American Military University

Review Averages: 8.2 out of 10 (592 reviews)
Ranking: #12

American Military University describes its mission as “educating those who serve.” AMU features more than 100 online certificate and degree programs that are designed for professionals in national security and public service. Sample subject areas include air warfare, homeland security, early childhood education, and Middle Eastern studies. Classes start monthly.

Accreditation: North Central Association; Distance Education and Training Council
For-Profit: Yes
Country: USA
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BA Intelligence Studies
Intelligence Studies - March 2, 2017
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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Transportation and Logistics Management - February 14, 2017
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.

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great University for Military and Veterans
Computer Applications - October 6, 2016
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.

BS Public Health Concen: Health & Wellness
Masters Public Health (MPH) - September 29, 2016
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.

Masters In Military History
Master of Arts In Military Studies - September 29, 2016
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!

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
B.A. Security Management, General Ed
Security Management - August 31, 2016
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.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great Institution and Educational Experience
Political Science - August 12, 2016
I had a great experience with my Political Science graduate program at AMU/APUS. As with any program you get what you put in, as well as whatever you make of it. This institution allows for you to learn a lot from there knowledgable and experienced instructor cadre, as well as network if you chose to become involved within the online social media communities. Sure you don't get the same type of interaction with peers or professors as you would if you attended an actual campus, but all the resources and mechanisms are in place for you to take full advantage of the most up to date online mechanisms for interaction if you chose to use them. Don't expect to have your hand held though, this institution will not just give you a degree. You will be expected to think on your feet and figure things out as well. If you have questions, you will need to ask them as well as follow up questions for your questions, you will also need to conduct research within the campus to find answers regarding institutional specific things. The educational experience I had was high quality. The professors I had were very serious about here jobs, and I did not have any problems with feedback, although sometimes I had to ask clarifying questions, which is no different than the traditional style of learning. I also felt like I learned a lot from interacting with other members of my program and individual classes. Again though, this was all fruit of my own effort, which is also similar to how the experience would be within a traditional style program. If you stay hidden, don't ask questions, and expect fro things to be done for or given to you, you will not have a good experience. If you come into the this institution's programs eager, ready to learn, and adaptable you will have your expectations met as well as have a good experience. They will work with you in the event of unforeseen circumstances.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Criminal Justice Major
Criminal Justice - August 11, 2016
I am currently within two months and a half months from finishing my BA in Criminal Justice from American Military University, apart of the American Public University System and I have truly enjoyed it. I started in the summer of 2010 to finish out my Associates Degree in the Air Force for Criminal Justice, then I went to another online university for my degree, but it was structured under the traditional university model, where they have the Fall, Winter, Spring, and Summer semesters and did not offer the courses throughout the year that American Military University does. I started to work on my BA in the fall of 2015 and when I transferred my credits over from the Air Force degree, they accepted the entirely of them, so I started in as a Junior and only needed 60 credits to graduate. I enjoy how they have classes starting every month, all year long; with this option I have been able to complete two to three courses every eight weeks since the end of 2015, with an anticipated graduation date of November 2016. The instructors are knowledgeable within the subject areas, especially within the Criminal Justice field; many have real world experience within the field. However, there are some instructors who act like they are the "one all, be all" but you will get that with any school you select. If you are using tuition assistance from the military or utilizing your G.I. Bill, it is really easy to use when paying for the courses. For undergraduate work, the eBooks are amazing, and the discount you get for them makes them free for the student. When I was applying and getting all of my credits transferred over, the customer support was extremely helpful getting the answers I needed. I have not had to use the student advising at this time, only when I applied for graduation, and at this time it is very seamless. The online library is an amazing resource, which has a great deal of publications, books, and other types of academic information which will help completing your assignments. I have felt challenged within the courses and I have also honed my APA citation style of my coursework, and the instructors have aided in that significantly. I have really enjoyed my experience and time at American Military University and I would definitely recommend it to my peers who are contemplating completing their undergraduate degree.

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Strategic Intelligence (Intelligence Studies)
Intelligence Studies - August 10, 2016
I completed the Strategic Intelligence MA degree in 2009; the program has since been changed to Intelligence Studies. Previously, I completed a BA at a "brick and mortar" school," the Intelligence Studies Certificate Program (Masters level) at the National Intelligence University (DIA/Bolling AFB), and I'm on my second full Master's degree at another "brick and mortar." AMU was a great choice for what it is and I highly recommend it for any student who needs the online option due to location, work schedule, or military deployments/PCS. Due to my work, I was unable to commute to a campus location, and I was active duty and had to PCS and deploy during my degree program. Compared to my past and current "brick and mortar" experience, the AMU classes required far more writing. You get out of any program what you put into it- I worked hard, did the readings, learned from my mistakes, proactively worked with the professors, and did extra research for each class- and graduated with a 4.0. As an intelligence professional (active duty Army, retired as a LTC, worked in joint/interagency/NATO assignments), the classes and degree directly impacted my daily work and my career. I only had one bad experience with a professor, but I was able to document my complaint carefully, and worked with the Department head to drop the class. The distance learning option does not have the networking and discussion of a normal class, but for my limitations it was a great choice at the time. If you are willing to commit to a degree, have the time, discipline, and interest, I strongly encourage anyone to consider AMU. Most of the professors I had were published in their field. I saw many of my peers apply for AMU or other degrees, but dropped out due to a lack of interest, writing ability (you have to write to get a degree), or discipline. People who need special writing coaching or tailored instruction to explain things will have difficulty with online content and should stick with a community college or other alternative until they are ready. If you are a self starter and have good study skills, you can really get a lot out of this degree.

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Masters Program
Environmental Policy and Management - August 10, 2016
After practicing for over 25 years as a professional Geologist I hesitantly returned to school and attempted the Master's program for Environmental Policy and Management. The on-line application was a challenge for me as I was brought up in the brick an mortar days. I still prefer in class old style, that being said, I received great support from the technical side of things as well as the overall learning process. The entire process was seamless. Half way through the program I was dealt a personally loss of my wife. This program allowed me to temporary suspend my ambitions until I was able to continue. I completed this in about two years and found the classes to be 'real world" taught by real world professors not theoreticians where classes do not have true relevance. I would recommend this program to anyone that is focused and wanting to expand their horizons. I am employed as a Geologist with the federal government and this education has helped me round out my career. Jim Tarr

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Old Comments

Nov. 1, 2011, 7:53 p.m.
+5 votes/
My parents are dead.  I am 45 years old and currently enlisted. I chose this school due to the fact that I was overseas and there were others taking classes with AMU stating how great it was.  I have since found out it is only great if you are lazy and illiterate. My fellow soldiers have stated this over and over to me.  They like it because it is so easy.
Oddly enough, there are some of us in the world who would like to learn while at school, regardless of the grade we receive.
You pointed out the low level of communicative skills shown by others but then ignored that and said you "know" it is a good school. Online communication relies on positive writing skills. You cannot have it both ways.
Dec. 26, 2010, 8:56 p.m.
+4 votes/
According to "Seriously", if you didn't get your degree right after high school at a b&m there is no hope for you, don't bother pursuing a degree at all, ever. What a sad outlook for us who made the mistake of having to go to work or joining the military or simply couldn't afford it at the time, only his degree is meaningful. Thanks for enlightening us O Great One. Oh by the way OGO, Harvard now has online degree programs, as do many other b&m
schools. I suppose they are useless too? Tell you what, you make a "valid school" list for us so that we don't make any more horrible mistakes, OK? Thanks OGO.
Btw, I LOVE AMU!
Dec. 31, 2010, 5:46 a.m.
+4 votes/
  I have attended American Military University (AMU) since 2007 and have zero regrets.  The school is nationally and regionally accredited and I know many co-workers who went on to get great jobs after military service in the federal government.  The instructors work very well with military students even if deployed.  The undergraduate programs also offer book grants so TA will fully fund six classes a year.  The course work will require at times more reading than you expect but no more than other colleges.  Ensure if you apply to completely apply yourself to course work and your studies will be fun and rewarding reflecting a high GPA.  I am three classes from a BA in Security Management and would rate them a 9 of 10. Go AMU!!
June 15, 2011, 2:20 p.m.
+4 votes/
It's stupid to compare a school like AMU which is meant for working adults and deployed military with some traditional super-expensive brick & mortar. Two different animals. But both provide you with a legit degree at the end. If you want to quit your job and move in with your mother to attend full-time at a B&M then be my guest. AMU is fully accredited and fills a need. Stop drinking the haterade..
Nov. 6, 2011, 12:24 p.m.
+4 votes/
I am or should i say was a current  student.the fsa dept waited to tell me of an error on my fasfa 3days before classes.I submitted the original fasfa 2months ahead!
Dec. 17, 2010, 4:37 a.m.
+3 votes/
Jennie, 

I asked the admissions department at St. Mary's University Law School in San Antonio if they in particular discriminate against individuals with online degrees. The representative told me no, just as long as the degree is regionally accredited. She said that some of the professors have reservations about students with online degrees but not because they don't feel the students have a grasp of subject knowledge. They worry students may not succeed going from an online learning environment to a traditional one. It really is going to depend on the school. Typically law schools look at the whole package. Degree, GPA, the person, LSAT scores, etc...

Hope this helps.
July 19, 2011, 9:29 p.m.
+3 votes/
Ladies and Gentlemen, you do not make a great case for AMU when you reply with all lowercase text, sentence fragments, and misspelled words.  Nevertheless, I know that AMU is a quality institution, just as many other for-profit(gasp!)schools are.

It may not be appropriate for everyone, but for those who are spewing hate and discontent on this site in the direction of AMU, it definitely isn't for you.  Stick with the brick and mortar grind and mommy and daddy's money.




Oct. 12, 2011, 1:17 a.m.
+3 votes/
I couldn't get ANYONE from this "University" to return phone calls or answer e-mails to help me enroll.  This appears to be just another degree mill that only wants your money.  Given that I spend almost a month trying to become a student and got nowhere I'm off to find another path.  The people at UMUC are very helpful as are the folks at Capella, for what it's worth.
Feb. 17, 2012, 4:08 a.m.
+3 votes/
I had the same exact experience at UMASS that you had at UCONN.  I recently went back to school at AMU for my MBA and have found the learning experience to be much better than when I was at UMASS.  This school is not for everyone though, it is best for people who like to work independently. There is interaction with other students and the professors, but for the most part you will learn from doing a lot of research. 
July 20, 2012, 6:01 p.m.
+3 votes/
To enter ANY Masters program at AMU you need a B average minimum...stop putting wrong info on these sites.
Aug. 29, 2010, 3:48 a.m.
+2 votes/
Why would someone get two Master degrees from AMU? One worthless degree is bad enough.
Jan. 6, 2012, 7:56 p.m.
+2 votes/
I have attended this school for three terms now, and I would say it is a far cry from a degree mill. I have attended two local community colleges, and in terms of comparable course work this schools demands are much higher. For example in my international relations class I was turning in a 3-5 page essay per week, plus reading on average 100 pages of material per week. This is on top of the forum discussions (500 word minimum with two 250 word responses to other classmates) and 20-50 question tests every few weeks, including midterms and finals. AND as a final kicker, a 7 page research paper (not including title and reference pages) due the final week. This was just one class of my four that term and all were similar. I am not sure how the typical universities coursework stacks up to this, but I can tell you from personal experience it is no walk in the park. The material covered is very modern, with some of my books being published within the last six months, giving me the most up to date knowledge available. The ability to walk into anywhere with internet access and my own thumb drive and work on school is a huge benefit as well, as I am often traveling. 

My only concern for getting a degree from this school is how well it will be received by employers. It is probably not a well known school, and as such may detract from the value of the degree. However, with over 100,000 students currently enrolled, it is clearly gaining popularity and hopefully this will make it more well known in the world. 

For credentials, my last professor in my business 101 class had her P.h. D. from University of Texas, had two books out, was the state assistant attorney general for over 6 years, and had a slew of other credentials of similar caliber to back her name. There are many very highly qualified instructors at this university and I find the level of engagement between faculty and students to be as high or higher than that of the traditional schools I have attended. 

The ONLY downside I have had while taking these courses is the turn around time on asking questions. They are required to respond within 48 hours to all emails, and they do, however if a test or paper is due within two days, and you can't start the work until you get a question answered (this problem arose in my math class, when I was having trouble understanding a concept 24 hours before a test was due, which ultimately resulted in me turning in the test late for reduced credit) then it can be a problem. So this factor is something to consider when choosing between online education and traditional courses. But this will also be an issue at most online schools you go to, so it is not specific to this university.

