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A Challenging Educational Experience, If You Want It

Master of Arts in History - July 20, 2018
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I entered AMU to obtain my MA in History with a bit of skepticism, but I liked the idea of online study, as I still work full-time. No school in my area would offer me a similar experience to accommodate my work schedule and travel demands. My first course left me with a bit of doubt, as HIST500 was not particularly challenging. Then I encountered Historiography, and it changed my mind completely. I discovered that the course was well taught, and I was given a certain amount of independence with the ability to select the topic for my final paper. This occurred several more times, and it allowed me to explore areas of US History that captured my interest. It also prepared me well when it came time to select my thesis. The courses were mostly challenging--especially the Survey Course. Two of my professors were particularly outstanding--challenging with their questions and copious with their feedback--they made for the best courses. The forum interchange allowed for discussions between the students, some of these were great, but admittedly, some were perfunctory. Some classes had the occasional odd student who either wanted to be provocative for the sake of being provocative--or they were not quite stable. Overall, the experience was excellent, it was a bargain, and I did most of the work from the comfort of my own home--or TDY hotel room. Would recommend it to anyone with sufficient self-discipline to work on their own without a great deal of monitoring, as the physical reminders of having to walk into a class and face one's teacher is not present.

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Look Elsewhere

Intelligence Studies - July 18, 2018
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If you have experience excellent experience in the Intelligence Community already, look for a better and more challenging school. AMU has not provided me with any significant or challenging contributions with which to enhance my knowledge base. All classes are taught with dated material. If you are a hard worker and respect robust course reading and academic challenge, go some place else.

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Outstanding and Rigorous Academic Program

Space Studies - June 6, 2018
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American Military University is showing the way for how college education will work in the 21st century. The Master of Science in Space Studies program is a well-run, rigorous, and yet flexible curriculum. The faculty is highly knowledgeable and experienced, and I thoroughly enjoyed and learned much from my studies with them. As with all graduate programs, you get out of it what you put in to it. Some courses were harder than others (I'm looking at you, Orbital Mechanics and Rocket Propulsion!), but all of them demanded extensive writing and reasoning that surpassed what I have typically experienced in traditional brick and mortar universities. The Space Studies program was directly relevant to my work at a national laboratory. I have contacted AMU to convince them that they MUST do a PhD program...this would be well received, and it is much needed given that everyone is realizing that space (commercial OR military) is critical to our nation's future. Keep up the great work, AMU! I'll be ready to apply when the PhD program is available!

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The worst degree mill there is.

Information Technology - June 6, 2018
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It is a degree mill, so if you just want a piece of paper then this is your place. I was in VA Vocational Rehab and the counselor denied me to change after I found this out. Most books are outdated, especially for programming. My JavaScript book was over 6 years old. The books that the university puts out is written on coloring book type paper, the type that tears so easily. I did have a handful of good instructors, but the majority were either absent most of the time or just went through the motions. I had one class I knew I was just getting hundreds for the sake of it, so I turned in a different assignment from a different class to check this, and guess what, I got a 100. If you want to learn do not go here. Especially for programming.

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The worst degree mill there is.

Information Technology - May 16, 2018
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This school has to to be the worst degree mill in the world. Books - They are what are called penny books on Amazon. They charge 40 to a couple of hundred for a book you can buy off amazon for les than 5.00 with shipping. The programming books are very outdated. A couple of times I had books they had printed themselves. The pages would tear so easily, they were like coloring book type pages. Teachers - Out of about 40 instructors I can count on one hand the ones that cared. Most do not get back to you, they do not honor office hours and they give you a 100 no matter what. I had one early class that I knew they were not grading my work, so I replaced my work with another class and was going to act like it was a mistake. I did not have too I received a 100 anyways. I had over 300 credit hours to transfer, they transferred a bunch to electives and I think one to the core. It's all about money here. Do not enter till they tell you what credits will transfer. When you need support you feel as if you are talking to a telemarketing room. Very poor service. You get 10 hours of tutoring from tutor.com for 122 semester hours. Most schools give free unlimited tutoring. You have no writing lab, no computer lab, only a library for assistance and that is not that good. Yes I will graduate Magna or Summa in a few days. I did not learn a thing that would help me though. I would have changed months ago but I was VA Voc rehab and they had to approve it which they would not. If you want a fast degree go here. If you want to learn go somewhere else.

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Great Courses at Your Pace

Emergency Management and Disaster Planning - May 10, 2018
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Extremely pleased with nearly every aspect of the school, the professors/online classroom facilitators, and E&DM degree program. Degree/career guidance is a bit lacking - had to perform my own career guidance through site research.

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BA in History - AMU is Worth Your Time!

BA in History - May 3, 2018
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I completed my BA in History with AMU. AMU gave me the flexibility to manage my time wisely with my education and life. The assignments and timelines were challenging, but achievable. If you are a motivated self-starter, value your time, like the idea of drinking your coffee in your pajamas, and going to school online, then this school is for you. You will be challenged and instructed by professors from a wide range of back grounds who are highly educated from different accredited univesities and that have real life experience to keep you challenged. I highly recommend AMU!

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Sports

Sports Management - October 5, 2017
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Just finished my MS in Sports Management. It was a good program, however, I have been in the fitness industry since 2005 and was looking for something to further my career in this area. The program is really all about Professional and amateur sport and overlooks fitness management completely, it would be nice to have a class or even a concentration in this area. That being said, I am sure it will still look awesome on a resume!

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Satisfied

BS Business Management and Leadership - August 30, 2017
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Overall I am very satisfied with my degree. I've attended a traditional college before AMU and have found online learning to be more my style. Walking or running to class in sub zero temperatures is for the birds! Online is so flexible and convenient, I couldn't imagine going back to a classroom/lecture setting. Being able to choose when I want to focus on my material is great. Some parts of the day I am more attentive and ready to get after it than others, so I took every advantage of that. I never would have had that option at a traditional college. In response to the coursework, some courses were easier than others, but some were tough indeed! My wife has an MBA from a traditional college and she noted that I had to write more papers than both her four year and MBA courses combined! If a person has good time management skills than this is a great route to go while you are still employed. Put the time in, do your work and check off the degree box when you are done! Momentum is huge when taking courses, find your groove and ride it out until you are completed.

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Tougher than you think!!

B.S.Environmental Science - August 8, 2017
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The course work is definitely challenging. Most of the instructors are PhD's and are professionals who are working, or have worked, in their related fields of study and have tremendous amounts of practical experiance. In my opinion, the assignments and projects are just as difficult or perhaps even more so than traditional brick and mortar universities. The value is great and the University is accredited, so what more is there to think about. As with anything else, you only get out of it, what you put into it. In other words, you screw around and don't take your assignments seriously, they will fail you and your FSA will go bye-bye. This is Most assuredly NOT a diploma/degree mill. AMU/APU are serious Universities, for serious students.

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The WORST Capstone Course Ever!

Criminal Justice - July 26, 2017
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The entire course syllabus is a disaster and meant to create issues and confrontation. It was poorly written, dreamed up, and executed. The person who wrote it does not have a clue or training to create curriculum. The person who approved it, even worse. It caused so much time to be wasted with no true outcome of anything remotely positive. In fact, it had caused many to leave the course early on, and then those who remained are to suffer and continue we all do. Having to take extensions has caused blistering valuable time to be wasted and taken from the students personal and work life. It also costs students to spend more money on the course with no hope of ever completing within the 16 weeks let alone after any extensions and all the other BS items forcing you to write 500 words on "why APA is the best format," and "plagiarism." This wastes so much time. This was the type of papers done in undergraduate days. All motivation to complete this course has left. All excitement of completing the program is no more. It was a total waste of time and every single idiot from the professor to the provost simply does not give a damn when you attempt to speak to them about it. I will SURELY tell everyone I know to NEVER take this CJ course from AMU. I have personally recommended this university to others and they have signed up. I have to tell them all to watch out and possibly take their units to elsewhere. It is not well thought out, nor do they offer you everything to take advantage of. GUARANTEE, you WILL be forced to take extensions if you accept writing a Thesis and getting approval from the IRB. Don't do it! Instead, take the other option of not having to do that research and get the paper done.

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Could not be happier!

Masters of Science in Space Studies - July 7, 2017
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II started my MS in Space Studies in May of 2016. Here it is a year later and I am halfway thru the program. It has been challenging and is not an easy degree by any means but with hard work and effort you'll not only earn great grades but you will learn a great deal about space, space travel, planets, threats in space, etc. I have thoroughly enjoyed this program and have found the professors to be of top quality. They are experts in the field and currently work in the industry i.e. NASA employees and others. Who better to learn from! I highly recommend this program if you are looking to further your education and obtain a job in this field or advance your career in this field or, like me, you are simply interested in this field of study and plan to do nothing with a Masters in Science in Space Studies other than to enjoy it.

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A Good School and a Good Program

Master of Arts in History - May 27, 2017
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I am about to submit my final thesis within the next 4 weeks. The school has been excellent and has exceeded my expectations. The courses were challenging. I never felt as though I was getting a grade for nothing. The professors were knowledgeable and helpful. I have always found the university staff to be helpful when I needed them. I have never had trouble getting through to any of the offices I needed. For the thesis class there were last minutes changes that needed to be made and the university handled it within a 24 hour time period. The school is a good, solid school The faculty are very good. The coursework advanced my knowledge in my field. All is in all, I have nothing negative to add here.

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Excellent educational experience

Homeland Security - May 26, 2017
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I recently (May 2017) completed the Masters program in Homeland Security at AMU. The curriculum was challenging and the online presentation required a disciplined approach in order to keep up with assigned readings and papers. If you are considering attending this institution, be prepared for a significant amount of writing and online research. The instructors were all very capable, experienced professionals who were able to provide useful guidance when questions arose. Each class had a research paper requirement that was very manageable as long as the weekly assignments were properly completed. Regarding value, this was one of the least expensive options I could find for a graduate degree. Many other institutions, both online and traditional, were significantly more expensive. I would recommend this university to anyone interested in pursuing an advanced degree in Homeland Security studies.

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Pleased with my experience

Homeland Security - May 25, 2017
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I am completely pleased with my experience at AMU and the courses that I took there. At the time they had one of the more robust curriculum for my degree and I chose them largely on this fact. This was my second masters, I have pursued education in all three modalities of face-to-face, blended, and online. I have also instructed classes in all of these modalities (not for AMU). I largely contribute the degree I received at AMU along with my other experience in helping me enter the Emergency Management profession and transition to a second career after the military. Hopefully this will help you make your decision as you move forward in pursuit of your education.

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B.S. Criminal Justice/ B.A. Criminal Justice

Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - May 24, 2017
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The instructors in the Criminal Justice programs are amazing. They have a great educational background and a wealth of professional experience that they apply to their courses. They are supportive and make the online distance learning experience interesting so that you desire to go above and beyond while researching your weekly forum discussions. I have attended another online university, but it could NEVER compare when you are given the opportunity to learn from the best of the best! I highly recommend this University over any other ditance learning university any day!

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Challenging Academics at an affordable price

Homeland Security - May 24, 2017
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It is almost impossible to give out an excellent rating to something that you have nothing else to compare it with. I spent a year at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji doing a certification on GIS program then I moved on to University of Technology in Lae, Papua New Guniea. They were tough school but it was a classroom environment. I first started AMU back in 2010 doing AA in Anti-Terrorism Studies. I learned real quick that online class requires time management and dedication. Being a father, soldier, and a student makes it very difficult to have a stable timeline. I had a lot of late-night/early wake up routine but I knew that in life, you enjoy the rewards after the hard work you put in. I did at times sacrifice my efforts by skipping small items in order to have enough time to go after big ones. I would skip the required forums in order to complete an assignment. Because of my time management, I had to do that sometimes in order to walk away with a desired end state. Professors are very helpful and they critic my work in a way that helped me to grow professionally. I can honestly say that my research and writing style has improved significantly because of the evaluation techniques that is being applied. The course materials to include the online library and the guidelines on how to utilize them made me self-sufficient. A lot of things with this academic quest were challenging because of the analytical process that is based on current issues rather than text book content. I am happy that I have completed my BS in Homeland Security and will start a dual Mastery program that combines both Homeland Security and Emergency and Disaster Management. I am truly grateful for AMU/APU, academic advisors, admission and financial aid, the professors, as well as the students that I interacted with for making this journey demanding, challenging, but possible, and allowed me to achieve this unforgettable milestone that I will forever cherish.

