Student & Graduate Reviews
Marlon Wells - 8/15/2014
Graduation Year: 2014
"The University of Phoenix (UOP) is an excellent school for the working class adult to earn a degree in a expedited period of time. The hybrid online/on-site classroom setting is convenient and reasonable. The coursework is compacted into 6-week courses which could really be challenging to complete but not impossible. Instructors are credentialed and well-versed in their specialties. Final exams are all online and not very difficult to complete."
Mayu - 2/8/2014
Graduation Year: 2013
"I have a very demanding work schedule. Online program helped me to continue the education. I have completed my MBA in June 2013. Students are diverse from different states and there are students originally from different countries too. It may not be a top level..but the environment is average and good practice to interact with various students and instructors. Every week homework and text were not easy but I have learned a lot. For a graduate school, it is not just what you read and what your instructor tells you. You need to research and think think think. A lot of self-study involved. If you are not handling this well, you may not be taking max advantage of master programs."
Sara Hitchcock - 8/13/2013
"Tell us about your college experience.UoP was an excellent fit for me. I was returning to school after a fourteen year break. i earned my bachelor of science in business management in February 2013. NowI am working on my MBA and should be finished in the fall of 2014. UoP allowed me to work full time and go to school full time. I takes a lot of discipline and focus. It was also difficult to go year round with the only break a week or two at Christmas. I did attend a classroom college before and found online much more difficult. If a person is not a good reader, online is not the right fit. There is little interaction from the instructors. Usually any feedback is canned. The education received is what the student makes of it. If the student puts no effort into it, it is a negative experience. My experience was very positive because the classes were very similar to my job so I got every day experience as to what I was learning in class. The MBA classes are a repeat of my undergrad program. I do not feel I am learning anything new. The learning teams are a joke because usually only one or two members actually participate but everyone on the team gets the same grade. After working in the business world for 20 years, I completely disagree the learning teams are similar to work teams in the work place. Plus it never fails, in every class, someone on the team ends up in the hospital, breaks a leg, and has a family member died. It would just be better if they were honest that they did not do the work.Would you get the same degree if you could start over?I would get the same degree if I was to start over. Overall, I have received a valuable education that has tremendously helped me in my career.What advice can you offer other students?If you want to do online classes, it is not the school that dictates your success, it is you. If you want to successful, you have to be disciplined, make the time for it, and stick to it even when you want to be doing something else. The cliche is true, you only get out of it what you put into it. Make the sacrifices and you will find success."
Anonymous - 7/24/2013
Graduation Year: 2012
"Tell us about your college experience.University of Phoenix (UoP) maintains a questionable reputation due to the acceptance of most all students. Typically, it is referred to as an online university that offers a degree without an education. I have read countless "scholarly" reviews, peer reviews, and "higher" accredited students tear into UoP's academic standards. I felt obligated to provide my vantage point review from an individual who obtained their undergrad and graduate degree from the school in both online and brick and mortar respectively, in various regions of the world. UoP is not designed to be a college straight out of High School. If that’s your motive, you are in the wrong direction and should reassess attending college. UoP is actually designed for the working professional to enhance their skills within their field and improve upon their research, writing, and communicative abilities. It’s heavily geared toward team-oriented projects and simulated exercises, providing real-world examples, with mild-moderate academic rigor, depending on the course. Realistically, for individuals who work full-time and require flexible scheduling, UoP is a great option. The grey area and the questionable activity is that UoP is designed to pass its students as long as their work is handed in, regardless of academic quality. That does not mean that they will achieve an A, quite the contrary, it is extremely difficult to maintain a 3.5 or higher, in any program. I have seen high credentialed individuals attend UoP’s MBA program, predominately for the convenience of its locations, as well as the flexibility of scheduling, barely pass courses just based on the fact that if you are unable to communicate well, you will struggle immensely. Most courses require presentations and leadership roles as team facilitators and project coordinators; introverted personalities struggled at UoP while I was there. UoP is just like any other academic institution; “what you as a student put in to the course work, you as a professional will take away.” Every student in my MBA program worked full-time, most ex-military, and typically seeking to improve upon their current abilities and knowledge level. Most all the students were extremely hard working, brought dynamic ideas to the table, and provided a level of ingenuity to a lot of the simulation exercises and team projects. Granted, there were slackers along the way, but I am pretty sure there are C and D students in every academic institution, regardless of the name. Based on my experience, I believe that if you either work full-time, or are in between jobs with a solid resume, UoP will facilitate in sharpening proactive thinking mechanisms and enhance one’s ability to communicate and convey a message, written and oral. From an academic standpoint, the curriculum is actually tough; the amount of reading and writing conducted throughout my MBA program was, at times, overwhelming. At the end of the day, it’s not a prestigious institute, and may get overlooked by employers as a stand-alone bullet. The bottom line is the school will give you skills, aid in job placement, and at a minimum, get you an interview. It’s really on you to sell yourself."
Mysticraven - 4/21/2013
Graduation Year: 2013
"I completed my BSBA-Accounting after obtaining my AB from the College of So. Nevada, after a 7 year break I decided to return to UoP for my MBA.As with any school you get out of it what you put in, however, it does discourage me that I see other students in Masters level courses that can't complete a full sentence or construct a cogent argument or discussion.Both degrees at UoP have done much to further my career but these opportunities were not based solely on my education. I'm a mid-career professional and while the degrees are required it's also "real world" experience that opens doors.I feel that UoP, being "for profit", will pass any student that has access to funds to pay for the course and sadly, this devalues ALL of the their degrees. I will not deem them a degree mill as they certainly don't qualify but allowing students into programs such as the MBA who have no experience in business is a great disservice to both the institution and the students.Over the past few years their enrollment numbers are declining and I believe this to be directly attributed to their policy of passing students, albeit with D's, that have no reasonable expectation of having even the most basic conversations about any of these subjects with a UoP degree on their resume. This causes the degrees to be devalued, less students then enroll, etc.I can tell you that I have learned much in the MBA program, I read all assigned readings, spend time with no-required learning activities and overall I'm pleased with my progress and the program. Can you pass by reading chapter summaries and fluff? Yes.Learning teams typically have at least one member who is not willing to tank their grade due to the slackers in the team and as a result, coat-tailing is common and a person who is interested in credentials and not learning can get by easily.Take this for what it's worth. You can get a degree by paying the required tuition or you can get an education worthy of the degree that will conferred, it's entirely up to you."