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:
31 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Choose another institution
February 24, 2012
I attended AMU and graduated in 2004 with a Criminal Justice Bachelors Degree w/honors. Since then, I have been an Adjunct Professor at two colleges and earned a commission in the Army. This was all due to my completion of my bachelor's degree. In the beginning, I would tell my students and peers about AMU. It was a very good institution until what I have learned now. Late 2011, I was informed of several negative issues that were occuring with AMU. The instructors were teaching from the wrong syllabi, giving tests that were not part of the assigned reading or cirriculum, student aid dept. was not helping students, but were providing misguided and wrong information that caused students to lose taking classes because of their constant mistakes, accessing e-material has become a major issue for students, the webpages designed for easy and quick access will constantly give an "error" message only for the student to start all over again, not allowing students to proceed with their classes due to constant website errors produced by AMU, lack of communication between the students and administrators by changing school policies without informing students which ultimately affects their grades. I contacted the school and spoke with Nicole Wolf. She said these issues have been brought up before and she would contact the students I referred to resolve the problems. It has been three months and she nor AMU has resolved any issues. They haven't contacted anyone! This school is not worth what you put into it and I would strongly encourage others seeking a legitimate degree go to a more reputable educational institution who will take care of their responsibilities and the more important issue, the students. I gave the total value of AMU as a five, why, because having a degree is better than not having one, but to constantly be sucked in by the lackluster performances of AMU should not negatively affect any student; the way AMU has handled business in the past year is unacceptable as they have not moved an inch to solve multiple student issues and I don't see that being improved anytime soon.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
You ARE YOUR degree
February 10, 2010
I am a Professor at AMU and I’ve read these reviews and I see nothing out of the ordinary. Some pleased, some not. I offer my two cents. For clarification before I start, I have an undergraduate degree from a small, brick and mortar, four-year University, private school and a graduate degree from one of the Top FIVE of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools: 1. EVERY University has poor professors. Period. Professors fall into three categories. Poor; great ones that students love and great ones that students hate. A Professor is not supposed to know more than you. His/her responsibility is to challenge you and in the process make you a better student. College is a developmental milestone, not a Game Show. 2. You ARE YOUR degree. I do not care where you attend college; Harvard or some mail order Dental School, YOU GET WHERE YOU GET IN LIFE on merit. I have colleagues with degrees from Cornell and Princeton and I would not let them babysit my cat. On the other extreme, one of the most successful people I know (small business owner, retired at 35 and lives very comfortably) barely finished high school. So, if you expect a COLLEGE DEGREE to define you. DO NOT ATTEND AMU. I don’t want you in my classes. I build decisive leaders with a strong foundation of academics and most importantly an understanding of academia’s place in the ‘REAL WORLD’. I build people the type of people I want next to me in my profession. On a personal note; if your post is riddled with misspellings and poor grammar, forgive me if your opinion of higher education does not hold water.
18 of 49 people found the following review helpful
Do not waste your time and money.
