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After completing all of my coursework for my doctoral program, I completed and submitted my thesis. My thesis would be reviewed and sent back to me for corrections, which I did within days, and re-submitted. However, I would not get a response to my corrected work for about two weeks. This process carried me through four semesters before I came to the realization that the slow review of my work was being used to milk me for more money. I stopped my education without graduating. I was a previous graduate of Walden with a Master's degree which went very smoothly. I am very disappointed in the Walden doctoral program and how the University refused to do anything about my complaint.
Caution there are many programs that are not accredited. They will tell you they have been working on it empty promises for financial gain. Questionable academic practices may be the foundation for the many years of struggle. You can clearly find a school with a better value for the amount of money you will spend. Do your home work before you pay to do your homework
My experience with the school has been stellar. I've been working on my Clinical Research Administration degree for a little over a year at this point. I found the classwork to be useful for understanding my everyday work in my field. It adds a layer of understanding and foresight into my work at a Contract Research Organization. Looking over the reviews here, there seems to be a relation between the programs of which they're critiquing and the rating - perhaps there is something there. In my program, I've had some good professors and I've had great professors. I've learned that they'll personally interact with me as much or as little as necessary. The coursework can be challenging or it could be easy - it really depends on the week. As much as I'd like to say "well this is participation credit and I'm not earning my way there," I remember the weeks of class during my undergraduate degree when I was doing absolutely nothing but showing up. Perhaps it's an online interpretation of that? I found the classes to be moderately rigorous requiring me to consistently reach into the medical journals to find some real world applications of the work we are researching that week.
In the beginning I was given an incompetent mentor who could not edit properly. After the 3rd submission the advisor found mistakes that should have been picked up in the first review. After a long headache of complaining for a year, I was reassigned to another advisor. She was good then when I pointed a flaw in one of her edits, she avenged herself by lowering my class grade. I have a perfect 4.0. Half the committee members never attended any oral presentations but wanted their names on the dissertation. Moreover, the reviewers in various stages did not review accurately or completely. The institute continued to enroll into so-called 900 classes for more tuition. i would have completed every requirement in 1.5 years instead of the lengthy time, Then the refund was promised but never given. After multiple attempts to contact the Bursar, I requested higher admin to intervene but they refused. My study was passed in the first round while I knew there were flaws. Congratulations were passed to me by everyone, Suddenly they all woke up and responded. However, the refund department continued to ignore my requests. Then after exhausting all my attempts to get the refund. I brought to their attention that they had passed a study which was flawed. Instead of listening to my concerns, they started condemning me for bringing up. Moreover, they enrolled me in yet additional classes. I told them I have no interest so remove the course but no one is responding!!!
The MPH and PhD programs in public health are not CEPH accredited they have been trying to accredited for 10 years. A program that is not accredited will not be beneficial. They seem to not have good leaders as they are unable, after multiple attempts and multiple extension to be accredited. It is not because they are an online degree as other online degrees are accredited through CEPH.
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!
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.
Walden is very misleading in what their Masters Programs offer after completion. I transferred into a program from another university under the assumption that I was receiving the same degree. After Masters completion and an application to a job I thought to be qualified for I find out my degree is not what I though and definitely not the same as the college I transferred from. After a phone call from the licensure office they told me I should of investigated on my end more. Walden took my money and I feel like all my hard work, hard earned money and time was for nothing. Spend your money with a college that cares!
Very unhappy, the things they tell you on the phone is very different than what happens in reality. Be very careful with this school. they are only there to make money from you not help you. i been emailing and calling them for 3 months because what i was told on the phone never happened and they can not find any of the conversations i ha with them. spend your time and money somewhere else!
I believe Walden is a great school of higher learning, but like college, it is not for everyone. My experience with Walden was great from start to finish. The residencies were very helpful and insightful to hear and learn from other students who were completing their degrees. I found the professors to be knowledgeable and they were willing to assist when engaged. I found earning my degree was a difficult, yet enjoyable experience, because my success was up to me. I could not present a less than satisfactory dissertation chapter and have it approved. I could not write my dissertation in the wrong APA format and have it approved. I could not write using poor grammar and punctuation and have it approved. I could not complete my dissertation using outdated research references and have it approved. I could not write my dissertation and not have it be a scholarly piece and have it approved. In short, if you are unprepared for the rigors of Ph.D. work then you will complain about every aspect of the process to cover up your own academic shortcomings. I would recommend Walden for the independent study student who does not need to be coddled or have their hand held throughout their entire graduate process. The academic rigor is good and I have two degrees from "brick and mortar" schools. I have found the academics for my degree to be on par; the advising better; the library fulfilling; the support staff wonderful; and the professors challenging. If I had one negative to make the review balanced, it would be in the selection of the committee. I found this process to be the most stressful of my entire process, and it did frustrate me to the point that I was unsure if I would graduate. I was able to field my committee and now I look at the picture of me getting hooded on the wall of my house. Nothing is perfect, but perseverance is key to anything worthwhile.