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Excellent Overall

Space Studies - May 24, 2017
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I am about half-way complete the MSc Space Studies, Aerospace Science concentration. So far the program has been very enjoyable. The flexibility of the university and their responsiveness to my individual needs has been absolutely outstanding, and stands in stark contrast to my experience obtaining my BSc at a brick and mortar university. I was expecting to be required to do much more engineering and mathematics than I have so far. The majority of the required effort has been writing research papers. While I am doing a bit more writing than anticipated, I will freely admit that the coursework has done much to enhance my overall academic skillset. The teachers have all been excellent. I've read a lot of comments about people "giving away As" at this institution. I can't speak for the course average GPAs, since to my knowledge they don't publish that information, but I will warn you that the coursework is not trivial. The programs at this university are designed for working professionals. So, while you may not be overburdened with nonsense busywork that kids in an undergrad experience, do not expect to skate through the program. You will need to spend the time to do the readings and proper research if you want put an honest effort into your education. At the end of the day, you are in charge of you own learning. My only suggestion for improvement is that some of the course materials could be more up to date (in some cases textbooks were over 10 years old). I’m not for a second suggesting the university update their books annually – let’s be honest, that’s just a cash grab technique used by academia – but I do think that some analysis should be performed on the materials to ensure the material stays relevant, if not already done.

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Accessible, useful and informative

Military History - May 24, 2017
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Although I have never been able to obtain a job using my degree because of age and lack of experience in the field, I have found that my program has been helpful in different ways. I learned to do research, find sources, write better and in a more organized fashion, etc. Indeed, I am now published in multiple book review venues, working on magazine articles for publication and have topics in mind for future books that I plan to write. My only complaint about the program was the fact that I wished that instructors would be more forthcoming in each course with comments on what was good, bad, could use improvement and so forth. There was almost never any of that. Such feedback would aid the student in focusing more time where help and improvement were needed. Instructor accessibility could also be improved somewhat although I know they have considerable students of whom to keep track and can't always respond immediately. Otherwise, AMU did deliver, the price was affordable, support was outstanding and, who knows, perhaps I may eventually find someone to offer me a job in the field in which I would like to make a contribution and difference.

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Premier online school

Criminal Justice - May 24, 2017
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If you are looking for a regional accredited University that is willing and able to assist you with your studies, providing you with clear and understandable instructions American Military University (AMU)is the right choice. I applied got accepted along with the maximum transferrable credits and completed my BA in Criminal Justice. This has opened several doors for me and I am happy that I chose AMU. Absolutely no regrets, thanks AMU for being one of the premier online schools that put students first. Trevor Cameron

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Good Foundation: Room for Improvement

Fire Science - May 23, 2017
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The University operates, in my experience, with technology and a process which is stuck in the 20th century. True student engagement is limited, if not completely absent. Use of modern communication needs to be applied (examples: GoToMeeting, youtube, twitter, etc.). AMU has good instructors who provide adequate guidance; the limitations of imparting how the knowledge obtained applies in the real world, however, is glairing. When I went to pursue my graduate degree; I looked elsewhere hoping for better feedback.

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Great School!

Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - May 23, 2017
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The most important thing to look at when choosing an online school is their accreditation. AMU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (same as Ohio State University); which is a respected regional accrediting agency. Many people are hesitant about obtaining a college degree from a school that isn't well known like most other colleges. However, I work for a two year college in Alabama; they could care less about the name of the school as long as it is accredited. For instance, I have a coworker who has a Bachelors from a brick and mortar school (Columbia Southern), but due to the fact they aren't accredited his degree isn't worth the paper its printed on. Due to the obtaining of my BA in CJ, I will be receiving a 10,000 dollar raise! AMU was a challenging school, but manageable at the same time. If you put the time and effort into assignments, you will do just fine. Nothing is handed out! Professors were knowledgeable and the online format was easy to navigate. I have no regrets about attending AMU!

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Overall AMU Satisfaction

Masters of Public Administration - May 23, 2017
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I received my Masters in Public Administration (with Honors) in March of 2008, utilizing the rest of my Vietnam-era GI Bill. Taking one class at a time, and working full time, it was quite a slog, but I got through it with a lot of help from some great teachers. One of the best things I liked was having instructors who were real-world folks - I mean Fire Chiefs, Police Chiefs, etc. - teaching in their off-time. Talk about getting a wealth of knowledge brought right into a learning setting. Being able to go on-line and e-mail back and forth (I'm sure you guys "chat" live now), so it's even better. AMU staff members were great also - never had one bit of trouble with anyone - if there was any problem, they were quick to either point it out and get hold of me so "we" could fix it, or they fixed it and got hold of me and let me know... From day one, AMU was a great learning setting - one every military member (active duty and ex-military) should take advantage of --- civilians too! :-) AMU is 100% GREAT!!! Lawrence R. McKeough, MPA, CEM, MoCEM LT/USN (Ret)

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The Negative Reviews Clearly Show a Lack of Experience at AMU

Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies - May 4, 2017
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I completed by BA in Criminal Justice through AMU, and I am now halfway through my Master's in National Security with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies. I'm completely baffled as to the negative reviews I'm seeing on this site. The finance office has never given me any problems whatsoever, the counselors are helpful and responsive, and the schoolwork has been both challenging and rigorous. I've had many acquaintances attend AMU and talk negatively about the experience, but further discussion with them has often revealed their inability to work the virtual classroom competently or complete the coursework on time, as well as a failure to reach out to the professors when they need help. AMU is not for everyone; the professors are not going to spoon feed you or gently guide you along your educational journey. They aren't going to send you reminders notifying you when assignments are due. These courses are designed with adults in mind, and the school expects you to manage your time like and adult and seek help like an adult. There is no coddling; you must be self-motivated and complete the assignments given to you on your own. AMU provides all the books for your education; you will not have to fork out extra money to get an affordable used textbook. They are all available in PDF format, and can be transferred to your tablet or phone. This makes the assigned readings east and doable, even when offline. The professors are helpful and will be happy to create tailored lesson plans to help you if you are having trouble, BUT you must let them know of your difficulty with the course. Because it is an online school, the tests are often open-book. This does not make them any easier, though, as they often require you to understand the concepts presented in the readings. They are timed, so if you have not completed the readings you are likely not to do well. Professors are all very well-educated, and most have considerable real-world experience. Many are published, and may even use their own writing to supplement the course materials. The readings are excellent and thorough. I've read in some of the reviews on this site that people feel they can turn in papers with a "9th grade" writing level. This is not the case. The professors are rigorous in their grading and in their requirement to adhere to whichever respective format they require of their students. It is true that, in the first classes on your degree path, you may encounter slight leeway. This is the professors allowing those new to the college environment to familiarize themselves with college-level requirements and course work. I can assure you the courses become quite challenging as you move along your degree plan. Most of the professors also teach at major brock and mortar schools, and bring their considerable experience to AMU. You will be hard pressed to find a better collection of professors offering the education they do for such a low price. Most American military personnel swear by AMU, and for good reason. The prices are competitive, the education is top-notch, and truly opens doors for you, both in and out of the military. AMU is a perfect avenue for those wishing to become a commissioned officer. It is also an excellent choice for those looking to work in the US government- another area where AMU is highly respected. Because AMU is regionally accredited, any school in the US will recognize their degrees when pursuing higher education. AMU is also the only school that accepts 100% of military education credits obtained in service. It is an excellent school, but you will NOT skate by. If a degree with minimal amount of effort is what you're looking for, you might want to look elsewhere.

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IT Project Management Essentials Certificate Doesn't Cover Essentials

IT Project Management Essentials - May 3, 2017
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This is a certificate program meant to help students learn the essentials to be an IT project manager. However, not once has a class mentioned different methodologies. Companies are using Agile methodology more than ever and it has never even been mentioned in the program. At no point was the Software Development Life Cycle mentioned. Instead we cover things like online retail business models and internet privacy laws; things that are not essential to being an IT project manager. The instructors are the worst I have every encounter. They are either the kind that you never hear from and automatically put 100% in the grade book as you submit assignments or they're the kind that nitpick every last detail assigning ludicrous amounts of homework that still doesn't teach you anything. The course materials are awful. The single class that sounded useful taught from the CompTIA Project+ guide. Unfortunately, employers are not looking for Project+ certifications, they're looking for certifications from the Project Management Institute. The course material should have focused on the PMI Project Management Body of Knowledge. At least then it would have helped students prepare for a certification that is actually useful. I am an experienced project manager who is unable to find a job so I am doing this program just to be able to add an academic project management line on my resume. If I were brand new to project management this program would still have me completely in the dark about what IT Project Management is and how it's done. We have not covered any topics that might actually come up in a job interview.

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Regionally accredited good school

General Studies - April 5, 2017
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When looking for a school to finish off a degree, I looked around a lot to avoid diploma mills. When I found that AMU was regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools' Higher Learning Commission I decided to give it a try. I had attended Louisiana State University, Rose State College, and the Community College of the Air Force, so I had some transfer credits to bring to the table. AMU gave me credit for all of my transfer credits. I decided to enroll in a program to pursue an Associate of Arts in General Studies degree. The first course I took was their required class in computer based learning that helps new students become familiarized with the set up. Courses are either 8 or 16 weeks in length. Courses are offered in either time length, while some are only available in one or the other. New courses start every month. I only took one course at a time so as not to overload myself with work. The courses had an average price of about $750-$800 per course. This price included all of the textbooks needed for the course. Most of the courses have one of more research papers due during in each course. This seems to make the courses a little harder than what you find at a traditional brick and mortar school. Overall, the class does seem easier because the work for the course is due a certain day or two each week. You can knock it all out at the beginning, pace yourself, or frantically try to get it done at the last minute. You can go to class at 2 am in your underwear if you choose to. The professors all have Masters Degrees or higher from other universities that most people have heard of. One of them that sticks out in my mind was a PHD professor who is one staff at Kansas State University and teaches at AMU on the side for extra money. A lot of the instructors there are in this situation, as I understand that AMU pays them pretty well. I finished my associate's degree in a little over a year and graduated with honors. I sat around for a year and then decided that I wanted to finish off a bachelor's degree at my first school, LSU. LSU gave me transfer credit for every course I took at AMU. At LSU, I noticed that they are now offering some online courses, and are adding more each year. I try to take as many of these as I can. I am still currently at LSU and plan to graduate in about a year. My daughter is starting college in the fall. When she was looking around at schools, it amazed me how many traditional brick and mortar schools are now offering complete bachelor's degrees online. Some of them include: Penn State, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Northwestern State, University of Oklahoma, Ohio State, etc.

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Zero support for transfer students

Intelligence Studies - March 20, 2017
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This college appears to have gone through a customer service revamping in the past 18 months. For students attempting to enter a program with any transfer credits, the registrar office will show line-by-line which classes will transfer for what. Once you enter the program, nearly none of the original classes will transfer. The transfer department says 2-3 weeks on their website for transfer credits to be awarded. After 6 weeks the credits were still not awarded. After 6 months the credits were not awarded. No one picks up the phone or answers emails back. Even with the security verification sent with every email, customer service contractors around the country will send back an automated email saying they require verification; which was in the first email, showing they don't even read it. It's just kicked to the next person. Although half my credits would transfer and were verified, the TCE office refused any transfer credits after I emailed them once per week for 5 months. None of the syllabus attachments were opened, none of the transcripts were opened. The rating of this "college" is going down quickly. They don't care about military members. They care about our GI Bill or veteran's benefits keeping their lights on. I do not recommend this college to anyone who wants a quality education or responsive department when help is needed

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BA Intelligence Studies

Intelligence Studies - March 2, 2017
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One of the really great things about AMU is that there is support for any of your concerns, whether it be financial aid, questions about courses or any other matter. I have actually called with a question and spoken to a dean. The instructors are well educated and well versed in the workforce. Intelligence Studies is a very precise field in that you must be able to prove through credible, scholarly sources why you think what you think. You will be trained in critical thinking. You will get to know the students through forum interaction... and they have valuable first hand real-world experience. The stories are great! I love this school.

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University Review

Transportation and Logistics Management - February 14, 2017
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My journey stated 5 years ago with this university. I really appreciate the professors at AMU. Their knowledge and commitment to my success has exceeded beyond my expectations. The cost is reasonable, classroom access to matierals and assignments was open with minimum online disruption. The only downfall is there's no doctoral level classes available. I encourage everyone to check out the university.