April 29, 2012
Do not waste your time or money going to this "college". This school is ideal for individuals in the military who simply need a piece of paper that says "B.S. / B.A." on it in order to be promoted. This school isn't a diploma mill but it's pretty close. They are nationally and regionally accredited, however, after taking 5 "upper division" classes, I feel that accreditation means a lot less than I originally thought. I had completed my A.A. at a local community college and transferred to this school in the hopes of earning a degree but not having to pay the outrageous tuition rates of the local 4-year universities. In that respect (being cheap), AMU gets a win...at least until you find out what you are paying for. I began the B.S. program in information systems security and I've completed 5 classes so far. Based on my experience, I can sum up the classroom experience as follows: Read some chapters in the textbook, answer questions on the discussion boards, maybe do a short weekly written assignment, complete open-book tests and quizzes every 3 weeks or so. That is about it. You are essentially paying for the ability to read a book then talk about it with other students. In the five classes I have taken, there has been ZERO practical application. The "professors", while many have advanced degrees, are little more than moderators. The textbooks have material in them that is suspiciously similar...I don't mean material overlaps, but material that seems to have been written by the same author or group of authors, even though the book says otherwise. Furthermore, in two of my classes the "textbook" was a ridiculous DIY book that you could purchase off the shelf at Barnes & Noble. Then there is the issue of grade inflation. At first, I put a lot of effort into my assignments and I was getting perfect scores. Then, I started to half-ass a few, just to see what would happen. On the assignments that is half-assed, the lowest score I received was a 93% and that was usually due to a citation error. To further make my point, I purposely turned in an assignment an entire week late and completely BeeEssed it. I did not cite anything, I did not address any material from the current chapters in the class, I didn't make any attempt to do a good job and it was pure, unsupported opinion. I got a 100% on that assignment which indicates to me that the "professor" didn't even read it, or just doesn't care. In the end, if you simply need a degree to get a promotion and nothing more, then by all means, go to AMU. If, however, you actually want to learn something that would be difficult to learn by simply reading a book, don't waste your time. I believe that any employer who is familiar with the curriculum at AMU would toss your resume in the trash. If you managed to even get an interview, they would laugh at you and you would certainly make a fool of yourself for not knowing the answers to basic questions that any undergrad at a state university could answer. I value the quality of my education and for that reason, I will no longer be attending this ridiculous school and am instead transferring to a state university. The tuition might be high, but the quality of the education is incomparable.
13 of 22 people found the following review helpful
May 12, 2014
Amu tech support is a joke. Also during an extension the professor failed to reset the dates and received zeros on two assignment because I had no way to submit them. As a result my B+ average dropped to a F. I filed two appeals over a year ago with no response. In addition AMU failed to provide me access to my classroom and course materials. Good thing for me is that I have all communication documented and will be filing a lawsuit in the near future. Amu is a business (for profit) they receive millions in finical aid and from GI Bill annually, the could careless about the support they provide to veterans who worked hard for benefits.
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
Take Responsibility for your Education
May 10, 2012
I find interesting some of the reviews here, as they are quite the opposite from every experience I have had with this university. At this time, I have completed 24 undergraduate courses with them and can comment intelligently about various encounters. For those using federal financial aid, the process is all fairly automated – get it right the first time when you apply and stop blaming AMU/APUS for your lack of oversight and ill preparedness. Additionally, the comment which said the university is making their family pay prior to receiving financial aid is completely false – once your package is in, AMU actually fronts the registration in anticipation of receiving federal funding. Tuition assistance is the same, there is about a two-day turn around for class-registration. As far as the instructors…there are some extremely qualified and who are attentive, and there are others that are not – this is typical with every university, even traditional ones. This university is not for those who need their hand held – attending AMU requires a great amount of initiative and time management. Furthermore, this university requires a significant amount of writing. I have taken courses at Emory University, Penn State, and Embry Riddle and they by far have nowhere near the amount of workload that AMU requires. I hope this provides a little insight into my degree program. Lastly, I have put in for three of top 20 MBA programs (traditional) and none of them have questioned my degree from AMU.
