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Walden University Reviews of Master's in Counseling

29 Reviews

Locations:   Minneapolis (MN) 

Annual Tuition: $12,180

40% of students said this degree improved their career prospects
31% of students said they would recommend this program to others
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Student Reviews - Master's in Counseling

Student Reviews - Master's in Counseling

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Reviewed: 8/31/2023

Degree: Counseling

Want to hear all about social justice, but not about things you need to know as a counselor? Do you enjoy being taught by people who have never left the university to work in the counseling field, and dress like circus freaks? Do you love paying money for the privilege of pretending you take any of those people seriously? Then Walden is the place for you! Every single article, video, and writing assignment is all about how everybody who isn't white is poor and downtrodden, and the people who are... Read More

Gabrielle Collins

Reviewed: 9/21/2022

Degree: Counseling

Walden is an an excellent school for someone looking for an actual professional level degree. It is NOT a degree for someone unwilling to do the work, to change and challenge themselves, or meet professional level expectations. It is a true Masters Level program, delivered 90% online, and that means the onus to get the work done and do well is on YOU. The professors in these courses are all Doctors, who are working clinically in the field, and have years of experience. They have written textbooks,... Read More


Reviewed: 2/26/2022

Degree: Counseling

Loved my program at Walden. COVID hit while I was a student. The university and faculty supported students and their families by allowing leniency. The student assistance program offers 3 free counseling sessions for students, their families, their roommates. You can get 3 free sessions for each stressor! They have one on one faculty support for skill development for any student who asks. They have support faculty for students who have life challenges (e.g., hurricane, death of lived one, house burned... Read More

Ava M

Reviewed: 7/1/2021

Degree: Counseling

I can’t even believe this “school” is allowed to operate the way that it does. Their formatting online and portal are from the 1970’s. They hold onto your financial aid for months. Don’t go here. They still owe me money and every time I call, I receive some kind of excuse. This is so weird and the worst “college” I’ve attended.


Reviewed: 4/19/2020

Degree: Counseling

Walden is a for profit school and all about the money! Every other quarter fees/tuition are raised while service remains the same. You get a mix bag of instructors. Some with a lack of empathy and disregard to student needs in learning. Then there are some who are invested in their student learning. It depends on who you get. God forbid you get an instructor with a lack of empathy, who is the only person, who teaches a specific course required in your program of study. Addressing an issue with the... Read More


Reviewed: 4/1/2019

Degree: Counseling

This University should have their accreditation revoked for not meeting disability accommodations for those in need as well as allowing racial discrimination and bullying from instructors. I attended it for two years because of two post shoulder surgeries and needed time to recovery, which took over six months. After the surgery I needed to attend physical therapy and could not type and needed to locate a good source of income to provide me with software to accommodate my needs. One year post graduation... Read More


Reviewed: 3/13/2019

Degree: Counseling

HORRIBLE. I was engaged in class until the last end of it and they could confirm over the phone the last day of participation was the end of January 2019, classes ended the beginning of February. Due to the participation "not being an assignment" it does not count and I was considered inactive with NO communication of this. I was told graded parts of the course are counted as participation (discussion is the last thing I posted on and did no count). I got rude emails back form my advisor, hung up... Read More

Naz Sayed

Reviewed: 9/1/2018

Degree: Counseling

I completed my Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Walden University, and I definitely recommend this university to anyone who looks for the best online University!! I got my BA degree in Psychology from George Mason University in Virginia which was helpful but not enough. Attending Walden University made me very confident about my education & my career. I enjoyed every seconds of my life spending at this university. Love the great and helpful instructors and academic advisors.... Read More


Reviewed: 1/28/2018

Degree: Counseling

I wish I would have read the reviews before booing here. A couple of the faculty are an absolute joke! They teach one way and one way only. They believe the best therapist is one who sits and stares at the client and says back everything the client says to them. Have they practiced in the last 20 years? Nothing worse than having to learn for people who believe its their way and no other way. I will be applying to other programs. Waste of money!

