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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 28, 2014 (email verified)

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Fantastic Learning Experience I just had my degree in General Studies conferred to me this month. I was thoroughly impressed with the education and scope of knowledge that I received from my online professors and AMU. All the classes I have taken have been both informative and enlightening. Classes were enjoyable, and the papers and forums I wrote really expanded my knowledge in the material. While some professors were definitely better than others, I was more than satisfied as a whole. Since my degree was in General Studies, I took a mixture of different classes instead of focusing on a single discipline. With that said, I cannot give a clear evaluation of AMU in regards to any particular program. While a General Studies program has clear and specific institutional requirements, the degree jumps around and never stays in any field for a long time. Still from what I saw from the assortment of classes that I took for my degree, every class was very well organized and offered something new. The value at AMU is immense. With classes at $250 a credit, and free textbooks, it is hard to find a regionally accredited school with a comparable "bang for your buck". I have registered for a Bachelor of Arts in Hospitality Management, and I am extremely excited to earn a second degree with AMU. I highly recommend this school. The support staff and professors understand military issues that arise, and work very well with you when an issue does happen.
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Harold_boggs (Graduate) on August 20, 2014 (email verified)

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Quality Education I graduated this year with a BS in Information Systems Security. Having taken classes at two brick & mortar colleges, AMU was similar in content and difficulty. I started with 30+ credit hours and finished my degree while attending part-time. There were 2 or 3 classes that had horrible instructors, but I also experienced that while attending the brick & mortar ones. Over all, AMU is a solid and respectable school in my opinion. The tuition price is very hard to beat. While some businesses may want to see degrees from more well-known universities, numerous vendors that do business with the government, Dell, HP, IBM, Cisco, NetApp, Microsoft, Adobe...etc., are familiar with AMU and its quality education. I suspect in the near future that AMU will become more reputable as more and more alumni enter the workforce.
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Amarkesi (Graduate) on July 30, 2014 (email verified)

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What you make of it I recently finished and managed to pack 20 classes (3 credits each) into approximately 14 months. Some classes are extremely in depth and took a lot of work, others were not especially challenging (having a heavy programming background). I checked my folder today and I have 131 written assignments that range from 1 page turn-ins to 27 page monsters, with 6 pages being the median. A typical class (in the accelerated 8-week format) consists of a discussion board where you write in a forum about 300 words on an initial topic, then 2 or more responses of 150+ on other peoples posts. You would then typically have 1 written assignment each week. Then where the differences fall are a technical class will have labs, where you use Citrix to load a remote Virtual Machine and follow through your lab manual and online videos (watch the videos, and recommended videos, they really help). Writing heavy classes would include a PPT/Paper where you work on parts of it progressively through the course. Almost all classes have a "Final" paper that is usually 10 pages or so in length on a topic from the class you choose near the beginning. Some classes additionally will have quizzes that range from 5 to 50 questions, usually multiple choice, but sometimes free response. The books are a lot more current, maybe 1-2 years out of date in some cases and the non-required set of classes has a huge selection (where you get your concentration from). There are some real gems in there such as cryptography and the security oriented ones with labs. Between this school and a boot camp I was able to pass the Certified Ethical Hacker course as a first time go. There is a sizeable military population taking classes here, they are very supportive of each other and form a nice community, if you participate. You should always message the teacher at least once, if not more during class, and include the whole class if you can on the conversation, it really helps build that feeling. My GI Bill worked promptly and there were no issues with that, and as some people mentioned, it takes a while to get to their support staff, but they were very helpful when you did get them and that included finding an extra scholarship for me. This school as people have mentioned is certified by several institutions as well as the NSA as a place for learning Information Assurance, this includes their Cyber Security program. 9/10 would do it again (In fact will do a Masters here)
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Mact02 (In Progress) on July 28, 2014 (email verified)

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Excellent School Like any online education it takes self discipline and motivation to stay on top of your studies. What I have read in most of the negative posts is that the reader most likely didn't read the syllabus before taking the class or didn't read the financial aid policy. Too bad. This school has helped me significantly professionally with a change in career, promotion and the knowledge to stay in school. With a degree from AMU I was able to apply and be accepted into the MFAS graduate program at UF where I will most likely finish my PhD. Great school!!!!!!!!!!
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Jim_howe (In Progress) on July 26, 2014 (email verified)

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Space Studies Master of Science degree I have completed the course work for the Masters degree in Space Studies and will have the thesis project completed shortly. Overall, this was an excellent educational experience and a very good value. The course work is highly interesting and well formatted. There are some terrific instructors, including former astronauts and the co-discoverer of the Hale-Bopp comet, all of whom showed distinct interest in their students. The course materials are relatively inexpensive and many are found online at no cost. While most of the instructors were fairly liberal in their grading, the courses are chock full of information and a significant effort is needed to get all the reading and projects completed on time. That is, this is a properly challenging degree program and not for anyone who intends to skate through or only complete some of the work. One minor drawback was the use of dated materials for some courses, such as policy materials from the last presidential administration rather than the current one. The only other drawback is the lack of face-to-face interaction, which is typical for purely online courses such as these. The University itself does a great job of providing information, support, and feedback for financial and other matters and I had no complaints whatsoever with AMU's administrative processes. When I asked questions AMU provided quick and accurate answers ... very well done. In sum, for anyone who is comfortable with on-line learning and a high degree of self-paced study, this is an outstanding degree to pursue. A good metric to consider is the large percentage of active duty military officers, particularly from the Air Force, enrolled in these courses ... if AMU is good enough for the officers of the world's best Air Force, then it's a great value and an eye-opening experience for we civilians!
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Cynthia.lerch (Graduate) on July 25, 2014 (email verified)

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I loved it! AMU allowed me to work at my own pace and finish my Master's degree in less than two years. That includes taking a break for a semester, working two jobs during a portion, and conducting several military exercises. I could not have done it without the support of the professors. I only had difficulty in one class with a less than responsive instructor but was still able to maintain a great GPA! I have recommended AMU to many of my friends, fellow Soldiers and Officers, and other family members! I'm ready to come back already! Cindy
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Krisalynn (Graduate) on July 25, 2014 (email verified)

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Had a great experience I am very pleased with my educational experience at AMU. I attended there for two years after transferring from another school and was able to complete my Bachelor's in the timeframe I had hoped to because of the continuous classes and 8 week semesters they offer. I agree with one of the other reviewers that the consistency in grading depends heavily on your professor (which can at times be frustrating) but I believe you will likely find that at any university. The support staff were always super helpful and professional, and I have to say the graduation experience (if you can go to it, do!) was wonderful. Overall I would absolutely recommend AMU to anyone who needs the flexibility that online universities offer.
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Stuart (Graduate) on July 24, 2014 (email verified)

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Better than I could have asked for... When I made the decision tor return to school for my Masters I knew two things. #1 With my schedule I would have to try and find a online program, and #2 I was wary of spending so much time and money on an online degree program. I did a lot of research and eventually ended up going with AMU. It was the best decision I made in my academic career. The program was one that challenged me in many ways, but in the end I actually felt like it taught me something, which is rare in this world. The faculty is made up of some of the best instructors I have ever had. I was lucky enough to have one professor for 4 courses, by the time I graduated he and I knew each worked well with each other, and were happy to be rid of each other! Look, there are programs out there that will take your money and had you a piece of paper and send you on your way. AMU and APUS in general are not like that. You get to be part of a community that spans the globe. You get to be a part of something greater. I never felt that way when I attend my brick & mortar school. If you are here trying to figure out if this is where you should be, the answer is yes.
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Jwhite (Graduate) on July 24, 2014 (email verified)

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My Review of AMU (non-military, employed full time) I am an actual graduate of AMU, with a BA in Security Management (InfoSec concentrate). I work full time as an IT manager, so I needed an educational program that would work around my demanding schedule. I tried other schools (local brick and mortar, WGU, Charter Oak) before AMU. I self funded a subset of my classes, and I used financial aid for the rest. I found the matriculation and financial aid process very easy and automated. I found the staff at AMU/APUS very professional and helpful. I found the online campus easy to navigate and understand. My course objectives were clear and concise: I knew what to read, what to write, and when assignments were due. Over-all, I found the reading material interesting and accurate from an IT perspective. The Security Management focus was a bit orthogonal to my current career, but I enjoyed learning something different; and I better understand the synergy between physical and logical security. I treated my peers with respect (most of them are or were in the military) and in return I was treated with respect. Like everything in life, you will get out of your experience with AMU/APUS what you put into it. AMU fit my schedule, fit my budget, and fit my temperament. Simply put, AMU worked for me.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 23, 2014 (email verified)

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Best online program for intelligence studies I have pursued online studies at four other universities and AMU seems to have the best programs for security, military, and intelligence studies. I am nearly finished with the graduate program for intelligence studies and have found the ten courses I've completed to require a balanced work load that allows students to learn new concepts, research a relevant topic, and present a new idea in a standardized format. I often work more than 40 hours per week and have been able to steadily pursue one course at a time without compromising my family life. Taking multiple classes at a time requires a lot of free time and I would not recommend it.
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Daxsammut (Graduate) on July 23, 2014 (email verified)

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Positive Referral I have all positive things to say about American Military University. I had started at a different college and it was an absolutely horrible experience, I was referred to AMU by another military member and I am glad that I took his advice. I graduated with a BA in criminal justice in March 2014. I will recommend this outstanding school to any one who is serious about online learning. The staff, professors, and anyone else that I needed to speak with from this institution were highly professional and educated in what they were talking about. Again a great time and I am glad that I went to such a great institution to earn my degree from.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 23, 2014 (email verified)

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An average school I started this program because it offered an internship however, in the middle of my degree completion AMU gave no notice to it's child and family development students that they would no longer be offering the internship. Don't be fooled when they tell you, you can either take a 16 week course or an 8 week course. Very little courses are offered as a 16 week course. Before amu had a book grant offered for hard copies of textbooks, they've recently gone in the wrong direction in which many of their students are not satisfied with. No longer are texts books available, able they are online textbooks. You have the option of purchasing a textbook through them but you still have to pay for a technology fee when you enroll in the course. The courses themselves are as challenging as an online school can be for the most part. But I have had a handful of courses where it seemed the instructor checked out and only logged on once a week to post grades and had no interaction with the students. When I started my program I was very happy with the school. Now that I'm coming to a completion...I would have chosen another school, a not for profit school. I won't be returning for my Mastes.
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Ryan.houck (Graduate) on July 23, 2014 (email verified)

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Overall - Just ok I recently completed a Political Science degree and was able to work full time while doing so (even during some very long days for a new job). Overall I had a relatively good experience with the school and many of the professors invest a good deal of time and show genuine concern for their students. I did have one major issue with the the university though, one I imagine many students experience at all universities, occasionally I would get a terrible professor. Ok, fact of life not everyone you meet will be positive, however, the report / complaint process was worthless. In both of my experiences I had professors (2-3 of them) that over the 8 week course did not grade any significant papers until the last weeek of the course. For the initial papers this is not a major concern but with no feedback it is quite difficult to focus a paper the way each professor wishes if you have never had feedback. Despite complaining to the school and supervisors on each occasion nothing ever came of these complaints. This is somewhat disappointing as they track your log-in's quite diligently, every time a student so much as uses a phone to check his grades it is tracked. However, they apparently do not care to track the work ethic of their professors. I would have expected that if I did not hear from professor for several weeks (even after emailing them) their supervisor might have an issue with this but apparently not. If they were able to fix this issue and establish a means to hold professor's accountable for their instruction (or lack there of) I would be able to rate the university much higher.
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Oochs11b (Graduate) on July 23, 2014 (email verified)

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Enlisted Combat Arms Army NCO attends college and suprisingly enjoyed it A great college to attend if your military. Teachers will adapt to busy lifestyle and mission requirements. Assignments have reasonable deadlines for working adults. Curriculum is excellent; covers every subject thoroughly. Vast degree plans to choose from. Great support all around from AMU. Just finished my associates and will definitely return here for my bachelors.
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Wbm531 (Graduate) on July 22, 2014 (email verified)

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Challenging Program, but no Guarantee of a Space Related Career The Space Studies major is a great professional development program for people who already have a space related career such as spacecraft technician, operations controller, or project manager whether they are a military or civilian space professional. It also may serve as an entrée to a space career for people who have recently graduated from high school and actively pursue opportunities for work-study programs sponsored by governmental and commercial space industries. If you are well advanced in a career field that is not applicable in some manner to the space industry such as engineering, physics, geology, electronics or chemistry, then this major will probably not provide the means for you to transition to a space related career. However, if you would describe yourself as an amateur astronomer, or have simply had a lifelong interest in space exploration and desire some challenging formal education on a variety of subjects directly related to outer space, then this major will broadly expand your knowledge in all areas of space exploration. There are extensive requirements for online class participation, reading assignments, essays, and research papers. The subject with the most intense mathematical component is the class on "Orbital Mechanics," although most of its problems can be solved with a meld of algebra, geometry, trigonometry, and a few instances of integration. In summary, if you already a space professional and need formal education to facilitate your career's progression, then this degree is ideal for you. If you are at the beginning of your college level education, or you already have a technical background, and want to pursue a space career, then this major may help you find employment in the space industry. If you just want to achieve a high level of general knowledge on matters related to space exploration for you personal avocation, then the Space Studies program will serve you well.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 22, 2014

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Humanities Very good experience except for a few instances. One glaring instance was the very poor support given for my thesis. No support, no feedback. Makes me wonder how they came up with their final grade.
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Evnwldr (In Progress) on July 22, 2014 (email verified)

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Satisfied For the Most Part Masters in Public Adminstration with an emphasis in Environmental Policy. I completed my undergraduate at a traditional brick-and-mortar school 25 years ago. While seeking my degree in Public Administration (I only have my Capstone Project to finish), I have to say that for the most part AMU has proven to me that for profit online schools do work. Of course, not every professor is a rocket scientist or as responsible as you would expect them to be, but 90 percent of those I studied under were professionals who were subject matter experts. Some have even taken time to mentor me, which I did not expect. For the most part, as a member of the military I could work ahead on classes to ensure while traveling I could complete assignments in accordance with their due dates. I had two classes that challenged me in that regard but I worked through the difficulties. The instructors were helpful to a point. I learned a great deal from the classes and have used my knowledge to make positive changes within my organization and within my life. This might not be an ivy-league school but for the every-day joe I highly recommend it. I liked it enough to allow my daughter to attend to accomplish her undergraduate degree.
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Don.barnettjr (Graduate) on July 22, 2014 (email verified)

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Great experience I recently completed my Master of Arts in Management. I was named a Presidential Management Fellows finalist for 2014 (pmf.gov) due to my studies at AMU. I found the program to be challenging and enlightening, and I enjoyed my educational journey at this institution. I am currently enrolled in a doctorate program in a traditional school and I must say, some of the Master's courses at AMU were more challenging. I endorse this school and would suggest it to anyone.
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Sgtgordonusmc (Graduate) on July 22, 2014 (email verified)

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People want things that are given to them not earned People that complain that they did not get what they wanted out of a degree. A degree will not get you a job or make you a better person it is the experience that you went through to get it. The sacrifices that you made to get to the overall goal, that is what is measured in a degree and in life. When you accomplish something it either makes you a better person or it was a waste of your time because you did not put your whole heart into it. AMU made me stay up late at night, put myself accountable on several assignments and most of all made me reach out of my comfort zone and do something new. These are the same things that you learned in the military, and if you have not learned it by now you probably will be working at McDonalds because you are not a go-getter and will be "that person" on welfare.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 22, 2014

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Excellent Faculty, Wide Range of Programs AMU offers working adults an ideal way to complete a college degree - in my case, the only way I could do so. The number and frequency of courses offers considerable flexibility; and I have always been impressed with the faculty - although there are, of course, significant differences in course diligence and responsiveness. But in general, I have been very pleasantly surprised at the dedication of the professors that I have been fortunate enough to work with. The one area that lets the college down, in my opinion, is the quality of the online interface. "Sakai" is cumbersome and antiquated; and does not meet my expectations at $250 per credit hour. Nevertheless, it serves its purpose. I would not hesitate to recommend AMU to others seeking an online degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 3, 2014 (email verified)

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APUS BA in Military History I have almost completed my Bachelors degree with AMU in Military History with a concentration in Early European Studies. The school and the majority of my courses as well as the instructors have been outstanding. Some of the early general education courses were a bit easy, and on rare occasions I have attended a course with an instructor that I felt was not doing a great job. However, once I started taking history classes I have had nothing but great experiences with this school. I highly recommend APUS, and if you start with this school and have any regrets I can only say to stick it out, because once your core and concentration courses start, it just becomes such a great learning experience. Just for clarification AMU American Military University and APU American Public University are both part of APUS American Public University System.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 12, 2014 (email verified)

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Beware Amu tech support is a joke. Also during an extension the professor failed to reset the dates and received zeros on two assignment because I had no way to submit them. As a result my B+ average dropped to a F. I filed two appeals over a year ago with no response. In addition AMU failed to provide me access to my classroom and course materials. Good thing for me is that I have all communication documented and will be filing a lawsuit in the near future. Amu is a business (for profit) they receive millions in finical aid and from GI Bill annually, the could careless about the support they provide to veterans who worked hard for benefits.
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Otexplorer (In Progress) on April 7, 2014 (email verified)

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AMU has been great for me! As I am in my second year attending AMU I am in a position to express my true feelings about AMU and their system of education. Most of the professors are currently employed in the field that they teach so they are totally on top of the real world in their industry. This is a major plus in my book. In two cases, I felt that the professors went overboard and graded not on the students comprehension of the material but on the exact rules of citation and grammar to the extreme. In other words, "you may know the material cold however we are taking off because of the extra comma in the third paragraph" type of thing. These two cases are overshadowed by the other professors who went totally overboard to help me and ensure that I learned the material and was able to think with the information in real life. I do not need this degree as I have been very successful in my life however I am enjoying studying at AMU and as my wife points out, that I only consider dropping out around the finals deadline. Then when my grades are posted all is well again. This is very normal for any university on line or brick and mortar. If something is not a challenge than I would not be getting much out of it. AMU has my vote and I am very glad to be taking classes online at AMU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 24, 2014

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Overall is OK, Financial Aid sketchy I decided to study at AMU after hours of reviewing other online schools. It took me a month to finally made a decision. I went for their International Relations using my POST GI BILL. I sent everything they requested and it was a breeze to begin classes since you can upload the documents and send them online. Using the GI BILL was also easy so it was great for the first couple of months. The classes were very easy except for College Algebra. Then I transferred to a more expensive online University. This one is a public institution very well respected. I wanted my degree to have some recognition if I wanted to move to another state and find a job. I started taking classes at this new University; however on the middle of my first semester, I decided to take classes for transfer at AMU since it IS cheaper and I wasn't using my GI BILL anymore (I decided to use it for a MA). When I enrolled at AMU again, I PAID WITH MY CREDIT CARD FULLY BEFORE STARTING CLASSES since I DIDNT HAVE THE OPTION TO USE MY POST GI BILL (I GUESS FOR CLASSES FOR TRANSFER, YOU WONT HAVE THAT OPTION ANYWAYS). I got an email CONFIRMING ENROLLMENT FOR MY GI BILL THROUGH THE VA FROM AMU. The VA sent them the money because I checked that on the EBENEFITS website. NOW, HOW IN THE HELL CAN THEY DO THAT IF IM TAKING CLASSES FOR TRANSFER AND IT DOESNT QUALIFY TO USE THE GI BILL? SKETCHY Everyone can say that ALL UNIVERSITIES are businesses; however this one is not run like a school….it's run like an amateur business. By the way, Classes are easy. If you turn in the homework on time, you'll pass. If you don't pass, probably you are lazy. I do like their set up, easy to navigate and professors are fine. However, a degree from AMU doesn't hold the same weight as one from a public institution that has distance learning. Be smart in choosing what's best for you. Good luck!
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Cybergator (Graduate) on March 7, 2014

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Intelligence Studies AMU provided me a quality education relevant to my career field. The professional are working members of the Intelligence Community and have several years of experience in their chosen specialties. They make you "think outside the box" and nearly all are accessible "after-hours". I finished my Bachelor's degree in August 2013 and have started my Master's program and can tell you from experience: AMU is THE school to go to for working adults.
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Wflawson20 (In Progress) on February 26, 2014 (email verified)

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Very Happy So Far I'm now over halfway through with my MA program in American Military History. I was a little skeptical of an online program, but no school near me had what I wanted. I have to say that I've been very pleasantly surprised. The graduate faculty has, so far, been top notch and I have enjoyed every class. I've been challenged, but my hard work has been rewarded and I think the program has already gone beyond my expectations. I have seen other reviews complaining about the financial aid department, but I have had no problems at all. Nor did I have any problems with my undergrad transcripts being accepted. Everything has gone very smoothly. Even the library sends me the books I need in a timely manner and the librarians are very helpful. As I said before, my professors have just been excellent. Highly recommended.
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Montystinson (In Progress) on February 16, 2014 (email verified)

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Horrible school I can not stress to you more strongly DO NOT ATTEND UNLESS THIS SCHOOL IS FREE. This "school" is a disaster. I have been trying to sort out my financial aid for months now, and it still lingers. I get the feeling that they want to hold onto my money like a grandma holds her purse. The teachers can't spell which makes me wonder if some 14 year old surfer is grading my papers. I guess you get what you pay for with these guys--LOW QUALITY
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Marie_h60 (In Progress) on February 6, 2014 (email verified)

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Near Completion: Last two classes This is a great school. You must be self-motivated and self-directed to the point that you are able to complete and submit your coursework. You must, like any academic pursuit, have to apply yourself to succeed. I am pursuing the Master of Public Health and I have learned a lot. I have received a poor grade for late submissions, poor posts and missed assignments. Again, like any other institution, some students may do minimal work and still getting an A. While it is possible for some people to do that, you just cheating yourself. I often think that competing schools are writing poor reviews. AMU is very affordable and the books can be obtained cheaply. I am looking forward to completing my degree this May 2014. I have had great teachers and 2 that I questioned. The staff respond quickly. They also helped me navigate the systems and fulfill my requirements. I would recommend the American Military University to anyone. Thanks.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 2, 2014 (email verified)

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BA in History - Demanding and Good I am two semesters away from graduating with a BA in History from AMU. It has been a very rewarding experience. I was hesitant to attend this school at first because of the "degree mill" slogan going around about it, but I have found that is not at all true. I previously earned an AAS degree, and my friends who have attended brick and mortar schools agree with me, that AMU requires much more personal investment from the student. You have to be dedicated and put your best work into it. The professors are generally very knowledgable and demanding. You will learn an incredible amount of information in each eight weeks of classes, and have to stay on top of the game to succeed. The amount of reading and writing required is sometimes hard to manage, but makes you really learn the topics far more thoroughly than just sitting through a lecture. I am completely satisfied with my experience thus far, and to any prospective students I would say: Don't listen to the "degree mill" thing. AMU is a great college, and you will get out of it what you put in. I am saving all my work to show to any future employer who might discredit my degree just from the college - it should be proof enough, since it's about three times the work required from a brick and mortar school. AMU makes you work for your learning, and it is well worth it!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 1, 2014

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Everything I Expected I began at AMU back in 2002 with a Spousal Scholarship. It was my first attempt at online learning and I found out it was the best way for me to learn. Due to finances and health issues I had to take a leave of absence until last year, at which time I returned and completed my degree. Yes, there are instructors who are slow to grade assignments, yet there are also those who grade as soon as the assignments are submitted. For every complaint there is a praise... the same holds true for brick-and-mortar schools. The labs were interesting, but educational. It was nice to be able to put into practice what I was learning. The same for my database class. Having the workbook to perform activities that followed the textbook aided in my retention of the concepts covered. I learn by reading and hands-on, so the labs and workbooks were extremely helpful. I am strongly considering returning for my MA.
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Racer_x_187 (In Progress) on December 19, 2013

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You reap what you sow I began attending AMU after transferring from Montana State University. I thought that it would be easier than MSU, but I was wrong... very wrong. I will start with what some people say is "bad" about this establishment. The teachers: There are some bad ones, I have run into 2 of them. I have two classes to go for my BA, so that's not bad. Support: Call early if you need support. I am two time zones away and will wake up at 6 AM MST to get in line at 8 AM EST. I get an operator within a minute or less. If you call at noon... good luck to you. Materials: They did use books before, and now its all PDF files. Some complain that they can only use the materials for 3 days and it "disappears" magically. If you aren't able to find programs online that allow you to save such PDF files or text, or you are not capable of converting one medium to another... maybe the real world isn't for you, much less college. Put the computer down, and find a hobby. This world is getting very high tech, get with the program and deal. Use of Technology: When they changed to Sakai the first time it was bad... real bad. It is getting much better. I know of whole school SYSTEMS that are ten times worse. If you think you can do better, then why aren't you already a millionaire? Its a school, not CISCO corporate. Now to the good stuff. If you are a working professional in the IT field, then you will get something out of this program for Information Systems Security. I am a Network Engineer and have applied everything I have learned so far into my work. I will say that I want the degree to make my move into management, which I have recently done through a promotion. I have written more papers on SONET, BGP, MD5 authentication, Fiber Optics, IPv6, and other related materials than I can count. Some reports I have placed into my work wiki for others to use as reference guides. You will get out what you put into this school. If you are lazy, then you will learn the bare minimum. If you are using what these classes point you towards to the fullest (I have decided it is an excuse for me to write about subjects I care about and work on daily) then you will succeed. I am not a transport network engineer but I can hold my own now. I am not a security IT tech, but I can still hold my own. Heck, I am not the IT guy, but I have made suggestions to IT on how to do things better. Its all because I have applied what I learned at AMU into the real world through lots and lots of research for papers. I even know more about the forest ecology in my state then my friends that work for the Department of Forestry, so what does that tell you? This college will not do the work for you. If you are willing to put in the work, then you will learn tons from this program. Also, someone mentioned certs. If you are going into any IT field, get certs for sure. I am a hiring manager and I will take a highly certified experienced engineer over a college degree holding adult with no experience any day (Unless they amaze me in the interview, which has happened and that 21 year old is happily employed on my team). Those are my 2 bits on AMU and its program.
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Adamm0621 (In Progress) on November 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Pleasantly Surprised, and Continually Proud When I first enrolled in AMU I was a bit skeptical, to say the least. The longer I have attended, and the further I have progressed, however, has changed my outlook drastically. At first it didn't feel legitimate, but as each class gradually grew more demanding, and the subject matter became more difficult, I realized I was indeed learning and accomplishing something. While I have another year and a half before I complete my degree path, and I'm only on my second Intelligence Studies class, I am highly optimistic of the knowledge I stand to gain. I intend to continue on at AMU for my master's degree as well. While the school isn't perfect, I would enroll all over again. I have recommended AMU to several of my peers in the military, and I highly recommend it to you if you are looking for an online, flexible, and challenging university and degree path.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 8, 2013 (email verified)

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Good enough but room for improvement I graduated with a Master's degree from AMU in 2013. I have undergraduate degrees from a Big Ten University and a MAC University and the level of academic challenge in 80% of the graduate courses I took at AMU was similar to upper level undergraduate / lower graduate (400 -500 level) at the other schools. The other 20% were of lower academic challenge, with texts and course work more suitable for lower level undergraduate courses. Most of the courses did not have timed exams like traditional educational institutions (1 hour exams, 2 hour finals), lowering the academic standard. In the majority of courses the grades were determined based on 2-3 page papers written for weekly assignments and 5 - 20 page papers written as midterm or final course assignments. The combination of required and elective courses provided a broad exposure to different fields of study within the major. Most of the faculty was very helpful when I had questions concerning assignments, and usually responded in a very timely manner.
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Jamiedehaven (In Progress) on October 14, 2013 (email verified)

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My Experience I have been attending American Public University since 2011 and thought I would share my experience. First of all I have came across a lot of comments calling the school a degree mill; this is NOT correct, the school has its accreditation from the following bodies;Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association (regional accreditation), Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA),The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Next is specialized accreditation; Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP),and Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE). My overall experience with the school has been positive, but you have to apply yourself, otherwise you will fail. I have came across comments saying that grades are simply handed out, not true, I have a "D", "C", and two or three "B-" because I did not submit my assignments on time...So they will not simply give you an "A". I have attended B&M classes and I find the course material to be basically the same and in fact a bit harder online. The college class I took at a B&M the classmates were more interested in texting than learning and they passed the class. Another thing, if your going the IT route like me...get your "certifications" a degree does not prove any skills to a perspective employer, IT certs do prove that you at least have a basic understanding of Networking, databases etc. For those seeking to enter the job market with a degree from AMU/APU you will need to ask yourself what type of employment you're going to seek. If you are looking to work in NYC for a prestigious company, I would suggest getting your degree from a prestigious university, because of the competitiveness many NYC based companies pick the schools that have a long established history / name recognition and AMU/APU simply does not have this. Now if your considering government employment or working for contractors, and even IBM, Cisco etc, your AMU/APUS degree will be just fine. But remember to get industry certifications! Hope this helps.
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Jena.hirsch (In Progress) on October 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Absolutely the best academic decision I've ever made This school exceeds the traditional brick and mortar schools by far. The format is designed so that you either keep up being productive or you don't, there aren't a bunch of slackers or the same people participating, everyone gets a shot. I wish the classes were longer as each class does incorporate so much material and at the Masters level I want to really have a command over the material but overall this is a great place. The teachers give so much feedback and the weekly forums force you to have more productive interactions than any other educational experience I've ever had. Previously I've attended public and private brick and mortar institutions and AMU really has shown both how it should be done. Excellent program!
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Mkrahn25 (Graduate) on October 10, 2013 (email verified)

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MA Military History This degree was everything I needed and wanted in a graduate program. As a working adult I could not attend a "traditional" campus in AZ, AMU allowed me to achieve a life-long goal online. The staff was very supportive and the faculty I had were very knowledgeable and taught me a great deal from start to finish! I would highly recommend this institution to anyone looking to further a career or achieve a goal of obtaining a graduate degree like myself.
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Robert.swartzwelder (Graduate) on October 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Truly Educates Those Who Serve I completed my Masters Degree in National Security Studies during August 2013. Simultaneously I completed a graduate certificate in Asymmetrical Warfare. The professors, support staff, and ease of technology makes American Military University (AMU) an online university who truly emulates their motto, "Educating those who serve." As a full time major city police officer with over 26 years experience and 14 years in the military (active and reserve) AMU exceeded my expectations with their curriculum and ability to juggle a busy schedule while achieving my educational goals. I have read negative comments about AMU and those comments are misplaced. It’s not what AMU can give you it’s what AMU can provide one with if one merely applies oneself. The professors are in the field offering both their high level experiences and advanced educations "guiding" the graduate student towards achievement rather than engaging in ridiculous hand holding and coddling. If one is looking for a valuable, immediately applicable education, then AMU is for you. If you require coddling and hand holding I suggest you look elsewhere. Robert
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Andrew.j.lynch (Graduate) on October 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Get in, Get on, Get Educated! I began my degree while deployed to Iraq in 2008-2009. I heard about AMU from fellow Marines and figured I should take a look at it and renew my education goals. The online format and ability to work at my own pace helped me out exponentially with completing my degree in May 2013. As a Logistics Chief in the Marine Corps my degree has expanded upon my already 10 years of experience with deployment systems and processes. The knowledge that not only the courses of study provide but also the professor base and student body possess is beyond comparison. Often times working with subject matter experts rather than some kid fresh out of high school allowed the course to flow and information to be retained easier as well as keep the relevancy high. Real life situational awareness in the subject's provided an inside glimpse that typical college course could not offer. I would not trade my experience at AMU for anything in the world. I have established a great network of logistics professionals throughout my time and continue to correspond with them regarding issues in the field. The value provided by AMU is in keeping with the honor and dedication that our military members serve with pride. I was able to utilize Tuition Assistance (TA) for all but two classes in my degree plan which will allow me to utilize my GI bill for other educational opportunities. If you are considering an online education, in fact any continuation of your education, I would highly recommend the AMU/APUS team. I will be coming back to AMU after my break in order to complete my Master’s Degree based solely on my BA experience and input from others about their programs. Get in, Get on, Get Educated! Semper Fidelis.
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Travis.m.dail (Graduate) on October 10, 2013 (email verified)

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A Good Online College for Military and Civilians The only thing that AMU lacks is the face-to-face classmates and professor interaction. The student is challenged to read the textbooks, complete written assignments, discuss and critique a minimum of two fellow classmates, and take examinations. Is it a typical classroom? No, but the student earns his/her grades and gains additional knowledge and added skill sets. The majority of the professors are quality teachers; they provide clear instructions to complete all assignments, communication and interaction is about as good as it can be with an online institution, and they challenge the student. Military tuition assistance and GI Bill works flawlessly with minimal effort on the students part; the University shoulders a lot like ordering the books and submitting much of the paperwork.
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Dhickman357 (Graduate) on October 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Education at AMU I graduated from American Military University (AMU) May of 2013 with a Masters Degree in Legal Studies w/honors. On-line studying was a perfect way for me to continue my career as a law enforcement officer and gain knowledge that will enhance my career and open up new and innovative doors. AMU has a large array of subjects to fulfill any educational endeavor. The legal studies program is unique and second to none. The knowledge that I gained at AMU opened up the door for me to enroll in law school, which I am currently attending.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 10, 2013