11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
You reap what you sow
December 19, 2013
I began attending AMU after transferring from Montana State University. I thought that it would be easier than MSU, but I was wrong... very wrong. I will start with what some people say is "bad" about this establishment. The teachers: There are some bad ones, I have run into 2 of them. I have two classes to go for my BA, so that's not bad. Support: Call early if you need support. I am two time zones away and will wake up at 6 AM MST to get in line at 8 AM EST. I get an operator within a minute or less. If you call at noon... good luck to you. Materials: They did use books before, and now its all PDF files. Some complain that they can only use the materials for 3 days and it "disappears" magically. If you aren't able to find programs online that allow you to save such PDF files or text, or you are not capable of converting one medium to another... maybe the real world isn't for you, much less college. Put the computer down, and find a hobby. This world is getting very high tech, get with the program and deal. Use of Technology: When they changed to Sakai the first time it was bad... real bad. It is getting much better. I know of whole school SYSTEMS that are ten times worse. If you think you can do better, then why aren't you already a millionaire? Its a school, not CISCO corporate. Now to the good stuff. If you are a working professional in the IT field, then you will get something out of this program for Information Systems Security. I am a Network Engineer and have applied everything I have learned so far into my work. I will say that I want the degree to make my move into management, which I have recently done through a promotion. I have written more papers on SONET, BGP, MD5 authentication, Fiber Optics, IPv6, and other related materials than I can count. Some reports I have placed into my work wiki for others to use as reference guides. You will get out what you put into this school. If you are lazy, then you will learn the bare minimum. If you are using what these classes point you towards to the fullest (I have decided it is an excuse for me to write about subjects I care about and work on daily) then you will succeed. I am not a transport network engineer but I can hold my own now. I am not a security IT tech, but I can still hold my own. Heck, I am not the IT guy, but I have made suggestions to IT on how to do things better. Its all because I have applied what I learned at AMU into the real world through lots and lots of research for papers. I even know more about the forest ecology in my state then my friends that work for the Department of Forestry, so what does that tell you? This college will not do the work for you. If you are willing to put in the work, then you will learn tons from this program. Also, someone mentioned certs. If you are going into any IT field, get certs for sure. I am a hiring manager and I will take a highly certified experienced engineer over a college degree holding adult with no experience any day (Unless they amaze me in the interview, which has happened and that 21 year old is happily employed on my team). Those are my 2 bits on AMU and its program.
11 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Extreme acts of misconduct by professors
May 16, 2013
I originally selected AMU because it was the only school I could find which would take all of my transfer credit and didn't set some unfair limit on how much credit it would accept as a way to force you to spend more money. In that sense, I can still praise AMU for giving me about half a degree worth of transfer credit that many other schools would have tried to cheat me out of. Sadly, where AMU falls flat is the quality of the "professors" who instruct the courses. Most of them are just lazy, interacting as little as possible with the students and giving little or nor feedback on graded assignments. Honestly, I just laugh at the lazy ones, because I skate through their courses feeling like I'm just interacting with a primitive robot programmed to knock 5% of each of my assignments because of some randomly selected reason. If I pass a class with 95% because the robot didn't care to spend any more time looking at my work, that is entirely fine with me. The "professors" I really have a problem with are the ones who don't keep their comments to themselves. A very small number of these are actually somewhat good instructors who interact with the class and give realistic feedback. Most however an obnoxious nitpicks who will constantly hassle you via private messages and insist that you revise assignments you submitted weeks prior because they didn't like your format or thought you didn't answer the question the way they wanted it answered. If you try to argue with them or simply ask them to grade your work as it is submitted without nitpicking every last detail, they will retaliate by sending blatant lies about you to the university administration to get you in trouble. My experiences at this school have shown me why some people consider it a degree mill. Personally, I don't care if it happens to be a degree mill, because all I want is to get a degree so that jobs which require one can't reject me for not having one. I do however feel that I am a paying customer and I should be treated with some basic respect. "Professors" who blatantly lie and harass their students are a hassle I don't need to deal with.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
A Review Worth Reading
January 21, 2013
