Northcentral University Reviews - Doctorate in Psychology
Review of Psychology Doctoral Degrees
I received both my Masters and my Doctorate through NCU. My experience was good.... I had some good professors, some not so good professors and some great professors (just like any school). I also felt that some of the courses were applied in the wrong order, but I could have talked over my schedule with my advisor more. Advisors changed often and like professors they were not all that great. I did have some great experiences. The dissertation process was exhausting (as one would expect). Overall I think NCU was a good choice and would encourage anyone who decides on NCU to talk with your advisor about your plans and be sure to take your course in a manner that fits your needs (i.e. if you have kids, no hard classes in the summer!).
Some courses were okay, but for the most part it's a lot of busy work. They say it is work at your own pace...except you have to hand in weekly assignments by Sunday at midnight, then wait until the next Friday to get feedback, then turn in your next assignment on Sunday. So basically, instructors have 4 days to grade and I have to do all of my work on the weekend. It's against policy to hand anything in before getting the previous assignment back! And the dissertation is the same. They tell you that you can work ahead, but then you still have to wait and hand each section in on the weekend it's due, for 48 weeks! Feels like grade school to me not adult education!
I started my program in 2008 to earn my doctorate in Industrial/Organizational Psychology to compliment my MBA. I read all of the catalog requirements and began. In 2010 my father unexpectedly passed away 3 weeks before class was over and 2 assignments still due. I contacted my advisor and the professor immediately since I would be travelling to take care of funeral and estate situations and would need an extension. No reaponse. I ended up getting one of the assignments turned in the last day of class (I had still not been contacted back). Then with the rolling enrollment NCU started my next class. I contacted again requestiong one of the breaks that was allowed under my catalog. That I got a reply to tgat the catalog had changed and that wasnt an option any longer. I got the final assignment of the original class in 2 weeks late. Neither of the last two assignments were graded but my grade assigned (F). I then contacted the current class in which I was behind in then explaining what was going on, no response. Again this term starting behind the 8 ball plus trying to get caught up at work I again was running about 2 weeks behind. No late assignments were accepted or graded, so another F went on my record and the school again rolled over my enrollment. Frustrated at how this was going I dropped the class and program. NCU again had dinged my account for tuition (which I couldnt get refund on, since it was after day 5 of the course AND instead of assigned a WD (withdraw) they posted a grade of F. Little to no response with advisors, administration or so called professors. They have a great system going to keep the dollars flowing in with little regard for student well being or learning. Very disappointed. With 18 passing hours (A/B) I could have used those to hit my next pay raise but with the 3 Fs I cant have the transcript even sent to my employer. Sadly, NCU knows exactly what they are doing.
Consumer Beware. Financial Aid services were NOT transparent, and/or forthcoming in information, which sadly reflect upon the entire university. Poor/miscommunication was common between departments, Professor was caring, as well as proficient. Although I did well in the course at NCU, the institution was problematic My overall experience with this institution concerning resolution was both time consuming and exacerbating. If you're looking for an institution of both quality and integrity, you may want to look elsewhere. .
I am earning my PhD in psychology. The overall purpose of pursing my degree with NCU is that my goal is to enhance my profession as a marriage coach and academic lecturer. I also plan to contribute to research in this area. overall, NCU has been a learning experience. I feel that the writing and research opportunities were extremely rigorous. Most, but not all, of my mentors were helpful with some areas of the curriculum, and less so in others. For example, there were times were feedback was not helpful or seemed a cookie-cutter response. Some mentors do not thoroughly explain instructions or offer their expectations clearly However, there were some mentors that were very detailed in their feedback and understood the course material well. I think it really depends on the class. I will say that the support services are excellent. Anytime I signed up for assistance, such as with Statistics, I received exceptional support. I went through two academic advisors, and the one I have now is wonderful. She check in and always answer my questions within 24 hours. The biggest flaw about NCU is that there isn't enough practical experience for psych majors. I think they should offer internships or clinicals. I had also mentioned adding a life coaching certification component as a specialization to the psychology curriculum because I think psych majors need more hands on opportunities in order to secure a career in the field. However, in my case, I do believe my degree from NCU will enhance my career, especially after I attain my coaching certification form another institution. I also think it will serve me well as a professor. So, as you read the reviews, and make a decision as to where you want to invest your money and earn your degree, keep in mind what you want to do with your degree and how it will be received in the industry of your career. For me, NCU is ideal, even though improvements are needed.
It was a shaky start after I completed my oral comps due to a change in my dissertation chair. However, my committee was exceptional and challenged me all the way. The key is communication and team work. The mentors I had were good in giving constructive feedback and in a timely manner for the most part. I did have one mentor who was abroad so we never talked by phone either.
I wish I first checked the reviews before enrolling at Northcentral University. I was badgered almost daily with telephone calls trying to convince me to enroll until I finally did. NCU's relentless emphasis on its integrity and ethics should have raised a flag. Nine months worth of online courses proved NCU has neither. I withdrew and found a reputable institution to learn from instead.
It SHOULD have been a good fit, with the self-paced learning and online format, but it is a disaster. For an online school, the website is straight from 1996. Don't let the shiny EXTERNAL site fool you; the one students use is a joke. Instructors come and go with no notice (I was in a class for 21 days with an instructor who had quit prior to the class starting). You have to fight them about everything, and they "continuously" enroll you, you know, for your own good, so you are always in school. You have to ask permission to not be in class. With NCU, the meter is ALWAYS running.
Yes, but not at this school. They are always changing the process on you, with no warning, and not even the instructors and staff and keep the policy changes straight. STAY AWAY. Remember, this is a FOR PROFIT place, and you are a customer, not a student.
Find another place to go to school. Online education isn't there yet, and NCU is Exhibit A in why online degrees aren't taken seriously.