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SDV Discrimination

MA Criminal Justice - February 6, 2017
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Service Disabled Veterans and Law Enforcement Officers injured in the line of duty beware. As soon as APUS/AMU/APU learned that I was an SDV and LEO injured in the line of duty, the discrimination began. Without going into great detail, one would have thought I had the Plague or Leprosy. First, Financial Aid would not accept my phone calls once I disclosed my SDV status and I was denied financial aid. Secondly, when I attempted to dis-enroll from classes two days prior to the start of class they listed me as a "DP" (Drop). In other words I had to take a drop for classes that I never took, paid for, or even started. Thirdly, at the time of this posting, APUS Disabled Services declined to respond to my emails when requesting where I could file a complaint regarding the discrimination by APUS/AMU/APU.

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BSEE

Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering - January 4, 2017
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I am currently in my last year of the BSEE program with a concentration in Mechatronics. If you are looking to further your education with an engineering degree, then look no further. The BSEE program here at APUS is challenging yet rewarding. With course materials conveniently offered electronically, you don't have to worry about lugging around heavy books. It definitely makes it easier to attend class and turn in assignments on the go. For working professionals that have families, there's no better option. The coursework here at APUS engages you and requires you to learn the material and sets you up for very rewarding career opportunities. In line with conventional institutions, you will find that the majority of the courses and credits are easily transferred to other colleges and universities. There have been no issues with utilizing financial aid, or registering for classes. I definitely recommend this institution to anyone looking to achieve a college degree online.

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Best Paralegal program

Paralegal Studies - November 16, 2016
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Frankly, the American Military University's paralegal program is the best! Before attending American Military; I went to that god awful Ashworth college and backwoods Penn Foster. However, this school taught me so much about becoming an paralegal.

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Great University for Military and Veterans

Computer Applications - October 6, 2016
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I’ll be graduating from AMU soon with my Associate’s Degree and wanted to share a few thoughts on the school, as well as how it can be helpful to those in the military/veteran community. I’ll list some pros and cons for consideration to join this college over others- Materials- Everything is online. In my entire time on campus, I’ve received one real book in the Intro to online learning class. If a class needs some form of book or material, it’s normally provided via vitalsource bookshelf or in the classroom environment, depending on the requirements for the individual class. When I took German, Rosetta stone was provided as a download. Teachers- Since this campus is all online, you’ll never “see” your teachers face to face. That being said, most teachers have “office hours” at least once a week or by appointment, but most of the teachers that I’ve had do have day jobs besides teaching here, so this isn’t their only job and responses aren’t always prompt but it’s always in an acceptable timeframe. You can always email teachers and they’re very flexible and understanding in giving extensions for military personnel and their requirements. Institution- Entirely online classes. There’s no campus, so you never have to worry about going anywhere to get to your classes each week, all you’ll ever need is your computer. However, this could also be a bad thing for some. There’s an element of self-motivation that you’ll need to take into account. Although the university will remind you to post in the introduction forum on week one, you will need to make sure to check every week thereafter and make sure you are caught up on all of your homework. Support- Support is good. Technically, the site rarely has issues. There are occasional hiccups in availability, but it’s once in a blue moon and usually doesn’t last more than an hour or two. Support hours, however are not great. For an online college that is designed largely for people who don’t have normal schedules for school, their support hours are fairly inflexible with no weekend hours. Support is generally responsive during normal business hours, however. Value- There’s a good value here. Classes are relatively low cost and books are cheap since they’re all online, and there’s a grant for active duty/veterans that covers book/technology costs. All of the costs are laid out before you register for class and there’s no fees that really jump out at you from nowhere. For Active Duty, AMU has a grant that lowers the cost of classes to the exact hourly TA cap (250/credit hour), with no cost for books or anything else, beyond things like transcript requests and graduation. For veterans, if you’re using your GI Bill, so long as you’re taking two eight week courses (or four sixteen week courses) simultaneously, you’ll get the housing stipend at half the national average (just over $800/mo as of late 2016). Technology- AMU does a great job at leveraging technology, using multiple applications with good compatibility across systems that really help in getting the material to students in new ways. You don’t need a powerful computer to run any of the software they provide. Classroom environment is entirely web-based and requires no downloads. Some classes require software, but that’s all laid out before you finish registration so you know what’s needed and if it’s compatible with your system. I use both Windows and MacOS, often bouncing between the two working on the same thing, and have never had any issues with working on or submitting classwork.

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BS Public Health Concen: Health & Wellness

Masters Public Health (MPH) - September 29, 2016
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Working on my BS in Public Health was a challenge but it is all worth it. I feel that I can go out into the workforce and be more marketable since completing the courses. There is a sense of relief that coupled with achievement that one gets when they have completed what he or she has set out to do. I will in the near future work on my master degree in Public Health with American Military University.

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Masters In Military History

Master of Arts In Military Studies - September 29, 2016
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It was not very easy to find an online University that offered a Master's Degree in Military History, so my choices were limited when I decided on American Public University. However, I am halfway through my degree program, and am pleased to report that I am more than satisfied with my experience here. Many of the classes are either 8 wks or 16wk long, but cover the same material. I have found that I enjoy the fast, intensive pace of the 8 wks class, but if I also had a full time job while taking the class, the 16 wk course would probably work into my time schedule better. I have found that most of the instructors are very willing to "put in the extra effort" as long as the student is also just as involved, but like anything else--you get out of the classes what you put into it. You can go the extra mile and have your grades reflect it, or you can do the minimum and just get by. Unlike a campus based program, you have particular assignments due on a particular day, and you can work rest of the week at your own pace. I would heartily recommend APUS to anyone that was interested in a Master's Degree in Military History--the tuition is much less than other Universities, but the education I have received, thus far, is top notch!

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B.A. Security Management, General Ed

Security Management - August 31, 2016
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I have been attended AMU a while ago and just got back into attending full time. It has been a great experience and the school has really progressed over the past 7 years. The courses are very challenging and unlike a college where you physically attend, your grade is 100% up to you. The responsibility is all yours. You are responsible for your readings and studying and it's challenging. I have been to both types of colleges (physical & online) and by far, AMU is more difficult because it all depends on you and you can't rely on others. Along with getting an education you also learn responsibility if you graduate. As an employer, you should see a diploma from AMU, especially with a high GPA as the person is responsible.

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Great Institution and Educational Experience

Political Science - August 12, 2016
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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.

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Criminal Justice Major

Criminal Justice - August 11, 2016
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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.

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Strategic Intelligence (Intelligence Studies)

Intelligence Studies - August 10, 2016
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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.

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Masters Program

Environmental Policy and Management - August 10, 2016
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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

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Great Education

Business Administration - August 10, 2016
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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.

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MA Military History - Challenging

Military History - August 10, 2016
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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.

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BA Homeland Security

Homeland Security - August 10, 2016
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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.

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The right choice for me

MBA Finance - August 9, 2016
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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.

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Excellent real-world education

Masters of Public Administration - August 9, 2016
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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.

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Great Courses

Security Management - August 9, 2016
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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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Outstanding program

Intelligence Studies - August 9, 2016
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The Intelligence and Homeland Security programs at AMU are awesome! The environment is one of leaders in the field, and the opportunities as a result of being in the program have exceeded my expectations by a mile. I couldn't be happier. I couldn't recommend them higher, and I am already in the field. AMU is outstanding. Also, something that I found really different from other education environments, the professors work very hard to find opportunities for the students and by my second course, I was already published. Amazing opportunity, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be a part of it.

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Very pleased with my time at AMU

MBA - August 8, 2016
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Coming from another online institution where I received my BBA, I can honestly say that AMU is far and away better than most online colleges. Yes, there are going to be professors who aren't as good as others. But, if you read through all of the material and requirements in the syllabus, you will do just fine. I just completed my last course, and the degree will be conferred next week. Other than a few minor changes, I believe my experience couldn't have been more positive. Be prepared to study and brush up on your APA style formatting for your papers, and you will excel.

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Great School

Sports Management - August 7, 2016
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This has been a great experience. The instructors and classmates have been very enjoyable and I learned a lot from everyone. Forget about the critics and their challenges. If you call AMU they can help walk you through any problem. However, like any adult it is your responsibility to take care of your business. The courses were challenging, affordable, and well taught. My return on investment will be significant. I highly recommend getting your master degree using AMU.

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Horrible Educators, Aid department, and class material

Cybersecurity - August 4, 2016
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First off, this class ISSC342 Operating Systems: Hardening and Security which I must take for my degree, is so out of date, it is ridiculous. The material that we are being taught is for systems which are NOT EVEN USED anymore! So this is a moot class to take and I have emailed my counselor, the program director, the professor, everyone, and nobody will respond to me about why this material has not been updated. I will not take this class because it is useless and not worth my money. Second, the Financial Aid department is horrible. I have to check in with them every semester to make sure they are doing their job because they never update my Financial aid which means I have to start my classes late due to their mistake. I have been on hold for THREE MONTHS because they continuously mess up and do not do their jobs. I'm beyond fed up.

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Very poor program, not recommended

Emergency Management and Disaster Planning - July 14, 2016
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After 2+ years of classroom learning I left to work, and decided to complete my degree 14 years later. I chose AMU based on their initial impression, but was soon very disappointed and have decided to discontinue my studies after only one class. - The online portion is poorly organized with no central tracking area for assignments; this makes it difficult to make certain that you haven't missed anything - The time required for just one course amounted to 12-15 hours a week, which seems longer than it needs to be. More of an emphasis on "busy work" than actual education, at least for the Introduction to Online Learning course I was enrolled in. At this rate it would have required 4 years for me to complete the last half of a Bachelor's degree, considering that I work 60 hours a week and can only take one class at a time. - The familiarization was limited to watching a video, which I felt was inadequate given that the entire purpose of this class was to develop proficiency with online learning. The class structure is of course a major departure from traditional classrooms and insufficient time was devoted to this. - The professor delivered canned answers and follow-up questions and did not actively participate in the course; a more proactive instructor would have been tracking progress to ensure that assignments were not overlooked in their substandard website. - Emphasis was placed on volume and structure with assignments rather than content, and examples of what assignments are to resemble are not provided. - Support when registering was great, but when I encountered issues it was non-existent. The professor was disengaged and when I ultimately dropped the class, my request for a partial refund was denied.

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Registration

Information Systems Security - July 5, 2016
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I just recently registered for classes at AMU. The process is confusing and if it could be a little more individually tailored by student type would be entirely better. To start the Financial Aid Office steps are catered more toward gaining loans than actually assisting you. With a name like American Military University you would think that the first question would be about military benefits ie. TA, GI Bill etc. instead I had to fill out an entire form tailored towards federal student loans and borrowing with absolutely no mention on the GI bill until I actually registered for classes. If they could fix this problem than I would give them a 7 overall for now.

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MBA

MBA Finance - July 4, 2016
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The courses are easy to engage and challenging in and well written that encourage all the students to participate by sharing their experience toward each module subject. This university really cares about the students, the staffs are very helpful and all the instructors have PhD's in their respected fields which is advantages to the students. The instructors boosts your morale by offering positive and analytical feedback, which raised our spirits to carry on with the course to be more open and to interact on a higher level for academic learning. They also starts the forum conversation with supplementary links, which was very helpful toward the assignments and research. The constructed criticism and probing questions were more of a learning process that improved the interaction session and help us to become much more methodical with our homework and forum conversations. Be worn a lot of writing and research, but that is part of the master’s program curriculum.

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this Nursing Program is not exactly legitimate, so beware.

Nursing RN-BSN - July 4, 2016
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What can I say, I am extremely disappointed by this school and will not recommend it to any RN looking to get a decent education. You will learn all right, but only because you are a working nurse. This program will not enlighten you in any fashion. The entire system lacks cohesive plan. Instructors are mostly uninspiring and clearly don't want to be here. The program constantly changes its requirements not that you will be told, nor is it written anywhere. The grading is atrocious and does not follow any common sense. You will be writing papers continuously but most of the time the content of what you have written will be irrelevant as most instructors won't read them or provide a clear feedback. You will be graded exclusively on the timeliness of your submissions and NOTHING ELSE. Some classes you will be the only student so have fun interacting with yourself as you will throughout this entire program. You will not learn any new nursing skills, you will not be guided on how to write idiotic papers, you will not be coached or mentored in any fashion. You will be left to your own affairs. What matters is that you pay. This school only cares about tuition. That's it. Stay away and spend your money and time elsewhere.

