American Military University
Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10
Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
American Military University Reviews:
Great Institution and Educational Experience
Political Science - August 12, 2016
I had a great experience with my Political Science graduate program at AMU/APUS. As with any program you get what you put in, as well as whatever you make of it. This institution allows for you to learn a lot from there knowledgable and experienced instructor cadre, as well as network if you chose to become involved within the online social media communities. Sure you don't get the same type of interaction with peers or professors as you would if you attended an actual campus, but all the resources and mechanisms are in place for you to take full advantage of the most up to date online mechanisms for interaction if you chose to use them. Don't expect to have your hand held though, this institution will not just give you a degree. You will be expected to think on your feet and figure things out as well. If you have questions, you will need to ask them as well as follow up questions for your questions, you will also need to conduct research within the campus to find answers regarding institutional specific things. The educational experience I had was high quality. The professors I had were very serious about here jobs, and I did not have any problems with feedback, although sometimes I had to ask clarifying questions, which is no different than the traditional style of learning. I also felt like I learned a lot from interacting with other members of my program and individual classes. Again though, this was all fruit of my own effort, which is also similar to how the experience would be within a traditional style program. If you stay hidden, don't ask questions, and expect fro things to be done for or given to you, you will not have a good experience. If you come into the this institution's programs eager, ready to learn, and adaptable you will have your expectations met as well as have a good experience. They will work with you in the event of unforeseen circumstances.
Criminal Justice Major
Criminal Justice - August 11, 2016
I am currently within two months and a half months from finishing my BA in Criminal Justice from American Military University, apart of the American Public University System and I have truly enjoyed it. I started in the summer of 2010 to finish out my Associates Degree in the Air Force for Criminal Justice, then I went to another online university for my degree, but it was structured under the traditional university model, where they have the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters and did not offer the courses throughout the year that American Military University does. I started to work on my BA in the fall of 2015 and when I transferred my credits over from the Air Force degree, they accepted the entirely of them, so I started in as a Junior and only needed 60 credits to graduate. I enjoy how they have classes starting every month, all year long; with this option I have been able to complete two to three courses every eight weeks since the end of 2015, with an anticipated graduation date of November 2016. The instructors are knowledgeable within the subject areas, especially within the Criminal Justice field; many have real world experience within the field. However, there are some instructors who act like they are the "one all, be all" but you will get that with any school you select. If you are using tuition assistance from the military or utilizing your G.I. Bill, it is really easy to use when paying for the courses. For undergraduate work, the eBooks are amazing, and the discount you get for them makes them free for the student. When I was applying and getting all of my credits transferred over, the customer support was extremely helpful getting the answers I needed. I have not had to use the student advising at this time, only when I applied for graduation, and at this time it is very seamless. The online library is an amazing resource, which has a great deal of publications, books, and other types of academic information which will help completing your assignments. I have felt challenged within the courses and I have also honed my APA citation style of my coursework, and the instructors have aided in that significantly. I have really enjoyed my experience and time at American Military University and I would definitely recommend it to my peers who are contemplating completing their undergraduate degree.
Strategic Intelligence (Intelligence Studies)
Intelligence Studies - August 10, 2016
I completed the Strategic Intelligence MA degree in 2009; the program has since been changed to Intelligence Studies. Previously, I completed a BA at a "brick and mortar" school," the Intelligence Studies Certificate Program (Masters level) at the National Intelligence University (DIA/Bolling AFB), and I'm on my second full Master's degree at another "brick and mortar." AMU was a great choice for what it is and I highly recommend it for any student who needs the online option due to location, work schedule, or military deployments/PCS. Due to my work, I was unable to commute to a campus location, and I was active duty and had to PCS and deploy during my degree program. Compared to my past and current "brick and mortar" experience, the AMU classes required far more writing. You get out of any program what you put into it- I worked hard, did the readings, learned from my mistakes, proactively worked with the professors, and did extra research for each class- and graduated with a 4.0. As an intelligence professional (active duty Army, retired as a LTC, worked in joint/interagency/NATO assignments), the classes and degree directly impacted my daily work and my career. I only had one bad experience with a professor, but I was able to document my complaint carefully, and worked with the Department head to drop the class. The distance learning option does not have the networking and discussion of a normal class, but for my limitations it was a great choice at the time. If you are willing to commit to a degree, have the time, discipline, and interest, I strongly encourage anyone to consider AMU. Most of the professors I had were published in their field. I saw many of my peers apply for AMU or other degrees, but dropped out due to a lack of interest, writing ability (you have to write to get a degree), or discipline. People who need special writing coaching or tailored instruction to explain things will have difficulty with online content and should stick with a community college or other alternative until they are ready. If you are a self starter and have good study skills, you can really get a lot out of this degree.
