Northcentral University Reviews of Doctorates in Business Administration

  • 15 Reviews
  • Prescott Valley (AZ)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,917
82% of 15 students said this degree improved their career prospects
73% of 15 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Reviews - Doctorates in Business Administration

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DBA Student Leaving the Program
  • Reviewed: 10/7/2020
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I am currently in the Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) program. I already have two graduate degrees and wanted to pursue the DBA for personal reasons. This program has been a huge disappointment for the following reasons: (1) It may be true that the professors have PHDs, but they lack robust assessment experience. The professors really know little to nothing about how to assess students based on the assignment and course objectives. (2) The program and professors do not use rubrics. This is a huge mistake. Most of the professors use the "wet finger in the air" method to grade papers and assignments. They do not know what they are doing. Using rubrics would help both the professors and the students have a clear pathway to how assessment works and understanding expectations. (3) The course objectives do not align with the assignments. The course objectives state one thing, but the assignments reflect other subjects and topics that are not delineated in the course objectives. (4) Most of the assignments within a course are also contradictory. For example, there are "personal narratives" mixed in with peer-reviewed research requirements. Again, it is evident that neither the program managers nor the professors understand anything about assessment, continuity, or closing the loop. (5) The professors are unreasonable and inflexible. The professors have a "my way or the highway" mentality. (6) The professors' grading methods do not align with best practices. One professor stated to me that she does not "give 100% to any student on assignments." Obviously, this professor is misguided and knows nothing about assessment as previously mentioned. (7) The department is unresponsive to student concerns. Administrators ignore any feedback provided from students. It is not clear who is really in charge or making decisions in the DBA program. I submitted some very valid concerns to the School of Business over 30 days ago. I have not received a response of any kind. (8) This program is far too expensive for students to pay for ill-prepared faculty, for faculty who have no detailed assessment experience, and for administrators who ignore student concerns and feedback. I will be voting with my feet."
Gary Gordon
  • Reviewed: 9/17/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2018
"I am a little surprised at the negative comments regarding some students experiences at NCU. I graduated in 4 years with a Doctorate in Business Administration with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. This was a rigorous and tough program and If you do not dedicate sufficient time required to conduct the research and put forth tremendous effort of writing along with chair recommended re-write and/or restructure you will not be successful in your academic pursuit. Two percent of the population have a doctoral degree, the reason more people do not pursue these advanced degrees are because they are hard to obtain. The program is challenging, the demands are rigorous, and you have to work at becoming a scholastic writer. Overall my experience was good, exactly what I expected even though I had a challenging setback regarding my relationship with my first dissertation chair. He was very subjective, contemptuous, and I could not learn, or he was unwilling to teach, anything else from his instruction. Professor and student relationships sometime deteriorate and they often do not see eye to eye. To alleviate the situation before it worsens, I got my academic advisor involved and requested a chair change. This was the turning point of my dissertation and the remaining experience was wonderful. Remember this is your research and your dissertation, you potentially publish your work. Seventy-three percent (73%) of NCUs students are doctoral candidates, so the university is graduating a great number of students. Each have their own personal stories revolving their unique experiences, but if you put forth the effort and do the work required, you will be successful in your academic journey. I would recommend that before you pursue a Doctoral degree, be committed and flexible and have an idea of what you are pursuing. Know what you want to research before you start your first class."
Recent PhD
  • Reviewed: 4/5/2019
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"The web site was very helpful for the first five years. The new web site is a complete mystery. You can no longer find anything, which was common access in the first years of the program. Everything on the web site now is defer, deflect, and left to the student. My pre-dissertation course work was wonderful. The Competency Exam was well presented. The dissertation effort kept changing directions due to changes in the dissertation committee. The most difficult part is finding a research site. The mentors were very helpful and together we got the dissertation finished. However, the IT department has a lot of work to go before the web site begins to approach the full functionality it once had. Their one step forward was the equivalent of five steps backward and no apparent plans to fix it. Financial aid needs to brief students about running out of financial aid before the degree is completed."
