Walden University Reviews - Counseling

2.29 out of 5 stars
(28 Reviews)
38% of 28 students said this degree improved their career prospects
25% of 28 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Walden University Scam - 7/2/2020
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2009
"Walden University is a huge scam, and if you are considering going to this school you should do your research and then choose another school. The tuition goes up every quarter (semester). You will not graduate within the time frame they promised, and because of that, will graduate with tremendous debt. If you are considering being a licensed therapist, go somewhere else because many state boards will not license you because of having a solely online education, and many companies will not hire you. Please beware because I wish someone had told me."
2.7 out of 5 stars
Dee - 4/19/2020
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
"Walden is a for profit school and all about the money! Every other quarter fees/tuition are raised while service remains the same. You get a mix bag of instructors. Some with a lack of empathy and disregard to student needs in learning. Then there are some who are invested in their student learning. It depends on who you get. God forbid you get an instructor with a lack of empathy, who is the only person, who teaches a specific course required in your program of study. Addressing an issue with the Dean or an administrator is like talking to a wall, especially if it involves a faculty member. On a positive aspect, I did enjoy attending the counseling residency. It was fun, exciting, and motivating. Also, the skills, and tools taught were conducive to my learning. Walden isn't all bad. However,if you plan to attend, have a strong support system, expect the unexpected, be aware of the curveballs lurking around the corner whether from faculty, financial aid, advising etc. And more so don't be surprised to be counted as a dollar sign rather than a student."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Senior - 4/1/2019
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017
"This University should have their accreditation revoked for not meeting disability accommodations for those in need as well as allowing racial discrimination and bullying from instructors. I attended it for two years because of two post shoulder surgeries and needed time to recovery, which took over six months. After the surgery I needed to attend physical therapy and could not type and needed to locate a good source of income to provide me with software to accommodate my needs. One year post graduation I was attending my 1st residency insulted by an instructor as well as her informing me that she would fail me if I did not meet her needs. Mind you, she did not even state Walden's academic requirements even with my disability accommodation. I was later informed that I would be withdrawn even with disability accommodations because I took a term off and reported the insulting instructor. WALDEN IS HORRIBLE."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Horrible - 3/13/2019
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"HORRIBLE. I was engaged in class until the last end of it and they could confirm over the phone the last day of participation was the end of January 2019, classes ended the beginning of February. Due to the participation "not being an assignment" it does not count and I was considered inactive with NO communication of this. I was told graded parts of the course are counted as participation (discussion is the last thing I posted on and did no count). I got rude emails back form my advisor, hung up and transferred from Financial Aid Department and told I owe them $1200 for the semester. It took them over a week to not get back to me about the concern. I received no emails or communication about being inactive, warning of becoming inactive or that I now owe them money. The course itself is set up messy and disorganized. The assignments are not geared to help students critical thinking and application."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Naz Sayed - 9/1/2018
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016
"I completed my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, and I definitely recommend this university to anyone who looks for the best online University!! I got my BA degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia which was helpful but not enough. Attending Walden University made me very confident about my education & my career. I enjoyed every seconds of my life spending at this university. Love the great and helpful instructors and academic advisors. The online tools such as discussion board, library, chatroom, assignment submission...etc...etc that we used were very organized and efficient. I never had a problem submitting my assignment and whenever I had difficulty, I would call the help desk, and they were available to help. The one week residencies were great learning experience plus lots of fan. I enjoyed every seconds of my practicum and internship program and the way that the university & the instructors helped us achieve our goals and complete the program. It has been almost two years since I graduated from Walden University but I still miss it and I am thinking about attending a PhD program at this University. LOVE WALDEN!!"
2.3 out of 5 stars
Therapist - 1/28/2018
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2019
"I wish I would have read the reviews before booing here. A couple of the faculty are an absolute joke! They teach one way and one way only. They believe the best therapist is one who sits and stares at the client and says back everything the client says to them. Have they practiced in the last 20 years? Nothing worse than having to learn for people who believe its their way and no other way. I will be applying to other programs. Waste of money!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Not so impressed - 6/8/2017
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2015
"Horrible college. They drag out the program until you are out of financial aims then when and if you graduate (I ended up having to go a year longer than told) they refuse to complete state Licensure documentation claiming you didn't have enough hours for your states required internship and suggest you return for another term to finish up those hours."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Study Nutty - 3/23/2017
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018
"I went to a strong undergrad (U of M) and I wanted to get the same challenge. I started at a local college for my MS in Counseling but it was a joke and the hours did not line up with my job. Plus it was just a bunch of old tenure staff with a random paper and final. I did not know walden would be this challenging. Just like any degree, you get what you give. I read everything and my professors get back to me fairly quickly. You learn alot at the residencies too. It is expensive but worth it. If you are looking for an easy program with minimal work then this isn't for you. The graduation rate is low but I look at it as the strong surviving. We have staff that sit on state boards an the ACA so I respect it. Counseling doesnt pay much but it is respected. I am glad I chose Walden If you are looking to be spoon fed then getting a masters ma not be for you."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Frustrated beyond belief - 2/10/2017
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017
"I have been frustrated with Walden for many things but the one thing I praise them for is the caliber of teaching staff and the preparation for licensure. They work hard to make sure when it comes to licensure, there is a smoother process. The course work is crazy and it is extremely challenging to work full-time while attending Walden. Those who work part-time will fare better. The teaching staff and advisers are empathetic and wonderful. If you are looking for easy, this is not the place. If you are looking to be prepared for licensure-jump on in!"
2.4 out of 5 stars
K - 12/23/2016
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017
"Teachers are required to answer emails within 2 business days, per the rules, but almost never do. Many never answer at all. They are also required to engage in the classroom, and many do not. Some teachers have worse grammar and punctuation skills than the students, like the one teacher who docked me points because she did not know that "abound" is a word. For those in programs requiring internships, they do not aid in finding a location. this is a huge downside to an online school. There are students who simply should not be in any grad program who are accepted to this school, regardless, who often blatantly plagiarize my posting. The school is a money-maker and nothing else. BEWARE."
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