Environmental Policy and Management - August 10, 2016
After practicing for over 25 years as a professional Geologist I hesitantly returned to school and attempted the Master's program for Environmental Policy and Management. The on-line application was a challenge for me as I was brought up in the brick an mortar days. I still prefer in class old style, that being said, I received great support from the technical side of things as well as the overall learning process. The entire process was seamless. Half way through the program I was dealt a personally loss of my wife. This program allowed me to temporary suspend my ambitions until I was able to continue. I completed this in about two years and found the classes to be 'real world" taught by real world professors not theoreticians where classes do not have true relevance. I would recommend this program to anyone that is focused and wanting to expand their horizons. I am employed as a Geologist with the federal government and this education has helped me round out my career. Jim Tarr
Business Administration - August 10, 2016
I started attending AMU while I was in the Air Force and in 2014 I got out. In 2015 I finally finished my BA in Business Administration. I'd recommend this school to anyone looking for a quality online education.
MA Military History - Challenging
Military History - August 10, 2016
In my experience I have found AMU to be both challenging and rigorous. It is challenging in that the professors have developed courses that make you think more deeply about the matter at hand than a cursory reading will give you. As a retired military member I thought I knew about the military and it's history. Since starting at AMU I have thought about things and wrestled with questions I knew had conceived of before. It is rigorous in that history is essentially reading and writing, and that is what you do. The volume of work demanded is considerable. The professors push us to produce good quality work. This program is everything I expected. It is worth the time and money to earn your degree here.
BA Homeland Security
Homeland Security - August 10, 2016
I started working on my BA back in 2003. I finally finished it in 2013. I am active duty, so my time is valuable. With AMU you get what you put into the program; on average I spent up to 16 hours per week reading and writing (2 Classes at a time), which you will do plenty of at this College. If one is looking to be spoon fed, have everything handed to them with little to no effort on your part, this school is not for you. For those that have little time, but do desire to put forth the effort to obtain a degree, then this might be the school for you. For those that say this is a degree Mil, I would respectfully disagree with. I have many friends who went to a brick and mortar school (including my son who attends Virginia Tech), and the only difference between going here or going there is the motivational factor. To be successful at AMU you have to be a self-starter, fully capable of researching any questions you have on your own. Some Professors do use Adobe connect for face to face time (which more professors should do) but overall you will have to figure out much of what is required, which makes this some what more difficult. However, overall I am very satisfied with AMU and proud to say this is where I received my degree. Currently, I am working towards my Masters with them and still am pleased with the school. As for the professors, as with any college some are good and are involved, while others not so much. I would recommend this school to any one that wants a challenge.
The right choice for me
MBA Finance - August 9, 2016
Simply put, this is a great University for the price and accreditation. You can choose another school that has the same regional accreditation but it won't have the business accreditation. And if it does it is probably more expensive. This school has everything a student could ask for. The right accreditation, both business and regional, plus it is affordable. As far as the coursework goes I can honestly say I have learned a lot. More than I expected to. If you plan on finding an easy degree online mill then this isn't the right University for you. You actually have to research, read, study, and apply yourself. However I worked full time and took two classes at a time and so far have made only one B and all A's otherwise to date. And I only have two classes left. To summarize, I am one who researches thoroughly before making a decision. AMU was the right choice for me, and it will give me the tools I need for career advancement.
Excellent real-world education
Masters of Public Administration - August 9, 2016
I have an MBA from another University and I am not pursuing a Master of Public Administration with AMU. I find the professors to be challenging but fair and it is nice to learn from professors who have real-world experience and not just academic experience. They encourage interaction with other students, but you are not reliant on other students work for your grade. They have a good online library of resource materials as well. For the price you cannot beat it.
Security Management - August 9, 2016
As a student re-discovering college, AMU provided me with an excellent choice of degree programs, knowledgeable instructors, and the ease of completing classes on my own time. The instructors have been understanding if problems (work or home) have interfered, allowing me time extra time to finish assignments, if needed. I had to brush up on my AMA writing again, but other than that grading is fair and the open forum format is an excellent way to discuss what the courses are covering. I am still working on my B.S. in Security Management, and thus far have earned a spot on the Dean's list! Eight more classes to finish for my degree and I am excited to earn my B.S. from American Military University!
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