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AMU Criminal Justice Masters Degree Program

Criminal Justice - July 1, 2016
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I took 3 Criminal Justice Masters Degree courses and I am thoroughly disappointed with the quality of the academic responses of my peers. I was shocked some of those people made it through their undergraduate studies! I expected the caliber of students and professors to be of a much higher standard. In addition, I was looking forward to challenging subjects or encouragement to explore new information on topics posed in class. My courses felt like undergraduate level work except it was more expensive and the required responses / paper were longer in word count. The material was not at the level I expected in continuing my higher education. I will pursue other schools that will challenge me in my field of study and will limit those who are just walking through the motions but clearly are not equipped to engage in intellectual conversations or post appropriate, well thought out responses.

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AMU BA in Criminal Justice

Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - July 1, 2016
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I really enjoyed my experience with AMU for my BA in Criminal Justice. The professors were professional in their teaching as well as providing real life examples. The course objectives were relative to the CJ field and I truly felt confident in the knowledge I gained. The on-line support, materials, and live chat were fantastic and really was the cherry on the top during the tougher classes. I especially enjoyed the independent work, the interaction with other students and the professors, and truly felt that my opinion and critical thinking based on factual information were received well and appreciated. Debates with other students were professional and encouraged me to look more in depth on topics I was passionate about, or which broadened my horizon. My favorite classes were the law based classes, i.e. criminal law, constitutional law, etc. EXCELLENT! I would definitely recommend AMU for a Bachelor Degree Program.

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M.A. National Security Studies

National Security Studies - June 29, 2016
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All-in-all, AMU provided an outstanding education. However, be advised, this is not a degree-mill where you pay money and do little work for your degree. Most AMU classes require a good amount of writing and will challenge its students. To be successful at an online institution, the student must have a decent foundation in time management and apply themselves. Although the teachers are always there to guide the class and provide feedback, at the end of the day, most research is done by the student and that is when knowledge is gained. Personally I like this format because it taught me how to effectively conduct research and the skills gained will help me when I leave the military and enter the civilian sector. I highly recommend AMU for those in the Inter-agency and military professionals trying to advance their careers. Good luck out there and hope this review helps!

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Nothing but BS - and I don't mean the degree initials

Intelligence Studies - June 11, 2016
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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.

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Couldn't Have Done It Without AMU!!!

Environmental Studies - May 12, 2016
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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.

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Great University / Under appreciated.

Legal Studies - May 12, 2016
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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

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Great School...Even better Professors!!

National Security Studies - April 8, 2016
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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.

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Trans & LOG Management

Transportation and Logistics Management - April 8, 2016
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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.

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Excellent classes and materials

Information Technology Management - April 6, 2016
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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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AMU Golden Eagles = A Golden Opportunity

Military History - April 6, 2016
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I am an educator and for years a colleague and I had discussed getting our Masters degrees. However, I cringed at the thought of earning a degree in education or any related field. I simply was not motivated to earn a degree in something I really did not want to study. What I really wanted was to earn a degree in military history. One day, while perusing a periodical related to military history, I saw an advertisement for American Military University. I immediately was interested and I looked into AMU. I discovered that not only was a Masters of Arts in Military History offered, I could even emphasize in the American Revolution! I immediately enrolled. My experience at AMU was really outstanding. The instructor’s, for the most part, were excellent. They were knowledgeable, engaged, encouraging and understanding. They pushed the students to think beyond the immediate answers to given questions. They held high standards for all papers that were submitted. Like at any university, not every professor or instructor is great. However, I have the utmost respect and appreciation for almost all the instructors under whom I had the privilege to study. Through my experience at AMU I have become a better researcher, writer and communicator. It has also enhanced my teaching and presentation skills. My students continue to benefit from my education at AMU. I earned my Bachelor of Arts in History from UCLA but I am just as proud to wear my AMU garb as my UCLA stuff!

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Finish in three weeks.

Emergency Management and Disaster Planning - April 6, 2016
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Overall, I can not complain. Having three kids, a full time job, and still a guardsman, AMU worked for me. The ability to log on and complete assignments at my own time and pace, does have its advantages. I learned a great deal of information, although at times I felt that some classes just did not fit and were there for fodder. My biggest complaints are Materials and Teachers. The online books can be confusing to find since that feature changed while I was a student and I did not receive a "how to" like I did when I first started. It is my hope that that feature has been worked out. Secondly, I disagree with the countless dead links within the classes. I feel the teachers should look into these things prior to class starting, and I also feel that I was not the only student to identify these items. I also had a tough time with the outdated material. The world of Emergency Management changes quite frequently right now, thus, the department heads should stay on top of those changes and update accordingly. The teachers, well some felt as if they were teachers, kudos by the way, and some felt as if they were facilitators that seemed to only log on to grade work. Too bad there is not a checks and balances in place to monitor teachers activity like there is for students. A little feedback goes a long way within the forums. The design of the program and the pages used to do classwork on are easy to navigate and understand. Do not really know how to explain the institution much more besides the staff, support kind, were top notch. If I had to call for a problem with tuition assistance, or anything else, they were great, informative and on top of finding answers. I also looked at three other online programs and this one was the best bang for the buck. All in all, 15 months is almost over and I can not be disappointed in the least bit. I had to apply myself and do the work. It was very easy at times, not so easy at times, and very stressful during other times. I do recommend this university to those who are older, more structured in life, returning to school to re-class or obtain a higher degree. For those straight out of H.S, try your hand at a brick and mortar first.

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Bachelors in Information Systems Security

BS: Information Technology-general - April 6, 2016
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I just recently graduated with my BS in Information Systems Security. Let me first say that AMU was a great online school. The curriculum was far better than I had originally expected. I admit I was looking for an easy degree and was met with a much harder curriculum than expected. I must say I do not regret that at all because it made me work harder. Negative.... My only complaint was that AMU recently went to all digital books. I guess I am old school because I preferred the hard copy and ended up buying all my books. That would be my only complaint with the school. AMU did help me get a Pell Grant that did cover the cost which turned the negative into just extra work. Staff.... AMU has a very strict policy on the instructors that they must respond to any correspondence in a timely manner and I never had to wait over 24 hours for a reply. The instructors were very courteous and worked with me on my many short notice TDYs that would have resulted in late assignments and decreased GPA however, they allowed me to submit them as soon as I could with no penalty. Overall the school answered any questions or concerns that I had in a timely manner as well. I have seen a review or two complaining about AMU not handling military tuition or GI bill stuff well and must say that is not my experience. Every time I had a question it was answered promptly and explained in detail what I either needed to do or what was going to happen. As long as I did my part with TA everything went great. Online Experience.... The online experience was amazing. I had attended Troy University online prior to AMU and I must say that the online setup at AMU is much better. Yes, there was the occasional bug in the system but AMU was quick to get it fixed and always notified of a system downtime well in advance.

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Excellent School

Sports and health Science - April 6, 2016
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The quality of course work allows students to become masters of their trade. It is an online program; therefore, most of the knowledge is self-taught through research papers and online forums. This allows for thoroughness of content and develops planning, depth of the subject, organizational skills, and time management. The coursework allows for creative thinking and develops originality of content. The curriculum is broad, but concentrates on sports sciences more in the Masters program.

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Overall Program

Homeland Security - April 5, 2016
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Currently I am enrolled in the Masters Program for Homeland Security with an emphasis in Emergency Management. Already completed a BA in the same program, so I have over a decade of experience with AMU. Overall the college is a great college to attend; You have to have the ability to manage your time effectively, and success will follow. However, as with all Colleges, you have great professors who do not care about the grade but about what the student learns, you have the professors that meet the letter of the law and seem to not care as long as you meet the course syllabus requirements, then you have professors who seem to not care, but I suppose you will find that at any higher educational institution. The main issue I have with some AMU courses is as follows; In any given week you have to submit a 500 word short essay about the lesson for that particular week by Thursday, reply two at least 2 other classmates with at least one substantive 250 word response, generally coupled with 5-10 page report due at the end of some weeks (ie...generally week 2, 4 and 8). If you are taking more than one class at a time it is impossible to do the amount of reading required coupled with the weekly assignment and the classroom interaction. I would suggest to the school to get rid of the mandatory word length on the classroom interaction to place more impetus on the reports and final products then classroom interaction; unless these classroom interactions become Video Tele-conference (VTC) sessions. The only other item that is an issue (more of an opinion); is some class syllabus do not match the classroom setup. The professor should ensure the syllabus matches exactly what is in the lessons inside the classroom, it can get confusing when they do not match or complement each other. As a last note, AMU is a great college and can be a great experience, but as with everything in life its what you make of it. Cheers!

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Child and Family Development-CFLE to Teacher

Child and Family Development - April 5, 2016
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After attending a "brick and mortar" university for two years, a multitude of deployments and military moves interrupted my degree plans. As a spouse of a military member the difficulties that plague our lives are a bit more complicated due to the constant moves and spouses who are not always available. I completed a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Family Development with a focus in Certified Family Life Education with AMU in 2012, during a spouses 18 month deployment ( I overlapped courses, sometimes taking 9 hours at a time). I worked full time and raised two sons alone. AMU recognized this providing ample time and support to assist in achieving my degree. While not becoming a Family Life Educator I used my degree to apply to Texas Lutheran University’s Post Baccalaureate Teachers Certification Program and completed the program in less than two years, as many of my hours transferred from AMU satisfying the programs curriculum. The courses at AMU and professors prepared me for this achievement. Having graduated from AMU with honors, honors were also achieved at TLU along with an EC-6 Generalists Teachers Certification, ESL Certification, and Reading Specialist Certification. The Veteran Affairs office was incredible, Professors were amazing, the Registrar’s office, and Admissions office were very customer service oriented. The education I completed with AMU has been invaluable.

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How things changed after 30 years

Child and Family Development - April 5, 2016
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After deciding to return to college to get my Bachelor's Degree in Child and Family Development, I realized how different online college was compared to going to classes on campus. I found that the classes were much harder, but more enjoyable. My biggest challenge was the Library; the most confusing thing at AMU. There must be an easier way to do research! The e-books also gave me a problem; they were harder to read than a regular textbook, but I did get use to them after awhile. I enjoyed all my classes and learned much from each instructor. The instructors were very helpful and did not seem to mind answering questions when I needed more explicit instructions. I graduated in May, 2014 with 3.93 GPA and was ecstatic to realize that all my hard work paid off by graduating with Latin Honors. Not bad for a person that had been out of college for 35 years. I would recommend AMU to anyone who is willing to work hard and will be committed to the work that is required (especially to the more mature students, like myself).

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AWESOME!!

Environmental Studies - April 5, 2016
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I just completed my degree with a focus in Wildlife Management. Going into this school I was already familiar with online college courses as I had completed an associates as well as the majority of a Bachelor degree in Liberal Studies online. I would say that the experience with AMU was far better than all of the other schools I attended online. The Professors were very knowledgeable since the majority of them had spent many years working in the field they are teaching. The courses are setup in a manner that allows you to focus on assignments throughout the weeks as well as having time to complete your 9-5 job. This is a positive since I am still an Active Duty Soldier. I am truly thankful for my friend having seen the degree I was looking for and then directing me to this University. Good luck in your studies!

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Exactly what I needed

Information Technology Management - April 5, 2016
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AMU was nothing but pleasant in my experience. Classes starting every month made my degree plan flexible. If I needed to take a break for anything, I did so without worry. I transferred a ton of CCAF credits and they were applied to my degree program with no hassle. Not once did I have an issue with finance. Military Tuition Assistance paid for the entire degree - I had 0 out of pocket expense. Coursework held my interest and was presented in an understandable format. Online labs for network security were great. I had my worries about an online or smaller name school and how well it would be received. I'm now working on a masters degree at USC, and I couldn't have done it without AMU!

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Not respected by employers

Transportation and Logistics Management - April 5, 2016
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Employers do not respect a degree from AMU/APU. Over the past 2 years, I have applied for at least 100 jobs, and no one is interested. I am employed right now, but not using my degree. I would not reccommend this school to anyone. Please, please, heed my warning and choose a reputable school that looks good on a resume. I am a peon that works for people that all went to good schools. AMU/APU will not prepare you for the business world. I'm a TLMT grad, and I pack freight for a living.

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Worth it!

Sociology - April 1, 2016
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Just completed BA and am happy with the experience I had at AMU. From the transfer credit process, to student support and advisory teams, academic rigor (don't kid yourself - it's a challenge), to the instructors, AMU helped me achieve a life-long goal. Do not discount the quality of online learning! AMU/APUS has challenging courses and a some easier ones. Doesn't every school? You must be disciplined to earn high grades in most courses, know your APA or MLA formatting for writing assignments, and don't be afraid to engage in constructive dialog with your instructor and fellow classmates in the weekly forums. Great value!

