Northcentral University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (186)
During the 2 years I took courses toward an Ed.D., I had six different "mentors." Only one actually gave any evidence of reading my submissions; he was encouraging and helping. Another actually returned a 10 page paper written earlier in the course instead of grading my culminating 40 page paper. When I pointed it out and asked for a grade and feedback on the larger work, he seemed confused about why I didn't want to just take the A and run; said he'd grade the other if I insisted (I did), but I never heard back from him. The discipline of research and writing was good for me, but it wasn't adding up a doctorate that was going to be meaningful. (A friend with a real PhD expressed concern about the school early on.) Meanwhile, tuition rose astronomically and the flexibility to take a week or month off here and there was reduced to nil - definitely not user-friendly for people with full-time jobs. I see that the website still is not forthcoming about the pace one is required to keep. Basically, the program is designed to separate you from your money as quickly as possible. There are too many other providers out there to mess with these folks.
I started my MBA in healthcare in NCU and have successfully completed my 9 out of 10 courses required to get my degree. I have not have any issues with anyone or any complains against NCU. I have a responsible academic advisor who calls me up and helps me with all my class schedules. I have had some mentors who were gave me valubale guidelines and there were some who did not give me very constructive feedbacks, which can happen in any univ. It is true that unless u reach out to your mentor you are on your own to study and complete your asignment, there is no spoon feeding. The classes goes smoothly as long as you fulfilled the assignment according to instructions, which can be challenging because one has to invest the time to read and research all the papers before you write your assignment. The mentors are not there to make your life diffcult, that is my experience but they want you to get the work done. It all depends on how well one can handle independent study, which is the basic of NCU. I have 2 prior MS dgrees from brick and mortar state univ and I think the MBA program is quite good for working profesisonals. I am full time working mom and the coursework load is tiring for me. I will recommend the school to any working professionals. Those who complain maybe need a more classroom based and interactive environment where they can talk to the mentor and the students and do group studies, its just a different level of comfort and there is nothing wrong in it and there is nothing wrong with NCU either. Among the success stories of MBA healthcare I know from NCU there are 2 VP in the healthcare industry who have used their degrees from NCU to make it to the higher level. So please do not get discouraged by the reviews, just evaluate what would be a good environment for you to study.
I have read a number of reviews on NCU. I can only say that folks who complain about turning papers in on weekly basis, being stalled during the dissertation process, books only available on the book store, ramifications of not citing properly have not fairly reviewed the course. I am in PhD program and it's hard. It is designed to teach curriculum related to your area of expertise (15 courses) then teach you to be a researcher by focusing you on your dissertation process. My wife and I have had a saying since I started: "they just don't hand these degrees out". NCU has no benefit from keeping students from completing their degree. In fact, once you exceed the four course period to complete your dissertation coursework, they only charge you 1/3 of the standard course. So in fact, they take financial hit to make sure you succeed. If they wanted you to stay in limbo, they'd just keep charging you the full course fee for of about $2,600 for the 12 weeks instead of the $900 for the 12 week course continuation. This is a great school and I will graduate knowing that I earned the degree and put in the same amount of work I would have at any top school. I know it because my Dissertation Chair has not made it easy on me, but she has made the end result much better.
My experience was consistent with some other posts. Classes were fine for an online school My big problem is the dissertation phase. I have spent two years, and feel the chair does not want me to proceed at a reasonable pace. I do not feel like I am learning about how to perform research. Going to NCU was a decision I regret.
Classes are not conducive to an adult learning experience. Offers a lot of busy work. One would have to spend at least 25 or more hours each week in order to fulfill weekend assignments while at work full time. Another issue, zero feedback...you are given a textbook and direct orders to fulfill assignments without any further instruction or class time. I have no idea who my classmates are! Totally unacceptable experience.
I attended Northcentral Univ. 2013. The P.HD program is not what it seems. I took my first course- Foundations for Doctoral Study in Business. I made an A- for that class. But my second class dealt with Marketing and a much older teacher, was very confusing. The study materials were sort of 9th or 10th level books. They want you to turn in a cover sheet for each assignment. You have one week to do each assignment. If, you get an older instructor (you’re probably in trouble because the University has it course syllabus to follow by, but the older instructor has his own course syllabus that he wants you to follow. And don't miss one little tiny, citation on a 6 pages report using APA style. They will put you on probation-warning to expel you, instead of mentoring you like a professional Professor would do. I lie not to you about this University. It cost me $2570 for one course. So, if you drop-out of a class in the middle of a semester or had a fall-out with an instructor, and you probably will later down the road. They still want their $2570 from you, or they will send it to a collection-placed on your credit report. Your credit score would drop by 10 to 15 points, believe me, it will hurt your credit score when it’s in a collection status. But it’s your choice, if you decide to attend Northcentral University.
My experience at Northcentral University was devastating. The cost of this University is outrageous for the service that you receive. They call their teachers "Mentors" when no one really mentor you, you are pretty much teaching yourself. The mentors provide you with the syllabus and grade your weekly homework. After attending this school for over four years and failed one class, I made an appeal and dismissed from the University. I asked to speak to the Dean of my school, I was denied, everyone I talked to had no advice for me, only to offer me a Masters in place of my Doctors degree, I declined being that I already have two Masters. I really heart broken that all the loans I have accumulated only to end up with nothing. I don't know no more now than I new when I started with this institution. My advice, DO NOT, I repeat DO NOT enroll in this University, it is a huge rip off
When I started my program, I was very excited. I had a great experience my first class; my teacher engaged me and created opportunity for deeper thinking. However, from there, the value of my program disintegrated to the point where I am considering leaving with only 7 weeks left. The other instructors I have had have not been helpful; to call them a "mentor" would be a joke. I had to request a change for one of them because she was so awful. The courses have not been insightful and most of the assignments are repeats of that previous assignments.
My BBA degree is concentrated on marketing. You can expect to take a lot of business related and prep classes. An example of a prep class I liked involved putting a resume together. The is no portal where other students interact. I wish that there was at times because you are teaching yourself and trying to understand directions on your own.
Coursework is okay until you get to the disseratation stage. The school constantly makes changes so it is easy to lose sight of what policies are in effect. They do not grandfather in changes in their own programs.If you have problems, there is lots of red tape to get them resolved, if resolution really takes place. NCU is not really accountable to anyone. Tuition has nearly doubled in five years and you really teach yourself. I frankly do not trust anyone at the school. They have a first milestone for the dissertation called a "concept paper." Most schools do not have this, but if they do it is around 10 pages. At NCU it might be 60 pages or more and you can spend years working on this. I frankly do not think much of the school but once you get past taking a couple classes it is too late to turn about without taking a great loss.