Walden University Reviews - Master's in Social Work

2.17 out of 5 stars
(12 Reviews)
71% of 12 students said this degree improved their career prospects
42% of 12 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.2 out of 5 stars
Nicole - 6/25/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2021
"I was so frustrated and disappointed with the orientation and on-boarding process. The platform for students is not user-friendly nor well-designed. Different ways to contact students in class, or the instructor, or the school advisor - needs so much streamlining. There is a technology fee added to every quarters tuition for what they had! I had phone calls with 5 different people to try and sort out my account (before class started). I was told why things were this way or that, but no one wanted to listen to what was frustrating. I was really excited about the idea of Walden. But, I lasted 2.5 days before I withdrew. I just didn't want to invest the money into something that I didn't anticipate getting better."
4.6 out of 5 stars
Lindsay - 5/3/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2021
"I have loved this program so far, I officially graduate in Funerary of '21. Time management is a big aspect of it especially if you chose to work full time or take extra classes than the 2 that is normal. I have been in the program for a little over a year, I have had no problems in any aspect. My advisor and I talk every semester to make sure I am taking the appropriate classes to graduate on time. I have not gotten lower than a 92 in a class so it is definitely doable, but you have to be committed to getting your work in on time and reading the material. Some teachers don't give as much feedback, but I have asked for more and they are always willing to expand on why they grade the way they do."
1.6 out of 5 stars
Steer clear - 12/11/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"The convenience of an online degree cannot be overstated. In that context, Walden University was a great option; however, if we students are expected to adhere to the business-like models of these universities, a give-and-take should be expected. In other words, we agree to pay an extreme amount of money. I expect the student support services and academic growth to be worth this amount of money. Walden University does not provide a cohesive approach academically. The professors are allowed, in large part, to behave however they choose. This often results in an unreasonable amount of points being deducted on assignments due to a particular professor's pet peeves. I was a former educator so I get we all approach grading differently; however, this should be done within a reasonable manner. Instead, professors at this university are allowed to do as they please. An example is one of my children was in an accident that resulted in a med flight to the children's hospital in Little Rock, AR. I was three days late on two assignments. I received Fs on both assignments. When I reached out to my academic advisor, she said the professor was within her rights. Furthermore, the student support services (e.g., financial services, academic advising, etc.) are severely lacking. I have been placed in the wrong courses by the registrar's office which resulted in a delay in getting the proper course materials as well as received zero support in dealing with the professors. Long story short, you're going to pay a lot of money to most universities. I would tell anyone to make sure it's not with Walden University."
3.7 out of 5 stars
Queen - 8/17/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"This program was not what I thought it would be. Ill be starting my last semester in less than a week and it has been a journey. This program is very demanding but it is possible to complete. While it is possible to make all As each professor is different and will allow different things. One thing I like about the program is that no matter who your professor is, they all follow the exact same syllabus and class structure. Usually discussions are due by day 3 (Wednesday), but depending on your time zone, day 3 might end at 2 am Thursday. Im in Florida, so technically my day day 3 ends at 2 am Thursday and NOT 11:59 Wednesday. Projects and other assignments are due day 7 (Sunday). This is the structure of all classes that Ive had throughout the program. With this structure, there are no surprises, so thats a good thing. But, if you have a full time job, or other responsibilities, it can get really challenging if youre not focused. I didnt really take notes the entire time in the program bc there was only one test within the entire program. And that will be the only one you take during the program (unless something changes by then). This program is writing upon writing upon writing. Its exhausting, but Ive learned a lot. My highest complaint is cost. It is rediculous to pay to be here. Its very expensive and I feel as though I am being financially raped. College is more of a monopoly these days. As well, there is a mandatory residency that requires all students to travel. There are a few of these residences throughout the year, but if you are in the advanced standing program, you are only required to attend one. Other MSW must attend two. They may not be held in the state in which you reside. You will be responsible for travel, hotel stay, transportation, food, everything! Thank God I was able to drive to Georgia from Florida, and I had a friend who stayed there. Anyway, this stuff all adds up. Also, Ive experienced the most challenges as it relates to finding internship. You MUST advocate for yourself when the time comes to do youre internship. Staff makes mistakes, and they may miss something. Its up to you to check in to make sure everything you need is complete before you start interning. While i am thankful for my degree, the money may not be worth it to a lot of people. BUT, Im glad I had the opportunity to go to Walden. I hope this helps"
