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DO NOT DO National. I regret so much joining this program. I've had to juggle my classes which are accelerated AND had to deal with financial aid mishaps AND TWICE had emails sent to me notifying me that I would have 24 hours to schedule, study and pay for a required state test before moving on to my next course? My advisor was of absolutely no help, nor were the 'specialists' assigned to me, but I'm still paying $1,895 a month and RISING. One specialist just straight up passed me on to the department head because "she couldn't answer my questions" and because she had over 600 students in her caseload it was really up to me to reach out and ask questions, not up to her to give me a heads up on program function. On top of that they have just announced they are RAISING tuition, effective IMMEDIATELY. No consideration of grandfathering in the students who are already enrolled and struggling. Classes are accelerated, in some cases, you are reading up to 3 textbooks a month with 2-4 large papers every week. Online meetings are MANDATORY in almost ALL classes but you don't know what day you will be meeting until the week class starts. In some degrees, like mine, you have to make time to drive up to 50 miles out of your way ONCE a WEEK for a class. That is NOT sustainable, nor is it what they said when they said the program was built for a working lifestyle. There is also no room for complaints or feedback as they have a disclaimer in the contract that they can remove you at any time if you start to air grievances. They pointed this out to me when I sent an email for a clear and cohesive timeline of my programs when I got tired of taking last minute required tests. Lots of turnover in financial aid and as a result i had to pay out of pocket to continue my classes for 3 months before it finally kicked in, I revisited the same documents multiple times due to misinformation and mishandling/loss of paperwork. Plus the less than 24 hours to study for an $80 and $160 test. But the closest you'll hear to even an apology will be "I can't speak to what happened before". Research a better institute. Professors here are great but only worth it if you don't mind spending an equal part of energy on your own admin work
I would not recommend this program to anyone. When I first inquired about the program, it was a work independently online style. This was ideal as I worked multiple jobs and needed a program I could work at my own pace, being mindful of weekly deadlines. Once I started, we had mandatory class meetings which I did not find out about until 3-4 days prior to starting each class every month. This often would conflict with my work schedule and I would lose participation points not attending class. Additonally, I have received no supervision during my internship nor help obtaining placement at sites. Each teacher demands different APA competencies and the program is not consistent with the grading style. For the masters classes after internship, you are required to pick a subject in which you will research and collect data on. You have little guidance and must select a topic during the first week. My research classes were scheduled over summer- a time when I would not have access to students for research. When presenting this obstacle to the professor, they suggested extending our program time several months to have access to students. Why wouldnt this be the structure of the program to begin with? The program lacks cohesiveness and provides little to no support for students who ask. It requires students to be strong independent learners, have an open schedule, and are fully aware that they wont get their class meeting schedule until days before. If the program made these crucial components known before applying, I believe students would be more successful and less overwhelmed with constantly trying to adjust. I personally would not have selected this program knowing these details. Not to mention the financial aid phone number has never worked and it takes days to get a reply.
I have been happy with all but one of my Professors. I was able to complete my classes in a hybrid format, attending one night a week. I have one last finance class and my final project to complete to finish my degree. My statistics professor was amazing and she made the material easy to understand. That was the one class I was worried about passing because of the length of time since my last course. I would recommend the school to anyone who is very busy but wants to complete their degree.
I graduated recently from National University in San Diego, California. In the beginning, I was excited to take advantage of their one course a month online schedule because it worked so well with my work schedule I have now completed all of these course required for my degree and have received it; however, I do not have ANY skills needed to obtain a job anywhere in San Diego. The requirements of local employers were either never mentioned in classes or were covered for 1 week. This is not enough time to cover any topic and will not give you the knowledge necessary to succeed in the field. You may think it sounds great in the beginning, but in the end, I have 60 thousand dollars in student loans for a degree that has not given me a single skill nor the knowledge to pass a basic hiring test. I am now a National University graduate with 60 thousand dollars in student loans with no job and no skills to obtain them. When NU advertises 1 course a month be smarter than me and ask your self how much you can really learn about a topic in one month because your employers will ask questions. YouTube will teach you every topic covered here and its free and just as creditable.
