National University Reviews of Master's in Psychology

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  • Reviewed: 10/3/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I work a lot, and I have to juggle my time between work, school and family. National University is suppose to be designed toward a working student. Now, they have made there online curriculm so that you can't access all of your assignments the Sunday before. One time, I turned in work early, which was a huge issue to my teacher, but she didn't say not to do it. She just removed my work without telling me. If I hadn't caught what she did, and reposted it, I would have received partial credit or no credit, depending on when I caught it. I start doing my work the Sunday before because I have so much to do. It usually takes all week to finish my discussion post and now, I can't access it the Sunday before. This is because my previous teacher had a tizzy because I worked fast on one week. However, I told her I start my work early because I'm so busy. She's awful. Now, I have a new teacher, who is on board with my previous teacher. She is really catty. I was talking to my classmate via the online classroom, and I didn't know what I was talking about. Of course, I don't know what I'm talking about. I'm a student, I'm still learning, get it? However, the teacher was sitting there rolling her eyes. Furthermore, she doesn't like it when people work ahead either. When I told her I start my work on Sunday, she just sat there and stared at me for a long time. I guess starting your work early is inappropriate behavior if your in the ABA program. Here's how I see it. These teachers lived with a spouse or there parents while going to school, and they don't know what it's like to have to pay for everything on your own. I pay 75% of my pay to rent, and I have to work a lot to make ends meet. In addition, I have to juggle my time, so that everything gets done. At one time, I had three kids at home and had three jobs and was attending school. I bet they don't know what it's like to live in survival mode. GEE WIZ it's inappropriate to start your work early. Too bad, I can still read ahead and do other things ahead. My first teacher was so easy going, nice and helpful. I could email him today about my program, and he would respond within a day. I never felt judge and he never did underhanded things, such as not responding to email and then lowering my grade because he didn't want to help a student. Furthermore, if he didn't want to help or felt he couldn't help, he would email me back and tell me. These last two teachers I had are passive aggressive and catty. If you don't want a student to do something, then say it. They should look at their own behavior. You know, a little biased and a little bit, "lets gand up on the student." I'm over it, I'm not emailing these teachers for nothing or saying a word. I might say or do the wrong thing. Btw, the survey you fill out at the end of the semester, doesn't help."
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2021
  • Degree: Psychology
"I'm enrolled in the ABA program. One teacher I had was really down to earth and helpful. I emailed him when I had questions regarding my internship and he helped me. He told the class we could email him, even when we were no longer his students and I am going to take him up on that. However, another teacher I had never responded to my emails, which negatively impacted my grade. She responded to one email but I sent her that email five times before I got a response. She never responded to the email that impacted my grade. She deleted one of my posts on the discussion board. I know it was deleted because I found it on the grade book. Other assignments were deleted, and I know they were deleted because I logged out and logged back in and they were still posted. Then before the due date I checked my posts to make sure my assignments were there but they weren't. I reposted them before the due date, thank god. One of the assignments I turned in early. I complained to my advisor that my assignments were deleted and the teacher brought up all of my complaints for the entire class to here and she said of course you can turn in assignments early. However, when I listed my complaints, I didn't say it was an assignment that was turned in early. However, she meantioned everything I said and mentioned you can turn in assignments early. I think she didn't like that I worked ahead and deleted it. She mentioned that I worked really fast one day and it wasn't meantioned in a positive way. I have to keep up on my work because I'm overwhelmed with work. Ms. Mandy probably has a husband, so if someone is messing with her work she has someone to rely on but I don't. Also, when I said good bye to her, she was silent. Another time, I said thank you and she was silent. However, after I complained about her, she was polite and said good bye. So, it's interesting that I worked for the school system and had a real difficult time there and she happens to work for the school system too. When I showed up for class she mentioned my by first and last name. She's like look whose here. So, if you have a commonanlity with this women and she can find a reason to discrimminate against you, then maybe that is whats wrong because so many things happened in this class that did not happen to me in my other two classes. Such as, I answered all of the questions on the test and then double check them and two answers were missing. I wouldn't have a reason to jump to conclusions, if she had responded to my email that marked down my grade and if she was polite. Mysteriously, my assignments are missing. I'm sorry, but even professionals can have problems with their personality and I think that's what happened to me."
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  • Reviewed: 9/11/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"The school has great professors, but the financial aid department is horrible. My classes began in July and it is the middle of September and I still have not received my financial aid. I filled out my paperwork back in March so I did everything I was supposed to do. I have talked to multiple financial aid people in the office and I get a different excuse every time as to why I haven't gotten it yet. The excuses range from " you will get it when your grades post" from " we are switching over our system and it's causing delays" to " you should get it in a few weeks" and it all sounds like BS. One Financial Aid officer even told me an exact date that my friends will be dispersed and it's been a month past that date. Once again the professors are great and they're very knowledgeable about the subjects that they teach, but if you depend on using your financial aid for books or for any other expenses then I would suggest you rethink this because they absolutely do not care if you are struggling at all. That being said, simply being enrolled in this program has helped advance my career in many ways."
Brittney Taylor
  • Reviewed: 11/7/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"I've had such a great experience in my classes at National. The professors are top-notch and very knowledgeable. My problem with National is with their administrative staff, in multiple departments. It's always a struggle to receive your financial aid and for the last year the disbursements have been delayed by months for everyone in my cohort (unsure if this is true for other students). The advisors are not knowledgeable in the least with regards to programs and have screwed up my schedule as well as those of other people in my cohort. This issue is so bad that there are several students who will not be graduating with me because they weren't able to take the classes they needed due to faulty scheduling. Another girl in my cohort just spent the last 6 months taking 2 on campus classes at a time, literally having to run back and forth between classes, to ensure that she will graduate on time. The financial aid department is currently withholding $6000 from at least 3 of the students in my cohort for no apparent reason and when questioned about this the representatives talk in circles. I am still waiting for my financial aid to be approved by National as they insist that my marital status doesn't match my tax forms. I sent the representative I was working with copies of my tax forms and he informed me that everything was fine and that the financial aid would be processed in 2-3 days. Two weeks later I had to contact him as nothing was done, only for him to tell me the same thing as before- my marital status does not match (though it definitely does match). Worst of all, I've been waiting for over 2 months for the credentials department to approve my internship (as I'm not allowed to begin accumulating hours until this is done). They informed me that they are missing test scores which I had sent to them over a year ago (one of the representatives slipped and informed me that the department actually lost all the test scores for my cohort). I spoke to someone over the phone over a month ago who assured me that my internship would be approved within the next few days, yet now when I try to contact the department I can't reach anyone. The most stressful part of completing a Masters program shouldn't be worrying about if your school's administrative staff will handle your case with competence, and yet here I am more worried about this aspect of my schooling than I am about writing my thesis. I wouldn't wish this on my worst enemy and it is for this reason that when anyone asks me how I like National University I feel obligated to warn them to STAY AWAY."
  • Reviewed: 6/25/2015
  • Degree: Psychology
"One has to be mature, motivated, and flexible relative to attending National University. It is fast-paced but also comprehensive. I subsequently obtained a Doctorate and have been an adjunct professor for 30 years, supplemental to my 26 year military career followed by a post military career with the federal government (GS-12). National University set the standard with real-world experienced faculty vice professors at traditional universities whose only experience was too often purely academic. For me, it provided "academic credibility" grounded in real-life experience. I will forever be grateful for NU. Having said the above, I can't emphasize enough that NU is not for everyone, particularly those who are not focused, highly disciplined, and not able to multi-task their personal, professional, and academic life."