Western Governors University Reviews - Master's in Business AdministrationSee reviews of all programs at Western Governors University
My honest review & experience. Where do I begin? I enrolled in this school mainly because for self-paced & tuition. Can't argue with that. My goal was to graduate in the timely manner that fits with my schdule. However, my entire experience is nothing but frustrating. From the start, the enrollment counselor was extremely annoying. Talked to me like I was in kindergarden. The weekly mandatory calls & appointments is a hassle. The financial aid totally changed my package plan without telling me. I would have never attended this school if I knew I wouldn't qualify for the maximum amount as stated by FAFSA. I know how FAFSA works. WGU just has a weird policy that caused this. I called financial aid to fix this, they told me two seperate information. Once I called them out, they didn't even knew what they were talking about. I felt deceived! The projects were a nightmare. I haven't worked so hard in my classes, which is great. However, my projects is always being sent back for revision. There is no clear instructions on how to actually execute the projects. You have to meet their specific standards pass. It's not like you can turn it in, get graded a C or B, & move on. My projects were beyond competent according to personal professors I know. They were amazing on how this school was structured & the difficulty of the projects. Lastly, I found out that the professor doesn't really do the grading. An evaluator goes through your project, see if you meet all the requirements, & to pass. My projects blows many other students projects that I have compared too. Now I am working three times as harder just to pass. Never had this much issues compared to other schools. I am at the point to just hurry, finish, & move on. To be fair, the only pro's this school offer (compared to other online schools I've been), is a nice clean platform, I did learn actually learn "something", self-paced, & tuition. Cons: Don't trust financial aid, weekly calls & appointments tend to be annoying, enrollment counselors can suck (if you are lucky not to get an enrollment counselor as I did who was rude by the way), projects are not evaluted by professors, no clear instructions on how to execute or do the projects, & constant amount of revisions.
WGU is an amazing university providing the competency-based education where a student can proceed at their own pace which can be fast or slow depending upon the learning style of the student. I completed 3 classes in a few months. The online interface is easy to use, the student mentor is always helpful and the course mentors are willing to provide as much assistance as needed.
Very challenging and rewarding MBA! I've earned 2 degrees at WGU and it has enabled me to spend time with my family and complete my schooling. WGU is the future model that all educational institutions will be following. Rather than charging exorbitant fees and tuition, WGU provides astounding value and support from a highly respected institution that has made it possible for me to become credentialed in my field.
I believe in the programs at WGU very much. I graduated with my bachelor's degree in 1984 and had been out of school for 30 years when I enrolled at WGU. This program was exactly what I had hoped to find. The MBA program was an accredited program and it was tough. Anyone who believes an online program is easy has never been enrolled. The greatest asset that I found in the program was my student mentor who encouraged me for over two years while I was taking various courses. The hardest course in my program was my capstone course which forces each student to become part of a team concept. It was hard but very real-life work situation too. I vote YES for WGU.
I have been going to college on and off for the last 24 years. I have earned two A.A. degrees from the local community college, a B.S. in Business Management from WGU, a very recently a MBA Information Technology Management, also from WGU. I have had a lot of people ask me about my experience at WGU so I decided to write my official review. My quick answer to what I think about WGU is that it worked for me, and it worked for the current me. If I would have attempted this program in my early 20s I would have failed miserably! One of the main reasons WGU worked for me is that I could fit it in to my regular life. In several of my terms I wouldnt do any school work for a full month and then I would take a couple of days of work and I would be caught up again. That flexibility was important for me. I work full time and I have a family and going to a traditional college just wasnt going to work. I also like the competency based learning. This meant if I knew the subject matter I could just take a test and move on. This allowed me to finish my B.S. in two terms. My MBA did take me a full four terms to complete. Now, this does not mean WGU was easy! Classes that had subject matter that I did not know took a lot of work! I also felt that most of the curriculum was relevant. The instructional format was very comfortable for me. I dont need an instructor to lecture me for hours and hours about a subject matter. Im not going to learn that way. I always felt that I had plenty of learning options, from books and videos to chat rooms and course mentors. If I needed help, which was rare, it was always available. Its hard to review WGU without mentioning what a great value it is! I priced out an MBA from another well-known online college, WGU was less than half the cost! Lets face it, most of us are going to school to get a better job. For me that has worked out very well. I actually got the job I wanted while working on my MBA. I also have two additional job interviews lined up. At this point I have received no negative reactions to my online degree. Now WGU is not perfect. Your student mentor is the most important person for you at WGU, get one that fits you! If your student mention isn't clicking with you ask for another one. I had to do this once. If you are not exceptionally self-motivated, WGU may not be for you. You have to be willing to push yourself. I have read a lot of reviews about WGU and I find I gravitate towards the negative one. I find that most of the negative reviews are either self-inflicted issues or they are challenges that just about every school faces. One person spent a lot of time complaining about how they had to take classes that they didn't feel were relevant. As I said earlier, I found most of the school work to be relevant. Yes, I did take a couple of classes that have nothing to do with anything I am ever going to do. I actually asked around and everyone I know that has gone to college has taken classes like that. Someone else complained about how task stream grades papers. Yes, they are humans grading papers and those humans grade papers differently. For me this was generally not an issue. Someone else complained about how their mentor called them but didn't help them with the school work. That is not what the student mentors is there for. They are your portal into WGU, not an educational resource. Finally, someone else was complaining about grades and how they felt WGU students were C students at best. I will be honest, I did better in some classes than others. At the end of the day, no ones degree has his or her G.P.A. on it! So is WGU perfect? Nope! Is WGU for everyone? Nope! If you are thinking about going back to school, WGU might be just the right fit for you, just do your research first.
This is a great school but beware that you will need to put in a lot of work to complete your classes. With that said WGU provides a lot of support. There are live lectures (called cohorts) for every class, tons of quizzes through most courses, and a large amount of information including online textbooks and computer based training for some courses. Each course has mentors (Professors) with flexible appointments to guide you along. In many cases I was able to schedule appointments on the weekend. In addition to the course mentor, you have a student mentor who acts as your advisor and tracks your degree progress and keeps you informed about the various resources available. Even with all that it still up to you to put in the 20 hours a week needed to make adequate progress. If you are self disciplined and willing to put in the required hours of study time then you will find WGU to be an excellent learning experience.
WGU is NOT for everyone. WGU is NOT easy! If you are a WGU student and you don't like your mentor get a new one! In 2010 I graduated from WGU with my B.S. in Business Administration. In 2016 I will graduate with my MBA. Also, I have graduated from the local community college with two Associates Degrees. I have done the brick and mortar thing and I have done the online thing. They both have benefits and drawback. I personally found my work experience to be extremely beneficial to my educational program. If I had little or no work experience WGU would have been much more difficult. Also, it is extremely important that if you are going to attend WGU that you are self motivated. One of the things I really like about WGU is that I have felt like I have been able to apply what I have learned immediately to my work. So if you are a self motivated working professional look to go back to school you should at least consider WGU.
Excellent program for professionals who buckle down and work. This style of learning is great for people who are driven and self-motivated. I studied 2-4 hours per night to graduate in a year. An MBA in one year - saved myself countless classroom hours away from home and $30k. With 20 years experience, I did not expect to gain much from the program (just wanted the three letters on my resume) but was surprised to find myself applying many of the concepts learned to strategic planning (great insight into general economics and global expansion). I do not recommend the program to people who need their hand held. If you find yourself blaming others when you fall short of your goals - you should spend $30k on someone coddling you through a traditional, two-year, on-campus program.