A University of Integrity: Programs Available at Walden
written by: Sarah Malburg•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 12/2/2011
If you are thinking of going back to school but can't take the time to get to a campus, Walden University is one of the top online universities in the world. From this review, you will learn about the school's accreditation, cost, technology and state of the art online programs.
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Why Is It at the Top?
Walden University was originally founded in 1970, by New York State teachers, Bernie and Rita Turner. This couple believed that those adults who are active in the workforce deserve to find other methods of studying academics in order to make themselves better for the sake of society. Since then, over the past 41 years, Walden has become one of the largest fully online accredited colleges in the world. It is a prominent member of the Laureate International Universities Network, which is a global network of over 42 accredited institutions (both online and campus-based) spanning over 20 countries around the world. Nearly half a million students attend these institutions and Walden University is one of the most outstanding of the group.
Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (which is an agency of the CHEA) and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
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State of the Art Colleges and Programs
Walden University has five separate "colleges" that offer a variety of programs. These colleges/schools are:
Center for Undergraduate Studies
The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership
College of Management and Technology (School of Management and NTU School of Engineering and Applied Science)
College of Health Sciences (School of Health Science and School of Nursing)
College of Social and Behavioral Sciences (School of Counseling and Social Service, School of Psychology and School of Public Policy and Administration)
Walden University offers a variety of online Bachelors, Master's and Doctorate programs. Here are just a few:
B.S. in Business Administration
B.S. in Computer Information Systems
B.S. in Child Development
B.S. in Psychology
B.S. in Nursing
M.S. in Education
Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.)
M.S. in Information Technology
M.S. in Mental Health Counseling
M.s. in Nursing
Master of Public Administration (M.P.A.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D)
Ph.D. in Health Services
Ph.D. in Public Health
Ph.D. in Psychology
Note: Walden Universities' M.S. program in Nursing is nationally accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.
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Tuition Costs and Technology
Tuition at Walden University varies by school and by program. Here are a few examples:
A Ph.D. in Education is a total of 96 quarter credit hours (some courses are offered in 16 week semesters with consecutive course being 8 weeks long or 12 week quarters with consecutive courses being 6 weeks long). The cost per quarter is $4,600 not including the costs for residencies and technology fee.
An M.S. in Education is 30 to 36 semester credit hours and it is $465 per credit hour. This does include course textbooks and materials but there is a small technology fee as well.
The M.S. in Nursing program costs vary based on the track you take, whether it is for RN or BSN. The course prices for the Nursing programs change based on the type of course you would take.
Technology fees apply to all programs. There are, however, several financial aid programs that are available for tuition assistance.
At Walden, you can access your courses and classrooms online via MyWalden page, which is set up for each student upon entering the program. You will be given a log in so you can access your course information and online classroom anywhere, which is a huge asset in online learning. You get to create your own learning environment!
Each online classroom includes a dropbox to submit assignments, a chat area for discussions with classmates, and a gradebook for you to view your weekly grades.
There are, however, some technology requirements necessary to view your online courses and be successful in your program completion. The major ones are access to the Internet, email, and desktop productivity tools such as Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, etc. and Adobe Acrobat Reader for reading PDF documents.
If you are interested in some of these programs offered at Walden University, and you have a busy lifestyle and find it impossible to complete a higher education program at a campus, then you may want to seriously consider becoming an online student in one of the top online universities in the world. Good luck!