American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10 (496 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:
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
My MBA experience - an honest assessment
MBA Finance - March 25, 2015
I recently completed my MBA in finance through AMU and I'll talk about my experiences. I'll put the bottom line up front: the reasons I chose AMU were because an advanced degree is required for me to move up in my career, it was extremely affordable, and I needed to get a completely online degree while I worked full time and traveled all around the world with little ability to plan ahead. Given those reasons, AMU met my objective - to receive a convenient Master's degree in order for me to get promoted. As for the quality of education, I have to say this was my greatest disappointment, and there was a time towards the beginning of my degree when I nearly quit because I was disgusted with my academic experiences. 1) The content: By and large, this was what angered me the most. In most of the classes, the announcements, messages, and coursework were canned and copied and pasted. Only two teachers even took the time to personalize the class welcome announcement and include their contact information in the canned announcements. Oftentimes the original dates of the draft were still on them, several years old. On lots of assignments and quizzes, there were typos, errors, missing information. On a few occasions a quizz's answers were wrong, and I had to contact the teacher to have them corrected, and it became clear to me that the teacher didn't even know the right answers, nor did he have any interest in finding them. Most of the professors had clearly never taken the time to proofread assignments, or take them themselves. This was the most frequent reason for me having to contact a professor and a constant source of my frustration during my degree program. Even so, I still received nearly universal A's on almost every assignment, regardless of the amount of time, effort, or thought I actually put into it. This also disappointed me, because I felt like my labor didn't actually translate into anything. This persisted throughout my entire degree and I think is the biggest shortfall staining the image of the school and the quality of the degree. 2) The teachers: a majority of my teachers left little or no feedback on any of my work, one or two left a small amount of meaningful feedback, another two or three gave only canned feedback that appeared to be copied and pasted to multiple students. When I engaged with teachers on special issues, on two or three occasions, they were usually not very helpful. If I had a dispute about a grade or content, it would usually require multiple messages back and forth, excessive explanation, and skirting around the issues by the teacher. 3) The students: the weekly discussion forums often feel forced, and I worked with many students that could barely form an English sentence, as well as many who clearly plagiarized every single piece of work they submitted. The most comical of these would have nothing to do with the subject matter. I would often print and bring posts into work to show to my coworkers and share a laugh at how ridiculous they sounded. The quality of students did improve drastically in the last several courses which were the most advanced of the degree. 4) The final exam: after over two years of degree work and an easily obtained 4.0 GPA, I was blindsided by a final exam which was graded to harsher standards than any of my previous degree work had ever been - by a longshot. The multiple choice portion asked questions on subjects and classes which I had never taken, heard of, or seen before. The essay portion had me answering fairly typical hybrid essay questions, but the standards had suddenly ratcheted up, and the work which previously earned me 100 percent without fail now seemed to be worth about 85 percent. To be honest, I was glad the professor actually took the time to read, grade, and give detailed feedback on my essays. It was the first time it had happened in my degree. 5) The classes: some of the content seems like it blends together, with many of the subjects overlapping. Some classes I got almost nothing out of, while there were two classes which I absolutely loved. The amount of effort I put into a class was mostly up to me. The two classes which I enjoyed I spent lots of time thoroughly studying. The classes I didn't enjoy so much I spent minimal time. I received A's in every single class. In a way, you get out what you put into it. I learned quite a bit while earning my degree, but the learning seemed entirely up to me. I could have passed most of the classes while reading and retaining little (and I did do this for a couple of them). Overall, I don't regret selecting AMU for my degree program - it accomplished what I needed it to with relatively little impact on my life. I don't expect to have to face the rigor of a future employer based on my degree, and I wouldn't brag about my degree from AMU. Compared to my undergraduate degree, which was from one of the top schools in the country, AMU was a cinch. And that's what I expected going into it. The amount of work I had to do was mostly up to me, and the classes I took were a mixed bag. If I wanted to seriously pursue a prestigious business job or some other profession, I would likely go back to school at a higher quality institution to have that on my resume. But I don't have that aspiration, I just want to get promoted at my current job. And now, thanks to AMU, I will.
