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Grand Canyon University Reviews of Doctoral in Psychology

26 Reviews

Locations:   Phoenix (AZ) 

Annual Tuition: $17,800

45% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
27% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Doctoral in Psychology

Student Reviews - Doctoral in Psychology

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Reviewed: 6/30/2022

Degree: Psychology

Unfortunately, other reviewers are right in their reviews. This school is not what it offers to attract students, their doctorate programs are nothing but money-producing products. The dissertation chair and committee that you are assigned either quit in the middle and you have to start over with the next one trashing all of your hard work and time that you put into your dissertation. The committee deliberately disagree with one another only adding additional time to the students' end wasting their... Read More


Reviewed: 4/13/2022

Degree: Psychology

GCU has good instructors, however the lack of support to online students to complete a doctorate degree has been very unsatisfying in my case. I spent a lot of money and time to be turned away and be told that I have reached my 7 year limit !! IT does not take 2 years, but it takes time and being an online student is part of the struggle as the advisors are students and they cannot advise to be supportive. I was told I cannot complete, I tried to write letters and spoke with advisors, student advisors,... Read More


Reviewed: 4/11/2021

Degree: Psychology

Great Ph.D. program! The finished product is well respected and well worth the painstaking task of completing it. GCU takes the time to provide you with a dissertation template that provides a strong foundation for writing. As with everything you get out of it what you put into it!

Joe P

Reviewed: 11/18/2020

Degree: Psychology

I think I am the “guy” another reviewer mentions who was stuck in AQR for 2 years. Well, I finally graduated after 7 years. I made the mistake of completing a dissertation with a more rigorous design. I had to re-write Chapter 4 three times although my statistical results and assumption checks were correct each time. My dissertation was over 500 pages. I constantly edited, added, moved, and deleted several sections. The school IRB was horrible. Unnecessary red tape. I had one chair who would sit... Read More


Reviewed: 2/4/2020

Degree: Psychology

I have been at Grand Canyon University for almost 7 years as a doctoral student. I was told the program was going to be 3 and half years. I’ve had 3 dissertation chairs and 4 methodologists. I started at Grand Canyon University in April of 2013. Since then I have been lied to and bullied into doing things I didn't feel comfortable doing. I have voiced my concerns regarding how long this program is design to be throughout this entire process, however I just keep getting strung along. It is clear that... Read More


Reviewed: 2/3/2020

Degree: Psychology

How I wish that I did not have to write this but I am at the end of my rope. I began my doctorate program with high hopes but the subjectivity of the grading is ruining my GPA. On top of that, I have to beg me send repeated emails to get any answers from my councilor and several professors. Incredibly disappointed. I believe I will need to change schools.

Not any better than Argosy

Reviewed: 11/30/2019

Degree: Psychology

It's interesting how Argosy shut down and this school that claims to be Christian but wastes your money. When your in the dissertation phase you drag through the prospectus. Most students do not get to the proposal until Dissertation II. Each chair is different I find none of them to be good based on other students experience. I am annoyed with the experience I had where the chair never really looks at your documents until day nine or ten. I do not understand the purpose of the prospectus course,... Read More

Ball Marit aoho

Reviewed: 8/8/2019

Degree: Psychology

This University does not care about the success of the students. They are only interested in using students to collect student's loan, land you into huge debt and do not care about your graduation. Please do not waste your money and your time, there are great universities where you will be successful, not this university.


Reviewed: 7/17/2019

Degree: Psychology

Please search for another university. I have been in this program for nearly 7 years and am going nowhere. I went to my first residency with an approved (by my chair and methodologist) 10 strategic points and prospectus. I was ready to start my Chapter 2. However, (with hostility) I was told to trash my approved work and start over. I spent the entire week of residency changing what I had worked on for the past year. Once I returned from residency, I had a difficult time making the new direction... Read More


Reviewed: 6/2/2019

Degree: Psychology

GCU tells prospective students that it takes about 3.5 years to complete the degree. No. The coursework takes 3 years, and you can't double up on classes even if you are not employed. The dissertation takes anywhere from 1 to 7 years. The Ph.D. program at GCU did not prepare us for the dissertation process well. The online courses were transformative and did help with reading research and writing skills. However, the quantitative and qualitative courses did not cover dissertation topics beyond the... Read More


