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This degree has been a challenge, but a good challenge! You have to be disciplined and work hard. It is fully accredited and they did require previous transcripts in order to go from an undergraduate to a graduate degree! I feel I was challenged and have earned my degree just as much as going to a brick and mortar school. Please don't let the naysayers persuade you otherwise. I had some tough instructors and worked very hard for my GPA of 3.95! My intern experience has been positive and very helpful as well!
DO NOT GO HERE! Your first red flag should be that the university doesn't require former transcripts - meaning they in no way make sure enrolling students are up to the required work (thus, why so many drop out due to struggling with material or fail out and wind up in massive debt). Beyond this, the school's aid department is a joke. Not only do they rarely, if ever, have accurate information on aid amounts, disbursement dates, and so forth, but MANY students have had money go missing. Further, class material is basic at best - it's more like middle school material than college material, short of its APA writing standards. This is why the department of education recently deemed the program not up to par - classes DO NOT properly teach or train students for their respective careers. Luckily, I didn't wind up too bad but only because 1) I was educated enough to begin with to keep up with material easily, and, 2) I keep track of my own aid and fight for it - three different times now federal aid funds of mine have gone 'missing', only to inexplicably return after I spend a month or more harassing the school to give me answers, though an explenation as to what happened with the money and how it finally got put back was never given. Even so, this degree will be virtually useless. Seriously - spare yourself.
Awesome faculty and despite the negative experiences expressed. It functions with the same ethics and standards as other schools accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Some people just like to knock the big guy in higher education but look more closely at the smaller schools and their practices are the same. Higher Ed is a business be it for profit or tax exempt (non-profit).
There is a lot of reading and writing when it comes to a Masters degree here, more some than others. On the upside, I know quite a bit more than some of my peers. The flexibility of going here, online, has been extremely helpful. I have not seen or had anything negative happen to me during my attendance except a few delays in processing paperwork for payment by the VA.
BEWARE!!!! I spent over $20,000 for my degree, to find out that it's not worth the paper it was printed on. I graduated with a very high GPA and was suppose to receive a discount on my classes, never happened. When I contacted the school about the discount, "It's being investigated and we'll get back to you on that." I left the school to attended a better school at a much better price. If you want a school that works for you, stay away from Phoenix. This school is only out to get your money, they offer "degrees" that are not accepted throughout the United States. DON'T GO TO THIS SCHOOL..... I was never refunded the discount I worked so hard to receive and saddened by the dishonesty of the Financial Department.
The university's online program was the best opportunity for me as a working adult. I am thankful for the flexibility that it offers. Although some individuals speak negatively about the university, what you get out of the learning experience will depend on your motivation to learn. I have experienced those who take advantage of the system and I suspect graduate without learning anything. I've been an A student since junior high school and other universities besides the University of Phoenix. I am also retired military and halfway through my second career. No doubt that there are more intense programs at other institutions, but again, its all about your willingness to learn and challenge yourself.
I should have heeded the warnings of others who have studied at this "university". Every single step in the process of application, study, and follow up has been a complete and utter nightmare. You will have people calling you daily, and if you even mention that you aren't interested, they will quickly turn on you and be rude and disparaging. It boggles my mind that this "university" is still open. I think the icing on the cake of an absolutely horrific experience was finding out the instructor that taught my class (who constantly denigrated his students) has had his teaching certification PERMANENTLY revoked in the state of Florida for the following: writing checks out to cash for the charter school he started, continuing to employ a felon after he was made aware that the person was a felon...the list goes on. You will not have an easy or enjoyable time "studying" through this fake university. There was a single course I needed for grad school, which I was able to complete in 6 weeks instead of a full semester, but having been through it, this fake university couldn't pay ME to take another course here. Please save yourself the 6 weeks of torture, and go somewhere else.
I was a working single mother when I completed my degree. UoPs online classes made it possible for me to support my family while getting a degree. I know many people give UoP bad reviews but I beg to differ. After completing my BS I earned my CPA. The BS in Accounting gave me the foundation I needed to pass the exam. Before UoP I was making under $40k now I'm making $89.5k.
I was told by my financial advisor that my tuition was going to be about 14, 000.00 in total i knew i was going to pay interest. while attending classes I paid a few thousands of dollars. My financial aid paid a couple as well, and at the end i was still slapped with 20,000.00 in student loans. this college is shady, I will make sure everyone that I know knows about it. Many of my friends wanted to take classes there but I will make sure i tell them my experience with them.
Obtaining a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix has been a great opportunity for me. I am a true believer that when you want something bad enough, you can achieve it. When obstacles stand in your way, you can achieve it. I say that to say this..No matter what learning disadvantages you might face, you can achieve it, when you believe in yourself. I am a Phoenix!