1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT STINKS
BS-Space Studies - March 22, 2015
The Technical Department is the weak spot in the APUS system. They adopted a new policy of getting new passwords sometime in November 2014 and since then they have tried to have all the students change their passwords several time. Unfortunately the system does not work and every time that an attempt is made to change the passwords the students are out of classes for a few days until the Department decides to go back to the old password because when the students go to enter their new passwords the system does not seem to remember the old password and says that the the student does not know his or her own password. It is absolutely frustrating.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Comparably Rigorous, Solid Overall
National Security Studies - March 18, 2015
I completed an MA in National Security Studies from AMU. I already hold a law degree from a traditional "elite" brick and mortar university. I'm mid career and wanted to transition into national security work and the flexibility and low (overall) costs at AMU is what made me choose it over something like Georgetown. I felt like it was a gamble to go 'online only,' but in interviews I've discovered that most people are used to the idea now. Even though it holds accreditation, I was worried about the for-profit reputation of the school. That one has been harder to overcome and it's why I decided to write this review. Despite its for-profit status, I found the quality of the education to be academically sound. The program was well designed with good range of topics covered and deep enough dives to provide a good baseline. The courses are generally taught by competent practitioners (from places like Georgetown ironically enough). Out of the courses I took, I was only genuinely unimpressed by one professor. All the rest were reasonably responsive during the course. Overall, I've been happy with what I learned, the response from employers when discussing the degree, and the format/expense of the program. Especially in the DC area, the number of people getting degrees here is high, so the school is building a significant base of alumni. Over time, as these folks enter into management roles in the federal workforce, I believe the reputation of this school will continue to improve.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Business Administration - March 13, 2015
This school is full of sh$t. I was taking a business English class and was accused of plagiarism. However, everything in the page was cited and quoted, directly from the book. I submitted a paper on time and was told to resubmit it because there were several MLA concerns. I made the necessary corrections and was told there were STILL some MLA concerns. Then the instructor threatened to file a plagiarism report. However, he never filed a report and paper could not be resubmitted for a final time. I went through two weeks of emailing advisors before I got an answer that I wasn't expecting. At first, they pulled up two random student's papers with the same quotes from the textbook and accused me of copying the quotes and quotation marks(? lol) from those papers. Due to the fact that the teacher closed the assignment for resubmission before the class ended, I was not going to get ANY credit for the TWO papers I wrote. Now I will be stuck with a $750 bill from Air Force TA. I also wont be taking anymore classes here. Reading through the reviews and speaking to someone who is active duty and also works at the school, I found out that this is common practice. I actually liked AMU and took at least 9/10 classes here. But now I will be enrolling in the local college.
4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Dont waste your time here at AMUs papermil diploma
Management - Human Resources - February 23, 2015
This is the worst school ever. They claim they take care of the military students but this is not true at all. I am military and just ended my time at this school because of the lack of support and consistency of the academics department, appeals department, and teachers. Yes I said teachers because non of these professors are on the same page with the APA formatting criteria and they do not provide you assistance because it is not their problem if you do not understand the material. Plus if y our ask for help, the teachers write you off and take offense to your ignorance. I was an honor student here at AMU and 5 classes away from graduating when a teacher made false claims against me. I never had any problems while attending this school until now and this was because I asked my teacher for help and inconvenienced him. The teachers are from all over the U.S. and have other jobs so your concerns as a student mean nothing to them except more work on their part so sad if you ask me. If you want to appeal a grade or allegation against you, you better be ready to talk to no one because AMU likes to track communication through email. So again no human to talk to even if you do it's fake and it's a canned statement. As a mother, active duty Airmen, wife, etc. I have obligations too and thought this school would be a good fit for me and my busy schedule, I guess I wasted two years of my life with this papermil school. I also found out that most companies look down at AMU/APUS when they hire people because of the papermil process. This is why I am switching to Ashford, which my new degree will be recognised under the Forbes business company. So MUCH better for your future than AMU/APUS. Again as a military member I am saddened by the way this school treated me and responded to a concern I had. I thought that this school was all about helping the military members succeed, it is not true they do not care about you. All of the reviews were right, if you have a problem and want to question/appeal anything, YOU WILL ALWAYS BE WRONG AS A STUDENT no matter what. Also, they are not understanding if you have military obligations or life going on, it's your fault too. Please do not go to this school it is a waste of your time and future. There are far better schools out there. I have filed a complaint with AF IG and AF Education officials who handle schools accreditation for military members to stop military members from attending this school. This way no more military folks get caught up in the same mess I was caught up in.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I Had A Very Good Experience
Master of Arts - Management - February 18, 2015