  • Reviewed: 12/29/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"NCU is an excellent school for persons who can learn on their own and do not expect to be babied. The courses are tough and they must be submitted every week without fail. You can see the quality of work from NCU by reviewing some of the dissertations. In my opinion, NCU's dissertation can stand next to the dissertations from any B&M school. NCU was an innovation when it started offering 100% online degrees to persons like myself who wanted a graduate degree but did not have the time to attend a full time university. As the digital world continues to expand, I believe that all of the complaints about NCU will stop. I received my MBA from Manchester Business School in the UK and it was very tough. I support NCU 100% and would gladly recommend it to persons like myself who wants a degree but cannot attend a traditional university for 3-4 years."
Gotta Get Better
  • Reviewed: 10/11/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I have been attending this University for a year now and is not impressed. I don't understand what makes them so special or unique in that they don't have to follow standard procedures that are common with Universities. I have had four advisors in one year. I have experienced professors taking my concerns about the instructions and feedback received personally, yet they tell students to take criticism. I have experience a professor lying on me where I had to provide proof. This University allows professors to go beyond the scope of the curriculum written by the appropriate committee and push their values and expertise onto the student that is trying to go in a different direction and penalize them for not incorporating materials in assignments they have yet to learn or take the course to receive that knowledge. They allow professors not to have weekend office hours to assist students with last-minute clarification of assignments. There are professors who questions their own feedback they provide to students that impact their grade. Something needs to change."
  • Reviewed: 9/19/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"DO NOT ATTEND THIS PLACE! This place is nothing but a SCAM and it sets you up to FAIL! They will send you to Dean's office and the Dean will make you REPEAT the coursework............This place is only interested in YOUR MONEY and that is it! I went to another school and I don't regret it at all....I wish I had left earlier but experience is life's best teacher so I am grateful for the experience...Also, check out the fact that they are being SUED...OMG, this place is HORRIBLE....DO NOT WASTE your time or $$$$$$....Check out their graduation rate as well and they lie and tell you that you can receive your degree within 3-4 years and that is sooooo far from the truth it is unreal!"
  • Reviewed: 1/26/2018
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2011
"I started with NCU when it was privately owned by the founder (I actually met him once over several days promoting the program) and completed my degree after it was purchased by the private equity fund. When I started there were few options as I was working overseas and changed countries a few times. Completing the dissertation was a challenge, but I am satisfied with the product and topic, as it is legit and has received some citations. My issue is gaining full utility with the acceptance of the online degree in UAE. While my employer has accepted the NCU PhD, I have yet to obtain official equivalency from the MOE. Apparently NCU has struggled with Mentor quality, from other peoples reports, but I had one of their better advisors as my Chair, and was generally satisfied with the coursework teachers. I was a Veteran from years ago, and was happy when the NCU rep sought me out and I was able to gain reduced rate on some of the classes. The DMD, including an award from that program, Golden Key, and publicity granted by NCU were nice touches."
Kiki Phillips
  • Reviewed: 10/10/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I learned more at NCU than the last top ten ranked universities that I attended. Here is the key to success; the degree is yours so be ready to put in the work and direct the trajectory of your studies. However, NCU is not adult care center; those who need to be spoonfed or free ride seekers should not bother applying or attending. For-profit is not the same as a free pass to a degree or guaranteed graduation. Paying tuition allows you the opportunity to study, excellent performance and compliance with very simple rules guarantees graduation. If you slack up and you don't follow the simple rules you will be on the outside looking in before you know it. A high GPA does not correlate with the ability to pass the comprehensive exams, neither does it suggest the ability to successfully complete an original dissertation. Enough said, I am thankful to my mentors, professors, and research committee."