Hopefully this helps someone make their decision! 
Oct. 2, 2012, 4:31 p.m.
+2 votes/
Just plain wrong.  Did you ever take a class?  AMU's site is never down, the material in my intelligence classes was terrific, and the instructors were world class.  Heck, one of my professors is an assistant to the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  I purposely read every professor's bio before signing up for class.  Most of them have credentials that put me in awe.  I'm sorry, from what you wrote I'm guessing you flunked out.  No offense intended; it just sounds that way.
Oct. 13, 2012, 3:30 p.m.
+2 votes/
I graduated in 2010 with an MA (Honors) in Emergency and Disaster Management. I chose this Online school because of its related curriculum which may not be found elsewhere. Even though in my military and civilian jobs I was Chief of Emergency Management Operations positions, including post 911 NYC operations, I learnt a lot from the program. 99% of the professors are enthusiastic, follow your assignments, are readily available even during their off-school time, were very willing to offer guidance and suggestions to research and this was also emotionally satisfying. The instructorship and the support system at AMU are highly commendable. I was encouraged and forced to work hard on various aspects of my courses and this was  very gratifying. Students must understand that at the graduate level, instructors set assignments and students must do the research and bring that product forth to the class. The onus of intensive research falls solely on the student and the instructor is then able to evaluate a student's ability to conduct adequate, indepth and intensive research, thereby showing the quality of the student's academic ability. This is a great university and I highly recommend it to anyone willing to accept it's challenges.  
May 13, 2009, 4:35 a.m.
+1 vote/
To: AMU Graduate here

Which program did you complete and was it necessary to have Education courses, such as those that lead to the teaching Certificate offered at AMU?
Sept. 24, 2009, 5:30 p.m.
+1 vote/
Good points, but I have to say one thing about their acceptance:

So what if they allow everyone in?  Not everyone graduates.  I care much less about selectivity than the difficulty of the work.  If everyone got accepted and everyone got a degree there might be a problem, but what is their graduation rate like?

Also, I learned plenty of team-work skills at my job and in undergrad, I don't see a need to choose a school based on continuing this.  

Also, I don't see why their schedule matters.  Why do I need to take months off between classes?  I like the idea of not wasting time and by simply continuing school so long as it's not overwhelming.  

Also, if employers have never heard of AMU how could they judge AMU's admission policies?

And finally, it seems you get what you put into it.  A lot of people aren't going to put an effort in. 

However, if you become a member of the AHA or OAH, and attend their conferences, do exceptional research and focus intently on each class you are in, get excellent grades, you are achieving the same experience as in a brick and mortar school.

It seems that you can do the same things, just in a different way (like going to conferences on your own, I've even spoken to people who have delivered papers at these conferences who have gone to AMU). You could also submit papers and articles to scholarly journals. As long as you know how to put the effort into a degree from AMU, I think your main trouble is going to be getting your first job.  Once you get that first job I would think you'd be golden, living then off your professional reputation, not where you went to school.
Jan. 6, 2010, 2:25 a.m.
+1 vote/
Dave, that was quite a story. I am not sure how it translates to AMU being a quality school. It does not resolve the short comings that thier professors have and it does not make the graduate program on par with other schools. I still fail to see how anyone can call this a legitimate school.
Jan. 9, 2010, 2:58 a.m.
+1 vote/
Dave,
You say the quality of this education surpasses almost all others and that is a fact that can be verified. I found the content of the courses to be poor and the professors were not very good teachers. I would like to know what "facts" you are basing your statement on. This school is not very respected in academic cirlces and it is not the on-line format, it does not compare well to other on-line schools. Just because it is flexible does not mean it is quality.
Jan. 16, 2010, 6:45 p.m.
+1 vote/
I received a Master's in Military History, and everyone laughs at me when they tell me that I am a loser for having an online degree! It hurts so bad. I worked really hard, graduated with a 3.85 with honors. I am jobless, and I have no toliet paper, and I am wondering if I should use this AMU degree to wipe myself. Someone help!
April 14, 2010, 6:53 p.m.
+1 vote/
Well, I already stated above what my decision was, but I will get to that in a minute. Also, that quote above stated what my initial impression of APU was before I dug a little deeper. My impression drastically changed after researching the university. I don’t think students should get hooked by APU’s cheap cost and easy admission requirements just because they are strapped for cash right now. I am choosing to work full time to save money for the grad school of my choice because I know student aid and scholarships only go so far and do not usually cover costs of living. I know working adults do not have the same luxury of moving home to save money for a year, but they still deserve the same quality education regardless of where they go. APU doesn’t seem to be doing that that is what my problem with the university is.  The university can do better by obtaining the proper accreditation: such as the NASPAA for its Masters in Public Administration. I called the university to see if they were working on obtaining this accreditation, they are not. If adults really want to go back to school, there are many options available that would be more respected than APU. It is not fair for students to get deluded into thinking they are earning an actual masters degree. These degrees are only good if a person is already in their field and they need that slip of paper saying “Masters Degree” to get a promotion or go up on the pay scale. For a student who actually wants to learn something and be challenged, they will be disappointed.
April 14, 2010, 9:17 p.m.
+1 vote/
Not to sound callous, but you transferred to a less credible online university because their history program is better than an established public university that is known for being research intensive? That doesn’t add up to me. You are choosing to pay double for a degree with the fraction of the recognition of UCF? I am familiar with UCF’s history program; they have a pretty good program. As a history minor, I think they have an excellent selection of classes and many of the professors have previously taught at Penn State and other highly ranked schools. How can they be inferior to APU?

Being strapped for time is not an excuse for the easy admission requirements. If you have time to devote to graduate study, then you have the time to put together an application. As for the cost of APU, it is extremely cheap for graduate study. Other graduate programs can range as low as $550 to $1,300 per credit. 11,000 dollars for a masters degree is bound to look attractive when compared to other degrees that cost $30,000-50,000. 

The schools mission policy is nice and all, but that still doesn’t make up for the lack of quality and instruction in their courses. And yes, some professors may be better than others. However schools like UCF have policies that ensure that professors are doing their job correctly. They are held accountable and are constantly evaluated to ensure this. I have been researching APU since October because I was very interested in their program, however in my research I came across the same complaints over and over again, on this site and many others. Students talked about ineffective feedback, uninvolved professors, and material that is not challenging.  The amount of complaints for such a small school is an indication of a pattern. There are also several faculty members who are graduates of the University of Phoenix. No reputable university would hire an instructor from such an infamous institution.
April 15, 2010, 2:34 a.m.
+1 vote/
Has anyone majored in  the Child and Family Development program? Would like to know what you thought of the classes.
May 4, 2010, 2:11 p.m.
+1 vote/
Ray and Hector,
Ask the graduate schools that you are interested in about the acceptance of AMU's degree programs. I have contacted PHD programs (since I couldn't contact any AMU graduates who have went on to pursue PHDs through my advisor (weird)), and the graduate admission officers have told me that I need to gain competency in at least two critical foreign languages related to my field of study, and I need to get really good scores on the GRE and letters of recommendation. It wouldn't hurt if I was published and presented a paper at a conference and found some way to participate in research. AMU's degree programs are okay, but they lack alot of things that you will have to work hard to make up for on your own (in time, resources and money). Graduate school admission officers realize that, so you can't just get into a PHD or graduate program with just a AMU degree by itself. You really need to stand out and show that you did more than log in. I know there are some AMU graduates who want a PHD and are trying to get out of taking the GRE because they already have a Master's degree. That's not going to happen. The rather lax admission standards of AMU graduate programs and its less than stellar reputation as an "online university" requires you to take the GRE.

After talking to a professor and gathering more information on completing a PHD, I decided against it. It doesn't make sense for me to waste years of my life working on a PHD when the job market is already over saturated with history PHDs. If you can't find a job after three years of getting the PHD, your chances drop dramatically. There is a significant number of people who have been out of school for 12 years, and have had to work in retail because they couldn't find a job as professor. And they have a brand name degree.

When I think of AMU possibly offering a PHD in Military History, I sort of laugh because there is no possible way that a person with a PHD in Military History online will be taken seriously in academia. Traveling to historical archives to work your dissertation, the oral part of qualifying exams, putting together a dissertation committee... there's no way that someone could do all of this through an online program. This sort of thing requires physical interaction that only a B&M could provide. Would AMU devote alot of time and resources into a PHD program to really do it right? I don't think so.
May 4, 2010, 2:21 p.m.
+1 vote/
*They have a name brand degree.

Another thing. It would really help if AMU could at least compile a list of students who have been accepted into graduate school or PHD programs. Every Proud History department has a list of universities that have accepted their students in graduate or professional school programs. It just makes sense. The fact that the advisors are clueless or try to change the subject whenever I ask really irks me. Ray and Hector, thank you for asking this important question and you should be applauded for taking your education seriously. There may be individuals who will try to personally attack you for asking this question, but keep at it. It's your money and your time, find out as much information as possible before making a decision. I see too many individuals on the AMU student forums and on this website, attacking students who dare to ask question or point out the flaws of AMU. I am convinced that some of these people are plants.
June 21, 2010, 3:30 a.m.
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Mike,
"...as I am writing this Im sitting in my underwear eating cereal on a Sunday morning."

Let me guess...Fruit Loops?
Aug. 2, 2010, 3:08 p.m.
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Somehow this board seems to be filled with 95% recruiters with the  scripted responses. Same goes for the college people posing as "Alumni" and the 5% misguided people getting swindled for an online degree which is inferior to a college degree obtained from a proper university. Want to get a descent job? get military experience..then join government. My 2 cents
Aug. 5, 2010, 8:55 p.m.
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Hello, I'm looking for a little information.  Does anyone know how many credits I actually have to complete at AMU to get a degree?  I know that most schools require somewhere between 25% and 50% of their credits to be completed at their institution and 75% to 50% can be transfer credits.  Is this true for AMU as well? Thanks!
Aug. 13, 2010, 6:49 p.m.
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Malia,

Environmental Studies vs Environmental Engineering - it is kind of like the difference between a Psychologist and a Psychiatrist.  If you have a degree in Environmental Engineering, it means you took the mandatory courses required for an engineering degree such as lots math and sciences (calculus, chemistry, physics..etc).  Environmental Studies probably cover much of the same environmental core courses without alot of the science and math.  It usually depends the person's background and work experience but an engineering degree can open many more doors than a "studies" degree.  Just like psychiatrist are pretty much psychologist in most respects but not vice versa as the latter is not a medical doctor.  People with a "Environmental Studies" degree can work as a technician and in management but it is the engineers who normally put the rubber stamp on things like designs, analysis studies...etc.   There are exceptions of course depending on the person's knowledge level and experience. I am not positive but it is probably a little hard (if at all) to get a credible engineering degree online.  If you can find a program and complete it, you are a very smart person indeed. Hope that helps.
Aug. 25, 2010, 1:20 a.m.
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duck,
Actually, this school is very attentive toward new students; it's just that once you're in the system you'll be treated like any other cash cow...expect to be milked as long as you're flowing. Good luck!
Aug. 27, 2010, 8:49 p.m.
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I have to say, that although I have two Masters degrees from AMU (4.0 in both), it is NOT respected in the civilian world. I am in the military, so it really doesn't matter, but I have spoken to friends both in the academic community and the recruiting community, and outside of contractor gigs, the prospects are slim. Also, trying to get into  Phd program is proving tough as well. Just some heads up for you guys.
Sept. 17, 2010, 8:07 p.m.
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Don't get a MBA from AMU. Go to a traditional brick and mortar for that sort of thing. Online study is okay in certain fields. Getting a MBA online is not good.
Sept. 28, 2010, 11:32 p.m.
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For-profit schools are under much scrutiny these days.  Be very careful on choosing one, if at all.  The DoD is reviewing its policy... TA may be at stake, not to mention gov loans and grants.  Hopefully the institutions in question will begin providing much more detailed info on their practices.  There are online institutions who are not For-Profit, FYI, maybe do some research.
Oct. 17, 2010, 3:39 a.m.
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AMU's MBA program is not even accredited by the ACBSP, which is like the easiest accreditation among Business schools to have. Employers won't recognize a MBA from this school, and even assuming that they won't look at the accreditation issue, AMU doesn't have much of a reputation in the civilian world. I would look somewhere for a MBA. Just because a university is regionally accredited, does not mean that a particular degree program is accredited. In the case of a business degree, having the proper accreditation is crucial especially if you want to transfer credits.
Nov. 18, 2010, 11:25 p.m.
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If you earned an degree from a reputable university, why are you wasting your time on here talking trash about this school. Surely, the school is for-profit and maybe shady when it comes to its business practices, but they target a group that brick-n-mortar schools lack and that is WORKING ADULTS! 

IF brick-n-mortar schools didn't cry about losing enrollment and funds, WHY DIDN'T THEY JUMP ON THE ONLINE EDUCATION WAGON?? Their wouldn've been a UOP,AMU, or Kaplan, if lousy schools like Ohio State, San Diego State, George Mason, Could at offered a BA in History, BA in Intelligence STudies, a BS in Legal Studies.
Nov. 22, 2010, 4:06 p.m.
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To Seriously, an online degree?
Could you please tell us what school you got your degree from so I can avoid it, because if they graduated you wow! You are most certainly the biggest idiot on this blog.
Nov. 23, 2010, 4:07 p.m.
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I think you two (1CAV and To Seriously, an online degree) need to grow up.

Who in here is in the Philosophy program? I'm interested in the program.
Dec. 28, 2010, 10:21 p.m.
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Deidra L.