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Best Decision Ever

Sociology - March 30, 2016
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AMU is by far one of the best decisions I've ever made. Classes are short, but filled with a wealth of knowledge. The classroom setting and the school itself is very easy to navigate. I tried going to a brick and mortar school, but found myself not wanting to wake up and walk to class. You don't have to do that online. As long as you log in each week and complete your work on-time, it doesn't matter what time you log in to the classroom. It does take a lot of self-discipline to actually log in and complete the work. The teachers are very helpful and are willing to work with you on any problems you may have. I highly recommend attending AMU.

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Good value priced school

BS Business Management and Leadership - March 7, 2016
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I have to laugh at some of these reviews when people say you can just buy your degree from AMU. I'm in my 3rd year now with AMU and it's not getting any easier. Sure, I've had a couple easy classes that I didn't have to work real hard to get an A in but you get that at a traditional college as well. For the most part, my classes have been very challenging and the work time consuming. I currently have a 3.23 grade average so no, teachers do not just give everyone A's for logging in. Overall I would recommend AMU to anyone looking at pursuing an online degree.

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Humanities 500--1st class

Humanities - February 24, 2016
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This class was not easy. I was challenged, but learn many things. I moved forward on my writing improvement. Got good feedback. There is much independence, but with weekly guidance. Just have to follow the bouncing ball. Fellow students and Professor were top notch. The tuition is quite fair compared to most schools, and especially compared to similar courses at Boston U, Notre Dame, et. al. I feel like I am getting the equivalent education offered for 6xs as much. I graduated with BA from Umass Amherst and AMU/APU may actually be more demanding. Online studies, in my opinion, is better than brick and mortar. I have done both.

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Op Ed

Intelligence Studies - October 28, 2015
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I obtained My Masters and Baccalaureate degrees from AMU, and for the most part; I have learned a lot as a result of it. However, my experience had a few unacceptable compromises. I was a Chapter 33 Student. That is to say, that my expenses were funded by the Post 9-11 GI Bill. But somewhere in the processes of enrollment and completion the VA did not receive notices of completion from the school. All in all; I had to pay for my undergrad out of pocket when the VA came to collect. I tried to sort this out with the school, but they were tight-lipped, and gave me the run-around. It took a few years to pay the government back. The Master’s Thesis. During My Literature Review, the professor accused me of writing an “Op-ed” which put my entire Master’s Program in jeopardy. I was pressured to drop out of the semester, and return at a later date in order to save my efforts, as well as My GPA. Six months later, I returned and completed the degree, but all in all it took an additional six months to an already exhausting program.

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The best decision I ever made!

Environmental Policy and Management - October 14, 2015
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When I was looking at going back to school for my Masters, my family had just received orders to move overseas. I was looking at a couple of different schools, but AMU was at the top of my list. I compared course content and cost, and AMU offered the everything I wanted in my degree at an amazing cost. I had no problem transferring courses from a previous Masters program and I had no problem contacting anyone with questions I had. My biggest concern was continuing after we moved overseas. I was able to take several months off while moving and getting settled in without losing my active student status. This was a huge benefit to me and my lifestyle as a mom and military spouse. Cost was also a huge selling point. I paid for all of my classes out of pocket and AMU was cheaper per credit hour than other popular online schools endorsed overseas. My goal in obtaining my Masters was to gain employment with the federal government. Being overseas, my options for employment are not only limited but positions are scarce. I came over with the idea of at least gaining an internship for my Capstone project, but I got so much more. My program director was able to help put me in contact with key personnel before I even left the states. Because of her assistance and the course work I had completed at AMU, I was able to get a volunteer position with an Environmental Office at an overseas base, which ultimately led to a paid position. AMU helped me obtain the exact position I had only dreamed of! My family will be moving back to the states in about 2 years, so I decided to go back to AMU to obtain a graduate certificate. This will not only keep my skills fresh, but also help to keep my competitive in my field. Choosing AMU was the best decision I ever made.

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Good Experience Overall

Environmental Studies - October 1, 2015
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I took undergraduate courses. I already have a master degree. It was the first time I took classes on line. It was an adjustment. Overall, I have not been disappointed, and learned a lot. I had to find my way around of doing things, and my typing improved much. The course had much writing and research, more than what I thought, but these are college courses, and I was there to learn; therefore, I am not complaining. The professors were very helpful. I had many good feedback. I fussed about multiple choices, and filing the blanks quizzes because it took me back to high school. I like essay questions that really can test your knowledge. But again, by filling in those blanks, it sharpened my reading skills. I liked the 8 weeks courses. I am not seeking a degree, but if I did, I sure would continue with AMU. I have a suggestion for improvement. It is to make finding the course books a little easier. I had to ask for help many times as I was getting confused as to where my course books were. The helps at the library and bookstore were very nice, and helpful.

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Highly Recommended

Emergency and Disaster Management - September 23, 2015
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I have no regrets about my decision to pursue my education at American Military University. Personally, it seems to me that many of the poor reviews that I have read herein were submitted by those with axes to grind to various reasons. I began my journey at AMU while serving on active duty in the U.S. Marines. Their advisors were incredibly helpful in guiding me through the military tuition assistance process and later in utilizing my G.I. Bill benefits. The school also accepted many of my military school transfer credits which expedited my time to graduation. I was honored to serve on the University’s Student Veterans of America council and Alumni Advisory Board. I believe this is an excellent regionally-accredited option for military personnel, veterans, and their families. Moreover, the tuition rates were cheaper than I have subsequently paid at my brick-and-mortar state university. I also appreciated that there were no additional or hidden fees. I have earned an AA in General Studies (2011) BA in Criminal Justice (2013) and MA in Emergency & Disaster Management (2015) at AMU. Though difficult at times and certainly demanding, I was able to do this while working full-time as a law enforcement officer. Compared to my experiences at two different community colleges and one state university, I found AMU to be impressive in virtually every aspect; especially with regard to their online classroom format. If I were to voice one complaint, it would be that on several occasions during my undergrad coursework, instructors were sometimes slow to respond to emails. This is largely due to the fact that most are full-time working professionals in their respective fields. For any prospective student to an AMU/APU graduate program, I would offer the following advice. Plagiarism, to include self-plagiarism, will get you in serious trouble. I have seen several students busted and removed from courses for trying to be sly with “cut and paste.” Read the Capstone Manual. Expect to write a lot of thoroughly-researched papers. Your thesis project will not be easy, but you will get out of it as much as you put in. No one else is going to ensure that you graduate. I encourage you to be more ethical and motivated than some of the “one-star” reviewers who wish to file hurt feelings reports and deflect blame for academic dishonestly. AMU is not a diploma mill and their degrees are not given; they are earned.

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AMU Pre-Law

Legal Studies - September 16, 2015
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Great Program. Laid the foundation for me to be accepted into the Master's Program University of Houston (Criminology) and continue on later to law school. Don't pass this up great instructors and courses to aid you in the field of law.

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Great Teachers, Lousy Teachers, Lousy Course Content

Master of Arts in History - August 25, 2015
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I had Dr. Mark Bowles for Historiography. Great Professor!! Not easy, but if you work hard and are willing to follow his instruction on the basics and mechanics, you will be rewarded. Pretty deep guy here, and reserved. He is wonderful in allowing tremendous academic freedom. Dr. Anne Venzon was my Historical Research Methods Professor. Very good professor. I wish I had kept better notes in this class. There is a lot covered that is applicable in any of the soft sciences. She is wonderful in her tolerance of viewpoints as well. Bowles and Venzon helped me formulate my initial impressions of online forums in an academic environment. I loved the challenge of being held responsible for what I said, and loved being able to say what I thought of what others said in an academic environment. This was great for me. Dr. John (Steve) Kreis was my World History Professor. He is a great professor as well!! He took a course that was not put together in a great way and made it highly worthwhile purely out of his tremendous background (His intellectual biography is truely fascinating.). I fundamentally disagree with him on most things, but our styles are compatible and being a student in his class is amazing. Not easy here either, but more than any other class I've ever had anywhere, he made the effort I put forth worth it. He never addressed the subject directly, but I was left with evidence and an even stronger impression that this guy was extremely tolerant in allowing all points of view. The forum under Kreis was better than anyone’s. My next class was History of Religion with Dr. James Newell as my professor. He was not a horrible professor. The course was laid out badly and I do not hold him responsible for that. AMU should consider revamping this course. Also, the course was intrusive personally in that I was required to discuss my personal religion. I was offended that I was required to do this. Also, I found Dr. Newell to be insulting and biased in the forum. He allowed his bias to go over into his grading, though my final grade was not affected. Dr Dawn Spring was horrible in the History of Technology course. The only good thing about her is her punctuality. She was great in that way. This course was laid out in a very bad way and text was horrible as well. When I objected to her bias and bigotry openly engaged in by others in the forum, I was graded down, and it did affect my final grade. I appealed what I viewed as outrageous to the History faculty, but they stood by her. She had a rule that degreed professionals from other disciplines were not allowed unless they were referred to by a historian, or unless they had views amenable to her personal bias. When I attempted to bring relevance to poorly thought out forum discussion questions, I was accused of not speaking to the question, even if I had spoken to the question too, such as it was. Major lack of academic freedom in this course overall. I had hoped that the History of Religion course would have been the worst course I was to have at AMU. I was greatly disappointed that the next course was considerably worse. I am not at all sure that I want to continue to give Global History a chance when in the last course was horrible in multiple ways. The instructors and AMU make all the difference, for good or bad. It would benefit nearly anyone to take courses with Kreis, Bowles, and Venzon whether they were pursuing a degree or not. But I want my money back. I should have looked closer at everything the first week. Now I know. I may change majors. I should not have to bear continuing to put up with courses as poor as the last one.

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Masters Degree At AMU

Criminal Justice - August 13, 2015
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I am currently enrolled with AMU and have finally made it to the final course for my Master's Degree in Criminal Justice. To begin, if you are maybe considering selecting AMU to obtain your Master's Degree in criminal justice, choose wisely. The AMU manual states you can take a final exam over a thesis but once you are signed up to take courses that option is no longer valid. I am not saying the university is a bad one, but when you call AMU for anything be ready to always speak to a different person with at many times a different answer. For the course I am currently in our instructor was thrown at us at the last minute according to him and we as a class have been thrown under a bus. We do weekly 500 word essays about dumb stuff which takes up a bunch of our time and then we all are trying to write our thesis along with jobs, families, etc. Then I have also talked to other students taking the same class and their AMU instructors were great and very helpful. In the courses prior to this final one I encountered both good and bad instructors but that is to be said for all colleges and universities around the world. I just wish this final course which represents all of us graduating, the instructor would have designed it another way where we centered all our efforts on the thesis and no other stuff which takes up time.

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Honest Review

Intelligence Studies - August 7, 2015
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Honest Review: I just finished my Bachelor of Arts in Intelligence Studies. I have traveled a great deal and went to 3 different brick and mortar schools (1x local community college, 1x major public university, and 1x major private university) before settling down with AMU. I was skeptical of an online education but it was necessary based upon my travels. Now I can honestly say that I DO NOT regret choosing AMU one bit. I do understand not everyone has had a good experience but my experience was overwhelmingly positive during class as well as discussing AMU with hiring managers. Key points: 1) Tuition: Let’s be honest, tuition is great at AMU. It is even better when you consider how military friendly they are. It was very easy to use military tuition assistance benefits (tuition assistance, MGIB, post 9-11 Bill, etc.). Not once in 2 years did I have even a single complication with my benefits. Everything was always paid for on time and I kept attending classes uninterrupted. There is a peace of mind that comes from knowing things go smoothly. 2) Brick and Mortar vs Online: This debate is never going to end. If you got a degree from a brick and mortar school you tend to justify your experience by downplaying online schools. If you go to an online school, you tend to feel the need to justify your experience by being a big defender of online schools. I have experienced both and there are definite pros and cons for each. I needed online education due to my constant traveling. I work in the Defense arena so AMU had courses that aligned with my career. It was a natural fit. I learned a lot but much of that was up to me. I read more and wrote many more papers than I ever did at my brick and mortar schools. Yes, some of it was busy work but writing that many papers made me a much better paper writer. One thing I noticed was that online schools assume you are learning while writing papers. Brick and mortars schools assumed I was learning simply by being in class. Neither is true in all cases. 3) Instructors: I had many more good professors than bad professors. Some instructors did not teach and let the students do everything. I had that same experience at brick and mortar schools. It is not unique to online schools. In the few instances where I had some “issues” pop up that hindered my ability to complete coursework, I contacted the instructors ahead of time and worked things out with no problems. The instructors, for the most part, gave relevant feedback on assignments that helped me on the next assignments. I had 3 separate instructors that I contacted just to ask for some career advice and schooling advice. All three went beyond what I was expecting to give me some good resources. I did have instructors I did not really care for but I just did my work and moved on. 4) Structured but Flexible: I think what I liked the most was how each classroom has the same overall structure (forums due mid-week, assignments due at the end of each week, mid-terms, and then a final paper at the end of each class.) I knew when things were due but had a great deal of flexibility for when I could accomplish the work. That was necessary for my traveling agenda. Yes, some classes differed just a bit, but overall the structure was consistent. 5) Getting a Job: Between military service and then post military government work, I have had many opportunities to interview for jobs. When I transitioned out of the military I searched for both private and public sector jobs. I was able to see how each industry viewed online schools and AMU specifically. By and large, the government and defense industry viewed AMU highly and appreciated the online experience as well as some of the more defense related areas of study. Businesses in the private industry asked many questions about my schooling and specific classes at AMU. One hiring manager for a finance company did flat out say that while their company did not disqualify me for going to AMU (online), they did narrow the candidates down to 3 and did eliminate me because I was the only one that was going to an online school. Issues like that are real so I would encourage everyone considering AMU to first consider where they want to work and what their career goals truly are. I had no problems because I still work in the Defense industry where they value AMU and online schools. I have even had my current management team recommend I go to AMU for a Master’s degree.

