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Although there are some negative reviews, I can attest to Walden University's credibility and high-quality education. As many people would agree, graduate school is not for everyone. It takes a significant amount of effort and many who thought they were ready to obtain a doctoral degree quickly earn that it is not an easy task. I know many of my peers who has been on the program for 5 to 8 years and they have not completed their dissertations or doctoral studies. The fact is that completing a dissertation or a doctoral study is much challenging than anything students have done in the past. I graduate with a Doctor of Business Administration from Walden University in 2017. As others stated, I felt that waiting on feedback from your mentors during the dissertation or doctoral study process is time-consuming, but providing feedback on 100-300 page documents is difficult. When student start their research, they are assigned a mentor (chair) to help guide them during the conduct of their research. Since mentors are helping multiple students at a time, Walden University give them 2 weeks to provide feedback. This sound like a long time and I might agree, but the fact is that if a professor is mentoring 5 students he or she might have to review 500-1000 pages and provide detailed feedback on how to improve the study. As a senior editor for Editors Dissertations and Thesis, www.editorsdissertationsandthesis.com I can tell you this is not an easy task. Walden is a great school for students who have the time, commitment, preparation, and determination to succeed. If you are looking for a easy ride, Walden is definitely not for you. I apologize to those who did not achieve their academic objectives at Walden University, I respect your viewpoints.Good luck in your future endeavours!
Great experience. You must work well in an online environment and willing to do the reading, research, and writing. I had very good teachers and classmates. If you have the dedication of a saint you will make it; if not you are wasting your time and money. I love the research tools and techniques I learned to continue to pursue the practice and academic interest in finance.
Walden University is corrupt. I started the program in March of 2010. Things went well until I finished the courses and began my dissertation. I faced the same problems many others have listed, changing committee members, long waits for revisions, long waits for the writing center, and committee members constantly making me completely changes things. This, of course, led to extreme debt, because Walden charges all the way through the dissertation process, over $5000. a quarter. In 2015, I was forced to withdraw. I have over 160,000. in student debt from this degree alone, and the saddest part is, I have no degree. I was informed by one of the faculty members who left, that I will probably not be able to transfer, because Walden's KAM system does not transfer well. I was an honor student on scholarship at two respected brick and mortar institutions for my bachelors and masters degree. Walden is all about corporate greed, and students all over the world suffer.
If you have a Bach and you have worked in the field and you know how to really write and research and you do not need any help or feedback from anyone, than you can get a degree at Walden. Do not go to an online school for Bach degree. GO to a brick and mortar school. There are things you need to learn and access you need to have at that stage in your degree. Online schools, especially Walden, are about giving you the least amount of help. I have found everyone helpful but do agree about not upsetting your instructor. For one class, I was not even sure I had an instructor. It was 4 weeks in and I was like oh, do we have a teacher. Wait until there is a special at Walden. Sometimes they do a 30% off the entire time of your degree and that is not bad. DO NOT expect help at this school. You will need to be intelligent, self starter, researcher, motivated and ready to put in 20-40 hours a week to truly earn your degree. Yes, you can put in less and graduate, but that does not mean you will learn.
I enjoyed my time at Walden. I have met some of the nicest people, and made a really good friend. Some of my professors, all licensed/P.h.D., were absolutely amazing. Utilizing adobe connect or through uploaded videos. I did my undergrad work at brick n mortar schools, and it was not different there... Some horrible professors, and some amazing professors. If you take responsibility for your education, stay proactive, and advocate for yourself, you will do fine. It is a tough program, but I absolutely feel prepared for licensure in the future.
Horrible staff and support. They do not help you out in anyway what so ever it takes five business days at least to get back to a student on the support side. Attending college online is all about the communication and Walden doesn't seem to understand that concept. Horrible experience , horrible faculty and horrible app for phone. If you're an online school don't you think you need updated systems ? Common sense lacking from these people
As an adult learner, especially through online learning, the individual needs self-motivation and have proactive behaviors for seeking help or answers. I have had an extremely positive experience with WU. Just like anything else in life, you get what you put in - I am very happy with my program and the end results.
I have taken online classes at multiple schools and Walden is competitive with structure and demand. Personally, I love the brick and mortar school better because I can interact face-to-face with my peers and instructor. But my husband is in the military and we travel around the world. Online schools have been a blessing to me to finish my passion. Online learning is self-guided. You learn as much as you put into it. If you expect to sit and listen, you will not do well at any online school. The one thing I love at Walden is the support from the library and writing center. I have used the online chat many times to ask questions. I also watch webinars of information that have helped me learn and grow. Online worked for me and I learned quite a bit!
I went to a strong undergrad (U of M) and I wanted to get the same challenge. I started at a local college for my MS in Counseling but it was a joke and the hours did not line up with my job. Plus it was just a bunch of old tenure staff with a random paper and final. I did not know walden would be this challenging. Just like any degree, you get what you give. I read everything and my professors get back to me fairly quickly. You learn alot at the residencies too. It is expensive but worth it. If you are looking for an easy program with minimal work then this isn't for you. The graduation rate is low but I look at it as the strong surviving. We have staff that sit on state boards an the ACA so I respect it. Counseling doesnt pay much but it is respected. I am glad I chose Walden If you are looking to be spoon fed then getting a masters ma not be for you.
The classes were well organized. The work load was appropriate. I feel like I could have been better prepared for the boards by a change of some assignment as some assignments really did not benefit the student. The papers took a long time to complete and other forms of assignments would have better benefited the learning process. Overall, it was good as far as the academical aspect. Now, the student support I cannot describe how horrible it was as far as advisors, financial aid, all the way from the beginning of my first person that was collaborating with me about transcripts and so on. Lots of chasing someone to talk to, being on hold, and questionable hangups. At least 3-4 times someone hung up on me when it seemed like they could not answer my question, this was so frustrating especially having been on hold for a long time prior to. I would look at schools that have better student support, but if you are willing to deal with crappy support and get your degree you will be fine.