Reviewed: 3/8/2019

Degree: Psychology

I graduated with a PhD in less than four years. It is true that the path to success is not laid out for you by faculty at GCU, but the information and resources are readily availible to those who are self driven. If they had a flaw it ia that they accepted too many students and did not put enough emphasis on the research requirements early. That has changed now with the new dean, learners find out what is required from the start now. More drop in the first year rather than during the dissertation... Read More


Reviewed: 2/18/2019

Degree: Psychology

I have mixed feelings about GCU's PhD program. I have completed all of the core curriculum, but will be withdrawing from GCU before entering the dissertation classes. I obtained my bachelor's and MBA online from two different schools, and the GCU instruction was similar to other schools. The online instructors act more as facilitators, rather than teachers. While this was fine in the other degree programs, this did not really work at GCU with doctoral students taking core courses, while working on... Read More

Sharon Coleman

Reviewed: 1/8/2019

Degree: Psychology

This school should be closed for their fraudulent practices, theft of funds and all out deception. I was enticed into attending this school. They received my financial aid and kept the stipend while telling me they mailed it. They lure you in with promises of earning a PHD while all the long lying to you about the degree and what you can do with it. This type of practive has to stop. We do not enroll in universities to end up defrauded out of our financial aid. I intend to fight.

PhD student at GCU

Reviewed: 11/28/2018

Degree: Psychology

I am a first year IO Psychology PhD student at GCU and have nothing positive to say about this program. At first, the conversion to non-profit lured me in as this should entail funding, however, thus far the only PhD students being funded, at least by income, are the current employees. In fact, half of my classes are filled with current employees at GCU, who constantly point out they receive 70% off tuition. Ive applied for TA positions, academic counselor positions, and adjunct positions with not... Read More

Joe Bob

Reviewed: 11/27/2018

Degree: Psychology

This is by far the worse "college" that I have ever attended and I have credits from a host of different colleges. The doctoral courses were terrible. Most instructors provided little to no feedback and the school would do nothing when another student obviously cheated on several occasions. The doctoral programs are simply overwhelmed with too many students and professors who do not have time to provide any type of substantial feedback. You might as well pay yourself to watch several YouTube videos,... Read More

Elizabeth D

Reviewed: 11/19/2018

Degree: Psychology

My experience thus far has fantastic. The professors have been attentive, interactive, and knowledgeable. Actually, my last professor earned her PhD from UC Berkeley and was a content expert in course material. I especially prefer the online format with focus on one class per eight weeks, consecutively. The idea of having my dissertation imbedded into each course from the beginning was the biggest draw, as several colleagues have shared horror stories regarding their lack of preparation for completing... Read More

Doctoral Student

Reviewed: 9/25/2018

Degree: Psychology

An outstanding school. When I was searching for a doctoral program, GCU provided exactly what I was looking for in a format condusive to working adults. However, if you are expecting an easy "diploma mill" school, look somewhere else. Rigor, outstanding professors, beautiful campus, and support is top notch. Library services for research is amazing; advisors, all good quality. An attraction is also the amount support GCH gives to the community. GCU is located inner city Pheonix. A doctor program... Read More

Crystal C

Reviewed: 7/19/2018

Degree: Psychology

Find a different program. While I'm about finished with my PhD, I've found the entire experience disheartening. Save yourself time and trouble by going somewhere else. You aren't going to finish in the time they tell you. Even if you are on track to be ahead of schedule, as I was, they go up to 5 weeks without allowing you to progress, but still charge you for tuition. I should have been finished the last 8 weeks, but misplaced paperwork cost me an extra $2,000. And that doesn't include all of the... Read More


Reviewed: 10/9/2017

Degree: Psychology

Excellent professors. A challenging program. The program requires 20 hours per week and its on spot. I have not went through dissertation yet but I'm positive. Good online structure. Very good learning environment. Couple frustrations w different teaching methods but expected in learning environment


Reviewed: 9/18/2017

Degree: Psychology

What a terrible experience, this place is by far the worst fraud currently being perpetrated on the American Students. Faculty are mean and uncaring across the board, and few are trained in the subjects they are actually teaching. Administration only care about keeping you enrolled in classes and paying tuition. At one point I was actually attacked verbally by my student services advisor Daryl Snow, in an email format. During the email he claimed I was an ignorant f!@#.


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