Walden University Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.19 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ACBSP, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 52,565 (8,035 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 47% part-time, 53% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: Not Provided
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5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

I received my education at Walden and had learned a lot of things. I am able to apply what I have learned to my classroom.
2.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

The Walden University School of Public Policy and Administrations development of scholar practitioners is evident in its commitment to theory-based knowledge and research. Recorded as the first fully online public administration school in the US, the school provides a working professional an opportunity to obtain a terminal degree while maintaining a career domestic or international. One of Walden's greatest successes is found in their international residencies, which affords students from around the world opportunities to work with fellow students. As a student with an international focus, I found this to be a five-star experience, as the countries and accommodations are always top-notch with Walden. Outside of the travel experience, the workshops are highly beneficial and recommended. It is often that you see students at workshops even after they have completed their required number of residencies. The workshops focus on individual stages of research and are categorized by years in the program. It is very easy to develop lifelong friendships thanks to the residencies. Courses students will be required to take include: Leadership and Organizational Change, Ethics and Social Justice, Governance and Public Policy, Research Theory, Finance and Budget, Strategic Planning, and a series of courses related to the qualitative and quantitative research. My favorite, PPPA 8465 Strategic Planning, provided a strong foundation and strategic planning for business. The instructor was well-versed in the subject matter, and required assignments that included field experience. The textbook is easy to follow, provides templates, and is an essential tool for professionals. My least favorite course was RSCH 8200 Quantitative Reasoning and Analysis, where I felt the instructor cared less about her students and at times provided unfair grading with little explanation. It is this type of experience that made me leery of an online education, with all of my previous education came from physically attending universities. Walden lacks in providing their students with doctoral funding in terms of opportunities or assistance. After applying for a Fulbright scholarship, I was told that Walden did not have a Fulbright advisor, which made be ineligible. Student Financial Services offer little support outside of loan options and a handful of scholarships. Unless a student has established external funding before starting a Ph.D. at Walden University, I will caution them. Like myself, most working professionals in the Walden because of the freedom to pursue their career while obtaining an education. As a veteran, there is also not much support outside of the G.I. Bill. Job placement has also been a major concern, as Walden University has been very little to assist with locating employment for their students. When contacting Career Services, I was offered assistance with my resume/CV and provided advice, but nothing further. There were no direct contacts made with alumni, but the advice to go on to LinkedIn and find alumni myself. There have been no career fairs offered to my knowledge to connect students with employers. While my review is based on my experience, my hope is that others have better experiences. I will not say that Walden University is a bad school; however, if I had a choice to do it all over again, I would go somewhere else. Unfortunately, I'm too far in the process to begin again.
3.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Child Development
Graduation Year: 2015

Walden University's (online) Master's Clinical Psychology Degree Program was an okay experience. Most of the work was writing samples and case studies. I did enjoy being able to talk to other classmates around the world in a discussion type of environment but I didn't feel as though they helped with internship placement and advising for your future. Tuition was extremely high but books were included. So, you didn't have to run around searching for your materials and they were shipped directly to your home. The professors where very knowledgeable in their field but it was hard to generalize the material into "real-world" experiences. Walden online taught me how to keep an organized schedule and helped me with my researching skills.
4.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Human Services
Graduation Year: 2014

If I had to make the choice of any school, I would choose Walden University all over again. They are a school believes in providing students with the education to make a social change globally. I will never have the regret of continuing my education at Walden, where they dedicate the time, concern, and energy to every student who have attended and graduated from their school.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Healthcare Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

Walden is a university with a diverse group of students and faculty. They are very well oriented in the success of their students and a culture of change. They strive for the students and faculty to participate within their communities bringing change through community service. I would highly recommend anyone to checking out this university for future endeavors.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Project Management
Graduation Year: 2017

Walden university is a great online school. I enrolled in Walden after have graduated undergraduate college over 6 years ago and it being online has allowed me to fit it in my schedule as well as spend time with my family. The classes and instructors challenge you to be the best in the field in which you are pursuing.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Forensic Science
Graduation Year: 2018

I loved my program. The facility are knowledgeable and are able to facilitate the classrooms. I had a few facilitators who were encouraging of their students, and helped their students strive for excellence. I strongly recommend Walden University for anyone serious about their future.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Human Resources
Graduation Year: 2017

As a non traditional student returning to college was a difficult choice; however Walden University made the transition very smooth. Taking online classes towards a Masters in Human Resources Management has allowed me to manage being a single parent and working full time. The staff at Walden has been very supportive and I believe I am receiving the best education here. I encourage others to check out Walden University as well.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2015

Hi, I am currently a graduate student pursuing a Doctorate of Nursing Practice at Walden University. I received my MSN last year in 2015. Please consider me for this scholarship. Walden is a great institution with thoughtful instructors. I found the curriculum to be well-designed and very informative. I completely understood what was expected of me as a student and how instructors could contribute to my success.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Business Administration
Graduation Year: 2017

Walden University has been a pretty good experience for me. The school is 100% online, but at some point you will have interaction with your peers. Every student is required to attend residency, which is held at various locations across the USA. At these residency's, you will meet faculty members, and students that's in your degree program. The only negative I have about the university, is the review process in the 9000 level courses. I feel that given the level of the course, they should be structured better. Students can spend a lot of money, and stay in these courses forever. Overall, I am enjoying the program. Now I'm just looking forward to graduating, and applying my knowledge to businesses in my area.
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