Northcentral University Reviews - Doctoral in Business

2.92 out of 5 stars
(29 Reviews)
58% of 29 students said this degree improved their career prospects
38% of 29 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.3 out of 5 stars
Bill - 9/25/2014
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014
"Before reading my review, realize that I was doing well in their program. I took three classes with NCU and had a 3.8 GPA in their PhD of BA program. I decided to leave the school for the reasons below. To put it bluntly, NCU is a scam. The classes are nothing more than busy work and hardly on a graduate level. The assignments you're required to turn in each week can be nearly devoid of useful content, just as long as they're in proper APA format and you cite the required number of references. I don't think the instructors actually read anything I turned in, because the feedback I received was 99% about the paper's format and 1 % on the content. But if the paper I turned in was in good format, cited the minimum number of references and met the minimum length I was given a good grade, regardless of the mindless drivel contained within. To pass the classes I quickly learned to take a simple answer to a simple question and drag it out four 5 - 7 pages while quoting a few loosely related articles from academic journals. If this is what passes for higher education these days, then I think I'll stop at my master's degree. My "academic advisor" was a salesman, and a bad one at that. When I tried to address my concerns about the content and the focus of the courses he tried to convince me to stick it out for another year or two until I got to the point where the "real learning" would begin. Additionally, he was completely unaware of what course I was in, or even what level the course was on. When I called him out on it, he tried, again, to convince me to stick around longer and keep paying. It was not only a useless conversation, but one of the worst examples of bad salesmanship I've ever experienced, to include used car dealers. Additionally, the required textbooks for each class can only be bought from NCU's bookstore. Not even Amazon carried them. On top of that, they charged $200 for a used textbook for one class. I can only imagine how much profit they're raking in from book sales alone. On top of that their tuition rates are the highest of anything out there, nearly $3000 a class. You would think for that kind of money they'd run a quality institution of higher learning. NCU's education model is to make the students' turn in papers weekly, but the constant work is just a method of keeping the students' heads down and keeping them too busy to realize that they're not really learning anything. To put it bluntly, don't waste your time. A degree from NCU is completely worthless. I'm not sure who they bribed to get accredited, but it must have been a hefty amount of cash. If your goal is to waste thousands and thousands of dollars learning nothing more than how to write in APA format, then this is the school for you. If you want an actual education, I highly recommend going somewhere else."
4.3 out of 5 stars
Hardworking Dad making it happen - 8/26/2014
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am just over the half way point in my doctoral journey and I am please so far. The instructors have been giving me great feedback to help me prepare for the Comprehensive Exam and the writing of my dissertation. There is a lot of work required, but this is also a doctorate program. Everyone has been pretty responsive when I have had questions which I greatly appreciate. I am looking forward to completing my DBA at this institution."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Susan G - 5/30/2014
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2014
"I head to commencement next weekend. I completed in about 4.5 years, only two months off my original goal. With the exception of one instructor (and the school resolved the issues), I had an outstanding experience. It was a rigorous program with a strong emphasis on writing and research. However, if you are not focused and self-motivated, no online program is going to work for you."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anthony - 2/22/2014
Degree: Business
Graduation Year:
"The process goes south real quick starting with the comps and continues into the dissertation sequence. The requirements are up to each individual chair, not the Graduate School, and they call this process normal. Luck of the draw in terms of chair assignment plays a huge role. Looking back at this, I would not have enrolled with NCU."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 11/2/2013
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2008
"This school was excellent, I hit the ground running and in three years I completed my PhD. If you are looking for a school that holds your hand and does your work for you, or where you pay the fee and get the "B", then this is not your school! I have read many of the post, and do not think it is the school to blame. If you are highly motivated and good, you will graduate. Nobody said it would be easy!"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/28/2013
Degree: Business
Graduation Year:
"Tell us about your college experience.The "instruction" consists of canned assignedments all of which are weekly and identical- research some poorly described "question" and write whatever you think. There's no analysis of the actual topic, or mentorship or even review of what you've written- at best you get a mechanical analysis of grammar.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?No. At the graduate level especially a student should expect a critical analysis of their work- you won't get that at Northcentral. I have yet to encounter any instructor who has actual expertise on the topic they are teaching. They do not respond to questions, the "discussion" forums are entirely one way with ZERO Northcentral staff participation."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 7/16/2013
Degree: Business
Graduation Year:
"Tell us about your college experience.I would never recommend this school to anyone, not even my worse enemy. It appears that the policies are just written for show. With no integrity written all over it. The Professors are definately low rated. If you are a working citizen, for get it.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?This school should be closed for business.What advice can you offer other students?Definitely check out this guide to online school. If I had known about this before I entered NCU I would not be writing this review."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Yulissa - 2/14/2013
Degree: Business
Graduation Year:
"I am currently enrolled at NCU. I am currently in my 7th course, one year in to the degree. Up to now my experience has been positive. Enrolling was easy. Very friendly personnel helped me to start, we set up a phone call and I was shown step by step how to deal with the web site, submitting assignments, etc. My first course, which was sort of a "welcome to doctoral studies" type of thing was very good and I had a very nice mentor.It is for self motivated people. You have to do things on your own but your mentor is there to answer your questions and provide guidance if needed. Some students may have more interaction than others. Some mentors are more involved than others and provide more extensive comments than others. But this is normal in any kind of learning experience. My bachelors and masters degree from a traditional and highly regarded university was also an "on my own" experience. Traditional universities don't guarantee hands-on and willing to teach professors.My experience with NCU has been very good up to now both administratively and academically."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 2/10/2013
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2013
"I believe the organization is not operating with integrity or following their own policies. I have been enrolled in the Ph.D. Program since 2008 and it seems that once a student is almost near completion of the Doctoral program problems occur which either prevent them from graduating or cause them to drop out of the program for fear of retaliation by the University and the Mentors. I do not believe the University is acting within good faith because if a student files a grievance, a concern, or a complaint the school sides with the Mentor even though the student compiles documentation to merit their complaints. There seems to be accreditation issues at Northcentral and multiple students have complained to various agencies, however, Northcentral will not change their unethical behavior towards students. Northcentral should have their accreditation revoked due to the high number of complaints the University receives, the unethical behavior they display toward their students, and their failure to adhere to their own policies and procedures.I believe the Higher Learning Commission should look closer into the practices and behavior of Northcentral in order to fully grasp why the University has a high student turnover rate and why so few students graduate from the Doctoral programs. I have attended and graduated from other Universities that were accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and I have never attended a University as unethical or with as many problems as Northcentral University. Nor have I seen a University which was accredited by the Higher Learning Commission have so many negative reviews from its students.It seems that with all the students negatively complaining about Northcentral University a governing body needs to take a closer look into the schools actions and unethical treatment of their students."