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Information System I completed my BS in Information System Security in January 2013. I thought the course was amazing. It prepared me for the Security plus and the Network plus certifications. I was able to successfully attain the Security plus certification a month prior to completing my degree requirements with what I learned from the course. I got a job shortly afterwards and chose to put the Network plus on hold. I have nothing bad to say about the courses because I put a lot into them. If you do the same, you will get a lot out of them. If not, you may not have the same experience I had.
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Chandachann (Graduate) on October 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Online Learning Experience. Money Well Spent. Attending American Military University (AMU) was well worth my time and money. AMU’s online classes provide a great way alternative for busy adults and working professionals – especially military families. I recently graduated from AMU with a Bachelor’s Degree in Management with concentration in Human Resource Management. Returning to college as an adult was not an easy decision. I was nervous or unsure of what to expect from an online university. However, AMU’s online degree programs gave me the flexibility and ability to control and customize my class schedule and course load to fit my lifestyle. AMU is affordable and best of all books and materials were included in the tuition and shipped wherever you are on the globe. I had the support I need from both the staff and instructors at each and every step of the way as I progressed toward graduation and pursuing my career ambitions. I am returning to AMU to pursue my MBA with a concentration in Marketing. I look forward to graduating in 2015.
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Reginald.ross (Graduate) on October 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Masters in Criminal Justice Got my Masters degree in a little over a year, it was not easy but instructors did grad more than fairly. The interface and technology is the easiest I have encountered to interact with. The thing that sticks out the most however was the instructors. Most, if not all of my instructors were or currently are active or retired police officers/special agents - many of which hold multiple degrees and careers in law enforcement. I have attended two state university during my undergrad and this rarely would happen. It was a major relief and made you really pay attention to what they had to say. Overall, my studies at AMU were great.
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Justin9n22 (Graduate) on October 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Choice for Online Learning AMU was an excellent experience for me. I graduated with a BA in Criminal Justice, with Honors, in August 2013. I transferred into AMU after doing two years at University of Phoenix's online program and the difference was night and day. Unlike UOP, assignments are done at AMU on your own and without team groups. I believe working in groups is good, but not in a distance learning environment. You are beholden to partners who live in other countries, have other life schedules, and can ruin your grade by not completing their portion of the work. AMU does away with this by making each assignment your own. Prepare to write a lot of papers! The ability to work at my own pace throughout the class and not have to worry about attending a physical class room at a given time was essential for me to finish college because of my work schedule. Most of the instructors were top-notch and acted as coaches, mentors, and supporting staff as well as class room instructors. I did have a few "bad apples" for instructors but I think you will find those everywhere. If you are considering an online college I would definitely invest time at looking at AMU. The cost per class is over 50% less than a UOP class, and all books are free for Bachelor's programs through a Federal book grant. Most of the class books were online PDF and ranged drastically in quality, and about 50% of the books mailed to you were excellent quality while the rest were not so much, but you can't complain too much when its free. The biggest critique I have for the college is the lack of human administrative contact. They want you to use email for just about all contact, and even their live web support gives email addresses. Getting a phone number to talk to someone is as easy as pulling teeth and most of the time it just goes to a voice mail. With that in mind, if I had to do college all over again I would still immediately choose AMU.
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Tyjack09 (Graduate) on October 9, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU will hold you Accountable I transferred to AMU from Grantham University in 2011 for two reasons. First, AMU, being a partner with APUS holds a regional accreditation. Grantham University only holds a National Accreditation. Second, AMU offers a degree program that was very specific to what my career is centered on today. When I enrolled, I was given very detailed information up front about the enrollment process and the transfer credit process. Once that was completed, I only received 48 transfer credits to go towards my Bachelor's degree. Essentially it covered all but a few of my Basic Core Classes at AMU. Once I finally started with my classes, I was very pleased with how easy the transition from one online university to another. They offered plenty of resources that allowed me to become familiar with their online setup so that transition was seamless. Another area that I was impressed with was how AMU holds its students accountable for everything they submit and do. You must engage in the class on the very first week or you will be kicked out of the class. While at Grantham, I felt there were times that if I wanted to side step my work and go online and just copy/paste any answer to an assignment I could and never get caught. In one of my first classes at AMU, I had some personal things come up and was running behind on my weekly assignments. So on that Sunday before the work was due; I went online, found an answer and submitted that as my assignment. I walked away feeling like I dodged a bullet and got my work submitted on time. Needless to say, on Monday when I logged back in to check my grade, I was shockingly surprised to see that not only did I get a zero for the assignment, but my Professor had replied to my message and explained to me why I failed the assignment. Along with his note, was also the link I used to copy and paste my answer from. Talk about being embarrassed. I was upset at first, but quickly realized that I brought this on myself. The professor was doing his job to maintain the integrity of his class and I was just upset because I got caught and called out on it. At the end of it all, I talked it out with my Professor and thanked him for what he did. He held me accountable for my work and made sure that I would never think about copying and pasting my answers from the internet. I graduated in May with my Bachelor's degree in Military Management and Program Acquisition with a concentration in Contracts Management. AMU held me accountable for my own success and I walked away feeling truly accomplished with what I had done. They have a standard of excellence at AMU and they hold each and every staff member and student to that same standard no matter what.
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Jamespwelch (Graduate) on August 16, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU A Top Level Education: a Journey of Discovery This was one of the most valuable educational experiences of my life. I completed two master degree programs concurrently and the AMU program,by far, stands heads and shoulders above its rivals. The faculty are top rate and are always available, encouraging and do their utmost to assist students in succeeding their programs. I find is distressing to read any disparaging and suspect remarks by certain disgruntled individuals. Carry your own weigh and do the required work and you will have a pleasant and successful educational experience. There is no such thing as a free lunch and the work required to complete a degree with either AMU or APUS will entail serious commitment in both time and effort. I cannot speak highly enough for the staff, faculty and administrators at this prestigious institution. Although I was happy to have completed my degree requirements, I felt sad that I was leaving my "family." Your educational experience with AMU is much more than gaining a simple sheepskin, it is an inward journey of discovery and sharing with like minded scholars and the establishment of lifelong ties. I hope to return and teach with AMU one day after completing my doctoral studies. JPW
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Thomas.gillespie (Graduate) on July 31, 2013

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Great school! I just completed my final course for the program and I feel that AMU was well worth the time and money. I am in the military and an online school is best because of their flexibility and AMU lived up to the standard in that regard. Most of the courses that I took were based around information; this is fine in some aspect, but I would have loved to take part in online training for the security and database courses. My courses normally required me to log in and make an initial forum post of 350 words, then two replies by Sunday of 150 words apiece. Some classes would require me to take quizzes every two weeks, and only one course had a test every week (environmental science). The majority of my courses also required an outline due in week 2, and normally a 15 page paper in APA format by week 8 of the course. If I had the opportunity to a brick and mortar school, then I would have, but AMU is a very good alternative if that is not feasible. One additional note, all books are included in the tuition rate, but all of the books are online, and some in a very inconvenient format.
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Mjsinks (Graduate) on July 15, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU History Program: Bachelor of Arts The History Program at AMU was outstanding. Not only is there a variety of classes, but most of the professors have a wealth of experience in their respective field. With only a rare exception, every professor that I came across was engaged and helpful. Some classes were certainly more challenging (side note: I took all of my classes in 8-week increments), but I never felt overwhelmed. After transferring from another university, I took 60 credits in 4 semesters while working a full-time job and taking care of a family and never felt pressed for time. The books selected for most courses are excellent and some of them compliment each other when it comes time to write papers and take exams. Bottom line: This an excellent program with an excellent staff. If you can organize yourself, have an interest in history, and are looking for a program that will both allow you to specialize in the field of history while also challenge you to take some classes that you might have passed over, this program is an excellent option.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 13, 2013

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Great choice for online education One of the biggest sellers on this education route for me was that my books were provided for free. That was very helpful in determining education cost, especially as some classes used several books. The upper level classes were particularly interesting, with good variety and great teachers. Only really had one teacher I didn't enjoy in this experience. Do understand, there are no lectures, so you are made to learn the material by actually reading the textbook, watching videos or looking at recommended websites, and participating in discussion forms with your classmates and teachers. Overall, as an independent learner I enjoyed the experience and never felt out of my depth or as though I couldn't find answers to my questions in any of my classes. Good school, excellent value, interesting breadth of students in classes and an overall positive experience.
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Mamarine81 (Graduate) on July 8, 2013 (email verified)

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You get out what you put in. I found my experience at AMU to be similar to that in my B.S. program at a brick and mortar research university. As with traditional schools, your experience depends heavily on the quality of instruction. I had instructors at AMU who fell across a wide range, from excellence to blatant apathy. I would strongly advise you to ask other students of their experiences with courses/instructors before registering. There are some excellent professors at AMU who clearly enjoy teaching and can really help you develop. There are others who are clearly distracted by other pursuits and should be avoided. The course curricula are mostly solid. Whereas AMU relies heavily on group discussion fueled by reading, the amount of effort you put into the reading a discussion weighs more heavily into your experience than it would otherwise. You need to make an effort to be a productive part of the discussion or you will be left behind quickly. In short, find the good classes and learn as much as you can. Maximum effort results in maximum benefit. The administrative side of AMU is good. All of my inquiries and issues were responded to and/or resolved quickly and painlessly.
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Cndpar4 (Graduate) on July 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Best Decision I ever made Deciding to attend AMU was the best decision I have ever made. Applying was easy. The course structure was great. The professors were all very professional, knowledgeable and fair. Just like any other college, you will have the professors that you like and then ones that seem to rub you the wrong way. That's just how it goes. Overall, the courses were great, the work load was perfect, and the pace was good. I work full time and have a wife and 2 kids. Attending AMU made getting degree a lot easier had I had to go to a traditional college.
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Tyler.rapsey (Graduate) on July 3, 2013 (email verified)

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Associates in General Studies I decided to go to AMU while I was on Active Duty. I was not sure what I wanted to study for my bachelors so I decided to play it safe and get an AA in General Studies. It turned out to work great for me. I recently got out of active duty and now am in the guard and I am attending a state school in Pennsylvania. My school accepted ALL of my AMU credits except COLL 100. I am starting at my new institution as a Junior as the result of my AMU degree. AMU enabled me the chance to earn a degree while working full time.
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Princesseugenie (Graduate) on July 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Amazing University Program I graduated with my Bachelor's in Intelligence Analysis this year (2013) - Summa Cum Laude with a 4.0 GPA and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to study at AMU. By studying at AMU, students are given the chances to study under professors with years of experience who are directly involved in the field. The university offers students the flexibility to complete higher educational programs, while also managing personal daily life situations. I fully support AMU and believe it is one of the best universities for students to complete their higher education.
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Cessna7035q (Graduate) on July 2, 2013

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Excellent Experience - Well Worth the Journey I recently graduated with an MA in National Security Studies from AMU and, overall, the experience was exceptional and challenging. The courses are established to provide a good overview of your concentration from different angles and the course materials are generally helpful resources. Having to pay for one's own books in an MA course, AMU makes the cost of the required material very manageable. The writing assignments were generally challenging and, upon completion of my thesis, I truly felt that I had achieved a mountainous task. An article based on my thesis is soon to be published with an international journal. The only negative aspects of pursuing a degree though AMU is, although there are many wonderful professors, you are likely to get stuck with at least one who doesn't make their class and the educational experience they receive a priority. Although these instructors are few and far between, they can turn an otherwise educational forum into an environment which does not punish laziness and, therefore, causes hard working students to wonder why they should bother trying with that particular course. Overall, however, I was very pleased with my experience and I continuously promote AMU as a means for my Airmen to receive a quality education as they continue to travel the planet.
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Kudro2001 (Graduate) on July 2, 2013 (email verified)

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Serving in the Military and attending AMU Choosing a school while serving in the military can be challenging. Choosing an Environmental Science school can be even harder. I chose AMU for the military-friendly policies the school has adopted. From my experience, I would recommend AMU to anyone in the military. I have tested their policies for deployment and contingencies and found the school to be true to their word. Extensions for these events are easy to get and the school will work with you to ensure your success. Several of my instructors were prior military members themselves. Also, with a family I found the flexibility with studying in my own time to be great. There are no set times you must log in, only that you complete your work by the date due. Completing your degree is a wonderful feeling and AMU is a great choice for reaching that goal.
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Jdbcom (Graduate) on July 1, 2013 (email verified)

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A program not for everyone Though it's a great school it is a poor business. Technical errors in exams (not content but how the tool is put together) are annoying and in some cases frustrating. Finishing an exam only to have the web site go down is not a great way to teach, and that happened to me at least twice. The best part about AMU is the overall cost: cheap at twice the price. The worst part is that it is not for the faint of heart: If you are frustrated by technical glitches, or instructors who don't get your e-mail because the interface failed, AMU is not for you. If you can put up with that AMU is at least on par with nearly any other school.
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Crgunn51 (Graduate) on July 1, 2013 (email verified)

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Quality Choice I am an active duty Marine who chose American Military University for its flexibility. I was very impressed with the challanges that were presented while completing courses at AMU. If you are on active duty, I strongly sugggest that you consider this University because they understand the challanges that active duty assignements present and will facilitate your needs. In addition, they are regionally accredited and is gaining noteriaty for online education. I have also experienced good communication with professors who listens when thye are presented wth ideas that could improve your educational experieence. My major was Transportation and Logistics Management which is a program that not a lot of schools have and I did some homework and presented information to one of my professors who in turn acted on it. The result was that this program is now waviered for certification as a "Professional Designation in Logistics and Supply Chain Management" (PLS). I have recently decided to continue my graduate education with AMU because of the great experience that I have had with them.
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Jackielong (Graduate) on July 1, 2013

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BA Criminal Justice In comparing my BA with a local University that offered an online Criminal Justice course, AMU was more cost effective. Having the books in the undergrad provided online for free saves time and money, and once you understand how to effectively use the online materials, library, and classroom, the courses flow easily. I enjoyed the professors from both the Major and General Education requirements, and felt satisfied with the amount of credits that were applied to my program from my AS and previous courses. I look forward to completing my MEd at APUS.
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Rpljl20 (Graduate) on June 28, 2013 (email verified)

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Criminal Justice Program I enrolled in AMU after almost 20 years upon obtaining my Bachelors Degree from Penn State University. At first I was apprehensive as to online learning and the accreditation process of online Universities. I just attended my Master Degree Graduation in June 2013 and I will say that this was by far the best decision I have ever made. AMU was both challenging yet understanding when it came to normal everyday life issues that arise as a professional adult. My professors were extremely involved in the courses and were there to answer questions quicker than I could have ever imagined. Your books and materials can be purchased thru outside sources as you would at any college town. It truly was a great educational challenging experience one that I will cherish. This experience has even led me to start thinking about a possible doctoral degree. I highly recommend AMU whether you are military, law enforcement, or simply a regular business person. You will not regret your decision! Good Luck!
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Jamiepcurran (Graduate) on June 28, 2013 (email verified)

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Can't articulate in writing? Choose another school! From start to finish, this program was writing intensive. From the weekly posts and rebuttals in each class to the final papers and Capstone, I did nothing more than write, write, write. Few classes had mid-term or final exams, but those that did were essay format. If you can't commit hours per week reading the material, articulating a post, and preparing for a rebuttal on the class discussion board, you might want to consider a brick and mortar school. I earned my Associates and Bachelors at brick and mortar schools and never had such a writing intensive experience as I did with AMU. I also never enjoyed the learning experience more than I did at AMU! This was a positive experience for me and I have no regrets. Moving on, there were some issues that led to 9's in teachers, support, and use of technology; however, they were separte, unrelated issues: 1. Most of the teachers did a good job interacting on the classroom discussion board, returning graded material, and responding to assignment questions. However, two of my classes necessitated involvement by Student Advisement to get assignment grades returned and posted correctly. With this said, I also had problems with different instructors at my brick and mortar schools too, so this different surprise me. 2. The Student Advisement office made registration easy and they offer many services I didn't take advantage of. Mentoring and tutoring service are also available to those who might need it. Student groups are available too. However, I wasn't impressed with my various advisors (they changed over time) with advisement on a recommended program path; I ultimately relied on two of my instructors for guidance. 3. The on-line format was fine but I was caught in the middle of a transition from one on-line format to another. Many didn't like the new format, but I did. However, there were features not fully being utilized to their full potential which would would have been nice. Class syllabi fell under the older system and key dates, etc. weren't incorporated into the class calendar and sometimes didn't match up. These were all minor issues, or mildly inconvenient. Would I return to AMU. Absolutely! Has the degree helped me in my personal goals. Again, absolutely! However, if you are not adept with the written word, you might want to pursue a less writing intensive program at another facility.
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Nucc82 (Graduate) on June 28, 2013

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AMU - A Terrific School! I recently received my MA in American History from AMU. I chose AMU because, after researching the school, I learned of its accreditation, accomplished and well-credentialed faculty, extensive on-line library (that also loans books through the mail), affordability, and flexibility. AMU, not being a degree mill propped up by an accreditation mill, offers a MA in American History program that is extremely no-nonsense and stringent. If you are not willing to invest your time with hard work or are incapable of Masters-level academics, this is NOT the school for you. My assignments, research papers, weekly postings ("forums"), and so on were graded on content, quality, synthesis of information, mastery of material, and writing proficiency (i.e., ability, spelling, grammar, and sentence structure). Since much independent research is required, some courses will necessitate that you have access to nearby libraries of university-level stature as well as historical societies and archives. Regarding the faculty and staff, with some exceptions as can be found at any school, they are terrific. Communication with faculty is accomplished via on-line discussion(s), campus e-mail, and portals in addition to direct telephone contact as indicated in each course syllabus. AMU is also VERY interested in and supportive of its students. All through my academic progression not only was I employed, but was also dealing with a chronic and life-threatening illness. AMU staff and faculty were ALWAYS there to assist and encourage me. For this, I will always be grateful. Lastly, when AMU confers you with a MA in American History, you will have a sense of tremendous accomplishment.
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Krb429 (Graduate) on June 28, 2013

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Time well spent It took me three years to get my BA and it was well worth it. Two of those years I was deployed to active duty. The classes were well structured and I enjoyed the online interaction I had with my classmates. I would recomend online or distance learning to those who has to budget their time between work and family.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 28, 2013 (email verified)

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Well worth the $$ Very good school for the price. Like any college, you get out what you are willing to put in. If you only log into the classroom once a week, or you submit assignments a month after their due, then you probably aren't going to learn much. If you are engaged with your professor and your classmates on a daily basis there is a lot to be learned. Some classes are very demanding others are very easy. I feel like I did the same amount of work for an average graduate class at AMU as I did for an average undergraduate class at a physical school
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Arizonajoe11 (Graduate) on June 28, 2013

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A Leader in Online Learning and an Inspiring Degree Program Excellent university system and inspiring degree program. The courses comprising of a Masters of Arts in History forces students to digest materials through weekly participation and fair classroom assignments. Because of the distance learning limitations, 95% of work is written. That should go without saying in an online university, but its worth reminding. Grading is completely fair, as professors seem to operate under the statement "you get what you put in". Every course offers a concrete syllabus with grading matrixes which if followed guarantee a high passing grade. And mostly all professors prove their knowledge breadth through classroom feedback, so you know you are receving professional instruction. Problems with the learning environment are few: (1) sometimes required resources in addition to course materials are not available on the online library (Ebrary), and therefore require purchasing; (2) also, in some classes it's tempting to skim only the bare minimum over absorbing all the text due to the structure of the syllabus; (3) and thirdly, if this is an issue to you, its very easy to skate by and not become familiar with fellow students, instead focusing all on academics rather than interaction (but this comes with the terriotry in E-learning). All in all, by the end of this program you will become very well read and versed in the world of historical study, as well as acquire new skills to apply to real world avenues in the topic.
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Aunderwood1977 (Graduate) on June 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Nothing but good things.... I just graduated in May 2013 with my Bachelor's in Legal Studies. The instructors that I had for my major courses were helpful, informative and were dedicated in making sure that I got the most out of the class. My general education instructors were lacking the motivation to get everyone involved. My math instructor never emailed back or answered phone calls and this was the class that I struggled with the most. I also contacted my adviser to see what I could do about the lack of response from him. My adviser didn't give me any advice on who to contact or what to do. I passed my math class, but thought that the class was abandoned by the instructor since he never interacted with any of the class. All in all though, the school has a great support system, competent staff and hire individuals that generally care about your future. The school is a great way to balance your life, work and education and is very affordable compared to other online school systems. They are also regionally accredited. I wouldn't have the degree that I have now if it wasn't for the professionalism of AMU.
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Asortofdream (Graduate) on June 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Avoid if you are not already an IC "Rising Star". Key point: Avoid an Intelligence Studies degree unless you are already a rising star in the intelligence field and expect to hold an IC management position some day. If you're not already an IC member then your best chance to get in to the IC is with a more traditional degree like political science, international relations, or regional studies (with foreign language experience). Alternately, focus on developing technical skills like law, medicine, or engineering. I'll start off by saying that AMU does provide a good quality of education but Intelligence Studies is not the best route to the IC for most students. I posted the following summary to a City-Data thread a few days ago: "It's taken me a while but I finally understand why I still have mixed feelings about AMU's Intelligence Studies programs. After a BA and most of an MA in Intelligence Studies think I've finally got it. One problem is that the Intelligence Studies courses, like any civilian intelligence program, are taught without the benefit of classified materials. So you're necessarily left with shallow reading materials for a few of the classes. And this also means a general inability to simulate real world training for students. Additionally, almost everything you'll study focuses on intelligence failures because, broadly speaking, "success is the best kept secret of US intelligence". You'll have a difficult time understanding IC successes relative to failures. The second problem with the Intelligence Studies program is that intelligence studies is an cross disciplinary field covering virtually every field of academic interest. This results in an inability to really cover anything other than administrative issues within the the IC in any significant depth. The analyst's job is more akin to that of a librarian than anything else. More than anything the analyst needs to learn how to conduct in depth research and find existing information in large data sets. Secondly, he needs to be able to write clearly to make sure his points are not misconstrued. Lastly, he needs to be able to creatively "connect the dots" of disparate information into a coherent picture. This results in a grading structure that is essentially one long test of IQ and search engine querying skill. While it's not a bad education, it doesn't fit most of our concepts of what academia should be assessing us on. Simply stated, the program is hard to teach with unclassified materials. The program is also made difficult to teach by the broadness of intelligence operations. The broadness of intelligence operations means that being a generalist, in other words, knowing everything or at least convincingly pretending to is a highly desirable trait. Knowing everything or feigning knowledge with creative interpretations of ambiguous facts is rewarded with high academic grades in the Intelligence Studies program. Real world analysis probably isn't much different than this given that one must always be weary of enemy deception efforts and the various perceptual and cognitive distortions that alter the "facts". What you get at AMU in the Intelligence Studies program is still an education but because of the structure of the program sometimes it still doesn't feel like a legitimate one."
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Michael.madigansr (Graduate) on June 27, 2013 (email verified)

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Degree Review The master's program was I took was highly challenging and rewarding, and and working with military personnel I highly recoomend take your future learning from American Military University. I want to take this time and express my true gratitude to the teachers and support staff at AMU. This master's degree that I just completed May of 2013 was a true value and has lifted my career opportunities. All throughout the learning process it was guided and crafted for another to be successful if one lesson and was part of the overall course instruct leadership set up and guided by the instructors and my fellow students. The support received from each instructor was exemplary and the overall assistance from the fellow classmate was beyond questions. I looked at other colleges, and the cost, ease of access to the course schools website finding things was really easy, and the support was beyond reproach. Again the value, cost and worth of the master's program I took was by far the most bang for the buck. Michael Madigan
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Lenjsmith (In Progress) on June 27, 2013

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Intelligence Studies Dollar per hour, simply incomparable to brick & mortar institutions. Few if any universities offer such unique programs like: Intelligence Studies and even fewer have teachers working in the field they teach! Sakai has improved the ease of access to the virtual classroom. As an ambassador I recommend AMU to my neighbors and Airmen, weighing the costs and security of their children during the college years shouldn't be a risk. Virtual classes are not only more technically inclusive, but allow students immeasurable safety and the support of familiar settings thus decreasing distracting stimuli whilst learning. Leonard Smith
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Andre.duclos01 (Graduate) on June 27, 2013

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Bachelors and Masters Degree I completed both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at AMU. When I was searching for a university, I asked what colleges had the most complains and which one did not. AMU has one of the lowest complaints records I have seen with good reason. That is why I did both degrees here, for it was the best deal for the buck with no games or complaints. My degree is transferable to every brick and mortar school I checked into and when I transferred to my PhD school, my degree was honored and accepted with open arms.
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BrianBules (Graduate) on June 18, 2013 (email verified)

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Very Decent Education This is a great program for those who are willing to put forth some effort and learn. Online education is not for everyone and it sure isn't for the lazy or faint of heart. The instructors/Professors are excellent, thorough and some are globally recognized leaders in their professions, this shows when you are in class and given some of the assignments you will need to accomplish, they are not easy, nor are they get done in a weekend type of assignments. Choose AMU if you need flexibility, cost effectiveness and a quality education that is driven by your own desire to learn and succeed.
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Eyez4umanhattan (In Progress) on June 1, 2013 (email verified)

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An outstanding college experience so far I recently decided to go back to school to pursue a degree in the intelligence field, and after weighing several different options I settled on AMU. I will admit that at first I was a bit skeptical of taking online only classes, but after completing my first semester I am completely satisfied with my decision. The instructors that I have had so far all have a high level of experience, and the courses themselves were top notch. I am truly proud to say that I am a student at AMU.
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Bwing2003 (Graduate) on May 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Best balance of school, work, and life I have just completed my BS in Legal Studies and am continuing on with AMU for my MBA. Like many who attend AMU I did so while mostly on active duty and constantly on the move, AMU provided a great “college” experience without actually stepping foot on campus. Before AMU I went to a standard brick and mortar University and also tried University of Phoenix online and in both cases AMU was an overall better experience and best value. Some people complain about the lack of interaction when completing your academics online but I can tell you my first year at a standard University was not anymore involving or interactive then my time at AMU. AMU’s online classroom’s technology and professors are far more superior then that of UofPHX. While I cannot speak for all the classes at AMU my degree plan was no walk in the park and it demanded my complete attention and dedication to complete. I hope that AMU will continue to strive for an overall high expectation from its students and continue to build a strong reputation throughout academia.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 16, 2013 (email verified)

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Extreme acts of misconduct by professors I originally selected AMU because it was the only school I could find which would take all of my transfer credit and didn't set some unfair limit on how much credit it would accept as a way to force you to spend more money. In that sense, I can still praise AMU for giving me about half a degree worth of transfer credit that many other schools would have tried to cheat me out of. Sadly, where AMU falls flat is the quality of the "professors" who instruct the courses. Most of them are just lazy, interacting as little as possible with the students and giving little or nor feedback on graded assignments. Honestly, I just laugh at the lazy ones, because I skate through their courses feeling like I'm just interacting with a primitive robot programmed to knock 5% of each of my assignments because of some randomly selected reason. If I pass a class with 95% because the robot didn't care to spend any more time looking at my work, that is entirely fine with me. The "professors" I really have a problem with are the ones who don't keep their comments to themselves. A very small number of these are actually somewhat good instructors who interact with the class and give realistic feedback. Most however an obnoxious nitpicks who will constantly hassle you via private messages and insist that you revise assignments you submitted weeks prior because they didn't like your format or thought you didn't answer the question the way they wanted it answered. If you try to argue with them or simply ask them to grade your work as it is submitted without nitpicking every last detail, they will retaliate by sending blatant lies about you to the university administration to get you in trouble. My experiences at this school have shown me why some people consider it a degree mill. Personally, I don't care if it happens to be a degree mill, because all I want is to get a degree so that jobs which require one can't reject me for not having one. I do however feel that I am a paying customer and I should be treated with some basic respect. "Professors" who blatantly lie and harass their students are a hassle I don't need to deal with.
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Teekae1 (In Progress) on May 8, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU Psychology I did extensive research to find an online program where I could finish my degree. AMU offered me the most flexible program with the opportunity to earn my degree, rather than just pay for it. I have attended several classes now and have had an excellent experience so far. The instructors have clear and concise expectations and challenge the students to excel. The online forum allows for better comprehension and retention than the "traditional" classes I have taken in the past. I would recommend AMU to any working adult who needs flexibility but desires a quality education.
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Stars91284 (Graduate) on May 5, 2013 (email verified)

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BA in History, minor in Criminal Justice I have just completed my degree in history with a minor in criminal justice. I had attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, I have nothing against UNL except for the fact that it was not for me. I wanted more one-on-one communication with professors, which you cannot get sitting in a lecture hall with 200 other students. There were no requirements for actually attending class daily, unlike AMU which requires you to log in and be proactive in discussions. I also felt the education was better, I am able to discuss relevant events and moments in history and provide thoughtful and intelligent feedback. I recommend this institution to those who need to work full-time and want a quality education. I have no regrets and am proud to list AMU on my resume. Thank you and best of luck to those beginning their educational adventures!
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Andre.duclos01 (Graduate) on May 4, 2013 (email verified)

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Bachelor and Masters Degree Transportation and Logistics I completed my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree at AMU and had a great experience with the school. This school is not for the person who thinks they can just sail by. You will have to work to earn this degree. The faculty will assist you in any way possible to succeed, but it is still up to the student to complete the program, the assignments and the papers. I have found that my education credits are good pretty much anywhere. I have had offers from University of North Dakota, University of Rhode Island and Colorado State University. The cost is very reasonable as well. The down side is that many people do not know who the school is (YET). Online education is the new thing and the school has not gained the notoriety that DeVry or Walden has gotten. AMU does not have the problems that DeVry or Walden have either. If you are looking for a great online school and the credits will transfer then AMU will be that school. This is not a diploma mill, you will have to earn this education!
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Shane.langerud (Graduate) on May 3, 2013 (email verified)

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BA in Homeland Security AMU has put together a world class online learning environment. The Homeland Security degree sets up an individual for success. The professors and a lot of the students are working professionals within the field and I could not be happier with my experiences. Highly recommended for those working professionals that are looking for a career within DHS or other security related fields.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 3, 2013

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Its all what you make of it I think AMU is a great school with great resources available for you when you need them, whether that be advisors or study material. The instructors were great and helpful, of course there's always that 1% that can turn any great experience into something different. The one thing I do not like is the fact all the course materials and books are only electronic and the school doesn't supply hard copy books anymore. I have to have material right in front of me so I ended up renting text books for my own personal comfort. Overall, great school, great staff and I'm glad to have attended.
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TK1799 (Graduate) on March 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Top Rated MA in Unconventional Warfare I first began my MA in Unconventional Warfare in 2002 and soon was applying what I was learning in real world operations for OIF 2003-04. The professors I had taught me to write effectively and gave me analytical skills that Fort Hauchuca couldn't. The Defense industry knows about AMU/APUS and the degrees earned there are taken seriously. I did a world of good because of my masters degree, saved lives, and disrupted insurgent activities because my head was properly informed! I finished in 2007 while on my 4th tour in Iraq. I plan on returning soon to complete a certificate in computer forensics to further enhance my skill set. This is a great online university and I wouldn't go to any other!!!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 17, 2013 (email verified)

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Average University (One of the better "for-profit institutions" but not respected In academia) I completed a Master's degree here, and I have to be honest, it was pretty easy. My undergrad courses in History were harder than these courses. I don't know if I am a genius or just really savvy when it comes to BSing on assignments, but I didn't put much effort into this degree, and I still graduated with honors. I don't care about graduating with honors, if being challenged and actually taught research methods and tools for becoming a historian meant that I graduated without honors, I would prefer that. It's a good thing I paid for it out of my own pockets, because this degree will not be going on my resume and I will probably have to utilize federal aid to pay for a real Masters degree at a more respected university. Since there is alot of snobbery in academia when it comes to for-profit degrees at the graduate level, I would recommend that those who wish to enter academia, do not attend AMU/APUS unless you are sure that certain universities will accept you. E-mail graduate admissions, and ask if they will accept AMU Master's for entry into their PHD programs. Don't just assume that they will because the degree is regionally accredited. Many universities have no problems throwing an application with a for-profit graduate degree in the trash, despite it's RA status. They only want the best and the brightest, and for-profit does not fit into that image. Employers will throw your resume in the trash as well. This degree is really only good for those who are already in their careers, who need ANY degree for a quick promotion or people close to retirement who want to collect degrees for the hell of it. The perception is that you are given a degree/good grades just because you paid money and the more happy students AMU/APUS has, the more they profit. And unfortunately, I don't know if I disagree. Of course the students are happy and elated once they receive their degrees, many with honors, but will they be able to find jobs in their fields? Not likely. By then, it's too late and money has been paid. I don't know if it was just the professors that taught courses in my particular concentration, but the professors (if you want to call them that) did not participate in the courses at all. Some were missing in action for a few weeks. They said "Nice work" and that was it. I read books, but I felt I could have read books (and better books) on my own time. If they are just going to be graders with PHDs, why don't they just call them that, instead of fooling others? When writing my thesis, I had no support from my mentor, just "Yes, this looks great." Would I bet on my life that the thesis was great when she couldn't even write more than a few sentences about my draft or final product? No.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 15, 2013 (email verified)

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Review of M.A./National Security Studies I've completed five classes for the M.A./National Security Studies degree with a concentration in Security and Intelligence Analysis and I am very pleased with the program. I went to three different "brick and mortar" universities for my undergrad degree and I can say without a doubt that I put much more time in to reading, researching, and writing w/ AMU and this program than I did for my undergrad. I am learning a tremendous amount, but I also put in the effort. Here's a sample of a typical course: each week the instructor posts a few paragraphs introducing the weekly topic along with about five required reading assignments. You are also given a discussion board topic and must post a minimum of 250 words and cite two strong academic sources by midweek. You also must respond to at least two classmates' posts by the end of the week, citing at least one source (and usually the post needs to be at least 100 words). You'll probably have a mid-term test in essay format, as well as one research paper due at the end of the class (minimum 10 pages, which does not include the title page and references). The learning really comes from your own reading and research - you are spoon-fed nothing. If you need the teaching done for you, college probably isn't for you. The teacher acts as a facilitator. You should also know what your goal is and be clear on whether or not this program will help you. As someone already working in the Intelligence field, I know that this degree is a nice credential...it's the cherry on top. But I also know this degree (or the undergrad version) will NOT guarantee you an intel job. Remember that you are competing against graduates from Ivy League schools for scarce, cool jobs. The real "intel" portion of our profession cannot be taught in an unclassified environment by any school, no matter how good the school, so just be reasonable about what you think this degree will do for you.
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Dtrdwngfn (Graduate) on March 10, 2013 (email verified)

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Quality Education, not Saddled with Debt! Prior to starting the degree, I had 6 years of experience as a Space Systems operator for the United States Air Force. In all honesty this program was not difficult for me but, if I did not have a background in Space, the program would have pushed me to my limits. The program covers everything from space policy, physics, trigonometry, orbital mechanics, DOD satellites to manned space flight. This degree is all encompassing. AMU/APU is ahead of the curve when it comes to evolving around an ever changing world of technology. First, the university uses the latest in education technology to administer the courseware. The instructors are at the top of the profession, including former astronauts. Finally, the literature is up to date and relevant with an ever changing industry. I attended brick a mortar schools before I attended AMU/APU. Being military it was difficult to stay in one place long enough to finish what I started. In regards to the general education courses, the level of difficulty is equal to if not more difficult at AMU/APU. The biggest difference I found between brick and mortar schools and AMU/APU was the level of assistance provided by the professors. The brick and mortar schools were a lot more hands on and held more of a hand holding role. This can be a double edged sword. The instructors could be perceived as lazy but, I would rather think that the students are self-motivated and show the ability to meet deadlines with quality products without direct oversight. AMU/APU standard operating procedures: The professors provide a syllabus at the beginning of the course with the assignment and all due dates. The students have the responsibility for following the syllabus, accomplishing all reading the text books, completing the discussion boards and turning in assignments on time. Most professors provide timely feedback, but some don’t. Overall, AMU/APU provided me with a quality education. I am so satisfied that I am currently earning my Master’s Degree in Management. The only concern I have about the school is that it is a for-profit university. I will enter the private sector in 10 years with 20+ years of military space/management experience, a BS in Space Studies and a MA in Management. I am curious to see what the public perception of AMU/APU will be in regards to hiring managers.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 9, 2013 (email verified)