You should post your question regarding the BA International Relations program on AMU's Facebook page. You should have better luck with your question.
Jan. 15, 2011, 3:33 a.m.
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I am almost finished with my degree at AMU and I have been impressed with the quality of the teachers and the tech support staff.  I have had very few tech issues and one call and they have fixed them.  Flexibility with time management is the key here.  Because some of the courses are eight weeks long they can really be tiring but the benefit of having the class finished in half the time makes up for it.    
April 17, 2011, 12:59 p.m.
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Just landed a private sector job in Atlanta with my MSIT from AMU, they looked at their accreditation and that was that. I have to admit I had a few concerns due to rumors about online/for-profit/etc schools, and I am relieved to know that they were unfounded. Proper accreditation is the main issue with employers, AMU has it. My big complaint about AMU is with their finance dept, they screwed up more than a few things along the way, don't know if they're overworked or what due to rapid growth, but they need to get a new system or better training or something.
April 30, 2011, 1:45 p.m.
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Some of these posts are ridiculous. AMU is regionally and nationally accredited. The Dean of their Science and Technology department is NASA astronaut. Famous alumni include Air Force Thunderbird pilots. I am enrolling in their MSIT program and will be proud to call myself a student of AMU.
May 5, 2011, 3:02 p.m.
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I've been with AMU since 2002 and takin' my sweet time with my MA in Emergency Preparedness & Disaster Management via my Post 9-11 GI Bill. The Only problem I have is that they raised the tuition, making it harder to provide your co-pay. I also question the poor customer service reps who work the VA aspect of the students who apply the GI Bill. I got a letter from them but it did NOT address the lack of professionalism of their staff nor were they apologetic.
June 12, 2011, 5:23 a.m.
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So what, the same commission that accredits Harvard also accredits kindergarten programs. Accreditation is merely a minimum requirement not a statement of quality beyond that. 
Nov. 1, 2011, 7:45 p.m.
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I am currently enrolled and far from satisfied. The school is a degree mill. The instructors are not very literate, nor do they seem to have even a minimum of practical experience in their subject matter.  I am on the "honors list" but feel as if I have not learned anything in the last 6 months.
 If you have questions about a subject, it is hit and miss if you will get a response. On the off chance you get a response, but still have questions based on a different viewpoint, the teacher may launch into a personal attack rather than respond to the question.
Contacted my student adviser for assistance with possibly changing my major and was given the brush off. 

There are others, stationed with me who love this school for the very reasons why I will be transferring .  It does not challenge (or teach)you.  It is a very easy way to get a meaningless degree.
July 5, 2012, 6:03 p.m.
+1 vote/
Good school and getting better all the time, very qualified and respected faculty.
Sept. 11, 2012, 4:53 p.m.
+1 vote/
My time with the AMU was well worth while.If you require a good grounding in military history at a distance learning level the AMU is the palce to be!
Sept. 11, 2012, 6:59 p.m.
+1 vote/
My time with AMU was both challenging and rewarding. The challenge comes with the lack of a teacher standing over you daily to remind you to do your work. There is not easy day here. This program required discipline and determination. The material is not always easy either. The myth that a distance program is somehow less involved will not hold water at AMU. The teachers will push your limits with the work and in the end you will be thankful. The reward is easy, when you hold that degree, whatever level, in your hand, and you look back over all it took to get there, family time, work, deployments, life events, you will feel a sense of pride unmatched. I cannot recommend this program enough!
Sept. 18, 2012, 3:13 p.m.
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HOMELAND SECURITY DEGREE.

AMU was both challenging and rewarding. I have attended two colleges and two universities. Two have been on line and AMU is the only university that gave me any decent credit for my military experience of 21 years. I started my B.A. in Homeland Security while overseas in Iraq and completed it in July 2012. Every professor I experienced brought some great expertise and knowledge to the course and some demanded more than others. This was not an easy degree to obtain but you take away what you put into it. As far as on line universities go, AMU was my best school ever. I will definitely pursue my M.A. with AMU as soon as I get situated in my new career. I most definitely recommend AMU for any veteran wanting a great education.
Oct. 2, 2012, 4:23 p.m.
+1 vote/
AMU made completing my Masters a pleasure. The Admissions Staff was extremely professional and helpful, and the Faculty is top notch. I can heartily recommend AMU to military and public safety professionals.
Oct. 2, 2012, 4:24 p.m.
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I am just two classes away from graduating with a degree in Intelligence from American Military University.  You can't go wrong with AMU; they don't hand out "A's" unless you earn them - anyone expecting an easy ride should be glad AMU isn't one, because a degree from them COUNTS!  I gather that more members of the U.S. military take college classes at AMU than at any other university.

I should add that I'm finishing a degree I started decades ago.  I'm not easily fooled by fake colleges - I worked for NBC Network News and ABC Network News for over two decades and have two national Emmy awards.  If you want a great college, AMU is it.  Put in the work, and you will not be sorry.
Oct. 2, 2012, 7 p.m.
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I am completing my final course for a Master's in Homeland Security.  I was able to utilize the Post 9/11 GI bill to offset the cost and AMU was very proactive with assiting with processing the financial aid with teh VA every month.  I have been very impressed with the course material, books and assoicated readings as well as the highly qualified instructors.  I plan on applying to be an instructor in the future and give back to AMU all it gave me.
Oct. 3, 2012, 2:29 a.m.
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This university is a 5 star institution. In advance, forgive my fragmented sentences-this will only allow me 3344 characters. I attended the online courses to get my Master's in Homeland Security/Global Studies  concentration in Counter-Terrorism studies. You will only get out of it what you put into it. It is title 4 recognized, which basically means you can get a Department of Education Subsidized or Unsubsidized loan. Just about anyone can get a loan. Low rates, a 6 months deferred loan until after you graduate and that is for all the non-military folks seeking a quality education for an affordable education. Military T.A and G.I bills are the best way for military svc mbrs. The degree plans are flexible and internet friendly. So, if you read any negatives here, think about this-Go online in advance and check out your professors, see their credentials, their commendations, their contribution to military or other civil service. Check out the variety of degrees this university offers. Check their tuition costs compared to the rest-do they meet or exceed the industry standard? After attending I would say firsthand yes...without a doubt. You can be deployed and in the middle of Afghanistan on your laptop, netpad or notebook, in any other country or right here in the United States sitting in your comfy clothes working at home, on your desktop and finish your degree. Lastly, let me say this final note-if you think it is still may be a second rate university...wait until you graduate, fly to the Washington D.C. area, meet the professors and staff, walk through a ceremony. When I graduated in 2012 I did just that. I stayed at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center and did the whole ceremony thing to include the group photo's. Folks-there is nothing, I repeat nothing second rate about this university. No, I am not a Professor or staff member-I am simply a graduate of the 2012 class. If you experience any problems with any aspect to include the Financial Aid department (Like I have seen mentioned most here) then work through it like you would any other university. This university like all the others that soar with an evergrowing student enrollment annually will experience some growth issues and they too, will work past them as they become one of the largest online universities. Every university has some problem somewhere that is the nature of business but rest assured-this university works to correct areas of concern. Don't listen just to the negative, truly concentrate on the positive and what really matters most to you to find if it is the best fit for you. Do your research, take your time and most of all get the facts before you make your decision. After all, no one can really tell you what's best for you-they can only lay out the facts for you and let you decide for yourself. Good luck in your search for the very best, most successful path to the right education crafted just for you. 
Oct. 4, 2012, 3:42 a.m.
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I think AMU is great.  I started with AMU in 2005 while I was on active duty, and I was able to move all around with the Navy while completing my MA degree by 2009.  I retired from the Navy and started Troops to Teachers, and at that time I started a new degree plan in the Teaching and Instructional Leadership ME degree.  AMU has always offered all the resources for my educational goals!  AMU's guidance is great.  I am currently substitute teaching in northwest Ohio, and I plan to complete my local teaching cohort along with AMU's Environmental Science concentration.
Oct. 4, 2012, 10:51 p.m.
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This is a great school. I earned my MA in Humanities after a lot of hard work.  Like most regionally accredited schools, students take away what they put into the program.  It is not for everyone, but I needed the self-paced, after hours curriculum in order to keep working while finishing the degree.  I earned another Masters years ago at a state university and found the work at AMU equally demanding.  Interactions with the professors was as frequent and as in-depth as I required.  The on-line format means students have to be able to work with minimal supervision, be self-motivated and critique their own work thoroughly before submission for credit.  This process follows journal article preparation which makes it both a challenge to the unprepared as well as good practice for an academic career.
Oct. 12, 2012, 4:43 p.m.
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Ironically, I found that attendance is much stricter at AMU than it was at the two brick and mortar universities I studied at before. While at the other ones you could skip lectures, never attend a class, and simply take the exam at the end, at AMU you HAVE to get engaged in conversations weekly, in order to get a grade at the end of each and every course. I've now completed almost 80 credits and this was the case in every one of them. 
I found the subject matter interesting, and I found most of the professors engaging. 

There were some instructors that gave me the feeling that they're simply putting the course on "autopilot" mode, and that they post topics and lectures for discussion weekly, and let the students do the rest. However, this was my impression at the other institutions I went to, and as I said, this was the minority at AMU. 

Most professors at AMU were very engaging.  

I also found administrative support very helpful. I'm taking my entire degree from outside the U.S., with half of it while working in the Middle East. Connectivity isn't always great on my end, but I have to say that AMU support staff are exceptional. I truly, really, cannot understand people who complain about THAT in this university. 
I mean, maybe some of the reviewers didn't like some professors, or didn't like the subject matter, and that would be a personal experience.
But the administration and support staff??? They're awesome! They agreed to jump through all the required hoops and help me with getting all my Canadian tax papers signed, so that I can file them on my annual return. I think it's no small feat for a bureaucracy to spring into action like AMU did, and go out of their way to deal with a completely new set of forms for me (which, I assume, was later helpful for them in dealing with other Canadian students and their taxes). 

I should also mention that I met personally with an AMU professor who was working in the Middle East, in the same country that I'm working in, before I enrolled. Top notch guy. 

And I should also give this example: 
I took the Arabic 1 course. As part of that, there is an oral quiz that's conducted over the phone. Taking it was another chance for me to talk to a professor. He was a former US Navy Intelligence officer. I talked to him in English of course, but then we chatted in Russian and Arabic. Neither he nor I are native Arabic or Russian speakers, but I've learned enough throughout my career to assess this man as an extremely professional individual, to be a US born intelligence officer, who speaks Arabic and Russian the way he did. 

So... In closing, my experience was great up until now, with little hiccups here and there.

That's it. Long-winded, but detailed and supported by my impressions of actual facts. 

If anyone wants to ask me more, feel free to email me.  
Oct. 3, 2007, 10:17 p.m.
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Can you get a commission in the Navy with a degree from AMU.  I talked to a recruiter, and she said no.  But then I talked to a Navy College Officer Rep., and she said that she did not know, and she would get back to me.  Please help....
April 8, 2007, 1:32 a.m.
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AMU is an outstanding school in my opinion. I received my BA in Criminal Justice from AMU and am currently working on my Masters in Criminal Justice. 

The format is excellent and the knowledge base of the teachers is amazing.
Sept. 24, 2007, 3:07 a.m.
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Greetings AMU students and prospective students! I'm presently debating on whether to enroll with AMU or not.  I am a Defense Language Institute graduate and am presently looking for a solid program to transfer my credits over to and finish my degree through.  I am interested in pursuing a career in intelligence working for either the government or a DOD contractor perhaps.  What do you all think about AMU's programs?  Would you recommend that I pursue an intelligence degree or one in international relations?  Also, I hear a lot of positive feedback which is heartening, but I don't hear much by way of opportunities/careers found/started post-graduation.  Testimonies, anyone?  Thank you kindly for your feedback, in advance!!
June 29, 2007, 4:27 a.m.
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AMU is great. Their VA advisors really help get your TA started and they are quick and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this school for a good distance education.
June 30, 2007, 4:30 a.m.
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Has anyone applied to any jobs with the acceptance of AMU's degrees? Especially with a Master's degree and how does it compare to a non online degree?
July 10, 2007, 1:58 p.m.
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Hey Jason,

AMU's web site has a few student career profiles linked from the home page. I know this isn't first-hand, but at least you can get a sense of the type of jobs AMU students are taking on.

http://www.amu.apus.edu/career-profiles/index.htm
July 19, 2007, 11:26 p.m.
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first i went to harvard, then got my doctorate at stanford... AMU is by far the best school i've ever attended. i think bush went there
July 23, 2007, 11:59 a.m.
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ben,

keep the politics to yourself, they serve no place here. I'm sure there are " I hate my country" websites that you can go frolic in.

To any body else reading this, especially military, this is the absolute best place to maximize your military education benefits.
Aug. 8, 2007, 7:35 p.m.
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So far so good, working on a graduate degree in Strategic Intelligence.  Hard work, experienced professor, Research = Easy, Analysis = Hard...
I'm very pleased with AMU.
JG, defense contractor, retired Navy CWO
Aug. 20, 2007, 1:23 a.m.
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Anybody take the psych degree? I'm looking into starting at AMU. Are they credit friendly towards police in regards to giving credit for attending the police academy?
Aug. 27, 2007, 12:47 a.m.
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Joe, yes they will take your credit from your police academy, however, I do not know how they will apply it to psych.  Give them a call, they are very nice and will do a lot of the leg work for you. 