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American Military University

Intelligence Studies - August 6, 2015
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I attended AMU for five years, completing a Bachelor's and a Master's degree through their programs. As a reservist, they treated me exceptionally well and furthered my education in a number of fields relating to International Affairs, diplomacy, conflict resolution, foreign intelligence services, terrorism, economics, counterintelligence, geography, and analysis. I would offer that if your intent is to work in government service (federal, state, or local) then AMU is an excellent choice. I have never been looked down on by my superiors or peers in the military for my time at AMU, and am well ahead of my age group in education because I spent the time to get my education now, rather than later. If your intent is to simply complete a degree, then I cannot offer any insight to its value against that of another university, but I will say that AMU runs continuous enrollment and class schedules that can fit around any work schedule. I was able to complete classes while on active service with no issues. The most important thing to me is the quality of the instructors and instruction, and in this regard I can confidently say that you will not find as diverse and well-rounded group of professors in the national security field, with the exception of the Service Academies. I had professors who were military, others who were government service, some who were spooks, some who were police, some who were federal agents, and others who were civilians. Nearly every single one had relevant, recent, and valuable experience and/or education in their field.

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Great Experience

American Military History - July 30, 2015
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I finished a BA in American history in 2012 and I am now three courses short of finishing my MA in American history. I have found American Military University to be a great school overall. Like other colleges it has its good professors, its not so good professors, and its lousy professors. One thing in AMU's favor -- if you report a professor, they take a hard look at the complaint. If you are looking for an easy way out, AMU or APU is not the place you want to be. You will get a great education, but it will not be given to you -- you will have to work for it.

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Not the best, but good bang for the buck

Master of Arts In Military Studies - July 20, 2015
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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.

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Very good program!

Environmental Policy and Management - July 9, 2015
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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.

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Hard work but worth it

Master of Arts In Military Studies - July 9, 2015
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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.

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Great Experience

Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - July 8, 2015
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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.

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Great Program

Transportation and Logistics Management - July 7, 2015
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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!

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Perfect For Me

Business Administration - July 7, 2015
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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

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A degree does not mean you are smart

General Studies - June 29, 2015
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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.

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Great Experience

Child and Family Development - June 29, 2015
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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.

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No a good experience

Masters Public Health (MPH) - June 29, 2015
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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.

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AMU: BS in Environmental Science

Environmental Studies - June 28, 2015
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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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Thanks for the support

Information Systems Security - June 28, 2015
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Every Professor I reached out to was very supportive. I am my worst cretic because I try to make everything too perfect. My Professors gave me great advice "You are learning and you should allow us [Professors] to grade your work not you". Once I acknowledge to myself that "I am here to learn" then I felt a little better. I still attempt to hand in "perfect assignments". Thank you to all my Professors from 2009-2015. Your constant support gave me the strength to see this program to the finish. Very Respectfully, LBM, 4047000

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Solid Program

Environmental Policy and Management - June 26, 2015
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Background: Full time Employee, Single parent, Degree started: June 2013 Completed: Anticipated Oct 2015 I am completing my Master’s in Environmental Sciences. I have worked in the field for nearly 10 years and my only chance of advancement was with a degree, much like many other working adults. I have read the negative reviews of some of the other departments, and while I can’t speak similarly about the Environmental Science Department, I understand about continual improvement. I found the Professors helpful, engaged in their field of teaching, most of the time themselves working full time. While I understand that some teachers were better than others, I learned something that contributed to my skill set under each of them. None were bad, outrageous or negative and they pushed me to improve myself. I did have phone numbers, and usually very prompt replies to emails. The help desk has a 24 hour policy that they work to get back to questions within that time, and generally did, unless things were outside of their control or they were overwhelmed. EVEN BRICK AND MORTORS HAVE TECH ISSUES! I take offense to calling any online college a diploma mill, you get out what YOU put in. I had to read, and research items on my own, and supplement my lessons on my own but that it what undergraduate and graduate students should be expected to do. They have a tutoring center for those that need help, make use of it! I will say that my professors were very supportive, I had an incident to which I found myself asking for an extension and got it, no problem because it was something beyond my control. I have sacrificed time and energy to earn this degree, and yes this is not expensive, but the quality is there. Nearly half the Professors worked at other colleges, so I know the level of instruction is well done. Considerations: You will need strong computer skills! Excel, Powerpoint, Word, and Ability to execute searches and a good computer and internet connection. Hours per week dedicated to the classes: 15 to 20 hours weekly, pending assignment. I never did two classes at same time. Helpful hints: Barnes and Noble had all the texts, and buying used helped cut costs. Get the APA book for citations, you will use it. Review the Syllabus, Assignments, and Gradebook to ensure that you know what is expected when and if there are discrepancies, Email the professor, they are human and make mistakes too. Hyperlinks move, so checking early in the week to make sure any in that week’s work, are still linked, and letting a professor know is critical to the class.

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Instructional Leadership

Masters - June 26, 2015
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I was a retired educator when I enrolled at American Military University. My technology skills were not the best, which contributed to my only "B" in the program. It could have easily been a "C" if not for my professor who worked with me overtime. I am very grateful for the qualified staff members who made my experience meaningful and awesome. Thank you all, Carolyn E. Smith

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Listen Up

MBA Finance - June 26, 2015
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If you are thinking of pursing a masters degree I would highly recommend this school. I graduated from a brick and mortar school with my undergraduate degree which is considered a top ten university on the East coast. I learned more from my time at AMU than I did during my undergraduate years. College is like anything else you get of it what you put into it. The faculty was knowledgably and professional. I had several classes where my teaches were tenure professors at schools like West point, Syracuse, Georgia Tech and Brown. AMU can provide you the right platform to succeed in your career but, the rest is up to you.

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Good, straightforward information

Emergency Management and Disaster Planning - June 25, 2015
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Completed my Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management in Apr 2015. Good classes, reasonable price, great flexibility with access and being able to work with the instructors to move coursework around your life. Like any school, you'll get out what you put in. Talk to the instructors at the start of the class, check all requirements and turn things in on time. If you have an issue, there are forms to extend the timeline to complete the class or withdraw. A lot of people note a problem with debating a grade or submission issues; I did run into this with a single professor on a single assignment (out of ~10 assignments over 13 courses, not bad). The prof was being unhelpful, so I went through the dean of my Master's department and everything got sorted out. It took two weeks and was stressful, and all done through email, but eventually it all worked out and I just avoided that prof for the remainder of my courses. I chose AMU being active military since it has the accreditation to transfer credits to any school in the country, I could take courses and do work to fit around my own schedule, and being an officer (which these days requires a bachelors) I didn't have to take a GRE to apply to a Masters program. I regularly recommend AMU and have gotten my wife taking classes through them. No school will be right for everyone, but if you do the work and read the student guide for advice if you have a problem, AMU works great.

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Not the Best, Not the Worst

Master of Arts in History - June 25, 2015
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I completed the MA in US History a few years back and have had a mixed bag of feelings about it. To start off I chose AMU, simply because at the time it was one of only a few fully online based MA programs I could find. Several of the universities that were in my state had online programs, but you had to be on campus one or two times a semester for most classes, which was not going to work with my schedule. So I chose AMU, because of cost and ability to do it entirely online (now this is very common). The classes I took were interesting and several of the professors were fantastic and truly were very good at what they did, but not all. Some of the classes were very simple and some were difficult. The class discussions were very similar depending on the quality of the participants. Many students were fun to enter into debates with about whatever the topic was, others did the bare minimum. My biggest complaint about the academics come from my thesis writing class. I felt there was little to no assistance and the timeline for completing the thesis was not nearly long enough to do an adequate job. Several areas of the thesis writing process had little to no explanation and cost me dearly in my final grade. After completing my MA, I did look at a few places for my Phd, and they were willing to accept my MA from AMU. All in all, you get what you put into it. It is easy to pass the classes, but if you want the A, you need to work hard. If you are engaged with your professors they can be great to work with.

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BA in Psychology

Psychology - June 25, 2015
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I started my degree several years ago. I had to stop and restart several times. In that process, I was able to see first hand the progress AMU has made in making their online classes one of the best. I believe that you will get out of this what you put into it, and then some. Unfortunately, my time was often pressed due to my many military obligations. I think that if you are in the military, this is the best school there is. I have had so much support from my instructors when I had to turn in items late or needed an extension. Of all the courses, I have only had hiccups with two instructors. I wish that I would have employed the use of my counselors early in the game, as they were tremendous in directing which options would work best for me. They also hold webinars, so that those of us not in the area can ask the important questions about the program. Additionally, I love how easy and knowledgeable the financial aid/ veteran affairs department is when dealing with Tuition assistance, GI Bill and FAFSA! I ended up not needing a loan at all! This was great! Also, with the free books for undergrads, made things even better. The last two years, the majority of my books have been online! This makes it easier to carry and when I was away on military duty, I could just bring my computer. I didn't even need the internet to read my assignments because I could download it all. Back to the counselors, I was having a difficult time meeting the deadlines and they worked with me to keep me on track and but also were stern enough to tell me, this is all the leeway you will get. I didn't want to waste all the work that I had done, so that truly motivated me. Having Yasmin, email me and speak with me on the phone and point me in the right direction is one of the reason's I made it through! I definitely plan on getting my master's degree here and I would recommend you do it too!! SGM Elliott

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Great Classes

Transportation and Logistics Management - June 25, 2015
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Overall, the classes were very interesting. I enjoyed the reading assignments and homework that was assigned. There was one professor I would rather not have to deal with again, but it's been a while and I can't recall what his name was. Getting my Bachelor's degree in Transportation and Logistics Management was the best thing I have ever done. The course curriculum was interesting and I actually wanted to take more of the courses than what was needed to complete my degree. I was able to complete the classes at my own pace and was overall very satisfied with the end result. The majority of the professors were very engaging and I enjoyed dealing with them and enjoyed their feedback; it was very constructive. I've considered going back to AMU to get my Master's degree.

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AMU Masters Program

Homeland Security - June 25, 2015
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Every one has a different collegiate experience; either on campus or on line. Each professor I had differed in views on how they assessed my work. At first it was a problem however, as the course progressed I could see what their expectations were. Believe me it was a rough start when I began working on my Masters in Homeland Security. One thing I did enjoy is that each one would work with a student at the personal level; I only had one professor among all of them that was a tad difficult. I would say that the Registrar, Ms. Lynn Geer, is the epitome of a professional and a caring human being. I was in and out of the hospital for a little over a year and she worked with me so I would not be dropped. Through her efforts I was able to complete my studies. My only regret was I didn't walk up to her and thank her when I graduated. The comprehensive exam is a killer and I had to prepare for it in ways that I did not think I would have to. One taking this exam has to create their own system on retrieving information to prepare and submit their responses. By no means was it easy and during the exam there were moments that I just wanted to quit. But in the end it was worth the frustration. As I looked at some of the students enrolled in my classes and could tell which ones were serious about the class and the others who where there just to check a block. This was the most frustrating part as I would have classified their contributions to the learning experience as just being there. I just hoped the professors saw this and graded them accordingly. In all of my classes all the students were working full time jobs yet the vast majority of them really applied themselves. It was not easy for any of us to work full time, travel for work, study, submit papers, and have a personal life. However, this is a choice we all made. I believe it was up to me on what kind of learning experience I wanted which was based on how much I applied myself and no one else. I immersed myself in the classes wanting to get the absolute maximum and my professors provided me the tools; what I did with those tools was in my control. AMU expects its students to have self discipline and commitment when they enroll; that's something they cannot give you. You get what you put into it. If I were asked to provide an area where they could improve I would look at the feed back from the professors on the submission of papers. I know I spent at least five hours, Monday through Friday, nightly doing my work; using Saturday to finalize my paper to submit it on Sunday. Every night was a study night and usually I hit the sack about 0100 only to have to get up and go to work. I found it frustrating when I got my paper back and the only comment was "Good Job." Some of my other professors did provide feedback and I took it to heart as I viewed it as a challenge to be a better student and researcher. Like I said earlier, it's all what one makes it. AMU, Ms. Geer, and some of my good professors I would like to thank you for a good experience.

