American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
American Military University Reviews:
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.
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.
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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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.
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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.
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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.
Trans & LOG Management
Transportation and Logistics Management - April 8, 2016
I started at AMU in 2009. I took a break from 2013-2015 due to work and deployments. I returned at the beginning of 2016 and things have changed quite a bit...for the better! Prior to taking time off I had some pretty unengaged Professors, and very dry curriculum. So far this year I’ve taken three courses and the changes are pretty remarkable. Professors and Instructors are far more engaged now than in previous courses I’ve taken. Understandably that has more to do with the individual rather than the institution. The curriculum now is challenging and gives testament that online college is just as challenging as brick and mortar institutions. Course material that was once dry, is made bearable by the efforts put forth from the Instructors of the course. AMU was my choice after multiple searches for various reasons. One, the tuition is very reasonable, and I was able to apply for scholarships that helped reduce the cost. Keeping your grades up also pays off as AMU awards an Undergraduate scholarship for academic performance. Second, the degrees offered at this school are not offered at all online schools. I wanted a degree that closely matched my current position in the military, which would be applicable in the civilian sector after I retired. I found that with a BA in Transportation and Logistics Management, I could use my twenty years of experience paired with this degree for a real chance at finding a good paying job. If you are looking for an education that is easy and requires little to no work, then you are not going to find that at AMU. It is an accredited school which delivers a top notch education.
Excellent classes and materials
Information Technology Management - April 6, 2016
I am a Chief Information Officer and have worked in the technology field for 28 years. I finally had the opportunity to attend college and obtain my B.S. AMU made the entire process of being a successful student very easy. In fact, it was so easy that I was able to focus all of my efforts on being a successful student and work a full time job at the same time. The staff a faculty are great and I have the highest of praises for everyone at AMU. So proud to be an AMU Undergraduate alumnus and soon to be a proud graduate alumnus with AMU!
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