Walden University Reviews

  • 588 Reviews
  • Minneapolis (MN)
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
54% of 588 students said this degree improved their career prospects
49% of 588 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Jeanette
  • Reviewed: 4/12/2021
  • Degree: MSW - Clinical
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"I realized when I started at Walden I was taking a risk for a for-profit school but it cost a lot LESS than most non-profit schools when I included the military discount so I decided to go for it. The quality of instruction is iffy sometimes. First of all, we need to set things straight regarding expectations regarding instruction. This is not a bachelor's program. Masters-level students are expected to digest the material and then analyze it and write about it. Many people are expecting to be taught the material. They don't do that. They comment on what you are learning and provide feedback about what you learned or what you did not learn. And this is where I mark the professors as iffy. Most are very invested and provide great feedback and information to help you learn more about something or give appropriate critique, while others give you no valuable feedback at all. They are all doctorates and very knowledgeable in the field but not all make great professors. I have three quarters left and I have only had one truly awful professor. When I reached out to him and only got cold and rude responses that did not address my concerns I called and complained to my advisor, who put me in touch with the head of the department. She asked for more information to prove my complaints were valid and then switched me to another section and apologized on behalf of the department for this professor's behavior and said she would be contacting him. That demonstrates that she listens to valid complaints and does try to help students when the situation merits it. All in all, my experience at Walden has been very good thus far and I would recommend their online MSW program for any self-starter. There are TONS of tutorials to learn about the platform and a host of other things that will help students succeed in the program. Just go in with realistic expectations and realize that the online format is very different from a brick-and-mortar program but the education available will absolutely prepare you for a career in social work if you put in the work required to make yourself proficient."
A Bradshaw
  • Reviewed: 4/7/2021
  • Degree: Public Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"At first the Walden was inviting but soon turned into nothing more than a financially focused machine. I started my program prior to using my federal GI Bill benefits but had to take a break from classes due to being deployed. Despite acknowledging my absence, Walden attempted to enroll me in class and claim my benefits without follow up. I had to email my advisor and remind them that I was not able to participate until my return, Walden University seemed not to care. The quality of instruction is best described as a pay to pass. I have since enrolled in a separate online university that is challenging and will fail students who do not adhere to standards. I WOULD NOT recommend this school and DEFINITELY WOULD NOT RECOMMEND this school to military members. The "For Profit" stereotype is strong with this organization."
Joseph Powel
  • Reviewed: 4/4/2021
  • Degree: Education Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"Walden is what it is. You do the work you get the degree. That said, I did the work and had one hiccup in the end. My last semester there due to medical problems which I physically flew to Spain to get a doctors note as requested by the school so I could get credit for one class back. I had calculated graduate school very carefully and although they promised to look at my case, they didn't meet their own deadlines and when they reviewed my case, took nothing into account and charged me thousands of dollars for a class I did not attend. The school just put me in a loop talking to various people for months and finally they just stopped responding. To this day, even though I have graduated they are holding my degree. It is for profit for a reason. Don't ever expect anyone to help you, advocate for you or be in your side. Professors in general are decent as long as you tell them whats happening. The work load is reasonable but the school itself, in regards to administration is horrid. No one even knows what their job is and again, in the end I had to contact their parent company who also did the same thing to me and just took my money. 44k later...."
Crystal Mitchell
  • Reviewed: 3/20/2021
  • Degree: Forensic Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"This school is the worst! DON'T WASTE YOUR TIME! There is no support if you have a problem with faculty. No matter your issue it is never their fault but is only the student's. The Department head for Forensic Psychology is rude and she is a joke! She accuses students of things that are not true and doesn't want to hear the entire story. I was treated like my concerns about my instructor weren't important and she sided with the instructor without any concern for me. I wouldn't tell anybody to go here and I plan to let everyone I know not to ever consider such a ridiculous school."
DeEtta Balthazar
  • Reviewed: 3/19/2021
  • Degree: Education
  • Graduation Year: 2024
"I am currently enrolled in Walden and I think the professors and curriculum is good. However, their financial aid office is filled with a bunch of dishonest people. They find every opportunity they can to cancel your financial aid and get to make you pay out of pocket. I really hate that I enrolled is this University."