3.9 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 5/15/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"Prior to entering my field education, my experience has been great. The professors were helpful, and very informative. The residency was like a vacation away from home. I really enjoyed it. Now, entering my field education, it seems the ball has been dropped. The syllabus is not accurate to what the professor is wanting from the students. Everything is scattered on the blackboard and unorganized, resulting in students being unaware of certain information. For one assignment, I saved the blog on accident too early. I immediately posted the full assignment with references in the comments area. She docked me points because she failed to see my second posting in the comments. After trying to communicate with her about it, she replied that she would not look into it any further. During my site visit over the phone, she wasn't engaged in conversation. Then, we have process recordings, in which I received a 90/90 on the first one using the required template. On my second one, she gave me a 0/90 stating I did not use the correct template. The ending experience to my MSW is not what I expect from a school where I am paying over 3 grand for a class. I expect higher quality education, and more organized staff. I am not saying this is not a good school just from one professor. This school can do better in my opinion."
2.0 out of 5 stars
MSW - 6/15/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"The online program is supposed to be able to fit student's schedules. However, it doesn't and each course has a group project where there is lack of communication, and is not convenient for people who work full-time with a family. I was planning on doing my doctorate here, but if this is how it will be for that degree, then I rather not. Stick to what you advertise about online courses, and stop creating chaos in the classes. Its no ones fault but the schools. That's why students choose online rather than in seat. I would also like to add that these group assignments create a learning barrier for students who want to complete assignments to their fullest potential."
5.0 out of 5 stars
B - 5/4/2017
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"I enjoyed my time at Walden. I have met some of the nicest people, and made a really good friend. Some of my professors, all licensed/P.h.D., were absolutely amazing. Utilizing adobe connect or through uploaded videos. I did my undergrad work at brick n mortar schools, and it was not different there... Some horrible professors, and some amazing professors. If you take responsibility for your education, stay proactive, and advocate for yourself, you will do fine. It is a tough program, but I absolutely feel prepared for licensure in the future."
1.4 out of 5 stars
DIYGrad - 8/18/2016
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016
"I attended this University for three years. I grow so tired of reading the Walden "cheerleaders" who seem to believe if you hate this school, it's all because you didn't "belong there" (read: aren't smart enough for college work) or weren't good time managers. In my previous undergrad online program, I earned a 3.90. Therefore, I think I was pretty knowledgeable about online work and pretty smart too. Sure, I earned my MSW and it's even accredited (finally!) so there's no issue with that. Walden itself just blows. Pure and simple. Some professors are pretty good. Most are sub par; a few are pretty awful. Few actually "teach". Unlike my undergraduate experience, material here is mostly regurgitated stuff with little feedback given. Naturally, the onus is placed on the student at the master's level which is understandable. But that doesn't excuse lazy professors who give canned feedback (when you get any at all) or don't respond to direct questions. The cost for the MSW program is totally outrageous, especially when you learn that each of your classes are "5 quarter credits" instead of the usual 3 credits. So when you see that it's north of $500 bucks "per credit", remember that's PER QUARTER CREDIT. Yes, that means one class is about $2500, plus some additional fees. Books used to be included in the costs, but not anymore! So you're paying for books too. When Walden changed that part of their program, they lowered tuition by 1%. Do that math and see if a 1% decrease comes close to covering what you'll pay in books! SERIOUSLY? Academic advising is non existent, and those folks change constantly. You cannot enroll in your classes online, you are always emailing