Northcentral University Reviews
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There are any mixed reviews of the university, but I can honestly say that every institution will likely have good and bad staff, mentors, etc. I was fortunate to have one dissertation chair for the duration of my dissertation. Many had a change of DCs, which caused more delays for them. My program took me 6 years, 2 months to complete. Is it expensive? Yes. Is it worth the investment of time? Oh yes! Watch your financial statements to make sure loan information matches, so you don't get hosed. Do your homework before selecting a school. Be prepared to be dedicated to your journey. It's not your mentor's journey, they already took theirs.
This school is a hidden gem! The coursework is challenging, the Professors are mentoring and understanding, the financial aid office works with you and the degree is worth it's weight in gold. Thank you for continuing to increase my scholarship and academic knowledge.
One of the worst schools I've ever been a part of. They are money chasers and nothing more. I've been lied to about TA and then charged after being guaranteed I would not be. Prepare to read some articles and just write papers all week. I've made purposeful mistakes just to see if anyone was reading my work. They didn't notice or you get the standard response of some minor grammatical errors. It's been the same response on every paper since the first class. Which is 8 papers a class for 6 classes. I did have one good advisor but the others don't help much. DO NOT ATTEND THIS SCHOOL. It's a waste of time money and effort. The professors do not help you in anyway. They are just a name on a class.
My experience with NCU was positive. The DBA program is a great and it is very rigorous. There were challenges along the way, however, I stayed diligent and worked very hard to complete the program. I had excellent faculty members. Additionally, many of the NCU students and graduates that I have encountered had impressive professional backgrounds (military; major corporations; large nonprofit organizations; government agencies; business owners; etc.) and many came from good B&M schools. I received great support from my peers at NCU. I completed my undergraduate and graduate programs at traditional B&M schools and found NCU to be just as rigorous (if not more). Working on a PhD /Doctorate is a very hard thing to do and doing independently makes it ten times more difficult. To complete a PhD/Doctorate at NCU you will need to have to be willing to put the time and effort into the program; be self-motivated; and do well as an independent researcher. Many that start PhD/Doctorate programs do not finish regardless of the school. NCU is not easy and you will get back what you put in.
Overall, I am please with my choice to attend NCU. I was challenged by the workload, pushed by my instructors, and forced to think differently. I believe this is the purpose of education. I would gladly recommend NCU's doctorate program. It will not be easy, but if you want easy, you should not be pursuing a doctorate degree. My dissertation chair was phenomenal!!! He stayed on me to get things done timely and when he saw me getting discouraged, he encouraged me!! Which, to me, is going above and beyond the call of duty. I really believe the staff cared about my success and I am forever grateful!!!
The experience was good up to dissertation. There was zero support, mentorship, or coaching from my chair. My chair expressed a disdain for me in the process and had no investment in my success and the other dissertation board members where non-existent in the process. The Chair was a tenured professor out of Boston College out and "road blocked" me in the process. He had absolutely no investment in my success!! After going around and around for three years in the dissertation development I gave up and acquired a certificate in business leadership, which is worth nothing as it applies to nothing as a credential. After tens of thousands of dollars I invested along the way having gone through all course work achieving 3.9 accumulated GPA leading up to dissertation... and my dreams/professional goals dashed and what seemed to be high jacked by a dissertation process that was dysfunctional! I regret my affiliation.
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 a positive journey and very rewarding. Everyone from the teachers to the advisors were very helpful and concern about my academic status. If I had to state one concern about NCU is that the advisors should contact the students on a weekly or monthly bases for encouragement.
Everything seemed fine through my coursework, although it was clear I was completely on my own. There is no interaction with other students, and all learning was done through my own initiative. I appreciated the few instructors who seemed truly engaged. HOWEVER, the trouble started when I reached the dissertation phase. One dissertation chair, then another, then another, then another, were assigned to me. Each time, the new person wanted me to re-start. I ultimately was required to phone the university and ask if I needed to sue them to hold up their end of the contract. At that time, I was placed in a special fast-track-to-graduation program. The new chair, who cheered but did nothing else, required me to hire a professional editor and professional statistician to review my work. This is contrary to NCU rules, but it was either that or quit. I ultimately jumped through all those crazy hoops and graduated. On the way, I learned that the only way NCU can get its reputation out of the garbage can is to have a dissertation program that is not correlated to greater payment from the student for time required to completion. It's one thing for a student who isn't capable to linger and never get there. However, a motivated, capable, intelligent, hard-working person keen for mentoring should not have endured this. I say this with full appreciation for the difficulties we all encounter in performing and documenting original research. Shame on you, NCU. I was unwilling to attend graduation because I did not have sufficient respect for the institution. I would love to see changes made that might allow me to feel greater esteem for my accomplishment in earning a Ph.D.
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 ;)