Walden University Reviews
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I chose Walden for convenience. I was working full time, and raising three children. I started in the DBA program, but had such a hard time getting the dissertation committee/topic/research project worked out that I cut my losses and got an MBA. The courses were not well constructed, so the "professor" to use the term lightly, would pose questions and topics that were not easy to respond to. The courses seemed to be written and managed by people who had never, ever seen them from the other side. Instructors are very well paid for their efforts, and it is just a business for profit. It is not an esteemed university, in it for the greater good of humanity through education. It costs a fortune, and you essentially buy your degree. You will end up frustrated and angry, especially when they show you their expensive new commercials, and and ask you repeatedly how you are positively affecting the university with your expensive degree. I would love to know how the president and faculty are changing the world, but they never have to disclose that. Run, do not walk to another school.
I recently completed my doctorate at Walden. Walden, like many schools, is what you make it. If you want it to be a transformative experience, begin each course with this lens. I got ill at one point in my program and needed to take time. I found my professor was incredibly supportive and helped me get through the semester relatively unscathed. Expectations didn't dropped, but there was flexibility when it was warranted.While yes, it is a business, the learning environment provides a space for growth and development, as does the mission itself. I sought out to be changed by the content and my experience learning it, and I did. There are quirks here yes, but if you are focused on your development and learning, you will thrive. If you want others to make this happen for you, I suspect you will likely not have a great experience. Bring your life to Walden and connect what you learn back to your community.
Do not attend Walden University. I am part of a group of ex Walden students who maxed out student loans and never received support on dissertations and never granted an Ed.D. Use your money for an established university that is not taught online. They are For -Profit and only interested in keeping you enrolled for years to continue taking your money.
Walden University is a good school that puts the student at the center and enhances professional maturity. This kind of arrangement is not suitable for all students especially those that are still raw and yet to mature in life. It is very important to know why one embarks on advanced education. The degree certificate is not just a paper but the whole life experience of excitement amidst the challenging journey. This is not for every body, otherwise everyone would have a doctorate. Whether you go to Harvard, Yale, Oxford etc..., the certificate obtained will never make you successful. You as the individual have to make it work not the certificate. Therefore one has to be extremely mature knowing exactly why he/she should seek advanced education. It is mainly for you not your employer or friends or family.
The staff at Walden are extremely unprofessional, it's poor communication, and everything's the students fault. If you don't check your email daily you can forget about passing. They mix in necessary mail with important mail and trying to distinguish between the two maybe the mistake of your life. The enrollment advisors are not going to communicate with you for any reason other than the first week or two, after that if there's anything you need to know, check your email and god forbid, if you miss an email it's your fault; if they forgot an email it must have been a glitch in the system. Please go somewhere else and get a better education, you can do better than get cut and paste assignments from 3-4 years ago.
Only care about getting paid. Was told 3 times (1 in writing) that I would receive financial aid and then did not. Took no actions to compensate for the error. HORRIBLE graduation rate (33%).They care nothing about their students or if they graduate.
Be careful when selecting online schools. I worked on a PhD for 8 years at Walden. After completing coursework with an A average, I started writing a qualitative dissertation to complete the program. This is when my problems started. Walden needs to streamline this never-ending process that seems designed more for profit than progress. My last three years were spent on an endless merry-go-round of edits and rewriting of my first three chapters as I wrote for three different dissertation chairs with three different ideas of how my research should look. I eventually ran out of time and money. I decided that my investment outweighed my potential for financial gain in career so I resigned the program. Check into the school's graduation rate when deciding whether to attend Walden. I learned that the graduation rate for my major is only 18% for those who begin a doctorate in Educational Technology. I learned the hard way. Don't be like me.
Walden University health psychology Ph.D. program is ideal for student that are self motivated, disciplined, and mature. If you need daily guidance you might be better off somewhere else. If not, this is the best school on the planet you could attend. But you must be disciplined, motivated, and focused. What I enjoyed most was that the learning was 100% student focused, The student gets the weekly lesson and takes the responsibility to complete the lessons interact in the weekly post and turn the lessons in. In 90% of the time the weekly lesson required a paper demonstrating your understanding of the topic. I love the entire program.
I'm a student in my second year at this school. I read over many comments after I started this school. The program is a joke. I spend 8 weeks studying the same lessons. The classes are not geared to teaching a student all of the professional aspects of management. I spend more time learning how to develop teams than I am learning about business functions. The classes do not prepare you for the professional world. I receive emails constantly asking for opinions and new recruits. I would not dare ask someone else to join Walden, every semester they take their time issuing our refunds. My first semester it took 3 weeks to get your financial aid, a year later it takes 4 weeks to get your refund. Not to mention financial aid hung up on me, when I questioned them about financial aid. Another problem is the instructors have the power to change the syllabus after it has been posted. Once a syllabus is posted an instructor shouldn't be able to alter it. Since I started my tuition has increased and now we have to order our books, instead of the selling point that you don't have to order your books, when I first began. Also be ready to spend countless sleepless nights, writing about the same subjects you covered in week 1 and now it is in week 8.
I received my MBA from Walden in 2014. I would have to say it has helped me a lot in getting better jobs, to have the words MBA on my CV. I moved to Asia where the MBA degree is highly respected, perhaps more so than elsewhere even. Any prospective MBA student should understand that you have to already be motivated towards business and management. The degree won't take the place of your own determination. However, it will give you added knowledge and open doors. It has for me anyway. Good luck on your path!