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Grand Canyon University Reviews of Doctoral in Organizational Leadership

16 Reviews

Locations:   Phoenix (AZ) 

Annual Tuition: $17,800

64% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
56% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Doctoral in Organizational Leadership

Student Reviews - Doctoral in Organizational Leadership

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Rhonda Suzanne Massey

Reviewed: 9/21/2021

Degree: Organizational Leadership

GCU has excellent instructors and curriculum. However, the student counseling paycheck comes out of the tuition costs. Therefore, the counselors are basically working for the learner. However, the counselors job description is so overbearing that they do have not time or regard for registered students in their workload and tend to judge students as if they are God. Students have to put up with them multi-tasking on counseling calls which means that the students under their advisement do not have... Read More


Reviewed: 1/5/2021

Degree: Organizational Leadership

GCU allows doctoral learners to complete 2 years of course work then convinces student's the dissertation is only a year or two away. Don't fool yourself. There are very few dissertations or graduates within a 5 or 7 year period. Doctoral learner's are given false hopes all along 'you are really close' but in fact it's a ploy to keep you paying for extended writing classes. The newest money making gig is to add unexpected writing assignments and PowerPoints that are never good enough until you've... Read More


Reviewed: 10/18/2020

Degree: Organizational Leadership

Reading the numerous reviews for Grand Canyon University requires some self-reflection on my part. There are many positive and constructive responses that are valid. There are also responses that require self-reflection on the part of the individual who submitted the original post. I began my doctoral journey in August 2015 with the expectation of going through GCU's doctoral program with great ease, being that I started my courses online in the comfort of my home. I quickly realized that I needed... Read More

Michael Schmidt

Reviewed: 3/18/2020

Degree: Organizational Leadership

I am a doctoral student at GCU in the dissertation writing stage. GCU does not provide proper support for doctoral students in the dissertation stage. We are required to take worthless continuation courses that are shell classes. These are not real classes, but we still are required to pay for them. GCU's technology department kept me from being able to access my student portal the week before my second residency RES-880: Formalizing the Research Prospectus. Dr. Wayne Schmidt told me in person that... Read More


Reviewed: 5/9/2019

Degree: Organizational Leadership

If you are reading this before applying to the GCU doctoral college, stop and choose a different University a doctorate! You will bleed time and money and question the selling of a "Private Christian University" The classes were not easy, as expected, it is a doctoral program. Residencies are required and the student is told "The work done at residency streamlines things once you start the dissertation courses." What a lie! You can attend both week-long residencies, at over $1000 each, and still... Read More


Reviewed: 2/25/2019

Degree: Organizational Leadership

Stay away from GCU - at least the doctoral programs. I received very little support in my Year 1 courses, and I even feel duped for taking these courses. They do not care about the students - they care about money. They are secretive about your financial aid - when and how much they will give you. They should be more straightforward about financial aid. You do not even speak to a financial aid officer - just your advisor. My advisor was very unsupportive and uncaring. I think she just was doing as... Read More


Reviewed: 2/28/2018

Degree: Organizational Leadership

Grand Canyon University is a Christian university and has a solid base in terms of the level of education/learning you will experience. The quality and content of the education you will receive here is of a high caliber. However, GCU leaves much to be desired in terms of their program roll out. This school was formerly a not for profit college, and I feel that when they switched over to the for-profit sector, they replaced God at the top of their organization with money. The doctoral program advertises... Read More


Reviewed: 2/27/2018

Degree: Organizational Leadership

Anyone seeking a doctorate from GCU should be warned, especially if you need to use financial aid. Once you enter the dissertation phase, exceed the continuing research course, and move to the extension of the extension courses, your aid will expire. Once your aid runs out, you are obligated to pay out of pocket for additional extension courses. The kicker is, whether you are progressing in your dissertation or not, they will still want payment to keep the "classroom open", even though you are not... Read More


Reviewed: 1/19/2018

Degree: Organizational Leadership

Instructors are helpful and supportive. Content is practical and relevant to the field. Excellent program setup for working professionals with integrated plan for dissertation development throughout coursework. Christian focus is optional throughout.


Reviewed: 10/19/2017

Degree: Organizational Leadership

For a online program I actually feel that I am in the classroom. There is always positive response from the professors and the material is easy to grasp. I am looking towards the following classes and the dissertation process. There is a standard of intergrity that is uphold at this university.

Rico Kaboom

Reviewed: 4/13/2017

Degree: Organizational Leadership

This university had the best and smoothest admissions process I have ever seen. One minute I was simply gathering information, and the next thing I knew, I was accepted and then enrolled. They wanted me there, and not just to get my money, but they believed in me. I still get calls and emails monthly from advisors just to check on my progress, and not because they have to. They are always caring and professional. The instructors have been great. They actually teach you what you need to know, instead... Read More


Reviewed: 3/9/2016

Degree: Organizational Leadership

I completed two graduate degrees at GCU, a Masters in Education and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Not only were the professors knowledgeable, but they were also caring. All questions were answered and there were supports throughout the process. Anytime an issue occurred, GCU stepped in and made things right. It does take a great deal of discipline to complete a degree online, and many people seem to expect to put in very little effort, yet expect excellent results. University policies are... Read More

Rational Thinker

Reviewed: 11/5/2015

Degree: Organizational Leadership

In short, I just want to say that as an individual you are responsible for the level of education that you want to receive. I have been a successful professional for almost a decade, and I made it happen for myself period. I love GCU and not only have I challenged the Professor's, but they have challenged me as well. Consequently, there are people who are homeless (I know a few) that went to Ivy League Schools; again, it is all in what you put into it. In fact, no one is responsible for your student... Read More


Reviewed: 10/24/2015

Degree: Organizational Leadership

Do not attend this school. They only want your money. Do not contribute to this for profit organization. Attend a University that really cares about your academic success. GCU is fools gold if they call run away they only want your money. Unfortunately, I found this too late in my academic journey.


Reviewed: 10/7/2015

Degree: Organizational Leadership

Excellence in online education - this is GCU. They take best practices seriously, from enrollment advisors to professors. I'm a professional in Distance Education and I know what I'm talking about when I say that GCU is solid. Every person involved has answered all of my questions, many of them very detailed and even obscure. The curriculum is very well designed and the instructors are very responsive. In reading some of the other reviews, it is obvious that some individuals did not read the student... Read More


Reviewed: 11/8/2014

Degree: Organizational Leadership

I am enrolled in my sixth course at GCU. My courses have been challenging and my professors have been excellent. The only issue I have is the cost. However, this school is not a diploma mill in my opinion. The discussion questions have been helpful, I have enjoyed quality discourse with my colleagues. My undergraduate and masters degrees are from two public state universities. GCU works well with my schedule, especially now that I am living outside of America.


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