American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
American Military University Reviews:
Military student experience
Homeland Security - April 14, 2016
I will share this review considering that, at the time of enrollment, I was an active duty member of the United States Army. Being active duty puts unique demands on personal time and time in general to pursue other interests like, in this case, education. I decided to enroll based on the recommendations of two of one of my supervisors and a fellow soldier and also because I was scheduled to deploy months later that same year. My experience with the college in general was great, most of the professors were prior military so there was an immediate connection of familiarity. Many times I had to ask for extensions and for more time on assignments based on military time constraints and was always met with a yes and with support from the professors. The support I received from the campus in general was a great experience, I was always answered promptly and with good, understandable information. Thanks to this college's support I was able to finish my bachelors degree in homeland security amidst a nine month deployment, many late nights at work, being married, and field exercises. I highly recommend this online college, it was a great and supportive experience for me and I'm sure it will be the same for you, whether you are active duty military or a busy individual.
Decent School but weigh your options
Intelligence Studies - April 14, 2016
I had initially thought when i had began the MA program that it would be a challenge and that i would be learning new material but in reality i had just covered material from the BA program more in depth. What posses a large issue, is the professors where there are often instances of being a overly hard grader. You get what you put in,but buyer beware that the professors ultimately could have a good day or bad day and reflect this upon your grade opposed to actually reading the work and giving legitimate feedback.
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Big Doubts- Postive Results
Master of Arts - Management - April 12, 2016
I earned my Masters of Arts in Management and Organizational Leadership from American Military University. I am a traditional brick and mortar type of student so the leap to online was a big transition. I am also weary of entering a degree factory that spits out useless certifications because my degree needs to be more than a piece of paper on my wall. Ultimately my gauge is found in the learning that took place from start to finish with my education. I can confidently say that I was able to learn, and retain valuable information and concepts related to my field of study. I am a 20+ year veteran of law enforcement in a management position and the applicability to my current assignment has been very valuable. I will note that I am in a unique position where having a Master's Degree is much more important than where it is from. So if someone is reading this review and planning to compete on the open job market, the lack of name recognition of AMU may be a factor to consider, and I cannot speak to the value of an AMU degree in an interview. I can simply say that I took my classes in conjunction with a peer at work who was attending the University of Southern California Online Program. After numerous conversations we both agree that our assignments, instructors and knowledge gained were compatible. The only differences we could find were in the cost of our diplomas, and the value that the title of USC alumni might have over AMU. As for instruction, I found the professors to be excellent overall. All of them carried impressive resumes, and brought real life and current experience into the classroom discussions. I have had the chance to meet a couple of my professors and develop networking opportunities as a result. Grading was fair, and at times I think it was even generous. I can't say they were handing out A's though because I always gave my best effort and believe I earned the grades I received. I don't know what my fellow students earned, but I trust that they were treated fairly and earned grades commensurate with their effort and performance. The other aspect of AMU I want to comment on is the support and networking I experienced. While attending AMU I was able to attend professional training programs accredited through academic institutions. AMU was very accommodating to my need to take some time off, and made the process of credit transfer and certification very easy. I also appreciated the regional networking events that AMU hosted. Although I am very busy, I took the time to attend one and was able to meet people who became instrumental in helping me with my studies and in my own professional assignments. Imagine that, a networking event where I actually networked successfully?!?! Overall, I was very happy with my AMU experience. The cost was reasonable, the work was challenging and I am better prepared to manage and lead my people. For those who can not attend a brick and mortar school, or cannot afford the prestigious academic institutions, I would highly recommend AMU, and challenge you to work hard because you will only get out of it what you put into it.
AMU finally helped me finish my degree!
