Student & Graduate Reviews
S.L - 1/29/2009
"I am currently an online student majoring in Psychology at Walden University. I transferred in after receiving my Criminal Justice degree from another University. I am going towards my Masters then PhD in Psychology through Walden.Currently I am happy with their online structure, format and how they teach the courses. The instructors sometimes put more or less emphasis in the class depending on the instructor, but it is the student who should be reading, studying, writing and working hard on his or her research to meet the goals ahead.I am never impressed with tuition and it is typical for that since they are private online schools, but the ability to meet these deadlines as well as working full time and having a family is crucial. I am not impressed with the administration as far as the staffing ratio at Walden because my Academic Counselor finds it hard to have much time for me since he is so booked up with students. I think Walden needs to back off the profit situation and try to build up some staff first. I would much prefer to have my own finance advisor assigned to me, but they utilize all advisors in the department for everyone. However, the administration is not my concern as much as it is my learning experience.So far I have had a good learning experience and I am not turning back or away from Walden. It has the best online education available to me and I plan to complete my full education there. Good Luck to all of you new or prospected students of Walden. Go ahead and take the steps to enroll. I would recommend it."
Anne - 1/28/2009
"Be careful - I am still battling Walden, which I did enjoy, because they say I failed three classes. I know I did not, but I have no proof now, and cannot finish my degree until I jump through all sorts of hoops, including financial, and basically have to admit to failing these classes. Because I didn't keep my printouts of my grades, I have NO PROOF, and they will get away with this. It is sad. Keep good records - very good records - Walden itself, as in the classes and education, was great - the instructors were helpful, and I gained a great group of peers that helped each other out - our online study group!"
Nick Sanders - 12/14/2008
"I went to Yale as an Undergraduate and completed a PhD at Walden University in Public Policy and Administration. I found that I had to work very hard at this degree and the paper at the end was well worth that work. Walden is growing as a worthwhile school. Not sure about their other programs but the Public Administration program is highly regarded."
Leila - 12/13/2008
"The coursework included posting a discussion on a topic that was provided, responding to at least two posts, taking an online quiz and writing a paper each week. In one of the courses we had an online collaborative project, which was fun. Everyone in the group pulled their weight! Online tools we used included mostly the Internet resources, blackboard and e college. Given the nature of my interpersonal skills, I had wonderful collaboration with all the members in my cohort group and also all my professors. They were dynamic! My overall experience was fun, exciting, rich, rewarding, entertaining and enthralling! I was able to practice what I learn in each course directly in the classroom. I recommended the course to two of my colleagues in NYC public schools and they went for it!"
Dawn - 8/11/2008
"My experience overall was not pleasant. I signed up with this program because of the course sequence and length of courses, which would allow me turn earn my degree in 18 months. It turns out that they have a 5 week "break" in between each session, so the degree stretched out to over 2 years. Also, I did not enjoy the online forums. We had to rate each others work and respond to the postings. I thought this would be the teacher's job. I did get my master's degree for not a lot of work. I would change the format to include higher percentages of the final grade being devoted to our individual work, not how many times we gave suggestions to others."
M.L. - 8/5/2008
"Walden is a great university. The teachers are caring and supportive and always are there to help you to attain your degree. It is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the US Dept. of Education. They consisitently tell students to check with their individual states, FLorida included, to make sure YOU the student are aware of all the preparations needed to sit for your states licensing exam. This is the students responsibility not Waldens'. Each state has their own laws for licensing. I know this because I am a psychology Ph.D. student at Walden and I am updated on the licensing laws in my state and what I need to do. Walden has been a great experience for me a working Mom, Wife and Student."
Michael - 8/5/2008
"Online schools are becoming more accepted in the professional world and should only increase given the rising cost of gasoline, the questioned security of traditional ground classrooms, and the fact that more people in our society are becoming technology savvy and comfortable with the use of computers. I realized with my professional and family obligations, an online school was the only way I would be able to handle those obligations and further my education. I reviewed several schools and found Walden University to suit my needs best.One of the Walden Enrollment Advisors took time to explain the beginning process. I had finished my Masters degree at a traditional â€œbrick and mortarâ€ school 14 years prior so I was concerned about starting school again. Part of the enrollment process requires the applicant to write a proposal of study and this most likely assisted my enrollment advisor in assisting me to choose a course of study. It also gave me confidence that I could work, have a family life, and finish my educational goals successfully.Because my professional career had been involved with the public sector and I was interested in increasing my opportunities in that sector, I chose Waldenâ€™s Public Policy and Administration doctoral program. The school offers several specialization areas but because I really did not wish to concentrate in one specialization, I picked the General Studies section. Later, I learned that there was an option to substitute three classes for one of their KAMs (Knowledge Area Modules) and I finished three courses in homeland security and emergency management planning.If I understand correctly, KAMs are specific to Walden University and actually it was the second reason I chose Walden. KAMs can assist the student in learning what is needed in a dissertation. Walden apparently found that many doctoral students end up â€œAll but Dissertationâ€ and the KAMs serve can serve as a springboard to the dissertation. KAMs are best described as a literature review with an application in mind.At this point, I have finished all but two courses and I have started working on my first KAM. In my estimation, I have about 2 years to go to finish my degree. I highly recommend Walden University for anyone with a busy life and a drive for achieving further educational goals."
Suzanne - 7/28/2008
"I really enjoyed my online degree program. It was very nice to be able to do the work on my own time, watch video lectures when I wanted to, and have the freedom to keep the rest of my life fairly normal. I'm still excited about all the gas money I saved! The format of my classes was very nice, because you knew approximately how much work you would have each week. The professors were all very helpful, and all the materials were current and relevant. There were a few things that could have been improved about the actual website used for the classes, although most things were easy enough to find. Overall, the online degree experience suited my needs perfectly, and I wouldn't trade the experience (or my resulting pay increase!) for any other."
Anonymous - 7/17/2008
"I completed all of my psychology classes online, and I thoroughly enjoyed almost all of them. The coursework was informative, and I learned a great deal, but I only had to write fairly short papers and online posts. Courses were presented through Etudes;some professors provided links to outside online sources to fill in any gaps the texts might leave. Most of the courses required classmate interaction, and I actually "knew" my classmates' minds better at times than I might have in a regular classroom. Most of the professors were quick to answer emails; only one professor didn't respond to online posts, and unfortunately learning in that particular class became "learning by consensus" rather than guided learning."
Amanda - 7/15/2008
"Walden University offers a M.S. Degree Program in Clinical Research Administration online which worked with my schedule. I found the program to provide an interesting curriculum considering it was an online program. Coursework included clinical research, data management and epidemiology to name a few. The ethical and legal issues covered in one class provided an interesting overview of those issues. However, I would have enjoyed spending a little more time in practicum, since that provided the real world practice that brought everything together for me. Making the most of the practicum is important to make the most of the experience. Online learning can be challenging and rewarding. The fact that I had so much flexibility in my participation I felt I was creating my own learning experience. However, it did require a certain level of discipline that I was not used to and it can take some adjustment. Finding a way to balance is important when trying to adjust to an online learning environment."
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