Study Nutty

Reviewed: 3/23/2017

Degree: Counseling

I went to a strong undergrad (U of M) and I wanted to get the same challenge. I started at a local college for my MS in Counseling but it was a joke and the hours did not line up with my job. Plus it was just a bunch of old tenure staff with a random paper and final. I did not know walden would be this challenging. Just like any degree, you get what you give. I read everything and my professors get back to me fairly quickly. You learn alot at the residencies too. It is expensive but worth it. If... Read More

Frustrated beyond belief

Reviewed: 2/10/2017

Degree: Counseling

I have been frustrated with Walden for many things but the one thing I praise them for is the caliber of teaching staff and the preparation for licensure. They work hard to make sure when it comes to licensure, there is a smoother process. The course work is crazy and it is extremely challenging to work full-time while attending Walden. Those who work part-time will fare better. The teaching staff and advisers are empathetic and wonderful. If you are looking for easy, this is not the place. If you... Read More


Reviewed: 12/23/2016

Degree: Counseling

Teachers are required to answer emails within 2 business days, per the rules, but almost never do. Many never answer at all. They are also required to engage in the classroom, and many do not. Some teachers have worse grammar and punctuation skills than the students, like the one teacher who docked me points because she did not know that "abound" is a word. For those in programs requiring internships, they do not aid in finding a location. this is a huge downside to an online school. There are students... Read More


Reviewed: 11/21/2016

Degree: Counseling

I applied to Walden for the online master's in counseling program. It was a problem from the beginning and I was treated like a child by their enrollment counselors. I'm 62 years old and already have two master's degrees but still I was treated like an 18 year old entering college for the first time. In addition, Walden requires the APA format for the online classroom discussions and this was the final straw for me. Discussions are not research papers and so much more can be gained with less formal... Read More


Reviewed: 11/12/2016

Degree: Counseling

The issue I had with Walden was in felt like a number. I would try and contact my advisor and would not get an email back for days if I got one at all. I'd have tech issues and tech support would not be able to help. Assignments were turned in late and even with proof of tech issues I was hit with deductions in my grade. In my 1st term my Dad passed away, I asked for an extension of a due date, the instructor was indifferent.


Reviewed: 8/18/2016

Degree: Counseling

You will NEED to be proactive if you want to learn something. It is all self-taught. There are new reading assignments every week and discussion posts/responses. On some weeks, there may be an application paper, journal assignment or a quiz due on top of the discussion. The teachers do not teach anything. There is no lecture, no further explanations on the theories or techniques, you will have to read it in the textbook and just know it. Half of the reading assignments do not even apply or have anything... Read More


Reviewed: 6/2/2016

Degree: Counseling

Only care about getting paid. Was told 3 times (1 in writing) that I would receive financial aid and then did not. Took no actions to compensate for the error. HORRIBLE graduation rate (33%).They care nothing about their students or if they graduate.

Megan Gehrlich

Reviewed: 5/3/2016

Degree: Counseling

If you are pursuing a counseling degree- please go elsewhere! I transferred into Walden when I moved across the country. They refused to take the majority of my credits and gave no explanation as to why... one course it was simply because one word was not included in the course name (It was only called Family Systems, not COUPLES and Family Therapy). You have to do two week long residencies that require travel and maybe one location that is convenient for people who live on the West Coast. Then,... Read More


Reviewed: 4/29/2016

Degree: Counseling

I am writing this trying to be as honest as possible. The first 2-3 quarters I felt like the school was too easy. I felt like I was not learning enough to make me a good counselor. I had previously gotten my Associates and Bachelor’s degrees at brick and mortar schools. So I felt that the work load was pretty light for a master’s level education. That is when quarter 4 hit. I found that suddenly I was working my tail off to get by. The school has continued to be challenging. As far as the teachers... Read More


Reviewed: 3/25/2016

Degree: Counseling

Absolutely appalling customer service. I could not get the Academic Advising Team to answer any calls, voicemails or emails for several months - I literally had to put an email Subject Line as "Please I am begging someone to respond" to get an answer. To top it off, they were extremely unhelpful and honestly quite rude when they did finally respond. If you want a school that provided actual student support and gives the slightest hoot about their students, stay away from Walden. I'm currently deciding... Read More


Reviewed: 3/22/2016

Degree: Counseling

The first year at Walden was fine, I really enjoyed my courses and the professors were knowledgeable and respectful. I mainly signed up for Walden because a friend referred me and I needed to work full time and was planning on moving. An online platform seemed to be the best solution at that time. I was pumped up after the first Residency to finish my degree and start the process for licensure. Upon the second year (late 2015 into now), I noticed even more so in my courses that there was a how amount... Read More


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