I have been very pleased with my experience there. All anyone on this board needs to know is that the school is regionally accredited, which means no B.S.  I work in a very selective government agency and they accept it.
Sept. 1, 2007, 4:16 a.m.
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Like JG I am a retired Navy CWO.  I know what that means, 1/2 of 1% of all enlisted are commissioned as CWOs.  I am likewise in the Strategic Intelligence masters program.  I have been to courses at NDU, JMIC, AFSC, JFKSWCS, USAF SW School, etc.  I earned a BA in Intelligence Studies from AMU.  The difference is astounding.  This is not a continuation of undergrad studies with a little more work: this is the highest level of Socratic academics I have ever experienced.  Rewarding.  You learn and it counts.
Jan. 15, 2008, 3:28 a.m.
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As of today I'm currently considering AMU and UMUC any thoughts to help me decide?
Sept. 4, 2007, 4:52 a.m.
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I want to sign up for the Intelligence\Terrorism Studies but I do not think any colleges in Florida will accept the credits. I would hate to have to start a degree program all over again. Are there any colleges in Florida that accept these credits and would they let me continue in an Intelligence degree?
Sept. 4, 2007, 8:32 a.m.
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Luke,

First and foremost, the term ANY may be a stretch in your assumptions.  There are many colleges and universities in the state of Florida, both private and public.  Regarding, AMU, I feel you may have not done enough research before posting this question.  I was in the Master of Strategic Intelligence program and subsequently, used the degree, and credits to continue my studies in the Ph.D in international relations program.  Before that, I graduated from UF so I familiar with many of the state unversities and what not.  

Just remember that AMU is REGIONALLY ACCREDITTED and that it is treated in the same manner as FSU, UF, UCF.   In any case, the best way to answer this question is to actually contact the school you might be interested in transfering into because obviously, what type of degree program your in at AMU may or may not effect the credit transfer (i.e. getting your AA at AMU and attempting to transfering into a 4 year program).  Either way, good luck in your search and AMU rocks!
Sept. 4, 2007, 8:33 a.m.
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I apologize.  I left out the critical fact that the college I continued my studies in International Relations was at FIU.
Oct. 4, 2007, 2:50 p.m.
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I know a few people who have gone to OCS with this degree. AMU is regionally, and Nationally accredited. Why would they not accept it? Make sure that the recruiter is quouting from a Navy instruction, and not from their own opinion.
Sept. 12, 2007, 9:54 p.m.
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Um...They claim to be regionally accredited, but they do NOT appear on the comprehensive listing of the quoted accrediation body (http://www.ncahigherlearningcommission.org/).  Nor does AMU or American Military Institute show up on the US Department of Education's listing of accredited colleges.

Caveat Emptor my friends!

Semper Fi...
Sept. 13, 2007, 4:58 a.m.
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Tim Grizzle,

I strongly suggest you actually read information onthe AMU website before posting such rhetoric.

The AMU is part of the the American Public University System (APUS).  APUS encompasses both AMU and its sister instuition American Public University System.  The arangement is exaclty similiar to many other University Systems such as the University System of Maryland (usmd.edu) which encompasses 11 institutions including well know UMBC, UMCP, and UMUC.  

I think the funniest thing about your rhetoric is the fact that the VERY FIRST FAQ on the AMU page which states, "Is AMU accredited," answers the question of accrediation. Here is the link: http://www.amu.apus.edu/FAQ/FAQ.htm#accredited and while I am at it, here is the NCA link - http://www.ncahlc.org/index.php?option=com_directory&Itemid=192&Action=ShowBasic&instid=2853

Semper FI...

Ray
Sept. 14, 2007, 10:59 p.m.
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I stand corrected.  I didn't delve deep enough into AMU's FAQs to find that their credentials are derived from another parent institution (which is not as common as you might lead readers to believe).

In my search to complete my own degree, and as a safeguard against diploma mills, I have learned to be cautious of the "too good to be true" online degrees.  So I always check for the college on the Dept of Ed's website http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/Search.asp.  Having not found them during my initial checks, I immediately became suspicious.

Hopefully this discussion (and my retraction) will serve to keep potential students (AMU or otherwise) well-advised.

PS - thanks Ray for keeping me on my toes & honest.

Tim
Oct. 3, 2007, 3:10 p.m.
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Yankee Samurai,

I just finished my degree with AMU, and so far it has been a good experiance. As for ROI, it has allowed me be more competative in the workforce, and I do know that AMU has a good rep in the D.C. area. To answer your question regarding opportunities/careers found/started post-graduation I can only say it has helped mine, and I do know a few people who have gone through OCS/officer programs using that degree.
Oct. 6, 2007, 6:06 p.m.
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I have just finished my degree with AMU. Like most of the comments here, I really have nothing negative to say. The courses were great and the instructors really knew their stuff. Lots of relevant experience.
 I recieved my BA in Criminal Justice with a concentration in Counterterrorism. I am currently looking into reserve officer programs and getting hired on by NCIS or another federal agency.
 I am also thinking about starting their masters in strategic intelligence. I would like to do an online program with a brick and mortar school, but have not found a similar program anywhere else as of yet. If anyone knows of one, any info would be welcome.
Oct. 10, 2007, 2:47 p.m.
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Hello, my name is Taheoon kim.  I was wondering if a degree from AMU/APUS would be useful in South Korea,  I am attending a "real" university here but personal reasons are making it difficult to finish my undergraduate studies.

I asked around and most of the companies here in Korea gave me the "you sad fool" kinda look when I asked them if the degree would be acceptable.. online degrees here are frowned upon, I guess.  Would it be wise to start work with a degree from AMU/APUS?  And by "real" I mean a brick and mortar uni, no offense meant to anyone if any taken.

I have finished Highschool so if I start work after graduating from APUS/AMU, that will be the only Uni degree I will have for awhile. ( until 1-I goto a "real" uni
2-I take another online course )

Everyone here keeps on telling me not to goto APUS/AMU because it's an ONLINE uni.. which I don't get because on the site it says it is accreddited on the state and federal level in states making it just as good as any other uni.  Any advice?  

If you can please mail me !  
tae1822@hanmail.net
Oct. 10, 2007, 5:25 p.m.
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Kim,

The school is Regionally and Nationally accredited. I just finished there and enjoyed it and found it challenging. 

Yes, it is online and due to the fact that many online schools are for profit, it does put a blemish on the system as a whole especially with the bad reputation many of these schools such as UoP and Kaplan have brought upon themselves through used car salesman tactics and financial aid problems.

The difference between this school and those owned by Apollo group is that this school is not publically traded on the stock market. It is privatly owned by investors. Its main purpose was to provide education for military who are deployed overseas. This is why I attended it due to traveling along with the fact that they offered military based courses (counterterrorism, explosive ordinance disposal, etc) that you cant find elsewhere.

If your main objective is a "regular degree" such as business, IT, etc, I would look into a school that has an established brick and mortar base such as Old Dominion, East Carolina etc. These are good schools who gained their reputation before the internet.

Two main things...

1. Stay away from the Apollo owned schools (UoP, Cappela, Kaplan) and other for profits.

2. Make sure they are regionally and nationally accredited.

 If you would like military based courses from a good school with accreditation, then yes, I would suggest AMU. As I said before, I enjoyed it and learned a lot.

Good luck
Sept. 23, 2007, 8:03 a.m.
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I just want to say it makes me feel good to see all the postive posts about AMU.  I am in the middle of registering and was debating on whether or not I should go with AMU and do the Intel Studies degree.

Cheers...

John
Oct. 14, 2007, 9:30 a.m.
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The bottom line is that AMU is a top rated university that is regionally and nationally accredited offering intelligence and security courses you aren't going to find at outside universities. What else does one need to know? If anyone questions what they will learn at AMU? I have a strong suggestion take one class, keep in mind AMU began as a military/government training institution and has many military and Ph.d instructors from top ranked colleges, who are also teaching at the same time at many of the top-rated traditional universities, so if you are up to the challenge just do one class (many may run back to their traditional colleges, because their traditional colleges were so much easier than American Military University.) AMU is for profit and should be. That is not an issue, tell me what traditional university isn't? Has anyone ever seen the Ivy League Endowments? and their presidents and top staff salaries? Check into it and you will realize what a value AMU still is.
Oct. 14, 2007, 3:42 p.m.
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I must say that I have never visited a message board with so many positive responses.  With that being said, however, I am still uncertain if AMU will provide me with the opportunity to meet my particular, and somewhat unique, job-related goals.  In May of 2007, I graduated with an AA in English from a local community college in South Florida, with a "High Honors" distinction.  I have been accepted to FAU and FSU, the only two I applied to; however, FSU only offers a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies online; FAU offers none.  What in the world is that, you say? A Liberal Arts or General Studies degree.  And why is this important?  Because, I am a police detective who aspires to join the FBI, as cliche as it may seem.  And simply put (yes, I began this sentence with a conjunction) I am certain the FBI will be looking for degrees which set applicants apart.  Penn State offers an online degree in Law & Society, Psych, and Criminal Justice.  Why should I attend a school like AMU when I can go there?  If anyone can convince me otherwise, they get a cookie.
Oct. 14, 2007, 6:47 p.m.
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Ian, 

Qualty and money AMU is an outstanding value, at least still, for the very top-notch education they offer. Second, they were one of the first to teach online, they have perfected it and have been a model for many of the traditional colleges distance programs. Since I took my first Graduate class at AMU back in 2001 - and it was TOUGH far tougher than any Florida traditional college class I'd ever taken, yes I am in FL too, it is shocking how many have followed on AMU's heels and started distance programs.  AMU knows distance learning better (remember they were one of the first to offer distance degrees and it was for the military so if you are looking FBI it appears the choice is clear (they are in the top 3% too of distance universities - having full dual Regional and National accrediation! Are the traditional universities distance degree programs also fullly accredited? I am not sure.) AMU has students all over the world and the vast majority I think it is 8 out of 10 are government/military stationed in and outside the country. There is no way Penn or any other can top American Military University for distance learning, Harvard Extension can't either because they still don't offer a distance degree entirely offine, you have to physically be at the school for a couple of classes and when I looked into it their distance teaching methods, to me it was pathetic compared to what I knew about AMU's procedures. All it appeared you did there was watch a monitor on your computer of a teacher in a regular class, and wow do they soak you dry financially factoring having to be there for a number of classes for that honor. Remember the traditional schools have tried to jump on distance learning for money. Few of them know what they are doing technologically in terms of distance learning. Have you seen how some of these schools consider distance learning? Via these horrid video cameras? Little interaction. Little to no follow-up. I can tell you that is not what AMU does. What I would highly recommend is talk to the FBI or the Pentagon counselors or AMU not take this page of comments alone go directly to the people at AMU. I came back for an entire B.S. degree and am very pleased. Remember AMU train people who are now at the Pentagon and the CIA and they are recommending their staff go to AMU! One gal who AMU has interviewed on their site was recommeneded to AMU from the counselor at the Pentagon! The majority of the people in your field are government or top-level professionals, just go to the site now go to your major and check the instructor credentials out - they have numerous Ph.d professors and many top college and Ivy League grads teaching there. It will blow you away. What Florida school has that kind of comprehensive background? And  military/governmental credentials? With those kind of contacts and instructors? I have no financial interest in AMU I am only a student. I've looked into the FL schools myself and they do NOT compare.
Oct. 15, 2007, 4:29 p.m.
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Any comments on their MBA curriculum?
Oct. 27, 2007, 5:32 p.m.
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Ian,
Take a look at this:
"To become an FBI Special Agent...You must possess a four-year degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional or national institutional associations recognized by the United States Secretary of Education..."
http://www.fbijobs.gov/111.asp
Check with the FBI, but from this it appears that AMU would qualify - make sure you meet the age and other requirements.
Oct. 28, 2007, 7:14 p.m.
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This is in response to IAN.  I know someone who received their degree from UMUC in Sociology.  UMUC is part of the APUS.  They are currently a field agent in the FBI.  This is no bull.
Oct. 29, 2007, 11:54 a.m.
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For Ben,

If by UMUC you mean University of Maryland University College, I can assure you that UMUC is in no way affiliated with APUS. UMUC is affiliated with the University of Maryland, and the Maryland University System.
Oct. 17, 2007, 3:42 p.m.
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I'd like to know about the MBA too because everything else I have read about this school is incredible. I checked out the press releases from the various media regarding how many US Government/Military departments have a connection with this school, and or have mention with them for training. Google this (department of justice and "american military university") it is really impressive.
Oct. 25, 2007, 9:21 p.m.
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I am a new graduate student at APU, sister school to AMU, though I think the only difference is the name.  So far I have been very impressed with the classes and the professors.  There is also a lot of interaction with your fellow students by way of discussion boards.  Be sure you know what you're getting yourself into though because there is a lot of reading and writing to be done.  My public policy class requires 6-10 pages a week of writing!  The class does help one refine critical thinking skills and is very relevant to current public policy issues.  I highly recommend AMU/APU but be prepared to put in a lot of effort.
Oct. 26, 2007, 2:38 a.m.
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After doing some research, I discovered an ambiguous fact on the FBI website; a Special Agent is required to have earned their Bachelor's "in residence."  Now, I am not sure if this means that the degree must be earned through traditional on-campus attendance, often referred to as a "brick and mortar" school, or if it implies that attendance cannot be earned through life-experience or diploma granting mills that can be paid for over the internet.  

