ED Magedson – Founder
Northcentral UniversityInternet United States of America
Master degree at NCU is ok, but not PhD. PhD tuition is about 70-80% of NCU income. This university has the most PHD students in North America. By the way, this university is owned by a private equity firm in CT (I guess).
I am with PhD at NCU. At this university, we have to do a breif proposal for disseration (it is called a concept paper, 4 courses of RSH) before completing a comprehensive exam. Believe it or not, NCU charges $2,400 dissertation fee (at RSH courses) before you register disseration course. If you do not pass the comp exam, you end up pay lot of money ( 4 RSH course tuition plus $2400).
I am sure that at U of Michigan, PHD program starts with coure work, comp exam, and dissertation consecutively.
By the way, if you are in PHD in accounting, you will definitely get a dessertation chair who has Phd in home land security or comp science. [continued below]....
Even worst, 90% of Phd students who have passed the RSH courses have to register the courses at least 6 times (NCU stadard is 4 times). you know whyyyyy..
The time line per RSH course is 3 months (12 weeks). For example, RSH4 has 9 assignments. If you cannot complete all of them in 3 months you get an F grade and have to reregister it again. If you submit an Assignment1, a mentor will respond within 7-15 days. If you have to correct and resumit the assignment again, you might end up 2 assignments per month. (usually, my mentor responds within 2 days, but at RSH course, he/she HAVE TO respond back at least 7 days becuase this is a university policy. He/she told me that. Anyhow, he/she is no longer with NCU.). At Assignment8 (your chair and 2 committees will go over at your proposal), it takes 20 days for a single respond. At Assignment8, you have to rewrite it for sure.
Even, your chair and 2 commitees let you pass Assignment8, the NCU review might not let you pass the Assignment9 (assignment 8 and 9 are the same.). This is the failure of NCU system. Most PhD stuck at this process, and it takes 25 days for a single respond (mine takes about 1 month for a single respond). You might end up 9 months for the RSH4 course alone (NCU advertises it for 3 months). You pay for waiting and waiting time. After you reach the maximum courses you can take, NCU will let you pass. However, you have a comprehensive course and 3 disseration courses left to take (it is ok.).
It is not end easily here. You have to take 2 comprehensive courses (maxium is 2 courses allowed.).
Not end yet!!!!! At DIS courses, there is no limit to take the course, so you take the courses until you complete you dissertation. The vicious same process comes back, the 20-30 days waiting time. You might end up pay 6 DIS courses (NCU advertises 3). This is what Mr. BBB wants.
Finally, you might end up pay 7 courses (21 credits) more and also waste 21 months (3 months a course). Money is time, and time is money. Many students are ok with this because the goverment (army, police, firefight, state u) pays for their tuition.
Sorry, but not end yet!!! NCU has high turn over rate in Dean, Mentors, and admin staffs. If you are in dissertation process , and your disseration chair leaves the university. You will have fun with rereviewing and changing your core (methodology) of you paper again.
It is done for now, I am hungry....
If you marry a wrong person, you can get divorce. If you choose a wrong university for PHD, you screw up you life. Think about that!!!!
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