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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 Their so called learning resources are outdated and awful!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.
OK. So I'm speaking from a point of view that should be relevant to anyone researching WGU. I'm a former student of Indiana University (Allied Heatlh) and DePaul University so I know the brick and mortar story and both were fantastic institutions to further one's education. However life happens and I had to take a job and place my education on hold for a number of years. However after 15 years I went as far possible in my profession without a degree. At that point I searched for an online university where my pursuit of a college degree could be fulfilled. I chose WGU with some trepidation because of the lower cost and quickly upon starting I realized this college was no joke. The courses were taught through online media for sure (video conferences, etc.) but I can attest the content and expectations were NO different than IU or DePaul. In fact considering it was self paced the argument could be that in fact it was harder! I hope this feed back from a former student/ grad of WGU was helpful!
I felt compelled to write a review about my experience. Having decided to gain my undergrad degree I searched and and explored multiple options. I worked in a professional environment and had achieved a sr level management position without a degree but always felt - like I was missing something and apprehensive when people would ask where I graduated. I looked at both online as well as brick-and-mortar institutions. Traditional schools were out, given the time commitment and inflexibility. I then decided on on-line but the biggest criteria was regional accreditation. I eventually decided on WGU. I had a few courses from prior college work, but none of those transferred. So I was starting with zero credits. Needless to say I knew this was going to be a daunting task to complete but 1 year 6 months later I graduated. My experience plus and negatives: - accredited university - if I had a good comprehension of material I could test my way through. In many cases I had to study on my own, using their material as well as Khan's Academy. - I was able to self pace, knocking out nearly 30 credits every 6 month term. - Knowing the tests and exams were proctored was somewhat of a pain, but also comforting to know they took the testing seriously. I'll circle back to this in a moment. - Costs. In all I was able to invest 9K in 18 months and had an accredited degree. Cons - - The advisor, while I know was there to make me accountable, they really served no purpose. - Real GPA would have been nice, versus the pass/fail, GPA assigned of 3.0. This was no issue with getting in to a grad school program. - As some indicated the syllabus in some courses was confusing. But I've found this to be the case with Grad School as well. Overall, I would recommend this school for anyone that is self motivated and willing to take the time to invest in themselves. Compared to grad school, which I'm taking online from another institution, Texas A&M Commerce. The only reason is that I didn't go with WGU's MBA program, it that it does not have the AACSB certification which is the premier cert for master level degree. And I'll say that TAMUC online experience is subpar in comparison to WGU's. At TAMUC the test are not proctored and open book/notes which is drastically different from WGU. Anyways would I recommend WGU for everyone - no. Is it perfect - no, but tell me what school is. Was it what I needed to accomplish a goal - absolutely.
I am so happy I chose WGU. An admissions counselor called me weekly to help me with transcripts and financial assistance. After starting the program, a student mentor called me weekly through the program to help guide me with my course schedule ,offer support, and answer any questions I had. In addition to the student mentor, I was assigned a separate course mentor to call or email with any questions about that particular course. In addition to online assigned textbooks and webinars, most classes had scheduled cohort sessions to sign up for. The assignments were challenging but the guidelines were well organized. In addition to all the school help, I took advantage of a Facebook page for WGU students discussing any questions or issues with assignments. Getting my BSN was more economical than I ever dreamed and I never felt unsupported since this is an online program. I recommend WGU for anyone young and old. They offer an array of Nursing Masters in Leadership, education, and administration. I'm thinking of going back to get my Masters in Integrated Health after I take a few months break.
WGU advertises so many benefits about their programs, most I have discovered are untrue. starting with their education videos and materials, they are hard to understand, misrepresent information, and the tests and quizzes have incorrect answers when compared to the reading/videos. Not to mention the financial aid process is completely a farce. They request additional information every two weeks, and prolong the process until the student has to pay or be withdrawn. my experience is documented. Be sure to check out the school's FAFSA report as only 14% of students ever graduate. (per FAFSA). Do not sign up with this institute if you truly want to succeed in education.