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Valuable The M.A. in Intelligence Studies has been awesome. I am halfway through my degree program so far. As soon as I updated my resume with my degree in progress, I started getting interviews for jobs in this field. That alone makes it worth it for me because the whole point of studying in a field is to hopefully get work in that field. This degree program did that for me and I'm only halfway through!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on March 7, 2013 (email verified)

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Success I have earned my Bachelors of Science in Environmental Science and I could have not been happier. The flexibility was what drew me in as well as the sincere support for the military. I couldn't stop smiling throughout the admissions process and remember it like it was yesterday. Its important to understand reading and comprehension and as most classes will require you to do lots of reading (and you can't cheat with your pal or have someone read it to you and not learn like another school). The materials were free and I have a fantastic bookshelf with some great books (some new and updated). You may have to create your own layout for studying but that was best for me. It was very affordable and it may not be a State University or Community College but as long as it was accredited and had a great reputation I was hooked. Some of my professors didn't engage with me more than the lesson provided but I was doing well and didn't need any guidance. But they are there if you want to chat :) Some of my professors had some of the most amazing professional experience that included intelligence operations, military experience and were involved in the Gulf Coast oil spill. If you like being in a classroom and engaging with humans directly this will not work. But if earning your degree is whats most important I recommend AMU.
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Kimberly.l.byers.mil (Graduate) on February 26, 2013 (email verified)

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Getting your degree When choosing a degree plan you must understand that it will change before you complete your degree. Whether you add a area of concentration of you take away one that you put in place. You path will change. You often find yourself in turmoil over the choices. Best advice I have for someoen pursuing a degree, choose something you enjoy reading and writing about. If you do not enjoy it or find a little pleasure in 65 percent of the work chances are you will not finish that particuliar degree. Before you beat yourself up about what degree, locate all the degree types that are on your path. You will be much more successful, if you concentrate on what the degree gives you in the end rather then the work it will take to get there. The professors at AMU/APUS have been there and they know what it takes and that is what makes them so special. They understand the challenges you will face and the setbacks that some of you will come across. Just know they are there to support and help you, not watch you fail. Best of luck to you all in your pursuit of that ultimate degree, may you have nothing but success in your future. Regards, Kim Byers Class of 2012/13 Go Eagles!!!!
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Beary4171 (Graduate) on February 15, 2013

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good program World class program director in Dr Carol Polio. The other professors were very knowledgable too. Plan on learning, relearning and perfecting APA style. The experience left me with a lot of knowledge and the ability to write much more clearly and concisely.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 14, 2013 (email verified)

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Most Flexible School AMU is a great school. I finished my BA in Intelligence and I also started and finished my MA in Homeland Security. I had a co-worker who completed their undergrad at a very prestigious school and I convinced him to work on his graduate degree with AMU. My co-worker told me there was no difference in the quality between institutions which was very reassuring for me since my only comparison was with community colleges. Luckily my co-worker had a full scholarship for his undergrad but for the price AMU is an excellent choice. You cannot beat their schedule. They offer classes every month. There is no excuse to not further your education. I attended several community colleges before finishing with AMU. The course work was on par with other schools but mostly more encompassing and more challenging with AMU. My one complaint is the advisers. I have found this true at every school. Most advisers are not able to help much. The only way to know what classes you may or may not need for a certain program is to contact the program manager directly which is easy. I am still not sure what advisers do. They always seem to answer with things like…”I think” or “you should be ok”. Not very settling when you are trying to work your hardest at work and school. Most people can’t afford to waste time taking a class they don’t need. If you have no transfer credits or are not trying to change your major AMU’s enrollment process is very streamlined.
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Gryman (Graduate) on February 14, 2013 (email verified)

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MA American History I completed in MA in American History in November. The course work was enjoyable as well as challenging. As with any school, some professors are better than others, but all were at least good, and a few were outstanding. These are not gimmee classes. If you put the work in you will come out with a good education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 29, 2013 (email verified)

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Very IRATE right now!! I've been attending AMU since 2007. I was withdrawn a couple months ago without notice. I was 9 classes away from graduating with a BA. Yes, I was very excited. Well, since they decided to withdraw me from the school because I didn't take a course within a year (personal issues) I had to reinstate. First off, I was very upset that they didn't give me some kind of warning that I was about to be withdrawn from the school or I would of took a class so that wouldn't of happened. Well, I got reinstated last month and they had to redo my TCE and they took all my credits that I had that transfered over when I started in 2007 away. Now I am not even halfway done. I have been going back and forth with them for weeks about this. I am so irate I can spit fire. If they do NOT give me back my credits I'm withdrawning and going somewhere that will take all my credits from all my schools. This is absolutely absurb. I can't believe they done that to me. They have really messed up my education and career path by doing this. Watch out people!!!!
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Michaeltbeckman (Graduate) on January 26, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Option for Working Professionals I just completed the MPA program. I offer thousands of pages of research papers; three years worth of weekends, days off, and late nights reading, studying, and writing; a supportive wife's affirmation of the difficulty of the program; and, a job promotion as evidence that AMU has a widely recognized and challenging curriculum and is an exceptional educational option not only for members of the military but also for busy working professionals. The majority of my professors were learned, helpful, and fair. Course registration was simple. The time permitted to complete the program was extensive. Creative payment options eased the pain of tuition. Online technical and counseling support were readily available on the rare occasion they were needed. Lastly, learning occurred, which has helped me in my occupation. Overall, the AMU MPA program exceeded my expectations and I am proud to be an alumnus.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Financial Aid Department is a Joke I will be working on transferring to another school. Both my husband and I have had continuous issues with financial aid at AMU. Disbursements and refunds take an unusually long time to be dispersed, if you need the money to pay for your internet to attend classes find another way of paying for your needs because every month it has taken longer and longer to get refund checks. We have experienced continuous mistakes on our ledgers showing funds 'missing' and extra funds added that shouldn't be there. If you want to attend AMU/APUS and have no issues, pay for it yourself or it will become a major headache.
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Bakerpat62 (Graduate) on January 25, 2013 (email verified)

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Great education at your convenience I have just completed my Masters in European History at AMU. I found the experience to be enjoyable, challenging and satisfying. All my professors were top notch; many had published books I had already read. One had been a graduate student at University of Missouri-Columbia, when I was an undergrad there and we had many of the same professors. The discussions were enlightening and sometimes fierce. I noticed my fellow students seemed as serious about getting a good education as I was. Those that were not soon dropped the class. The online interface was sometimes a bit clunky, but soon smoothed out as I got used to working with it. I would highly recommend AMU and its history program to anyone that was interested in a excellent on-line education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 24, 2013

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Be prepared for writing Overall, AMU/APUS is excellent. I do not believe the on-line school experience is for everyone. I find my professional experiences play a large part in my success. High school graduates with no "life experience" seem to have a hard time keeping up with the pack. Many of the course books are available free through the school library (at the for the undergrad program). I am "old school" and find it challenging to read and digest textbooks on a computer screen. I wish they had a system in place to download the book to an ipad or some other e-reader for mobility and access. The materials are top quality and I am developing a lot of professional relationships in my field The instructors have a minimum of a Masters in their field, many hold a doctorates as well as a decorated, well documented career. Some of the instructors are extremely interactive while others just assign work and grade it. Sometimes I find that the grading is not completed which is very stressful. If you are way off base in Week 1 and you are not told until Week 4, you have little room to correct your thinking in an 8 week program. These issues have come up in 2 or 3 classes out of 30. The institution is excellent once you find the right person to talk to. Although they encourage email, any time I use a gmail account the email is returned as undelivered. I had to set up a separate email under a different service provider just to be in a position to communicate. When I started my degree program, I was using financial aid. I received a promotion, the school refunded me a couple of thousand dollars and with tax credits, I wanted to eliminate financial aid Year 2 and pay for classes in cash. The school would not allow me to change that status. You have to be diligent about sending the money back to the student loan folks as soon as you receive it and just consider the interest incurred part of the education costs. When I lost my job, I transitioned to full time status and relied on financial aid. With 5 classes until graduation, my financial aid was suddenly denied. Financial aid has tried to make me take a 1 month break because I was moving too quickly, but you have to tell them you don't want the break and they will unblock you from registration of new classes. Best way to deal with them is by phone or Live chat sessions, email has never really answered a problem. Career Services reviewed my resume, gave me a few pointers and they stay on their employment partners to keep the lines of communications open with their applicants. When I do not hear back from an employer, they intervene and get the feedback. The school has a contract through college recruiting and the featured employers will at least provide a courtesy interview. I was matched with an internship that is developing relationship marketing skills and writing web content as well as managing social media. The unpaid internship is in no way related to my degree path. I am disappointed with that, however, the internship is a tele-work situation and I am using the lessons learned to develop independent content in my field and grow my personal network in Linked In.
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Blackjack7300 (Graduate) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU-BA in Homeland Security I have enjoyed every moment of my degree experience. I was led towards AMU through several of my co-workers, and this was the best decision I ever made. Not only was I continuing my education, I was able to getting involved with some volunteer programs. Now I am a University Ambassador and loving every minute. What are you waiting for?
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Nrodriguez (Graduate) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Neva's Review I had a really great experience with this university. I only had one "bad" teacher over the course of my time here. For the most part my instructors provided great assistance and I really felt like I learned more than I had originally expected to. I only transfered to another school because "AMU" does not have a Masters in English, otherwise I would have stayed with "AMU". I loved my experience and have recommended the university to several other people. Also, whenever I had questions regarding classes, financial aid, etc. staff was quick to respond with legit answers. My only gripe aside from not offering a Master's in English is the charge for an unofficial transcript.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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MA in History AMU was one of the first colleges to offer a regionally-accredited online MA in history. Online asynchronous instruction allows greater flexibility, because of occasionally unpredictable time commitments for employment. In the college's online library, research can be conducted at any time during the day or night. The reference librarians responded to my queries within a reasonable period of time. The professors encouraged me to identify complex and interesting topics for my research essays. I have been motivated to continue research in some of these topics after graduation. The results of each student's research can be shared with other students in discussion boards, as an asynchronous analogy to seminar courses in brick and mortar graduate schools. In online education, one is motivated to rapidly perfect outstanding grammar, because it enhances one's credibility in discussion posts.
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Veachbr (Graduate) on January 23, 2013 (email verified)

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Good program and price APUS/AMU recently upgraded their online classroom and it is much better. I graduated in Nov 2012, and had a wonderful experience. The teachers for my concentration were knowledgeable and provided good assignments to help further my understanding. Some of the basics, like math and english, were pretty simply and didn't challenge me. But, I bet that is normal. Good interactions with other students and easy to track progress in the courses. None of the problems people seem to report about wrong tests or what not. That may have been an issue during the transition from their old online classroom to the new one. I also get good feedback from professionals in my career about the quality of the program. I recommend it.
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Cmvk87 (Graduate) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Religion Degree is Good Preparation for MSW Program at ASU I finished my undergraduate degree in 2012, and since I was planning on going on to get a graduate degree in social work, I can't really comment on the real-world applicability of the degree itself. I will say that I learned an incredible amount of information during the course of my degree, and I definitely found the experience useful to my graduate program in social work. The value of the education is worth the effort, but it will take effort - you get what you put into it. I also felt as though I was well-prepared for graduate school, because the online format requires you to constantly analyze everything you read and write huge papers on topics on a regular basis. I recommend it.
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Dan.mosqueda (Graduate) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent program My only comment would be that AMU would benefit greatly by designing the program to work better with tablet devices and to take advantage of the technology. Their current technology makes the student desk-bound which is difficult for students who travel a lot or deploy. Using a laptop or desktop computer isn't as convenient, in many cases, as an iPad or other tablet. Overall, I highly recommend AMU. I found the professors to be terrific. The coursework tended towards difficult, but very doable. I feel like I gained tremendously from the coursework.
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Juan.viruet79 (Graduate) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent Program - Environmental Management and Policy Without any doubt a rewarding experience. I finished my Masters about 7 months ago. The instructors were very approachable and responsive. The books and courses were on point with what was required to complete the degree. The interaction between students was excellent due to the mandatory weekly posts in the bulleting boards. I started not knowing what to expect, but once I finished my first two couses I knew that I was on the right place. Highly recommended!!!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 22, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU Alum....Almost x2! I am already a proud Alumni of AMU, graduating in May of 2010 with my BS in Sports and Health Sciences, but due to the engagement and the learning environment that I was exposed to during my undergrad studies, I wanted more... I returned to AMU in the Fall of 2010 to pursue a Masters in Public Administration degree to further advance my skill set and marketability. Possessing an undergrad degree was a stepping stone into the civilian workforce after leaving active duty, but a graduate degree seems to be the new "standard" within the workforce to getting a lead on a rewarding career instead of just a "job". I am almost finished with my MPA and project to graduate on 15 February 2013. Overall, my learning experience with AMU has been nothing but top notch! If anything, I can commend my professors and the institution for putting back into me just as much as I poured into my studies while at attending the institution. A+++ all the way!
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Jdweischedel (In Progress) on January 21, 2013 (email verified)

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BA Trans and Logistics, Great Program I am an experienced transportation professional and needed a degree to further my career. AMU/APU turned out to be a great choice. Less expensive than other schools, and the support and technology are fantastic! This is a good program, my degree was the base BA in TLMT. 20+ Years in transportation, and I learned a great deal here. Note: You will read a TON!!!! Stay focused.
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Metddoogi (Graduate) on January 21, 2013 (email verified)

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A Review Worth Reading I recently graduated with an Associates Degree in General Studies and working on my Bachelors in something else. Unlike the name, I am a civilian and am actually paying for college out of my own pocket. Variety of interesting degrees, 8-week courses starting every month, free textbooks, and regional accreditation... These are the reasons I chose APUS (started in APU then changed to AMU). If you can find a school that offers the above mentioned for a lower price, let me know. I have done a lot of research and even applied to other colleges, later to find out that my credits didn't all transfer (they were all WASC regional from community college). If you know your going to do the job you are in now and just need a degree, a cheaper nationally accreditated one may be adequate. In my case, I do not know where my career and education is going to go, so a regional Bachelor's will give me more choices IF I decide on going to the top of the corporate ladder or getting a Master's. BTW, just to let you suspicious people know, I swear that I am not some paid employee only to write reviews on these websites. I have read reviews like these here before I chose my college. Check out geteducated.com, gradschools.com, and this website first. Then go to the school's website and look at the curriculum, admission requirements and tuition information (for updated "hidden" courses and costs). You will realize APUS is pretty competitive value-wise, especially for working adults. I see some people complain about how complicated the financial aid office is, but it is manageable if you can fill out an college application online. After all, it's only checking the right boxes until the FAFSA portion. I received PELL grants before I was no longer eligible income-wise. Complaints: I am studying from overseas (Asia). It is around 11 hours faster here. I work full time + overtime. Usually, there are two discussion posts every week. I usually make time for homework on weekends, but the hard part is to make weekday deadlines. Some are due Wednesdays and some are due Thursdays... those are up to the professor's discretion. It will take some time, usually by the fourth week, to adjust and build a routine for each class. Also, the required first 250-300 word introduction for every class is annoying. Recommendations: register one class at a time every month so you won't get swamped with multiple finals and reports. Make sure you type your posts on a WORD document first, then spell/grammar check and copy/paste to the FORUM. The Blackboard system sometimes "loses" your post. I assure you that this school is not a diploma mill. If you are considering an online degree, APUS is definitely worth a look. It is probably the most straightforward and legitimate as far as for-profits are concerned. Admissions are easy for all for-profits, but graduating will take a lot of commitment of time and effort for this one. So far it is has been worth my investment.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Program I completed my B.A. in criminal justice last year. I was a little skeptical about the school at first, but I decided to give it a shot, and I'm glad I did. A majority of the professors were great to deal with, any issues I had with the clerical staff was cleared up quickly. After graduation, I was accepted into grad school at a state university without any problems.
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Teresackinney (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Bachelors in History I have been attending AMU since Late 2008. I have taken time off here and there and will be 13 classes away from graduating in June 2013. I am very excited. I love AMU and the structure. It is so easy to transition back into once taking some time off. I love that the classes start every month and so you can really go to school on your schedule. I have had the flexibility of going part time and full time. I am a GI Bill recipient and I am so blessed to have this school. It was recommended to me when I was getting ready to leave for Afghanistan. I took 3 classes my first quarter and it has proved to be the best virtual education I could ever receive. I would recommend this school to anyone who works, has children, has a full schedule, or is just looking to take a class or two here and there. You wont be disappointed.
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Firstcorinthians924 (In Progress) on January 20, 2013

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Much better than UMUC I transferred to American Military University from University of Maryland University College because there aren't very many schools that have Homeland Security degrees, and unlike UMUC, AMU promised to take my credit from the FEMA Independent Study Program. Overall, my experience with AMU has been vastly improved over my experience at UMUC. AMU have given me more transfer credit and more credit for CELP exams than UMUC did. Most of my transfer credit which didn't get taken was due to UMUC being a poor school and not writing their class descriptions in a way that would allow them to be accepted for credit anywhere else. One negative point is that I am still fighting with AMU to get them to accept my credit from the FEMA Independent Study Program. They won't accept it as transfer credit from any other school, nor will they accept the certificates that FEMA gave to me directly. They will only take a transcript directly from FEMA, and for some reason they are taking FOREVER to actually review this transcript now that they have received it. After six months of being enrolled at this school, I shouldn't still be fighting them to finish my Transfer Credit Evaluation without screwing something up. However, the teachers, the classes, and the curriculum have been an immense improvement over the nightmare I had to deal with at UMUC, so I suspect I'll be sticking with AMU once I get everything settled with them.
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Woot_22 (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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AMU so far so good!!! So far my experience in gaining a degree in Military History with a concentration Early European Studies has been excellent. Every once in awhile there is a technical glitch but it has always been resolved promptly when brought to the attention of the professor. Most of the time everything goes smoothly and so far it has been a pleasure. Another year to go and I can not wait to attain my degree. I would highly recommend AMU to anyone and everyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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B.S. in Environmental Science I've finished four classes at AMU and I'm quickly on my way to graduation. I love how the whole system works and that they work with you on getting your degree paid for. Overall, AMU is a wonderful school that would recommend to everyone!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Great Professors - Financial Aid Department Sucks I love the professors at AMU, but I have to say their financial aid department SUCKS!!!! I have had so many errors with my financial aid paperwork. I am sick and tired of telling AMU how to do their job! I am a student on the presidents list maintaining a 4.0 GPA. I have only had problems with 2 of my professors. I dropped from a class because of it. It would be nice if they had more videos that explain some of the workbook as well. They are recently began not accepting phone calls. Now you have to call in and leave a message in order to receive a call back and sometimes they just don't return your call. I have considered transferring to another university for these reasons.
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Abqohana (In Progress) on January 20, 2013 (email verified)

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Best school for adults. I started AMU as a stay home dad and then got hired in my field of study. AMU allows me to take three classes at a time while working full-time and still have a family life. I can work at my pace and the instructors have always been nothing but helpful and willing to support you anyway they can.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Paralegal Certificate I loved my time with AMU and was able to finish my certificate in paralegal studies fast and felt like I really learned what I needed to get my career started in the paralegal field. I am now working towards my Bachelors in Legal Studies. The professors are great, the staff is very helpful, and the students seem to really get into the classes. I am not really a fan of the e-books but they do help to keep the cost of tuition low so I'm ok with that. It's been a great experience!
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Pmherr (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Working full time and earning a degree. For those who are taking care of families and working full time, an online degree is my recommendation. I have been attending AMU over the last two years, working full time for large family, attending college and still have sufficient time to relax. Most of my fellow students are full time workers and earning a bachelor’s degree. Most classes are only eight weeks long so many students will attend two classes at a time. Here is my review of seven key topics. Most of the materials (books) are electronic and don’t require a high speed computer. The institution is very professional and provides a vast of information for utilizing your degree and advice for questions. Each student is assigned a counselor from the beginning of enrollment and very helpful. The use of technology, for Transportation and Logistics Management BA, is very basic and required a basic form of Microsoft Office. Most of the instructors are “Down to Earth” professionals with challenging principles of instructions to enable students to be competitive in the job market. Overall, AMU has been superb and exceeded my expectations.
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Chandrakay (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Worth Your Time and Money As a non-traditional student with kids, I was out of school for several years before I decided it was time to go back. I did a lot of research trying to find the program that was right for me. I was a little unsure of whether or not I could really learn anything from an online program, but once I got going in my classes I realized that even though I may not be sitting face-to-face with others, I absolutely have that classroom interaction and support coming from both the instructors and classmates. The materials provided are always ample for completing assignments and the topics in the Intelligence Studies program are fascinating. There is certainly a lot of reading and writing involved, but I expect nothing less of schooling online. Both the school and the program are worth the time, effort, and money it takes to succeed... and the cost really is very reasonable for the excellent education. Additionally, I appreciate that many of the instructors are esteemed professionals in their own field. I definitely feel like I am getting a quality education in the Intelligence Studies program here at AMU. I have attended for about 2 years now and have about 2 more to go--I have recommended this program to friends and family, and would do so again in the future.
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Ingwald1 (In Progress) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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I am very satisfied I did LOTS of research on what school i wanted to attend, from reading reviews, reviewing costs, and talking to friends who have tried other distance learning institutions. I work full time, i have a family and newborn, and i did not want to be hamstrung by deadlines, and mandatory on-line meetings and such. I have been with AMU over a year and half now and completed 10 courses, my pace being slower than average. The courses are fun, engaging, and you can really get a lot out of them. As with anything, your interest level and dedication are key. There is a lot of forum posting required, which is not hard, but they really try to create a conversation about the learning materials. They have access to honor societies, professional organizations, interest groups, clubs, etc. Overall i am very happy with my choice to attend AMU, and i would recommend it!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 19, 2013 (email verified)

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Excellent School! Do not let the name or the fact that this is an online only school fool you. Having been to many traditional universities and now AMU to finish my Bachelors Degree, I can tell you that AMU is more than worth it. Three things really make AMU great. First, AMU's professors are the real deal and do NOT expect this to be a walk in the park. As far as general education AMU is just as good as the other schools out there. However, when it comes to core classes (In my case computer science classes)AMU requires a lot of you. Most of the professors were experts in their respective fields and I actually learned more at AMU than any of the physical universitie I went too. I went to Park and McKendree Universities before coming to AMU. Secondly, AMU provides all this at an amazing value. I was once considering other schools such a Capella but they wanted to charge around $500 or more a credit hour! AMU (at the time of this review) only charges $250 a credit hour. Thirdly, AMU is accredited regionally which is critical to using your degree to get a graduate degree. I've already checked with Websters University and Lindenwood University and verified that they would definitely accept an AMU Bachelors Degree for admission to their respective graduate schools. In closing, there are so many choices out there but unless you are able to go to an IVY league school then AMU should be at the top of your list for consideration. I enjoyed my time at AMU and the immense challenge it brought. You will too. Respectfully, Adam
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Exkorling1 (In Progress) on January 18, 2013 (email verified)

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So far very good I am just at the beginning stages of my Bachelors degree in Security Management. I've completed 61/121 credits needed so far. I have had nothing but good experiences so far with American Military University. I am experiencing good support from the academic advisory department and all other facets of this university up to now. I am very pleased with the teachers and curriculum and even though I'm starting back to school after a VERY long break (I last attended college level classes more than 30 years ago) I am having very little difficulty so far with the courses or the faculty. In fact, because of my age, I have gotten greater respect from everyone at AMU. Overall, I would give AMU at least a 9 and probably a 10 for their performance up to now. If anything changes drastically, I'll be sure to update this posting.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 18, 2013 (email verified)

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BA Intelligence Studies - You get what you put in You get what you give. With the way this great university is set up, a student will succeed and learn only if that student is willing to work for it. It can be easy to skate by just like a regular brick and mortar university. I have my AA degree from a brick and mortar and I can say more was required of me at AMU, but I also got more out of it. If you want an A, you have to earn it. MOST instructors are very good and can tell if you are trying to skate or if you are trying to learn. If you are trying to learn, they will help you. I'm very satisfied with AMU, I currently enrolled in the MA Intelligence Studies program with AMU.
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Patrick.g.rizan (In Progress) on January 5, 2013 (email verified)

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Goods and Bads... I am about halfway thrugh my BS in Environmental Science due to all of my electives being completed with transfer credit as well as some of my general req's from colleges attended previously at brick & mortar schools (during highschool and then a semester afterwards). I have now done about 6 or 7 courses with AMU and the teachers can be really great or really not. Some classes will slam you with reading and others won't. I think the overriding impression I have of this school is that you will get as much of an education as you wish to from it. It is very possible to "ride" through it doing a very bare minimum and still get decent grades... I got busy while doing two 8 week science courses with labs simultaneously while working full time and stopped reading the material all-together. I was still able to get A's on the timed exams by having all the course PDF's open and proficient use of the 'search' function in pdf. I give this example to show that this school can frequently be attended with a very lax' effort. On the other hand, not all classes are based on these multiple choice exams. Many are not... A good portion of them are more geared towards written assignments.. ALL so far include at least one forum "duscussion" post every week where the teacher gives a 'prompt' for you to post a response to then you have to post responses to at least two (sometimes three or four) of your classmates. These posts are usually 250 or 300 words initial and 100 for your responses..... Overall, I'd say this can be an excellent education if you dedicate to it. If you read the material and put yourself into the assignments this will be on par with any brick and mortar school.. I loved the flexibility of choosing when to do my work and being able to do it from my home. I do, however, miss the interaction with teachers and classmates a "real" school gives you, and especially wish they would require AMU teachers to do video lectures every week... I get the impression that many of these teachers are putting even less efort into this than many of the students. If they made video lectures or even a very good written lecture mandatory this would make this DRASTICALLY better, in my opinion. Many of the weekly "lessons" of the teachers are a very short list of learning objectives and don't include a real lecture, at all. Also, it seems that the teachers often aren't engaging in the forum discussuions, but some are much better about that... One disclaimer at the end of this: I have only done one course in my core/concentration requirements and it was an intro course. So, there is a possibility that the upper level courses, especially in the 300+ range that I have not experienced, will be much better.. And, this is tru of most brick and mortar schools. The 100, and often even 200, series courses are slammed with 600 students in a lecture hall and the text is a black-the-dot multiple scantron. So, time will tell.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 4, 2013

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Huh? I couldn't help but notice how you compared AMU with Georgetown..... Really?!? Of course it's reasonable to expect their professors are going to be of the highest caliber -- they rank 39th in political science in the United States (according to U.S. news.). If your measuring stick is Georgetown, then 95% of universities fall short of your criteria. Now, pull up CVs from a run-of-the-mill university and compare them with those of professors at AMU. MOST (key word) new professors in the field of political science have a few years of experience at most and primarily a research background. Who are you more likely to learn from? A researcher or a practitioner? At AMU, I think you'll find the professors are of above-average quality when compared with professors from other universities. In fact, this is reflected in the U.S. news ranking of online programs based on faculty credentials and training-- AMU ranks 39th in the ranking among universities including Univ. of Florida and FIT. In fact, their faculty's credentials are ranked higher than ASU's. Real facts, plain and simple.
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Piccioto20 (Graduate) on December 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Good school, not a degree mill. I finished my A.A. at a traditional school and then started deploying. I knew I would never finish college taking classes between deployments. I switched to AMU while I was in Afghanistan (the first time) and have not looked back. I completed a B.A. in International Relations (IR); now trying to finish my Masters in the same discpline. All of my peers that attend AMU are happy with the school and are suprised that the college was more challenging than their expectations. I was talking to a student that attends George Washington (for Int. Affairs) about IR theories and I could not believe how farther ahead of him I was in competence. I recommend AMU to anyone that does not want to listen to lectures in class, but has the discpline to read the material and write. At AMU you will do a lot of writing, it is all earned!
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Hudgdogg1486 (Graduate) on December 20, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School!! I am very fortunate that a military leader of mine referred me to American Military University. I completed an Associates degree in 2010 and recently completed a BA in Criminal Justice from this outstanding institution. I am an active duty soldier so I have not had the opprotunity to attend a traditional brick and mortar school but I can certainly say that I have learned so much from the amount of research that AMU students are require to conduct! Without a doubt, I would certainly recommend this academic institution to anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge at an affordable price.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 8, 2012

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AMU Certificate in Human Resources Management a SCAM! DO NOT TAKE this course. It is a rip-off and here's why? The course syllabus' are outdated and not scientific in structure and presentation. Out of the six courses I took in this program since I chose to do it for an elective completion, I have had to appeal 3 courses. The instructors have no real world experience in HR, they were NEVER in class, NEVER responded, NEVER participated in anything and would NEVER be on-time grading or even comment on the grade they would give. It was as if that person was there only to get a check each month from the school. There would be questions presented such as and I quote their exact words, "Pretend you are a director of HR and have employees who are thinking about starting a union, explain why they think this way and what was their motivation and why do you think was their their reason for doing so?" OK, so you have to pretend to make up some character and figure out that made up characters mind and why he is thinking this way and and what made him think this way. You cannot create papers with fictional items and then attempt to present them with any citations from any accredited books. Not these instructors who are MIA. DO NOT take this certificate program. The instructors are not experienced in the HR field whatsoever. I specifically questions 3 of them and their backgrounds and they would not and could not provide me with it. I showed them how wrong they were and what they were doing was not correct, but they didn't care and the university director would not even listen. Her answers are very simple when you appeal. She does not provide the real reasons and can't show proof of any investigation. She's also a joke! Invest in eCornell's Certificate program in HR if you really want something that will get you ahead. STAY AWAY. Classes to stay away from. HRMT-413, HRMT-415, MGMT-310.
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Studlaw2000 (In Progress) on December 3, 2012 (email verified)

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AMU is accredited and deserves to be. Excellent program. I am a practicing attorney, in my late 60's who has over the years studied, piecemeal, various cultures and religions. I happened upon AMU and while skeptical at first about distance learning, I soon realized that AMU was not a diploma mill and that the faculty were serious and studied. I cannot lend enough encomiums to AMU for their MA Humanities curricula. My time at the University (grad/22012)was great. I was immersed in an area that I enjoyed and guided through the material by well qualified and caring instructors. Anyone wishing to listen to me extol the educational virtues of AMU may simply e-mail me at STUDLAW2000@yahoo.com Thanks AMU for the best 2 1/2 half years of my educational life. James Studdard '12
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 15, 2012 (email verified)

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Great school with minor drawbacks I have really enjoyed this school for the most part. I think my biggest complaint is about the some of the instructors. Some of them take a long time getting grades or answers to questions back to us, and some of them focus on that which is not important. I also feel that some of them just gave me a 100 because they didn't feel like actually doing the work of grading. Other than that, I have really enjoyed this school. I will be finishing my last 2 classes at the end of Dec 2012.
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Jeffbrownridge (In Progress) on November 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Generally positive I am about half way through this program. Initially, the courses were 16 weeks in length which was a fantastic pace. However, a few months ago the courses were cut to 8 weeks in length which significantly reduced the amount of information that can be gleaned from the program. The plus side is that it makes it easier to get the program done sooner but if you are interested in learning, this was a move in the wrong direction. I have found the instructors to be very knowledgeable and the course content to be generally fulfilling. The other students tend to be largely military professionals and bring a lot of real life examples to highlight the lessons. Overall, I'm glad I'm working on this program and have recommend it to some of my peers. As they still talk to me, I can only assume they like it too.
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Weidy14467 (Graduate) on November 4, 2012

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Great school, great flexibility, great value Attending school with AMU was the best decision I could have made. I completed my bachelors degree in Transportation and Logistics Management in 2010. I'm currently about halfway through my masters degree in the same major. The instructors were/are great and have tons of experience. The course books are very current. There could be a greater variety of course materials such as actual lecture videos. To be fair, some course do include some sort of video media. I do not really see too much of difference in course workload between traditional schools and AMU. I've attended many many traditional classes with a local community college and a four year school and the amount of work was pretty close to the same between the two with maybe a slight increase of reading and writing with AMU. The availability of classes related to the degree start monthly, so waiting to register for what you would like to take is a non-issue. The experience has been great up to this point. Every aspect in my opinion from enrollment to degree completion was pretty smooth.
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Paulplourde (Graduate) on October 30, 2012

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Master of Arts Degree in Transportation and Logistics Management My degree now is a Master of Arts degree in Transportation and Logistics Management. I completed my undergraduate degree with AMU and have to say it was not easy. The Professors make sure you work for your grade nothing is given and that is what I like about AMU mostly because I know I am learning and will be competitive once my degree is complete I really appreciate all my professors do to help me learn and better my writing skills and knowledge base on any given subject. Like in the Army you do not bring a Soldier home by letting them do what they want every day. You bring them home from a combat zone by keeping them fit as you possibly could. Same thing with education if you do not work for it you may not be successful or competitive once graduated. AMU Professors make sure we work for our education nothing is given. I do have to say it has not been easy half way through my Master degree but I feel an accomplishment because I know I worked for it. I wish AMU had a doctern degree program I would continue to work with AMU for this degree program when I plan on starting. In summary overall I am very pleased with the concern the Professors have for us as students. Maybe one day AMU could work on expanding their degree programs.
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Cdory9 (Graduate) on October 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Got me where I needed to be I did my Management Degree late in life. I work in contracting so I had to get my degree finished. Online is always a challenge and there is nothing easy about not being spoon fed in a classroom. But you can get your studies done on your own time schedule. My degree was just a way to reach the end result. I started as a GS-05, with my degree I just got my GS-11, so AMU did this for me. I did learn a little along the way, education is always a good thing. Lets face it, education is only what you put into it! I would do it again, but take your math and statistics in a class room setting I lived at a tutors house for months and months.
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Kenawholmes (In Progress) on October 21, 2012 (email verified)

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Masters of Arts, Intelligence Studies The AMU Masters of Arts, Intelligence Studies is a very challenging program. I am a certified accountant by training and can attest to the high quality of the university, professors, and the students. Intelligence studies at AMU is not a typical, academic focused, university program. Many students are intelligence and/or law enforcement experts who are advancing their careers through this program. Most of the professors are intelligence professionals either employed in operations or executive positions or bring a wealth of experience to the courses. The AMU program is not easy. The course curriculum is comprehensive and covers all aspects/themes of the intelligence profession. The professors are very fair and work you hard. A student enters the program as "a young recruit" and is transformed into an intelligence professional upon graduation. I would not have it any other way. I am a Canadian, with only marginal experience in the craft, and yet the military students and professors both welcome my participation and assist me through good exchange of ideas. I only have two courses to complete before I enter the Capstone phase and my thesis. My accounting organization rules require that a person attain 5,000 hours of education plus experience for the person to be qualified as a subject matter expert. AMU's program provides me with 2,500 hours of credit to this goal. The balance must be experience. On a final note, the more a student puts into this program, the more a student will learn. The intelligence studies at AMU are designed for mature adults who are self-motivated focused on career development.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 19, 2012 (email verified)

