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National University Reviews of Master's in Psychology

18 Reviews

Locations:   La Jolla (CA) 

Annual Tuition: $13,320

63% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
33% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Master's in Psychology

Student Reviews - Master's in Psychology

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Reviewed: 12/19/2022

Degree: Psychology

I have to admit, I had high expectations for this University when I saw the variety of programs offered. A quick, online inquiry awarded me with SIX different enrollment specialists who all returned my call within 10 minutes. I was then connected with an 'Enrollment Advisor', and that's the end. The communication is horrific and as a result, I missed out on my desired start date. I considered other programs (because that is initially what drew me to NU), but ultimately always had more questions than... Read More


Reviewed: 12/8/2022

Degree: Psychology

Firstly, the loans you will take out for your program is an incredible waste of time. When I first started, I had no money for books because my loan had gone to all of my courses. Considering the amount I took out I was surprised that there was nothing left over to help with books, cost of living etc (all things the financial advisors will tell you your loan goes to LIES). You eventually get a refund of some sort after taking so many courses and it fluctuates. Most of the classes I have taken so... Read More


Reviewed: 8/30/2022

Degree: Psychology

Please do yourself a favor and avoid this "School" entirely. Let me recount my experiences with this school. Class structure: You are given and assignment and told to do it. That's it. If you're lucky you'll get some individual feedback but the otherwise its 100% on you to learn the material and produce work from it. No lecture time, no office hours, and in three courses I could not get a single email response from any of my professors. I met with one professor in my very first course at the very... Read More


Reviewed: 3/23/2022

Degree: Psychology

I do NOT recommend this school. The 1:1 model is an absolute joke and professors will not answer your questions other than copy and pasting the assignment into the email. Anytime I’ve asked a question via email I get a 1 sentence response. You write paper after paper with no lectures or group discussion to have your professor give you an A and tell you good work. Feedback is never more than 2-3 sentences and any constructive feedback Is only around APA formatting. The professors do not put together... Read More


Reviewed: 2/21/2022

Degree: Psychology

I enrolled to complete an MS in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2016 and ended up completing an MA in Psychology with an emphasis in Industrial-Organizational Psychology in 2018. The program structure accommodated my full-time work schedule, which was great. I could do one class at a time and finished in 2 years. My professors were easy to contact via email and phone, even when they were busy, which was good. When I started the program, I was excited to learn more about I/O Psych and really... Read More


Reviewed: 10/3/2021

Degree: Psychology

I work a lot, and I have to juggle my time between work, school and family. National University is suppose to be designed toward a working student. Now, they have made there online curriculm so that you can't access all of your assignments the Sunday before. One time, I turned in work early, which was a huge issue to my teacher, but she didn't say not to do it. She just removed my work without telling me. If I hadn't caught what she did, and reposted it, I would have received partial credit or no... Read More


Reviewed: 9/17/2021

Degree: Psychology

I'm enrolled in the ABA program. One teacher I had was really down to earth and helpful. I emailed him when I had questions regarding my internship and he helped me. He told the class we could email him, even when we were no longer his students and I am going to take him up on that. However, another teacher I had never responded to my emails, which negatively impacted my grade. She responded to one email but I sent her that email five times before I got a response. She never responded to the email... Read More


Reviewed: 11/28/2018

Degree: Psychology

Very expensive, but very convenient because classes start weekly. They expedite your paperwork extremely quickly when you apply. Assignments are graded quickly. The problem is that the student has no communication with other students in the course. Basically, it's like a self-study degree with the only the teacher's feedback on an intermittent basis. It is a very lonely way to learn. Nonetheless, if you've got the money, the school may be an option for you.

Ron DeBlanc

Reviewed: 9/4/2017

Degree: Psychology

I enjoyed most of the instructors at this school as well as learned a lot of things. Most of the lessons gave insight to current things that I was involved in on the active field. I would recommend this school to anyone. Positive experience. The lessons are tough and rigid but fair.


Reviewed: 9/3/2017

Degree: Psychology

I graduated with a bachelor's degree in Psychology with the intention of completing my master's at Northcentral. I had excellent professors, but that was about all. The financial department and my academic counselors had extremely poor communication. I needed to know options to continue my graduate work, but the financial adviser ended up asking ME if I knew of any scholarship programs or student load options. I spoke with one gentleman from the department in my field, and he quoted me a much higher... Read More

Peter Tsahiridis

Reviewed: 5/18/2017

Degree: Psychology

Excellent school! Since I got my degree I have been employed in the field of psychology. I am a career coach and teach in higher education. NCU has kept me employed for over 5 years. The faculty were easy to get a hold of and easy to communicate with, they were very helpful.


Reviewed: 9/13/2016

Degree: Psychology

They lie. The instructors do not answer you. There is not a scholarship. This is what they use to get you to sign up. Everything they say they will do. They do not do. There is not a tablet or free book voucher. The school costs "increases magically" as soon as you enroll. And... they lie about disenrollment. So make sure they aren't still charging you.

National student

Reviewed: 9/11/2016

Degree: Psychology

The school has great professors, but the financial aid department is horrible. My classes began in July and it is the middle of September and I still have not received my financial aid. I filled out my paperwork back in March so I did everything I was supposed to do. I have talked to multiple financial aid people in the office and I get a different excuse every time as to why I haven't gotten it yet. The excuses range from " you will get it when your grades post" from " we are switching over our... Read More

Brittney Taylor

Reviewed: 11/7/2015

Degree: Psychology

I've had such a great experience in my classes at National. The professors are top-notch and very knowledgeable. My problem with National is with their administrative staff, in multiple departments. It's always a struggle to receive your financial aid and for the last year the disbursements have been delayed by months for everyone in my cohort (unsure if this is true for other students). The advisors are not knowledgeable in the least with regards to programs and have screwed up my schedule as well... Read More


Reviewed: 6/25/2015

Degree: Psychology

One has to be mature, motivated, and flexible relative to attending National University. It is fast-paced but also comprehensive. I subsequently obtained a Doctorate and have been an adjunct professor for 30 years, supplemental to my 26 year military career followed by a post military career with the federal government (GS-12). National University set the standard with real-world experienced faculty vice professors at traditional universities whose only experience was too often purely academic. For... Read More


Reviewed: 3/30/2015

Degree: Psychology

To anyone who is thinking of taking a course through NCU, I would very strongly suggest that you reconsider. I have completed a degree and two post graduate masters programs in other more traditional universities. Having had such positive experiences in these programs, I was completely unprepared for the NCU experience. As far as my experience went with NCU, I felt that none of the staff were invested or cared in the slightest whether I advanced my knowledge, or if In fact the whole learning experience... Read More


Reviewed: 6/4/2014

Degree: Psychology

I applied and was accepted to two traditional brick and mortar universities right out of undergrad and I chose to attend NCU instead because I could do the work around my full time job and the cost was much lower than either of the other schools I considered. I am a very independent learner and have no problem completing the assignments on time and find the assignments clear and the course materials very helpful for every assignment. I have 3 classes left before I finish my master's degree in health... Read More

lynn henny

Reviewed: 10/28/2013

Degree: Psychology

Someone has gone through a lot of trouble to make a thoughtful and relevant psychology curriculum with really great assignments and text. Too bad it is marred by their assignment to me of an adviser who takes an adversary role towards the student to look out for the quote un quote university. I have asked for a new adviser several times. The first time was when I received an email communication from this individual littered with red ink. This email destroyed my day. It is improper protocol to use... Read More


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