Northcentral University Reviews - Doctoral in Education

2.81 out of 5 stars
(23 Reviews)
54% of 23 students said this degree improved their career prospects
48% of 23 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars
ERCars - 3/6/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2019
"I'm not sure if many people get that ALL universities are FOR PROFIT now... even if they don't say that, and many people pay a lot of money for colleges and still get treated like crap. I was at UVA... it cost $40K a year and most of the the professors never had time for you. I had a STAT's 2 teacher who couldn't speak English clearly and no one in the department would help me. I had an advisor who was nuts - even got arrested for grand larceny, but he's still there. So please don't think that in-person universities are better. I'd rather know that I'm at a for profit university - they know their job is to take care of their customers. I did a lot of research to find NCU. Yes, you have to be responsible for keeping up with your progress and finances, because the advisors are just logistics people, but I've also had some really amazing professors who have far surpassed the quality of instruction I received in UVA's grad program. My research writing has improved significantly because of the professors at NCU. The books that they select and the sequential design of my program has allowed me to build one skill on top of the next. The feedback that I've received from most of the professors has been great. I used to ask for help at UVA and they called me lazy... they made me second guess my abilities during a serious medical issue... so I left. NCU has much better about accommodating me. FYI - it is a great bang for the buck, especially when compared to the money I paid at UVA and got very little back for it."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Waldmann Wojcik - 9/22/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"I began my PhD journey in May of 2012 and defended my dissertation in September of 2016. The program I was in was rigorous and I spent many hours each week during the course work to complete my assignments, the bulk of which were 5-7 page papers; at the end of each (8 week) course, there was a signature assignment that was more along the lines of 10-15 page papers. I learned a great deal in these classes. You absolutely need to be intrinsically motivated to succeed at NCU. There is no one there to remind you to submit. You have to know your stuff. APA 6th ed. format is a requirement, and it must be adhered to. I had one chair in the dissertation stage. She was helpful, offered clear feedback and always stayed within the required response times as indicated by NCU. My committee members overall seemed to genuinely care about my research and were also helpful, articulate. They all challenged me, asked difficult questions and as a result, my dissertation is something I am truly proud of. It is hard to stay motivated and focused for four+ years, essentially give your life over to academics while still working full time. I would recommend NCU to someone who is a self-starter, who doesn't need a ton of affirmation. While my academic adviser always had the correct answers, and got me the information I needed, she wasn't my personal cheerleader or advocate. The expectation is that students are independent learners, workers and self-advocates. The only real frustration I experienced was with the length of the Institutional Review Board Review. However, my friends who have studied in brick and mortar schools have shared that the situation with IRBs is tricky everywhere. I loved my experience at NCU. I am glad I did it. And... I am glad to have those three magical letters after my name now ;)"
4.5 out of 5 stars
Shafir - 7/17/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"I just finished my PhD with a 4.0. It took me 3 years and 2 months (with a period of no activity of about 4 months due to external issues) to complete the degree, including coursework. I am not brilliant, but I was dedicated and motivated to complete the program and do the best I could do. I also teach in a local state college and love doing that as well. I found the education that I received was excellent. While not every professor can be the best I ever had, I found the vast majority to be excellent. I did have to stand up for my rights on a couple of occasions. When I did so firmly and respectfully I found that I was treated in the same manner. This is an excellent school and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to complete an education online and who, like me, will benefit from individualized instruction. I wish they offered more degrees! I am exploring a second with them now."
5.0 out of 5 stars
KLC - 5/12/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"If you're looking for a perfect school they don't exist. If you are not a self-learner, if you have difficulty synthesizing information, and if you can't do serious research do not attend NCU. After almost 6 years I've finished my doctorate and it wasn't easy. NCU is not going to hand you a doctorate degree. My academic advisor was great and though my first chair was really horrible, NCU has gone through and weeded out the subpar mentors and chairs. My chair was fantastic, always there for me. If you are not ready to put in long hours, deal with the ups and downs of completing a doctorate I would advise attending another school. If you decide to attend NCU you will be in a rigorous program, one that will challenge you every step of the way. I feel I am well prepared after attending NCU and wish only the best for the mentors, staff and students."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Raheem - 4/18/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"Do not waste your time. This is the worst school on the planet and needs to be shut down for stealing students money. I tried withdrawing and they had all these folks contact me. The only way to leave was to fail out the course. GO TO A BETTER SCHOOL."