Nevertheless, this issue has raised some concerns in my mind about the FBI's willingness to accept a degree from AMU.  I sincerely hope that this is not the case, as I am excited about the academic challenge everyone claims AMU offers.  It would be a shame to learn that the FBI does not accept a degree from this institution, as I have heard such wonderful things about AMU.  If anyone happens to be an expert in this arena, I would greatly appreciate their input.  If not, I will have to contact the recruiter at my local field office.  Thank, you.

Ian
Dec. 6, 2007, 4:03 p.m.
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Joe, I contacted the Ohio State University to find out if a bachelor's degree from AMU was transferable to one of their graduate degree programs; and, the answer was YES. In your case, I'm sure the same holds true. As you may know, getting into a graduate degree program at one of the B&M schools is mostly about GPA and passing state entrance Exams. Otherwise, my best advice is to conact the school of your choice and simply ask them.
Oct. 20, 2007, 9:59 p.m.
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Has anyone been able to teach at a brick and mortar school with an AMU degree?
Oct. 21, 2007, 5:12 p.m.
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I don't understand your question "Has anyone been able to teach at a brick and mortar school with an AMU degree?" As AMU has both regional and national standing, of course they can.
Oct. 22, 2007, 4:15 a.m.
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Kathy you are right you did not understand my question. I did not ask if they can. I asked has anyone done it?
Oct. 22, 2007, 2:45 p.m.
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Hank, then you would have to contact the university for those stats. From my POV as a student, many go to AMU for careers in government or as preparation in such fields as intelligence, science, and research (and more,) for later graduate study at AMU or a brick and mortar,  or simply work in areas such as the Secret Service, Homeland Security (many government agencies direct their people to AMU - on the site is the story of one gal from the Pentagon) or out to private sectors. Teaching is teaching, if you have your credential, thats the bottom line so I don't get why you are so specific to AMU on this question.
Oct. 23, 2007, 6:32 p.m.
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Has anyone been a part of the master's program in Sports Management? I am not in the military, but a full time elementary school teacher looking for an online sports management degree. I have checked out a few options, and AMU is by far the cheapest (which is a big factor, but at the same time I want to be sure it is a quality degree). The other place I am looking is the United States Sports Academy (USSA). They offer the same type of degree, but charge $425 per credit hour. Any information would be helpful!
Oct. 23, 2007, 9:14 p.m.
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Sam, I truly appreciate your timely, and lengthy, response.  According to the FBI website, regional accreditation is all that matters.  Of course, one still needs to qualify under an entry program but that is another story.  Take care.
Oct. 23, 2007, 9:16 p.m.
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By the way Sam, it looks like you get the cookie.
Oct. 24, 2007, 5:46 a.m.
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I will have to share some good things about AMU.  1) You can "go to class" in front of your computer with a beer and a slice of pizza and read the postings in the online classroom.   2) You do not have to listen to annoying fellow classmates as you would in a regular classroom.  3) The online classroom can be engaging - be careful the military academy alumni are very good.  4)No parking - No commuting.  5)As long as you have an internet connection you can go to class anywhere - even from an internet cafe in Munich - just take your books with you.  6)The books required for class are the same as at a brick and mortar university.  7)Just do the work on time - no excuse - however you can make arrangements beforehand if you are going to be late.  Also, follow the directions - they are fairly straightforward.  8)The accreditation is a plus - I checked and AMU was listed if not, it was under APUS. 9)A lot of work is independent and I feel I learn a lot, more so than in a regular classroom.  10)They have some interesting classes that are hard to find - especially if you are an aficionado of  military history or intelligence studies - not to many universities offer the History of CIA.

A word of advice: in the introductory courses such as graduate methodology courses - DO NOT display a freshman mentality - just do the work, do it on time, read all of the instructions, and do it well. The online library has special tools that will show you how to cite a source using the correct MLA style - no need to refer to the Bedford Handbook for Writers. Please use the spell checker function...
Oct. 31, 2007, 1:19 p.m.
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Being that AMU trains in areas highly specific to the Secret Service and US Government, and btw was founded to do just that for military and other (I've looked into all this many areas of the US Military have chosen AMU over all others for training. Go look it up yourself.) Other universities don't measure up, they just don't on all counts when it comes to military and governmental college level degrees, and this is simply fact. That made AMU very attractive to me. You would not believe the people you have teaching you there not to mention the intense level of instruction, as opposed to the failed and all too often frustrated professional teachers I've encountered at brick and mortal university. Regardless the question is the FBI, away from their established government connections, the bottom line is to be an agent one must possess a four-year degree from a college or university accredited by one of the regional OR national institutional associations, APUS - AMU American Military Univeristy has BOTH.  SO END OF STORY.
Oct. 31, 2007, 1:26 p.m.
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If anyone reads the news a recent release states  "The U.S. Air Force has selected American Military University as one of the first schools in its Air University Associate-to-Baccalaureate Cooperative Program (AU-ABC). The AU-ABC program partners with civilian universities to offer four-year degree programs to enlisted personnel that have earned associate degrees from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF)"
Nov. 5, 2007, 8:43 p.m.
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Hey everyone, 

I received my B.A in Business Administration from AMU and am looking to receive my M.B.A in Global Business Management. I have a few choices of College’s to attend, but because I am in the Air Force Reserves I think AMU will be my best option. 

I wanted to get some feedback on the quality of AMU degrees. Has anyone had a hard time getting hired because of their degree from AMU? 

My parents seem to think that an AMU degree holds a lower standard because it is online. 

Please help… 

Thanks, 
Didi
Nov. 6, 2007, 5:46 p.m.
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Didi,

I will put it this way, my AMU degree has done nothing but good for me. Education is what you make of it, I thought that my AMU classes were just as difficult then my classes at the U of Maryland. I doubt your parents are experts in online learning. I chock it up to a generation gap that will take time to overcome ( kind of like the older generation who refuse to get a debit card, and will use checks till the day they die in the checkout line.)
Nov. 6, 2007, 5:51 p.m.
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Adam, 

Thanks... I agree completely. I have really enjoyed my experience at AMU, and it has allowed me to work full-time and fulfill my reserve commitments. :) 

I agree with you 100%. I think an education is what you make of it, and how hard you try.
Nov. 19, 2007, 6:58 p.m.
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Can anyone comment on AMUs MBA program?  I start next month and would love to hear feedback.  Thanks.
Nov. 26, 2007, 2:33 p.m.
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I would recommend Excelsior over AMU...i had a bad experience and would not recommend them.
Nov. 28, 2007, 4:43 a.m.
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I am finishing up my degree in International Relations with AMU and am looking at the MSSI they offer.  I'm wondering if anyone knows how well it compares to the one DoD offers?  Additionally if it would behoove me to get the MSSI at a brick and mortar school or with AMU.
Nov. 28, 2007, 8:32 p.m.
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Jim, here is bio for one of the MSSI professors, of course if you listen to the guy posting as Jesus, apparently he knows more about the "real world" then this instructor does becuase he is a B&M snob. According to the guy posting as Jesus, it doesent matter if the professor at AMU, invented/designed the Lockwood Analytical Method for Prediction (LAMP), which is in use by all Inetll agencies in the U.S. It only matters that you take courses from a B&M school, If you call learning Intell from the people who do it everyday a "paper weight" thats one hell of a paperweight I would like to have. You make the call.

Dr. Jonathan S. Lockwood Biographical Information:

Civilian Education:

B.A. (History/Psychology) University of Tampa, April 1977
M.A. (International Affairs) University of Miami, May 1978
Ph.D.(International Affairs) University of Miami, May 1980
MSSI, Joint Military Intelligence College, August 1994

Military Education:

Military Intelligence Officer Basic Course, 1980
Tactical Intelligence Staff Officer Course, 1981
Military Intelligence Officer Advanced Course, 1984
Combined Arms Staff Services School (CAS3), 1986
Command and General Staff College, 1987
Post Graduate Intelligence Program (PGIP), 1993
Air War College Nonresident Course, 2000
Nov. 28, 2007, 8:33 p.m.
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Bio Continued


Military Service:

Dr. Lockwood entered active service as a 1LT from the Individual Ready Reserve in September 1980. He was stationed first at Fort Huachuca, serving as a researcher in Combat Developments and as a Soviet Threat instructor. He transferred to Germany in 1984, and was S-2 of 10th ADA Brigade (HAWK/PATRIOT) for 18 months before transferring to ODCSINT USAREUR and serving in various staff positions until his assignment to DIA in June 1990. Following promotion to MAJ in September 1990, he became All-Source Collection Manager for Regional Branch, DCC-2, DIA, and served in that capacity until his selection as a 1992-93 Fellow in the Director of Central Intelligence (DCI) Exceptional Intelligence Analyst Program. His research project was to study the perceptions of the four nuclear republics of the CIS concerning nuclear weapons, for which purpose he was assigned to the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC). Following the completion of his DCI project in April 1993, Dr. Lockwood transferred to the USAR, where he served for four years as a professor on the Reserve Faculty of the JMIC to teach the PGIP to Reserve Officers. He served until September 1997, when he transferred to the 3412th MI Detachment (Strategic). Dr. Lockwood was promoted to LTC in the USAR in 1998, and currently is the Course Director for Intelligence and National Military Strategy at the Joint Military Intelligence College’s PGIP- Reserve Program, in addition to a new elective course on Intelligence Issues in Russia and Eurasia. Dr. Lockwood was recently promoted to Colonel in the USAR on 31 March 2004, and is entering on active duty to serve as a liaison to the Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Directorate from the DIA's Joint Task Force Counterterrorism Center.
Nov. 29, 2007, 5:05 p.m.
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I would recommend contacting the Education Coordinators for AMU.  They are extremely helpful and they can answer many of your questions if you are interested in attending AMU.  You can locate your regional rep on the AMU website.
Nov. 30, 2007, 3:15 a.m.
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That's correct, Tank!  The EC's are very helpful and really do make you feel important.  The EC's are very accessible and I usually contact my EC in the southwest region on a regular basis, he even took my call at 2AM!  Now that's service!
Dec. 3, 2007, 4:17 a.m.
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Can anyone comment on AMU's History program? Also, please discuss on courseloads specifically. Much of the information available through RateMyProfessors.com doesn't address the "reading and writing intensive" issues. For example, for a particular course, how many books were assigned? How many quizzes, tests, research papers, and online questions were required? I am trying to compare and contrast what I am currently doing in a typical 16 week class: 2 books, 10 quizzes, 64 online questions, 4 tests (including mid-term and final), and 1 (1500-2000 word) research paper.
Thanks.
Dec. 6, 2007, 4:13 a.m.
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Has anyone been admitted to a Ph.D. program (in a traditional school) using their AMU masters degree?
Dec. 4, 2007, 12:34 p.m.
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Does anyone wish the guy posting as Jesus to shut up? He acts as though he knows anything even remotely close to education for emergency services or the military. So unless you can bring something other then your usual babble then move on to the UOP, Capella, or Warren national threads and spread it there.
Dec. 7, 2007, 5:18 a.m.
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has anyone else been accepted in another b&m school's grad or phd program with a amu degree?
Dec. 7, 2007, 9 p.m.
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Yes, I was accepted and just completed a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Utah.  I has a Bachelors Degree in Psychology from AMU.  I am currently practicing as a Clinical Psychologist in Utah.
Dec. 8, 2007, 12:59 a.m.
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I was accepted to a masters program at Capitol College which is an engineering school closely aligned with NASA.
Dec. 15, 2007, 1:10 a.m.
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Bottom line: AMU is regionally accredited and is a great way to get a degree under your belt.  I am almost through with the MA in Criminal Justice and have found it to be satisfying in every regard.
Dec. 11, 2007, 4:46 p.m.
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I am finishing a degree at AMU. I have contacted five graduate programs I was interested in attending. And for the record (also, to address the typing clowns who come here to waste bandwidth with their sad attempts at manipulation,) I have had both Harvard and MIT invite me to come up, and talk to them about attending their programs, in person.
Dec. 12, 2007, 7:36 p.m.
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I am not a student at AMU myself, but my friend just graduated from AMU with an MPA, and she WAS accepted for a PhD program at Walden University.
Dec. 18, 2007, 3:37 p.m.
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I am two classes away from earning a degree in Legal Studies from AMU and going to OCS. Most of the professors for the core classes are JAG officers.  I am getting a relevant, real-world education. AMU is great for those wanting to achieve career progression in the Federal government. It is also a great place to network with other government and contracting professionals.

Their graduate programs don't have all the right accreditations though...for instance, their Master of Public Health degree is not accredited by the Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH). But, this is a maturing institution and I am sure they will gain the necessary credentials for these programs in the future, especially if more students demand it from the University staff...
Dec. 19, 2007, 10:07 p.m.
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Best online school in the biz hands down. Apollo group schools are what they are and many of the other online schools who cannot seem to get regional accreditation use Apollo group schools as examples as to why regional accreditation isn't all that and to justify their national accreditation or lack of accreditation. Bottom line, none of those schools compare to AMU and the APUS!
Dec. 19, 2007, 11:04 p.m.
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For what it is worth, I qualified to take, and passed, the Special Agent Phase One exam for the FBI.
Dec. 20, 2007, 12:25 a.m.
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I was accepted into UofKentucky master's program with my AMU B.A. degree.
Feb. 16, 2008, 5:53 a.m.
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My question is about the Space Studies B.S. from AMU versus the Space Science B.S. from CUNY.

