Walden University Reviews - Marriage & Family Therapy

2.53 out of 5 stars
(3 Reviews)
100% of 3 students said this degree improved their career prospects
33% of 3 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5 stars
Denise - 11/22/2019
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2019
"Worst college experience. The professors are not well versed in a variety of counseling strategies, techniques, and theories. They forget that their students are working adults and although the University will send emails to make it seem like they care in times of natural disasters; the professors don't care that you are in a hard hit area. If you file an appeal or petition, they will never respond. The financial aid office will not provide appropriate communications and they will set you up by allowing you to start a class, then they will tell you that financial aid won't cover it. At that point, the university will expect you to pay at least 20% and any additional fees that they have on your account. Once it is time to graduate, it will take months for them to confer the degree. As I have been waiting since August and it is currently November, and it is still not completed. Overall, Walden University was the worst experience that I have ever had at a University, and I have attended several institutions as this is my 6th degree."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Chana Johnson - 5/30/2019
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2019
"I've read a lot of negative reviews about Walden, but I have to say that wasn't my experience at all. I'd also like to start by saying my B.S. degree is in Physics, so clearly I'm no stranger to rigorous, difficult, and challenging school experiences. This is a career switch for me, and I expected it to be easy, especially compared to my physics degree. Imagine my surprise to find out it was quite challenging! My classes required a lot of work- typically, for my two classes per quarter (this is how much work I had for both classes combined): I'd have two discussion posts (like a 1-2 page paper, with references), responses to 4 classmates (also with references), two application papers (3-5 pages, with references), 17 articles and 5 chapters to read. It was a lot of work. And my research and methodology class (the format changed after I took it, so this would be the older format) was easily as hard as my Optics class had been in physics, lol. My professors provided good and helpful feedback, and truly cared about whether we were able to apply the material. I finished the degree in 29 months; I did an extra class for two quarters to put me a quarter ahead. I did not take any breaks. I did have a challenge finding a site to do my internship, because most places didn't have the volume of couples/ families I needed to see. It took awhile but I found one about 40 minutes from my house- it was a sacrifice, but sometimes that's what's required. A lot of colleagues complained that the school wasn't doing enough to help them find placements; I see both sides of that argument. On the one hand, they could develop relationships with agencies in all 50 states so that there are places students can go, but that's highly subjective, because it depends on each student's concentration. On the other hand, it's a bit like "how bad do you want it?"... because it's my responsibility to put forth the effort to find the placement that fits best for me. I considered it the equivalent of me searching for a job. Overall, I am very pleased with the education I received at Walden, and this has been reflected by my site supervisors as well, who found me to be well-educated and prepared to see clients and run groups. Because the faculty are practicing counselors, their expertise and experience were invaluable, and helped make for a richer experience. I took the NCE before I graduated because my program is CACREP accredited; I passed on the first try- and I owe a lot to the rigor with which I was trained through my classes to this success. I was offered a job before I even graduated! I had no problem with financial aid, registration, residency (now called ore-practicum), or any of the nuts and bolts of the school. I'd highly recommend Walden to anyone looking for an online experience who is willing to work hard (hard!), be accountable, and remain diligent."
1.5 out of 5 stars
J. Scott - 3/24/2014
Degree: Marriage & Family Therapy
Graduation Year: 2014
"Walden loves to give everyone a warm welcome and then they hope for nice quiet students who just function like a robot. If you have an issue with instructor or class material they pass the buck, provide excuses, and manage to manipulate word play enough to turn your valid concerns and questions about them back onto you as the student. I have spent nearly 3 years of my life attempting to get a degree and have a 3.97 GPA. I have had instructors literally disappear for weeks,not grade work, not be able to answer simple questions or provide case study examples relevant to the topic we are supposed to be learning. I had an instructor respond to me (verbatim) with "I don't know how to help you" when I asked him for an example. I have had numerous conference calls which were mandating by the faculty, even blindsided with them at times, that postulate how I am not developing to their standard because I have concerns and cannot recognize their rational as acceptable reasoning. I am paying for an education where I have no voice and where my thoughts and opinions are not important. I study hard and I am extremely focused on my degree but when the teachers are not teaching, not able to answer questions or provide ideas and examples, and the program director belittles your concerns as unwarranted there is a time you have to say enough is enough. Had I known that Walden would change my program half way through and only make it that much more difficult I would have never started there. Had I known that Field Experience was to be found by the student solely and then had to be approved by the school for them to say no to the only viable site I would never have attended either. Even the Academic Advising and Student Support sends you with fingers pointed elsewhere and none of the departments have a clear understanding of how one another works or what is the process. Faculty have guidelines they must follow for protocol and rules and students are not privy to that information so we cannot confront them for violations either. There are far to many things that are shady within the University. I also have several friends who graduated from my very same program and over 400 applications later with a Masters Degree education they remain a waitress because noone wants to recognize the degree. Walden paints a great picture but the accountability and follow through is awful. So I am 84 credits into a 90 degree program with no field site and inability to continue for the school to actually tell me "you do not seem to hear our concerns and that we are watching out for your best interest by telling you NO to the only field site who said yes and is within 50 miles of your home"."
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