Review Averages: 6.8 out of 10 (85 reviews)Aspen University is a nationally accredited school offering undergraduate and graduate training in business, criminal justice, information systems, nursing, and technology management. Credit is awarded for Aspen University coursework, competency exams, portfolios, and credits earned at other institutions. Proctored exams may be taken at one of 700 testing sites nationwide.
Aspen University Reviews:
37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Aspen University gave me a tremendous education
August 30, 2011
Years ago I completed my BSN at Ohio State University. Since then my background has been in hospital critical care nursing and nursing leadership and legal nurse consulting for close to three decades. Perhaps because I am driven and eager to apply the offered material, I worked very hard for each module while working full time. I just completed my MBA. For those considering Aspen compared to a brick and mortar program, I started previously at a well reputed brick and mortar Business school in Northeast Ohio, but had dropped it after doing well in two courses for its lack of application in health care in that setting - I got nothing but a good text out of the class, as banking, marketing majors and the like were taking it fresh out of undergrad, and I had trouble relating the class focus to what I did for a living. I wanted the general MBA exposure and to apply it to leadership in Nursing. Since I attended Aspen, each and every course had to be mastered then adapted with my professors' help to business interests related to health care systems in order to get the most out of the experience. I believe that you get what you put into it - so perhaps the ¨Shocked" blogger did not apply him/herself and skated by. I was serious and got a great education. And I prefer Aspen hands down to the brink and mortar university. It is the way of the future to keep educational programs focused, cost effective and specific for individual learning needs. I was so surprised to see that someone wrote about this program being lame; although I am reasonably intelligent, being a nurse, it was so difficult for me that I had to drop accounting and finance in order to shore up my basic understandings of these subjects before taking the classes. They did not go easy on me. Eventually I got an A in each through hard work. Overall, it took about 25 to 30 hours a week for about three years. But it was worth every minute of the effort in terms of my understanding of the business of health care. For those wondering if Aspen is taken seriously by employers, I have had employers who happily reimbursed for classes there because of its accredited status and credibility. More importantly, I was hired in March as a Director of an ICU in a for profit hospital, the health care business model in which I wanted most to participate. My Aspen Capstone project has improved the quality of life for patients in the ICU. It has been accepted by a professional organization for presentations at a conference this November, so I am pretty sure that the application of offered concepts has been right on target. I hope to submit it for publication soon in two professional journals. I wish anyone well who is considering Aspen, and would say to them to go for it!
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Aspen is indeed a great school, highly recommend
February 10, 2012
Anyone who has posted a negative review probably has not attended this school, or was unable to finish, or did not really immerse themselves fully into the program. It's not Harvard Business School. It's an online MBA, which is especially good for working adults. It's convenient, and not extremely demanding. But one can learn a great deal from the program, and apply it to their job. The professors were all around very good and helpful. I would highly recommend this program.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
If you can read books to learn, you learn through Aspen
February 25, 2013
I have learned a lot despite having an undergraduate degree in business management and substantial experience doing project management (PM) work. My goal is to obtain a Master's Certificate in PM, become certified as PMP, and then finish my MBA in project management. The classes are all online. If you enroll in the "Flex Scheduling" program, you essentially have 10 weeks to complete 8 Modules. Each module consists of reading 2-3 chapters in a couple of textbooks (in the case of the PM classes the PMBOK, the book used by the internationally known Project Management Institute, is one of the textbooks; but it is supplemented with others) and then writing an official APA research paper that addresses 4-5 main topics. The key to doing the research paper is to demonstrate you read the assignments and fully understood the concepts being presented. Before looking into it further my impression was that an online class would be an inefficient process of online chats; thus, I was pleasantly surprised to learn it is not like that. For the most part you just read the assignments, turn in the paper, then get a grade in 2-3 days. You're also required to answer a question online for each module as part of your "course participation" grade: which is easier since those questions don't have to be in APA format (no need to cite references or worry as much about formatting), and you get to see how others have answered the question too. Therein one does get a little more interaction and one could probably utilize it more than I do if that's your thing. I enjoy writing and so for me it's a very solid way to learn. It took me the full 10 weeks to complete my first class: mostly because I had learning curve for the APA research paper (I eventually found a template that helped a lot) plus had more activities going on with my kids (football season, etc.). I was able to complete subsequent classes in about half the time (you set your own pace as long as you finish in at least 10 weeks). Flex Scheduled classes start every 1st and 15th of the month, so starting new classes is easy.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Great University Experience
October 1, 2012
I am not sure why some people have had bad experiences at Aspen but I can say that for me it has been a great learning experience. The instructors have been willing to help in every way I have requested and the University Admin has been great to work with. After I began the pursuit of my degree, I read a review where the student said all he did was cut and paste from others work and received a passing grade for that little effort. Just so others know, I do not know what course the person was in or what instructor he had for the course BUT I have to say that I tested that theory on an assignment. I can say that when I used this method, my work was returned with comments about using others works. I was so glad to learn that the negative words from a former student were not true. I am at the end of my MBA program and I can tell you that it has been a challenging and rewarding journey.
