hesitant on merging these two schools. You can not get your credit or anytime of loan advancement.The teachers are a joke. You're better off going somewhere locally. Don't waste your time or money.
This is my third Masters' degree from Keller so obviously I think the school has a worthwile product to offer students. I've been associated with Keller either as an alumni or a student for 13 years. What I'm providing is an honest assesment. The school has positives and negatives. The negatives include the office staff and the caliber of students. If you encounter any type of problem such as scheduling, a billing issue, transcript request, expect a hassle. The office/professional staff are totally incompetent. My tuition was 100% paid for by my company and I still had issues with the finance office. I would receive letters stating my financial aid was revoked and I never even received financial aid. As previous posters suggested, some students simply don't care. Since most of the degree programs are collaborative in nature, this impacts those students who are serious about their education. The positves include the curriculum. I work in technology and I'm able to take course material immediately from the classroom to the workplace. The concept of terminal course objectives easily defines the skills students will obtain after completing the course. During my 13 years of being associated with the school, I only had one professor that didn't have sufficient relevent experience in the subject matter he was teaching. I have three Masters degrees so I easily have had over 30 classes. Despite the few challenged individuals that managed to get a degree, the majority of the student learners are bright and bring valuable insight to classroom discussions. Many of the inviduals I matriculated with are still in my network. All and all, this is a school for people with clearly defined goals. It provides students with fundanmental skills to become business and technology professionals. This is not a research university, it is a school that helps students excel in their place of employment. I have benefited from the practical nature of this education.
What you get out an any MBA is up to the student, if you put the time, effort and concentration in, you will gain tools, knowledge and insight into the career you are choosing. However I would WARN any student who is considering enrolling in Keller, instead of here look to spend you thousands of hard earned $$ somewhere else. During my program I found that professors will not/can not fail students. I guess this is great for this individual's who don't care about their time, money or quality of educational experience. But for the rest of us that value these things GO SOMEWHERE ELSE. This school is a for-profit business and it is run as such. While the administrative staff and some teachers care and are involved with and care about students, not all do and with Keller closing locations I can not imagine that all their staff is as invested as the individual's that I worked with. Because of Keller's business practices the quality of their degree will be decreasing in the following years, so research all your options before settling on Keller.
Every instructor I had in technology, information security, and systems management were highly accredited professionals with prestigious organizations that would provide mentorship if asked. The curriculum hobbles the instructors, who must teach from the prescribed materials, but all in all the material really provides the framework for the first class scholarly discussions -- the real source of learning in the masters programs. I am in the military, and the instructors were extremely flexible if I had lenghthy patrols scheduled that would require short absences. Administration, however, needs a lot of work at this school. At campus locations, most employees work without supervision and are student workers that have only a very basic understanding of their duties. The same people that support some technical services are different than other technical services, sometimes resulting in trouble tickets being answered with comments like "not my job, contact your school again so they can tell you whose job it is." Student finance was unhelpful in working through financial aid requirements, saying they only process it, not assist in helping us prepare required documents. My job placement advisor would send me announcements advertising for a dentist or a warehouse stock person, even though my degree was in information systems security. Job placement services were so distracting, I had to make several attempts to get them to stop sending me spam job announcements. For education, Keller is top notch, and the online professors I found even more competent than some of the brick-and-mortar institutions I attended. Have an administrative problem though, and expect some consternation. This university is for a go getter student, if you are lazy and can't overcome minor set backs, Keller is not for you.