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I have no idea what anyone else here is talking about This Masters program was extremely poor and repetitive. It did not prepare me to perform graduate level research and analysis. I felt I was taking the same course over and over. I stopped doing most of the reading assignments and my submitted papers were of such poor quality my boss at work would have ripped them up and handed them back to me... yet I still had a > 3.9 GPA. I did not feel this prepared me for any work in the IC. Additionally, in comparison to other Universities, the list of professors is a who's who of nobody. I have friends whom took Intelligence/Security graduate programs at brick and mortar universities (e.g. Georgetown) and were taught by true IC veterans (CIA Chiefs of Station, etc) with unique insight and perspective.
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Ta2dvet (Graduate) on October 12, 2012

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More Aware Awareness to what is taking place around the world is extremely important for both adults and business professionals now and those on thier way to moving up the corporate ladder. Having earned a Masters Degree in National Security Studies with concentration in Security and Intelligence Analysis has increased my perspective on international security related issues taking place all over the world. Furthermore, it has helped my understand of how the US can be and is affected by the decisions and actions taking place in numerous countries around the world. This is a degree I highly recommend for anyone intested in the intelligence field or any position of employment involving foreign policy. I would also like to mention I did not need the course materials in many of the courses to maintain a 3.6 GPA throughout. Best Wishes.
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Search_christa (In Progress) on October 9, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Program Great program. I looked at many others and this has far exceeded my expectations. I just wished they had a PhD program for their Emergency and Disaster Management degree plan.
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Danielsinger13 (In Progress) on October 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Maters in Military History Earning a Masters degree should be a challenge, and this one is no exception. Fortunately, this program is also highly informative--not a single moment is wasted. Each of my courses here has studied, in great detail, all aspects of a conflict in military history, whether it be particular to a certain country (such as Vietnam) or part of a broad theme (decolonization, counterinsurgency, etc.). The questions posed by the professors force us to think objectively about each aspect of military history, from the conflicts themselves to the sources we use to learn about them. It isn't an easy education, but it certainly is a good one.
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Usaf.rigger1 (Graduate) on October 6, 2012 (email verified)

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I hope you like writing papers! I finished my degree in January of this year. I would like to thank those that helped me along the way, not just instructors but the administration as well. My experience was mostly positive, but there were issues along the way. The feed back from some of the instructors at times took weeks. One class was going into its fourth week before I got anything graded. This makes it pretty hard to gauge how you are doing and if what you are providing is what the instructor wants. The instruction was often lacking and consisted of pick a topic from this weeks material and provide three to four page paper. I went to a traditional brick and mortar university for a while and this was not the norm there. Is this how online education works? If so AMU is spot on, though I do not have any others to compare it to as this is the only online university I have ever dealt with.
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Avalongirl83 (Graduate) on October 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Great way to earn your degree Like any institution, some of the professors are better than others, but the material available for study is amazing. I work full time am a single mom of a four year old and have just completed my Master's!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Intelligence Studies Bachelors Program AMU teachers are very knowledgeable and well seasoned in their fields. You will learn a lot. I was very happy with the Intelligence Studies program, which is applicable to the many faces of the Military, Law Enforcement, and Homeland Security fields. Most classes are facilitated in a manner that will teach you more then just your studied subject area. The cost of the programs for the quality of education you receive is one of the best things about this school. Also, AMU was accommodating to a working professional life. Just don't expect to have it easy, and do expect to think on your feet while juggling school and work at the same time. I got what I came for out of this program, and am happy with the results.
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Mfrisbee (Graduate) on October 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Security Management As a Security Professional working for the federal government I found the course material to be of very high value. Working for the Department of Defense you have your own flavor for security which differs from the civilian world - the knowledge I gained from my Professors was a perfect complement to the courses I had completed and gave me a leg up in my field.
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Glennmdegnitz (Graduate) on October 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Relevant classes with a relevant use of existing technology I started with AMU in 2004, I completed my AA while stationed in Iraq. Upon leaving the service I completed my BS in Environmental Studies graduating with honors. I rejoined the Military for another term and during that time I completed most of my MS in Environmental Policy and Management with a concentration on Sustainability. Unlike other colleges that I have seen operate there is much more flexibility in the courses offered with AMU. You are treated as an adult and expected to manage your time appropriately. Online education is not for everyone, but if you are up for the challenge and able to self motivate this is a great school to go with. The Masters level program was great I ended networking with the professionals in my field of choice simply through completing the assignments within my core courses. The online library is a priceless asset there is no cost to research your topics when you can simply locate and download relevant peer reviewed studies from their extensive database. As with anything there is the potential for human error, overall my experience with the staff has been great, but there have been times in the past that I was not satisfied with specific teachers or their ability to grade work in a timely manner. All in all after over eight years and three degrees earned I can say without a doubt that was an exception not the rule. Generally the educators are concerned with their students understanding of the topics presented, are in the field they are teaching and have similar experiences to many of their students. From a military standpoint this was an outstanding opportunity to learn in an environment that could adapt to my ever changing locations, responsibilities and ability to participate. I would and have endorsed this school to anyone trying to find a college. I know everyone in my military path has heard my take on this school and most of them have started their college career and are completely satisfied with the choice they made. Glenn
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Keithamccluskey (In Progress) on October 5, 2012 (email verified)

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EDMG Program Review The Emergency Management and Disaster Planning program at AMU is an excellent learning experience for those who wish to pursue EM practices. At first, I was nervous about taking an online course. However, I can proudly say the program not only teaches the principles of EM but also enlightens you to the future of EM and the vision needed to mitigate, prepare, respond and recover from future events. Having experience in current operations, that vision stands out among all others as going the extra distance to prepare students for both current and future operations as well as Doctorate programs. If you want to learn EM, AMU is the place to do it.
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Willard_sturgill (Graduate) on October 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent Int'l Relations Degree I rate AMU as outstanding! I was pushed to work harder than at a traditional school. I completed my B.A. in International Relations at AMU after compiling credits at various schools that are members of the SOC - Serviceman's Opportunity College system. Tranfer credits were rigurously screened; don't expect to get a free ride on non-pertinent classes! Many of my Profs were literally world class, several are subject matter experts you will see on the History Channel, etc. However, all Profs were engaged and responsive; most were PhD's. The reading load, as advertised beforehand, was heavy. All my classroom work submissions were required to be in academic format (cite sources, etc.) not something you would find in normal classroom discussion/interaction. That made me a MUCH better writer and researcher. A word to the wise, time management is critical for an online degree. If you can't balance work, social life and recreation with online classwork you'd be better off in a brick and mortar school on a regular schedule. I highly recommend AMU, especially for military personnel. Oohrah, Semper Fi.
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3xmess (In Progress) on October 5, 2012 (email verified)

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Friends don't let friends... Friends DO NOT let friends attend American Military University or any other school that uses things such as turnitin.com to grade papers. I recently got stuck with paying back $750 in tuition assitance because I received a ZERO grade on a writing assignment about MY OWN LIFE! WTF! This shit website decided that my paper was 32% too similar to other students. That exceeded the school's allowable standard of 20%, so I got shafted. God forbid that some people have things in common when it comes to life goals, experiences, etc. I'll bet if I were one of those retards that didn't know how to use punctuation or grammar, I would have received an A+. Tag, tweet, post and repost the hell out of this so no one else suffers my fate.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 5, 2012 (email verified)

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AMU Was a Great Experience I recently completed my BBA in International Business Management and I have to say that my experience was great, so much so that I am continuing on and starting to take classes for my MBA in IT Project Management. I had teachers who had relevant experience to the classes they were instructing and the course material was up to date. The only area that required a little patience was dealing with support services. They are knowledgeable in their subject area, but they want most, if not all, communication to be through email so as to have proper records in the event of an audit. My wife graduated from Saint Louis University and her opinion of the amount of coursework was that it was more than she had. Overall, I did not have any issues to speak of and felt as though I received an educational experiencce on par with higher performing traditional universities.
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Bbills1985 (In Progress) on October 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Masters-Criminal Justice Having started my Masters program earlier from an institution I received my undergrad from, there was a significant time lag between classes. AMU has been great from the start. They accepted some transfer courses that I didn't expect to receive credit for and the registration process is so easy and definitely "student friendly". The curriculum and professors are first-rate. Having read their bios, it is great to have such a broad eperience base in the instructors...they all have time in the career field in some sort of way. AMU is not a "paper mill" as some other schools are and I would highly recommend this university to anyone who is not able to attend actual "sit in classes" courses due to their job & family commitments. Highly recommend this to all!!
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Forrest.crystal (In Progress) on October 4, 2012 (email verified)

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AMU is a great school!!! I have been a student with AMU for over 2 years now and I am extremely satisfied with both my progress and the functionality of the school. My professors are knowledgeable and in tune with the students. I have never had a bad experience in any of my classes and instructors were always willing to lend extra support. The value of this school is parallel to the likes of any traditional brick and mortar school and I would recommend that students looking for a degree or certificate program from a reputable university take a look into American Military University.
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KARetter (In Progress) on October 4, 2012 (email verified)

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Tailored to online learning I am getting my Master's in Environmental Policy, and this school has made a real difference. I have always been really smart, but never ever bothered to attend class. I rarely went as an undergrad. Beause of the way the classes are organized, and because APUS has been online for decades, they understand how to make it a challenging educational experience while allowing all of the supposed benefits of online learning. My GPA is higher now then it ever has been AND I have learned a lot AND the teachers and staff have given great support and guidence. Highly recommend.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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MBA As an active military member with a schedule that often forced me to travel, I was very pleased with the flexibility provided by AMU. I was able to log into class each week to post assignments and review feedback provided by the course instructor. I found both the instructors and university very responsive to my needs and questions. The classes were scheduled to allow me to take one class at a time with a one week break between each class. After two very quick years, I was able to complete the MBA program. Using tuition assistance, I paid only 25% of the total cost for tuition and books. The degree program was a great investment for my future. I strongly recommend AMU for your educational needs.
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M2everett (In Progress) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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BA History Early European Studies The instructors are generally of high quality, except sometimes you get the occasional slacker. Poor communication and individualized attention. The library is still a mystery in many respects, even after a tutorial. Dr Robert Owens in HIST 402 was one of the best professors that I have had, he was always available. My current instructor is a full-time teacher an another institution and relies purely on the syllabus. Know office hours either.
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Dkw05091977 (In Progress) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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No Regrets!! I started the Emerg Mgmt & Disaster Preparedness Masters program in December of 2009. I can truly say that I had a great educational experience leading up to this point of starting the capstone program! Although I miss the brick and mortal atmosphere of having sidebar conversations and building an actual living network of friends and peers in this field, the forum environment tries to make up for that. If you’re not use to writing, I suggest getting some practice in. I’m appreciative of the amount of writing and research because if you’re going to be in any field with a Masters degree, it’s good to have your writing skills up to date and know how to search for information with the use of technology. Again, an online degree is what you make of it and this environment doesn’t work for some people. I opted for the online environment because of the hours I worked, commute times and gas prices. I thought that online schooling wasn’t going to work for me, but I hung in there and gradually I improved. To the procrastinators, kiss your Fridays and weekends good bye. This requires discipline and some style of time management. I got caught up in the freedom of putting homework off because of this or that and later paid the price by losing my free time on the weekends. AMU is a great institution and would recommend it to anyone! I even considered looking into another program to broaden my skill set even more. So if you don’t mind the writing of many papers and need a school that flexes with your schedule…then give it a shot and you will be graduating before you know it!!!
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Ecex996 (In Progress) on October 3, 2012

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A School You'll be Proud to Attend I a retired 67 year old banker and this is the second time I'm attending school to obtain a degree. This time I've choosen a major for which I have a passion. My major is Counterterrorism and I'm thoroughly enjoying the school work and learning. AMU has a terrific selection of courses and their faculty is first-rate. I plan to apply for graduate school to get my MA in Intelligence Studies - Counterterrorism.
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Sun_2471 (In Progress) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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I am Thankful I found AMU I am so Thankful to have found AMU, I was initially a Nursing Major when I joined the military but my MOS was in Intelligence. AMU helped me tremendously make the transition to an Intelligence degree and I saved so much time and money and did not have to waste time taking classes I did not need. AMU gave me transfer credit as well as training credit and I feel like I was not far behind were I should be in school and will be graduating in less than time than even I imagined. The classroom structure and professors were are great and I feel that even with the 8wk terms I am learning a whole lot. I think AMU is a great investment in your future.
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Miquts (Graduate) on October 3, 2012

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Good school Good school and great program! The courses were really helpful and they really helped me to get a better understanding of info sec. All the courses in the core area relate to the CISSP and the material goes very deep in the different areas. I think some of the material needs to be updated because they still have some courses that deal with UNIX. Teachers are good and they have alot of knowledge in the subjects they teach. Just be prepared to write many papers.
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Getwwhite (Graduate) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Good Online Learning Community I entered AMU after 23 years in the Marine Corps. A former Commandant of the Marine Corps is a member of the board of trustees, and I respect the fidelity of anyone that held that office. I was concerned about how an online degree would be received by the Aerospace industry. My concerns were eased when I received a promotion to the next technical grade upon receiving my BS in Information Technology Management. I was impressed with AMU's instructors. They were challenging and their resume's had the education and industry experience that I would liked to have seen on my former full-time brick and mortar instructor's resumes. AMU is a great environment for learning and expressing your knowledge through written communication.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Rigoriuos and Valuable I have completed about 90 credits so far towards this degree and will graduate in March 2012 at this pace. Overall, the classes are very informative because the required reading is relevant, thorough, up-to-date, and valuable. As far as the respectability of this degree and this institution (AMU), I can tell you the hiring manager for a top defense contractor in the Midwest region stated, "You cannot go wrong with an intelligence studies degree." Once I finish, I am looking at an on the spot raise, and plan to begin my master's degree at AMU because of the quality and value of the education. With the national debt and deficit taking front and center these days, budgets are only going to constrict. It is imperative to stay competitive in the intelligence community.
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Johnlund65 (Graduate) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Great school that covers lots of ground The Information System Security Degree program gives you a broad based look at the information that you will see in the ISS world. These are fast and furious classes that you grow used to after 4 or 5 classes. You get what you put into this and any other school's program and if you put in the time you will come out with a great understanding of the ISS world.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Great This school is great but some of the books and things are outdated and a couple of the material that are on the test were not on the book or lectures. But it is worth it and the teachers are good with making us fit right in and helping us out when we need it. Overall a 4 out of 5 I would rate it. Not a 5 because of some of the outdated books and material.
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Shamm73 (In Progress) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Very Welcoming I am not currently working in the intelligence field so the material is very challenging to me; but the instructors and fellow students have welcomed me into their "circle" and have been very receptive of my ideas, thoughts and comments. I have learned a lot and look forward to carrying the knowledge over to my current field of criminal justice.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 3, 2012

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Challenging and Rewarding I have acquired a tremendous amount of knowledge during the MA Strategic Intelligence program and totally disagree with previous reviewers that this AMU program generates degrees without academic value. Having completed a BA from a very stringent “brick and mortar" institution, I found the MA Strategic Intelligence program challenging in comparison. I had to burn the midnight oil on many occasions to complete the assignments. I believe putting the extra effort was generally acknowledged and was reflected in my grades. As with any human endeavour, the AMU professors’ experience and competence varied, but in general they were well versed (sometimes experts) in their subjects and would challenge our answers and thought process, especially during the interactive group discussions. My classmates were in majority service members with multiple deployments under their belts. About 60% were from the Intelligence community. As with many university degrees, this degree expands your knowledge and intellectual horizons in the intelligence field; it is not an operator or analyst course.
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Thearmysgotjon (In Progress) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent Experience I'm an Active Duty enlisted Soldier in the US Army. I completed my BA in Sociology with American Military University, and I'm now working on my Master's in Public Health with American Military University. I've enjoyed every second of my educational experience: the students, the professors, and the textbooks. If you want a class room experience where students live everywhere from Kansas to Ethiopia, and an experience where students really are from every walk of life- then AMU/APUS is definitely the university for you.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 3, 2012 (email verified)

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It's mostly in your hands With no other graduate program to which to compare it, I would have to say that you should make of this what you will and can. Don't necessarily expect complete engagement by the instructors. Just like a brick and mortar school, some are better than others but, for the most part, they are good and will provide at least some guidance and assistance. My main complaint was a basic and overall lack of specific feedback from instructors regarding what was good or bad, what was right or wrong, where there was room for improvement, etc. Otherwise, a pretty good program. Just don't expect oodles of job opportunities upon graduation unless planning on a PhD. It's a pretty narrow field/niche.
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Edessa (In Progress) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Review of academic experience at AMU The academic program is excellent and enables me to see how I can really use what I learn in the real world. The teachers are up-to-date. Forum discussions with classmates are invigorating because of the diversity and quality of their experiences, all of which tie into the course material. The whole set-up enabled me to work towards a demanding degree while balancing jobs, family, and volunteer activities.
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Williamnusbaum (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Master of Arts in Security Management After retiring from the Air Force I began searching for a Master's program that fit my professional development needs while allowing me to maintain my busy travel schedule. AMU proved to be the perfect fit for me. The classes and coursework applied directly to my job as a security specialist and the professors were skilled professionals, either presently working in the security field or with previous experience. I believe that earning a Master's degree in Security Management prepared me for my current leadership position and opened the doors for future advancement.
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Platopaul (Graduate) on October 2, 2012

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Excellent phil program I only completed by phil courses here having done all my lower division work and general ed. at community colleges. There are no lectures, so what you learn is almost exclusivly from the books and what you figure out writing papers. Most of the books were excellent. My only regret was not having studied Plato in any detail. We read the Kitto book on the Greeks, which is a classic. In general the professors and their grading of my papers was very good to excellent. One thing that was good about the program was their emphasis on ethics. There was no class on epistemology, which was good for me, except their was a class on logic which is standard. If you need a professor to guide you through the readings then it is not a good format, but if you can handle doing everything on your own, then it is great.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 2, 2012

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AMU Review I am in the Military and currently taking courses online. Most of my classes are relevant to my profession so i do not have much difficulty in them. Other classes i do find difficult, but not impossible. I enjoy the classmates and instructr viewpoints.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 2, 2012

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MA in American History I chose AMU because, as a working professional educator, I wanted the flexibility of an online program. Living in Northern California I considered UC Davis, UC Berkeley and Sacramento State, but the cost, drive time, and inflexible schedule caused me to chose AMU. Like others, I was nervous about a fully online institution, but both AMU's accreditation and their long history were reassuring. I particularly enjoyed learning from professors whose background, while academically excellent, was not limited to academics. Nearly all my professors had amazing leadership careers in the military, government, and/or private institutions. This real world experience contributed immensely to the richness of their discussions. This was also true of my fellow students. An unexpected benefit was that I was learning with, and often from, fellow students located around the world and who brought insights reflective of their diverse and rich life experiences.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Best decision I ever made My time at AMU has been nothing but exceptional. I had an issue with my financial aid and it was fixed immediately. If I struggled in a class the professors responded very quickly. some even offered web tutoring if I felt it was necessary. You would not regret attending this university. I graduate with my psychology degree in four weeks and I already have a position because of the degree I received. The fact that it was done on-line was the deciding factor. They cited "It shows how great work ethics, commitment, and dedication". You will not regret attending this university.
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Zw2000nl (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Non-US goes for a Master in 2010 As a non-US student I've completed my Master in Security Management in 2,5 years (Class of 2010). I've had prof. Fowler and Baker as instructors and they're the best in their field. This MA has pushed me up the ranks, so ... thanks you AMU !!! Ed Posthumus MA MSc CPP - The Netherlands
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SCraig7001 (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Emergency Management Professor Chris Reynolds was the best! Always responsive to questions and willing to provide input. The material was outstanding and interesting; the Masters Degree has opened several doors for me including a short-term teaching a course in Italy!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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A great school! I am surprised to see so many negative reviews. Although it has taken me 5 years to get here, I am in my senior year of the Bachelors in Psychology program. I have to agree with others who have stated that if you need someone to hold your hand, this school is not for you. I have been very impressed by the interaction with MOST of my professors in the discussion boards. While I found myself wondering if a very few of them were even paying attention, many of the professors ask follow up questions of most of the students that are specific to what the student has written. My only real complaint with AMU is the online books. I have found it necessary to purchase a 'real' textbook for most of my courses, but that has been my personal prerogative, not a requirement. I simply prefer 'real' books instead of online books. AMU provides a quality education at a reasonable price, so do not be surprised if you have to actually work for good grades!
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Smileygirl843_03 (In Progress) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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BA in Psychology I love going to AMU! It has been a great experience so far and I plan on continuing to get my Master's degree. Online schooling is much easier than traditional college and allows you to work at your own pace. This school is helping me accomplish something I never thought I would do. There is a lot of writing involved and some of the teachers can be a little harsh, but it is well worth it.
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Dshunkjr (Graduate) on October 2, 2012

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Excellent experience!!!! I first enrolled in AMU during my deployment to Iraq in 2004. Upon my return, I completed my BA in Criminal Justice one class at a time since I was working and have a family. My experience with AMU was excellent. The professors were all experienced in the field and classes they taught. They all responded quickly to my e-mails and questions except for one and he was the CJ department head, so he had many other things to do besides teach my class. He still responded but was a little later than his other professors. The school staff was very helpful, especially during my deployments. I especially liked the way I could read the bios of the professors for the classes I was choosing and wasn't just assigned one. I feel this made for a better learning environment since I had an understanding of the professor's background and where they came from when dealing with the students. I also liked the way (for my undergrad degree) that the tuition was a flat rate that included everything instead of having a lower tuition but separate fees and that my books were automatically sent to me after I registered for a class. It made life so much easier while working and caring for a family. I will also say I have had friends that have used the online programs from other schools that have had terrible experiences, even with big name, traditional schools. As a result, I'm still leaning towards to AMU for my Master's degree. Thanks
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Travnat1 (In Progress) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Wrong Focus Not satisfied with my studies here at AMU at all. Let me begin with, I have a career and make excellent money; I attend school to learn new subjects that interest me. I have my MGIB to use, so I use it. Every class that I have taken so far requires the same format: Make weekly posts, take a quiz, write a 'research paper'. I caveat research paper because 3-7 pages with 2 or 3 sources isn't much of a research paper. Not only that but as soon as I read the syllabus and find a paper is required for the course, I immediately lose all interest in learning the subject material because half of the class revloves around this one paper over one subject area. As in the case with American History, more notes and focus is made by the instructor towards the proper format than the actual subject of history. I think that is a little backwards, especially for a freshman level course. I did not come to learn all about Chicago Manual Style, I want to lean intereting things about history. In addition, as with most of the academic world today, this institution is highly left-leaning. They stress hot button issues such as global warming to back even their management instruction. The history subjects are chalk full of anti-colonial and racist sentiment that makes one feel bad to be an American. Much stress is placed on how horrible colonial's were to Native Americans without covering the barbarious nature of the tribes themselves. Buyer beware: This is an online college and will be viewed by employers as such. How much effort do you want to make for that? How much of your values do you want to place aside to eat the propaganda? How many papers do you want to write before you realize that you're not learning much about the subject in general and find out you do 300% more writing than at a traditional school?
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John.peloquin.ctr (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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A Road Worth Taking... While I was active duty military I took many classes through multiple Universities and COmmunity Colleges to finish my Associates Degree in Criminal Justice. Three years later I worked into my schedule time nough to start my Bachelor's degree. Numerous co-workers thrived on how good AMU was and how the school worked for their rigorous military schedule. I enrolled and was admitted and never looked back for another school! AMU has everything anyone is looking for. I have been extremely satisfied with the staff, counselors, and teachers (with exception of two). Many people have written reviews stating you have to be self-motivated to take online course. I couldn't agree more! Once you begin and nunderstand the process of the courses, interact with other students and faculty, AMU really is a top-nootch school to attend. The workload is no differneet then formally attending classes, but all within the comfort of your home. What works well is that (depending on your job) the government work place and supervisors I had allowed some time during the work day to complete school work or research...and many topics you are able to write on can pertain to your job itself! AMU is the way to go for online studies!
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Dsauvag (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Could be Much Better My biggest issue with AMU is the poor use of pre-entry counseling and time delays in getting transfer requests completed. I had my transfer requests completed twice with 2 different results. Depends upon whom is making the decision I suppose. Also, there is a lack of pre-requisites for any class one wants to take. This makes it easy for the "fresh out of HS" people to jump right into a senior level class...but it ultimately deminishes the scholastic level of the class for those seniors who have taken all the lower-level courses and can offer intelligent and worthwhile discussion.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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An exceptional experience I took on-line classes from seven different colleges while studying for my BA in History and I can say without a doubt that AMU's on-line classes were the best. The software, their teachers, and their use of up to date materials all helped me to achieve a 3.8 gpa. I am already planning on going after a second master's in managment.
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Airbob65 (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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So cheap, its not worth the paper its printed on... AMU's MA in Intelligence Studies lacks the academic rigor of a real graduate program. Henley-Putnam is better. The Defense Intelligence University is best. If you just need a masters degree to punch the ticket, then AMU is a cheap option. If you want to be an intelligence professional, its not going to open any doors for you! Also, they switched the program on my half-way through. Very disappointed in what I ended up with.
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Mikejenkins131 (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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AMU MBA I completed my MBA from AMU in November 2011. It took me just over 2 years with only 2 months where I was not taking a class, but only took 1 class at a time. Traditional MBA textbooks used and I still have them for reference, and the on-line system (blackboard and forum) was excellent. As other reviewers have said, some great instructors, some so-so, and some not so good. Curriculum lets you see the instructors for upcoming classes so I tried to pick the ones I knew were good for future classes. The MBA curriculum is definitely meant for managers -- I expected to learn accounting in the accounting core class, for example, but learned only how to use accounting principles for managing, like how to read a prospectus, what the various types of accounting are, etc. The class never did any bookkeeping. Finance classes taught principles and how to use them to manage, not how finance works. So if your MBA is your first into to business classes, don't expect to come away with a CPA license or in-depth knowledge of the business core. Having said that, the MBA was a cohesive program of learning how to manage, how business leaders plan and forecast, strategic thinking, and why business decisions happen the way they do. As a technical person in the aerospace industry, this MBA was perfect for me, because it gave me the management perspective without having to learn the nitty gritty of what you would get with a bachelors in business.
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Tony (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School / Oustanding Trans & Logistics Program My first On-line learning experience and it could not have gone better. Scheduling availability, class flexibility and instructor support all combine at AMU to help the student get the most out of the experience. Retiring from the military with 30 years trans/logistics experience; I decided it was time to document my expertise and training by obtaining a degree in the field. The AMU program course work is focused on teaching real theories and skills employed in today's industry and the instructors are comitted to enabling each student's comprehension of the material. The classroom discussion format further enhances learning by stimulating an honest and frank exchange of ideas among fellow students and instructors. Along with years of experience, my degree from AMU helped me secure a well paying position in the logistics field. I am proud to be an AMU Golden Eagle alumni!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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MA CJ Really enjoyed the program. Fast and efficient. Teachers were flexible and understanding. Great for military meembers.
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Cheryl.foster (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Challenging and Rewarding I completed my Masters in National Security Studies with a concentration in Terrorism in 2.5 years. It was a challenging, but positive experience. I chose AMU for 2 reasons: 1) because I lived 2 hours away from a brick & mortar university, and 2) because they offered a degree program (National Security) that was of interest to me. It was hard work, but worth it.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Great Experience…and Education For my first two years of college studies, I was primarily in the classroom setting. I initially transferred to AMU simply because I wanted more flexibility in scheduling. However, I soon found that I was actually learning much more through the AMU online format. Now, I have begun an online MBA program with another university, which is traditionally a brick and mortar school. And up to this point, I feel my studies with AMU prepared me very well for graduate-level study.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Mostless useless, but the ticket is punched I can speak about graduate education as i have another masters from another school. I needed this degree to have my ticket punched for a job, and that's about all it did. I found some instructors to be "OK", others to be near incompetent. Many tach a zillion other sections at multiple online schools and can't give any real attention to the class. One admitted he did not have time to actually read all the discussions posted each week. Another could not take it when I challenged him on on something he was just wrong about. He was unable to admit he was teaching incorrect material. Thinking for ones self is not encouraged as it is harder to grade that spewing back what you were supposed to read that week. I suppose this place is no better and no worse than any other online school- although I felt I worked harder at other colleges. As long as you spellcheck, and make sure you have citations in perfect formatting you pretty much cannot fail. I shudder to think of the people that actually felt the program was hard as since I took it they cut BACK on the amount of reading per class as it was apparently too much for many students. Adminstration does not care- they just want the tuition money to flow. If I see someone with a degree from here it will not impress me. In fact, I'm kind of embarassed to admit I have it myself.
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Capecodlew (In Progress) on October 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School -- Superb Professors I was not sure I wanted to attend an on-line, for-profit school, but now that I am in the process of finishing my last class for a Bachelor's in History with a concentration in 18th to mid-19th century America, I am glad I chose AMU. Mos classes have been difficult, but not impossible, and like most schools, there have been a couple that were quite easy. Overall, the professors have been excellent, and again, like most schools, there have been a couple that have left a bit to be desired. Now that I am close to finishing, would I make the same choice again -- yes. I plan to pursue a Master's in Revolutionary War Studies with a Certificate in Civil War Studies at AMU beginning later this year.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 19, 2012 (email verified)

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Instructional Design and Delivery My experience was mixed. While I wasn't really impressed by the school having me take courses that in no way related to the course, I understand they apparently need to make their money. Although I have a degree in a related field, they were unable to come up with transfer credit? I am trying to be positive but the best I can do with regard to AMU is to call them acceptable. The only reason I went with them was because I couldn't find another school that offered what I wanted. I think that when it comes time for me to start my Masters program, I will look elswhere.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 19, 2012

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American Military University AMU for the money, ability to attend a college and eventually get a degree...WELL WORTH IT!!! As with an college, there are instructors that are better than others and some that are just a pain; overall, they are more than willing to assist with the material. I would recommend AMU!!!
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Downing.sean (In Progress) on September 18, 2012 (email verified)

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BA History Degree I am currently still pursuing my degree. However, my experiences over the last year and a half have been very positive. Instructors are very interactive with students and give appropriate feedback. I like the physical books on-hand and don't particularly like the online books, but all in all it is a great university and is geared to help the military and the families of military members. While on the go the online books are very useful, but while at home I prefer a hard copy. I would recommend the university to anyone interested in pursuing their academic goals.
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Ncycat (Graduate) on September 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent Introductory Program I had an extensive background in Strategic Studies when I enrolled at AMU and so was not expecting to be challenged as much as I was. The professors were, without exception, highly qualified and took their role seriously, pushing their students to excellence. The texts were appropriate and the workload somewhat heavy. I obtained an A "With Distinction" for my Comprehensive Exam and an MA With Honors--and I worked for both. I recommend this school without hesitation for anyone seeking to broaden their background in International Relations and Conflict resolution.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 18, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent Logistics/ Transportation Program After completing two and a half years of college at a traditonal university (Middle Tennessee), AMU was a great school to pick back up and complete my degree. The instructors are very knowledgeable as most work in the fields they teach. Also, the class room discussion boards are very lively and provide very thought provoking conversations as the vast majority of your student peers are working adults serving in the armed forces all over the world. The insight that they provided into discussions was awesome. I know there are opponents of online degrees who argue that they are worthless but I can honestly tell you from experience that getting a college degree is about more than the name of the university printed on the diploma. You get out of it what you put into it, whether u attend traditional classes or complete an accredited online program. Personally, I got a lot out of my educational experience at AMU and have continued to advance my career in logistics and tranportation management. As someone with approximately 8 years of log/tran mgmt experience I currently make $75k a year and am now close to completing my MBA at a local university. Give AMU a try; I challenge you to find a better online university experience.
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Johnny.watkins (In Progress) on September 18, 2012 (email verified)

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My time in Environmental Studies I am currently on my fourth class at AMU and I am happy with the way it is going. The classes are very well constructed. I was a little worried at first about the credability and some of the reviews. There were quite a few bad reviews but after reading them the post that I read didn't make any sense. The positive reviews however reinforced my views with online learning.
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Yessie1122 (In Progress) on September 18, 2012 (email verified)

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GREAT SCHOOL I am an active duty member and therefore my time is very limited. Although I would much rather attend a classroom because it is less work, I think that online learning has been a great experience for me. If you really care about getting good grades it can be a lot of writing. But in the end it's worth it because of everything you learn. From the admissions, to financial assistance, to advising, everyone is extremely helpful and always available if you need them. I would definitely recommend this school to anyone looking to begin, or finish their degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 17, 2012 (email verified)

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Not What It Used To Be.. I have been steadily pacing myself on a degree with AMU/APUS for just over 4 years. The Good: Great value, Book Grant, helpful support staff. The Bad: It seems AMU has made a distinct shift in their operations as they have grown and peaked as an online educator. Challenging classes have always felt that way. Historically however, one also felt this university and faculty 'had your back', for lack of a better phrase, in supporting your success. Anymore, not-so-much and it's hit or miss based on a plethora of faculty members. I will finish my degree with AMU, have recommended several battle buddies to AMU in the past, but my heart is no longer in this organization as opposed to my first few years. It's as if they (the university) were striving to pinnacle as the #1 military online educator; but during their crusade, vision was lost as to whom their backbone or student base is. Unparallel and tempered support for Military members, who laid the foundation for this school, has been metaphorically sacrificed for upgraded technology and exponential growth. It's more so we are being marketed to as service members with G.I. Benefits/TA, rather than focus placed on an education for those of us with more transient jobs than most Americans. Outside of cost; I would say shop around to find the best fit for you and your educational needs. Example, my 1st deployment I was able to complete 3 classes. Now, I wouldn't even attempt to take classes while deployed. AMU has morphed into a strangely different university with unsubstantiated and inflated increases in class workloads, significant increases in the number of professors, and shifting behaviors within the university itself...all the above felt like a switch was thrown overnight in changing focus from the education of the student/service-member and more toward school growth and user-friendliness for instructors. Actual focused learning is different from busy work. At one time that felt like AMU's unspoken mantra. Now, classes are geared more heavily toward keeping the student super busy with low to no touch freight for instructors. Not all teachers are the same, and some are better than others...but most instructors now employ over burdening and numerous assignments in readings, tests, quizzes, essays, discussion boards and responses, term papers, final papers...etc. Yes, College encompasses all those things...but in the past, AMU never lost sight of their primary student base and adjusted fire accordingly to support that dynamic base. In other words, you received a quality education at a level of sustainment that was tailored for any service member with the will and intestinal fortitude to try and get an education; deployed or not. Now, not so much. AMU has lost a lot of its luster as standing head and shoulders above most online colleges. Additionally, the new interface has or had a tendency to stifle productivity; particularly while deployed. A night and day contrast as opposed to the previous system which was simple, but solid as oak. The course setup and school just doesn't have the same feel it once had. AMU seems more cookie cutter and has lost a feeling of 'camaraderie' it once held; which attracted me in the first place...made me proud even. My comments up until year 2009-2010...Awesome university and bar none the best in the business, particularly for military members and their civilian counterparts. Comments after year 2010...outside of cost effectiveness, explore other options...and it pains me to say so. If you are a reasonably intelligent individual it doesn't matter which school you go to; you'll succeed. However, for a 'Joe' who depends on motivation and focused classes without inflated collegiate non-sense...AMU no longer has your "six" as it once did. Don't get me wrong, AMU is by far not a bad school. AMU is still a very reasonable choice for military personnel or otherwise. But it's not the same university it was on track to be...it's just a lot more flashy, and a great deal bigger.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 13, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent School I am now in my second year with AMU and thus far the experience has been excellent overall. I have a couple minor misgivings regarding course materials with a some of the courses, but this is primarily limited to presentation and I am generally happy with the quality and depth of material provided. Course instructors are for the most part highly motivated and well adapted to the online learning process, and the technology curve is above average. I am very pleased with the school's reputation and support systems deserve the highest praise. Considering the fact I am paying less per semester than what I would pay at a local community college, the cost benefit value far exceeds my financial expectations. I would gladly recommend this school to anyone seeking a top-notch flexible online learning solution.
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Petehermes (Graduate) on September 12, 2012 (email verified)