these people to ask to be put in the next classes. In the MSW program, you are required to complete two internships. You will receive virtually no assistance in locating these internships. They will tell you "We don't know your area". After making (I'm not joking) over 100 phone calls, sending out dozens of emails and even going into some local agencies with my resume and my fingers crossed, I had to push my field placement semesters back because I couldn't find anything. I was NOT alone in this. When I finally found someone to take me, the quality was so poor. Of course, I didn't want to say anything because if I did, then I'd probably have to find a NEW field placement. When it has taken you over five months to even FIND something (and yes, I live in a huge metropolitan area - most legitimate places simply said "We don't take interns from online universities" or in some cases, "We don't have any respect for Walden so we won't work with their interns") there's no way to rock the boat. I learned very little in my field placements because Walden didn't really care. There are other programs, even online ones, that assign the student intern to placements so they can control the quality of those placements. I knew people that flat out lied about their placements - either those who continued to work for their employers but told Walden they had a different assignment, or many who fudged their field hours. What a joke. As I stated, I graduated from Walden with a 3.5 GPA. Thus, I'm not an idiot, I'm not a poor time manager. The Walden "Cheerleaders" who allege that are just being defensive because they cannot admit that this school is really not that good. Yes, I learned some in my classes and I can sit for my social work exam. I'm wise enough not to consider engaging in therapy because frankly, I need to get some entry level jobs and gain some of the skills the program lacked. SERIOUSLY DO NOT BOTHER WITH THIS SCHOOL. Don't listen to the cheerleaders. You'll get an okay(ish) education at a huge price tag and with more garbage than a student should deal with. It's not a well respected University. GO ELSEWHERE!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Jerry - 5/7/2016
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2017
"The only people I have seen struggle with the program are the ones that had severe personality disorders. I am thankful the workload washed them out. The workload is also right on target as Walden owning the largest library in the world provides students with the exact material we need. You may also put more into the course or less if you want and still earn an A as it is adult learning. People that cannot learn on their own often complain the most. I really have enjoyed the overall process and feel I excel in many areas over students from other schools such as understanding different models, interdisciplinary collaboration, applying evidence based practices, and scholar applications. Most of all Walden does not brainwash into the only clinical model of social work that is pushed in contemporary times. I am a little behind than other schools in role-playing client interactions but I have taken upon myself to learn therapy skills on my own. I feel I am well rounded and ready to handle the field the same or better than other brand new clinicians."
1.8 out of 5 stars
demonbite - 11/20/2015
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016
"I am extremely fed up with this school. First of all, they do not give you an accurate idea of what the program will look like or the associated fees. Secondly, in this program you are required to attend two 4-day residencies, which are not included in tuition and make very little if any contribution to one's knowledge. Third, you are required to participate in two 6-month internships (2 quarters each), and the school does nothing to help you find a place to do your internship. The internships are also worth fewer credits than any other class, even though you have to put in at least 21 hours a week, before doing your homework. Fourth, they try to trip you up and mess you up at every step. I applied for additional financial aid for the Fall 2015 quarter, but was told I wouldn't be receiving it for that term because Fall 2015 isn't within the 2015-2016 school period. After that, they told me they would transfer the loan to the current quarter; the quarter is now over and I start Winter quarter in about a week and my loan appears to have vanished. In addition, I have had some really callous teachers who won't give you any extensions without deducting points, even with major life-changing events. Fifth, I was told that I was in a part-time program and would be taking 2 classes; however, when I contacted the school and said I wanted to go full-time, they told me that 2 classes is full-time. Sixth, the teachers don't teach. They expect you to do readings and watch videos, then do assignments based off of those. All the teachers do is respond to your discussion posts (sometimes) and grade your assignments. In conclusion, everything people at this school tell you is either a lie or misinformation and you shouldn't trust them. You can probably get a good degree from them, but it will still cost a lot of money and you will have a lot of frustrations along the way."