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I never completed registration to get into the program. I have 5 years experience in direct systems and database administration/training as well as all but 4 credits (Capstone project) towards an AAS in Systems and Network Administration (a move made it impossible to complete the capstone) and was told that my lack of programming related on the job experience meant I would not be admitted without obtaining certifications (which, for the record, they advertise as being part of the degree program itself). This place is essentially a degree mill that isn't interested in a student body that needs to expand their skill knowledge, but one that instead just needs the degree for already well established skill sets. If that's what you are looking for it will be a great opportunity for you. Unfortunately - the program itself won't work very well for most people.
I see all kinds of complaints about this program. I found it challenging and informative. I am in my last class and then my capstone project and I am done! I have several other degrees so I have some experience with school. You must be a self-starter and have good time management skills. My mentor has been great. Some of the course mentors are better than others but you find that in any school. Great place to earn a degree on your time. Just now starting a job search and we shall see how it is received.
The RN to BSN program was very structured, and the mentors were absolutely incredible. Any associate or diploma nurse wanting to obtain a BSN should dive at this opportunity. The program was tough, but sound and the tuition was very cost effective. I highly recommend it!!!
Don't believe the negative comments....it just amazes me how you can get someone totally disrespect a school and then go through it yourself and say...What is wrong with that person????? WGU is an awesome school and is tough but thorough and worth it!!!
I earned my MBA/ITM iat WGU in 2015. I found their education model to be exceptional. As a self paced program, you must be driven and dedicated. It is very cost effective, and worth every penny. Within in one year of earning my degree, I was able to land a new job, with a $40k increase in salary.
Wgu is a great school to get a degree. Most people don't learn as much as a traditional brick and mortar school, but this school allowed me to work in my field for 3.5 years before I graduated. I am in my first year teaching, and I had 4 job offers after I graduated. I landed a job that checked off everything off my list!! During the last year of school I completed 21 credit hours in 2.5 months and the next semester I did 18 hours in 3 months. If you are a great test taker and a decent paper writer this school is for you. If not don't go! Once you figure out the system by all means exploit it and get it done. Overall I have very few complaints and if you have a chance request H. H. as you student mentor. HE IS AMAZING!!!!
Do not question, just do it. WGU has changed my life for the better. I am a mom with 1 full-time job as well as a weekend job. I took my time and recieved my degree in 14 months. I could of done it in one year if I had planned accordingly. I never thought I could have done it, and now it's complete. I will continue on with my MSN-Education. The only advice I could give is to go for the RN - MSN! I second guessed myself never fully believing I could do it!
WGU is a joke!! I would never recommend going there. This is not a reputable institution. Their so called learning resources are outdated and awful! They always have computer and tech issues. To be a University that prides itself in technology, I find it ironic that they constantly have technology issues. I know people who work there and they are miserable as well. They are totally micromanaged and want their mentors to babysit the students! It's a bunch of ridiculousness. Don't waste your time.
Overall, WGU is a great experience. You have to look at the trade-offs though as far as MBAs go. Pros: - Far cheaper education; - Accredited education; - Can complete the program faster than a traditional program since it is self-paced; - Academic support is excellent (mentors contact you once a week); and - GMAT is not required. Cons: - Limited development track (no electives); - Limited (to no) professional development support; - Limited opportunity to develop interpersonal relationships with other high functioning business professionals (i.e. the hallmark of a brick and mortar program); - Must be extremely time conscious to succeed; and - The grading can be a rough learning curve (three or four submissions per assignment is not unheard of); and - No company is beating down the door to recruit you out of WGU. Overall: It all comes down to the trade-offs. If you are a career professional, who (1) just wants the degree initials behind your name; (2) want the MBA to propel you toward a different degree (i.e. JD); or (3) because you have been told that the MBA is required for the next rung (but you meet all the other qualifications. This is a great cheap option. If you are looking for interpersonal relationships to help guide your career for the next 20 - 30 years, maybe consider the more traditional or executive MBA routes at a more known school.
I wanted to wait a while prior to posting a review as I wanted to make sure it helped in getting a decent job. Well, I got a decent job and was able to check off the bachelor's degree box like employers want. I live in a rural area and good jobs aren't readily available so it did take a few months to find one. As far as the program goes, I was able to finish about 50 units the first semester as it was all general education and you learn most of that by being alive. Overall the program took me 3 years to complete as the more in depth classes take time to learn the material. I liked my personal mentor (Allison Israel), it was just a reminder every once in a while to get moving. The course mentors were mostly useless, at least to me, so I recommend that you be sure you are able to self teach. Overall good experience and I would definitely recommend going.