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AMU Completed AMU's MA graduate program in Homeland Security 2 years ago. Overall the program was challenging and added signficantly to my knowledge, skills, and abilities in that area of study. Most of the instructors were highly qualified, offered more than cursory feedback and were engaged with their students. Support staff was very helpful and professional. The only criticism of note is the apparent usual practice of awarding a very high number of high grades where performance did not necessarily merit those grades and reflects poorly when comparing this institution to traditional non-online institutions or those that are not for profit.
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Petegibbons (Graduate) on September 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Masters Degrees The AMU is a very unique college for all students thinking of pursuing their Education. The combination of technology and online support from the faculty place the student firmly in charge of their time management and ultimate progress through the course. I have no hesitation in urging prospective students to review the ever expanding number of courses. Peter G Gibbons (Class of '06) Dublin Ireland.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 11, 2012 (email verified)

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Hard work, but worth it I went to a brick and mortar college for my undergraduate degree. I never had to study, although it was a good school. American Military University pushed me to my limits of academic talent. They expected exceptional work and a lot of it. I studied every night and worked harder than I ever thought I could. It was difficult, but I was never more proud than when I walked across that stage to receive my diploma. This school is for people who want to work hard and stand up to challenges.
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Nucc82 (In Progress) on September 11, 2012 (email verified)

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An Accomodating School & A Serious MA Program I commenced my path toward a Master of Arts in American History with AMU in 2007. This is a very serious and rigorous program as grades are NOT simply given away (as in a "diploma mill"); you WILL work for your grades. The professors, in my opinion, are first rate. Of course, as in any institution, there are some that fall below expectations. Most important to me was that AMU's administration and professors have been both accomodating and supportive of me while in pursuit of my Master's Degree while at the same time dealing with a serious chronic illness. I highly recommend AMU!!!
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Bklynluver12 (In Progress) on August 26, 2012 (email verified)

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What you put in you get out Been a grad student at AMU for a year now. Just like any other school, some professors are good and some are bad. I have had professors that give grades with no rationale, and I have had professors who nitpick every detail. By the end of a semester I think the work load, at least in terms of writing is comparable to other program. A 2-3 page weekly post ends up equaling a 20 page paper by the end of the semester. I have taken hard timed tests where you need to know your stuff and cant BS your way through it. Dont get me wrong, I am not saying AMU is the best school out there but I think that it is comparable to other mid level universities. I graduated my undergrad from a state college with a 3.69 GPA, I currently have a 3.70 GPA at AMU. Seems comparable.
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Bagarlington1 (Graduate) on August 16, 2012 (email verified)

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Perfect for Active Duty Military AMU/APU is great at what it does. It provides a very easy way for active duty military personnel to receive a great education at a low cost. For enlisted personnel, I would look here first. The academic advisers are friendly, registering for classes is easy, and you pay nothing out of pocket if you are using your military Tuition Assistance for an undergraduate degree. I completed my BA with AMU in February of 2011 and moved on to Liberty University to do Master's with no issues. AMU has an exceptional teaching staff. Most professors work full-time at B&M universities and teach at AMU on the side so their credentials are not lacking. I encourage you to look through their faculty list and see for yourself. This is NOT a diploma mill. You will actually have to work to get your degree. There is a lot of reading required and even more writing. I encourage you to get your assignments done in the middle of the week instead of waiting until Sunday like most people. The only thing I have marked AMU down for is technology. While I was there we were using Educator which is very primitive educational technology. Now, I see they have switched to SAKAI and I have heard great things about that. My current school uses Blackboard and it is lightyears ahead of Educator. So if you are enlisted and active duty this is the perfect match for you to do your BA easily and at a low cost. If you are a civilian then I would go to a state college or something cheaper. However, AMU specializes in fields that most schools don't, so if that's what you're looking for, then it's worth your money.
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Meximav (In Progress) on August 7, 2012

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PUBLIC HEALTH The program is great for working adults, however when it comes to the end of the program the institution is not supportive towards internship, the advising department has people who are not sure of the program is valued and it takes them too long to fix any issue. If there is need of an internship they need to be open minded and assist students in whichever way they can.
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Jthalterman (In Progress) on August 5, 2012 (email verified)

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The Good and Bad I completed an AA in History at Palo Alto College; an AAS in UAV maintenance with Cochise College; and a BA in History at Texas A&M San-Antonio. All of these were Brick and Mortar schools, but I did take a few online and hybrid classes while attending. Personally, I would not advise taking getting a Bachelors Degree online, because I feel that the in-classroom socialization process is an important part college education. For a Masters, I feel that the socialization is less important unless a student has not experienced it while obtaining a Bachelors. I was a little wary about attending an online for profit school, but my military schedule and frequent travel wouldn't allow me to attend a traditional school. I finally decided an online Masters was better than no Masters. Several schools offered online degrees, but the numbers thinned drastically for Grad-schools and even more for History Grad Programs. I've completed two classes and am working on two more. So far I have been impressed with the quality of instruction and the motivation level of my classmates. The Good: *The enrollment process was easy. *My instructors have been excellent both in terms of their knowledge and their willingness to help students. *AMU has a good variety of MA History Programs. *Classes start every month, rather than two or three times a year. *The school works well with my military schedule. *The classes are academically demanding, not fluff or diploma mill stuff. The Bad: *Weird GPA grading scale. In most colleges A=4.0, B=3.0, C=2.0, D=1.0; At AMU A+=4.0, A=3.7, A-=3.4, B+=3.0, B=2.7, B-=2.4....and so one. I don't like for two reasons. First Army Tuition Assistance requires a 3.0 in Grad Level course, so in effect I could lose my TA for anything less than a B+ or 87%. Secondly, employers won't know about AMU's weird grading scale. With an online degree, I'm at a disadvantage already. Having a low GPA for making the same grades as students at other school could really hurt me in the job market. *For Grad Students, text books aren't free. On an upside, the text books are reasonably priced and very relevant to the courses. *For Grad Students, the tuition exceeds the Army TA cap. Meaning, I usually pay about $100 out of pocket per class. *AMU has been doing a lot of web advertising, like University of Phoenix, Ashford, Devry and other unreputable online schools. I am concerned that I'm might really hurt its reputation and with it; the value of my degree.
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Jamespwelch (In Progress) on June 1, 2012 (email verified)

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A Challenging and Rewarding Program This is a fine school. They allowed me provisional entrance into their Master of Intelligence program while finishing up my Bachelors degree in political science. This allowed me to acheive my goals at a much more rapid pace and not lose time by having to wait unecessarily. I am currently at the end of two master degrees; one with OU (International Relations) and one with AMU(Intelligence Studies; Strategic Operations)both fine and reputable institutions that I highly recommend, without reservation. As for those who criticize the program, are often those who could not cope with the rigorous demands, and often a case of sour grapes. I have been a US Army education counselor for over three years so I do have a notion of what I am speaking about. It is your life, your education, go for it and be all you can be. I am exremely pleased and satisfied with my learning and progress with AMU and you will be too.
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Weezerbot4 (In Progress) on May 25, 2012 (email verified)

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Be prepared to learn something at AMU I will be graduating this summer with my degree in Military History. I have been attending AMU part time for around 3 years now. I chose AMU for three main reasons: #1 because at the time they were the only school that offered a Military History specific degree that was #2 cheaper than my local university and #3 offered a flexible schedule for working adults. I have overall been very happy with the program, although they now have minor concentrations you can add on which they did not have when I started. It would take me another 3 classes to add this on, but I am so ready to graduate I just said forget it. I have only had one instructor at this school that I have not been impressed with; everyone else has a high level of knowledge and first hand military experience which is a plus. You do not just pay for a degree in this program, you earn it. I usually have 50-100 pages of reading to do a week at minimum, plus at least 2 papers for every class and multiple in-depth discussion boards for the 8 week time period. Not to mention quizzes and finals. My only complaint is that recently they have started switching some of the classes to ebooks, which would be great if I could get most of them to work with my ereader, but 9/10 I can't. Some have been available and cheap enough that I just purchase them outright, but others I have been forced to read on my computer which is both painful and annoying. I'm big into highlighting and making notes and I can't always do that on the computer. I feel that if AMU is going to include the books in their tuition rate, then they need to give you the option of a downloadable ebook or a paper book. As for the administration side of things, I've never had any problems getting any transcripts or credits transferred over. All paperwork has gone smoothly. It does usually take about 24 hours for someone to contact you back about an inquiry even with the advisers. I've also done a lot of online learning through community colleges and other institutions and the Sakai program portal that AMU uses is really great. Easy to navigate and seems to be bug-free. I have to say that while the workload for many of the classes can be tough, especially for a working adult, the structure and questions discussed throughout the class has really forced me to learn the material. Isn't that why I'm in school anyway?
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 23, 2012 (email verified)

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Excellent if you put in the work I am six months away from completing an MA in Military Studies. I have a full time job that is very demanding, I live in Europe and I am not a US citizen. I have had fantastic exchanges with fellow students and it has been a great learning experience. It all depends how much work you expect to put in. I have had a couple of not so great instructors and I have regularly filled in feedback surveys and corresponded with administration if I felt that there was something amiss. The support has been excellent, the librarians very helpful, the tech support responds within a day as does the student advisor. The materials that I have had to read, research and study have been outstanding. People who complain about the programme have presumably not taken the effort to actually put in the work. It's demanding, it's tough and it's a real graduate programme. Those that think it will be a pushover need not apply.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 22, 2012 (email verified)

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AMU- Good Choice Graduate Student in History finishing my fourth class. You may not believe this but I am also doing a Master's in Public Administration at a regular college that I attend every Tuesday. AMU is much harder and the other college took 9 transfer credits towards my Public Administration Degree. Secondly, I am using the work and research papers from AMU towards my other degree for elective courses because they are more demanding. By December I will have completed the first year of graduate school at both universities and expect to graduate June of 2013 with two degrees. AMU is much harder than my two classes that I have to attend on Tuesdays and almost costs double, thank god for tuition assistance. Sure some classes may be easy but that's in all schools, I have two bachelor degree's and I had tough and easy classes. Now you need a Master's Degree just to get an interview for a job or managerial position. No employer has ever asked me for the transcripts, only if I have a degree to meet the qualifications. Too many people put too much emphasis on degrees and forget the other parts such as internships, experience, networking and work ethics. My advice is to stay here and finish the degree, especially with tuition nationwide going up 70% in ten years! Best of Luck.
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Victoria.whitecotton (In Progress) on May 16, 2012 (email verified)

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Impressed Almost done with my BA in Middle Eastern Studies, and on the whole I'm very impressed with the degree and the university. I already possess a Bachelor's in International Politics from a British university and wanted to explore my area of interest more in depth. With the exception of the odd class that I was dissatisfied with (usually with the level of instruction) I am enjoying my studies. At all universities, whether online or not, there's always that one class where the teacher just isn't with the program. But I've been able to get beyond all that and work hard, do my best and I have learnt a lot over the past 2 years. I like the wide variety of courses that make up this degree, covering politics, religion, history, culture and language. I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in Middle Eastern affairs, but be prepared for lots of reading, essay writing and at times some tough subjects (and opinionated classmates!). Excellent program.
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Jsaadein (Graduate) on May 10, 2012

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Take Responsibility for your Education I find interesting some of the reviews here, as they are quite the opposite from every experience I have had with this university. At this time, I have completed 24 undergraduate courses with them and can comment intelligently about various encounters. For those using federal financial aid, the process is all fairly automated – get it right the first time when you apply and stop blaming AMU/APUS for your lack of oversight and ill preparedness. Additionally, the comment which said the university is making their family pay prior to receiving financial aid is completely false – once your package is in, AMU actually fronts the registration in anticipation of receiving federal funding. Tuition assistance is the same, there is about a two-day turn around for class-registration. As far as the instructors…there are some extremely qualified and who are attentive, and there are others that are not – this is typical with every university, even traditional ones. This university is not for those who need their hand held – attending AMU requires a great amount of initiative and time management. Furthermore, this university requires a significant amount of writing. I have taken courses at Emory University, Penn State, and Embry Riddle and they by far have nowhere near the amount of workload that AMU requires. I hope this provides a little insight into my degree program. Lastly, I have put in for three of top 20 MBA programs (traditional) and none of them have questioned my degree from AMU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Security Management I have been in the Security Management BA program for 8 months and I have nothing but good things to say about the teachers and the support staff. I have a long history of L.E and Security work in my resume, but I have still learned a great deal from this course program. The instructors and the support staff have always been exceedingly helpful and responsive to any problems I had while in their classes. I would recommend AMU to anyone who has a desire to go to school, it has been and still is a great experience.
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Asherm21 (In Progress) on April 29, 2012 (email verified)

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Do not waste your time and money. Do not waste your time or money going to this "college". This school is ideal for individuals in the military who simply need a piece of paper that says "B.S. / B.A." on it in order to be promoted. This school isn't a diploma mill but it's pretty close. They are nationally and regionally accredited, however, after taking 5 "upper division" classes, I feel that accreditation means a lot less than I originally thought. I had completed my A.A. at a local community college and transferred to this school in the hopes of earning a degree but not having to pay the outrageous tuition rates of the local 4-year universities. In that respect (being cheap), AMU gets a win...at least until you find out what you are paying for. I began the B.S. program in information systems security and I've completed 5 classes so far. Based on my experience, I can sum up the classroom experience as follows: Read some chapters in the textbook, answer questions on the discussion boards, maybe do a short weekly written assignment, complete open-book tests and quizzes every 3 weeks or so. That is about it. You are essentially paying for the ability to read a book then talk about it with other students. In the five classes I have taken, there has been ZERO practical application. The "professors", while many have advanced degrees, are little more than moderators. The textbooks have material in them that is suspiciously similar...I don't mean material overlaps, but material that seems to have been written by the same author or group of authors, even though the book says otherwise. Furthermore, in two of my classes the "textbook" was a ridiculous DIY book that you could purchase off the shelf at Barnes & Noble. Then there is the issue of grade inflation. At first, I put a lot of effort into my assignments and I was getting perfect scores. Then, I started to half-ass a few, just to see what would happen. On the assignments that is half-assed, the lowest score I received was a 93% and that was usually due to a citation error. To further make my point, I purposely turned in an assignment an entire week late and completely BeeEssed it. I did not cite anything, I did not address any material from the current chapters in the class, I didn't make any attempt to do a good job and it was pure, unsupported opinion. I got a 100% on that assignment which indicates to me that the "professor" didn't even read it, or just doesn't care. In the end, if you simply need a degree to get a promotion and nothing more, then by all means, go to AMU. If, however, you actually want to learn something that would be difficult to learn by simply reading a book, don't waste your time. I believe that any employer who is familiar with the curriculum at AMU would toss your resume in the trash. If you managed to even get an interview, they would laugh at you and you would certainly make a fool of yourself for not knowing the answers to basic questions that any undergrad at a state university could answer. I value the quality of my education and for that reason, I will no longer be attending this ridiculous school and am instead transferring to a state university. The tuition might be high, but the quality of the education is incomparable.
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Alex_jaime19 (Graduate) on April 21, 2012 (email verified)

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Great School for Active duty military I just completed my BA in Homeland Security and have to say that the school is challenging, but not impossible. The classwork is sufficient and will keep the average full time worker busy throughout the weekend. But it is all called about sacrifice, and if a student has the will to stay dedicated and conduct research on his own, then this is the school for him/her. It is regionally accredited, and for service members, training can be converted into credits, so there is minimal reason not to attend this school
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Tokyo.phil (Graduate) on April 16, 2012 (email verified)

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What have you learned... It took me a long time to decide that I could actually get my degree, and then decide on AMU. WIth so much exoerience with the nilitary, I thought thy would be flexible conflicts woth work schedules and classes and they are very accomodating. I finished my degree while I was still 49. I found most of the instructors to provide a thought proviking discussion if you ask for it. Philosophy and all of the courses that make up the degree are not toaght like other traditional courses. Your participation helps you, the teacher and all of your class mates see how you interpret the class you are taking. But if you are bent on your personal interpretation and aren't willing to discuss other students or the instructors viewpoint, well I can see where a person may juadge the program to be lacking. But I would have to ask them, when making that statelent if they were being totally honest with themselves. For those who questioned and challenged what they don't understand or accept but ar willing to listen and consider, I think that AMU is as good a school as any Brick and Mortar school as far as I am concerned and I have attended 3 of them. I would srongly suggest this program to anyone willing to take part in all conversations and maybe even provide a little constructive criticism or arguement. On the other hand if you just fill the requirements and complain when you only get a C,then maybe you don't like what you see in the mirror every day either.
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Dtelli2 (In Progress) on April 7, 2012 (email verified)

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Gov Acquisition....Keep looking I have been messaging the teacher for weeks and recieving very littel to any response. My items are graded with no feedback whatsoever. If you have not been to another school before you start here DO NOT waste your time. You are expected to show up here ready to graduate with you B.A. You better show up knowing all the 5 writing styles and have written at least 5 college papers before. The staff at the school will give you "canned" generic answers to any issue. I have complained about the teachers non response and I have not even been written back an e-mail much less anything been done. Just for fun I actually started asking if the staff I was dealing with had taken courses at AMU, turns out the 6th person I asked was the first to have taken any classes here. Most of the staff has never been in the site themselves but they will tell you how "a lot of staffers here take classes" just don't ask to speak to one they cannot find them all. This school is known by nobody and the degree carries almost no weight while the workload is very heavy, in one week we had 3 book chapters 2 250 word papers and 2 600 word papers fand a open book research the answer online quiz for example. There are better places and there are other schools that teach Gov Acq you just have to look for them. As for me I do not have 8-10 hours a week to invest in one class so Ill move on. You could never take 2 or 3 classes here unless you could do it full time.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 7, 2012

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AMU Endorsement I am a graduate student at AMU pursuing a Masters in International Relations. So far, I have been pleased with the course content, strength of curriculum, and the interaction with both fellow students and the faculty. Each instructor I have had over the last year has been challenging and responded to questions quickly and given thorough gradings of submitted assignments. I have and will continue to reccommend AMU to peers as a graduate school.
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Scullinane28 (In Progress) on April 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Great experience! BLUF - AMU is regionally accredited, which is a must. I've learned more at AMU than at the brick and mortar I got my B.S. from (UMASS). There have been a couple of glitches with the software but overall it worked when I needed it to. I'm currently working towards my MBA and so far the classes have been excellent.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 16, 2012 (email verified)

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Good program, terrible institutional support Like many of the other people writing reviews I was a bit wary about attending an entirely online university, in particular one that I had never heard of. I picked AMU for a two reasons: they offered one of the few online graduate programs in History that I had found, they were regionally accredited. The ease of application was nice, but still worried me. It felt like anyone could get in if they had a bachelor's degree. The classes were what finally sold me on the program. I've had to work hard to keep up with school while working. I've learned a lot and the teachers seem very knowledgeable. I feel like I'm getting a good value for my degree. Materials: They provide a decent and relevant reading list for each semester. The texts are your primary vehicle for learning. The online discussions are barely more than a weekly response paper where everyone is focused on their own opinion and finding a way to chime in on two other student's posts before each other for another week. That said, the teachers typically respond to your post and ask follow-up questions that require additional research and if they take the time to really grade your posts they're a good teaching tool. Teachers: Like anywhere, some were good some were bad. None were great in my experience. Institution/Support: That's where I was really disappointed. The signup process was pretty easy, but when it came time to re-enroll and I was having trouble finding the classes I needed it was almost impossible to get anyone on the phone and their email responses would consistently come from a different person each time often restating their first form response without any indication they were reading my question or trying to address my concern. Seriously, i can't wait to graduate and be done with this school. They also don't pay for access to all of JSTOR, so often when you're researching a paper I had to drive to a local university and bribe a student to print the paper I was looking for. Value: I learned a lot, but no one I talk to has ever heard of this school. For the purpose of my job (I'm a federal employee) they'll accept it at face value because it's from a regionally accredited school but they're going to have to market themselves a lot better before I'd say the degree is valuable beyond the lessons I learned obtaining it.
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Txrailcop (In Progress) on March 12, 2012

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Good Master's Program After obtaining my Associate's degree and Bachelor's degree from a "brick and mortar" school, I was skeptical about pursuing my Master's on-line. I honestly can say that I have learned more taking online classes than sitting in a class room. There was a technological problem last year do to a system upgrade that did not go as planned and this has since been corrected. I am enrolled in the Homeland Security program and have enjoyed every class I've taken. I would highly recommend this school!
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Fred.owen.ramey (In Progress) on March 9, 2012 (email verified)

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BA in Military History Fantastic school, great staff, and great program. I really do love everything about the school. I'm five classes away from my BA, only one semester to go and I wish that I had done my AAS here as well rather than a traditional school. I think I would have enjoyed it more and gotten more out of it.
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(In Progress) on March 6, 2012

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You get what you put in I am taking the Master of Arts in Security Management. first of all I want to point out that I obtained my BA from a traditional school, and prior to that I had taken several courses from other traditional schools. There is no way to "get by" in this school, or with the current coursework. This is a self starter, self motivated type of program. If you don't put the work forward, you will not do well. I have learned more in this program about research, writing, and my current field than anywhere else. The learning is up to the student. I gave the value an 8 because the tuition went up this year, which I was not thrilled about, however it is still a decent price. I have definitely learned quite a bit through the reading materials, textbooks and my own research. This is no degree mill by far. To those that say it is, I challenge you to take a 500 level class, or two and find out for yourselves.
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Mrmikemodel (In Progress) on March 2, 2012 (email verified)

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Better than Nebraska I have been attending AMU for two years. I began in Military History but changed due the recommendation of AMU because I was in the graduate history program at the University of Nebraska-Omaha (UNO), my alma mater. I have just finished a course in which the work was crushing, far more then I had experienced at UNO. This was not usually the norm with an AMU course, but, it goes to show that you cannot take these classes expecting some kind of cake walk. I mean, who ever heard of having four book reviews due over four weeks DURING Christmas and New Years? I spent Christmas day doing school work. I am NOT complaining. This course was exceptional in the material covered and in the expectations of your accumulated knowledge. In comparing a State University to AMU there is no difference. I have decided to transfer my credits to AMU from UNO. I "got stuck" taking a history seminar course at UNO entitled "Gender and Slavery" taught by a woman who had an issue with men. Both of us "men" had to drop the course (only 2 men in the course). With AMU I have a plethora of courses to choose from; subjects that I am interested in taking and not courses that I am forced to take because the course was the only one available when it came my time to register. My Military Studies MA has been taught so far by NYU, Naval Academy, UPENN, Harvard, and NYU professors. The professorial staff is of an extremely high caliber, and they expect much. During a FSL issue between both schools, UNO just did not care in helping me resolve the issue. I was a number, not a person. AMU, much to my surprise assigned me an adviser in the financial aid office and she worked tirelessly to solve the problem. I was impressed. I had heard from various blogs, forums etc. before I started AMU that it was a diploma mill. This is absolutely not the case. Amu was started to assist those who serve with obtaining college degrees. AMU is now the school recommended to employees and soldiers by the government and military to obtain a degree from. It is regionally accredited by the North Central Association. So, credits transfer to and from other colleges without an issue. They are also accredited by the Distance Learning Council, UNO doesn't even have that one, and UNO does distance education. I know that the education I receive from AMU is as good or better than the State school I attended. Many of the degrees at AMU are those which have a direct impact on systems and people. Many times, peoples lives may be on the line and those who have graduated from AMU are responsible for those lives. Homeland security, Military intelligence, National Security studies, or Strategic Studies have real world implications on a daily basis. This review has not been an ad for AMU. I am a real and current student, and have been around during my 50 years. Situational awareness in the hallmark of security studies and of life. You have to be able to tell the shit from shineola. The UNO history department, like so many other history departments in ivory towered institutions, thinks that they are important to life, they are not. Research has its place, in truth research universities like UNO or UN-Lincoln pay their professors to research and publish, teaching students is a side show, it pays the bills. Do not hesitate with AMU, you will learn the important stuff.
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Seanmonjon (Graduate) on February 24, 2012 (email verified)

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Choose another institution I attended AMU and graduated in 2004 with a Criminal Justice Bachelors Degree w/honors. Since then, I have been an Adjunct Professor at two colleges and earned a commission in the Army. This was all due to my completion of my bachelor's degree. In the beginning, I would tell my students and peers about AMU. It was a very good institution until what I have learned now. Late 2011, I was informed of several negative issues that were occuring with AMU. The instructors were teaching from the wrong syllabi, giving tests that were not part of the assigned reading or cirriculum, student aid dept. was not helping students, but were providing misguided and wrong information that caused students to lose taking classes because of their constant mistakes, accessing e-material has become a major issue for students, the webpages designed for easy and quick access will constantly give an "error" message only for the student to start all over again, not allowing students to proceed with their classes due to constant website errors produced by AMU, lack of communication between the students and administrators by changing school policies without informing students which ultimately affects their grades. I contacted the school and spoke with Nicole Wolf. She said these issues have been brought up before and she would contact the students I referred to resolve the problems. It has been three months and she nor AMU has resolved any issues. They haven't contacted anyone! This school is not worth what you put into it and I would strongly encourage others seeking a legitimate degree go to a more reputable educational institution who will take care of their responsibilities and the more important issue, the students. I gave the total value of AMU as a five, why, because having a degree is better than not having one, but to constantly be sucked in by the lackluster performances of AMU should not negatively affect any student; the way AMU has handled business in the past year is unacceptable as they have not moved an inch to solve multiple student issues and I don't see that being improved anytime soon.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 22, 2012 (email verified)

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New to AMU.....cautiously optimistic! I am just starting at AMU, awaiting transfer of credits which should place me just over half way to my BA in CJ. The admissions process was smooth, information provided timely and accurately thus far. Financial aid was fairly easy to deal with, as well as initiating the VA process utilizing the GI Bill (Chapter 30). The only issue that I have with the requirements are related to the required course for online studies. This course is intended to teach you how to learn on line and guage your ability, according to the details, and I am paraphrasing. Here is my issue; I have taken dozens of online courses at two other schools. Having said that, and having transferred my credits which came with a current 3.4 GPA, not too shabby, the argument for me taking this class should not be to guage my ability to learn on line. Now...they DO offer the ability to waive the course. To do this you have to submit a resume, write an essay paper and request the class to be waived. Here is my problem; after you have done this, you do not receive credit for the class but credit as having not having to take that class. What happens next is the class MUST be replaced with another elective class to make up the valued credit hours. I have no issue with making those requirements to waive the class, but if you are forcing me to take a class that my record clearly reflects not needing, at least give me credit for the course in the same fashion you would with transferring credits. Outside of that, I have no problems with entering. After reading some of the negative responses I am entering with a cautiously optimistic point of view and am motivated to finish my BA and move on educating myself from there. Good luck to all.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 6, 2012 (email verified)

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Great courses and wonderful staff Thus far, I am in my 10th graduate level course and I have learned more about my field of study, then I have actually learned in the field. Moreover, I find most of these courses more challenging then others I have taken at the war college. Overall, I would recommend this institution and program for all of those who are serious about there education. AMU is my recommendation.
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Washburn4241 (In Progress) on January 25, 2012 (email verified)

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American Military University experience I am currently enrolled in my first course at AMU and was not sure what to expect. So far, it's been a positive experience. The instructor is responsive to questions that the class has submitted. Yes, there is a lot of work and you have to be disciplined in order to keep up and meet the deadlines. I like the fact that your classmates are from all over the world which gives you a interesting perspective to questions and topics that are being discussed. In addition, I like the fact that the courses are offered on a monthly basis and the my classmates are located all over the world. That brings a more diverse opinion to our discussions.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 11, 2012

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Solid Education I completed both my Bachelor's and Master's Degree in Criminal Justice at AMU. The material was challenging and relevant to my job in law enforcement. Online learning is a great thing, but you must be self motivated and disciplined to suceed. I have recommended AMU to my friends in both the military and civilian law enforcement.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on December 25, 2011

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If you put in the work the it pays dividends I have 2 associates degrees from brick and mortar schools and I completed my BA with AMU. There were quality professors that exceeded my expectation of quality instruction/guidance and there were a few rotten apples that always come with the territory (you know who you are). The materials that is given to you is more than sufficient to help you on your path to education. No extra costs for textbooks or other study aids. The support center was always ready to help and got back with you within 24 hours. My only complaint was the new SAKAI classroom which I found slightly annoying. I thought the old way was simpler but adapt and learn. If anyone thinks this is a bogus school and has no merit, then try it. I dare you to pick a major that interests you and see if you won't be challenged. I worked hard for my honors credit. I sacrificed a lot of weekends and had plenty of late nights finishing this program. This school will not hand you anything, you have to work to get it.
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Damian.cotto (In Progress) on November 25, 2011 (email verified)

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You get what you put in. I can honestly say that although AMU is not Penn State or some other widely known school such as Harvard, I did have an instructor that was a Harvard professor at some point in his teaching career. Does that make a big difference in the level of education that I have received, no. People put entirely too much emphasis on the name and not enough on the quality of the individual student. The schools name is good to an extent because there are hash and trash students attending colleges all throughout the world and just because I can't afford to attend Harvard or Dartmouth doesn't mean that I am not a sharp or capable individual. I have learned a great deal with the classes I have taken at AMU thus far. Maybe people need to simply apply themselves a bit more before they write a derogatory review. I have attended, Columbia College of Missouri, Thomas Edison State College, Portland Community College and now American Military University...I personally think they were all good schools that taught me well as I am a student that wants to learn. I think AMU is great for me and I have interacted with excellent students throughout my classes.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 20, 2011 (email verified)

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Needs improvement but worth the time. Matierials are probably one of this schools strong suits, they don't charge you for books and the books them selves are very informative. Some of the texts I used were a little out of date but just because they are a few years old doesn't mean that the information provided in them is useles, infact it's much harder to learn much less understand the newer information if you don't have a solid base of previous applications and systems. I liked the teachers here because they are, for the most part, working in the field that they teach. I had one professor teaching a network defense class that actually works on network security for his fortune 500 company. What I did not like about the teaching here was that is seemed too easy to just coast and they teachers didn't really enforce due dates for assignments, and while on the one hand it makes it easy to catch up if life gets in the way for a while but also on the other hand it sometimes felt like I was being babied. I think that the teachers sould consider adding penalties to late assignments, if gives the student flexability when life get hecktic but also holds the student accoutable for his/her assignments. Most of my professors didn't do this, some did to an extent but I feel like it should be across the board. The school it self was easy to navigate and very user friendly which i feel it something that is great for students who, like myself, are to online learning. The school's support staff probably needs the most work. Over all the staff is a very informative and helpful group; the times I have ad to call in to the school and get information or have a question answered they were more than happy to help. The problem I have run into, and this may not even be the school or the employees' fault, was when I would email and ask a question it would take them a while to respond and usually their email alone did not answer all my questions. The value of the school is really hard to beat especially for an online school. Most schools that I have looked at for online degree programs charged around 300-500 per credit hour while AMU only charges 250 which is perfect for those of us in the military whose tuition assitance will only pay 250 an hour. The use of technology that I saw at AMU was probably the best and most effective use of technology I had seen in a while. The majority of my text books were in PDF format which is probably the most widely used document viewing format next to JPEGs, but that would take up a huge amount of data space. Their systems and classrooms were easy to access and easy to move around in which made learning and doing my assignments easy and effective. Overall I think this is probably one of the best online learning institutions that a person, especially a soldier, can go through. This school is regionally accredited, the classes are challenging and require a good amount of work, the value is very hard to beat, the staff is helpful and informative, and they are more than willing to help the students out with anything that comes up. The schol does need some improvement, but at the same time it's nothing major that makes the school unmanagable. I did not feel like this was one of those "on-line degree factories" because the classes were challenging and required a good amount of effort on my part. I will, and have been, recommending this school to several of my fellow soldiers and friends.
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Mcgheejt (Graduate) on October 25, 2011 (email verified)

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Master of Arts in Military Studies I completed my MA in Military Studies several years ago through AMU. As a military officer, I looked at several other acedemic programs but decided that AMU was the best choice for me overall. I was not disappointed. The courses were both interesting and challenging. The instructors were superb. The flexible schedule was critical after 9/11 and the cost was in-line with military tuition assistance. I know I worked as hard and learned as much as my "cubicle-mate", who chose a nights and weekends path. I would take this degree program again.
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Clancyjmcmahon (In Progress) on October 17, 2011

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Great Experience and Great School I have had nothing but a positive experience at AMU. The professors are above par and maintain a challenging curriculum. I attended a traditional private ($$$)brick and mortar university in Boston for my undergrad and it pales in comparison to the education that I received at AMU. In addition, the professors were eager to help me improve my scholarly writing and to get me up to speed on a Masters degree level. In the end, your degree is what you make it. If you do not have the educational maturity to be self motivated then AMU is not for you.
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Dikaios20 (In Progress) on October 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Good and getting better I am taking the last two classes in this program. I can’t speak intelligently about other programs at AMU/APU because I have not attended them. My undergraduate degree is from a traditional program and I’ve attended a traditional graduate program. I mention this to validate my comparison. Students need to have a good understanding of the subject matter prior to entering the program. Students with little to no public health experience will benefit greatly from gaining experience prior to enrolment. This is true of every program as there is no substitute for experience. AMU/APU has applied for and is anticipating the findings for the CEPH accreditation in the spring of 2013. I can’t overstate the importance of this accreditation. The CEPH appears to be the gold standard for public health education accreditation, and if this university receives it, the value of the degree will greatly increase. The cost of the graduate program at AMU is very low ($300 per credit hour at the time of this review) compared with other graduate level programs. No GRE or letters of recommendations are required. The education I’ve received from AMU has been of the same quality as the traditional schools I’ve attended. There is a lot of self teaching, and research, but that improves the quality of the education. I didn’t select a school to improve my ability to network, or join superfluous organizations. I have the experience necessary to advance in public health so these motivations were not important to me. If you are inexperienced in public health and need professors to spoon feed you from their experience than a traditional school may be a better choice. But if you are a competent public health worker/professional looking for a way to improve your education and credentials without the commute, AMU may be a good choice for you.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 27, 2011 (email verified)