I am finishing up my Master's in Cyber Security and I have been in the field for a few years now working my way through moving up. I can tell you that this course is very good for those that are looking for a specialty in IT. Of course Cyber Security is one of the newest, fastest growing fields in IT but the program itself gives you a great overview of what is involved. I am in the information assurance track (there is a certified ethical hacker track too) and it is a very good set of courses to help get a view of what your job might entail. I have read some of the reviews of the school itself and I believe that they are very biased on how their education. If you want a traditional paced school and courses where you will not have to read 4-5 chapters a week and the work to accompany, then yes, National is not for you. This is an accelerated program and not for the light at heart. You have to put in the work and be able to pick up some concepts on your own. The instructors have been great as being able to give extra time and they all have expressed how available they are if you need their guidance but let's get this straight. This is not a beginner course and I hope that other universities do not court their Master's students as their program being handheld. If you are taking these courses and the material is way over your head, there is some studying that needs to happen on your own part. Example, there are students that were complaining that they are not that familiar with Linux and command line, well I know when I went through the BS program through National there was a Linux course that prepped me to take the Linux+. I am no expert but I can get the concepts that are being put forth and work, research and learn to complete assignments. The student base is not 100% across the board either. There are the students that have not done the work, the students not willing and those that are too stubborn to accept they need extra work. I know in the field of Cyber Security, if you are not going to take the reigns and spend time learning your craft, then you will be left behind. There is so much self-learning that takes place in the course of my day that no matter how long I am in this field, there is no way I can be a know-it-all. I guess that is where my opinion of the school originates from. Just being honest, if a traditional program is what you are looking for and need help in extra areas with someone who will walk you through it all, then I suggest to go to a different school. For those that want to put in the time on their own and spend their own time to learn some of these techniques and concepts, this is a good school for you to go to. On that note, every four weeks a new class starts and you go from subject to subject. You are only taking one subject at a time and there are really no vacations. You get some time for Christmas and some a Spring Break, that is about it. The rest of the time, you are school. That is not a typo or bad grammar, that is just it, you have to be focused on school when you can. My hobbies, my free time, all can just be cancelled. I balance work, home and school. No fun time. I mean, I still find time to go to the gym and time to spend with my family (1 wife and 3 kids) but when I want to be watching TV or playing video games, I skip that and focus on the assignments I have. It really comes down to how hard you are willing to work for it at National. With the accelerated schedule you can fall behind quickly but it just takes effort and dedication. Last note, I have never attended a traditional university but I did use to hire for Entry level information security positions. I met a lot of people that had gone through traditional educations (SDSU, USD, UCSD, etc.) and there have been those that go through those programs that know less than those going through an accelerated program like National or Phoenix. It's what you aim to get from the education that makes the program worth something. While attending classes from National I have been able to pass my Network+, Security+, Linux+, ISC2 SSCP and ISC2 CISSP.
I have taken five master's level courses at NU in the Engineering Management program. The program I was originally accepted into was discontinued due to low-enrollment, then the new program that was supposed to be offered entirely online was changed to a hybrid format. Only 2 of my classes actually taught me anything. The program is not designed to teach; it is designed to get you through as fast as possible and give you the piece of paper you are looking for. If you want a real education, NU is not for you. Also, make sure before selecting your university to check accreditation. I was on the project manager track with my program, and it's not accredited by GAC. Please do your research!!
The program is fast and online. For student teaching they place to at a nearby school district. The price is really high, but the instructors are ok. I had 3 or 4 different counselors. Some good some bad. The credential representative is terrible. He is disrespectful and makes sure you know he doesn't want to help you. I have met with him and called him a few times and each and every time he was spoken down at me. Others in my program had already warned me that he is rude and disrespectful, but I was surprised to see to what extent. National University charges so much in tuition, at the very least they should hire support staff that are willing to actually help students and do their job. I would not recommend this school to anyone unless you want to pay high tuition just to be disrespected and talked down on.
I transferred from San Diego City College to NU, after receiving my AS in Biology. I would never recommend National University to anyone. The school is overpriced, and they do not lock in tuition rates, so my tuition kept climbing every year! I ended up with a lot more debt than I had anticipated and I only used loans for tuition and books, nothing more! I graduated with nearly 40K in student loan debt. I learned absolutely nothing! The final project was a joke. I wrote a paper then had to volunteer/intern someone for 500 hours, I think it took me a few months to accomplish this since I work FT. I could not find an agency or employer that NU approved, who would accept me on a part-time/evening basis. The Ronald McDonald House was the only place who accepted me and they had me CLEAN... I repeat, I was a maid! How is this supposed to help my career in any way?! The 4 week courses are unrealistic. At minimum they should be 8, you literally gain nothing from the courses! I had a few great professors but most were robots that brought no value. I had zero problems with financial aid and had 3 advisors over the course of 3 years. Moreover, nobody respects my degree, they rather hire an SDSU, UCSD, or USD student over me. Their alumni network is a joke, they did not have any career services to assist me, and provided me no real work experience or resources to use my degree.
I would highly recommend National University to others to pursue furthering their education. I believe I received a quality education and had amazing professors throughout my program that groomed me into the public health professional that I am today. National University believes in their students and supports the students goal for the greater good. The Public Health program is excellent!