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Military-Friendly University

Psychology - June 25, 2015
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I love this university! They are extremely military friendly, will work with your schedule and the classes are very engaging. I have not run into more than maybe one professor that was tough on scheduling but they are very accommodating. The classes are very engaging and move at a great pace for my learning style. Each professor is very communicative and lays out in great detail what is expected in each class. The customer service through finance and any other outlets have always been extremely helpful and friendly as well. It's a great place to earn an online degree!

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MA- Strategic Intelligence

Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies - June 25, 2015
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I graduated in 2005 with an MA in Strategic Intelligence with Honors. My degree has resulted in multiple promotions as it helped me stand out from my peers and provided the skills needed to separate myself as best qualified and capable. This degree was no joke. I spent five years working hard on this degree with a lot of long hours, nights/weekends/and every spare moment (long plane rides, etc) reading and working on paper after paper (one class required more than ten papers, averaging nearly one a week). That was five years of almost no personal or downtime for myself so think hard about this investment in time. You have to be serious and your family needs to be very supportive or you may not make it through. If you're looking for a paper-mill degree, AMU is not it. You'll work for your degree and be satisfied with your effort at the end. Because the semesters for the intel degree were full-length semesters (not all degrees follow this template) and I was working full time, there was also no way to speed up this degree by taking more than one class at a time. Given the amount of work for each class, more than one class at a time was unthinkable for me. The pile of books for most classes stood nearly a foot high. Just reading alone was a herculean effort for a 13-week course. Other schools offer 'accelerated' programs consisting of a week or two of classes, maybe one or two books and a couple papers per class, which provides students an ability to get a degree completed in 1-2 years. From my observations of co-workers working on those degrees, AMU demanded much more work (reading and writing) than those programs, but I feel that I learned more and was more qualified in the end than students graduating from the various 'accelerated' programs. If I had it to do all over again, I would still choose AMU.

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Decent School!

Information Systems Security - June 25, 2015
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I graduate with a B.S in Information Systems Security with a core focus in Enterprise Security. I have attended Glendale Community College prior to joining the military with 36 college credits and have had 3 technical schools while Active Duty! I work in intelligence with a communications background, and can say this about (AMU). The school is decent and the instructors are very knowledgeable about what they teach in almost every subject. I am however disappointing about my transfer credits not calculating into my degree plan as much as I thought they would. Between military and civilian schools I have over 169 college credits AMU only took 33 for my degree plan; for that I give poor remarks especially my computer technical schools that superseded some of these courses by far. The staff is more than helpful, technical support is spot on, and I am very happy with most of my education from AMU. Some of the students in the lower level courses a very "special" but, when you reach the upper level courses of the program a light bold must turn on because all of the students have some amazing knowledge and insight to most subjects! I also have two kids and remain active duty as a double full time student. This school fits my schedule very well and I think it is a great institution for any one that has a busy schedule and is looking to learn something new in this degree path! I do however, wonder how the name American Military University will look on my resume when I choose to separate?

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MA in History - a TRUE History Curriculum

Master of Arts in History - June 25, 2015
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Part of why I chose to earn a MA in history at AMU was the convenience of an online program. Another part was that they waived the ridiculous requirement of having to take the GRE - when I already possessed a doctorate and had over 15 years of higher education teaching experience at the time. The main thing that swung me to AMU, however, was the curriculum. I wanted to study American history and I did just that. Historiography, Historical Research Methods, and other foundatiional courses that other institutions have cast aside because of their obsession to include courses that would satisfy the politically correct crowd (you know, those who view Howard Zinn as a preeminent historical scholar). If you want to learn about American history from a suberb faculty who love their country more than their own egos, AMU is the place for you.

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Very Satisfied

Sports and health Science - June 25, 2015
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At first I was reluctant to return to school at all, but after taking just a couple classes through AMU online I quickly realized how interested in earning a degree I was. AMU was very supportive and informative throughout each one of my classes, and the price is definitely right when you consider that books are a part of your credit hours. I know many schools that charge you separately for your books, but in the AMU Bachelor's program all materials are included...just one of the many great draws to attending. I received my Bachelor's degree in 2013, and I was so pleased with AMU that I have continued on into my Master's program with I am hoping to complete by 2017. I am an active duty military member, which obviously means I work full time, but also means I could end up anywhere in the world. The AMU online program has been very beneficial for these reasons, because no matter what my schedule or where I am in the world I can access my school, work, and grades and complete them at my pace. AMU is a great place to get your education!

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MA in History

Masters - June 25, 2015
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I am now 2 classes shy of my MA in History with a European concentration, after having previously completed both a BA in Military History and an AA in General Studies with AMU. I've read a few different reviews on here, some good and some bad. Having been a part time student with AMU since May of 2000, I've had good class experiences and some that were less than stellar. Not every "brick and mortar" professor is of the highest quality, and the same can be said of AMU, but with that said the majority of those I have studied under were good at their jobs. The online experience is not for everyone. You must be a self motivator without classroom interaction. Apparently AMU impressed someone with their educational plans because they are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), the same institutional body that accredits West Virginia University (WVU). Do your homework and decide if online learning is right for you. If it is, speaking for myself, AMU has been good to me. I would give them a solid grade of A-.

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Conflict resolution

International Relations - June 25, 2015
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It was a major undertaking. You have to be disciplined and able to work on your own. The challenge is technology, if your network goes down you will be in trouble if you waited for the last minute. The responsibility for completing assignments on time relies solely on you. If you have not done so I recommend you brush up on English grammar. Spell check alone will not work, instructors are not going to hold your hand. I am glad that I did it, it was a great sense of accomplishment. You have to work for it.

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Outstanding Program

Masters of Public Administration - June 24, 2015
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I am about midway through my MPA program with AMU. I have nothing but positive things to say about the program and professors. The classes are interactive with the online forums, which require research and writing. The assignments force the student to broaden their knowledge by reading, reading, reading, and more reading. In addition, it has required a lot of writing. The program has covered anything any other program would cover; however, it costs much less, it is more convenient, and the professors are more understanding that most of the students are working professionals and have a life outside the school. The program covers, leadership, public policy, government functions, budgeting, management, and ethics to name a few. I would seriously recommend AMU to anyone in a demanding professional career who is looking to further their education and reach their career goals.

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Great School, Perfect for Military

Business Administration - June 24, 2015
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Bottom line upfront, the school is great for military schedules and TA use, the professors are understanding of our unique "issues" and random deployments and the school works getting you max transfer credits! It is Internet heavy which can hurt those with slower or no Internet connectivity. I have been with AMU for about 3 years now. I transferred from another school for the accreditation. The process was easy and AMU gave me max credits from my military experience, previous college courses and CLEPs. My academic plan is easy to understand, registering for courses and completing in-course assignments. I will say that the courses are Internet and technology intensive, so if you're deployed or deployable, connectivity will hinder you. On the same note, I have been out on mission during several courses and the professors were very understanding and worked with me to complete assignments with minimal hassle. Many times it was when you can, others were before you leave if possible. The TA process is seamless and the books are free; online versions. The only gripe I have is the APUS online library is not always the best tool to use because it canvasses the web and can return options that are no longer available so much of your time on the library is shifting through perfect resources that no longer exist. It can be frustrating so I don't use it. Absolutely worth it attending AMU!

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AMU REVIEW

Homeland Security - June 24, 2015
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THE LEARNING MATERIALS ARE GOOD. HOWEVER THERE ARE NO LECTURES OR TEACHINGS FROM THE PROFESSOR. I LIKED THE TYPES OF CLASSES AS IT FOCUSED IN MY MILITARY CAREER AS TO MOST COLLEGES DO NOT OFFER THESE TYPES OF COURSES. THERE WASNT VERY MUCH INPUT FROM PROFESSORS AND IS KIND OF A SELF LEARNING TYPE OF FORMAT. THE FINANCIAL AID SCREWED ME OVER BECAUSE I CONTACTED THE VA REGARDING HOW MANY FUNDS I HAD LEFT FOR MY GI BILL AND THEY TOLD ME I HAD 2 CLASSES REMAINING AND SAID THEY WOULD LPAY FOR THEM AND THEN THEY DIDNT AND I GOT STUCK WITH 2000 DOLLARS IN WHICH I OWED THE UNIVERSITY. THE VA AT AMU WASNT HELPFUL AND NOW I GET STUCK PAYING THEM 2000 DOLLARS. AND NOW AND I CANNOT TAKE CLASSES UNTIL IT GETS PAID OFF.

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I'm Proud of Myself!

BA in Management - June 24, 2015
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AMU really worked in my life. I'm active duty, married with 3 children and the amount of course work in my program fit perfectly into my life. I understand the frustration of some of the reviewers and I saw some of AMUs short coming first hand, BUT I think we need to take in the perspective of both the students and the professors/AMU. 16 weeks of semester studies are being jammed into 8 weeks in an online forum, I think we are all aware of how much miscommunication can happen when communicating online. I do believe AMU is in need of improvements, students also need to set their expectations to a realistic level. I completed my degree in Iraq, Japan and Honduras and all my professors/teachers were accommodating/understanding of my circumstances. I value the degree that I received from AMU and am very proud of myself. I know when I retire (in 2 years!) that this degree will not hold the same status as other traditional "brick and mortar" institutions, but I still worked hard for it and I still learned more than I would have had I not tried. In the end you know what will/will not work for you. Sometimes you have to try it out first and then figure out if it's right or wrong. Good luck with your research and your future studies!

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BA in Intelligence Studies

Intelligence Studies - June 24, 2015
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I completed my BA in Intelligence Studies at AMU. I typically don’t write reviews but after reading some of the less positive reviews, I felt inclined to post my own. AMU is an amazing online university. Overall, my experience while attending AMU was excellent. I felt that every professor that I had was professional, helpful, and understanding. I was deployed twice while attending AMU and my professor’s completely understood my situation and worked with me to figure out a plan. About six months ago, my younger sister, who is in the Air Force, asked me about AMU and I gave her my opinion. And now she is taking courses at AMU and she loves it so far. AMU truly strives to provide an education to our military.

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Skip this place

Master of Arts in Intelligence Studies - June 24, 2015
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If you are military and you are merely looking for a paper credential, this might be your place. If you are truly looking to learn intelligence studies, at best you will get a superficial self-help class, with repetitive material throughout much of the program (with heavy emphasis on discussing but not necessarily resolving inefficiencies in intelligence collection and analysis). There are few real analysis skills learned in this program (which is what I was hoping for). Although the professors are very qualified people in their field, there are NO lectures so little or none of this experience and knowledge are imparted to the students. Instead classes are a series of reading assignments which you conduct on your own. There is a discussion board where students are supposed to discuss the readings and illustrate their understanding of the material. However, in large part, most of the students simply summarize or regurgitate some quotes from the reading to satisfy their discussion board obligations. There is very little by way of any analytic learning occurring for most of the students. The professors generally have little input into the discussion board process other than to posit questions to direct student discussion. There are also few if any tests in this program. In about 8 classes that I have taken, I have had no tests. The discussion board acts to show that you have purportedly read and mastered the reading material for the class. The bulk of the grading is generally done by way of a paper assigned for each class. The paper is supposed to illustrate that you have applied the concepts you learned in that class to some real world issue. However, in large part, these papers are merely summaries of scholarly papers written by others and instead are merely exercises in minimal research skills and citation formatting. Of my eight classes, only 2 have involved synthesizing any type of original thought. If the school invested a reasonable amount of money in technology (and probably paid professors more), they could have either recorded or live lectures by the professors. This would make this program valuable and a true learning opportunity. Without these, this is a correspondence course - and you might as well by the book yourself and simply read it. If you are paying your own tuition (as opposed to the government being ripped off paying tuition for you for this program), save your money. I will also note in passing that I have had several administrative issues that have arisen during the program relating to either changes in the requirement for the degree (which appears to happen frequently), substitution of classes, complaints about a particular class, and other matters. I have found the administration difficult to deal with and inflexible in resolving my problems. I have done well in the program (gradewise) and completed about half of the program. I have since, however, stopped taking additional classes. I probably won't bother completing this degree. I feel that I am not learning anymore, am being provided with repetitive subject matter in the classes, and am essentially doing busy work papers. I am unclear why the school allows classes that do not test students on the subject matter taught. It appears to me that the school wants students to pump out papers so that (a) they can justify the program; and (b) so that students can have written project papers to show potential employers in the intelligence industry. Perhaps this is a beneficial goal for students finding jobs -- but they are leaving the program with what I believe is a deficient education. All of the statements above reflect my opinion based upon my experience as a student. My recommendation is I would skip this program.