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Bait & Switch Enrolled in a competitive intelligence program, but halfway through they dropped the program. Instead of taking the courses I expected to take I had to finish up with a bunch of useless MBA courses. Many professors and department chairs are borderline illiterate with bogus credentials. Course materials and assignments virtually unintelligible due to poor grammar and spelling. Administration hostile to non-PC thought. Difficult to believe this is a grad level program. There are a lot better programs out there for the same or less money; shop around.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 22, 2011 (email verified)

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MA for cheap, but not worth much in the working world. Like everyone one else in the field, I wanted the MA check mark when applying to a supervisory position. I went to a highly ranked school for under grad and worked very hard for good grades. This school is for profit, does not make you take the GRE, allows you to be accepted with in 20 minutes, and has no GPA requirements. That shows that it isn't a very good school right there. However if you are satisfied with just the check mark and want it for a cheap price and little work, you have your school. I tried one class and am not a fan. However my work pays for my degree, so I am in a little different position as most. I am going to go to a brick and mortal school. I personally feel it is a scam and the wrong way about getting an education, but I am glad I gave it a shot, so I can give it an honest review.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 22, 2011 (email verified)

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AMU - A decent educational experience I have been attending AMU for about 3 years and am nearing the completion of my degree there. On the positive side, AMU has classes that start every month and on the military TA, you can take 6 classes per year. I am using my GI Bill benefits, which exceeds the cost of tuition. Since it is online, it is very flexible for those that do not have a lot of time to attend conventional classes. Some of the instructors/classes have exceeded my expectations and I have really learned quite a bit from them. Not all classes have open book tests at the end, but require a research paper of anywhere from 5 to 15 pages. The classes I have gotten the most out of had engaging instructors and students that were involved almost daily in the discussion board topics. In those cases, it made me wish that we were in the classroom and could discuss issues face to face. Some of the classes have been rather lackluster, and this can be attributed to not having face to face engagement that you could get in a classroom, busy instructors, and students trying to breeze through. I have been able to complete some classes without opening the text book, but that is mostly due to having easy access to online resources. The bottom line is that you will get out of the class what you put in to it. I tend to work harder if I have someone pushing me a bit, but then again, an engaging instructor always makes a class better. It's not a diploma mill, since you actually do have to put forth some effort, but it's not Harvard either.
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Jasonmadwell (In Progress) on September 21, 2011 (email verified)

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Okay School I have been attending AMU for around 3 years. I am 37 credits away from finishing my degree. It is an online institution. The price tag for a 3 hr class is 750 dollars, so there may be a cheaper bargin. The classes are good. Most history classes consist of 2 to 3 papers, discussions boards, and several readings. There does not seem to be a standard across the university, as some classes are fairly easy, while others pile on the work. It seems to be up to the discreation of the professor. The worst part about the school is the new classroom portal that the school has switched to. It is terrible. It is difficult to attach word documents. I have failed to turn in assignments because I thought the word document attached but it did not. This was after I tried 3 times. It also says you will get an email stating the assigment is turned in, but I have yet to get one of those emails. Reading the gradebook is also more complicated than before. The previous version was a lot easier to read and less busy as a web page.
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Centinel1787 (Graduate) on September 10, 2011

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The Inevitable and Inexorable Emergence of Online Learning My overall experience at AMU has been unequivocally positive, nonetheless there were some negatives: 1)The communication interface (Sakai) is ponderous. 2)A challenging instructor I favored was released (Mike Collier in the National Security Studies program). 3)The forums are generally based on exchange of information rather than the confrontational debate that I favor. In cases were I tried to incite heated debate, the instructor terminated the discussion before resolution. 4)The financial aid process appears to be ponderous and centered around meeting the needs of military personnel versus civilians like myself, hence I paid for all of my courses up front and out-of-pocket. The positives: 1) Interaction with many knowledgeable peers who possessed a unique skill set acquired from working in the military. For example, many of my fellow classmates were highly specialized mid to high level 'managers' in the armed forces actively engaged in the Global War on Terror. 2)Accessibility and low cost of books and other material. 3)Unlike my previous experience at 'respected brick and mortar' institutions in which professors peddled their own textbooks in a callous attempt to make a few bucks at the expense of a captive student audience -- the textbooks required at AMU were awesome and written by acknowledged experts in the field who were not associated with AMU. 4)Courses on research methods and analytics that helped improve my overall ability to conduct, analyze, and present technical reports. 5)Objective, fair, balanced, highly knowledgeable and highly experienced instructors. Lastly, my review has context since I have extensive and varied experience with both traditional 'brick and mortar' institutions and online schools. Both are demonstrably effective depending on the instructors and the programs. Indeed, based on advancements in electronic communications, I believe that online institutions are in ascendance.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 6, 2011 (email verified)

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AMU MBA Accounting AMU's MBA program is a two year program. Classes last eight weeks and each class can be started at any month. The MBA program offers many concentrations from Finance to Homeland Security Resource Allocation. Pros: The MBA program has a standard mix of business classes in its core curriculum but offers a good amount of concentrations to customize your MBA to your liking. The business program is ACBSP accredited which adds some prestige especially if you plan to teach. The MBA program is doable in one year with the eight week classes and flexibility of offering classes once a month. The customer service at AMU is great as staff will quickly accommodate the concerns of students. Classes are very affordable at around three hundred a graduate credit. That is a great price for a regionally accredited MBA program. Cons: AMU is an online college and doesn't offer in person classes. Online classes still leave a little left to be desired especially the networking factor that good MBA programs can offer. AMU doesn't have the greatest reputation academically. You could a find more reputable school at the same price with in state tuition. AMU Lacks AACSB accreditation which is the gold standard for MBA programs. Academic quality isn't the best. Discussion is limited to discussion boards and lacks video lectures and graphics; does not make full use of technology. Exams are not proctored and open book. The homework load is a little light. The graduate classes took me about the same amount of effort of undergraduate classes at a local college. The comprehensive final exam is an open book six hour exam. You could always go beyond the call and do extra work for learning purposes but still... Admission standards are low and the quality of intelligence in the classroom is pretty mediocre. Part of the value of an MBA lies in how selective it is. Conclusion: AMU is a regionally accredited college that provides an affordable MBA program that is convenient, and ACBSP accredited. If you already have a career or in the military and looking for an MBA program to move up the ladder, then AMU's MBA program is for you. AMU is military friendly. However, if you are looking to find an MBA program that will help you find a career or looking to teach business classes than you should look elsewhere. AMU on your resume will not impress anyone nor will it provide much networking opportunities.
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Meredith.tammy (In Progress) on August 21, 2011

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Masters Program - Psychology Myself and my spouse attend this school, I am in a masters program, my spouse is in a bachelors program. Overall, it is good for the money. I am not happy with the majority of instructors or the financail aid/military tuition office. They used to be very responsive, a quick reply within 24 hours. Now, it can take several weeks and IF you hear back at all. My husband has put in his VONAPP months ago, he has emailed and called the VA office at the school, still no response. He will not receiving his VA educational benefits because the school has not done their part. This has put a huge strain on us financially. I noticed I am not the only one who is concerned with faculty response. I have been graded prior to deadlines, and I do not receive responses to emails or questions to the professor. This is really unacceptable when you are in a learning environment. It seems to me they are collecting a paycheck and not contributing to the course whatsoever. Not a good experience. I have had some wonderful professors, but its about 50/50. Sometimes, you do not have a choice of who your instructor is. Because the class lengths are short, you do not have much time for deciding to stay in or drop the course.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 17, 2011 (email verified)

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Just some thoughts Just observations, not complaints. It would appear that AMU has set itself up as the defacto university for the Military. The costs are very affordable, there are many policies in place that support a service lifestyle and all that entails. In that respect AMU is very good. Shortly into my degree, I noticed that despite the words, some of the instructors aren't that engaged. This maybe due to them holding down day jobs and working for AMU in the evenings? If so, that's understandable. This might be a personality type thing but it seemed to be a theme I encountered more and more. Also, the tests aren't proctored and, in some cases, not timed. This tends to make them ineffective as far as testing knowledge. I'm not griping, I'm just making observations that some others might find important when looking at online education. Just to summarize: The price is right, the offerings are substantial, the reputation is constantly building and, the staff and faculty do appear interested in the individual's success.
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Jaredheintz (Graduate) on August 10, 2011 (email verified)

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Loved this school I took courses with University of Phoenix online and brick and mortar colleges and finally started with AMU because of the cost of education. It was scary because I had heard very little about this school. Intel Studies was challenging at times (always more challenging than course I took at other colleges) but the Professors were great and very diverse. I felt as if I got the best of all over the country. Many of the bad reviews are from people that did not put time into themselves in order to achieve with this school. They will not give you a degree, you have to work for it. On the bright side I never had an instructor that would not work with me or extend if the reason was good.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 7, 2011 (email verified)

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Great school with a great reputation! I am totally pleased and proud to be taking my degree at AMU! Sure, there are always things that can be done in a different manner, but you will also find that to be true at Harvard, Princeton, etc. I sought out AMU because it was recommended to me by people in the field I dream of being able to work in. Being a foreign student, I must tell you that AMU has an international reputation in the Intelligence and security (terrorism) field. And that reputations is very, very good! This thanks to professors as Jenny Hesterman, Steven Greer, Paul Medhurst, etc. World class teachers that make you work hard for your grade. True professionals! But, I have spent time researching my professors, before I sign up for their classes. Read their bio's, choose those that you feel have the best experiences to teach your subject. In all my classes at AMU, I have only dropped out of 2 classes due to the professors. As many others have written, AMU is not a school for those who need to have their hands held at every turn. The school demands that you work hard and if you do, they are there for you. A great school that is highly recommended!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 3, 2011 (email verified)

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Great multidisciplinary degree This degree provides excellent grounding all aspects of space studies. There is opportunity to study planetary sciences, aerospace sciences and aspects of the space industry such as mission management. There is plenty of opportunity for research and a lot of opportunity for discussion with other students. My overall experience has been very good.
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Craiford3 (In Progress) on July 22, 2011

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Not convenient in the least! I chose an online college for convenience. There was nothing convenient as I was instructed to treat this college as if it were any ordinary brick & mortar school. If I wanted to attend a brick & mortar school, I would have. I initially wanted a school where I could go at my own pace while managing a career and family. AMU requires that you log in very frequently so that you can interact with other students in a discussion board type format. I'm not in school to make friends or listen to others gropes and complaints. I'm here to get a degree. I know plenty of people who attended regular universities and had little interaction with other students. Social networking should NOT be part of your grade unless of course you are attending Facebook University. Because of my military job, I am only allowed to log on maybe twice a week. When I do, I have dozens of emails from instructors telling me that I am behind and that I am not "interacting" with other students. Bottom line.....log in every day or fail. Not worth it. And by the way, I used the Pell Grant in order to attend yet the admin folks still claim I owe close to 5 grand in tuition!
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John.marshall445 (In Progress) on July 20, 2011 (email verified)

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Just Got 10 More Years of Regional Acceditation I am a fairly new graduate student at APUS but I am very impressed. I wish they had a stronger lecture component - but otherwise it is probably how school should be done - lot's of writing, writing, writing and reading. I'm in a class right now that has 5 required books. Also, many students possess one or two masters already or even a Ph.D. I am telling you from real world experience that that is NOT common in the brick and mortars. Oh - the staff - - talk about accomplished people - I never had a professor write books before until I started at AMU - now I've had 4! One wrote 10 books. And online learning? Harvard Exten. School has an online program with a 15% or so residency requirement - - and they don't discriminate between online or on-campus on the transcript. Online is the real deal folks - - just make sure you get a regionally accredited school. APU/AMU were just renewed regional accreditation for 10 years (through 2021). And have you see the costs here? Unbeatable. And free books for undergrads... What's not to love?
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Patglair (In Progress) on July 4, 2011 (email verified)

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A good school for the money I am two-thirds of the way finished with a Master's in Political Science from AMU and I am satisfied. I work in a remote geographic location and I have a wife, two kids, a government career, and two mortgages, so going back to school wasn't an option. I enjoy the online medium and the freedom it affords. I feel that I have learned a wonderful amount so far, all of which I can apply to my life and work. There are times when I wonder if going to an established brick-and-mortar school would have been a better road to take for a Master's. AMU does not offer mentorship from professors, lectures, or the chance to teach undergraduates, which I've always thought must be a valuable learning experience. Nor is there much prestige tied to the name, as with other schools. But this school is evolving, and online learning is surely the medium of the future. This degree does provide ample opportunity to read, write, and to a lesser extent debate, and to explore ideas and interests, all of which turns the student on to many new concepts and sharpens his or her analytical and writing skills. I also know plenty of people with Master's degrees from mainstream schools who have either done nothing with them or seemingly profited very little from them, all the while amassing a hefty debt. These classes are more challenging than my brick-and-mortar undergraduate alma mater in that timelines are compressed, workloads are greater, and standards are higher. I attended a small law school 10 years ago for one year only and the law classes required much more reading and included much more difficult tests. This degree falls somewhere in between. I am not taking this degree to impress an employer specifically and if that is your goal you might want to go elsewhere. I am taking this degree to challenge and enrich myself. What job does Political Science lead to anyway? But this is an accredited Master's degree and I can combine it with my other skills, employment history, references, etc. to help achieve another promotion at some future time. My point is that this degree will probably not magically unlock any doors for you, but neither will almost any other Master's degree. Most employers are looking at you as an entire package and your degree is only a part of that. Don't enter this degree thinking you're going to teach at Harvard some day. I'm not sure a Master's at AMU would even be accepted by most non-online Phd programs. But if you go into it with the attitude that this program is one more opportunity to challenge yourself, apply yourself, and learn something useful, you will not be disappointed.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 25, 2011

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Intel Studies Good luck finding a school who teaches intelligence studies, is regionally accredited, has world class professors who know their stuff inside and out. One of the professors had to cancel class when Russia invaded the Republic of Georgia, because he is the Chief Military Advisor.
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Beary4171 (In Progress) on June 5, 2011 (email verified)

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AMU passes my muster I am enrolled in the Environmental Policy and Management masters program and it is challenging. You have to keep up and present your work professionally. The only thing that is a bit disappointing is the lack of networking because you never really interact with other students. I think this is what online universities lack. You have to try a lot harder to reach out to people. By the way Dr. Polio is a gem. She anchors this major.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 4, 2011 (email verified)

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Mixed bag I am one course away from completing a Masters from AMU. The first half of my degree process encountered good instructors who challenged and actually took the time to provide feedback on papers. They provided weekly summaries (lectures) and actually took the time to critique the papers, of which there are MANY at AMU. The last few classes however, ugh. No feed back, or a simple, incomplete sentence of acknowledgement. No lectures, no getting into the discussions, NO TEACHING. I understand this is a Masters program, but the way I see it, I am not perfect and could probably use some "fixing" in my papers. For the money going into this "for profit", I would expect a better product. I am one class from doing my thesis and have seriously considered dropping and going somewhere else. That is saying alot since I have invested 2 years so far to complete the program and am so very close. I do not feel challenged in the past few courses, the interaction with other students is good, but there is a lack of critical thinking in posts. Most just regurgitate the information like a 7th grade book report. The programs are accredited and overall, I think a degree is a degree, but I was hoping for a bit more challenge.
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Brian11380 (Graduate) on June 3, 2011 (email verified)

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Just completed my MA in criminal justice To all of these people who say it is a scam and that if you get deployed they try to scam you is far beyond accurate. All teachers have a biography and most teachers I had in the CJ field have shown their credentials. I completed my program in 2 years and all the courses were relevant and the books I received were comprehensive. Financial Aid, Academic Advisers and the teachers were all great and everything was handled in a timely fashion. All of my teachers were intelligence officers, forensic examiners, lawyer and security personnel with most have a JD or PHD. The fees are not that high (tuition)at around 900 per class isnt too bad. They have many programs in all areas of education. To those who have commented negatively are probably just people who couldnt handle the online learning curriculum and did not so too well in their classes. AMU, I would definitely recommend.
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Kevin.m.cummingssr (Graduate) on June 2, 2011 (email verified)

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AMU is Outstanding, glad I decided to attend this University I completed my BA in 2010 and after completing 26 years in the military within the logistics field.... my degree not only was a perfect fit for me but relly keep my interest during the entire process. I am currenlty enrolled in the Master's program and look forward to completing my degree. After reading a prior comment, guess you can't please everyone.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 27, 2011 (email verified)

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Very Impressed with quality of course work I was hesitant to begin my graduate degree in public administration with an on-line university after leaving Webster University. I have to admit that I am very impressed with the course work, and do not regret pursuing my degree with AMU. Based on the reviews on this website, much o f the complaints seem to be with the financial aid department, and not so much the faculty/instructors. The instructors are knowledgeable and work well with students. I’ve had some very obnoxious instructors from other so call “prestigious” universities; it just shows that you don’t always get what you pay for! I wasn’t going to continue paying a pretty penny at UMUC to get talked down to by a particular instructor. If I was a subject matter expert in philosophy I wouldn’t be enrolled in the course right? After all that is why people go to college/school- to learn, right? If you are serious about your education AMU is a great school. Ultimately, I believe that one’s experience at AMU (and any other university) is highly dependent on the effort and dedication that one puts into it! Best wishes!
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Sam.stolzoff (In Progress) on May 15, 2011 (email verified)

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Education for Responsible, Motivated, Self Starting Professionals Just like anything else in life, you get out of it what you put into it. The same could be said for an Ivy League education, or one's experience in the United States Armed Forces. For those who expect their education to be given to them, I wouldn't recommend AMU. Sure, you might get passing grades, but seriously - is it worth all that for a piece of paper with no personal meaning behind it? For professionals and practitioners who take education seriously, and who are willing to put in the time to really learn, then AMU is ideal. You can really get a lot out of an education with AMU, but you'll have to sacrifice weekends and evenings to do homework and required reading. You'll be encouraged by your professors as much as they perceive your sincere ambition to learn backed up by some very hard work. For those who wish to take an education, AMU is as good as it gets. The only limits on a student's academic achievements are self imposed.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on April 9, 2011

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Two Thumbs Up I had no problems with AMU and believe it was a great value. The work was harder than my brick and mortar classes and I feel that I learned just as much if not more. I would recommend them to students who willing and able to work hard on their own.
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DallasH203 (Graduate) on March 30, 2011 (email verified)

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KUDOS to AMU I just finished my MA in Criminal Justice and I feel it has been such an accomplishment. I am a homicide investigator and officer in the Coast Guard Reserve so free time is limited for me. The program allows for flexibility to maintian such a schedule. Most importantly, the school certainly meets the objectives of providing top notch education, and high standards for completion. I feel I earned my degree and at no time felt any professor wasn't worthy of his/her position. I would recommend anyone wishing to fulfill educational goals to do so with AMU.
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Jlewisbodine (In Progress) on January 26, 2011 (email verified)

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My niche` In my short time with AMU, I have found the professors are brilliant and experienced, the support staff is phenomenol. I enjoy being surrounded in courses with all of my heroes and their thoughts and willingness to share their personal experiences. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this wonderful school
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Corvus37 (In Progress) on January 25, 2011 (email verified)

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Civil War History AMU is a great school to study for a Master's degree online. I started my degree in South Korea and have continued it back here in the USA. The classes are challenging, most instructors interact well with the students and its a very convenient way to study. I also love the fact that I can study Military History online. Most online programs do not offer the amount of options in Military History that AMU does. Overall, AMU is a great school with a solid History program and if anyone wants more information on the Military History program, they can contact me at corvus37@yahoo.com.
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Jrflipjr (In Progress) on January 21, 2011 (email verified)

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Highly recommend for online newbies and veterans I am an active duty USAF member completing my last two courses toward a B.S. in IT Mgmt. I've had experience with traditional schools (U. of S. Miss., Macon State College, Chapman U., U. of Maryland) and online courses (Macon State College, U. of Maryland, AMU). I can honestly say, with regards to online learning, my experience with AMU is phenomenal! The courses are well developed, standardized, and easy to use. They are designed to be accessible all the time and therefore do not impose time constraints on students for when they need to attend class or log in (with the exception of weekly suspenses for work, exams, etc.) The instructors are well versed in their specialties, open to feedback, responsive and engaged with students/classes. Collaboration with other students is positive, engaging, helpful and fun. Most classes are 8-weeks long with some as long as 16 weeks. Although tuition for military members is much easier than civilians, I suspect the rates are as good, if not better than most schools, considering what you get for the price. I would recommend AMU for anyone who is not experienced or confident with online learning as well as veterans of distance learning. I've really enjoyed my time with AMU as they have made university-level learning fun and engaging. AMU has exceeded my expectations to the point that I hope to continue taking courses just for the fun of it!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 18, 2011 (email verified)

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Who misspelled Emergency? I'm in progress, have 6 more classes to go. Most classes have alot of reading & writing, some have 20 page papers due- I don't know if that's standard with master's courses, but please, we're not allowed too many independent thoughts and there's only so much to write about. I've had only 2 classes where the "instructor" actually chimes in on the board. We are not instructed, online learning makes us teach ourselves. Most of the books are too old. That needs changed.
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Izzy812 (In Progress) on January 15, 2011 (email verified)

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Great degree I am within sight (4 months) of completing my degree with AMU and I am very happy with the way it has progressed so far. I had no problems with UOP either but I like the 8 week as opposed to their 5 week classes. AMU also offers 16 week classes so you can catch a breather sometimes...8 week courses can be grueling. Of course I did some of the classes from Mexico and the Bahamas so the flexibility is nothing to sneeze at! I like my school and would recommend it to anyone. Mark
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 9, 2011 (email verified)

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Trans & Logistic Management I have 8 course remaining for my BA in Trans & Logistics Management. I have enjoyed everything about my experience. I would love to share some aspect that I do not like, but the truth is that I do not have any about this university. The Trans & Logistics degree does focus more on the supply side. Other than that it is great.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 7, 2011 (email verified)

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AMU HAS PROVEN TO BE A GREAT SCHOOL!!!! Back in 2006, I was a student of International Relations at Florida International University. When I was a junior there, I was dissatisfied with the level of expertise and availability of courses that concentrate on the Middle East. After doing a little bit of research on some of the online programs, I found out that APUS (AMU) was the only online-based institution that offers in-depth concentration on the Middle East through its BA Middle Eastern Studies program. With some skepticism in the back of my head, I have transferred to AMU, while simultaneously joining active duty military. In the beginning, it was tough being a full-time soldier and a student at the same time. I had to concentrate on my priority--obtaining a higher education. This way, whenever the Army was not able to accommodate my schooling, I had to go ahead and find time, regardless of what was going on around me. With sufficient time invested into following through with the coursework, I was able to pull up my GPA to a decent 3.4. This was not an easy task, though. In fact, I have found the online format to be more rigorous and more satisfying, as far as my education goals were concerned. When talking about the Middle Eastern Studies program at AMU, we have to have in mind that this is a one-of-a-kind program that is mainly available within only a few traditional colleges and universities. Based on my initial search for similar online programs, AMU was the only online institution that grants a BA in Middle Eastern Studies. Today, as a graduate, I can sense that my academic understanding of the Middle East is extremely vital to myself, to our nation, and to the world in which we live. Thank You, AMU, for your academic excellence and a professional approach to education!!!!
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John.anneheim (In Progress) on January 2, 2011 (email verified)

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Convenient and cost-effective! I'm about 5 classes short of completing a BS in BA. I've only been enrolled at AMU for a year, but in that time, I've managed to complete 8 courses while in the active-duty Army. For the most part, the classes have been engaging and challenging with responsive instructors who are willing to give you the benefit of the doubt concerning any issues/problems that arise in a course. For instance, some of the exams are time-sensitive and once "opened" online, cannot be "reopened" for completion, basically giving the student one opportunity to finish a test. On a couple of occasions, I inadvertently and prematurely closed an exam to my detriment. A short email to the instructor explaining the circumstances enabled the exam to be reset for another shot at completion. The most challenging classes I've had so far have been general education courses such as History 101 and 102 as well as a 16 week literature course. These courses required extensive reading and writing requirements. Within a week or two of most of these 8-week long courses, a student will be able to grasp exactly what a particular instructor requires to obtain a decent grade. Needless to say as well, a student's work contributions within the initial few weeks of instruction also gives the instructor a better grasp of a student's capabilities. In the end, AMU isn't Harvard or MIT, but for most, getting a degree with minimal debt, if any at all, and in a format that works well with a full-time work schedule is all that matters!
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Mail797 (In Progress) on December 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Serious school, affordable For all the "this is a joke" naysayers out there, some facts for you: AMU is accredited by the same commission as Notre Dame, and an ex-astronaut is dean of their technology dept. I'm a grad student and I can tell you first hand, this is a serious school. So keep your uninformed/disgruntled opinions to yourselves. The only complaint I have is that their support staff could be a little more responsive.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 8, 2010 (email verified)

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Okay I've attended multiple schools and feel that AMU is about "middle of the pack". Enrollment is very easy and the pace and schedule is very accomodating to a working adult. I found the support staff to be less than helpful unless trying to deal with a funding issue, in which case they quickly bent over backwards to make sure that AMU did what they had to do to get the money. Also found most teachers to be less than helpful in addressing issues, concerns and questions. Also, the University's fees to request an official transcript are pretty high. Due to the lack of support I've gotten from the staff & teachers I am going back to a local "brick and mortar" school which also offers all their classes on-line.
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Carpenter7057 (Graduate) on December 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Overall a Solid Program - Effort In, Results Out I completed an M.A. in International Relations with a focus on International & Transnational Security Issues in about 2.5 years. Overall, it was a solid program that required honest hard work, sound writing skills, and a reasonable amount of time and effort. It would have been easy to do less work, but as a professional and a military officer that was not an option. Cons: Instructors are hard to vet and most did not put in the effort to build any rapport with the students. Unfortunately, neither did many of the students. This doesn't mean that they were bad teachers, rather they just were not very good with the people side of an online community. I was also very disappointed with several of my peers' writing abilities. I guess there's a reason for the GRE. Also, after several honest, and occasionally scathing, course reviews I never heard back from the school or the instructors. While all this sounds very negative I also experienced a couple above average prof's and one utterly fantastic prof from whom I took three classes (out of twelve). Pros: The course work and topics were interesting and relevant. (My projects and papers were normally on something that made me smarter at work as well.) The technology used by AMU is bomb-proof and the online library was adequate. One of the biggest draws to AMU for me was the frequency of the courses in my program and the flexibility with which I could enroll or disenroll if work picked-up and it looked like I needed a break. (You can drop a course in the first week after reviewing the syllabus without penalty.) I had some trouble with the grading of my comp exam, but after laying out my case to the instructor and his boss they fixed their error, but even then the comp exam was fair and challenging. Again, overall I think AMU is a sound investment of your funds & your time. Like most endeavors in life you will get out of it what you put into it.
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Shunt1856 (Graduate) on November 29, 2010

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Great Experience I have just completed my Masters in Emergency and Disaster Management from AMU. Having recieved my undergrad degrees from a private university I was concerned about the information and level of education I would receive from an online Masters Degree, but it was my only option in the field of study I wanted to pursue. Overall, my expectations were exceeded. I had to leave one class to respond to a natural disaster and the process to do so was flawless. Most of the instructors held the class to a high level of participation, and the school did a fantastic job of asking for advise about every class and professor. In my opinion, it was worth every dollar.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 14, 2010 (email verified)

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It's Alright. AMU is okay. It's not the greatest, but you could do much worse. Admissions is very easy and almost painless, it just takes a fairly long time (like 6-8 weeks) to get your transcripts evaluated. This doesn't prevent you from starting classes, so look into taking classes for your major. A lot of hiring managers will not take your AMU degree seriously. However, the government does, and a majority of people at AMU are there to try to get government jobs. AMU does have a fairly good reputation in the DC area, though. The professors are like those at any other school in the nation, some are great, others are horrible. While the profs have amazing backgrounds, most have other jobs at the same time. This does reflect on the classes, as it feels a decent percentage of the profs are just there to grade your papers. The financial aid department is horrible. They don't respond to emails or phone messages. If you try to call them, you're on hold for three minutes before they transfer you to voicemail. Everytime I've had to deal with them it takes me 7-8 phone calls in a row to get a human. However, once you get a human they know what's going on and can help you very well. The intelligence studies program is considered one of the best in the nation, but I can't vouch for other programs. If you have questions about going to grad/law school, lots of people claim that there are graduates who go on to all sorts of schools. While I don't disbelieve these stories, I have yet to see any student come forward to say they went on to a law/non-AMU grad school. If you really want to succeed at AMU, you'll probably need to drink the Kool-Aid. The school is very fierce about defending its reputation, and many students are poised with very well-written, almost script-like comments and stories that all sound the same. At the end of the day, it's just alright. I've enjoyed a good many of my classes, and the school is very affordable. With my Pell grant, I'm only going into about 5k of loan debt, which isn't bad at all. The only thing lacking with this school and other online ones is the lack of student interaction. Message boards are not an ideal medium for making friends.
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Oneilm (In Progress) on November 5, 2010

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Good school I am enrolled in American Public University. I have mostly positive comments to say about the school. The quality of people who attend the university are amazing. People who already have other Masters and PHDs, people who are teachers, doctors, lawyers, work for NASA, the government, etc, all attend this school. That speaks highly of the school. I have zero issues with admin or the VA people at the school. This school is for adults, who are self starters, and can comprehend learning somewhat on their own, An online professor can only do so much. So if you want one on one attention eveytime you are in class then go to a brick and mortar school. I can gurantee you that even there you won't get the one on one attention you think you will get. Do what you feel comfrtable with. This school is highly accreditied with the same profesors you would find at any major college or university (same skill sets). You will work hard at this university. If you have no inititaive and are still a baby don't attend. If you are disciplined, need flexibility, and want a challenge, then enroll. Statistics show that online learning will grow in the next decade with 50% of all graduates in America earning an online degree. That number will increase and the brick and mortar schools of the past will fade into obscurity in the next 50 to 100 years. I have learned more online than I ever learned sitting in a classroom because it forces me to do research and go through the website, etc. Mike O'Neil
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Heliousgreen (Graduate) on October 29, 2010

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The course work is about the same... Like any other university, AMU has both good professors and bad ones (I have had both while working on my Master’s Degree at AMU). Like every other university on the planet, most of their classes are interesting and challenging, yet there are some that seem to be little more than a paper-drill. I would have to say that it was more difficult to earn than the B.A. that I received from Troy State, but at the same time I am not totally sure how it will be viewed by UNC when I apply for admission into the Doctoral Program this coming spring. I will update when I find out.
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Mustangxmike (Graduate) on October 26, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU - Transportation & Log Mgmt Bachelor's Degre I got my degree done (19) classes from January 2010 - October 2010. It was extremely challenging. Some teachers seemed out there, others were really good (Scott Brown, Bob Jaffin, Jennifer Batchelor, Roxie Ostlund, Craig Magee) Were a few that really stood out for me. I read a lot of negative reviews before I started, but if you really need the 1 on 1, you need to go to an IN CLASS classroom. To me the online degree was harder to get because you had to motivate yourself, and there was a massive amount of reading. If you are deployed, or simply don't have enough time to take classes actually in class, go AMU. This was perfect for me.
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Cgpiper (In Progress) on October 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Better than most brick and mortar schools One can play the system in a bricks and mortar school the same as in an online distance learning school. Or one can experience great educational opportunities in each. The difference at AMU is I get the same quality of instruction, better resources, no hidden costs, and super technological support for my classes. When in a pinch I've even participated in discussions with professors and students around the world using my iPhone! I've learned more in my MA Military History program than I would ever imagine. The AMU system is just fantastic.
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Sergent15 (In Progress) on October 15, 2010 (email verified)

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It was ok, but I had to walk My experience with AMU started great. The staff was accommodating, and I was helped promptly. But once I transferred from the AA to BA program, things to a turn for the worst and I have left the school to seek better education elsewhere. Starting with instructors, I was not impressed for these being 300 level courses. The syllabuses given to us were outdated and were cookie cutter templates with mere words changed. There was no depth to them and I was not able to consult the syllabus and get the answers I was looking for to complete and assignment because there was no breakdown of weekly assignments. It only had a summary chart of what was to be done each week. Trying to find assignment info was like playing hide and seeks: the information was not consolidated. Some of the assignments were in the course materials folder, others were in the discussion board and some were on the instructor announcements. Unfortunately, after several emails, I found out that some of the information was outdated that my instructor had posted and he had to twice fix the announcements to truly post what we were to do. So it leads me to believe that these instructors were using cut-and-paste, cookie cutter announcements that they forgot to update as the course changed over time. There VA Office sucked! I sent my change of program to go from the AA to BA on 27 July and got a confirmation email saying they had received it, updated the VA online site and sent the hard copies to the VA from a VA Rep. Fast forward to yesterday and I learn that they hadn’t received it. After a email I forwarded, it went from “they had not received it period” to “we received it but we didn’t know why you sent it” which, in conclusion, means this $3000 in school charges will by my responsibility until the VA kicks into gear and awards my money, which could be weeks! I think this is the biggest sticking point because of the dishonesty from the VA Office. They told me something they had done and then reneged on it when crunch time approached. Overall AMU was a decent school. I just think the level of professionalism should increase as the courses get harder, not decrease, leaving the student out and dry.
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Joe (In Progress) on September 29, 2010 (email verified)

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An on-line degree with true employment VALUE! APUS/AMU uses technology to deliver courses which are current and equal to courses at "B&M" universities. The assignments and assessments are challenging but the support and interaction with staff and fellow students make completing courses easier. The course content is truly current and up to date. I'm completing my third year and the growth of the school is impressive but the level of support is still TOP NOTCH. Financial aid, services are excellent. I highly recommend the school. The degree earned at APUS/AMU does have “street value” and will open more employment doors.
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Drferret (Graduate) on September 8, 2010 (email verified)

