Walden University Reviews - Master's in CounselingSee reviews of all programs at Walden University
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!!
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!
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.
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!
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.
I applied to Walden for the online master's in counseling program. It was a problem from the beginning and I was treated like a child by their enrollment counselors. I'm 62 years old and already have two master's degrees but still I was treated like an 18 year old entering college for the first time. In addition, Walden requires the APA format for the online classroom discussions and this was the final straw for me. Discussions are not research papers and so much more can be gained with less formal dialogued with colleagues. Yes, I was going for a 3rd masters. I love education.
The issue I had with Walden was in felt like a number. I would try and contact my advisor and would not get an email back for days if I got one at all. I'd have tech issues and tech support would not be able to help. Assignments were turned in late and even with proof of tech issues I was hit with deductions in my grade. In my 1st term my Dad passed away, I asked for an extension of a due date, the instructor was indifferent.
You will NEED to be proactive if you want to learn something. It is all self-taught. There are new reading assignments every week and discussion posts/responses. On some weeks, there may be an application paper, journal assignment or a quiz due on top of the discussion. The teachers do not teach anything. There is no lecture, no further explanations on the theories or techniques, you will have to read it in the textbook and just know it. Half of the reading assignments do not even apply or have anything to do with that week's discussion topic. Most of the discussion posts from my peers did not fully address the post and the grammar was less than par. It is extremely easy to bullshit your way through the course. By my third quarter, I barely read any assigned readings and just pulled stuff out of my butt and still managed to receive an A in the course. If you want to learn how to be an effective counselor and learn how to properly apply the skills and techniques, it is better you look elsewhere.
Only care about getting paid. Was told 3 times (1 in writing) that I would receive financial aid and then did not. Took no actions to compensate for the error. HORRIBLE graduation rate (33%).They care nothing about their students or if they graduate.
If you are pursuing a counseling degree- please go elsewhere! I transferred into Walden when I moved across the country. They refused to take the majority of my credits and gave no explanation as to why... one course it was simply because one word was not included in the course name (It was only called Family Systems, not COUPLES and Family Therapy). You have to do two week long residencies that require travel and maybe one location that is convenient for people who live on the West Coast. Then, they book it into one of the most expensive hotels- that they contract with- and costing an outrageous amount of money. I asked to book my second residency early due to being pregnant and knowing that I would be flight restricted during the "appropriate timeline" and was denied. Now, I have to take it later in the program. Most recently, I'm having the most difficult of times with them regarding my internship. I plan to do my internship at my current workplace, they will not let me count any of my regular duties which will require me to work an additional 20 hours each week. Because I'm completing my residency "late" they won't let me start my internship even though they wouldn't make an exception on the front end for me. They say that they don't want to "damage the relationship with the field site." However, they don't have a relationship with the field site and since it is my workplace, if I would damage the relationship, I would lose my job. They are unwilling to help their students find work sites- as a friend of mine has not been able to secure one for the past 9 months, which forces her to just keep taking classes over and over. Now, I'm too far into my program to transfer to another school without having to retake a bunch of classes. This is beyond a FOR PROFIT school and is not interested in helping their students succeed.