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Flexible Class Schedule, Affordable, Regional Accreditation

MBA - June 24, 2015
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Overall, I was very satisfied with the MBA program that I completed at AMU. In looking for an online program, I was principly concerned with three considerations: regional accreditaion, flexible schedule, affordable. AMU was the best of the few schools that met my primary considerations. Although I do not think you can replicate the in-class experience of a brick and mortar school, AMU provided me an excellent MBA experience. As in all things in life, especially in academia, you get out of the program what you but it. Sure, I could have done the minimal amount of work and would have passed and thus "earned" my MBA...but the same could also be said for any academic institution short of MIT. So I worked hard throughout the process and learned a lot in the process. For the most part, I had good professors. Some were not so good and did not provide meaningful feedback, but a lot of professors did. The really good ones challenged all of their students and made me work for an "A." In conclusion, I highly recommend AMU to other MBA candidates. If you are looking for a solid online program, with regional accreditation and a flexibile schedule, AMU cannot be beat.

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M.A. Legal Studies - June 24, 2015
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Cannot say enough. If you attend AMU Online, this is not a fly by night online degree mill. You will work for your degree I assure you. It has met my objectives and goals. If you are a parent with kids, work full time...this is they way to do it. I have attended AMU for a number of years and have never ran into a snag without an instructor there to help me out. The instructors will not give you your degree, they will help you earn it however. I've read a number of the very few poor reviews and I have to disagree as that has not been my experience. I want thank especially Professor Tamara Herdener for her exceptional instruction and leadership throughout my AMU experience. I had this professor for a number of my classes and with good instruction comes good education. This is not to take away from the rest of amazing and outstanding instruction by the other staff that have helped me through this journey. I have now graduated with an A.A. in Paralegal Studies, B.S. in Legal Studies and now a MA in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Environmental Law. I earned each one of these, none were given. You will have the same rewarding experience. The AMU Alumni helps maintain contacts throughout your career and support each other with experiences and ideas to promote yourself up through life. My thanks to all the hard work exercised by all the AMU instructors and staff.

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Great school but there are challenges ahead !

Intelligence Studies - June 24, 2015
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I graduated with an AA in Counter Terrroism and a BA in Intelligence studies and am glad I attended AMU when I did. The teachers I had were great, a few misses, but I rescheduled those quickly. But, The last 1-2 years more and more of the material is scanned and delivered electronically. This is just not good enough! I am currently attending a top UK university and AMU has a lot to learn! I am not sure that AMU will be a top notch institution much longer, but they do have some top notch professors. Dr Steven Greer and Professor Paul Medhurst are just mazing. Professor Amanda Bowers also. Take classes from them if you have a chance.

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My MBA experience - an honest assessment

MBA Finance - March 25, 2015
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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.

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TECHNICAL DEPARTMENT STINKS

BS-Space Studies - March 22, 2015
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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.

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Comparably Rigorous, Solid Overall

National Security Studies - March 18, 2015
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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.

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Business Administration - March 13, 2015
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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.

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Dont waste your time here at AMUs papermil diploma

Management - Human Resources - February 23, 2015
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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.

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I Had A Very Good Experience

Master of Arts - Management - February 18, 2015
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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!

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Don't go here if you can possible avoid it.

Master of Arts in History - January 28, 2015
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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.

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Great school.

Psychology - January 23, 2015
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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.

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Accepted to Grad School from AMU History BA

BA in History - January 11, 2015
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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!

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Outstaning program

National Security Studies - December 19, 2014
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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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Horrid Experience

Intelligence Studies - December 16, 2014
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Military go somewhere else! -- I tried out this program because of how flexible I heard they were; not the case. I had TDY's and holidays come up and they either wouldn't give me an extension or did into another TDY/holiday. Wasted tons of effort and TA trying to figure out their system (its NOT user friendly) because a verbal from an instructor won't suffice. Further today I was notified I was disenrolled. Going back to Webster, these guys are just terrible overall (instructors are fairly smart though)

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Student

General Studies - December 16, 2014
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I received my degree in general studies. I have re-enrolled to complete a bachelor's degree in computer science. I was able to transfer credit from my old collage and graduated early. I found that some of the website is difficult to navigate (I am 46) however, once I located everything I found it easy to remember and use. This program worked well with my military career. During one of my classes I had to go on a deployment. I was able to stop the class and restart where I left off when the next course entered the week I stopped.

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An excellent educational choice.

Security Management - December 12, 2014
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There are many reviews on this webpage, so, I will keep this brief. This school was the absolute best choice for me to achieve my educational goals. Sure, as a working professional, I sometimes found the workload a little daunting, however, backward planning and self-discipline kept it manageable. The cost of the graduate program was the best that I found during my school selection, to include the brick and mortar institutions in the surrounding geographical area. Do not walk into these graduate programs unprepared. AMU will make you work for your grades, but, is that not why we challenge ourselves?

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Masters Degree Criminal Justice Program

Criminal Justice - December 11, 2014
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An excellent experience. Both my Undergrad and Graduate Criminal Justice degrees were earned here at The American Military University where I was free to work at my own pace online with excellent instructors at a very reasonable rate. AMU provides everything you need to earn a legitimate degree which helped me greatly further my professional career. Books are easy to order, instructors have significant real world experience, and the learning platforms are well designed and maintained. Well worth the investment of time and resources, I would go no where else.

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Great format for Soldiers

Business Administration - December 11, 2014
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The format used by AMU is great for those that normally do not perform well with online college. The weekly assignments and forums make the classes interesting and fun. They are very user friendly for those that are not computer savvy and affordable to use with DoD TA. I just completed my Associate's and will begin my Bachelor's program after the new year. I recommend this institution to all my Soldiers and peers.

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BA in Security Management

Security Management - December 10, 2014
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AMU is a great,affordable on-line university that offers a quality education matched by few. The classes are engaging and challenging as well. You would have a hard time getting a more quality on-line education for the price you pay at AMU.

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Great School

Sports Management - December 10, 2014
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I have had a great experience with the school and it was very affordable which led to my decision to attend.

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Review of masters in military history program

Military History - December 10, 2014
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I just completed this program, electively taken after retiring from long career in a technical industry. As with most degree programs, I enjoyed some classes more than others. Most of my instructors were engaged in the program and their class, were knowledgeable, supportive and responsive to questions and needs. Given that this is an on-line school, I believe there is more pressure and personal responsibility with the student than in traditional teaching settings to complete assignments on time and as requested. I learned much from my classes and instructors and the flexibility regarding class load and timing was a huge element in completing the degree. In a few classes, taped lectures were made available and were very interesting. It seems to me that providing more on-line lectures would help students better understand the subject as well as get to be exposed to the knowledge of their instructors. I also think that including more tests at the expense of writing multiple papers might be a nice option.

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My own experience

Emergency Management and Disaster Planning - December 9, 2014
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I took my first college class in 1990. I've been all around, been to several schools and feel compelled to share a bit about my experience at AMU. AMU has several advantages. It's fully accredited. No matter where you move, you don't have to change schools. I have observed that AMU has superb instructors. Why? Because they have the ability to solicit the best in the field no matter where that instructor is located. AMU is not limited to the whatever local yocal they can get to come in and teach from the local area. Almost all the professor bio sheets are top notch in experience. The school itself is very solid: academic plan is clear, super student support, easy billing, scheduling easy, straight forward student handbook, etc. -- there's no confusion as to where you are and what you have to do. You do have to get the "feel" of the online environment. However, I'd argue that you'd have to get that at any brick and mortar school. AMU is certainly better for active duty military and busy professionals. If you're young and want the college life feeling; well go live in a dorm on a large state campus and go for it. I have found the academics at AMU to be a bit more difficult than attending local night school. Online, the instructors can just go; "read it all". At night school, you get well;... only worry about this chapter and these sections. You're under a time crunch to get everything done. Therefore, I became really good at fast research, using online libraries, developing templates for the various writing styles and formats, as well as creating quality work on time. You don't have people looking over your shoulder to ask questions; so you have to think and figure things out on your own if want to do well. You are required to do the best you can with the information you have to work with; interpret guidance, formulate, create, proof read, etc. - all inside the timeframe you have to work with. These skills alone have translated directly into fast paced, high stress professional environments. I do not recommend AMU to everyone. For busy professionals who are looking to really step up academically and professionally, it's a super way to go. Downfalls: Expensive [but well worth it] Some of the electronic course materials are user difficult. But, course materials are always changing and you'll find a variety of delivery methods in your classes. A lot of typing: I don't know who these people are that say AMU is easy. You better get crackin' if your going to get your forums and assignments done. Respectfully Submitted, Harry

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Not the best but could be worse

English - December 9, 2014
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I would rate this school overall all as barely meeting expectations. If the military allowed me to switch school at this point, I would. However, I have too many credits to do a transfer. Let's start with the term "military friendly" which this college claims they are. "military friendly" tends to mean that information is open to all parts of the class with flexible deadlines due to the individuals who work shift work or don't always have access to a computer. AMU started to have classes that were fairly open, allowing access back to the previous posts and forward to future posts to allow shirt workers to do their work a little late and a little early to avoid being late. This has not been an option as of late. Teachers lock out lesson and forums allowing information to only be posted during specific time periods. If you are not interested in this military friendly benefit, no worries, there's more. Most of the teachers are using the same syllabus across courses. This means that a LOT of the information in the syllabus is incorrect. This has happened with every class I have had resulting in multiple emails sent back and forth trying to get clarification. Books use to be provided as hardcopies for free. Materials now tend to be electronic. This poses it's own issues. Most referenced website end up not being operational during class. Some sites are blocked if you are using a military computer. If you books are in the library, good luck accessing them. If you materials are not available the day class opens, you need to drop the class. This is because requesting assistance from the library has a three day turnaround and by the time they have responded, you are already due to post that week. I cannot find anything in the library and have to use other colleges libraries online or go to an actual library for research. I have spoken with the librarians via email and they have not been helpful at all. I have taken the online course on using the library and found it to confirm my fears, the online library is not user friendly and near impossible to find anything and then use it. It you are an English major, this presents a major issue. Most teachers post feedback so late that you cannot correct the identified errors by the time the next assignment is due. I've already mentioned the syllabus issues and the issues with a carbon copy lesson plan that leads to multiple errors and confusions. There is also the dead link issues during class. I have also had the issue were the teacher insists everything is working and I have to access the information from an alternate site. This, of course, messes up the cite referencing material which I get marked down on (even though it is technically right but just froma different site then the one they gave). Support is non existent in every sense: teachers, librarians, admin, tech. For the price I am paying, I'd rather go to a different college so I believe I am not getting my value. They use technology for almost everything now but the technology doesn't always work. They know of the issues and are not correcting them anytime soon. Login issues that require you to log in 5 times before the system accepts you, known but not fixed. No access to course material, known but not fixed. You are expected to pay extra to get you own materials. To sum it up, there are a bunch or colleges out there. Why go here, when you can go someplace else?

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Great School

Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - December 9, 2014
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AMU is not a bad school yes some of the instructors do not have the rapid response like many people want but that is in a normal classroom. AMU has made the online experience very enjoyable and free flowing. Much of online learning comes from what your peers say about your thought process, understanding and depth innate nature for learning. We can all give a myriad number of reasons why its bad. It is not by serendipity that many graduate with ease. AMU is a great school for people that do not need face to face or instint feedback. Great school and I plan to complete my MS in Trans and Log Management.

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Bachelors of Arts in Criminal Justice - December 9, 2014
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