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MA in Humanities This is a regionally accredited program that enables motivated students to earn a MA degree in general humanities largely through independent reading and writing. It was exactly the kind of curriculum that fit readily into my professional life. It is NOT an easy course of study to complete. Graduate students are expected to be self-disciplined and proficient at reading and writing. The faculty with whom I studied all held traditional PhDs from well-known universities. It took me six years of parttime study to work through the program. To me, it was worth every minute and every cent.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 7, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Degree For Bragging Rights Or Not? I am a "Graduate" student at AMU. I don't plan to use this degree for employment purposes, as the value of this degree doesn't appear to be very high, so this is more like a hobby. The personal value I have for this degree is enormous, and I plan to show others my degree with pride. AMU has done right by me. No problems with my financial aid so far. The instructors are professional and appear to be among the best in their respective fields. The material is challenging and relevant. The classroom technology is annoying, but they have plans to change it. This university is geared towards military, and people who need a quick degree to get a promotion. Graduate students are not treated as budding academics and there is very little support given to students who wish to pursue a PHD. Students who have a poor idea of what pursuing a PHD entails are looking for AMU/APUS to start a PHD in History online program. They will probably be waiting forever. My advice is... if you want to eventually get a PHD, you are better off going to a traditional university. There are teaching, research and funding opportunities there and you won't have to worry about whether a PHD program will accept your M.A. or not. Overall, AMU is good for those who like to earn degrees for fun. It is an excellent value if you are able to get your employer or Army to pay for it. I wouldn't pay more than $10,000 for a degree from here. For those looking into the institution's professional programs, beware of the accreditation of the program. The university may be regionally accredited but it may not have the actual accreditation for that profession.
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Justin (Graduate) on September 4, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU is no "free ride" I received my BA in History from Excelsior College and while working towards it, I took classes at a half dozen schools (online and in person) and transfered credit to Excelsior. I just started with AMU and am working towards an MA in History. Comparing the two History classes that I took at AMU versus Excelsior, U of Idaho, Cal State Northridge, U of Texas at Arlington and Brigham Young, the classes at AMU were (hands down) the most challenging - academically and the challenge posed by the professors. Idaho was a close second. I can say this: the online classes were harder than a class I sat in at the Cal State schools. The Excelsior classes were easier than AMU and the Brigham Young were mid-way but required more discipline as they were "at your own pace" classes. The AMU classes not only required a lot of writing, the STANDARD was very HIGH in that no amateurish work was allowed. Each paper had to be to standard: documentation, thesis, logical and FLOWING argument, punctuation, etc. AMU is no "easy way" out - really, the only advantage in going the AMU route versus your local "brick and mortar" school is the 8 week class length & the ability to work from home (or in my case, Afghanistan). You aren't getting a "free ride" by going to AMU and I can't imagine ANY school or entity not taking the degree seriously if they know the crucible that the student must pass to finish a course. Oh, and 8 week classes are no joke; expect 200% the work load of a 4 month class. And only take 1 at a time; I took two once and it was near academic suicide. Typical AMU 8 week course consists of reading 3+ textbooks cover to cover, writing at least one 4 page paper + a ten page research report, weekly discussion boards (and no "simple" posts - you are required to post a 250+ word argument that is backed up by documentation and reference to the texts and/or outside sources), TWO answers to other students that also require documentation and reference to the texts, a mid-term - usually a term paper), a final exam (another paper), bi-weekly quizes, etc. Yeah, its a lot of work. You should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours OR MORE in front of your computer each week. Its like having a part time job.
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Debi (Graduate) on September 2, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU I have a BA in International Relations from AMU, currently in the MA program for National Security Studies. I have attended B & M universities, however I found AMU courses challenging and learned considerable more than sitting through lectures. As a working professional it doesn't get better than AMU for education. I wish when I was active duty military this would have been avialable. The professors are of high quality with real world experience, many teaching at other major universities. I truly believe AMU is ahead of its time, and that they are the future of education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 30, 2010 (email verified)

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MS Environmental Studies I'm currently in the Enviromental Policy and Management program. I chose this program because it was the only online Masters Degree I found interesting. I'm active duty military and live about an hour from the nearest university, so online was my best option. After my first class, research methodologies, I almost quit the program. I found the online class structure very confusing, but decided to give it another shot. Once you take a couple classes and catch-on to how the courses operate, it gets easier. What I've found is that the assignments and courses take a lot of planning and personal responsibility to complete on time. It is a heavy workload, but I've found I can get away with less than my best work and still recieve at least a B. I'm using military Tuition Assistance and GI Bill Top-Up to pay for the courses. If I had to pay out of pocket, I would put my money into a better school, but for what my circumstances allow me, this free degree from AMU will be just fine. I certainly won't flaunt it, but hope it will give me an edge against other applicants when I retire and move into the civilian sector. So far as professors, like others have said, it is a mixed bag. Some are totally absent, while others are very interactive.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 25, 2010 (email verified)

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My experience at AMU To all, I just earned my BBA with AMU and have enjoyed my experience here. I am starting my MBA program in October and am ready to fulfill another chapter in my life. The professors, advisors and staff have really kept close, making this experience the best it can be. In order to learn in this setting, you have to take your work seriously and study on your own. Many believe they have to be in a traditional setting to "feel" like its credible. This is far from the truth but MUST be said by those who need their hands held to higher their education. Again, I enjoyed my time and will be furthering my education with them and highly recommend them to working class adults!
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Eglipaul5 (Graduate) on August 23, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU Rocks I finished my MA in Security Management. Being on Active Duty I had to move around alot and the folks at AMU were always there even when deployed to Iraq.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 16, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU is as good as B&M colleges I am 15 weeks from my BA in Homeland Security and previously attended two exclusive, private brick and mortar colleges. Although you cannot always talk to an instructor at a certain time, you also cannot at traditional colleges. In this online method there is much more writing than a b&m college and the student is required to be mature enough to learn without hand holding. Material is relevant and for the most part the instructors are timely with ffedback. The administration part could use a little improvement, but that can be expected of any college that deals with many students.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 8, 2010 (email verified)

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100% Military Friendly As an active duty member of the US Air Force, I quickly fell in love with American Military University based on their support & willingness to work with me during my short notice military deployments. As they have a thorough Student Handbook that outlines student options, I was able to request course extensions online when I would be enrolled in class without access to the internet. My area field representative quickly answers questions I email him with and most importantly, the quality of education is the best I've received in my multiple schools I've attended. AMU is the way to go!
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Thomasgibsondmt (Graduate) on August 6, 2010 (email verified)

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American Public University/American Military Unive I found the university to be both challenging and intellectually stimulating. If this is your first online course, initially you might not comprehend the amount of work that is required for a successful learning experience. The majority of the coursework consists of researching material and then writing papers about subject. Make no mistake about it, you will be writing paper after paper and they are dissected word by word and comma by comma. Every week a different topic is put up for discussion and you must respond to at least two students with some meaningful dialogue. The response should contain references to your subject matter and be at a scholarly level. Your papers also must be of a scholarly nature complete with intext citations, references and according to APA 6th Edition writing guidelines. All written papers are subject to plagiarism review under TurnItIn. If you are unfamiliar with TurnItIn, it is a plagiarism review site that generates a specific report as to the percentage of copied material. It is impossible to copy and paste information into your written papers, so all work is original. I typically spent 2-3 hours per day during the week and all of Saturday and some of Sunday, researching the material and writing. It was necessary to devote this much time to keep up with the academics and to respond to my fellow students with clarity of thought and that the material I wrote was pertinent to the discussion. I graduated with a 3.9725 GPA, and earned every bit of it. Based upon my transcripts and GPA, I was accepted into two different doctoral programs, and have just finished my second quarter of doctoral work, holding a 4.0 GPA. The professors at APUS-APU/AMU prepared me for the rigorous academic work required at the doctoral level, and for that I am grateful.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 3, 2010

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AMU is for Grown Ups If you are interested in AMU, you must remember that they do not cater to children who do not know how to manage time. I have actively continued education with AMU (on and off active duty) and always found certain constant factors: -They always maintained good communication (reply within 48 hrs) -The books were in my mail once the tuition was paid -They take the GI Bill without issue -They allow drops in courses (if within the first week) -They expect you to work for your knowledge -They dealt with every road block I constructed (professionally) If you want a quality education, you must actually read your assigned course work. If you want a quality grade, you should know how to write properly. This includes punctuation and spelling! I am honestly sick and tired of those who are so self- righteous in believing that a degree should be served to them on a silver platter. Just because you pay a university and log on to it once a week does not mean you have substance in your thought. It certainly does not mean you have EARNED a degree. Once you accept you must put some work into the classes, you just may succeed. Once again, AMU is for grown ups. You can be over 18 and still act like a child. Put the work in, use your brain, and you will be amazed at the end result! This school is highly recommended for those who can define two words: comprehension, accountability.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 3, 2010 (email verified)

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Solid Education + Great Experience AMU has been a good experience. Some courses and teachers have been more challenging than others. But for the most part I've gotten my moneys worth. I was initially concerned that an online education would not be the same quality as the traditional route. I was wrong! My skills in class discussion, research and writing have grown tremendously. For the most part your online professor is a guide throughout the course. Constructive feedback is something lacking with probably 50% of the instructors. Course content is excellent. Research papers and projects are challenging. It's definitely not the type of learning environment where you memorize and regurgetate information. Critical thinking and communication skills will definitely improve while attending this university. It's not Ivey League but its competitive with State Universities.
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Joe.white1 (In Progress) on August 1, 2010 (email verified)

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Very Poor Experience I enrolled in a course and was then notified of a of military deployment. I contacted the university and advised my timeline was changed and I was not sure of my ability to start the program given my military responsibilities as a commander.I was advised to call them when I determined my ability to continue and then I could drop or continue depending on mission requirements no issues. I contacted AMU and advised I would not be able to start the course. AMU said sorry too late and I received an F grade on a course I never even started and received NO refund. AMU lost a student and this senior officer will never recommend this university. So much for support of military.
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Mamacita2fly666 (In Progress) on August 1, 2010 (email verified)

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student This school is awesome! You can tell because when you apply to the school they don't try to sell the school to you like phoenix or aiu. When you start they mail your books. The classes are very informative. The teachers help you with whatever you need. the admin people take care of you when ever you have an issue. If you fail or have a problem you probably have bad time management skills. All in all this is a great school and its the best decision I've ever made and its affordable since text books are included and judging from other reviews a lot of people are happy with the choice.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 29, 2010 (email verified)

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APU Student I am currently a student at APU. I am still in my first semester but the classes have been moderately challenging from the get go. I was doing 4 classes this semester and I do not remember ever having a break from studying,reading or writing so the classes keep you very busy. Most of the Professors have been great. Before I choose my Professor I usually look them up on ratemyprofessor.com. Unfortunately there a few things I have noticed that could use some improvement. I must say that I have noticed that there are not as many resources on the APU online campus as on the AMU campus. I also noticed that most of the workshops are for AMU students. Also the customer service is not the greatest. I recently had to request some paperwork directly from APU because the paperwork that is on the online campus is not acceptable to my employer because it does not have a signature therefore they did not believe I was attending an accredited college. No one at the school was willing to fax the papers over. Well it took several emails and calls to finally get someone to fax the papers to my employer. This really raised some concerns and doubts about this school. I am planning on looking into other online schools for the next semester
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Clavinr (In Progress) on July 27, 2010 (email verified)

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Security Management I highly recommend this school. I have a BS in Criminal Justice from Roger Williams in RI, a very well known school. I was pursuing a Masters at Salve Regina and dropped them. (and ate some courses in the process) I have learned far more, and worked harder than I expected. The instructors are int eh field of Security Management and are excellent support.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 21, 2010

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Great I loved my time at AMU. I mainly wanted to write a review to let people know that this is not a diploma mill school. My first class was History 101 with Dr. Barry Shollenberger. You will work your butt off to pass his class. I have had instructors from University of Chicago Law School, and Harvard who "moonlight" at AMU, so it is not always a cake walk just because it is an online school. My legal classes were all taught by professors with a J.D. You get out of it what you put into it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Perfect for Military, Great for all Others I am about to complete my BA in Military History. I have to say, for the military people who transfer in, you will get a substantial amount of transfer credit. I recieved 33 hours for just military experience. This may vary depending on your job, but you will get something none-the-less. Potentially, you can save yourself an entire year of school(about $7,500). Most of the teachers are amazing. Some have little quirks that can get annoying, but that is normally the case when studying under anybody. Also, getting course materials for free is always great. I would highly reccomend this school and program to anyone that has an interest in history or military strategy. I can honestly say I have learned a massive amount from this school and will be forever better for it, even though I will not have an opportuinty to work directly in the field.
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Yourexodus (In Progress) on July 18, 2010 (email verified)

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Challenging, But Not Enough Technical Focus AMU's Information Systems Security (ISS) program is still in its "beta" phase apparently. Since signing up for the program in 2008, they changed the program to include a Digital Forensics class (but made the class unavailable to "older" ISS students). The course material is relevant, but most of the books are very outdated. For some reason, many of the core and major classes use CIW training books, which are between 4-7 years old - an unacceptable amount of time for Information Security. It was only with one or two core/major classes that a real up-to-date book was used. Also, there are next-to-no real hands-on labs that can be practiced. AMU does not take advantage of Virtualization Technology to help students practice the labs included in the books. Multiple students have recommended that AMU setup a practice environment for students to practice what they've learned (i.e., setting up a practice server to perform enumeration, scanning, and exploit techniques on, etc.), but the request has fallen on deaf ears. The ISS degree does teach students a lot of theory on the Information Security field - something that can prepare them for a more management-focused position. Where they fail is on the technical Information Security "side of the house." I wish I would have known about the IAE/CAE accreditation before signing up, but I am now just a few months away from graduating. I plan on transferring into a graduate program that is IAE/CAE distinguished, so AMU's regionally accreditation will help with that. Most of my learning came from the final papers I had to write (average of 10-15 pages per class). Since I conducted the research on my own, I was able to learn a lot about specific subjects. Also, some of the students have a good amount of experience in the IS field, and they can be awesome resources for information during the discussion boards. Most of the courses went smoothly, but some classes had exams and quizzes with questions unrelated to the course material being studied. It seems like the instructor(s) copied and pasted questions off of exams they've taught in other courses, leading many students to answer incorrectly. To summarize, AMU's program is acceptable if you already have experience in the IS/IA field. DON'T expect it to turn you into a technical practitioner with penetration and auditing abilities. DO expect it to teach you a broad view of the Information Security field; DO expect employers to accept the degree as being regionally accredited; DO expect flexibility with your military/working schedule. If you want to learn how to be a "hacker," many of the labs included in the books can be practiced on your own time, with your own security lab (don't expect to conduct any teacher-assigned exercises during the program). If you're a new undergraduate student looking for a Information Security degree, try to find other alternative programs that are actually IAE/CAE distinguished.
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Bart-denny (Graduate) on June 29, 2010 (email verified)

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Challenging, but fun, and a great value! Great value for a program you will find nowhere else (at least not online). In fact, many of the school's programs have no equivalent in the online world. I've found the faculty very helpful and the coursework interesting. Discussion boards provide for great interaction, and also force one to learn to sharply fashion his or her arguments in writing. The faculty has also been very willing to work with me when work or personal situations caused me to be on the road (this does require the student to be proactive). I certainly sharpened my skill as a researcher and writer, which I have found very useful in my career! I'm taking a second masters through AMU, and also loving it!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on June 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Good Program I recently completed my M.A. in National Security Studies with a concentration in Terrorism Studies from American Public University (APU). My biggest complaint is that much of the assigned reading material was dated. I would have liked to see more handouts also - some teachers used very interesting ones and others did not. Like other schools, there are good and not so good instructors - APU is no different. I've taken graduate courses with Auburn and the Joint Military Intelligence College (JMIC)- both in-residence, I enjoyed the subject matter the most with APU but liked the school and professors better at Auburn. I would have graduated with Auburn but my assignment was completed and I had to relocate so I wasn't able to complet my graduate work with them. JMIC had the worst instructors in my opinion although the subject, Strategic Intelligence, was timely and interesting. Looking back, I find that I prefer an actual classroom enviornment to the on-line format; however, the on-line classroom met my needs based on convenience, affordability, and time/attendance. APU had the best support staff and tech response out of the three institutions I attended. Bottom line, if you are looking for affordability and convenience - you can't go wrong with APU/AMU. If you want mental stimulation and the ability to learn from fellow students in an actual classroom enviornment go with the more traditional "live" learning format.
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Ucflt (In Progress) on June 3, 2010 (email verified)

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MA International Relations I have completed three courses so far towards my M.A. in International Relations and Conflict Resolution. When I was trying to decide on what school I'd like to get my Master's in, I chose AMU because it fit with my budget, using military Tuition Assistance and my schedule on active duty. I was very cautious about a school that didn't need an entrance exam or minimum GPA, but I decided to take a couple classes and see how it goes. After all, if you are not capable of completed your degree, it shouldn't matter what requirements there are to get in - only graudates are those who represents the degree. I got my BA in Political Science from a B&M school and I feel that the subject material I've had so far is an appropriate step up from a Bachelor's program. You are expected to have prior knowledge and experience with the issues. I did take a year of online courses through my B&M school and AMU is far more organized and feedback is much more helpful and specific. My only concern about AMU is the reputation it has. I would like to consider continuing my education at a Ph.D level at a B&M school when get out of the military, but I'm afraid I will not be competitive or schools simply might not accept a degree from AMU. When speaking to a representative, they told me they couldn't guarantee acceptance to a Ph.D program. I plan on going to law school regardless, so an extremely cheap Master's degree (after TA) only improves my knowledge and credentials on a subject I have a lot of passion in. Another issue I had with them was trying to get them to sign my form to defer my federal student loans I took out for my undergrad degree. I still havn't resolved this issue, and while I have no problem continuing to pay my loans off, I feel that I have a right to deferrment as a part-time grad student. Overall, my professors have been very good. I am enjoying a smaller class size tha my undergrad classes and the attention it brings. I feel like I'm getting to know other students in my classes because we seem to be in the same program and taking the same classes. If you're looking for a professor to tell you what to think or if you need your hand held, the online format is not for you in general. With that said, AMU has done a great job with the online format.
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Makido (In Progress) on May 18, 2010 (email verified)

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If you want quality, go elsewhere AMU is largely hit and miss... If you have an instructor who is teaching at a traditional school while teaching at AMU on the side, chances are you're going to get the short end of the stick when it comes to attention because they are more concerned with their work with "real" students. Check the instructor bios; if they only teach at AMU, that's a good indication you'll get the attention you deserve. However, students must remember that the curriculum is NOT set by the instructors, it is set by the school; thus, the curriculum you are required to complete is often out of synch with the text you are required to read. That is, if you are lucky enough to get a textbook. In order to cut costs, AMU will often require students in the United States to use E-text; in other words, you have to read off the computer. I don’t know many people who prefer this, and unless you have an iPad or something, it is very inconvenient. The instructors, on a whole, were generally well meaning, but without the ability to set the curriculum they are teaching, their impact is minimal. Of course, it could be worse, and it is. In some classes, you aren’t given a text at all. Instead, you utilize materials online. While much of the materials used in this way are relevant to what you are studying, they are often excerpts from various textbooks and do not provide students an opportunity to develop continuity of the information they are learning. Online materials can be valuable, but they should be used in addition to a text, not instead of one. This would not be too bad if it were for an introductory 100 level class, but when I saw AMU doing this for complex 400 level classes, I decided it was time to go. Sure, AMU is accredited. Sure, you’ll get a degree. But the education you receive will be of low quality, and being that AMU is a for-profit school, your degree will be viewed in the same light as those from University of Phoenix and the like. AMU can be useful. Take classes that are difficult for you here since you are not subject to proctored exams. Also, with 8 week semesters, this is a good school to use to get those pesky general education requirements out of the way quick, then jump back to a real school to finish the core requirements and actually learn something. Overall, the education to be had at AMU is of very low quality, and I could not in good conscious recommend them to anyone.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 15, 2010 (email verified)

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My Time at AMU I completed two degrees at AMU. both in the Criminal Justice Feild. I have no problems with this school at all. My professor's contacted me in a timely manner when there was an issue. There were a few glitches here and there but we worked them out. Had a very good time, I am pursuing my masters at a different school and must say the work I did at AMU on my BA was harder. I read the reveiws and most are very good. Some however seem to have been written by some whining little kids, who as one person stated "need their hand held." There are other schools if AMU does not cater to what you think you should be getting.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 15, 2010

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General Degree I took classes with AMU about one year from leaving the US Army. Overall the classes and teachers were great. Some classes were easy (but that was because I had an interest in the subject and already knew a lot of the material especially after living through some of the material) I did have an issue with one teacher who insisted that you write the question as well as the answers on assignments. The only problem with writing the question was that some of the questions were three pages long with answers being of equal length. She did not want to work with me nor did the staff really address the issue once I complained, but that was the exception to the case. Overall my experience with AMU was awesome. To those who stated they were not military friendly, I would object. I never had issues with the staff concerning my military job.
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Golmerpyles (In Progress) on May 9, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU Undergrad I am not going to say that AMU is the best school out there, nor the cheapest. However I started attending AMU while I was on active duty with the Corps. And I found with my work schedule and the lack of time to attend a traditional school, AMU was perfect. I had no problems with my professors in the criminal justice program, how ever the general education teachers were not the best in the world. If you are a person who needs their hand held during school then AMU is not for you. If you are looking for a school that has constant communication with their professor in regards to class work, then I suggest you attend a traditional college. I enjoyed going to school with AMU because for the most part I was able to complete my required assignments at my own pass. I tried a traditional school and the class was moving to slow for me, because of all the stupid questions about the topic that was covered multiple times. If the student didn’t understand the assignment then he should have stayed after class and not hold up the rest of us. I also liked the fact I was able to complete my weekly assignments when ever I had a free time. Were as a traditional college you have to attend classes two to three times a week and complete any work that is required. At least with AMU online schooling you are just required to turn in the work. For the most part my professors responded to all my emails with in a timely manner. These professors teach multiple classes and could have a semester student load of about 200 to 500 students. With that in mind I was able to accept if a professor took a day or two to respond to an email of mine. I also loved the fact that all the books for my undergrad courses were free. I do not know of any other schools that would pay or have a grant for your books. The only thing I have to complain about is that fact that after I completed all my required classes I had to complete a survey and pay a hundred dollars to graduate. I also think the other reason I did so well with AMU was because I had a plan. No matter if you attend an online school or a traditional school you need to make a plan and try to keep to it as best as you can. You also need to stay on top of your paperwork. If you fail to turn in or update Federal Aid then it will be your fault for not being able to start a class on time.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 3, 2010

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Great School Amu was a great school! It is difficult in the beginning to transition to online learning. However, I enjoy the solitude. I received my AA at a local community college and hated going to class. I learned a great deal more through this method. I would (and have) recommend this school to others.
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Mcgregorjt (In Progress) on April 27, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU Review 2010 I have learnt more at AMU than any on-site campus. However reading the reviews of others on this site, it does scare me. Make sure you read between the lines of these postings. The ones marked negative have the reason why. If someone was pushed back a month due to financing, then they will post a negative. I myself was pushed back a month, however that was due to the clause that my financing request was cutting it close to the class start date. Also there was an instance where I did not receive my books on time, however I did register for the class three weeks before it started when the school recommends you do it a month at least before. It takes planning. My review: I have received great grades here as well as two (C)s. Do not for once think that you will be handed easy grades without doing the work. As for the work, it is really really really easy because all you have to do is read the material and take the test showing you have read it. Same as any on-site campus. In my history class, the instructor even posted quiz questions from the side boxes to make sure you read all the material such as additional did you know at the end of the chapter. There were also two times when I had to drop a class because it was so much work. When going to this school, take two classes at a time, or contact the instructor beforehand for a course load assessment to avoid having to drop a class. The INT Comm class has a lot of reading and books. Some classes taught here will have you reading roughly five chapters a week. On top of that, you have other classes at the same time to read the material as well. Make sure not to overdo your course load. Accreditation: I originally was sketchy about online schooling. I contacted tan INT agency and requested verification they would accept a degree from AMU. I was informed that yes they will. I also went to an Air Force recruiter to talk about enlistment. When I stated I was attending AMU they looked at me in shock and stated they have a lot of soldiers who use AMU to better their education. They were also amazed that a civilian at the time even knew about AMU. They recruiter stated that AMU is a good school and even changed their body posture and treatment to more accepting after mentioning AMU for my schooling. Instructors: When registering for a course, I do not just select an instructor. I use the faculty link to view their picture as well as credentials to determine which one I feel would make a good fit. A lot of instructors from AMU are very credible as well as veterans within the INT community. You never know if you will be taught by an FBI agent which is very comforting. Student Involvement: The school offers a mentoring program that cannot be beat. You have direct access to a professional within the field of study you are in. I found this helpful since I am in the INT field to be able to contact and talk about career paths for the government as well as what any setbacks may be. Closing: AMU so far has proven to be a great school choice for myself. It may not be for you. I would recommend the school to anyone as well as recommend anyone attempting to use the school to investigate and do your research just as you would for an on-site school. As far as it goes for competition when applying for a job, there will always be someone from a better school, however an employer does not only focus on your education. Be sure to get involved within your local community since you are not able to with an online school such as extracurricular activities. Also make note that some people graduating from Princeton and Harvard work at walmart as a cashier due to the economy. Just because you have a degree does not make you entitled to a position. Get involved in a co-op program with an agency or offer to work there as a volunteer free of pay to gain more experience hands on for your resume.
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Codenameprofessor (In Progress) on April 25, 2010 (email verified)

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Fantastic Accredited School Being in the military and living overseas for the past 8 years, there was few if any paths for me to get a degree. I found AMU from an Army education counselor and started the degree a little over two years ago and I have loved it. I have done the job in which I am getting a degree for several years and I still learn new things and new ideas every day. The school is nationally and regionally accredited, the professors are incredibly experienced (the anatomy and physiology class was a former air surgeon general in Ohio), and the advisors and leadership are quick to respond and assist in questions. As I have read some people claiming that these reviews are not true, I can assure you this one is and I am incredibly glad that I found AMU and am almost done with my degree. Honestly, had I had the ability to go to some well-known institution, I would have, but I don't and I am very happy to have the degree I do now.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 12, 2010 (email verified)

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- Like anything in life you get out of something what you put into it. Most of the negative comments seem to revolve around students who needs their hand held at every turn. I have found the work to be very challenging and rewarding. I have a BA degree from a very difficult school from Minneapolis which I took in a traditional classroom setting. This course is more difficult than my original degree. I fully expected on line learning to be a little easier. I was not looking for a "junk degree" and certainly don't feel like I am getting one at AMU. To read the negative comments tells me that some out there are looking for an instructor to spoon feed them. My message to all of you is that AMU/APUS is designed for adults only.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 2, 2010 (email verified)

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Come on people! I have had no issues with AMU yet. I have gone to multiple colleges (due to military moves) and it’s the same across the board. If you read the information given and pay attention, you will take away what you put into it. I attended a community college as well as larger more well known schools, like Columbia College of Missouri. I have assisted more than a few friends with attaining their degrees as well and they went to different schools i.e. Park University, University of Maryland, and Central Texas College etc…that is how I know that most have the same curriculum. If you expect the degree to get you where you need to be in life, then you have already missed the bus. The degree does not dictate your ability; it simply means that you met the requirements of what was asked of you to show a level of proficiency in certain areas. I do not have a degree completed as of yet and I am a hell of a lot sharper in different areas than a bunch of my colleagues. I hate to say it but its true and many of them are 15 to 20 years my elder. It is the individual which dictates where they will end up and what they will achieve in life. I have heard more than a few times from the people who have attended great schools that did drugs and drank all the way through and received a degree. People, you need to create realistic goals for yourselves and choose the best path for you with the degree being a supporting document rather than a definition of your ability.
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John.anneheim (In Progress) on March 29, 2010 (email verified)

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More challenging than I thought... I've only taken 4 courses at AMU towards a Bachelor's in Business Administration and I have to say I'm pleasantly surprised with the program so far. I previously attended NYU back in the 1990s and I have to say that the level of work is on par with what one would find in a traditional college setting (other than the face to face time). The condensed coursework spread out over 8 weeks instead of the usual 12 to 16 weeks generally makes for a lot of reading and writing so much emphasis is placed on time management as assignments are due each week. The fact that accredited online institutions like AMU even exist are a great help to full time military personnel who would otherwise have to wait until departing the service to commence their studies. I expect to finish my degree within a year and will then move on to their MBA program. For what the military pays in tuition assistance towards programs like these that basically accept TA for full payment towards classes (limited to 6 per year based on current rates), anyone in the military would be foolish to not begin working towards a degree while serving in uniform.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Worst Mistake I've Ever Made This was absolutely the worst decision I've ever made, no doubt about it. I had my reservations about attending this school from the get-go, but the admissions team really sold it. They make it seem like they are far superior to other schools, but it's all a lie. The second I was accepted and all my paperwork was complete, nobody had a second to spare for me. Communication between students and faculty was a joke. The externship coordinator played God, and took a personal vendetta against anyone who questioned anything about her methods. While my instructor was extremely knowledgeable, she was more concerned with looking good to the higher ups then controlling our learning environment. I honestly can't say enough awful things about this place, and that's not like me at all. I even feel badly about writing this review, but I hope anyone who reads it won't make the same mistake I did.
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Jamesdep45 (In Progress) on March 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Fantastic, Fire UP! I am presently enrolled in the Masters program at AMU, and I think it is great. Some classes are a much more detailed than others, and this is normal. I value what I hvae learned, and I am not looking for an easy way to get a diploma. AMU is not easy, and you will earn your diploma by learning and working.
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Hboncek (Graduate) on March 20, 2010 (email verified)

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Not for the average student I graduated from AMU in 2006 and to this day I do not regret getting my degree from them. If you need hand-holding DO NOT go here! I worked by backside off for 4 years to get my master's degree. I have many friends that went to a b & m school and did much less work than I did foe their masters degree. AMU is about learning; you read, reflect and write. My professors alway had relevent comments to make and even though I already had a good grounding in my subject I learned a hell of a lot more. If you are a self-directed learner, willing to work go for it. If not find some other place that will coddle you and hold your hand.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on March 11, 2010

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0651/0656 Marine AMU Transfer Credit I just wanted to help out Marines that have an MOS of 0651/0656 and are thinking of attending AMU. I couldn't find any information about how many credits are earned via SMART Transcript with my MOS so i figured i would post here, where i found the most information about AMU. I recieved a total of 17 credit hours with my SMART. 11 credits were from being a basic Marine that attended boot camp and MCT. 6 credit hours were for my MOS. One was a networking class and the other was introduction to computer science. I just started at AMU and am taking 2 classes. I am taking Foundations of Online Learning and Sociology. So far I have learned a lot. I recieved my books for free which I didnt know about before I enrolled. I know most people think online colleges are diploma mills but so far I have realized that online colleges force you to learn! You HAVE to read the assigned readings and HAVE to do the assignments. When I was attending a local community college I just payed attention when it was review time and didnt retain much course knowlege. The only thing i did like better about the community college is ONE teacher that I had that taught us a lot that was not on the syllabus. Hope this helps!
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Bostonfan74 (In Progress) on February 11, 2010 (email verified)

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My experience so far Master's in Homeland Security I began my work towards a Master's in Homeland Security in the fall of '09. I had to withdraw from my first course due to work conflicts and where I was physically located. I ran in to considerable issues with the registrar's office and even had contact with an individual (I believe he was the VP of Student Services or something similar) after voicing my concerns over the schools apparent lack of interest in you or your issues if you are not military. This VP individual assisted me through my issues though and I have come back to once again pursue my degree. I am on my third class now and can already see the light at the end of the tunnel. Like most things in life, this program is very much based on the individual. You will only get from it what you put into it. Sure, you can skate by and claim it was easy and all of that. If you are serious about learning your chosen subject matter however, there is plenty here to keep you busy and engaged. My so-so ratings are based on my over-all experience thus far. Dealing with the Registrar's office was a real let down. They came off as being extremely dismissive. My instructor's have been helpful, responsive and have chosen very relevant materials as well as included outside materials and current events to supplement the courses. To me, this all makes sense with this sort of medium (on-line learning). I will continue to update as my degree progresses. Good luck to all. C.S.'09
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Anonymous (Graduate) on February 10, 2010 (email verified)

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You ARE YOUR degree I am a Professor at AMU and I’ve read these reviews and I see nothing out of the ordinary. Some pleased, some not. I offer my two cents. For clarification before I start, I have an undergraduate degree from a small, brick and mortar, four-year University, private school and a graduate degree from one of the Top FIVE of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools: 1. EVERY University has poor professors. Period. Professors fall into three categories. Poor; great ones that students love and great ones that students hate. A Professor is not supposed to know more than you. His/her responsibility is to challenge you and in the process make you a better student. College is a developmental milestone, not a Game Show. 2. You ARE YOUR degree. I do not care where you attend college; Harvard or some mail order Dental School, YOU GET WHERE YOU GET IN LIFE on merit. I have colleagues with degrees from Cornell and Princeton and I would not let them babysit my cat. On the other extreme, one of the most successful people I know (small business owner, retired at 35 and lives very comfortably) barely finished high school. So, if you expect a COLLEGE DEGREE to define you. DO NOT ATTEND AMU. I don’t want you in my classes. I build decisive leaders with a strong foundation of academics and most importantly an understanding of academia’s place in the ‘REAL WORLD’. I build people the type of people I want next to me in my profession. On a personal note; if your post is riddled with misspellings and poor grammar, forgive me if your opinion of higher education does not hold water.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on February 3, 2010 (email verified)

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Very Impressed I am concluding my first year of study with AMU I am very impressed so far. I am seeking my Bachelor's in Religion and I love it! Now, that being said, do not enroll if you just want an easy degree. I have to work very hard to make the grade in my courses. The only complaint that I have is that the instructors are never very involved in the discussion boards, and you learn very little from them unless you ask a specific question via email. I have attended the University of Tennessee, and the difficulty of those classes pale in comparison to AMU. At UT, I was the typical 18 year old college student, partying constantly with occasional Cliff's Notes. Not so with AMU--I spend much more time studying and retaining what I learn. Online study is much more difficult than I originally thought. Much more discipline, time, and effort required. Overall, can't complain and would recommend to the serious student.
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Michael.odom (In Progress) on February 2, 2010 (email verified)

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Over all a great experience. I am currently enrolled and am taking the final requirement for my MA in Intelligence Studies. I chose this school at first because it fit my budget (Military TA) and schedule (Full time Military). Nearing the end of my program, I have to say that the experience at the school has been an outstanding one. First off, the assignments and course work was challenging. At times it was a bit easy, but that may have been because I had prior insight into subject. The subjects I did not have any insight on, were very challenging and educational. The teachers were for the most part, engaging and gave useful feed back. I did have a few teachers that were not so interactive, but every school has those teachers. The support was outstanding. When ever I needed to speak with student services, they were helpful, understanding and responsive. If I sent an email, it was replied to the next day. I am stationed in Japan, so saying that the service was outstanding means a lot considering the time differences that had to be overcome. Over all AMU is an outstanding option for anyone in the military. Now I feel I must address some of the negative comments. Every person's experience will differ, but here something’s that should be considered when starting a program with AMU. The support will help, but as an adult you cannot or should not expect everything to be done for you. I had to stay up late at night to contact support, but when I called, they were always helpful. I cannot speak about being deployed, but again, as an adult you should be responsible enough to plan ahead. As far as the teachers and lack of teaching, you are taught in high school and in some undergraduate classes. The part of being a Graduate student is that you have learned to develop your own ideas. You accomplish the reading and formulate your own opinions. After all, you will soon receive the title of MASTER in a given discipline. The teachers do not "teach" you because after you are complete with your program they expect you to be almost on par with their education or close to it. One thing I should also note about some of these complaints. They sound recycled and have read the same complaints from other college reviews. AMU is a great option. It is not Harvard or other well known universities, but why even compares AMU to these Universities? With an open mind, effort, and responsibility, AMU will get you to your goal.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 26, 2010 (email verified)