It seems that the classes for the AMU program are light on content, yet heavy on buzzwords. Intro to space flight, History of space, Space transportation systems, etc- these all sound interesting, but I am left feeling like I could absorb all that information from a weekend of reading.

The CUNY degree offers classes like remote sensing, magnetohydrodynamics, physical processes in astrophysics, etc.

AMU sounds like a great school for many of the gov't specialty degrees such as intel and homeland security. However, I am left wondering if the Space Studies degree would be worth it. I am interested in getting my hands dirty in air and/or space science, R&D, or fabrication- not being a middle manager at an engineering firm. Can anyone please give some personal experiences or career ROI for this particular degree?

I am in the midst of choosing a college right now; I would like to go with AMU based on their flexibility, but I don't want to feel like I'm settling for less than I want.

-b
Dec. 20, 2007, 6:22 p.m.
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Are you ever going to be able to even provide any subtance to anything you say or are just just going to swing by now and again with your one liners?

Everytime you do that, you simply reinforce everything we say, and demote everything you say. For someone who apparently is trying to speak for "real schools" and the "real world" you sure are retarded
Dec. 21, 2007, 1:48 a.m.
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I am currently enrolled in the MA Homeland Security Program at AMU.  This program is fantastic and an AMU degree definitely holds a lot of weight in the real world.  AMU was recommended to me by not one, not two, but by many current White House Advisors, Chief of Staffs, etc...  I have already been offered future participation in and with many congressional committees once I complete my MA.  Believe what you want, but mostly believe in yourself and this University.
Dec. 21, 2007, 2:40 a.m.
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This school has got to be the best kept secret in distance education. I'm enrolled in the MPA program and have talked with and plan on attending UAB in about a year. Infact, I talked with several B&M schools (almost all being the state's flagship school) prior to deciding on UAB and every one of the schools would admit me unconditionally (with the proper grades ofcourse) into their Ph.d programs with my AMU masters. This school is very well respected. Don't believe the trolls with their hidden agendas. I have a B.A from Norwich U and probably would have chosen AMU over them if AMU had RA back then. Well, I didn't even know about AMU back then anyway.

The classes are very challenging but I love this school!

Good luck in your studies!
Dec. 21, 2007, 5:59 p.m.
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I took a class at AMU and it was challenging. The problem is I had around 45-50 credits from my community college, and have 20 plus years law enforcement experience with police/corrections academies. When I received my transfer credit eval. AMU only took around 20 something credit's, and gave me no credit for my law enforcement academies. When I asked why they advised my credit's didn't match up to the psychology degree.

However, there were plenty of law enforcement elective courses I could have gotten credit for that AMU decided not to give me. I liked the school. Unfortuantely, I'm not going to give away credit's I earned so I'll look for another school.
Dec. 21, 2007, 6:33 p.m.
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To Disappointed,

I'm sorry it didn't work out for you. Unlike many of the other online schools, AMU scrutinize transcripts much harder than many of the other online schools like the Apollo group schools (UofP, Capella, etc.) and other online schools who are only nationally accredited. AMU fully understands that they will loose potentially great students by scrutinizing transcripts the way they do, but maintaining high acedamic standards is paramount with this school. AMU has a fast growing reputation as a premeir online institution of higher learning in several highly respected circles. I know because I'm someone who is in one of those circles, and they are not willing to tarnish this growing image due to money. Also, the school is in the process of trying to achieve several business/professional accreditations.

I'm glad you enjoyed the school and the one class you did take with AMU. I will also warn you against schools who will accept anything you submit to them for college credit. 

Happy studies and happy holidays :)
Dec. 21, 2007, 11:43 p.m.
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A word to the wise. Those of you who may be considering transferring from another online school or B&M school that offer online degrees- beware. I transferred from UMUC to AMU a year ago and the quality of education is worlds apart. AMU is by far more demanding. I have taken eight class with AMU so far and nearly all of my down time is spent writing, researching, interacting through the discussion board with fellow classmates, or completing assignments for my classes. Unlike the B&M online programs, AMU has truly mastered the distance learning environment. I also attended the University of Kansas for almost two years prior to entering the military and I can honestly say that it was not as demanding as the eight classes I've taken thus far at AMU. So if you are considering transferring to this school, get ready to honker down on your studies. Make sure you bring with you good writing skills, research skills, and a whole lot of discipline. It's no joke- and I love it that way.
Dec. 22, 2007, 1:33 a.m.
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Anthony,

I agree with keeping standards high. However, their image wouldn't be tarnished by giving me the credits I earned through my community college. I was also under the impression that I would get some credit for my law enforcement certifications. I could see if they chose not to accept credits from some of the online schools or diploma mills out there. Of course AMU should scrutinze credits carefully. However, my credits are legit and so are my law enforcement certifications. They certaintly could have given me credit for that and it would not have tarnished their rep.

I'd love to continue at AMU, but to lose all those credits doesn't seem right. That's the only reason I'll be looking elswhere. Otherwise it's a solid school. I wish it could have been worked out.
Dec. 22, 2007, 4:55 a.m.
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Disappointed,

I read my post again and it does sound like I'm suggesting that your credits from CC and law enforcement acadamies/certifications are not worthy of transfer credit at AMU. I humbly apologize for that. That was not my intent. I sincerely hope everything work out for you. I just wished that AMU could find a way to keep classy individuals like you. I think it shows so much class for an individual to not get what they want from a school and still speak highly of it. Good luck.
Dec. 22, 2007, 9:19 a.m.
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To Disappointed, AMU not giving those credits to you was the best thing they could have done for you.  Go to a REAL SCHOOL and get a REAL EDUCATION.  I hire for a fortune 500 company and the 3 AMU grads i had were leagues behind their colleagues at similar schools. Poor kids could barely construct a sentence.  I will never hire an AMU grad again.
Dec. 22, 2007, 12:05 p.m.
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To Disappointed,

I had a similar issues in transfer for credits. Like you I had Fire department education and a similar problem that you have. You can appeal the decision to an appeal board. You will have to prove that they were evaluated by the ACE.I won my appeal, and I had the same issue at the University of Maryland as well, so I think its common that alot of schools do not understand specialized courses.

And to the dude posting as moses, I have worked for several fortune 500 companies, and they all equally sucked. Your just another employee ID#, who only wants to bill to a contract. Get over yourself, especially since alot of the people who go to AMU, are the ones deciding your award fee. Retard
Dec. 22, 2007, 8:16 p.m.
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I just want to say thanks to AMU for my recent job promotion. I work for AFLAC and have been wanting to be my department's director for quite some time now. The Execs liked me alot so that was no issue. The issue was education. That is no longer a problem now thanks to AMU. I now have "Director" behind my name.

By the way, what's up with this LOSER Moses. I've never understood the obession some people have on various message boards attempting to disrupt them without substance. Anyway, you just have to write these people off as disgruntled ex-something. Moses, get a life man. It's kinda embarrassing what you're doing :(
Dec. 22, 2007, 11:19 p.m.
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To Disapointed,

I too had credits from the police academy that AMU would not honor. Although I was disapointed, I chose to go because I could not find terrorism classes anywhere else. I finally graduated in Sept. and am very pleased. Best of luck wherever you chose to go. A week after sending my resume to a Dept in NC from San Diego, I was called by the HR dept and asked to test for them as soon as I get into town. 

BTW, when I went to the FBI exam, there were only twelve of us there. The agent said that headquarters had changed the requirements and that we would be the last group allowed to take the exam without second language skills. He said that he handpicked us to grandfather into the old standards due to specific items in our resume's. I can only imagine having law enforcement combined with my counterterrorism concentration from AMU is what got me in the door.

So far my degree from AMU has opened a lot of doors.
Dec. 22, 2007, 11:25 p.m.
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I have been thinking about starting a masters program as well. I have heard that it is better to get a second degree from a different school. I am really interested in the strategic intel degree from AMU, but am worried it may be looked at unfavorably due to my BA being from the same place. 

1. Does anyone know of a school that offers the same type, online, at the same price?

2. Should I just go with AMU or would that hurt my chances later on with federal LE?

Anyone here recruit in the past that could give some advice?
Dec. 23, 2007, 1:48 a.m.
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To: Moses
'Moses', why wouldn't you say the company you hire for instead of sensationalizing your with fluff words?  You say you would never hire an AMU graduate again because of 3 grads that you had from the school didn't meet your expectations?  There are thousands of people that study at AMU.  Do you normally stereotype a group of people by only 3 members?  What does REAL SCHOOL/REAL EDUCATION mean to you? The American Public University System is fully accredited just like your so called REAL SCHOOLS.  You give no real substance to your arguement.  You just try to discredit without reason.

To: everyone else on here who actually has common sense.

I'm graduating with a Bachelors in Business Administration from AMU in May '08.  I love the courses and i love the school.  I spent 9 years in the Army Reserve and AMU was very understanding of my obligations due to my two tours for OEF.  I had gotten several extensions due to my mob's and the professors bent over backwards for me.  They really showed that they cared as much about my education as i do.
 I know a few good schools like ITT Tech that have credits that do not transfer anywhere.  It's unfortunate sometimes, but it happends.  Another example is when my brother transferred from the University of WI Milwaukee to Arizona State.  Some of his credits weren't accepted.
 There are many good aspects about AMU, but i feel the best one is that the professors are from all over the country and have an incredible amount of experience and knowledge.  And to satisfy 'moses', they also teach at what he calls REAL SCHOOLS.  You can read thier bio's at the AMU website.  Hey moses, some of them are from IVY LEAGUE REAL SCHOOLS.
Dec. 23, 2007, 4:11 a.m.
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are there any more stories out there of people being accepted into another school's masters/ph.d program who have a ba/bs from amu? especially an accredited sac school? obviously amu is a terrific school, i'm just curious.
Dec. 23, 2007, 7:53 a.m.
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In response to the dude posting as "Adam", did you mean to say "many", when you posted "alot".  Whose the retard now?  Typical AMU grad..lol....What an embarassment.
Dec. 23, 2007, 11:31 p.m.
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Actually, Moses, it's "Adam," with the comma inside the quotation marks; and, it's not "Whose"...It's who's or Who is the retard, now? There's a comma after the word - "retard." Yes, I agree, it's an embarrassment (two r's ) when adults act like children...
Dec. 24, 2007, 3:23 a.m.
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Damn Moses, you got OWNED :O
Dec. 24, 2007, 3:47 a.m.
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To Ron:  I have a degree from MIT and make 7 figures.  How much do you make with that paperweight from AMU.  Ha Ha...Whose got owned...lmao
Dec. 24, 2007, 4:58 a.m.
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MIT? 7 figures? "Whose got owned" WTF? Paperweight? Come on Man, quit while you're ahead ;-)
Dec. 24, 2007, 7:05 a.m.
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wow = moron..
Dec. 24, 2007, 2:51 p.m.
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First you are a recruiter for Fortune 500 companies, now you an MIT grad who is a millionaire. Whatever dude
Dec. 24, 2007, 8:37 p.m.
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Something tells me Moses is sitting in his moms basement eating cheetos and doing his "homework" from UoP.
Dec. 24, 2007, 9:17 p.m.
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John,

Your comment have me ROFLMAO. I'm sorry Moses. I too see you as a 40 something overweight single man with no children and never been married kind of guy who is between U.S. Postal jobs and taking advantage of his VA education benefits  (earned during his three year Army enlistment in the mid 80s) by wasting his benefits on UofP classes :(
Dec. 24, 2007, 10:47 p.m.
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AMU is not as great as some would like you to believe. They would not accept 46 of my transfer credis.  I transferred to Excelsior and it's been bliss ever since.
Dec. 25, 2007, 12:08 a.m.
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Marie,

I would be hesitant to base the quality of a school. purely based on the amount of credits transferred. Although I was pleased with my transfer evaluation.
Dec. 25, 2007, 12:48 a.m.
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To Marie,

AMU accepted everyone of my credits when I transferred to it; 80 if memory serves correct. Marie, what were the source of your credits?
Dec. 26, 2007, 3:48 a.m.
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I am interested in starting AMU's BBA degree and would like to here from someone who has recieved this degree and what kind of job success they have had. Please meail me at earthmover_84@yahoo.com
Dec. 26, 2007, 3:50 a.m.
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Sorry for the typo Moses . . .I know it should be "hear"
Dec. 26, 2007, 3:31 p.m.
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Dec. 26, 2007, 10:07 p.m.
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if we could please ignore community college graduates like Moses and his alter ego Solomon (and probably every other negative poster on this page), can i please get some feedback on my original question: are there any more stories out there of people being accepted into another school's masters/ph.d program who have a ba/bs from amu? especially an accredited sac school? obviously amu is a terrific school, i'm just curious.
Dec. 27, 2007, 12:12 a.m.
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Randall, here's something I posted on one of my best friend's school's (CSU) page- its in response to a guy claiming that online universities are for people who can't make it "in" a regular university. Moses/Solomon, please read and enjoy:

