American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
American Military University Reviews:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very poor program, not recommended
Emergency Management and Disaster Planning - July 14, 2016
After 2+ years of classroom learning I left to work, and decided to complete my degree 14 years later. I chose AMU based on their initial impression, but was soon very disappointed and have decided to discontinue my studies after only one class. - The online portion is poorly organized with no central tracking area for assignments; this makes it difficult to make certain that you haven't missed anything - The time required for just one course amounted to 12-15 hours a week, which seems longer than it needs to be. More of an emphasis on "busy work" than actual education, at least for the Introduction to Online Learning course I was enrolled in. At this rate it would have required 4 years for me to complete the last half of a Bachelor's degree, considering that I work 60 hours a week and can only take one class at a time. - The familiarization was limited to watching a video, which I felt was inadequate given that the entire purpose of this class was to develop proficiency with online learning. The class structure is of course a major departure from traditional classrooms and insufficient time was devoted to this. - The professor delivered canned answers and follow-up questions and did not actively participate in the course; a more proactive instructor would have been tracking progress to ensure that assignments were not overlooked in their substandard website. - Emphasis was placed on volume and structure with assignments rather than content, and examples of what assignments are to resemble are not provided. - Support when registering was great, but when I encountered issues it was non-existent. The professor was disengaged and when I ultimately dropped the class, my request for a partial refund was denied.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Information Systems Security - July 5, 2016
I just recently registered for classes at AMU. The process is confusing and if it could be a little more individually tailored by student type would be entirely better. To start the Financial Aid Office steps are catered more toward gaining loans than actually assisting you. With a name like American Military University you would think that the first question would be about military benefits ie. TA, GI Bill etc. instead I had to fill out an entire form tailored towards federal student loans and borrowing with absolutely no mention on the GI bill until I actually registered for classes. If they could fix this problem than I would give them a 7 overall for now.
MBA Finance - July 4, 2016
The courses are easy to engage and challenging in and well written that encourage all the students to participate by sharing their experience toward each module subject. This university really cares about the students, the staffs are very helpful and all the instructors have PhD's in their respected fields which is advantages to the students. The instructors boosts your morale by offering positive and analytical feedback, which raised our spirits to carry on with the course to be more open and to interact on a higher level for academic learning. They also starts the forum conversation with supplementary links, which was very helpful toward the assignments and research. The constructed criticism and probing questions were more of a learning process that improved the interaction session and help us to become much more methodical with our homework and forum conversations. Be worn a lot of writing and research, but that is part of the master’s program curriculum.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
this Nursing Program is not exactly legitimate, so beware.
Nursing RN-BSN - July 4, 2016
What can I say, I am extremely disappointed by this school and will not recommend it to any RN looking to get a decent education. You will learn all right, but only because you are a working nurse. This program will not enlighten you in any fashion. The entire system lacks cohesive plan. Instructors are mostly uninspiring and clearly don't want to be here. The program constantly changes its requirements not that you will be told, nor is it written anywhere. The grading is atrocious and does not follow any common sense. You will be writing papers continuously but most of the time the content of what you have written will be irrelevant as most instructors won't read them or provide a clear feedback. You will be graded exclusively on the timeliness of your submissions and NOTHING ELSE. Some classes you will be the only student so have fun interacting with yourself as you will throughout this entire program. You will not learn any new nursing skills, you will not be guided on how to write idiotic papers, you will not be coached or mentored in any fashion. You will be left to your own affairs. What matters is that you pay. This school only cares about tuition. That's it. Stay away and spend your money and time elsewhere.
AMU Criminal Justice Masters Degree Program
Criminal Justice - July 1, 2016
I took 3 Criminal Justice Masters Degree courses and I am thoroughly disappointed with the quality of the academic responses of my peers. I was shocked some of those people made it through their undergraduate studies! I expected the caliber of students and professors to be of a much higher standard. In addition, I was looking forward to challenging subjects or encouragement to explore new information on topics posed in class. My courses felt like undergraduate level work except it was more expensive and the required responses / paper were longer in word count. The material was not at the level I expected in continuing my higher education. I will pursue other schools that will challenge me in my field of study and will limit those who are just walking through the motions but clearly are not equipped to engage in intellectual conversations or post appropriate, well thought out responses.
AMU BA in Criminal Justice
Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - July 1, 2016
I really enjoyed my experience with AMU for my BA in Criminal Justice. The professors were professional in their teaching as well as providing real life examples. The course objectives were relative to the CJ field and I truly felt confident in the knowledge I gained. The on-line support, materials, and live chat were fantastic and really was the cherry on the top during the tougher classes. I especially enjoyed the independent work, the interaction with other students and the professors, and truly felt that my opinion and critical thinking based on factual information were received well and appreciated. Debates with other students were professional and encouraged me to look more in depth on topics I was passionate about, or which broadened my horizon. My favorite classes were the law based classes, i.e. criminal law, constitutional law, etc. EXCELLENT! I would definitely recommend AMU for a Bachelor Degree Program.
