Walden University Reviews - Social Work

2.31 out of 5 stars
(18 Reviews)
56% of 18 students said this degree improved their career prospects
28% of 18 students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

1.5 out of 5 stars
Amanda - 7/7/2020
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2023
"I would like to say that I love this school but its horrible. You teach yourself and the professors are not nice and hardly help you. They are more worried about apa fomatting,citing and referencing than teaching you anything. I was in the hospital due to an emergency and my professor said that did not matter I still had to return my work on time. I got a zero average c. The professor do what they want, some doc points for late papers some dont. Student advisors are hard to reach,not much help there. If I could do it all over again. I would find a different school. The apa writing they expect wouldn't be so bad if every professor didnt want something different and everything didnt have to be written in apa format. You have 1 or 2 discussions,1 or 2 assignments, research and 2 to 3 people in your class you have to respond to all in apa format. It's hard to learn anything. Pick a school that cares about their students education."
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."
1.1 out of 5 stars
Lost in purgatory - 10/7/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2028
"I do not understand this school at all. No one knows how to help out when questions are asked or give your such a general answer that you still have to go and try to figure out the answers yourself. APA standards are all over the place and do not try to ask questions because they just tell you to go learn it or if you ask the writing center questions about a submitted paper already graded, they are no help either. I have had a couple of great professors, and then the majority are just arrogant and do not want to provide any help. Walden is fast to help you go into extreme debt, but they are not willing to hire adequate teachers that actually try to help you learn. I got my master degree through these guys and had a great experience, however the doctorate degree process has been a joke. Can't believe I spent time and money to teach myself nothing. Such a waste of time and money. Shame on this school for not treating people better. Also the fact that they do not try to help you find a job after school either is shameful."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Run Away - 9/23/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"If you want to deal with a lot of people who don't care about you or you success then this is the school for you. They have no compassion and only care about your money. They feed you pretty words and empty promises to get you to sign up, but one you don't you learn the truth. I am a hard worker and was ready to give it my all, but had some issues with some papers with financial aid. I kept having to resend items in and by the time they final approved of the papers a hold was already placed on my account. I couldn't sign up for classes to make me a full time student so I go't the minimum amount of financial aid and missed being able to sign up for more classes. I understand they want their money and they got it but I got screwed out of being able to take more classes. The people in the financial aid office were noting but rude and uncaring. The papers wasn't even my fault the notary had gotten a smudge of pen on the piece of paper and didn't initial it, so I had to go in and re do everything. If you want a school that is convenient and caring go somewhere else because this one is neither of those things."
1.3 out of 5 stars
Mislead and Mad - 9/20/2019
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2020
"I recently enrolled in Walden, when doing research I was told by someone from the school that I would be considered a full time student if I took two six-week classes per term. Later (after I was enrolled) I found out that this is the case for the school but not for financial aid. With the grant I am getting I need to be full time (12 credits) which I was lead to believe I would be, but I am not. Being full time is also important because I am receiving VA benefits that if I am not full time I won't get much founding. When I was on the phone with someone from financial aid at walden she was nothing but rode, wasn't helpful at all, and I kept having to explain what I was talking about because she wasn't really paying attention to me. Also for the first class I was required to take a useless class. it basically was "this is what an online class is" I already have an associates degree (which I took a lot of online classes to receive it) so it has been a waste of time and money (I don't even think I need it for my degree since I have all of my electives done). If I could go back I would pick a different school because this school is misleading and not what I was expecting. I was told that I would have all these great resources and help, but I get left on hold forever. I'm sure there are good online schools out there this one is just no one of them."
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"
2.0 out of 5 stars
Peggy Sue - 8/4/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"I started at Walden because the ideas they are promoting are important to me. Social change and activism is something I work towards on a daily basis. So, as far as the concept, Walden has a great foundation. However, the classes and platform are terrible. The website and classroom crash frequently and are hard to load because they tried to make them too fancy and pretty. Their set up is hard to follow and navigate. Sometimes I gave up on trying to do school work because the webpage wouldn't load. Next, each class seems to be the same thing but with different "learning material". The material is just some links or quotes from this or that. There is no real substance to any of the classes I've taken. The only class I can say I was engaged and learned anything in was the Psychology class. I don't have any way of knowing if their "Professors" are educated in the topic they are "teaching" because some of them don't even post anything constructive or productive in the discussions nor do they give you enough feedback to ensure you are learning enough. Lastly, my grip is with the fact that each course is 5 credits. Why is that? At first their per-credit cost looks competitive but when you factor in that you pay for 2 more credits than most schools you are paying a lot more. It's just not worth it."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Frustrated - 6/7/2018
Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2018
"I am in my doctorate. It is taking my committee member over a month to complete a review. A quarter is 3 months. Each quarter costs about $3,000 dollars. Enough said...not Recommended unless you want to default on your loans.........................."
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