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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!
This review is for the internship program that is required to graduate. My overall program experience was great, the MPH program is accredited and I can honestly say I learned a lot and enjoyed my classes. However the internship experience was so incredibly stressful it made me want to quit the program. They dont have any internships in place for students. So youre on your own in terms of finding an internship. The school had no affliliation agreements where I lived at the time, I searched in my area but couldnt find anything. I then secured an internship out of state, doing some remote work with a scheduled time period for me to travel to the organization for some hands on experience. I went through the approval process, got all the paperwork signed, spoke with my internship advisor, was told it was approved. Then a week before my internship was supposed to start the internship office came back to me stating that some of the requirements I did disappeared and I had to do them again. They then told me that my internship didnt fit accreditation criteria-this was after I was already told it was approved!!!! The internship process was incredibly unorganized, inconsistent, stressful, and the faculty was impossible to get ahold of. When they finally did respond to my emails, it was weeks later. My internship ended up being delayed months due to their incompetence. An internship should not be that stressful and difficult, it was only that way because them! I worked as a manger in healthcare before this program, so I wasnt going in with no idea as to how things work. In my old job I dealt with student workers and interns!
I had nothing but problems with National University. I had to repeat the same assignments in every class, regardless of what the class was supposed to teach. I did not obtain valuable knowledge. I did graduation with a 3.7 G.P.A. This is not because they taught me anything.I was denied the opportunity to do an Internship to obtain my teaching credential. I had to quit my job and go through student teaching unpaid because of mistakes on their end. I am not way further in debt than I ever should have been. I would not recommend National University to anyone who cares about their education.
I finished all of my core classes at National. I had one elective left. I became ill and stopped taking classes.They ended the psychology/sociology curriculum without ever notifying me. Over the years I have talked to them. They couldn't care less. Nothing they can do. All that time, all that expense, wasted. Had they notified me of the ending of their program I would have done anything to finish before they ended the program. It has been a long time ago but I still will not forgive their callous "too bad" attitude. I hear the words "National University" and all I can think of is an uncaring and dubious organization and the pain they caused me.
DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL!!! I repeat, DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. Attended two classes and they charged me 100% of the semester, $1400. When I dropped I was told by N****** that I would only owe half the semester, she was incorrect. When you trying to make a payment plan, they say they cant. They will "attempt their collection efforts," then when you asked them how long you can make payments for, they say they cant give me a time frame, it just has to be paid in a "reasonable" time. The program is very unrealistic for working people. Do not waste your time, stress and well earned money.