American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
American Military University Reviews:
Great Teachers, Lousy Teachers, Lousy Course Content
Master of Arts in History - August 25, 2015
I had Dr. Mark Bowles for Historiography. Great Professor!! Not easy, but if you work hard and are willing to follow his instruction on the basics and mechanics, you will be rewarded. Pretty deep guy here, and reserved. He is wonderful in allowing tremendous academic freedom. Dr. Anne Venzon was my Historical Research Methods Professor. Very good professor. I wish I had kept better notes in this class. There is a lot covered that is applicable in any of the soft sciences. She is wonderful in her tolerance of viewpoints as well. Bowles and Venzon helped me formulate my initial impressions of online forums in an academic environment. I loved the challenge of being held responsible for what I said, and loved being able to say what I thought of what others said in an academic environment. This was great for me. Dr. John (Steve) Kreis was my World History Professor. He is a great professor as well!! He took a course that was not put together in a great way and made it highly worthwhile purely out of his tremendous background (His intellectual biography is truely fascinating.). I fundamentally disagree with him on most things, but our styles are compatible and being a student in his class is amazing. Not easy here either, but more than any other class I've ever had anywhere, he made the effort I put forth worth it. He never addressed the subject directly, but I was left with evidence and an even stronger impression that this guy was extremely tolerant in allowing all points of view. The forum under Kreis was better than anyone’s. My next class was History of Religion with Dr. James Newell as my professor. He was not a horrible professor. The course was laid out badly and I do not hold him responsible for that. AMU should consider revamping this course. Also, the course was intrusive personally in that I was required to discuss my personal religion. I was offended that I was required to do this. Also, I found Dr. Newell to be insulting and biased in the forum. He allowed his bias to go over into his grading, though my final grade was not affected. Dr Dawn Spring was horrible in the History of Technology course. The only good thing about her is her punctuality. She was great in that way. This course was laid out in a very bad way and text was horrible as well. When I objected to her bias and bigotry openly engaged in by others in the forum, I was graded down, and it did affect my final grade. I appealed what I viewed as outrageous to the History faculty, but they stood by her. She had a rule that degreed professionals from other disciplines were not allowed unless they were referred to by a historian, or unless they had views amenable to her personal bias. When I attempted to bring relevance to poorly thought out forum discussion questions, I was accused of not speaking to the question, even if I had spoken to the question too, such as it was. Major lack of academic freedom in this course overall. I had hoped that the History of Religion course would have been the worst course I was to have at AMU. I was greatly disappointed that the next course was considerably worse. I am not at all sure that I want to continue to give Global History a chance when in the last course was horrible in multiple ways. The instructors and AMU make all the difference, for good or bad. It would benefit nearly anyone to take courses with Kreis, Bowles, and Venzon whether they were pursuing a degree or not. But I want my money back. I should have looked closer at everything the first week. Now I know. I may change majors. I should not have to bear continuing to put up with courses as poor as the last one.
Masters Degree At AMU
Criminal Justice - August 13, 2015
I am currently enrolled with AMU and have finally made it to the final course for my Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. To begin, if you are maybe considering selecting AMU to obtain your Master's Degree in criminal justice, choose wisely. The AMU manual states you can take a final exam over a thesis but once you are signed up to take courses that option is no longer valid. I am not saying the university is a bad one, but when you call AMU for anything be ready to always speak to a different person with at many times a different answer. For the course I am currently in our instructor was thrown at us at the last minute according to him and we as a class have been thrown under a bus. We do weekly 500 word essays about dumb stuff which takes up a bunch of our time and then we all are trying to write our thesis along with jobs, families, etc. Then I have also talked to other students taking the same class and their AMU instructors were great and very helpful. In the courses prior to this final one I encountered both good and bad instructors but that is to be said for all colleges and universities around the world. I just wish this final course which represents all of us graduating, the instructor would have designed it another way where we centered all our efforts on the thesis and no other stuff which takes up time.
