American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
American Military University Reviews:
Great University for Military and Veterans
Computer Applications - October 6, 2016
I’ll be graduating from AMU soon with my Associate’s Degree and wanted to share a few thoughts on the school, as well as how it can be helpful to those in the military/veteran community. I’ll list some pros and cons for consideration to join this college over others- Materials- Everything is online. In my entire time on campus, I’ve received one real book in the Intro to online learning class. If a class needs some form of book or material, it’s normally provided via vitalsource bookshelf or in the classroom environment, depending on the requirements for the individual class. When I took German, Rosetta stone was provided as a download. Teachers- Since this campus is all online, you’ll never “see” your teachers face to face. That being said, most teachers have “office hours” at least once a week or by appointment, but most of the teachers that I’ve had do have day jobs besides teaching here, so this isn’t their only job and responses aren’t always prompt but it’s always in an acceptable timeframe. You can always email teachers and they’re very flexible and understanding in giving extensions for military personnel and their requirements. Institution- Entirely online classes. There’s no campus, so you never have to worry about going anywhere to get to your classes each week, all you’ll ever need is your computer. However, this could also be a bad thing for some. There’s an element of self-motivation that you’ll need to take into account. Although the university will remind you to post in the introduction forum on week one, you will need to make sure to check every week thereafter and make sure you are caught up on all of your homework. Support- Support is good. Technically, the site rarely has issues. There are occasional hiccups in availability, but it’s once in a blue moon and usually doesn’t last more than an hour or two. Support hours, however are not great. For an online college that is designed largely for people who don’t have normal schedules for school, their support hours are fairly inflexible with no weekend hours. Support is generally responsive during normal business hours, however. Value- There’s a good value here. Classes are relatively low cost and books are cheap since they’re all online, and there’s a grant for active duty/veterans that covers book/technology costs. All of the costs are laid out before you register for class and there’s no fees that really jump out at you from nowhere. For Active Duty, AMU has a grant that lowers the cost of classes to the exact hourly TA cap (250/credit hour), with no cost for books or anything else, beyond things like transcript requests and graduation. For veterans, if you’re using your GI Bill, so long as you’re taking two eight week courses (or four sixteen week courses) simultaneously, you’ll get the housing stipend at half the national average (just over $800/mo as of late 2016). Technology- AMU does a great job at leveraging technology, using multiple applications with good compatibility across systems that really help in getting the material to students in new ways. You don’t need a powerful computer to run any of the software they provide. Classroom environment is entirely web-based and requires no downloads. Some classes require software, but that’s all laid out before you finish registration so you know what’s needed and if it’s compatible with your system. I use both Windows and MacOS, often bouncing between the two working on the same thing, and have never had any issues with working on or submitting classwork.
BS Public Health Concen: Health & Wellness
Masters Public Health (MPH) - September 29, 2016
Working on my BS in Public Health was a challenge but it is all worth it. I feel that I can go out into the workforce and be more marketable since completing the courses. There is a sense of relief that coupled with achievement that one gets when they have completed what he or she has set out to do. I will in the near future work on my master degree in Public Health with American Military University.
Masters In Military History
Master of Arts In Military Studies - September 29, 2016
It was not very easy to find an online University that offered a Master's Degree in Military History, so my choices were limited when I decided on American Public University. However, I am halfway through my degree program, and am pleased to report that I am more than satisfied with my experience here. Many of the classes are either 8 wks or 16wk long, but cover the same material. I have found that I enjoy the fast, intensive pace of the 8 wks class, but if I also had a full time job while taking the class, the 16 wk course would probably work into my time schedule better. I have found that most of the instructors are very willing to "put in the extra effort" as long as the student is also just as involved, but like anything else--you get out of the classes what you put into it. You can go the extra mile and have your grades reflect it, or you can do the minimum and just get by. Unlike a campus based program, you have particular assignments due on a particular day, and you can work rest of the week at your own pace. I would heartily recommend APUS to anyone that was interested in a Master's Degree in Military History--the tuition is much less than other Universities, but the education I have received, thus far, is top notch!
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B.A. Security Management, General Ed
Security Management - August 31, 2016
I have been attended AMU a while ago and just got back into attending full time. It has been a great experience and the school has really progressed over the past 7 years. The courses are very challenging and unlike a college where you physically attend, your grade is 100% up to you. The responsibility is all yours. You are responsible for your readings and studying and it's challenging. I have been to both types of colleges (physical & online) and by far, AMU is more difficult because it all depends on you and you can't rely on others. Along with getting an education you also learn responsibility if you graduate. As an employer, you should see a diploma from AMU, especially with a high GPA as the person is responsible.