BS Business Management and Leadership - April 10, 2016
I had been to three other leading online for profit universities and found them to be difficult administratively and hard to use TA or GI bill. Also the classes were not very interactive and they had not really polished the way async work was completed. At AMU i found it was by far the easiest administrative and financial process of any university i had been to. Literally a couple of clicks and a credit card and i am enrolled in my next class. Also they degree map that shows you what classes you have taken and which ones are left help you ensure you do not take a class that is unnecessary for your degree. It also was really important to me as it was a constant road map to graduation. Overall online learning is all the same unless they are using new systems like 2U or updated blackboard, however what AMU did for me was make it easy to use MGI bill, go to school and learn, never made me wait for a class and ensured the teachers were knowledgeable about their areas. Also as an added bonus there are so many active duty and veterans that it helps with networking and the teachers make accommodation as best as possible when you are in other time zones. I am extremely grateful they exist as AMU was literally my class school before i dropped out entirely. I strongly recommend going to AMU if you are a part time student and absolutely recommend if you are going to use your GI bill. Edward M West,BABM, PMP, LSSBB, CQA AMU Alumni
Great School...Even better Professors!!
National Security Studies - April 8, 2016
Overall, I have had a really good experience with AMU. I am currently finishing up my M.A. in National Security Studies and I have no regrets. For those thinking about attending AMU, please be advised that the courses are very interesting, but there typically is a "higher than average" amount of writing involved. I do not say that to discourage anyone, but if you are looking for a degree mill, this is far from that. However, if you are interested in the inter-agency and National Security environment, you are going to really enjoy your studies here.
Sociology - April 1, 2016
Just completed BA and am happy with the experience I had at AMU. From the transfer credit process, to student support and advisory teams, academic rigor (don't kid yourself - it's a challenge), to the instructors, AMU helped me achieve a life-long goal. Do not discount the quality of online learning! AMU/APUS has challenging courses and a some easier ones. Doesn't every school? You must be disciplined to earn high grades in most courses, know your APA or MLA formatting for writing assignments, and don't be afraid to engage in constructive dialog with your instructor and fellow classmates in the weekly forums. Great value!
Best Decision Ever
Sociology - March 30, 2016
AMU is by far one of the best decisions I've ever made. Classes are short, but filled with a wealth of knowledge. The classroom setting and the school itself is very easy to navigate. I tried going to a brick and mortar school, but found myself not wanting to wake up and walk to class. You don't have to do that online. As long as you log in each week and complete your work on-time, it doesn't matter what time you log in to the classroom. It does take a lot of self-discipline to actually log in and complete the work. The teachers are very helpful and are willing to work with you on any problems you may have. I highly recommend attending AMU.
Good value priced school
BS Business Management and Leadership - March 7, 2016
I have to laugh at some of these reviews when people say you can just buy your degree from AMU. I'm in my 3rd year now with AMU and it's not getting any easier. Sure, I've had a couple easy classes that I didn't have to work real hard to get an A in but you get that at a traditional college as well. For the most part, my classes have been very challenging and the work time consuming. I currently have a 3.23 grade average so no, teachers do not just give everyone A's for logging in. Overall I would recommend AMU to anyone looking at pursuing an online degree.
Humanities 500--1st class
Humanities - February 24, 2016
This class was not easy. I was challenged, but learn many things. I moved forward on my writing improvement. Got good feedback. There is much independence, but with weekly guidance. Just have to follow the bouncing ball. Fellow students and Professor were top notch. The tuition is quite fair compared to most schools, and especially compared to similar courses at Boston U, Notre Dame, et. al. I feel like I am getting the equivalent education offered for 6xs as much. I graduated with BA from Umass Amherst and AMU/APU may actually be more demanding. Online studies, in my opinion, is better than brick and mortar. I have done both.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Intelligence Studies - October 28, 2015
I obtained My Masters and Baccalaureate degrees from AMU, and for the most part; I have learned a lot as a result of it. However, my experience had a few unacceptable compromises. I was a Chapter 33 Student. That is to say, that my expenses were funded by the Post 9-11 GI Bill. But somewhere in the processes of enrollment and completion the VA did not receive notices of completion from the school. All in all; I had to pay for my undergrad out of pocket when the VA came to collect. I tried to sort this out with the school, but they were tight-lipped, and gave me the run-around. It took a few years to pay the government back. The Master’s Thesis. During My Literature Review, the professor accused me of writing an “Op-ed” which put my entire Master’s Program in jeopardy. I was pressured to drop out of the semester, and return at a later date in order to save my efforts, as well as My GPA. Six months later, I returned and completed the degree, but all in all it took an additional six months to an already exhausting program.
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