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Intelligence Studies - August 7, 2015
Honest Review: I just finished my Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies. I have traveled a great deal and went to 3 different brick and mortar schools (1x local community college, 1x major public university, and 1x major private university) before settling down with AMU. I was skeptical of an online education but it was necessary based upon my travels. Now I can honestly say that I DO NOT regret choosing AMU one bit. I do understand not everyone has had a good experience but my experience was overwhelmingly positive during class as well as discussing AMU with hiring managers. Key points: 1) Tuition: Let’s be honest, tuition is great at AMU. It is even better when you consider how military friendly they are. It was very easy to use military tuition assistance benefits (tuition assistance, MGIB, post 9-11 Bill, etc.). Not once in 2 years did I have even a single complication with my benefits. Everything was always paid for on time and I kept attending classes uninterrupted. There is a peace of mind that comes from knowing things go smoothly. 2) Brick and Mortar vs Online: This debate is never going to end. If you got a degree from a brick and mortar school you tend to justify your experience by downplaying online schools. If you go to an online school, you tend to feel the need to justify your experience by being a big defender of online schools. I have experienced both and there are definite pros and cons for each. I needed online education due to my constant traveling. I work in the Defense arena so AMU had courses that aligned with my career. It was a natural fit. I learned a lot but much of that was up to me. I read more and wrote many more papers than I ever did at my brick and mortar schools. Yes, some of it was busy work but writing that many papers made me a much better paper writer. One thing I noticed was that online schools assume you are learning while writing papers. Brick and mortars schools assumed I was learning simply by being in class. Neither is true in all cases. 3) Instructors: I had many more good professors than bad professors. Some instructors did not teach and let the students do everything. I had that same experience at brick and mortar schools. It is not unique to online schools. In the few instances where I had some “issues” pop up that hindered my ability to complete coursework, I contacted the instructors ahead of time and worked things out with no problems. The instructors, for the most part, gave relevant feedback on assignments that helped me on the next assignments. I had 3 separate instructors that I contacted just to ask for some career advice and schooling advice. All three went beyond what I was expecting to give me some good resources. I did have instructors I did not really care for but I just did my work and moved on. 4) Structured but Flexible: I think what I liked the most was how each classroom has the same overall structure (forums due mid-week, assignments due at the end of each week, mid-terms, and then a final paper at the end of each class.) I knew when things were due but had a great deal of flexibility for when I could accomplish the work. That was necessary for my traveling agenda. Yes, some classes differed just a bit, but overall the structure was consistent. 5) Getting a Job: Between military service and then post military government work, I have had many opportunities to interview for jobs. When I transitioned out of the military I searched for both private and public sector jobs. I was able to see how each industry viewed online schools and AMU specifically. By and large, the government and defense industry viewed AMU highly and appreciated the online experience as well as some of the more defense related areas of study. Businesses in the private industry asked many questions about my schooling and specific classes at AMU. One hiring manager for a finance company did flat out say that while their company did not disqualify me for going to AMU (online), they did narrow the candidates down to 3 and did eliminate me because I was the only one that was going to an online school. Issues like that are real so I would encourage everyone considering AMU to first consider where they want to work and what their career goals truly are. I had no problems because I still work in the Defense industry where they value AMU and online schools. I have even had my current management team recommend I go to AMU for a Master’s degree.
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Intelligence Studies - August 6, 2015
I attended AMU for five years, completing a Bachelor's and a Master's degree through their programs. As a reservist, they treated me exceptionally well and furthered my education in a number of fields relating to International Affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, foreign intelligence services, terrorism, economics, counterintelligence, geography, and analysis. I would offer that if your intent is to work in government service (federal, state, or local) then AMU is an excellent choice. I have never been looked down on by my superiors or peers in the military for my time at AMU, and am well ahead of my age group in education because I spent the time to get my education now, rather than later. If your intent is to simply complete a degree, then I cannot offer any insight to its value against that of another university, but I will say that AMU runs continuous enrollment and class schedules that can fit around any work schedule. I was able to complete classes while on active service with no issues. The most important thing to me is the quality of the instructors and instruction, and in this regard I can confidently say that you will not find as diverse and well-rounded group of professors in the national security field, with the exception of the Service Academies. I had professors who were military, others who were government service, some who were spooks, some who were police, some who were federal agents, and others who were civilians. Nearly every single one had relevant, recent, and valuable experience and/or education in their field.
