Northcentral University Reviews - Psychology

2.83 out of 5 stars
(23 Reviews)
38% of 23 students said this degree improved their career prospects
43% of 23 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

2.0 out of 5 stars
Carriann Mulcahy - 7/21/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"I graduated a year ago from Northcentral after receiving both my Masters and PhD. I feel like I received an excellent education, but that's all I received. The program did not allow for any research or teaching experience, which is needed to acquire a position. The school had, at the time, no one to advise students in the field of Health Psychology with job placement or job leads. Here it is, just about a year after receiving my doctorate, and I have no qualifications for a job other than my credentials. This is very disheartening. I spent many years studying hard to acquire my degree and I feel that the advisors and university dropped the ball."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Dr. DS - 2/5/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2011
"I completed my PhD with Northcentral University in 2011 and I am now an assistant professor on my way to being a tenured. The PhD is very difficult and challenging process. Barriers to completion are not common--they are certainties and reality. When I read reviews about NCU, I promise that the complaints by students are the same as other students at brick and mortar schools. Committees provide inconsistent and conflicting feedback. You change one thing for one committee member and then change it back for another. Committee members get weeks to review and make suggestions and the student gets 1-3 days to make corrections--horror stories all PhD candidates experience. My PhD has opened a number of doors for me and I am actually in a much better place to write and publish than my colleges from traditional PhD programs because I am used to forging forward and figuring out things on my own. So many of my colleagues need a team of people to help them write a journal article or book chapter and struggle greatly with being independent scholars. All this to say--NCU was a blessing to me--very difficult and rigorous program, and it certainly did not feel like a "blessing" at the time--but now I see I am a much better member of academia for my doctoral experience with NCU."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Kevin Coghlan - 12/10/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2022
"Northcentral is incredible. I was super nervous prior to attending, but once I started, I immediately understood how lucky I was to be attending. I have jobs and children, so on campus Ph.D. was going to be difficult. I was very hesitant about online programs. Now I am no longer nervous. Furthermore, the one to one instruction is unreal. Dr. Streit, my first professor, was beyond incredible. I am so impressed with her ability to help me focus on dissertation ideas, develop those ideas, and being generally responsive to every question and ideas shared. I was nervous about attending this school until I was exposed to Dr. Streit."
2.4 out of 5 stars
Sheldon - 11/28/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"NCU works hard to draw you in and after admission the problems being. I’ve have had multiple advisors largely due to lack of communication. Each and every course I had multiple issues with FA which I would never find out about until contacting them. Once FA issues were sorted out it would take another 30-45 days for funds to be applied and issue a stipend if required. Administration proved to be incompetent at every turn, however, the instructors were pretty good and gave extensive feedback. Unfortunately, I was too close to transfer anywhere else and completed my undergraduate program and will be attending public universities only going forward. While NCU isn’t the worst I’ve experienced I recommend exploring other options to accomplish your educational endeavors. More specifically, a educational institution that cares for its students."
2.3 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 9/29/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"Enrollment specialists are very quick to get you enrolled, and afterward is when the problems begin. Poor communication on behalf of advisors results in delayed financial aid regularly. Advisors are also very impersonal and seem only to reach out whenever you contact them first, or something is wrong. The instructors are knowledgeable from what I've experienced, and you're expected to do a lot of reading which is excellent for most disciplined individuals. After careful consideration, I will be attending a public university for my master's degree. Be sure to "shop around" as there are many better choices for online education."
1.7 out of 5 stars
Pdub - 1/12/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"During the dissertation sequence, the chair and the committee take more than 2 weeks to provide feedback so that you have to sign up for and pay for additional courses at $3900 each, to allow them time to review. You get 24 hours to respond to their feedback, and they take 2 1/2 weeks to provide theirs."
3.3 out of 5 stars
vmc - 11/28/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016
"Very expensive, but very convenient because classes start weekly. They expedite your paperwork extremely quickly when you apply. Assignments are graded quickly. The problem is that the student has no communication with other students in the course. Basically, it's like a self-study degree with the only the teacher's feedback on an intermittent basis. It is a very lonely way to learn. Nonetheless, if you've got the money, the school may be an option for you."
4.4 out of 5 stars
JMiller - 7/25/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"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!)."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Wes - 4/25/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"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!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
John - 1/22/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2010
"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."
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