C. Taylor
  • Reviewed: 3/16/2021
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"The current DIT program at Walden is rigorous and streamlined. The professors are extremely knowledgable. Typically only people who drop out or can't keep up come here to complain. I personally know several prior students who wrote the other reviews posted here. Most attended when the program was new and had produced no graduates. I was the 70th graduate in the DIT program. Please know, attending residencies is mandatory and vital to pass the program. In some instances I know for a fact that students who were not at the doctoral level (no matter how much help they were given) were dropped in ITEC 8447 when your premis/prospectus for you dissertation is due. If the director of the program has reviewed your progress in the program and evaluates your prospectus and knows for a fact that you will not finish the program, you will be dropped so you do not waste tens of thousands of dollars in future doctoral study courses. Walden would be happy to take your money for seven years until you aged out of the DIT program, but the director protects the reputation of the degree and protects underperforming students by dropping them instead of taking their money. This is the harsh truth of pursuing a rigorous doctoral degree, there are not participation awards and people are going to walk away unhappy."
Mary
  • Reviewed: 3/12/2021
  • Degree: Clinical Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"WARNING!!! Before you decide to enroll in this school read this first!! This may be the most horrible university on the face of this planet!! I was A PhD student majoring in clinical psychology! This university kept me in dissertation for 7 years!! Yes 7 years so they can make more money!! They made a fortune on me. They also kept me in the university with delays after delays for 12 years!! Yes 12 years if you can believe that, but yes it is true, again so they could make more money!! I now owe almost 600,000 dollars in students loans, and if that is not worse, they also removed me from the university this March 1th 2021 because I overlooked to check two boxes on the Learning Agreement used for practicum, which I eventually did check! I also had found a practicum, which believe me was not easy because clinics would do business with this university, they have a very bad reputation on the outside!!! It took me over two years to find one. I was scheduled to begin practicum this June 2021. I only had one year and a half to complete this degree, my practicum and internship was all I needed. Yes you guess it, Walden also took that away and would not allow me to begin practicum, So now after being almost 600,000 dollars in debts for student loans which I now cannot pay back, I dont even have my degree in clinical psychology and cannot even practice! So please, take this email very seriously!! If you are contemplating this university, DONT. I warn you . Because after all my disappointments, and failures for even ever choosing a horrible university such as this, I came to realize that the only thing that is important to this university is MONEY MONEY MONEY!!! I AM NOW SUING THIS UNIVERSITY!! THEY TOOK MY MONEY, AND TOOK A LARGER CHUCK OF MY LIFE 12 YEARS, AND i GOT NOTHING FOR IT!!! AND THE PROGRAMS ARE HORRIBLE!! i LEARNED NOTHING HERE!! tHIS PLACE IS A MONEY MAKING JOKE, THAT HAS NOTHING TO OFFER ANYONE!! THE ONLY ONE THAT MAKES OUT HERE IS WALDEN!! PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, DO YOURSELF A FAVOR AND GO TO A DECENT UNIVERSITY, BECUSE YOU WILL NOT FIND ONE HERE!!"
Olivia
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"If you’re looking for a sign this is it. This is a for profit school that does not care about your academic career. They provide no support and lie about the time it will take you to graduate. Please do your research and read the reviews on better business bureau. This is not a school it’s a business out to get your money. Do not give them your hard earned money. You will be left with nothing but problems."
Nicholas Jewczyn, Ph.D.
  • Reviewed: 2/20/2021
  • Degree: Economics
  • Graduation Year: 2013
"When I came to Walden, I had a particular idea about what I had intended to study. The idea came to me as a result of a lecture by a Nobel Prize Winner (in Economics) when I was a grad student working on a Master's at NYIT. Since there were only a very few such programs on the planet (there was not one at Walden), I took the best parts of such a program from schools the world over and was allowed to create my own program - Self-Designed in Financial Economics. It was a lot of work to get it accepted and completed - very few people understood what I was doing - I was fortunate to have had a great chair. Most faculty the world over teach undergrads - I sat as a dissertation chair for years and was a university methodologist of last resort. I helped to write and accredit several Master Degree programs and was an International peer-reviewed journal editor for years while teaching in many grad programs. When hooded at Walden, my regalia included 22 drapes and academic suspension medals. I wrote six texts and 30 peer-reviewed academic journal articles. None of this would have been possible without Walden."
