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Walden is an excellent school. I graduated in 2018. I had no problem getting a job and I am doing well. I am a single parent, with a full-time job and 3 children. Yes, you have to work hard and it is a very rigorous program. I have a friend who studied at Dukes online NP program and the curriculum matched almost identical. She did not have to find her own clinical's, but she also paid twice as much to get a degree from Duke. Walden never said they would help find my clinicals. My admissions counselor told me upfront to start looking early. Yes, it is self taught, it's online. There is no surprise that we teach ourselves; this is what online classes are. Many people come into this program expecting a brick and mortar spoon fed education. If that's the case, and you need the face to face contact, then online is not for you. Oh and I passed my boards the first time. Walden is awesome!! I had no problem getting a 6 figure job and I feel prepared to take care of patients. Thank you Walden!
I did not graduate, I withdrew. Walden University is inept and unable to provide clear direction. If you are considering going here- RUN! The leadership has changed so many times since I started, and advisers were numerous- I lost count after 14... No one can give a stratight answer and no two have the same answer. Misguidance, misinformation is the only speciality that Walden has. After 8 long years and 400K in Debt, I am done. It is not worth it. They let anyone into any program even if the background doesnt match. They are just money hungry and do not really care about the student or their success. The department I was in had 5 maybe 6 or more different chairs during 8 years. It has been a dispointment and waste of money, with ZERO return on the investment as I cannot find a job in the field since I have no clinical experience or degree to back the administration portion. WALDEN SHOULD BE SHUT DOWN! No one knows what is going on there and there is zero continuity bewteen deparments and systems. EPIC FAIL! I would love to give them less than one star but that is not an option.
I attended this school online after leaving the military to complete my masters. Do not take any classes with Benita Stiles! She lives in New Zealand while she teaches online. She does not respond to emails and she does not explain nor help with assignments. I did multiple videos for her class before she told me that they were incorrect. I asked for the ability to turn it in late so that I could follow her guidance but did not receive an answer. She declined and failed me after I asked for help multiple times. Originally, I received an incomplete which would have been okay as far as the GI bill was concerned because they wouldn't have made me pay it back. After I complained and wrote a letter to the school, my grade was changed to an F which has now put me 2500 dollars in debt to my GI Bill. The administration dealing with Psychology never emailed me back after I asked for them to review my class progress and the emails I had sent asking for help with the videos. After this incident, things continued to roll down hill. With no concern for my disability, my military service, or what I was dealing with at the time, the financial aid office refused to allow me access to federal student aid so that I can pay for the class I failed (and need to graduate). I will not be able to graduate because of one class and one horrible professor as well as my disabilities causing me issues at home, that the school has no concern for. I can't graduate due to my GPA but I cant fix it without retaking the ONE class I failed. i can't afford that one class. I believe this school has no concern for their students and their progress. They are only concerned with money and protecting teachers who do not do their jobs. I have appealed and appealed but no luck. I will not recommend this school to anyone. Even, If I do find a way to pay for the one class I need financial aid for (and cannot receive because the school has denied my request even though FAFSA has approved me), I will not finish my doctorate here!. Please choose another school for your own financial security and success. Check the graduation rate for the school. I now know why it is so low. They are not concerned with you graduating. They are only concerned about money no matter how many classes they make you take multiple times due to the horrible teaching.
I loved Walden! There team was very responsive to all of my needs or requests. All of my instructors were responsive to my emails and phone calls. Many school have you locate your own clinical site which was okay because I had an amazing peer I could rely on for help. As an adult learner it is your responsibility to make the best of the education you obtain. If you are someone that needs an instructor holding your hand from start to finish......this is not the school for you and you are not the student that should represent this school.
I am pleased with Walden Universitys Bachelors Degree in Forensic Psychology. Walden provided a convenient online platform and offered more tools and resources than other schools I researched. Walden is an accredited college and had the program that helped facilitate my education and career goals. I would highly recommend looking into the programs Walden University has to offer.
I hate Walden Refund policy most colleges now have Bank mobile but, not them they take your money then wait a whole week before they even decide to give it to you and then. Most colleges once the school disburses the money you get your money the same day not them you have to wait.
I received my Master of Social Work from Walden University and I am now licensed in the state of Texas. Walden University offered me the flexibility to complete my degree at my pace. I was able to take two classes, while work 38 hours a week, if I can do it. You can too.
I am so grateful to have had an opportunity to complete my degree at this school. When I called to clarify an aspect of my study there was always someone available to assist or connect me with someone more appropriate to assist. My graduation ceremony was in Florida where I was able to finally meet and personally connect with the students I had only known by name for the 2 years it took to complete my MScN. Please ignore the negative comments, they are probably from people that were not serious about their studies or did not look into licensing requirements prior to enrolling. As a Canadian asking many questions prior to enrolling provided me all the information needed to chose the right path of study and arrange an appropriate placement at my present place of employment. Great work Walden!
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.
I recently graduated from Walden University with a doctoral degree in business administration. I think that the program was manageable and challenging. I was able to complete my degree in a little less than three years, but the process was not easy as I am also employed full time. I think that the university gets a bad reputation, which I don't believe is always accurate. If a person is dedicated and willing to put in a significant effort, the degree is obtainable. By design, doctoral degrees are not cheap or easy to obtain. Students need to manage their time wisely and work hard to be successful.