American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10 (531 reviews)American Military University describes its mission as “educating those who serve.” AMU features more than 100 online certificate and degree programs that are designed for professionals in national security and public service. Sample subject areas include air warfare, homeland security, early childhood education, and Middle Eastern studies. Classes start monthly.
Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
American Military University Reviews:
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.
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!
Perfect For Me
Business Administration - July 7, 2015
I jus completed my degree and I am very well pleased with AMU from start to finish. I received the help I needed when I needed it, the resources are available. The professors seemed to genuinely care for me. When I had military training and I notified the professors ahead of time they always provided me with extra time. I have read negative comments but I honestly can say my experience was a great one. I would definitely recommend this university. Paula
A degree does not mean you are smart
General Studies - June 29, 2015
Personally, the name of the school granting the degree does not always mean the name of the individual on the degree is smart or a hard worker. Traditional schools, “Brick and Mortar”, call the “For-Profits” degree mills and that may hold true in some instances. How much money does a traditional, not for profit, school make a year off of their sports teams playing in national championship games? How many student athletes receive special evaluations from the school so they will be eligible to play in the next big nationally televised game? Each type of higher learning institution has their advantages and disadvantages; pick your poison. Overall: APUS/AMU offers a great opportunity for full time workers, dads, and husbands to embark on the journey of completing educational goals. Personally, there has never been a time where encountered issues were not resolved in the most expeditious manner possible; the hold up with issued and concerns usually had something to do with the student (me) needing to provide information. If the name of the institution is on the top of your priority list, do not spend your resources with this institution. If you are seeking an opportunity to better yourself and received recognition of self-improvement, then this institution will complement you just fine. Materials: At some point in my educational tenure with this organization there was a transition to eBooks, which was hard to get used to at first but that is the future and in order to remain competitive with society one must learn new technologies. Student outlines and syllabuses were about 50/50 for originality/copy and pasted. Maybe some of the teachers at this school should be reported for plagiarism for not providing originality to their material. Teachers: 90% of the teachers are compassionate to the fact that 90% of their students are full time workers. On several occasions, I would have some field training to attend (I am an active duty Marine) and in every occurrence of this, my professors were compassionate. I offered to them the dates of my training, what assignments they could expect late, and what I would be doing in the “field” on my down time (usually just reading a hardcopy text that would fit in my pack) to complete classwork. After going above and beyond to ensure they understood that I was still “in it to win it” the largest point deduction I received was 15%. Again, I just wish they would spend more time on making sure their welcome statements and class material appeared original and not copied and pasted from another previous document. Institution: This institution needs to get their name out in the public. With an endowment of over 50,000 students, there should be plenty of people that have heard of AMU/APUS. Support: I never really had too much of a need for the support staff. The Librarian was quick to ship materials and let me know when they were late. Value: You get what you put into it, just like everything else. If there is a lack of commitment there will be a lack of learning. Same applies to the teachers. Same applies to: work out plans, diets, budgets, ect... Whatever else you are trying to control in your life. Use of Technology: This is online school and uses technological advancements to their advantage with their classroom environment.
Child and Family Development - June 29, 2015
I loved my experience with AMU. The professors worked with my work schedule and deployments. My only negative remark is that AMU went to digital textbooks, which caused issues for me since I am a hands on learned and I had to purchase paper copies of all my textbooks. I love that with AMU you don't have to pay for your textbooks, unless you are a hands on learner like me. It was a rewarding feeling turning in my last assignment and knowing that I did it. When I started AMU, I had a GPA of 2.3 due to my stubborn youth. I am graduating with a 3.4 and I couldn't be prouder of the work I was able to do with AMU. Thank you, AMU for helping me find my academic career path. Now I am on to bigger and brighter goals like completing my MA in Counseling.
No a good experience
Masters Public Health (MPH) - June 29, 2015
If you are looking to simply complete a Masters degree than AMU is an option. My experience has been far less than satisfactory in all aspects of attending classes. The Financial Aid department is slow to respond and provide all but useless information. The teaching staff seem to be a mixed bag of professors that are interested in teaching and those that simply repost assignments from previous years without even taking the time to make corrections to the dates. This would be more acceptable if the continued mantra from all professors were not "this is a Masters program, quality of work is a must". Similarly, the advising team is quite lackluster. There is very little advising and far more discussion about what they have accomplished in their careers. I would recommend steering clear of AMU, there a number of reliable and accredited online universities available. My advise would be to shop around and research forums such as this. Don't make the same mistake that I have.
AMU: BS in Environmental Science
Environmental Studies - June 28, 2015
I would say that almost everything is going digital and taking courses online is one of the digital migration initiatives. Taking a course online is not only a new fad for working class individuals and even some students but also a wonderful experience that gives ad hoc knowledge to every individual who pursues courses using this platform. Apart from excellent experience, the course puts little pressure, if any, on the students, it is flexible, develops individual instruction, provides networking opportunities, provides site convenience, comfort and it is generally cheaper compared to traditional classes. I highly recommend American Military University to anybody in the military service who needs to advance their career goal or to be able to qualify for promotion. Personally, it has been a challenging experience for me and now that it is my senior year-1 term away from getting my BS in Environmental Science, I could say that the quality of education you’ll get from AMU is very high.
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