AJ
  • Reviewed: 2/3/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2017
"Walden University afforded one of the greatest professional and educational experiences of my life. In order to get through any doctoral program, you must be self-motivated to do what you need to do. This includes basic time management skills, and the ability to adhere to a completion timeline that is HANDED TO YOU IN OUTLINE FORM! I feel like the people who are complaining about their experience of this school need to take a hard look at what they are complaining about... it's not about the school, folks, it's about the students themselves and the presence (or lack thereof) of real motivation. It is not up to the dissertation committee (or the school for that matter) to get the doctoral dissertation done for you - it is your student responsibility to do all of the work. The ability to accept this responsibility and run with it is what separates a doctoral graduate from all other students. The professors are all amazing. They are all extremely supportive. I never had to wait more than 24 hours for any of my professors to get back to me. My dissertation committee chair was available to me via direct TEXT MESSAGING AND TELEPHONE. Do not go into any doctoral program expecting anything to be handed to you. Think about any whining you did as an undergraduate student and throw that insipid nonsense out the window. There is no room for it whatsoever in any doctoral program. Nobody wants to hear about all the personal and professional responsibilities you have in your life that are being impacted by all of the time you spend working on your dissertation - you either have the time needed to devote to this process or you do not. The ability to do the work and get through it successfully is what sets you apart from everyone else. Completing a doctoral degree at Walden University opened up so many doors for me that even during the current pandemic I am SWIMMING in professional work opportunities. I literally have to say "no" to the offers that are coming in. I have people reaching out to me with contracts with dollar signs in them as a prelude to discussing the work they want me to do for them. Walden University made all of this happen for me. If you're not a whiner, or a dilettante, or someone who thinks the world owes you something, then Walden University is for you. I promise you, if you're truly motivated to do what you need to do to get through a Ph.D. program, then Walden is for you!"
Jennifer
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2021
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2022
"Please read reviews if you are considering this school. There are some good professors who are professional however, most of the professors are awful. I am now having to take the same course for the third time! I absolutely cannot afford this but the teacher never ONCE returned my emails this term. When I asked the head of the department she sent me the most passive aggressive emails and arranged a meeting with me and was honestly one of the rudest people Ive ever spoken to, and she's a SOCIAL WORKER. She blamed ME even though there policy is 48 hours to return emails from students. This makes sense as its ONLINE university. This has cost me thousands of dollars that I dont have. I have contacted the better business bureau and will contact Minnesota's commerce commissioner. Please read the complaints on the better business bureau before you go anywhere near this school. I wish I had read these reviews before I applied."
2016 Graduate
  • Reviewed: 2/1/2021
  • Degree: Information Technology
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"Like a few on here have stated, you have to be a motivated individual to attend Walden University. That's goes for any online school. They aren't going to hold your hand for long (if at all). I had a positive experience with this school (I had to take a couple of classes over, but that was all on me slacking). I did my work on time as I should. I asked questions to my guidance counselors and my professors if I needed help. And I graduated down in Tampa with my Master's Degree within my estimated time. You get out if it whatever you put into it. All in all, Walden is a pretty good school."
Current Student
  • Reviewed: 1/11/2021
  • Degree: Health Psychology
  • Graduation Year: 2021
"I began my journey at Walden in December of 2012. The majorty of classs were great. They were challenging and I learned a lot.. But once I got to the dissertation process, it was a total chaotic joke. I wasted a year of my life and many tears and hours of frustration as I begged professors to consider being on my committee or to be be chair Funny about that so called degree completion year. First I was told it would be 2018, then 2019, then 2020, then 2021.Honestly, its just words. And don't tell them tell you that it depends on what you are willing to put into it. I outed ALOT of my life into this program. I lost ALOT of time with my family, and A LOT of time while my kids were growing that I cant get back. It was all for nothing. After all these years of hard work., after Walden did so many ridiculous things to drag the process out, they are telling ME I am out of time! I am finishing my LAST chapter. I have a few weeks left of which MOST WOULD be spent by THEIR staff approving my dissertation. I have a 4.0 and 100 % completion rate and they are shutting me down! Do NOT go to this school. Do not walk away from Walden University- RUN AWAY AND DONT LOOK BACK!!!"
Jenna Hoffman
  • Reviewed: 1/9/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2019
"I will say that the course work and expectations at Walden are very reasonable. My career altering issue is that after completion of the program, testing and job searching, it has been difficult to get privileges in certain areas. I have had jobs decline me from working with them because of a huge lack of response and communication between employers and the program directors. I believe I would have went a different track had I known my abilities would be limited from the schooling I received. Very disheartening after spending so much money and time on my education!"