I have had an opportunity to read all types of reviews regarding AMU and for whatever reason decided to include my personal thoughts. I graduated with a MA in Management from AMU in 2014. As a graduate, I will do my best not to write this review from and emotion point of view, but more from an intellectual perspective. I found AMU to be very beneficial in my educational and professional development. I do agree with many of the different raters that what you put in the work is what you get out of it. Is it possible for someone to slid through the program and obtain a degree? Sure, anything is possible. I also agree that some professors were much better than others. However, I never had and instance in which a fellow student or professor did not openly encourage learning when I was in the program. Yes, there were there students who did not meet the standards of the class. I do not know their final grades, but I would assume they were not as high as other participating students. Where there professors who graded too high? I sure in some instances that might be the case. However, my entire experience at the school was very helpful and I would like to provide an example of how I knew I was provided a learning opportunity. Professionally, I have been able to attend many leadership related programs during my career. They have been taught at brick and mortar universities of national acclaim by their staff. I learned a lot from those professors who did a good job of teaching us leadership / management skills. As I proceeded into my MA program, I saw the same information the professors were teaching at the brick and mortar schools, but obviously with much more detail and review. In every class at AMU there was a lot of writing, which I understand because you have to measure a students progress. In my program, there were little to no quizzes or exams and my grade entirely rested on my participation, weekly papers, mid-term, and final paper. I found this to be reasonable expectation of course retention and progress. Again, some professors were really in tune to your submitted work and others were not. SURPRISE!!!!!! All college/universities have that same challenge with their faculty. I would recommend AMU to any serious student. I am unsure as a young man, I would have had the focus to meet all of the deadlines of the program. However, since I was a serious student, I never had a problem keeping focus. In regards to this school being a "degree mill"? I would disagree. If my peers were not committed to the program expectations and were obtaining a degree? Then this would be a sham of a institution. However, My experiences were very positive with only a few frustrations with the process. Would there be a need for improvements? You bet, but it has provided me a great platform for me and my professional endeavors. I hope this review helped anyone who is thinking of attending AMU. Cheers!
4 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Don't go here if you can possible avoid it.
Master of Arts in History - January 28, 2015
I was provided with the essentials for my degree, but just barely. Just about the only good thing I can say about it is that it is accredited by a regional accreditation organization recognized by the United States Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. I verified that on the DoE Web site. You get nothing beyond the bare minimum, however. Faculty clearly do not coordinate with one another and that is a huge problem. I even got a 98 on a thesis proposal in the Writing a Thesis Proposal Class and then got a 0 on that exact same proposal in the master's thesis class. I don't know what happened but it was extremely unprofessional. Some of my classmates seemed mentally unbalanced and there was a lot of flaming in the forums (which in no way approximate class discussions in other graduate courses I have taken). Others were completely unprepared for graduate studies and not capable of contributing to group work and discussions, even in the final (master's thesis) course. It worked for me because I already had a master's degree so I knew how to educate myself through independent research and reading (I had to find historical documentaries to substitute for lectures) and because I have a government job so just having a second master's is enough to get that box checked when promotion time comes around. Do not go to this or any other for-profit university. There are plenty of public and non-profit private universities with totally online programs.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Psychology - January 23, 2015
I have read a lot of reviews on here and have kept up with them throughout my time at AMU. While reading so many of them, I wonder if we are even going to the same school. One of the most common reviews stem from the concern that an online degree is not taken seriously outside of the school and that the degree is useless. I would like to say that this is false and that not only was I able to get a job with my degree, I was able to get into a very good doctorate program. During my time there, I did notice that many students struggled in some classes and I think that this is where a lot of the negative reviews are coming from. I can tell just from some of the reviews that there are students that did not get the grades they wanted and are trying to take it out on the school rather than actually apply themselves. This is very unfortunate because it gives such a good school a bad name. I would (have and still do) recommend this school to anyone. I would not just recommend it to someone so that they can get a piece of paper that says they have a degree, but I would highly recommend it to anyone that actually wants to learn. I have attended this school and another brick-and-mortar university and would suggest this school. The work can be hard and this can overwhelm a lot of people who think it is going to be a cake-walk. Do not underestimate the classes here.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Accepted to Grad School from AMU History BA
BA in History - January 11, 2015
This is for everyone who is wondering if grad schools will accept you if you've earned your BA from AMU - the answer is YES. I completed my BA in History at AMU, and have just been accepted to a brick and mortar university for an MA in history. So go for it!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
National Security Studies - December 19, 2014
I thoroughly enjoyed my experience taking the program. I learned a lot from the instructors, all of whom had both academic and practical experience with the various courses they taught. All were very challenging but also understanding of the students' various situations. I learned a lot. The cost of the courses was also very reasonable. I would highly recommend AMU and especially the course of study.
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