11 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Devious business pracrice beware
February 10, 2012
Devious business practices. Con you in with a guaranteed tuition rate until you complete the degree then after you invest the time and effort, they increased the tuition 2.5 time higher then the guaranteed rate.What a scam!!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
GREAT SCHOOL !!
February 8, 2012
I am amazed at the users that gave Aspen poor reviews. They could not have actually been students because the school is terrific. I am just finishing my Capstone project for my MBA-Finance now and have learned so much from the program. The professors are great, the technology is great, the curriculum and materials are great, and the staff are great. Before entering the program, I searched diligently for a good online MBA program to supplement the CFA designation that I am also near completing. Aspen's program mirrors many top schools in North America. Moreover, in terms of difficulty the material is on par with the CFA program, which is commonly accepted to be one of the hardest programs out there. I received my BBA from a good university here in Canada and Aspen's MBA curriculum is much more difficult.Additionally, I have friends that have received their MBAs from very good brick and mortar universities (60K to 100K) and the level of difficulty is close. And, I have also had the opportunity to see Kaplan's material (40K) and it is virtually identical to Aspens. Finally, Aspen is unquestionably the most flexible school out there. So, to those few naysayers, your comments do not hold water. Of course the Aspen MBA will not have as much weight as the top business schools. However, that is not what they are about. They cater to working adults and do a GREAT job of it!!!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Challenging curricula if you apply yourself
January 26, 2012
I'm currently in my third MBA-IM class at Aspen and I have learned a ton! I love that I can work at my own pace as long as I have the assignments done within a 10 week time frame. My modules have typically been around 15-20 pages for each one (typically 8 per class but Qualitative Analysis had 3 really long papers). You can do less and probably pass if you turn in the work, I guess it just depends on what you want to get out of it. In a master's program I don't believe the teachers are there to babysit you...they provide challenging questions and it's up to the student to research and learn from the class. My one critique is that I would've liked more feedback on one of my classes. When I turned in each 5000+ word module, I received very generic sounding feedback which I believe was the same for each student that turned the work in. Overall, I believe this school to be challenging and an excellent value!
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Need hand-holding to get a degree? Gratefully, not here.
February 8, 2014
Do you need professors to hold your hand while you learn and earn your college degree? If so, look elsewhere and pay more. Aspen University is great value for a Masters degree and you can learn as fast AND as much as you want - it is all up to you. I've read the posts in this forum and the common thread for the low-rating posters (other than complaining about fees) is they want professors to hold their hand. Grow-up! This is not high school. Put in the work, get the grades, graduate. Any of the few messages I have sent to my professors over the past several years have been responded to promptly. Course material is real world - I have decades of experience in my field and the subject matter being taught at Aspen can be applied at work today. I highly recommend the online independent format - 8 modules in each 10-week course. No hand holding, no online meetings. Do the work, get the grade. (Strong recommendation - get Perrla(dot)com APA formatting software - it is a big help!!). If you can follow the course directions and read the assigned materials, you will know exactly what is required for an A-grade. I am getting close to graduation and I like what I have learned at Aspen University. I may even go for a second degree in a tangent field depending on my schedule and finances.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
MBA in Finance.
January 2, 2013
I just completed all my course requirements for my MBA in Finance. I am waiting to complete my last examination and a Cap Stone. The classes are not a walk in the park..requires a lot of time to complete the assignments. I have read all the negative comments and tend to think that these individuals had personal issues and had nothing to do with the school or its program. I would recommend people to take the MBA programs in this school.
10 of 22 people found the following review helpful
ASPEN MBA = what a joke!
January 26, 2012
Maybe I am jaded because I expected too much from the program and I received my undergraduate degree from one of the top ranked universities in the nation. The courses Aspen offered were easy and the assignment were nothing more than busy work. Every course has modules and every module consisted of questions from the end of each chapter. Each module would consist of 8 to 10 questions that Each response required a minimum of 250 words. They assignments were easy but time consuming. I finally got to my breaking point about half way through the program. I knew I was spending hours working on these assignments and the professors were not taking time to review them or leave constructive comments/reviews. I started submitting assignments that were simply ridiculous and complete nonsense and was still receiving 100s. If you want an easy MBA choose Aspen, if you want an legitimate MBA that does not waste your time and that will actually help you advance in your career - choose a different institution. The old saying is true - "you get what you pay for!" In fact, the Masters Program in Education is such a waste of time, many, many, many public schools will not accept teachers with a Masters in Education from Aspen. It is a joke! BEWARE!!!!
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