American Military History - July 30, 2015
I finished a BA in American history in 2012 and I am now three courses short of finishing my MA in American history. I have found American Military University to be a great school overall. Like other colleges it has its good professors, its not so good professors, and its lousy professors. One thing in AMU's favor -- if you report a professor, they take a hard look at the complaint. If you are looking for an easy way out, AMU or APU is not the place you want to be. You will get a great education, but it will not be given to you -- you will have to work for it.
Not the best, but good bang for the buck
Master of Arts In Military Studies - July 20, 2015
I completed a MA in Military Studies between 2010 and 2014. I chose AMU because of a decent reputation among peers, low cost and flexibility. The flexibility was a must since my initial classes were accomplished while deployed. The professors were a mixed bag between those who treated the class as an afterthought for whatever was going on in their lives and those who were genuinely excellent and thought-provoking. The quality of the education obviously falls between these two extremes and the instances of incompetence do indeed leave glaring marks on the institution. I had one teacher who I could have sworn had a Chinese child write his forum responses...I eventually decided against this theory since most Chinese schoolchildren with even an passing interest in english will likely do better. On the whole however, writing skills were improved and I learned what I expected to learn. This is a program where it might be possible to BS through a few papers and forum posts with some professors who don't care, but you are still presented with quality info and topics. In this sense you get out what you put in, making the school a good value even for its low cost. I graduated with honors, but it is a nagging question in my mind what my 3.93 GPA might have looked like at a traditional institution. My guess is around a 3.4. If you can swing a brick and mortar and the cost is acceptable, that is likely a better bet. If you are globetrotting and still need an accredited degree in a short time period, AMU is an option you should explore.
Very good program!
Environmental Policy and Management - July 9, 2015
I graduated with my M.S. in Environmental Policy and Management in 2011. This is a outstanding program for anyone wanting to get into the environmental field. It was not easy by any means and the professors really challenged you to think out of the box. I also like the real world experience the professors brought to the classroom, it really gave you a sense of what you could expect in the environmental industry.
Hard work but worth it
Master of Arts In Military Studies - July 9, 2015
As a teacher, I had always told my students to recognize their talents and take them as far as they can go. When it was pointed out to me that my talent was scholastic ability and I had only a bachelors degree, I investigated several schools that offered Masters programs. I chose AMU because of my interest in the Civil War and because of the online program. I had always been an excellent student without ever studying. This changed quite a bit at AMU. I was challenged by each professor and in each course. There were many times that I wanted to give up, but I earned my Masters Degree in Military Studies in 2000. I found about 90% of my professors extremely helpful and they gave great feedback. I feel that my work at AMU enabled me to be a better writer, a better thinker, a harder worker, and a better leader. The proudest day of my life was the day I walked across that stage to receive my diploma. If you are looking for an easy ride, this is not it. If you are looking to work and learn and if you are willing and able to dedicate ample amounts of time, AMU should work for you.
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Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - July 8, 2015
I selected AMU for the fact that I am a Veteran and have been an active Police Officer for the past 20 years. Several major Law Enforcement programs were big supports of AMU so I thought it would be a good place to look into. After looking into it and several others, I found AMU to be the best fit. It was just as expensive as many traditional school minus the books, but the program was great. Once you learned how to navigate AMU's site and use all the tools they provided it was very convenient. I liked the overall structure of the classes and found most to be challenging and not a walk in in the park. The professors were great, and the Library was outstanding. My professors were very willing to help and quick to respond to any questions or issues I may have had. I found them to grade fairly and if you had a question they were good about providing you an explanation. I also like that I could work ahead and at my pace (Within set parameters). Technical support and registration were good, registration was tricky but I blame that on being old. Over all I found my classes well managed and the classes challenging, I had a great experience and highly recommend American Military University.
Transportation and Logistics Management - July 7, 2015
My experience with AMU is nothing short of OUTSTANDING. I am a service member, husband and father. I found the time to do my work. My week was full with reading, assignments, and term papers! I spent approximately 21 hours a week for every class and truly learned a lot! An MA in TLMT will certainly give me an advantage with career mobility. I chose AMU for its online access and the ability to log into the classroom anytime I wanted. Sure there were times when the instructors didn't answer my questions in a timely manner, but, they did pull through. I have completed 70% of the program and am so motivated to finish by next year. The sacrifices I have made were worth it! When I complete this program, I can't wait to see what doors open for me!
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