2020 grad
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2021
  • Degree: Nurse Practitioner (Family)
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I am a very self motivated student and I feel like Walden was a great fit for me. I think with any program, the curriculum includes the bare minimum of what you need to know. While the educational materials and learning experiences at Walden were great, I had to do the work to really read and study on my own. I also looked for learning opportunities in practicum and sought out information. If you’re not self motivated this program won’t work for you. I had a positive experience, passed boards 1st time, and had preceptors who said I was more prepared and knowledgeable than other students they have had."
Harry P. PhD.
  • Reviewed: 1/7/2021
  • Degree: Public Administration
  • Graduation Year: 2016
"I began my Walden University journey in 2012 by entering and completing the Strategic Planning and Public Policy graduate certificate program. During my participation in the program, I truly enjoyed the coursework. What caught my attention was the organization of the course content in addition to the articulated class expectations. After completing the certificate program, I began to think about the prospect of completing a PhD in Public Policy and Administration with a concentration in Law and Public Policy. I made the decision to enroll in the PhD program during the summer 2013. Keep in mind that I completed my undergrade degree and master's degree in a brick and mortar school setting and it is within this context that offer my experience. As many of the people who provided positive reviews have stated, your success at Walden depends on your self motivation. If you are not self motivated, have difficulty reading, writing, comprehending information, and following instructions, most likely you will have a less than positive experience. The situation will be compounded, especially if you expect a doctoral level professor to hold your hand when you (the doctoral student) wil have the responsibiility to consistently demonstrate that you are worthy of the doctoral degree. Many students also miss the point when they enter the prospectus/dissertation phase of the program. Based on my experience, some students believe that the committee chair is responsible for their success or failure. However, once a student completes the prerequisite coursework they are considered a doctoral candidate and it becomes paramount that the student consistently demonstrate to the committee chair that they know how to conduct research in contrast to engaging the committee chair to direct them or guide them in completing the research project. It is within this dynamic that many students fail. All of my teachers at Walden motivated me to the highest level and you will only get out of the program what you put into it. I hope you find this informaiton helpful."
Stacey White
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2021
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"I have been in school for ten years, from my BS, MS and finishing my Ph.D. Of all the schools I attended in that time I can firmly say that Walden University is the best of them all. They attended to my every need, gave encouragement, and were expeditious in helping be through my challenges. This school is above all in the area of criminal justice studies."
Lisa GA
  • Reviewed: 1/2/2021
  • Degree: Nursing
  • Graduation Year: 2010
"My experience at Walden was excellent. Registration was smooth, my instructors were knowledgeable and helpful, and the courses helped me hone my craft. My capstone course was excellent. I enjoyed it enough that I re-enrolled and will start a doctorate program this winter."
Howard Jordan
  • Reviewed: 12/25/2020
  • Degree: Criminal Justice
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"Hello, As a retired law enforcement officer (30 years of service), I started my Ph.D. program in November of 2016. I had 20 credit hours transferred from my Master's Degree to my doctorate program (BIG savings in tuition). I found my professors to be fair and knowledgeable, and the process was fairly straight forward. If you are a procrastinator FORGET about registering here (you probably won't finish.) I completed my degree (Ph.D.) in 4-years (2-years core courses and 2-years dissertation). Oh, I was also awarded a Master's degree as I was completing my dissertation (TWO-degrees). However, I believe this is only given to those in the Criminal Justice program. I had NO complaints about the staff, faculty, or resources available to the students. Ph.D.'s aren't made to be handed out without the work being COMPLETED. No or little work equals NO DEGREE. If this was a SHAM school (as I have read by a few posters) I must have missed that bus (remember I was a police officer/detective for 30 years). Walden is a VERY GOOD school!"
KR
  • Reviewed: 12/17/2020
  • Degree: Social Work
  • Graduation Year: 2020
"This program gave solid core courses the first two year. Once Capstone began it was if I did not exist anymore. I was told a chair would mentor and be there the whole way. This was a lie. There was no support. The chair did not make set appointments and her English was very poor. The language barrier was challenging enough, but then the chair would miss appointments making it even harder to have support and guidance. I wasted a lot of money on core classes for this degree and was left on an island when it came time to complete Capstone Research Project. When brining my difficulties to the head of the social work department there was not much understanding or empathy concerning my situation. Steer clear of Doctor programs in social work at Walden University. You will be stuck holding and empty back when its time to cash in at the end of the degree."