You may want to change your statement to "online universities are for the people who can't make it "to" a regular university". I am in the military and left high school with a 3.3 GPA, a 1340 (I think) on the SATs, a 28 on the ACTs, and a couple of academic and music scholarships. Instead of going straight to college out of high school, I decide to serve my country in the US Army. I served six years before I was about to get out and go back in the private sector when 9/11 kicked off I decided to continue my service in the US Army to do my part in fighting this global war on terrorism.
I am currently a student at a fantastic, highly respected (although rather challenging- even for a smartie like me) school (American Military University)and I actually logged on to onlinedegreereviews to write a review about my school and just happen to see the school one of my best Army buddies attend (CSU) and decided to click on the link to see what students were saying about CSU. Well, my friend is pretty satisfied with CSU. By the way, my friend is in the same boat that I'm in. He could have probably gotten into any college he wanted after high school but elected to serve in the armed forces instead. You will find that this is the case with a lot of military personnel. Although I can't speak for those who are not full-time servicemembers.
Also, who cares II, keep in mind, as long as we (servicemembers) attend accredited schools, one thing we have going for us is that we are earning on-the-job real-world experience in the most prestigious and respected institution in the world while validating our experiences with a degree. The difference is, we walk in the door of future employers with a wealth of experience and a piece of paper. Even here in the US Army you can recieve a commission to become a US Army officer as long as the degree is from a regionally accredited school no matter the delivery method. Just like so many other employers, the Army could care less where the paper comes from because the Army is going to send you to its schools for formal "Army" schools/training anyway- just like other organizations are going to do.
Dec. 27, 2007, 12:14 a.m.
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...continued from above

Also, I recieve $4,500 a year in Army tuition assistance to attend almost any public or private college in America. I have recieved a B.A. from the Norwich U and currently working on my M.A. at AMU.
I've talked to U of Alabama Birmingham and plan on entering their Ph.d program in about a year. Well, I also have $26,000 in my Montogomery G.I. Bill that I haven't touched yet because I've used the $4,500 TA I get from the Army (and a couple other military scholarships to offset tuition on the couple occasions where I ran out of Army TA before the fiscal year ended) to pay my tuition. Well, since I'll be out of the Army when I start my Ph.d, I'll just kick in my G.I. Bill and would have earned three degrees from respected schools and not owe one red cent in college loans etc.
So, who cares II, its not "plain and simple".
By the way, to all the CSU students/alumni, enjoy your studies and I'm really impressed with the comments on this site. Too bad you guys have to deal with so many trolls. I hope your school visits this site and maybe apply for RA to maybe keep some of the trolls away. Study hard.

I left out one other thing. I've been exploring my marketability in the the civilian job sector since I'll be a private citizen again here in the near future and I will tell you one thing- the demand for educated former servicemembers is very high. I guess that's what experience, discipline, high morals, correct value, proper ethics, living and working by sound ethos, and a little education will get you. So, for any military people on here- get the paper and everything else will fall into place. Trust me. We are a hot commodity out there ;-)
Dec. 27, 2007, 7:17 a.m.
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Dec. 28, 2007, 2:06 a.m.
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Here's what I believe is the bottom line when it comes to people like Solomon/Moses (or should I say a person like Solomon/Moses): you must understand that these people have serious agendas. Anytime you see someone spend this much time in opposition to something that can only benefit mankind, you bet your bottom that they have an agenda and that agenda is normally some type of weird political agenda. Education, no matter how you get it, should always be welcomed. You all have to understand that people like S&M-S/M are more than likely the same type people who don't believe in women's rights, desegregation, civil rights, etc. They are also probably homophobic, closed minded, schizophrenic attention whores who are so afraid of change because they know that if you give several people the same opportunities that they feel they are only entitled to, it will expose the fact that one really don’t have to be special or privy to earn a college degree or anything else if given an even playing field. These type guys are so paranoid and scared of this idea called distance learning because it taps open a whole new barrel of possibilities for so many. Because of DL, the world opens up for so many who have historically had barriers in front of them in their attempt at getting a higher education such as single parents, working adults, military personnel, minorities, in some cases- high school underachievers, etc. These guys dread this new competition. It reminds them that all that drinking and smoking weed on campus from age 18-22 might come back and haunt them. They know the people mentioned above pursue a higher education for what it was meant and it scares the STDs out of them. Education and experience- hmmm. Anyways S&M-S/M, there’s nothing for you guys to worry about anyway. Remember, no one will hire us and our degrees are worthless anyway so you guys have nothing to worry about.
Dec. 28, 2007, 2:07 a.m.
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continued from above

Which brings me to my last point, why are you here spewing your hate if the previous sentence is true? And please, don’t give me this crap about you’re trying to save a bunch of strangers from some kind of future disappointment. Sure, there have been those who've made mistakes in choosing bad schools or bad programs. These guys will also make the argument that they don't knock DL if it's from a traditional brick and mortar institution. I guess in that case they can at least say, "Well, I got beat out by some guy from the University of Brick and Mortar and not the University of Click and Pointer. Young men, stay off this page spewing your insecurities or at least send us some kind of in depth research paper you’ve completed (with your Ivy League education) convincing us to get out of these institutions while the going is good. You guys sure have a lot of time on your hands to be earning "7 figures". But if you insist on being here, I'm always open for a good debate; especially from an Ivy Leaguer. Just don't take any of the well written dialogue you all are reading on this site (from these "online learners") and turn it in as mid-term papers and claim it as your own.
Dec. 29, 2007, 5:41 p.m.
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hello.
I am an European with brick & mortar degrees from a western university taught in French.
I also have many A grade GPA senior courses taught in English, in English, Philosophy and literature.
I was sincerely interested in AMU/APU, but they proved inflexible and demanded that I sit TOEFL, irrespective of anything I might say.
I received a couple months ago a swift offer of enrollment for a philosophy M.A with a brick&mortar, reputable UK university, which should give you an idea (and yes, they requested notarized transcripts and academic references ).
Since Oxford actually proved to be more flexible, I said: the hell with AMU/APU.
Food for thought.
Dec. 29, 2007, 9:08 p.m.
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To ham, 

Um, WHAT? TOEFL just may be needed in this case. Sorry.
Dec. 30, 2007, 9:14 a.m.
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"Um, WHAT? TOEFL just may be needed in this case. Sorry."

Um, what? You probably misread the line where I said that I have been accepted without questions by B&M UK universities (English is the official language there I suppose ) after they evaluated my transcripts.
As I said, AMU/APU proved to be more inflexible and demanding than Oxford and a bunch of other schools with (understandably) better name recognition.
I examined various universities providing online education (no, not the Capella/university of Phoenix kind ) and A L L were willing to help and to accommodate my needs to a large extent.
When I approached a few of AMU/APU recommended credentials evaluators (pending AMU's official reply) I shook my head in disbelief: one of these (so-called) top-notch evaluators mistook my B&M university for one with a similar name; another had never heard of it; a third lectured me about how I could get transcripts online with my credit card...too bad THAT university (big state university) requests that you send a signed request and a cheque by post, and no online facility is provided.
Food for thought...
Dec. 30, 2007, 9:03 p.m.
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ham,

I apologize if I offended you. I just couldn't understand what the world you were trying to say in your first post. I really have no advice for you. All I know is they accepted ALL my transfer credits when I first applied. All of my friends (about 14) who attends or have attended AMU were very satisfied with their transfer credit evaluations. Now, I must admit that all of them are active duty military. APUS was created for military and federal, state, and local public servant types. In other words, they have a great deal of experience evaluting transcripts from people in those fields. Now, transferring credits college to college shouldn't be too difficult or much of an issue. I hope someone else can answer your questions.
Dec. 30, 2007, 11:11 p.m.
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Hi,

I am looking to do a Masters at AMU. I have a bachelors in political science and criminal justice from U of Richmond. I'm not sure exactly what I want to do with the Masters, but I think any federal police or intelligence agency is a possibility. Does anyone have an opinion on which degree would be most useful to my nonspecific goals? 
I am looking at International relations, homeland security, national security, and strategic intelligence.

Thanks for your help
Jan. 1, 2008, 6:18 a.m.
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I have had a great experiance with AMU.  I am still working on my degree but so far it has been great.  I had one Prof that was kind of difficult, but all the others have been fantastic.
The fact that it is regionally accredited makes all the issues of "real" "not real" dead.  It is accredited and that is what matters.
BTW, I spoke with 2 members of a professional organization that I belong to (SOLE), they are both in charge of hiring at a national company and asked them about on-line degrees and if it carried less weight than a off-line degree.  Both agreed that there has been a huge shift in the last 5 years and that if the degree is accredited, it carries the same weight.  I am suprised that some had problems getting transfer credit, AMU took all of my Air Force credits no problem.  
Good luck to all no matter where you chose to go to school.
Jan. 1, 2008, 1:53 p.m.
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This site must certainly not be monitored, nor is it "unbiased," as they claim, or some of these idiotic posts would have been removed. How ridiculous and unlikely it would be for anyone who really attended MIT (and so-called makes "seven figures" a year -  yes, seven is spelled out) to sit around here (using terms like "retard") with nothing better to do but libel a credible insititution, do so because they surely must be losers who have far too much time on their hands. Educated professionals simply do not have the time nor interest in such things.

And since MIT has been brought up, to make something perfectly clear I also attend AMU. I am interested in a brick and mortar graduate program as AMU doesn't offer my field of interest. MIT has invited me to come up to tour their Masters department. AMU is fully accredited, it is the same as any other major university. I have a fellow student in one class that was at Harvard last semester. So anyone trying to paint a bad image of AMU they simply have no idea what they are writing about.
Jan. 2, 2008, 2:04 p.m.
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On transfer credits @ AMU, I am enrolled in then Gen Studies - Mil Leadership AA program (yea, weak degree, but it helps in other areas) I have served 21 years in the Army & Air Force and attended 4 differnet leadership courses and while in the Army was Combat Arms for most of my 10 years. I received a total of 12 transfer credits (9 elective & 3 course specific) and had to fight for the last 3 (leadership). Bottom line is this, if your military transcript reads exactally like a course they teach you will receive credit for that class, most military education credit is nondescript or military focused (I have 90+ credits with CCAF and about 40 from AARTS). My opinion is they are going to make sure you earn your degree, not sell you a degree. (By the way I am also enrolled in a BA program with a big name and they gave me credit for almost all of my military education.)
Jan. 3, 2008, 4:10 p.m.
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AMU is fair, and generous, with transfer credits. Like any other "real and credible" university, if the credit is from an accredited school, or institution, you will receive credit if it dovetails AMU's catalogue requirements. As with any university, their policies strictly follow Federal guidelines. It is that simple. I received 60 units toward my B.S.
Jan. 3, 2008, 8:10 p.m.
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I stumbled upon this message board looking for information on AMU's Public Health program and if it's accredited through the CEPH. I am finishing my degree at Fort Hays State Univ in Kansas and am looking for a graduate program. 

Moses/Solomon: If you are an MIT grad that makes millions and a fortune 500 recruiter, why were you on here on Christmas even trying to deter people from attending AMU? Did you really have nothing better to do on Christmas eve? I'm sure with your 7 figures you had some entertaining to do or possibly even some charity to work with all that money you have? Instead of belittling people who work, have families and are trying to advance in their careers, maybe you should work on your social skills? Instead of sitting on your internet on Christmas eve, why not visit your family? As an MIT graduate, I would think you would have better things to do with your time. But then again, MIT probably hasn't reviewed your application yet because they don't waste time on mediocre community college students who live with their parents.
Jan. 4, 2008, 4:04 a.m.
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Does anyone has any opinion about AMU Masters in Space Studies?
Jan. 4, 2008, 10:34 a.m.
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i wish to enroll in  AMU as a student in security manage ment in 2009.i am a student in cameroon in high school probably.i wish to know  information about obtaining a schorlaship  after i obtain my  advanced level certificate.
Jan. 8, 2008, 2:59 a.m.
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I am a civilian interested in attending AMU's MA in Transportation Management program both online and taking classes at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY.  Does anyone have positive or negative feedback regarding this program?  Thanks in advance for your help!
Jan. 9, 2008, 5:11 p.m.
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I am interested in attending the AMU's MBA online program.  Does anyone have any opinions on it?
Jan. 10, 2008, 1:52 p.m.
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Matthew,
I am currently enrolled in the Transportation and Logistics degree program.  It is a great program with Profs who have both real world and academic experiance.  I looked around alot before I went with AMU and found it to be the best program for working adults IMO.
Good luck in whatever you decide to do.
Jan. 12, 2008, 1:24 a.m.
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I've done alot of research looking for degree-completion programs like those offered at AMU.  I'm an Air Force Veteran looking to change careers, and for me it's a perfect fit.  To those leery of sending money to a degree mill, I would just say that you will find that degree mills and fly-by-night-storefront colleges won't offer you the opportunity to apply for FSA, Pell Grants, etc. because the Federal Government doesn't recognize them as real colleges.
Jan. 12, 2008, 5:58 a.m.
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Brad,
I am very enthusiastic about the Transportation and Logistics degree program. My concern is that I do not have contacts in the field and since I will be changing careers this would be a major obstacle. Does AMU have student internships/career placement or networking opportunities for graduates?
Thanks for your response!!
Jan. 15, 2008, 11:46 a.m.
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Victor,

