Beware of the Masters Degree Programs.
This review is in response to recent Mercy Ads misrepresenting how supportive they are. I encouraged my wife to take their Online/Campus Masters Degree Program. We thought that Mercy was well organized and had a good reputation, but we’ve had nothing but problems from the beginning. The Professors rarely try to accommodate working professionals, and often leave early from scheduled office hours.
They create course schedules that force Graduate Students to be absent over 20 days during the academic school year rather than during the Summer break. Twenty Days off will get you fired as a public school teacher. The Professors tend to ignore critical e-mails for weeks at a time, the program lacks structured student development, and they are unable to coordinate classes that allow a logical progression to graduation.
Mentors are indifferent to basic student needs. They are a part time staff with a part time mentality. “Out of sight, means out of mind,” was one student's comment. Heads of departments some times refuse to meet with students (even after already scheduling with them); using the excuse that they are just “…too busy.” In one particular case as the Professor ran out, we noticed that she did have the time for casual conversations in the parking lot on her way to the car.
Once you’re in the Graduate Program plagued with bureaucracy, it’s difficult to work your way out. The only good part of Mercy College is the beautiful 300 year old trees that you will be sitting under; as you wait for the Professors to show up and show some “Mercy” in letting you graduate. For a College with such an old Academic Tradition, I sadly expect that this college will go out of business when others decided to review the same disappointing experiences as ours.
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