1.9 out of 5 stars
Thank God I AM Done at NCU - 3/29/2016
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"Glad to be finished. Would not recommend to anyone. They treat adults like children. Always want more money. Too many ongoing changes. They are unfair if you question policies. Greed is the order of the day. Don't really care about students. Online school is the most difficult way to pursue a degree and you teach yourself at this school. Classes are fine but when you pursue to doctoral degree, look out. I am so so glad to be finished!!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Restoring Conscientious Literary Practices - 9/10/2015
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011
"Many instances of poor writing are evident that have been produced by the faculty, including the dissertation chair. The writing does not meet upper-division and graduate-University requirements--the composition consists of short choppy sentences that are of the same sentence style, and that frequently contain modification and predication problems. Much about subordination and coordination should be important to the administrators and faculty of NCU. Their awkward wording conveys problems--readers are bound to misinterpret passages such as, "With the increasing turnover rates, the specific problem was to investigate..." Please notice that the introductory phrase incoherently modifies its subject in this case. As an introductory phrase, it illogically relates to its subject. Comprehensive and logical wording should be, for example, "the...turnover rates caused the specific problem..." Furthermore, the specific problem cannot investigate--only an individual or group of individuals can investigate. The problem in this case was the effect of increasing turnover rates on the emotional intelligence of the leader; and, the related loss of profitability. As this passage is worded in the Best Practices for the Concept Paper example, no distinct cause-and-effect relationship is conveyed between the subject and predicate, and the absence of a fully logical connection between the subject and predicate leads to confusion. Even more trying are the oxymoronic passages such as, "If you turn in a revised milestone document, you do not need to turn in a status update", and, "Please update me each week by the due date with your progress for the week"--"it is very important to NCU policy that you turn in a weekly progress report." The first clause in this case obviously is contradicted by the 2nd and 3rd clauses. Awkward wording such as this is common in the NCU Syllabi and Welcome Letters. Furthermore, my objectively worded questions about such awkward wording were ignored by the Chair, mentors, and advisors. These mentors and Chairs have not diligently pursued the subject that they are intending to instruct; nor have they prepared their syllabi. They have not read what I've submitted, and the feedback from my Chair is poorly written. Is such incoherent writing common in America today? She is not knowledgeable in language education. Wherever I have edited and revised reports and assignments for students, and as I have worked avidly in class, my faculty members have expressed gratitude for my contributions. Avid reading and writing skills clearly are not appreciated by the highly paid Department Chairs at NCU who do not understand that many students today graduate with their first degree only to discover that their senior parental figures sold their home and moved to another community. Private-interest groups are dominating financial outlets so unjustly that the literary standards of the U.S. are declining. Scholarly writing should be void of faulty expletives--poorly focused sentences that use "it" and "there" with no reference to what "it" and "there" mean. Sentences with "there" are existential sentences that should mean "there exists." However, such expletive patterns, including "it [+ a conjugation of the infinitive 'to be']" are commonly overused and misused. Conscientious University instructors do not boast steadily about their achievements as they ignore the need to answer critical questions and to improve their wording. Learning institutions must include a faculty of instructors who are concerned about proficient communicative interaction between instructor and student; and, they must convey a sense of responsibility and accountability for their actions. If NCU representatives sincerely were concerned about achieving educational goals, they would offer valid feedback with each assignment that they return to their students. Appallingly, they have been intensely offended that I posed concern about their contradictory and awkward wording. Yes, I passed the Comps and DIS1, and my GPA is 3.97; yet, the NCU system abounds in incoherent wording, communication gaps, and superiority complexes that are not evident in the most highly accredited learning institutions; consequently, I must report my observations and experiences about inevitable misunderstandings that are inherent in the Chair-Committee-student scenario. The mentors and chair do not converse or relate interactively with students about textbook assignments and milestone projects. The consequences will be severe now that I have complained to my advisor and the BBB about my NCU Chair. I complained because she is not knowledgeable in the areas of English and language instruction, which are the topics of my research in the instruction of English as a second language. In fact, I have learned that NCU maintains no English Department or English-credentialed instructor whatsoever. The salesmen who enrolled me did not reveal this issue to