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Great Institution and Educational Experience
Political Science - August 12, 2016
I had a great experience with my Political Science graduate program at AMU/APUS. As with any program you get what you put in, as well as whatever you make of it. This institution allows for you to learn a lot from there knowledgable and experienced instructor cadre, as well as network if you chose to become involved within the online social media communities. Sure you don't get the same type of interaction with peers or professors as you would if you attended an actual campus, but all the resources and mechanisms are in place for you to take full advantage of the most up to date online mechanisms for interaction if you chose to use them. Don't expect to have your hand held though, this institution will not just give you a degree. You will be expected to think on your feet and figure things out as well. If you have questions, you will need to ask them as well as follow up questions for your questions, you will also need to conduct research within the campus to find answers regarding institutional specific things. The educational experience I had was high quality. The professors I had were very serious about here jobs, and I did not have any problems with feedback, although sometimes I had to ask clarifying questions, which is no different than the traditional style of learning. I also felt like I learned a lot from interacting with other members of my program and individual classes. Again though, this was all fruit of my own effort, which is also similar to how the experience would be within a traditional style program. If you stay hidden, don't ask questions, and expect fro things to be done for or given to you, you will not have a good experience. If you come into the this institution's programs eager, ready to learn, and adaptable you will have your expectations met as well as have a good experience. They will work with you in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
Criminal Justice Major
Criminal Justice - August 11, 2016
I am currently within two months and a half months from finishing my BA in Criminal Justice from American Military University, apart of the American Public University System and I have truly enjoyed it. I started in the summer of 2010 to finish out my Associates Degree in the Air Force for Criminal Justice, then I went to another online university for my degree, but it was structured under the traditional university model, where they have the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters and did not offer the courses throughout the year that American Military University does. I started to work on my BA in the fall of 2015 and when I transferred my credits over from the Air Force degree, they accepted the entirely of them, so I started in as a Junior and only needed 60 credits to graduate. I enjoy how they have classes starting every month, all year long; with this option I have been able to complete two to three courses every eight weeks since the end of 2015, with an anticipated graduation date of November 2016. The instructors are knowledgeable within the subject areas, especially within the Criminal Justice field; many have real world experience within the field. However, there are some instructors who act like they are the "one all, be all" but you will get that with any school you select. If you are using tuition assistance from the military or utilizing your G.I. Bill, it is really easy to use when paying for the courses. For undergraduate work, the eBooks are amazing, and the discount you get for them makes them free for the student. When I was applying and getting all of my credits transferred over, the customer support was extremely helpful getting the answers I needed. I have not had to use the student advising at this time, only when I applied for graduation, and at this time it is very seamless. The online library is an amazing resource, which has a great deal of publications, books, and other types of academic information which will help completing your assignments. I have felt challenged within the courses and I have also honed my APA citation style of my coursework, and the instructors have aided in that significantly. I have really enjoyed my experience and time at American Military University and I would definitely recommend it to my peers who are contemplating completing their undergraduate degree.
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Strategic Intelligence (Intelligence Studies)
Intelligence Studies - August 10, 2016
I completed the Strategic Intelligence MA degree in 2009; the program has since been changed to Intelligence Studies. Previously, I completed a BA at a "brick and mortar" school," the Intelligence Studies Certificate Program (Masters level) at the National Intelligence University (DIA/Bolling AFB), and I'm on my second full Master's degree at another "brick and mortar." AMU was a great choice for what it is and I highly recommend it for any student who needs the online option due to location, work schedule, or military deployments/PCS. Due to my work, I was unable to commute to a campus location, and I was active duty and had to PCS and deploy during my degree program. Compared to my past and current "brick and mortar" experience, the AMU classes required far more writing. You get out of any program what you put into it- I worked hard, did the readings, learned from my mistakes, proactively worked with the professors, and did extra research for each class- and graduated with a 4.0. As an intelligence professional (active duty Army, retired as a LTC, worked in joint/interagency/NATO assignments), the classes and degree directly impacted my daily work and my career. I only had one bad experience with a professor, but I was able to document my complaint carefully, and worked with the Department head to drop the class. The distance learning option does not have the networking and discussion of a normal class, but for my limitations it was a great choice at the time. If you are willing to commit to a degree, have the time, discipline, and interest, I strongly encourage anyone to consider AMU. Most of the professors I had were published in their field. I saw many of my peers apply for AMU or other degrees, but dropped out due to a lack of interest, writing ability (you have to write to get a degree), or discipline. People who need special writing coaching or tailored instruction to explain things will have difficulty with online content and should stick with a community college or other alternative until they are ready. If you are a self starter and have good study skills, you can really get a lot out of this degree.
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Environmental Policy and Management - August 10, 2016
After practicing for over 25 years as a professional Geologist I hesitantly returned to school and attempted the Master's program for Environmental Policy and Management. The on-line application was a challenge for me as I was brought up in the brick an mortar days. I still prefer in class old style, that being said, I received great support from the technical side of things as well as the overall learning process. The entire process was seamless. Half way through the program I was dealt a personally loss of my wife. This program allowed me to temporary suspend my ambitions until I was able to continue. I completed this in about two years and found the classes to be 'real world" taught by real world professors not theoreticians where classes do not have true relevance. I would recommend this program to anyone that is focused and wanting to expand their horizons. I am employed as a Geologist with the federal government and this education has helped me round out my career. Jim Tarr
Business Administration - August 10, 2016
I started attending AMU while I was in the Air Force and in 2014 I got out. In 2015 I finally finished my BA in Business Administration. I'd recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality online education.
MA Military History - Challenging
Military History - August 10, 2016
In my experience I have found AMU to be both challenging and rigorous. It is challenging in that the professors have developed courses that make you think more deeply about the matter at hand than a cursory reading will give you. As a retired military member I thought I knew about the military and it's history. Since starting at AMU I have thought about things and wrestled with questions I knew had conceived of before. It is rigorous in that history is essentially reading and writing, and that is what you do. The volume of work demanded is considerable. The professors push us to produce good quality work. This program is everything I expected. It is worth the time and money to earn your degree here.
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