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HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE. Money making endeavor that cares only ...... about making money. What a nightmare. Although the quarter classes were ok - good, the dissertation process is beyond compare. I am a university professor who has been on dissertation committees - and to see what my husband has been put through, and the credit card bills ........... ONLY ENROLL IN THIS PROGRAM IF YOU HAVE LOTS OF TIME, MONEY, PATIENCE AND APPRECIATION FOR BEING TAKEN FOR A RIDE
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I finished my MS and PhD at Walden. The program is not for everyone. Needs a lot of self motivation, but at the end you will be more prepared to work on your own than most other schools. Very difficult but worth the effort. Many will be admitted, but most don't graduate. The graduation rate is under 20% for PhDs. So while attending Walden University may not appear to be prestigious, graduating from the PhD program shows persistence at the very least. Depending on the state you live in, some consider a degree from Walden University rather prestigious. Internship sites often comment that they prefer Walden students because they tend to be more mature. Many of the students are quite a bit older, but it leads to unique life experiences and perspectives being added to the discussions. The work load is heavy, but so is any graduate program. Just like any other program, if you stay organized, resilient, and focused, you will do well. It is a blended program, which means that you do need some in person residencies at the very least to graduate. You cannot earn a PhD all online, even at Walden. But depending on what program you choose, you may only have a few residencies to do, and before you know it you're on your last one and working on your dissertation. The school has a ton of resources but most students don't take advantage of them because they're already overwhelmed with classwork and don't make or have time to research them. Just like any school, some professors are incredible and some are checked out a bit. Ivy League professors can sometimes be found here, and students have been known to earn Ivy League post-doctorates once they graduate.
The program at Walden requires extreme dedication and effort. The most important aspect of completing the DBA program at Walden is understanding how to research and how to write your research results. I was able to graduate with my DBA degree in Project Management in three years. During those three years, 1.5 Years was through class work taking one class a term or two per semester. The remaining 1.5 years was dedicated to developing and publishing my doctoral study. The important aspect of the classes was learning to write the research. The key ingredient to completing the doctoral degree was deciding early in the program what you wanted to research for your doctoral study. If students would attend the first residency early in the program (within the first three classes), during the residency, the student should define the subject matter that the following classes could be used to develop a foundation for the eventual doctoral study. To be successful in this program, the student must be dedicated and willing to invest the time (15 -20) hours a week. Similarly, the student must be a planner and anticipate the needs both in time and support months in advance. Example; my study required Army approval to conduct research. I knew this more than a year before the required Army approval. I kept the Army personnel apprised of my status from the beginning. Thus, when the time came to obtain the approval from the Army, the approval process took only two weeks. Knowing your subject, knowing the methodology of study, and knowing when and how to conduct the research are all critical elements the student must know before the student can complete the study. The Walden University faculty are willing to assist but the student must take the lead and have a very good grasp of the events leading to the completion of the study. This program is not easy and will challenge you, if you are looking for an easy online degree, the DBA program a Walden University is not your answer. If you are looking for a challenging opportunity to learn and enhance your research and writing capability, Walden University could be a good choice.
The degree I was seeking was Curriculum, Instruction & Professional Development and I achieved an EdS degree. I knew what I wanted, and feel Walden was the best fit for me and what I was seeking. The professors were professional, and when I had a question(s) they answered it, or I did my research. I am an educator, and they guided me in the direction I needed to go to find the best results just like I do my students; I do not give them the answer, just avenues to find the best outcomes. The one thing I did learn with Walden is there are different writing level or expectation based on the degree of education you have or trying to attain. I wish the writing expectation were the same whether you are going for a bachelor degree or a doctorate. The cost did not surprise me because I research the cost before I started my EdS program.
The program itself is good and pretty much equal to other schools (when comparing coursework with other schools via my colleagues). The support while you are actively enrolled is satisfactory. However, the support after graduation is poor. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to contact anyone for any type of assistance regarding education verification. Even when trying to use the "chat" feature, you are directed to a number that leaves you on hold for a minimum of 30 minutes- I haven't waited any longer than that so I am not sure if anyone ever answers. If I had to do this over again, I would definitely choose a school with better graduate support. It has affected my job prospects due to the delay and lack of communication.
Walden University is the reason for profit schools get a bad name. I took over 11 years trying to complete a PhD program in Public Administration with no success and over $200,000 in student loan debt. Walden University is specifically designed to: Keep you tied to ensure the student takes as many courses and gets into the most amount of debt in federal student loans. This is done by regularly and inexplicably changing the Programs of Study by constantly changing and adding classes to programs to make students take more classes and pay more tuition. Dissertation process is amorphous, ill-defined and grossly uncoordinated. Dissertation chairs do not communicate with other committee members and in my case were unsure of the Walden Dissertation process. In addition to this, contradictory reviews of dissertation proposals makes the student confused and frustrated. My URR for instance contradicted the approval of the dissertation chair when she had no experience in the field of Public Administration! Changing committee members for students is impossible even when members are underperforming. It takes up to 10 business days to get any feedback on your work on the dissertation drafts. In a 12 week semester, this ensures student work will barely be looked at, vague feedback is provided and students has to go back and rewrite work with vague directions. These edits are later contradicted by the university reviewer or a committee member. Students are basically on their own with this horrible school.
The program was very Impressive, however, I had the worst academic advisor in my graduate program. Even though I did not want to talk about it, but just to mention so that no one else suffers the same abandonment that I went through. Due to that experience, I am afraid of going through same if I embark on my doctorate degree program. Doctorate program is not a program the student should be left alone like she did in my graduate program; as a result of that, I am seeking for a second opinion if I should continue with Walden university in pursue of my doctorate.
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.
Horrible college. They drag out the program until you are out of financial aims then when and if you graduate (I ended up having to go a year longer than told) they refuse to complete state Licensure documentation claiming you didn't have enough hours for your states required internship and suggest you return for another term to finish up those hours.