Walden University was founded in 1970 with its first classes offered in Napels, Fla. Walden University is currently based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, as well as graduate certificate programs online. Walden University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1990.
U.S. News & World Report ranked Walden University’s online nursing program No. 9 for student engagement and accreditation and No. 11 for faculty credentials and training in 2012. College Prowler gives Walden University an “A” for online courses, tuition, and financial aid. Walden University serves 48,982 students and employs 127 full-time and 2,255 part-time faculty members, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.
Walden University offers several online bachelor’s degree programs, including accounting, business administration, child development, communication, computer information systems, criminal justice, educational studies, forensic psychology, and information technology. Walden University also offers several health care bachelor’s degrees, including health care management, health studies, human services, nursing completion, psychology, and public health. Walden also offers several options to gain an undergraduate minor outside the discipline of the chosen bachelor’s degree program.
Online master’s degrees are available through Walden University in counseling and psychology, criminal justice, education, health and nursing, information systems, management, and public policy. Walden University also offers doctoral degree programs in business administration, education, nursing practice, counselor education, health services, human services, psychology, public health, public policy and administration, management, and education.
Walden University provides online course materials and class communication through MobileLearn, Walden’s online learning platform. MobileLearn provides podcasts and other audio course material, and experiential videos for smartphone or MP3 download. Students turn in assignments and other course work to faculty members, share course materials, create presentations, and track progress through the ePortfolio. Students communicate with faculty through phone and e-mail, and some online graduate degree programs require face-to-face or virtual residencies for graduation. Walden University faculty also advise students to find internships and practicums within their area of interest.