  • Reviewed: 9/18/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"I recently completed my Ph.D. in Business Administration with specialization in Healthcare Administration. NCU offered exactly what I wanted in a school: a completely online program that did not force me into a residency requirement (because my job would not allow an opportunity to stay in one location long enough to complete a doctoral degree); a regionally accredited school with a regionally accredited business program; and a relevant degree track. Over the years, I have read the comments about NCU on here and intentionally decided to wait until graduating to provide my own opinion as someone who successfully completed a doctoral degree. NCU is good school. You will not be successful in the Ph.D. program if you are not a competent self-starter who actively participates in your own completion of all academic requirements during the courses. The comprehensive exam at the end of your academic courses is not a joke. You must articulate your ability to think and communicate at a doctoral level in order to pass the exam (as is expected in any worthwhile school). The dissertation process is equally as arduous--but for a good reason. You are providing new knowledge to the area of research you chose to conduct your dissertation on. The academic rigor and scientific method are upheld by your committee members, the Institutional Review Board (IRB), and the academic reviewer who all provide input and direction into your research/dissertation. In the end, I would not want to compromise the quality of my dissertation simply for the sake of obtaining a degree. Likewise, the reputations of the instructors and dissertation committee members are reflected in the quality of a Ph.D. candidate's dissertation efforts. They are all professors at other universities and/or leaders in their respective professional areas of expertise. The teachers (or mentors as they are called) are all doctorate-level instructors--unlike some of the brick and mortar schools that only require Masters-level degrees. Some mentors are excellent and others are not that effective (just like any other school regardless of prestige). The biggest misconception that many new doctoral students tend to make is that they assume everything should be directed and specified in the smallest detail to them-- that is not the point of post-graduate degrees (especially a Ph.D.). You are expected to begin performing as an independent, self-motivated researcher who has the potential to be considered an expert in a particular field of study by the time you graduate. As such, NCU's Ph.D. program provides that opportunity for professional and personal self-development for serious students who also possess the requisite skills to begin and complete such a demanding degree program. NCU is not a "degree mill" whatsoever. The faculty expect a student to perform to the standards that are established in writing. Also, Ph.D. students are only as successful as the effort they make to read, read, read... and read some more on their area of study. This takes practice and it takes dedication over the years you will sacrifice to complete your doctoral degree. My Ph.D. program took me 5 years to complete. It was not easy. It was often very frustrating and I was exhausted weeks and months at a time from the relentless school work; revising of papers, demands of working through every single holiday and weekend without a break, and sacrificing personal time that I could be enjoying with family and friends in order to achieve this goal. But a Ph.D. is never supposed to be easy. You can never fully prepare yourself for the challenges of a doctoral degree. However, I am very proud to say that NCU offered a viable, relevant Ph.D. program that met my expectation as a legitimate degree-producing university. The future is in online classes-- those who make short-sighted comments about the perceived worthiness of a virtual university need to consider the significant shift in how academic programs are being redesigned for those who grew up in a world of quickly-changing technology. I highly recommend NCU for those who are capable and willing to fulfill all the obligations necessary of a doctoral degree. You will not be disappointed (regardless of the numerous frustrations you might face along the way) as you successfully defend your dissertation and your committee members say, Congratulations, Doctor..."
  • Reviewed: 8/28/2017
  • Degree: Business Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"*Please note that I did not graduate in 2017. I am currently attending NCU* I began to pursue a DBA at Northcentral University in 2015. I wasn't sure what to expect from a purely "online school." All I knew was the reputation online schools have (as being inferior diploma mills) compared to your traditional brick and mortar schools. Being a full time employee, however, gave me no time to travel to and from classes every day of the week. So, an online program fit my schedule perfectly. At NCU, I can complete my assignments whenever, wherever. This has taken some of the pressure off when it comes to pursuing such a high degree. The professors, I see, are 100% Doctoral faculty, which means a great deal to me personally. I know many institutions which require a Master's Degree and a few years of teaching experience. However, NCU requires all Doctoral faculty. The professors have been very informative, knowledgeable, and supportive. My e-mails to them are generally answered in 24 hours. Their feedback on assignments has been lengthy. The assignments themselves have been very painfully challenging. If a professor doesn't feel you are working to your potential, he/she will ask you to do the assignment over and resubmit it. To me, this showed good instruction by a caring faculty. It has also taught me a great deal of discipline. I've read positive and negative reviews of NCU. So far, 9 classes down, my experience has been great. I've learned a great deal in regards to both, content and writing. I hope I never have a bad experience here. I hope to finish within the next few years. If I have that diploma in my hands, it will have all been worth it. Good luck to you all."