Northcentral University Reviews - Master's in Marriage & Family Therapy
Review of Marriage & Family Therapy Masters Degrees
I am a current student and my tuition has not "magically increased". My mentor has been helpful and practical in thinking. I have not had any difficulty in getting in contact with my mentor. Financial aid has been extremely transparent and I feel like I am able to make informed decisions. The curriculum is difficult and has forced me to learn. This is my 2nd masters degree, and I am learning a lot more than my prior brick and mortar school. The format forces you to be engaged in the process and be accountable for reading the material. There are times I need clarification on a theory which prompted me to email my professor/instructor, in which I received a timely response. I am sure I will hit bumps in the road, but I am engaged in my education and will motivate myself to push forward.
DO NOT GO TO THIS SCHOOL! The mentors are ok, but for my internship, it was HORRIBLE. It takes supervisors, assistants, etc. weeks, a few times a month to reply to emails or call you back. Or they never do. When I complained that it took so long to return my calls/emails, the response I received was "there a lot of students, they are busy, etc." The directions are unclear and unorganized. In the 3.5 years I was there I had seven different academic advisors. The dean is rude and condescending. I've been to four universities and this by far the worst! I could go on and on...just go someplace else!
My experience with NCU has been outstanding. I left the program for personal reasons just before engaging in my internship. The staff has been extraordinary in helping me return and find a clinical site. I found the course work far more rigorous than classes I have taken at prominent public universities. All of my instructors held doctorates and were currently working in the field of marriage and family therapy or psychology, depending on the course I was enrolled in. Their specific feedback to my assignments and insight into my weaknesses and strengths were excellent. They shared personal clinical experiences when I needed a greater understanding of a particular modality or technique. Also, the online library is extensive, and a number of self-directed programs are in place to help the student navigate the databases. When all else fails, the librarians are eager to help.
I am currently enrolled in NCU and will be completing my degree in February 2017. The past 18 months with NCU have represented the best learning experience of my life. The professors, the assignments, the chosen textbooks and resources all deserve a 5 star from me. I have been treated with the utmost respect and have had a team working with and for me to make my dream of being a therapist come true. As part of the MFT program I have to work at a local clinic and see clients for therapy. NCU has had constant contact with my local internship site and I have been impressed with the level of support and mentoring that I am being offered. I don't understand why there are such negative reviews, I am assuming that either the other programs at NCU are not well structured or that the people writing the bad reviews are the 1% who fail for personal short comings. NCU is a great university and I will be forever grateful for the role it has played in my professional life.
Beware they will take away your financial aid with out warning. Then send it into debt collections. They will just tell you that they did not receive your official transcript as the reason why you are being stuck with a large bill out of no where. Never had a experience like this before. I would advise anyone looking at this University to run in the other direction. They should not be involved in a persons future.
You are definitely teaching yourself. I expected Skype class sessions, but it's not the worst. If I need help with an assignment, all I have to do is email my professor, and they will set up a Skype session with me. They've even let me re-submit assignments for a chance at a higher grade. Dr. West, really took the time to explain concepts to me, and Dr. Ribadu is great as well. I'm only in my 4th class, but I have not felt like I'm in a "For profit school". I would like to believe that they have truly come a long way from their inception and are not accredited with the AAMFT. I can pay my tuition in installments and choose the amount for each payment. I found out that later on in the programme, I will have Skype class sessions that meet once per week, so that satisfies everything for me. My only wish is that they weren't purely an online based school. I would like to have had the option to physically go in to a campus if I wanted to/was able to. There's a student association for MFT students and they're a great support system. I haven't had any problems with my advisor. She's cleared up all of my issues with graduation dates and how the programme works. I would definitely give it a try if you're looking for an accredited online programme for MFT, because there aren't many to choose from.