M.A. National Security Studies
National Security Studies - June 29, 2016
All-in-all, AMU provided an outstanding education. However, be advised, this is not a degree-mill where you pay money and do little work for your degree. Most AMU classes require a good amount of writing and will challenge its students. To be successful at an online institution, the student must have a decent foundation in time management and apply themselves. Although the teachers are always there to guide the class and provide feedback, at the end of the day, most research is done by the student and that is when knowledge is gained. Personally I like this format because it taught me how to effectively conduct research and the skills gained will help me when I leave the military and enter the civilian sector. I highly recommend AMU for those in the Inter-agency and military professionals trying to advance their careers. Good luck out there and hope this review helps!
3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Nothing but BS - and I don't mean the degree initials
Intelligence Studies - June 11, 2016
The teachers don't teach, grades are dependent on formatting not thought or content, forum posts are often copied and pasted by students with full credit and even replied to by the teachers with copy and paste showing they don't read the posts. The app is worthless (you can't post in the forums, you can't access most lesson information, etc, and the whole setup is confusing). The website with a computer is total crap for trying to write a post for the class forums (you can't edit what you type well as the cursor jumps all over the place and doesn't pay attention to what you're trying to do). Every single time signed up for classes, I had to go through a whole huge mess of contacting the financial aid office to deal with redoing my financial aid paperwork, and most of the time I couldn't even get answers. Also when paying for classes each time, the student has to do all the math and everything that the financial aid office is supposed to do just to figure out how to fill out the stupid form online which has too many different ways to do it and they want it different each semester, and the student has to figure out how much they're supposed to pay rather than being told. If the student is off by even a single dollar, they can forget about getting into class and it takes more than a week to get any sort of answers from anyone about anything. I was forced to take a month off of classes because they changed paperwork for my financial aid and yet wouldn't give me the link to it or send it to me. It took me about a month just to get that taken care of. When I started here, Homeland Security recognized this school as having a good Intelligence program and a good Cyber Security program. While I've been taking classes, that was reversed. Homeland no longer recognizes AMU as anything. In the introductory webinars you can take, they claim you can get all sorts of assistance of all sorts of types, and a mentor, and all kinds of things. They lie. You can't get anything. You're lucky to get an answer to a question about an assignment from a teacher before the class is over. This school is a waste of time, effort and money, and has really killed any interest I had in getting a degree. It's nothing but lies resulting in a very expensive piece of paper that no one recognizes as a degree. If I sound bitter, it's because I started out really looking forward to getting a degree that would get me into my dream job of intelligence work. This school has not only killed my dream, and wasted my time and money, but it also destroyed any confidence I had thanks to all the problems, non-teaching (even downright straight up insults from some of the so-called teachers), high stress and lies. I am currently shopping for another school because I need to be able to get a job, but I no longer have any real desire to pursue anything anymore thanks to all the BS, trouble, stress and lies from AMU.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Couldn't Have Done It Without AMU!!!
Environmental Studies - May 12, 2016
I finished a Bachelors on Intelligence Studies, and now I am pursuing a bachelors on Environmental Sciences. I can honestly tell you, I couldn't have progress in my military career as much as I have without AMU. The AMU degree instantly opened doors for me in my military career, and in the private sector after I retired. Now with this new degree in Environmental Science, I hope to dedicate the next 40 years of my life to another passion of mine: Nature. AMU curriculum is top notch. AMU professors are truly people who work the field, not just merely teach. One of my professors works in genetics for a renowned university in addition to teach here at AMU! This guys are for real! Classes are challenging, but the support you get from the professors and your classmates cannot be replicated in a classroom environment. In conclusion, AMU was the best decision I've ever made. I highly recommend it.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great University / Under appreciated.
Legal Studies - May 12, 2016
American Military University was my choice, because I wanted a great quality school, with an opportunity to stay home and raise my children. I am a disabled veteran of the US. Army, and with my limitations, I thought that my chances of finishing school were slim to none. My wife introduced me to the university back in December 2012. I was able to receive my AS in Paralegal Studies within 1 1/2 years, and then my BS in Legal Studies almost 2 years later. That is nearly impossible for someone who attends a brick and mortar school, let alone someone who attends a university online at the average rate of classes,and without taking classes overtime the entire time. With the exception of some of the professors, My entire journey was extremely supported. I would definitely recommend this university to someone else. A lot of people would like to trash this school, but I only think it is because they are completely ignorant to how it works. FC C/O '16
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