I recently graduated with an Associates Degree in General Studies and working on my Bachelors in something else. Unlike the name, I am a civilian and am actually paying for college out of my own pocket. Variety of interesting degrees, 8-week courses starting every month, free textbooks, and regional accreditation... These are the reasons I chose APUS (started in APU then changed to AMU). If you can find a school that offers the above mentioned for a lower price, let me know. I have done a lot of research and even applied to other colleges, later to find out that my credits didn't all transfer (they were all WASC regional from community college). If you know your going to do the job you are in now and just need a degree, a cheaper nationally accreditated one may be adequate. In my case, I do not know where my career and education is going to go, so a regional Bachelor's will give me more choices IF I decide on going to the top of the corporate ladder or getting a Master's. BTW, just to let you suspicious people know, I swear that I am not some paid employee only to write reviews on these websites. I have read reviews like these here before I chose my college. Check out geteducated.com, gradschools.com, and this website first. Then go to the school's website and look at the curriculum, admission requirements and tuition information (for updated "hidden" courses and costs). You will realize APUS is pretty competitive value-wise, especially for working adults. I see some people complain about how complicated the financial aid office is, but it is manageable if you can fill out an college application online. After all, it's only checking the right boxes until the FAFSA portion. I received PELL grants before I was no longer eligible income-wise. Complaints: I am studying from overseas (Asia). It is around 11 hours faster here. I work full time + overtime. Usually, there are two discussion posts every week. I usually make time for homework on weekends, but the hard part is to make weekday deadlines. Some are due Wednesdays and some are due Thursdays... those are up to the professor's discretion. It will take some time, usually by the fourth week, to adjust and build a routine for each class. Also, the required first 250-300 word introduction for every class is annoying. Recommendations: register one class at a time every month so you won't get swamped with multiple finals and reports. Make sure you type your posts on a WORD document first, then spell/grammar check and copy/paste to the FORUM. The Blackboard system sometimes "loses" your post. I assure you that this school is not a diploma mill. If you are considering an online degree, APUS is definitely worth a look. It is probably the most straightforward and legitimate as far as for-profits are concerned. Admissions are easy for all for-profits, but graduating will take a lot of commitment of time and effort for this one. So far it is has been worth my investment.
9 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Average University (One of the better "for-profit institutions" but not respected In academia)
March 17, 2013
I completed a Master's degree here, and I have to be honest, it was pretty easy. My undergrad courses in History were harder than these courses. I don't know if I am a genius or just really savvy when it comes to BSing on assignments, but I didn't put much effort into this degree, and I still graduated with honors. I don't care about graduating with honors, if being challenged and actually taught research methods and tools for becoming a historian meant that I graduated without honors, I would prefer that. It's a good thing I paid for it out of my own pockets, because this degree will not be going on my resume and I will probably have to utilize federal aid to pay for a real Masters degree at a more respected university. Since there is alot of snobbery in academia when it comes to for-profit degrees at the graduate level, I would recommend that those who wish to enter academia, do not attend AMU/APUS unless you are sure that certain universities will accept you. E-mail graduate admissions, and ask if they will accept AMU Master's for entry into their PHD programs. Don't just assume that they will because the degree is regionally accredited. Many universities have no problems throwing an application with a for-profit graduate degree in the trash, despite it's RA status. They only want the best and the brightest, and for-profit does not fit into that image. Employers will throw your resume in the trash as well. This degree is really only good for those who are already in their careers, who need ANY degree for a quick promotion or people close to retirement who want to collect degrees for the hell of it. The perception is that you are given a degree/good grades just because you paid money and the more happy students AMU/APUS has, the more they profit. And unfortunately, I don't know if I disagree. Of course the students are happy and elated once they receive their degrees, many with honors, but will they be able to find jobs in their fields? Not likely. By then, it's too late and money has been paid. I don't know if it was just the professors that taught courses in my particular concentration, but the professors (if you want to call them that) did not participate in the courses at all. Some were missing in action for a few weeks. They said "Nice work" and that was it. I read books, but I felt I could have read books (and better books) on my own time. If they are just going to be graders with PHDs, why don't they just call them that, instead of fooling others? When writing my thesis, I had no support from my mentor, just "Yes, this looks great." Would I bet on my life that the thesis was great when she couldn't even write more than a few sentences about my draft or final product? No.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
April 2, 2012
BLUF - AMU is regionally accredited, which is a must. I've learned more at AMU than at the brick and mortar I got my B.S. from (UMASS). There have been a couple of glitches with the software but overall it worked when I needed it to. I'm currently working towards my MBA and so far the classes have been excellent.
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