Walden University Feedback Anyone?

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  1. glory

    glory New Member

    Walden University Feedback Anyone? I am thinking about using their online program for my Masters. I would love to get some feedback about their program from someone who was a student there. Thanks.
     
  2. SurfDoctor

    SurfDoctor Moderator Staff Member

    Walden is one of the best DL schools out there. It is also one of the most highly regarded of the online schools, but not THE highest. I would say the most highly regarded school would be Nova. Nova is quite expensive though. Walden is about middle ground in price, unless you are going with a PhD and then Walden gets really expensive. How do I know this? I almost started the PhD program there but bailed at the last moment to go to NCU instead. You won't go wrong with Walden.

    What degree are you interested in?
     
  3. mattbrent

    mattbrent Active Member

    As a Walden grad, let me tell you I LOVED IT!

    I went through 3 other grad programs, a mix of B&M and online, and then I found Walden. I did the MS in Education with a Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment concentration. I finished in February of 2008.

    I had previously taken education coursework with Virginia Tech and the University of Phoenix, and Walden accepted 3 credits of transfer. Shortly after finishing my first class, we found out my wife was pregnant with our first child, so I doubled up on coursework to finish before the baby came. It was a LOT of work taking two, three-credit courses over 8 weeks, but it was definitely possibile.

    The tuition went up while I was there, but it was comparable to others, and I was getting 70% reimbursement from my school. The nice thing is that they actually include books and DVDs. One of the things I dislike about Phoenix is that all of their books are online. I hate reading a book on a computer screen, so having the actual book in hand, and having DVDs of experts in the field, definitely helped my understanding of the subject matter.

    All of my professors had the highest degrees in the field, except two. One had and EdS and the other had an MA and and MEd. In addition, all of them were working in the field, either as directors, principals, or other school officials.

    Recently Walden created an EdS with administration licensure. I've been toying with the idea of doing this, but it's a bit expensive when compared to Old Dominion University's online EdS. Being in Virginia, I could get in-state tuition for ODU. Still, I loved the Walden format, and would definitely do it again!

    -Matt
     
  4. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    Walden is tough. Why do I know? My wife is in their PhD program in Psychology. They have worked her over more times than I can count. She is working on her dissertation right now (yeah, both of us..LOL) and she hopes to be defending late next year. This school has been tough on her. She has spent 10-15 hours a week studying and writing for the last two years.
     
  5. Ruble

    Ruble New Member

    I am in the process of enrolling in the Ed.S. program in Teacher Leadership. I plan on completing it and transferring the credits into the Ed.D. program immediately after completing the Ed.S.

    There are schools that are less expensive, but I know that my CSU MBA did not prepare me for the rigors of Ed.S. or Ed.D. level writing. I want a school that has fantastic support for the DL, not one where DL is secondary.

    There are other schools that no doubt would do just as well if not superior in some areas:

    Northcentral
    Nova
    Liberty
    Jones
    Benedictine

    The Liberty costs were far below any other school, the Ed.D. being roughly 17,000.

    And in case Dave is lurking.... My reasons for the Ed.D. are pay raise, long time goal, increased family support, possible adjunct or even TT position at the local CC upon retiring from teaching.
     
  6. tacia1

    tacia1 New Member

    Are there any jamaicans who studied at walden I want to know if it's accredited in jamaica.
     
  7. Kizmet

    Kizmet Moderator Staff Member

    In general, schools are accredited it the places where they exist, not in countries where they don't operate. I'd be very surprised to learn that a Walden degree was not accepted in Jamaica. In that regard it's like any other US degree.
     
  8. Tireman 44444

    Tireman 44444 Well-Known Member

    By the way, my wife is still ABD at Walden. Just an update. :)
     
  9. NMTTD

    NMTTD Member

    Is Walden still considered one of the top online colleges? Is it possible to do a top 10 list of online colleges with the best reputation, course work, and price? Being that Walden is a for-profit, I'm surprised by the amount of high praise I have seen for it here and elsewhere. It's a good thing to see.
     
  10. MomOf3Teens

    MomOf3Teens New Member

    Walden's tuition prevented me from seeking any degree from there......much too high.
     

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