Walden University Reviews - Doctoral in Psychology

2.85 out of 5 stars
(22 Reviews)
69% of 22 students said this degree improved their career prospects
59% of 22 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.4 out of 5 stars
FRS - 2/18/2020
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2023
"New York pulled their ability to recruit students from new york. I enrolled in 2010. I took a leave in 2014/2015. When I tried to returned in 2019 to finish my degree, I was told I could not because they cannot enroll anyone from New York. I have 60 credits in the program and I cannot finish. I can’t get any answers from the school on how I can’t complete the program or how I can get reimbursed. Does anyone baby any information or has experienced this?"
1.9 out of 5 stars
Current Student - 12/17/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2019
"You stay longer and pay more because the processing and communication time is not conducive to timely finish. The worst is URR review when trying to complete the process and exit. This department takes 14 days to review a document regardless of their workload. Financial aid just can't seem to perfect the act of accurate and efficiently billing and crediting. Processes change without advance notice, so you are left feeling uttlely confused. Good luck trying to get a recommendation letter, considering your chances of getting the same faculty for more than one course. Walden needs to do better at their processing time, and faculty respectfully communicating with students."
1.0 out of 5 stars
STAY AWAY - 4/30/2019
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2018
"This has got to be one of the worst colleges in existence. This university prolonged my degree for 14 years, and my dissertation for 7 years. I am a half million dollars in debt and still never finished my PhD because I was not able to find a practicum or internship site, and this university never placed me. They took my money all through college and once I was required to do my field work, they turned their backs and never provided a clinic. So now I am stuck with all this student loans debt and no degree. BEWARE, I AM SERIOUS STAY AWAY, OR YOU TOO WILL BE SORRY, AND WILL NEVER FINISH YOUR DEGREE. . ABSOLUTE WORST DECISION I EVERY MADE!!"
1.0 out of 5 stars
Professor - 2/7/2018
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"There's a reason why the PhD Psychology programs are not accredited by the APA. Because there are no admission requirements. Many students in the program lack the intellect, motivation, and resources to benefit from higher education, let alone graduate school. Walden has no psychology labs, no psychology clinic, and no hospital affiliation. It's a cash for credit sham to receive a bogus PhD, that's useless in the professional world. Its a degree mill, but the degree is worthless The PhD Psychology graduates have less knowledge about psychology than a typical BS or BA psychology students from a traditional college/university."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Lisa - 9/2/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"Here is the lawsuit being filed against Walden: http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/ I started Walden in 2009 and I am still there. Sadly, my federal financial aid has run out after completion of 32 terms at Walden. It only took 3 years to finish the coursework, but the last 5 years have been on the dissertation alone. The school is set up to delay you from graduating so that they can make as much money as possible and max out your student loans. I have over $450,000 in student loan debt and I am not even done. I had to pay for this term out of pocket and I am told I may graduate soon. The degree I will be getting is not APA accredited which you need to work in the psychology field as a doctor of psychology. The degree does not come with a license, so that means that you can't practice psychology legally when you finish. When I tell people I went there for schooling, they feel sorry for me. They have told me that the degree is useless, and I should have gone anywhere else for doctoral study. There is a class action lawsuit being pursued against Walden University and Laureate Education. If you have been a victim of fraud from attending Walden, you should sign up for the lawsuit. It's on a contingency basis and you will not have to pay unless the lawfirm wins! You should also file a complaint with the BBB and the Dept. of Education. This school needs to be shut down ASAP. So many students are victims of Walden's fraudulent business practices. This is a school that is all about the money! RUN!! Here is the site for the lawsuit against Walden University: http://www.waldenuniversitylawsuit.com/"
1.3 out of 5 stars
Anne Schneider - 7/13/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. Money making endeavor that cares only ...... about making money. What a nightmare. Although the quarter classes were ok - good, the dissertation process is beyond compare. I am a university professor who has been on dissertation committees - and to see what my husband has been put through, and the credit card bills ........... ONLY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM IF YOU HAVE LOTS OF TIME, MONEY, PATIENCE AND APPRECIATION FOR BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE"
4.4 out of 5 stars
Psych Major - 6/25/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017
"I finished my MS and PhD at Walden. The program is not for everyone. Needs a lot of self motivation, but at the end you will be more prepared to work on your own than most other schools. Very difficult but worth the effort. Many will be admitted, but most don't graduate. The graduation rate is under 20% for PhDs. So while attending Walden University may not appear to be prestigious, graduating from the PhD program shows persistence at the very least. Depending on the state you live in, some consider a degree from Walden University rather prestigious. Internship sites often comment that they prefer Walden students because they tend to be more mature. Many of the students are quite a bit older, but it leads to unique life experiences and perspectives being added to the discussions. The work load is heavy, but so is any graduate program. Just like any other program, if you stay organized, resilient, and focused, you will do well. It is a blended program, which means that you do need some in person residencies at the very least to graduate. You cannot earn a PhD all online, even at Walden. But depending on what program you choose, you may only have a few residencies to do, and before you know it you're on your last one and working on your dissertation. The school has a ton of resources but most students don't take advantage of them because they're already overwhelmed with classwork and don't make or have time to research them. Just like any school, some professors are incredible and some are checked out a bit. Ivy League professors can sometimes be found here, and students have been known to earn Ivy League post-doctorates once they graduate."
2.8 out of 5 stars
Ghighi - 6/6/2017
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2023
"In attendance for about a year and was initially impressed with the quality of education/administration, but that impression is changing towards the negative. Most of my concerns rest with technology, administration, and support with a few issues extending into curriculum. For an online educational institution, technology integration is extremely fractured as compared to other online institutes of higher learning. Student support services are also fractured offering student no direct lines of communication to administration. No defined escalation procedures. Be prepared to wait a minimum of 20 minutes on hold to reach any department. If you need to speak with more that one department, your entire day may be consumed. The academic advisory staff is low in number and unbalanced in ratio to the student population. Advisory staff is transitory and therefore often inexperienced and unresponsive. The quality or residencies fluctuates with some being great and others being absolute fiasco."
4.9 out of 5 stars
drruss - 5/12/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"I had a great experience at Walden University. I would recommend students attend in-person residencies because meeting your classmates face-to-face adds a great deal to the experience as you can then put a face to the name in classes. Also, relationships with faculty members are greatly enhanced. Overall, like all academic pursuits, you get out of it what you are willing to invest. Nobody will hold your hand, like the real world, you need to stay on top of your studies. Because Walden is an online university, they are very strict about following policies that are required for accreditation. I can't say enough positive things about my experience at Walden. It was a wonderful experience and it has helped me both academically and professionally."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Drsagacity - 5/7/2016
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2015
"Overall, I had a great learning experience at Walden University. At the end of the day a student will get out what they put in. Distance learning is not for everyone; however, if you can be organized and stay on top of your work, distance education has tremendous advantages. At Walden, your classmates will be a diverse group which adds to the richness of the experience."