Northcentral University Reviews - Doctoral in Education

2.81 out of 5 stars
(32 Reviews)
45% of 32 students said this degree improved their career prospects
44% of 32 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
Katie - 11/27/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I have attended four different universities that offer online courses and programs. In comparison, NCU is by far the highest quality education. The curriculum is rigorous, and expectations for academic performance are high, which (in this day and age) is appreciated by people who set high standards for themselves. I felt like I earned my degree. My education at NCU has enhanced my professional perform and and options, and I'm proud to be part of the NCU alumni. Additionally, professors are expert-scholars who want their students to succeed in their chosen degree plans by making every effort to support them through the process. Tuition is comparable to other online universities. I strongly recommend NCU to anyone who is considering online degree programs."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Sue - 11/20/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2021
"I dropped out because the assignments are rather dumb. You'll be asked to create PowerPoint presentations as assignment for a graduate-level course. Where's the research? I also had a problem with a professor who 'only graded on Monday's and Tuesday's" instead of within the 4-day timeframe. She was making up her own rules."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 8/16/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"Terrible place. I had a professor who refused to give me a grade on any of my assignments during a whole course because she did not like my already approved future dissertation topic. At the end of the course, she gave me an F with no justification. My academic adviser told me there was nothing I could do except pay to take the course again. I retook the course with a different professor, turned in all of the same work, and received an A. What a joke. Once the dissertation started, everything was a mess. My academic/financial adviser was switched constantly. I finally ended up with an adviser that was impossible to get in touch with and only bothered to reach out to me when there was an issue with payments. My dissertation adviser was switched constantly as well. Every time I would make progress, my dissertation team would be replaced, and the new team would want me to go back and start from the beginning. No one was ever on the same page. I would write a chapter. My dissertation chair would tell me to change it to something else so I would. Then the academic reader would come along and tell me it should be more like the way I had it originally. And, since it was an online school and the faculty worked from all over the country, none of these people would ever interact with each other. It was a nightmare, and I would not recommend this school to my worst enemy. Take your time and find a good school that you can attend on location, or even a reputable school that has an online program, but actively avoid NCU."
1.0 out of 5 stars
C. Smith - 6/18/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2023
"This school was a complete waste of time. They outsource your learning to a Peregrine system and the professors are clueless. Do not waste your time or money...seriously!!! They have zero problem solving skills, zero interest in students and horrible follow up."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Timothy Patridge - 5/28/2019
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"Entered the Doctoral Program in Education. Successfully completed all course requirements and began myPhD candidacy . The Dissertation process was devastating!theiir personal The chair person was very subjective and provided no objective support. I felt I was writing my dissertation for their benefit. No thesis or subjectcmatter was right. I am going to complete the program regardless."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 10/9/2018
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018
"I think the instructor's were good until I hit the Dissertation phase. Dissertation chair was unhelpful and I asked for a new one and got a better one. I felt like I was not getting enough direction with the Dissertation process and had to figure everything out on my own with the first chair person."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Yakuza - 12/28/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2017
"I am poised to defend my doctoral dissertation. Thinking over the past four and a half years, there is no doubt that my experience has been positive. The work is as rigorous as at brick-and-mortar school, maybe even more rigorous. Although it has taken a little longer for me to complete my program, I am satisfied with my experience at Northcentral University. I found the faculty supportive and usually available to answer questions or provide any ecessary clarification."
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Excellent Program Guided by Expert Mentors - 10/27/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"The doctoral program at Northcentral University is designed for serious students. It is asynchronous, follows a written curriculum, and is evaluated using course rubrics. You will have a one-on-one relationship with your mentor (who will guide and support you) but you, the learner, has the more active role in your learning success."
1.5 out of 5 stars
AEPear - 4/26/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"They keep raising tuition every few months or so. I wish I had chosen a college that guarantees no increases after you begin (they do exist). Advisors have been rude and have enrolled me in incorrect courses, then would not correct their mistakes nor return calls or respond to e-mails. I regret spending my time and money here; it is very difficult to transfer credits in Ph.D. programs, so I will have to start over if I go elsewhere; however, I cannot continue at Northcentral with the frequent rate increases and service that keeps getting poorer and poorer. Turns out they were not truthful about costs when I enrolled. Fortunately, more reputable brick and mortar schools are now offering online programs at more affordable rates and will hopefully run schools like this out of the market. I am thinking of reporting them for their practices."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Graduate and PhD Receiver - 3/25/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"I cannot with a good conscience recommend this school. You teach yourself and instructors are paper-graders. Faculty and staff pretty much come and go. They had several different provosts during my stay. There are lots of issues with good instructors who feel they are not valued, nor receive tenure. The coursework is relatively easy. The comprehensive exam is a little challenging. Then the dissertation is a nightmare. What makes it more difficult is that being an online school, the student does not have immediate access to his or her chair. I attended about seven years. Everything is fine until you run into issues, then the truth is revealed. Don't forget it is a for-profit institution and run by business people, not educators. You feel proud (Maybe) to have the doctorate, but you earned it in sweat and money."
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