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Walden University is an accredited university that offers education totally online. This school began more than 40 years ago in Naples, Florida, with the idea that working professionals could earn doctoral degrees and become community leaders who use their knowledge to bring about social progress. Its far-reaching social philosophy and wide range of degree programs wins this school our Top Ten Reviews Silver Award.

This online education program has since become part of Laurate Education, which formerly was Sylvan Learning Centers, Inc. It has expanded its offerings to online learning so students can obtain bachelor's and master's degrees, and it also provides certificates in certain fields.

This online university still focuses on helping people reach their educational and professional goals by providing flexible schedules and useful programs. Walden's online degree programs are created using input from experts in private industry and education.

The university also offers a global perspective since the school is part of the Laureate International Universities network, which is made up of more than 50 accredited online and campus-based universities covering 21 countries and more than 550,000 students.

Because the university includes students who are residents of the United States as well as many other countries, students receive the benefits of inter-cultural understanding. Overall, Walden University’s online degree program has quite a bit to offer working professionals, especially those who are looking for a way to make a difference in society.

Walden's focus on employing higher education as a means to advance social change can be seen on several fronts. The school sponsors annual events, such as the Social Change Conference and the Global day of Service. The online community provides a network for students and faculty exchange ideas and service opportunities.

Walden offers student services to help you make smart decisions about choosing an online education program, paying for your schooling, and getting any needed counseling during your quest for an online degree. Students can get support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The university also offers diverse presentation methods to accommodate the different learning styles of an international student population.

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Accreditation
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Walden University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association. Walden is also a member of the Academy for Assessment of Student Learning. The Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

The Master of Science in Nursing is approved by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Other licensure information can be found under each individual program. As with any college, students should check with the state in which they intend to practice for licensing requirements before starting any educational program.

Credentials Offered
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Walden offers more than 60 online degree programs and more than 300 concentrations and specializations. The online education programs include bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the various schools and colleges within the Walden community. There also is a post-master's Education Specialist in the Educational Technology program. In addition, there are a number of professional certifications for subjects ranging from forensic psychology to advanced project management.

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Walden University’s colleges and schools provide an academic community no matter what your field of study. For a complete listing of all online education offerings, check the school's website since new programs are often added.

The Center for Undergraduate studies online offers a Bachelor of Science degree in any of the following areas: interdisciplinary studies, business administration, child development, communication, computer information systems, criminal justice, instructional design and technology, health studies, nursing, psychology, accounting, educational studies, forensic psychology, healthcare management, information technology, political science and public administration and public health.

The Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership offers a wide variety of programs in the field of education, including such things as child development, special education and educational technology.

The School of Management offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. National Technological University (NTU), the first accredited distance-learning engineering university, merged with Walden University to become the NTU School of Engineering and Applied Science.

The School of Nursing provides such things as a degree completion program for current registered nurses and a variety of other degrees up to a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree. The School of Health Sciences offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in several health-care related fields.

In the School of Counseling and Social Services, you can study in several specializations and study in the scholar-practitioner model. Walden’s School of Psychology incorporates theory and action-oriented research.

The School of Public Policy and Administration offers a collaborative network of faculty and professionals to help you learn how to navigate government, non-profit, and private organizations.

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Although Walden University is completely online, the school offers a global classroom experience; students interact with other students from diverse backgrounds and cultures and are exposed to new perspectives. Like any class, the online classroom includes weekly discussion topics, required readings and assignments listed on a syllabus.

However, this approach to offering classes gives students the flexibility to work online, offline or study while on the go with MobileLearn. This technology allows students to download podcast version of course content to a personal mobile device. The school also offers the Walden Writing Center to help students with their academic writing.

Tuition & Financial Aid
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Tuition at Walden University is from the low to mid-range, depending upon which program you enter. The university features a generous supply of financial aid, including federal aid, such as loans and grants, to qualified students. It was the first online university to get U.S. Department of Education approval for federal work-study programs.

Walden also offers quite a few different scholarships, fellowships and other funding options, such as tuition-reduction opportunities, private education loans, monthly payment plans, a higher education professional development program, veteran's benefits and assistance for international students.

Walden University Summary:
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Walden University makes no bones about its idealistic mission to create social change through online education. They regularly host several events to promote progress, including such things as a Global Day of Service in which Walden students assist at food banks, help in public schools or work on neighborhood improvement projects.

Besides its commitment to progress, Walden focuses on helping students reach their career goals through flexible, accredited degree programs in a variety of fields.

Although Walden University does not have a campus, it does offer residencies and field work for certain degree programs. The university also has counselors available 24 hours a day, seven days a week who work with students in every stage of their online education experience. Tuition and fees for Walden University are from the low to mid-range for online degree programs, and it offers a variety of financial aid for students who qualify and other payment options for those who do not qualify for financial aid.

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Walden University

Pros
This school is founded on idealistic principles, and it strives to incorporate them into modern society.

Cons
There is no physical campus.

The Verdict
: 8.43/10

This school offers a wide range of accepted degrees and certifications at a relatively low cost.

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