me. Since then, I have offered to edit/revise their literature. However, neither my Advisor nor Chair have responded conscientiously about the issues that I have shared here--these being but a couple of many more communication problems that are inherent in the operations of NCU. Of course, subversion is occurring throughout our nation today. Our academic standards are being compromised as we must interact with strangers who after all may advocate for war rather than for peaceful resolve. One may read and report about what one has read at NCU, but that may render naught as the NCU mentors and Chair are not supporting an active learning agenda. Neither are they accounting for the original promises that their sales people promised their perspective students. They should be willing to work with me; however, they are too predisposed with their goals, agenda, and private interests to respond appropriately with any hint even that they have read my work or the assigned textbooks. One would hope for improved attitudes and performance levels. Overwhelming is the quest of the faculty and staff for thousands of dollars and more, with no regard for the quality of their product. Without a doubt, active-duty military members and governmental employees are an asset for NCU's reputation, credibility, and financial portfolio. Remember, though, that these students are working from a business orientation that does not parallel the high literary standards of upper-division and graduate academia. Profit-mindedness is causing a deterioration of our national academic standards and excellent verbal skills that include critical and analytical reading and writing proficiencies. English majors who represent Cambridge and Oxford Universities and other Universities throughout the world would not approve of the practices to which I have referred here."
1.8 out of 5 stars
Alexis A. - 8/10/2015
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"I cannot recommend this college to anyone who is seeking a degree in a field where you are already working. No matter what you already know, you will be treated like a person that just rolled off the back of a turnip truck. I don't feel respected at this place as an adult learner with real work and academic experience. I am trying to complete my dissertation here but I am dealing with teachers and a chair who have no training in how to give constructive feedback. At NCU they give you a paper on on "how to benefit from feedback" but it turns out that the teachers are not actually given training in giving feedback and so its a real crapshoot, if you get a bad one on your committee with some ego problems or some other type of bee in their bonnet you are doomed as there is no way for students to appeal anything. A lot of the teachers are really low level, untrained, unaware folks out in the middle of nowhere doing research on cows (this is actually what happened to me, my chair's dissertation was about cows and goats). There is absolutely no interaction with other students, and the quality of the course materials is very low, and then when you move into the dissertation process there are all sorts of unsupported demands and expectations that you are not prepared for during the coursework process. High expectations on their part, while the delivery and quality is very low. Plus this experience is not cheap. you are basically paying for them to treat you like an idiot who should just shut up and do what they tell you. At this point I will probably withdraw and attempt to go elsewhere to somewhere that has a more professional quality program."
4.9 out of 5 stars
Sedu - 7/25/2015
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2012
"Best online university. Best professors. The professor are very dedicated and the level of education that a person receive will be very useful in helping the student find a job in his or her field of study. The one-to-one model at Northcentral University gives the student the opportunity to start a course at any time. Additionally, the feedback, feedforward, and feedup that students receive help them achieve the best educational experience. The professors care about the achievement of the students. Though sometimes, things can get really tough because of their high standards, the degree I got from Northcentral University has opened numerous career and job opportunities. I gave Northcentral 100 percentage because none of the other universities I attended offered me the flexibility and cost effectiveness."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kerry Sanders - 4/6/2015
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2016
"Sorry to hear that some have had a bad experience. My experience has been great! I have been looking for something negative to say, since I enrolled at NCU three years ago. I have attended many schools, both public, and private since 1980. No question, this is the best educational experience that I have every undertaken. All of my Mentors have been knowledgeable, and available as expected. My "Advisers" seem to be junior staff members, who are there to work with students through any administrative issues they might encounter. I am on "Adviser" #3, but I rarely need them, and when I have, they have been knowledgeable, and able to assist me in a timely manner, to resolve my issues or concerns. In preparation for Doctoral work, I did not want to work in a traditional classroom setting. In addition, since my work is in eLearning, I wanted to submerse myself in a completely online experience. To date, I cannot report any problems. I have 30+ years in IT, and 25+years in higher education. I strongly recommend NCU!"