I took several classes from UMUC before I moved onto AMU, there are a few reasons for this. First is that for about the same total cost, all of your undergrad books are included in the tution at AMU. On paper UMUC tuition is a bit lower, but when you add the cost of books into the mix AMU becomes cheaper. The second factor was UMUC's advisors, and transfer credit process sucks. Third, AMU's class offerings are much better then UMUC. Because of this I was able to finish my BS, and still have GI Bill left over for my Masters. Fourth and finally, UMUC states they are military friendly, but I have heard from several military members they they have received the shaft from UMUC from going on deployment. AMU is built around knowing that you will deploy, and they go out of their way to take care of you.
Jan. 26, 2008, 7 a.m.
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I rather attend wither South University or American Intercontinental University.  They offer shorter accelerated classes (5 weeks).  It seems to only take 2-3 years top to earn your degree with them.  AMU just will take too much time for me.
Jan. 24, 2008, 5:41 a.m.
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Any opinions on the masters in public health program? I am aware it is not a CEPH accredited program. I'd love to hear from anyone currently a student in it or a graduate. Thanks in advance.
Jan. 29, 2008, 12:52 p.m.
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I attended two brick and mortar universities before I enlisted in the Army.  I intended to do four years and then use my GI Bill to finish college after I got out but ended up making the Army a career.  Because I chose a field and units where I was constantly deploying, I was only able to finish one course in a traditional classroom over the first 16 years of my career.  A guy in my unit told me about AMU and now I'm only a few classes away from my degree.  The work has been challenging and I have learned a great deal along the way.  The quality of the instructors has been almost universally excellent (I did have one instructor who was a bit of an ass but I doubt you could show me a school where that never happens).  I have never had instructors with as much life experience in their fields before and it has been refreshing to get practical application in conjunction with theory.  Bottom line is that AMU is allowing me to finish my BA.  I have recommended and continue to recommend it to my fellow soldiers.
Jan. 29, 2008, 1 p.m.
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Incidentally, to a couple of the negative posters.  Ham, American brick and mortar schools also require the TOEFL.  Deciding not to attend a school because you'd have to take a simple proficiency test seems a bit short sighted.  And Moses...  A company allegedly pays you at least a million dollars a year to hire people yet you were unable to discover that they "could barely construct a sentence" until AFTER you hired them?  What kind of interviews do you conduct in your mom's basement?
Jan. 29, 2008, 1:13 p.m.
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"The American Military University (AMU) has signed a cooperative degree program agreement with the FBI National Academy Associates (FBINAA).

Law enforcement professionals and others who have completed FBINAA's executive leadership management program can now receive up to 15 graduate credit hours toward certain master's degree programs at AMU."

This was a news release from last year.  That should clear up any question about whether the FBI recognizes AMU...
Feb. 4, 2008, 3:46 a.m.
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I hope my comments are constructive and helpful to people considering AMU for their degree. After reading all of these postings I feel obligated to contribute.

A little about myself so you understand my personal perspective: I earned my B.A. Degree in Business from a traditional state university, which some have referred to as a brick and mortar institution (B&M). I also work for a large law enforcement agency (1000+ Officers).

I was originally enrolled in a traditional master’s program at a B&M. After commuting for over a year and 15 units (4.0 GPA) I was spent (work schedule, family, commute) and needed an alternative. Hence I enrolled into AMU and took my first online master's course for a master's in National Security Studies (End of 2007). I chose this particular degree because I thought the subject matter would be interesting while still providing a master's degree for promotional opportunities.

My first course was research methods in intelligence and security studies. This course literally knocked my socks off. It was one of the hardest college courses I have ever taken. It far surpassed the graduate level research methods course I took at the B&M. My point, the work standard was not diminished in any way because of the online format. Not to scare you but people were dropping out of the course because of the work load and high expectations for a graduate student. The course was not a freebee by any means. You will work!

It must be said that AMU is 100% regionally and nationally accredited. However, this does not mean that one particular degree program has achieved the highest possible accreditation for its field of study. Since I earned a B.A. in Business at a B&M I can tell you it is extremely important to earn a Business degree and especially an MBA degree from an AACSB accredited Business School. I just read an article on the importance of this accreditation. I personally would not complete a non-accredited MBA degree. A good rule of thumb is to make sure your degree is properly accredited for its respective field. This also applies to the Master of Public Health degree which I believe was also mentioned. Regarding this issue, the AMU MBA degree is NOT AACSB accredited. Tread here at your own risk. This is not an issue for the vast majority of AMU degree programs.

For those law enforcement officers complaining about academy certificates and training seminars not being applied to their degree: I can sympathize with your concerns. However, a university degree is much different then your foundational training for police work. All those hours spent in training resulted in certificates for their respective training. You should not have an expectation to "double dip" and also get a college degree for academy training. This is typical at B&M universities so don’t be disappointed.

CONTINUED
Jan. 31, 2008, 3:05 a.m.
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I am a bit older now(45) and want to finish my degree. I was wondering how 48 quarter hours would transfer into semester hours.For those of you pondering whether to finish your degree or not, I suggest you move with haste!!!
Feb. 4, 2008, 3:48 a.m.
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The price is right. This has to be the most affordable master's degree I could find. I am grateful not to pay $500+ per graduate unit which is the going rate for all of the master's degree programs I looked at. I firmly believe that universities like Norwich and others see the online degree programs as cash cows for their universities and hike the rates up as much as possible. Although AMU is for-profit, it seems to understand the important service it provides for the military, law enforcement, and other government agencies. AMU does not financially gouge students even though the market rate is much higher. However, many people may not be aware that AMU has just become a publicly traded company. That means it is issuing common stock and will be more profit driven like other corporations. I do not know how this will affect the quality of the education or the reputation of the school. I just hope AMU does not move in the direction of UOP and others whose reputation is utterly horrible.

With all of this said I will continue on and finish my master's degree at AMU. I think the professors and programs are awesome. They are all directly relevant to military and government missions. I have been treated very well by every single person I have ever contacted at AMU. When I went to the state funded B&M I was just a number. They were getting state funding regardless if they treated me poorly. The price at AMU is definitely right and the best I could find for the quality, meaning great value for your buck. Also, I am in great company. In my last course my fellow students came from every segment of the military which included officers and NCOs from every branch. Occupations ranged from pilots to infantrymen. I was the only law enforcement officer. Needless to say we had some worthwhile discussions with varied perspectives. These are the high quality people I enjoy interacting with. I doubt Yahoo or Microsoft would be interested in my master’s degree in National Security Studies: however, this degree is not meant to be used at corporations. AMU degrees are specifically meant for military, government, and law enforcement. I really do not care if a corporate recruiter raises an eyebrow over my degree. Their mission is much different than those who attend AMU.

I hope all of this helps. I will visit this web site again to see if people have any questions for me. Good luck in all your future endeavors.
Feb. 5, 2008, 2:18 p.m.
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Is anyone working toward a B.A. in Religion?  I'm not seeing any comments on it, and I'd like to hear from a (preferably neutral) student as to how well rounded the program is.  I'm currently attending a B&M, and all the classes I've taken on the subject only seem to cover the big three.
Feb. 9, 2008, 1:48 p.m.
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Incidentally, to a couple of the negative posters. Ham, American brick and mortar schools also require the TOEFL. Deciding not to attend a school because you'd have to take a simple proficiency test seems a bit short sighted.
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Well, first how can you construct my post as "negative"? I simply said what happened to me. I have no reason to both say AMU is good or to say it's bad.
Second, I found at least a couple accredited B&M American universities offering online degrees willing to accommodate my needs.
Third, I said i have credentials to support my claim in the form of transcripts from accredited universities (not the Phoenix/Capella kind, though )... I don't ask anybody to trust my pretty face.
My only point is that AMU was more inflexible than Oxford & other B&M UK universities...which says all.
Plenty of fish in the sea.
I am not saying I am good and I am not saying I am bad, but after time, money & efforts I invested in earning my credits, I am unwilling to prove anything of that sort to anybody...call me short-sighted if you want.
Feb. 26, 2008, 8:51 p.m.
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Hello,

I'm looking into AMU's MBA program. Does anyone have any feedback or experience with this MBA program? Any information would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks,
March 2, 2008, 8:36 p.m.
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AMU has a cooperative degree program with the FBI National Academy Associates. That should say enough about the quality of the school. Know accreditation, and know what the job you are looking for accepts. The FBI accepts AMU degrees.

www.apus.edu/APUS/News-and-Events/Press-Releases/FBINAA_final.htm
March 2, 2008, 9:23 p.m.
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Victoria,

  I found David's post, which is 5 posts up from yours, to be very informative. He made some very clear points about program accreditation. I was considering the AMU MBA, but may not knowing about the need for AMU to have an AACSB for its program.
March 5, 2008, 6:34 p.m.
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I have been in the AF active duty for over 7 yrs and looking to finish my CJ degree.  Having to review all of the comments above; I have made my decision to attend AMU.  It has taken a week of research for me to make this decision and I would like to say thanks for all of you who have commented.  Your posts has made my decision easier.  I plan on commenting later myself with my experiance at AMU.  Thanks again!
March 10, 2008, 4:23 p.m.
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Actually most of the universities are providing their courses online. I believe the military have a great experience in the area to teach online, experience in the field and they are economic, other universities run from 25K to 30K to finish a master degree. I will start taking classes this summer.
March 12, 2008, 11:33 a.m.
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This is in response to Ben who was asking about the B.S. in Space Studies.  I just finished the M.S. Program, and I have to say it was a great program, but much more of a middle ground on technical vs. management.  If you are looking more into designing or R&D, I would look more towards an Engineering focused program.  Don't get me wrong, it really was a great educational experience, but I am a Intelligence professional in the military with a career focus on space operations.

However, I would like to add that since completing my M.S. in space studies... I have enrolled in the Rochester Institute of Technology's online program to get more engineering background, which I have always had a desire to learn (formally).

I hope this helps!
Jason
March 13, 2008, 2:55 a.m.
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Hey, folks, just thought I'd throw in my two cents...
I've currently completed about half of the required credits for the Intelligence undergrad program, and I've found AMU to be quite the institution. Initially, I must admit to being quite skeptical of the idea of enrolling in an online university, but AMU has really made an impact on my thoughts on that topic. Speaking as someone who's usually at or near the top of any academic course he's in, I have to say that I cannot slouch my way through AMU's course work; you WILL learn in those classes. However, to piggyback on something David posted above (Feb 4, 08), AMU has recently gone public. I didn't find this out until I was suggesting to one of my professors that the new course I had just completed should be made a bit stiffer (yes, I'm the sadistic ******* that contributes to making AMU tougher for everyone else... lol) and he informed me that the original lesson plan was much tougher, but the department had been ordered to tone it down for the sake of preserving student enrollment. I hope this is an isolated incident and not a new trend, but only time will tell. On the other hand, in AMU's favor, I've also found professors willing to give extra work to those who are interested in extra learning. In response to the those who have posted above and claimed encounters with AMU grads who couldn't formulate a proper sentence, I simply do not think it possible. I think the only classes I've been in that HAVEN'T required writing assignments were Math and Physics. The class I just completed required four papers, one of which ended up being a 18 page paper, and the 'A' level, according to the rubric, was "Graduate level." Some of the lower division (general ed) professors may slouch a bit, but the upper division (department specific) professors are often quite exacting when grading. I highly recommend AMU, for now.
March 18, 2008, 2:52 a.m.
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I'm not quite sure if this was answered yet...But here it goes. I'm currently a college student (attending a local community college) attempt to earn my A.A. in Japanese and use the transfer credit to a state university in attempt to earn a  B.A. in International Studies and Minor in Criminal Justice. 

Now to the point, is it possible to use the credits I earned at my local community college and transfer the credit to AMU or am I only allowed to transfer the credits to only one university/institution?

I'm planning on double majoring but since AMU does not allow double majoring, I was thinking of doing it at two different universities. I'm planning on majoring in Intelligence Studies since AMU is the only known institution that has that major. No where I live offers it.
March 19, 2008, 2:20 p.m.
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Ok, so that's a no on the Religious studies.  How are math classes in an online format?  I need College Algebra, and I'm not entirely convinced that I will succeed without classroom instruction.  The same goes for my science/lab requirement.  Anything anyone can tell me about this would be greatly appreciated.
March 20, 2008, 2:59 a.m.
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Tony: More than likely your credits will transfer to AMU so long as you had earned a grade of "C" or higher in the given coursework. Of course, this does not mean a "C-". 

Elle: I took a college level math course online at a brick & mortar school and finished with a "B", respectively. However, I would never take another math course online again. There were times when I was stuck on a concept and the professor was simply not available. Not to mention that the assigned videos were less than helpful since much of the material was never on the test. Therefore, my advice is unless you are somewhat strong or at least somewhat familiar with the math course itself, don't take it online. As for the science/lab requirement, I can't help you there; all of my lab work was taken traditionally. At any rate, I hope this helps...
March 20, 2008, 2:18 p.m.
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Thank you, Lee, that did help.  I finally did all the paperwork to transfer yesterday, and it looks like I may not need another math class.  If I do, it will be statistics which I've already taken once and done very well in.  No such luck on the science/lab, so I'm still interested to hear from anybody who has fulfilled that requirement online.
March 21, 2008, 7:39 a.m.
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I wish I had gone to Norwich as I always loved miltiary history.  I decided to go into education instead but oh well.  Norwhich has a great rep in academia, especially at miltary academies!

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