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Current Student I am currently enrolled in AMU in there B.A. in History degree. I have attended a "Brick and Mortar" college in the past. Keeping those points short, I can continue to my current experience with this University. I have had a couple of problems with AMU, none too dissimilar from those who posted negative comments here. I have taken 5 classes and withdrew from my 6th course. Within the first five courses there were a few issues that arose that were aggravating but none that were real "deal-breakers" for me. The first course (COLL100) was one that I initially felt I did not need to take. I am 35 years old, have attended college before, and have been doing online research for years; taking this course seemed to be a waste of time for me. However, once I put my ego aside and committed to the course, I found it actually very informative. Granted, from an academic learning standpoint, it was useless, but I did learn how to assess my learning habits and it helped me develop a routine for successfully navigating my online learning experience. I did take issue with one instructor for his lack of activity in the Discussion Boards but my grade was not effected because of this. I actually ended up having quite a discussion with him (course related) through emails. I did have one instructor who's computer did not meet the schools minimum technical requirements and, thus, had to adapt my assignments to formats that met the instructor's computer capabilities. These were aggravations, but did not I did not hold the school responsible for this. The materials in these courses has been challenging and assignments have been, overall, demanding. The sixth course (the one I withdrew from) was an entirely different "beast". The instructor set very high demands on grammar and format, yet her syllabus and online writing was atrocious. As a student, I was informed that I would be marked down one point for every grammatical and format error, yet she did not seem to hold herself to the same standard. The class also had "weird" deadlines that were very different from my previous classes. We had assignment deadlines on Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday with some assignments to be turned in on a Monday following "X" week. The schedule she laid out would put me in front of the computer just about everyday and, I felt, this was a bit too demanding. So I dropped the class and will take it under a different instructor at a later time. I really do not feel that I would have any different experience with any other college. Overall, I am satisfied with the materials and the school. I agree there is definite room for improvement, but that seems to be consistent with every school I have researched. The price of this school and my overall experience (so far) is the reason that I recommend this school to friends. Thanks J.D. Current Student
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 17, 2010 (email verified)

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Don't expect to be coddled I graduated from AMU in 2006 and I found it a wonderful experience. A word to the wise: "Don't go here if you need constant hand-holding!!!". The program I went through was rigorous and demanding. I DID NOT expect my teachers to walk me through the courses. This is mostly self-directed learning. You read, reflect and write. If you can't do this go to some other school. I worked by rear-end off for 3 1/2 years and earned every credit I got.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 15, 2010 (email verified)

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AMU is the Best Decision I Ever Made AMU has changed my life. As soon as I saw the program I knew it was for me. I am a civilian and have been working towards my MA in Intelligence at AMU for the past 2 years. The teachers and even students are quality and intimidating. This program, the material, the calibre of people are a challenge, hands down. You have to be 100% committed. At first I had to fight past this intimidation and now I am learning to be stronger leader. All this I learned online; incredible how this can translate over into your actual life. It gives you "ammo"! Because of AMU I am now president of a local political committee. I use the confidence and substantive material that I learned now and I will continue to use it. I cannot see how anyone undermines this program - the books and amount of reading and writing is intense. I still cannot remember everything! I have one more year left and I have faith that I will find a challenging line of work in which I can apply this degree. AMU churns out U.S. leaders, even from civilian students. Love it; proud to be a part of it. God bless AMU and USA.
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Mendez.de.russell (Graduate) on January 15, 2010 (email verified)

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Wonderful School I completed my BA in Legal Studies from AMU in November, 2008 and, after carefully researching several universities, I recently started my MA in Criminal Justice at AMU as well. I began AMU in 2004 while I was active duty. When I registered for both my BA and Masters I have gotten and immediate response from AMU staffs either by e-mail. Considering it is an on-line school I believe this practice to be perfectly acceptable. While in active duty I deployed and went TDY several times; I never had an issue getting an extension or dropping my classes. The professors where extremely knowledgeable and experienced on the materials they were teaching, often challenging students to do well. Discussions were posted by the professors and all students participated. I was able to contact my professors frequently if I had personal issues or if I had questions about my assignments. English is my second language. Professors where understanding of that. I never felt that I was put in the back burner for not being an English native speaker. When you register for a class you are provided a list dates the classes are offered and the names of the professors who will be teaching the class and their biography. This is an outstanding practice since everyone has different personalities, thus you might work better with some professors than others. I’ve never had my schedule or professors changed out on me. One great perk with going to school at AMU is that text books are included in your tuition. Not only did I get my text books deliver to my home, they also got delivered to my places of deployments and TDY’s. I’ve even gotten my books in Puerto Rico while I was there on vacation. You get good quality text books that you sell back to the store they buy them from. Yes, you get a free text book that you can sell back and get some cash in your pocket. The same text books are provided to you online at the library. I am not saying that everything was perfect all the time, but it was at least 90% of the time. The negative was overcome by the positive. I was setting my own schedule, going to school from anywhere in the world, having my books delivered at my door (wherever that was), not having to schedule vacations around school, having the flexibility to manage my military and civilian life (I am now in the reserves) and finally graduating from a bachelors program and now having a degree that makes me more marketable.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on January 14, 2010 (email verified)

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Great Program! I'm just about done with my MA in Criminal Justice and overall have enjoyed my learning experience with the University. With one exception, all of my instructors were knowledgeable and very helpful. The one who wasn't I believe is no longer with the program. If I ran into any issues, I always felt as though if I couldn't resolve it with my professor directly, I was able to go to the Program Director. She has a great open door policy. Going to school on-line is like everything else in life - you get out of it what you put into it. Really hoping that they decide to pursue a CJ PhD - if so, I will definitely sign up!
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 8, 2010 (email verified)

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Homeland Security I completed my BA in Homeland Security with AMU and do not regret it an instant. I thought the books and other material were excellent quality. I was also very impressed with many of my instructors. Most having military backgrounds were understanding if situations came up (due to military life) that made perhaps completing a test and homework in on time highly unlikely. Excellent for anyone deployed I would say. I have read many of the reviews concerning the school. Most of the negative one come from people who have completed less than four classes. I have had a few encounters with instructors that seemed distant or their syllabus were confusing. However overall a great experience.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on January 6, 2010

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Its a joke with effort!! Well first of all the classes were easy, it is what you make of it I completed my AA in General Studies, when I was taking Anatomy and Physiology on line I googled one of the questions on a test and I found an online test from another instructor that had no connection with my , he posted the answers online my Instructor was using the same test in the same order with the same answers as the test online. WOW what type of crap they must think that people in the military are a BUNCH of Idiots and that we would not find out that the Instructor are full of it. My credit were regionally accredited so that was good, if you are using Tuition Assistance go for it, but do not pay out of pocket for this education!!!!!!!!!!
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Excellent Program! I'm in my sixth class with AMU leading to a Masters in Security Management. The professors have real-world experience along with fine academic credentials. I've learned more than I expected in this program, and that comes from someone with 25 years in the field. I'm VERY pleased with the speed of feedback I'm getting from all the professors (my B.A. is from St. Leo Univ., completed on-line, where half the professors disappear for weeks at a time...). So far, AMU is EXACTLY what I was hoping to find!
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Miguel.hdz (In Progress) on January 5, 2010 (email verified)

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American Military U. review Various AMU reviewers on this site have an unrealistic view of what a college education is for. They seem to think that the reason you go to college is "to get a job." In a way, this is not the reviewers' fault as AMU and indeed most colleges and universities actively promote this idea. While it is undoubtedly true that having a BA, an MA and even a PhD is a path to getting a job, the principal reason for getting any of these academic credentials should be simply to become an educated person and getting a job may be one of the consequences. I say may, because there are probably many, many examples of people with degrees who are unable to find work and comparatively few people who are actually employed in the field of their undergraduate and graduate studies and, regardless of the institution in which they studied. To me it is a breech of ethics for AMU and indeed any liberal arts school such as Harvard, Yale, Princeton etc. to state or even to imply that their degree will result in a job after graduation. Now as to AMU and its on-line graduate military history program. It is just fine and perhaps even better than most I have looked at including those at "brick and mortar" (BM) schools. All of my AMU professors have the PhD credential from prestigious schools and have been published. Furthermore, many are still employed at a BM institution and some are currently in the military or have served. As an example one of my professors is a graduate of U.S. West Point Military Academy, the Army War College and Has a PhD from Duke and headed up the Army's History program. In short many if not most of the AMU professors have multiple degrees are published and even better, have practical on the job experience. Accordingly they would get Thucydides unreserved approval, He said: "The state which separates its scholars from its warriors will have its thinking done by fearful men and its fighting by fools.” Now as to on-line education, students should realize that in fact there is no such thing. You get an education by reading. At Oxford, the Sorbonne, the Universidad de Salamanca and other top European schools its graduates say. "I read history" meaning that there were extensive readings and that often they had to read their papers or at least share them with their classmates. Learning also highly depends on the individual's self disciple and motivation to learn. So it still comes down to the effort that the students put into their education that ultimately determines how much they will retain and how beneficial the overall experience was to their future career.
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Tiger28227 (In Progress) on January 5, 2010 (email verified)

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great experience I'm having an excellent learning experience at apu. I've read through many of these posts. I can't get over the negative ones! The majority of their complaints are because the school won't refund their money because they dropped a course, or, I'm having problems with financial aid. The policies were in place before you signed up. I find it very, very hard to believe that someone who does very well at this school, would go back and post something on the internet about how easy it was, how they got a 4.0, how its such a joke. It makes absolutely no sense. Do excellent at a school, whether online or brick and mortar, then immediately go onto the internet and write a complaint about how easy it was. You would be hurting yourself as much as the University, and simply would not do it if you were an intelligent person.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 30, 2009 (email verified)

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Don't Waste Your Time or Money at AMU. I am convinced that AMU/APUS is a scam. I received conflicting messages from the people at Financial Aid which made me extremely leery of this institution, so I left. I was also discouraged by the comments of current students who say that it is extremely easy to make good grades at this school and the frequent complaints about the discussions being canned. If I am going to use federal student loans for a Master's degree, I figure it should be used at an institution that has a solid academic reputation. If I am just reading books and learning entirely on my own with little to no interaction from the instructor, I am financially better off if I go to the public library. I was told by several professionals within the Intelligence community that this university is not a good place to go if you are looking to successfully switch careers, go into highly competitive areas (such as Intelligence) or further your education at the PHD level. Contrary to various online sources, AMU Intelligence graduates are in for a rude awakening upon graduating, because when they are up against someone from one of the more reputable Intelligence programs, or even someone from a more reputable school period, AMU graduates will loose every time unless they have substantial military experience and a Top Security Clearance. As far as PHD aspirations are concerned, any reputable school will frown on a Master's degree from AMU, not because it is online, but because the curriculum is severely lacking in crucial areas. I even had an "Intelligence Studies" academic advisor admit this to me. This college is good for retirees, those already financially well-off and who can afford to pursue degrees in their hobby/special interest, or those who have already established a solid reputation at their job and just need to get a degree at the dime of the military or their employer. Any graduate school that does not require the GRE, a min. GPA, or at least two letters of recommendation is not a legitimate graduate school. Graduate school is suppose to be competitive, not open to anyone who can submit a transcript of their undergraduate academic record. I understand that some people don't want to go through the process of applying to grad school and some may not be good with the GRE, but anything worth having never comes easy or cheap. Think about that before you enroll in AMU, especially if you are trying to further your education and taking out loans from Sallie Mae to finance your education.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 29, 2009 (email verified)

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Solid Program I am enrolled in the masters program for sport management. Overall, it is a solid school. The professors work with you well if you communicate with them. The material covered is up to date and relavant. The 8 week course format is perfect for me because I have a full-time job and I can focus on 3 credit hours at a time. A few of the courses are a tad watered-down, but the relevant text books do provide you with the knowledge to go along with the degree
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 29, 2009 (email verified)

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No Complaints Beginning my final year and generally speaking, I'm very satisfied with AMU. Most of my instructors have been excellent and I have learned a lot in an area of study that I have already been working in. I did have one instructor I was not pleased with. I think she only scanned papers for format and basic content. I was always having to argue my case and as a result always received additional credit. I have had instructors like that in conventional classes as well so sometimes it's just luck of the draw.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 29, 2009 (email verified)

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UoP clone Another example of ripping off the taxpayer...another UoP. Students have to be hand-carried through the course material just like high school or in basic - which is all most of them know. The program is student/customer focused and taught by adjuncts that are paid per student completing their classes, and is designed to "check the block", and spit them out at the other end with a "degree" and take their military tuition assistance checks to the bank. The graduates tend to focus on government positions that have a veterans hiring preference - they are not competitive in the "real world". As with UoP, the "learning curve" between when they enter and when they leave is not high...and the graduates increasingly have a "WTF" reputation.
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Stephan.andrus (In Progress) on December 28, 2009 (email verified)

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My two cents... Ok, first off I would like to say that I am not as advanced in this system as most. I have taken about 5 classes with these people thus far.. Good: -The classes are all covered by the TA for active duty. -The books are FREE!! for undergraduate classes -There is a $100 fee to get all your trascipts together, but they doo all the footwork. -You can transfer from degree path to degree path if you chose, you just have to submit the right paperwork. I originally started as courses for transfer because i had other plans. however, now I am continuing with a degree from these guys as I was impressed. -The instructors worked around my field time and allowed me to catch up. This is easy to do unless you are just that much of a tool. -Customer service has been very quick to respond to any of my concerns regard degree plans and changes to my courses being taken. -Great feedback from students and instructors alike. -The website is accessible via the military computers and work can be completed at work. However, other school websites are blocked for one reason or another and you have to wait until you get home. Bad: -some may think that the $100 fee utilized in getting your transcripts together is too much to ask. -Courses are in fact $750 each, which is a bit much compared to other schools, BUT concidering books are free AND TA covers the cost...is it really too much? -I did run into an instructor that was very rigid in her ways, but that was only 1 out of 5. I was still able to work around her guidelines and my field time, but it proved to me a little more challenging. Thank God the other instructors were more flexible. All in all, there are TONS of schools that one could attend. Yes a degree from Harvard would be MUCH more prestigous than an AMU degree, but if you you could attend Harvard...why are you even talking about AMU? For Active Duty folks, I think this college is great! If it works for you, then great! If it doesn't and you prefer to go elsewhere then do so and good luck to you. AMU isn't for everyone. Nor is Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.
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MooreMT (Graduate) on December 28, 2009 (email verified)

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AMU BS in Information Technology Management I recently completed my BS in Information Technology Management. The classroom experience was awesome and very flexible. I was able to learn on my terms. All undergraduate books are sent to you in the mail and included in tuition. I would have perferred more use or streaming video, CBTs, WBTs, and audio streams, though overall the use of technology was fine. Classes start every month and you have your choice of 8 week or 16 weeks courses.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 28, 2009 (email verified)

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Wow... I have been attending AMU for 9 weeks now; and so far, I have been far from impressed. I wrote my final paper and received the feedback from my professor stating that my paper was too short. I pointed out to her that the final paper requirements stated that the length of the paper was to be the amount of pages I wrote-so she kindly bumped me up a couple of points. Then in my other course, I had the same problem. The professor wrote: "Paper should be two-three (3-5) pages in length". Okay, so what is it, 2-3 or 3-5? Then to top that off, there was no emailing her because she took it upon herself to take the week off for Christmas. I know I am not the perfect student, and that there is no such thing as perfect professors. However, I would think that we can and should expect a little more from a UNIVERSITY. I recently earned my BA from another online university, I took 14 courses there, and not once did I have these types of problems. I guess you really do get what you pay for! I am presently looking into different colleges and I am hoping that I can find one that lives up to the same type of standards as my previous college. Oh and I almost forgot to mention, you make your own schedule here, choose the professor you would like to take the course with, and they change it on you without even telling you. You log into your portal and tada! It has been changed!!! This has happened to me twice in 9 weeks. What is the point of choosing your courses and professors if they are just going to change everything to how they want it anyway? I should have known to stay away from this university. I had applied and no one bothered contacting me about how to go about the rest of the process, and I tried calling and I got a voicemail, left a voicemail, never got a call back. So I withdrew and then they called wondering why I withdrew I let them know, and they asked if I would give them another chance. I did, and now I regret it...
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David.parry2 (In Progress) on December 20, 2009 (email verified)

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AMU Opinion - Thumbs up I am taking my Masters in Emergency Management at AMU. I find the course work challenging, and I find the work load daunting. I have taken 6 courses at AMU so far. I am doing very well. I am working my butt off doing the work. 4 of the professors have been excellent with quick feed-back and thorough fisking of my written work. APA format is a killer. I graduated with a BS from a Pennsylvania State University in 1994. I breezed through everything I took there. Hell, I was half drunk and missing classes my Junior and Senior year. AMU is much harder. The essay format and weekly writing assignments make sure I don't miss a word in the copious amount of reading that is required each week. The discussion topics are hit and miss depending on the people in your classes. A class size of 20 seems to keep things lively.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 17, 2009

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Skeptical at first I graduated from a traditional private B&M school in May 2009 with a duel BA in History and Political Science with honors. I am 23 and started AMU in October 2009. At first, I was extremely skeptical about taking online classes because I did not think the quality of education would be comparable to a B&M school. To my surprise, the course was very challenging. I took a few Master's courses from the B&M so I had something to compare the online course against. I learned a great deal from my course and will continue taking classes. For some of those who complained, almost every school has BS classes. There will more than likely be a mandatory intro class. It sucks but get over it. I had to take a piano class and religion as a requirement for my undergrad. School Policy. The Professor at AMU gave me excellent feedback on my work. A research paper for the class ended but being 18 pages-10pt font and single space. I am used to writing because of my History degree; however, this paper was definitely a challenge and graded strictly. As with all universities, you get what you put in.
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Robert.lee.hawkins (In Progress) on December 14, 2009 (email verified)

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AMU is worth the price I just completed my AA in Personnel Administration and am currently enrolled in the BA Criminal Justice program at AMU. As a law enforcement professional and Army Guard soldier, I was concerned with having the time to go to school and not having time for my family. Not to mention getting a quality education online. My brother graduated from AMU with his MA in Sports management and recommended AMU to me. I have found the entire AMU experience to be positive. Enrollment, financial aid, educational advisors, etc. have all been prompt and efficient when dealing with any issues I have had. The flexibility of the online delivery has eased my concerns on being able to manage all of my time committments. The instructors have been very good and for the most part easy to get along with. As with any organization, there will be an instructor or two that a person just does not care for, however that is not indicative of the institution. I have found the coursework challenging and insightful, as well being able to utilize real world scenarios to apply the concepts being presented. Instructors do a solid job of facilitating discussion amongst the class via the discussion threads. I am extremely happy with AMU and would recommend it to anyone, especially adult learners, who are trying to earn a college degree. With AMU being regionally and nationally accredited, a degree from AMU is worth the price of admission.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 9, 2009 (email verified)

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Professor Lists need Scrubbing Perhaps not a diploma mill, but AMU/APUS has a long way to go with regards to weeding through its professors. Many use a standard program throughout each semester and do not involve themselves in the processes at all. They expect you to self-learn without feedback. I understand the differences between traditional learning and online, however online professors also need to be involved in each session. If I wanted to be completely self-taught I could have saved a lot of money and done it on my own instead of paying a fortune for someone to used standard tests to assess what I've read. Four out of every five professors I've had so far have all been the same. Sure many have some impressive credentials, but that certainly does not mean that they are capable of preparing students for a future in the field. I recommend that AMU/APUS take some serious looks into how classes are being taught and how involved the instructors really are. If you don't want to learn, AMU is the place to whiz by and essentially pay for a degree. I haven't picked up a book in three semesters there other than to whip through a quiz at the end of a week or a final exam. I haven't read jack and am sitting with a 4.0 GPA THIS IS A FREAKIN' JOKE. I would have loved to actually be taught something, not teach myself...that is not online learning ... that is online scamming. $750/class is outrageous for this service. Get some real instructors or shut your doors. Positive posts about AMU here are by the ill-educated or by AMU staffers ... guaranteed ... I email my classmates and the vast majority have stated that they are very disappointed but staying with it because the government pays and they get a easy degree.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 5, 2009 (email verified)

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Environmental Studies I was a little worried about an online environmental studies program. I did not think I would get the experience I would need to find a job in the field. I just finished my first session, and it was great. One of my professors had a Phd, and the classes were challenging. I have decided to continue on, and will until I graduate. I am not so worried about finding a job anymore, and I feel I will be just as prepared as anyone from a brick and mortar university. If anyone is considering AMU, I would highly recommend it. I have attended a community college, and I also attended another online program at a traditional school. AMU had proven to be the best so far. They do provide a quality education. I was impressed that they use Rosetta Stone for language courses, and for lab courses they send you a lab kit containing everything you need. Great school that I highly recommend.
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Amy.c.moreno (Graduate) on December 2, 2009 (email verified)

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Solid school even when compared to a Big 10 Campus I have an M.S. in Criminal Justice from Michigan State and a B.S. from Ferris State. I just finished an M.S. in Homeland Security from AMUS and I believe the quality of education that I received from American Military was very comparable. I found my professors to be very well educated and taught very relevant material. I enjoyed my time with American Military and who heartily recommend it to other military members.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on December 2, 2009 (email verified)

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Education that is Well Earned AMU is Top-Notch school that delivers its promises. I enjoy being challenged to learn from Professional Teachers. The books are well rated and correspond to the subject matter itself. I will say that there are a lot of Poor Students who say that AMU is terrible, but they are just quitters who never gave this school a chance. All in all, if you value a high quality education and value hard work in achieving those goals, then AMU is right for you.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 27, 2009 (email verified)

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Skip this School If you a serious about your education I would advise skipping this school. I am currently in the Masters Military History program and I will give you my experience. The Instructors are a joke, I question if they are truly qualified to teach anything. This school is obviously about making money and not about a quality education. I am currently looking for another school because I have yet to find a instructor at this school that can teach. I have read reviews from other students who say they like this school I am not sure what they like about.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on November 12, 2009 (email verified)

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AMU is a modern and top-notch learning institutio AMU's flexibility must be not be misconstrued as "inferior quality". In fact, the institution must be credited for its superb efforts to assist many military professionals whose demanding schedules prohibits them from attending "traditional" institutions. My professors have impeccable resume and were very knowledgeable in their respective field of expertise. I experienced working on my thesis and electronically submitting it from a remote internet cafe somewhere in Southeast Asia wearing flip flops; peppered with mosquito bites; sun-burned skin; and long hair in order to meet standards.
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Keetdog (Graduate) on November 8, 2009 (email verified)

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Associates in General Education I received my Associates degree from AMU back in 2000. It was GREAT! It set me it for advancement in the military. Through AMU I was able to (on the third try) get a Commissioning program called MECEP. Once accepted, I went to Miami University in Ohio. I can tell everyone here, I STILL remember things from AMU where I can't really recall that much from my time at Miami, the brick and mortar school. Suffice to say, when I went back to get my Masters from Webster University, I made sure that my classes were split 50/50 between traditional learning and the on line experience. Thank you AMU!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on November 6, 2009

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disagree I'm very surprised at the comments about AMU. I have not had any problems and frankly think the instructors are great. Also, it is an accredited school. My employer would not pay for it otherwise, and they do very through checks. I am curious to hear an example of the problems you have had, other than the reimbursement for deployment issues. My only issue is the shortened course time, most classes are now 8 weeks and I do not find that beneficial.
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Hugonaut (In Progress) on October 30, 2009 (email verified)

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Good School One of the best things about this school are the instructors. Many are involved in the field of study in which they teach. I like the fact that they bring in people who have knowledge (not just academic) about how the "real" world utilizes the information that they pass on to students. Instructors like Dr. Steven Greer, Dr. Anna Simmons, and Dr. Edwin Bundy are examples of those who actually practice what they teach. The only issue that I have is how they schedule their Master's thesis course. For those of us using federal employee vouchers and who have to submit them ahead of registering, they make it difficult when registering for that final course. Even though I tried to get my academic advisor to understand that I am capable of carrying that course plus an elective (GPA: 3.85, now higher after this term) and explaining my voucher process, my complaint fell on deaf ears. Other than that issue, I like the school. It is tough, a lot of research, reading, and writing required.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 14, 2009 (email verified)

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great school but other depts are awful! I have almost completed my Masters in History. AMU is nowhere near a "diploma mill" or a scam (like former posters have said) - they are regionally accredited and the instructors have top notch credentials. Regionally accredited means the credits are the same as you would get a any normal University and they transfer with no question. However, the other departments are not really that great. I have had a couple of complaints about certain instructors and they fall on deaf ears. Oh, they say the right things but that is it. But my biggest complaint is with the financial aid department. I have attended several Universities and so have my children. None of them..let me stress that...NONE of them wait 30 days before even getting a person’s financial aid...then if you are lucky they will actually process it in 14 days. They have no way for you to see your own student account so you could get an idea of what is going on with your disbursement. Most Universities have direct deposit of refunds for students but AMU is not even close to that. For all the professionalism of the rest of the school - the financial department runs like a diploma mill place - If they would establish a way for students to see their account it would eliminate hundreds of phone calls to the office and then maybe they could actually do some processing. For a place that has as many students as they do, all over the World, you would think they would get an updated financial aid system that benefits them and the department. I know the employees are working with what they have but they are so stressed that they do not seem to care about the students. Your financial aid department is an important part of your school experience and in this area AMU fails miserably. In fact, they come real close to violating the federal rules of distributing financial aid.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on October 13, 2009 (email verified)

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Very Tough Program I'm several courses into an AMU masters program. It's turned out to be a very informative (and tough) course of study. All in all, I wouldn't change a thing. All the courses have provided great insight into the areas of intelligence and national security.
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Robalvarado (Graduate) on October 5, 2009 (email verified)

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Great Online School I went to AMU for the past 2 years, and recently got my MA in American History. I had a few reservations at first with going to a 100% online school, but the professors and expectations were great. Plus, most "regular" Universities have already started offering online, distance education courses. Cinncinati, UCSB, UCLA, etc., all offer some degrees online. AMU is one of the best because they offer many programs. All I know is this: I'm a teacher and the last thing my district wants to do (especially right now) is pay more money for a MA degree. My district verified that the credits earned at AMU were legit and no different than my credits at a "brick and mortar" university, and I got a pay raise. As far as I'm concerned, that's all the confirmation I need that AMU is a great school!!!! (That and the quality of the courses as well...)
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Jeffrey.dale (In Progress) on October 1, 2009 (email verified)

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. im well 2nd yr at AMU and have found the overall process outstanding. Books ARE free and an online version is available as well. Ive had to break from class for two reasons 1 Emergency leave for 6 weeks Got a 1 month extension after I got back to finish (no penalty) and 2 wife was having surgery Im still in that class but received an extension to turn in the test and homework (no penalty). Also if you want to look up your instructor go to the link meet our faculty I have had no problems seeing you my professor is most of the time thats how I choose my prof. while im registering.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 22, 2009 (email verified)

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What I expected I finished my BA with AMU and am now more than halfway through my MA. I've never attended a traditional brick-and-mortar college, so my experience is completely based on online education. I feel like I've skated through both degrees, though the MA is taking a little more dedication and work than the BA did. I wouldn't go so far as to say the school is a degree mill, but it's certainly not as intensive as what I believe the traditional university educational experience is. Though it's horrible to admit, I will test my professors and if they let me get away with subpar work, that's what I turn in. I don't feel as though most profs grade according to the rubric - it seems more like a bell curve and the expectation is pretty low. I've turned in papers written at a 9th grade level and received glowing comments and high scores. The readings for the intelligence programs are good and cover the breadth of intel from terrorism to signals intelligence, the history of the intel community to present day operations. I've been impressed with most of the assignments. I think it's hard to offer a degree in intelligence since so much of the work is classified and unavailable to those not already in the community. It's difficult to "teach" collection and analysis. The school works hard to give the student a full complement of intelligence readings and assignments. Overall, I chose to stay with AMU for my Master's because it's accredited and I believed the coursework would be easier than with another school. Plus, you can't beat the cost.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 16, 2009 (email verified)

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It's College Okay. I am the fence-straddler reviewer. My time at AMU has been mixed, but I look at it from the perspective of someone who has in the past attended brick-and-mortar institutions as a full-time student. For the part-time student with a full-time job, crazy schedules, children, or any other distractions, AMU is unparalleled in the support they provide. I managed to eek out 24 hours while I was deployed to Operation Iraqi Freedom for 15 months, and I traveled within the country extensively! If it were not for AMU's compassionate system and professors willing to give me the time and space needed, I could not have even approached college work while participating as a combatant. For the full-time student, AMU provides an excellent opportunity to finish your degree early. I am taking 9-12 hours per 8 week session which equates to around 18-24 hours per semester. The price is not all that bad either considering the book grant for undergrad's, Lexis Nexis access, and many other perks. The actual academics and workload can, admittedly, seem too easy at times, but there are facets of the experience that make you "earn your degree." Discussion boards continue to be a pain in my side since many of my peers only provide what is required by the syllabus and give no extra effort to synthesize and analyze materials. Non-essay tests are often a joke since they are non-proctored (however, I prefer this) and rarely timed. However, essay tests and timed tests can often be a thrilling challenge. In my particular field of study (philosophy major and history minor) there is extensive writing. I have calculated upwards of 2000 words per week per class to include discussion boards and responses. The science classes I have taken thus far have been interesting, and I have particularly enjoyed the virtual labs. For a final thought I leave you with this - I was going to transfer to Georgetown University this fall (2009) but was unable to due to family issues. Georgetown calculated that ALL of my credits earned at AMU were transferable. I believe it, and I am going to stick out the last 30 hours of my BA with AMU.
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Matthewtdavies (In Progress) on September 14, 2009 (email verified)

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Good school with great instructors! I am a new Navy vet of 4 years and previously attended a 4 year liberal arts college. I am a 28 yr old father of two. I am currently 12 credits shy of my Masters in Homeland Security. I am now working for a DHS contractor at the National Operations Center in D.C. I will offer two perspectives. First, I found the workload and types of materials challenging. My current Masters studies involve more time management than my undergraduate studies on a traditional residential campus. There are distractions, kids, military assignments, and AMU strives to make education in that atmosphere conveinant. Secondly, I would give AMU professors a good to great rating. For the most part they strive to assist you with scheduling conflicts and personal matters that can sometimes get in the way of the books and papers. Although it is an online forum you still have to assume a level of responsibility of being a college or graduate student. Deadlines are deadlines and extensions can only extend so long. For the amount of money you pay for courses I see the professors as people of great value.
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Robert.harris7 (Graduate) on September 8, 2009 (email verified)

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Unrivaled! I recently graduated with my B.S. (3.0 GPA) and I would recommend AMU to anyone who is serious about their education. Several individuals wrote that the school is a diploma mill and it is not worth your time. If you are considering attending AMU, please do not listen to a few frustrated individuals who probably were looking for a diploma mill. Oh, they are also Regionally Accredited; that is the highest accredation any college/university can have. I am currently enrolled in the Homeland Security program (MA) and I highly recommend AMU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on September 3, 2009

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A lot of bitter, petty reviews I am working towards a MA in Military History, and I have had a challenging and rewarding experience with AMU. I have not had any of the problems the minority (complaints) have cited, and it seems that many are merely being petty based on what seem like relatively minor points. I can only speak as to the graduate level courses, but people do not simply coast through with a 4.00. I was kept off of the President's List because I had two A-, but my GPA is not representative of the whole. Of those I have taken classes with, I have only seen one other make the Dean's or President's Lists. If everyone was skirting through with 4.00's or close to it, shouldn't we all be on the list? I have had relatively few problems with financial aid, and no more than I have had with other schools. It seems a few bitter reviews revolve around some minor mistake, or they couldn't get transfer credit for "life experience." Most schools that will give you such credit are diploma mills. I also have not had professors that completely checked out. They have taken part in discussions, have given content-specific feedback on papers, etc. I have not agreed with or been chums with all of my professors, but my grades never suffered because of their personal biases, etc. I will also say that AMU is most assuredly not a diploma mill. I write more papers in one semester than most other people that I know write in a year at B&M schools. Also, the person that said accreditation does not matter because AMU is private is a moron. All accreditation is done privately by the regional organizations. In reality, anyone could argue that the entire system is bollocks, but it is what we operate under. AMU is accredited under the APUS by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools Higher Learning Commission, which accredits some of the best universities in the US. AMU may not be on par with the University of Michigan, but they have to meet the same standards to be accredited by the HLC. Most of the negative reviews appear to be petty, bitter, and full of misinformation.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on September 2, 2009 (email verified)

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AA Real Estate Mgmt While I agree with the one review of '5th grade' level education from a conceptual point, I disagree with his overall review. The faculty do not have the pleasure of adjusting their syllabus, therefor the responsibility to adjust workload/tests/etc falls on the curriculum developers. He is right in regards to the tests, and I laughed at the comments about discussion boards because I can relate. I also agree that a placement exam MUST be instituted for all online schools (currently there are almmost none). This would weed out students who are simply not cut out for higher education - and yes, there is such a thing. However, I do not think this makes the school any less valuable. Many of the shortfalls experienced at AMU can be found in nearly all schools (including brick and mortar). From sport jocks forced through despite lack of ability to inept teachers. There are likewise many classes that are 'easy' at such schools. I would however prefer to see final papers for classes rather than open book exams which assess nothing other than my ability to read. All in all, AMU is one of the best online schools, and a decent school all together.
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Alkalinecreative (In Progress) on August 28, 2009 (email verified)

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The point is.. I AM LEARNING I am finishing my 5th class with AMU. I jumped on this site looking to see what others have said about the school, and I have to say I don't think it's fair to rank down an institution with all "1"s if you had problems funding your first and only class, if you had a problem with registration ect. EVERY college has bureaucratic B.S. you have to go through when you are getting up and going. I had the same problems. I had to drop classes, cancel TA, get my dates pushed back into a new FY. That meant less money for me to complete my degree, messing up my timetable. But I can't say "DONT GO TO THIS SCHOOL" like I have seen some people say on here, because that would not be fair. That is just the way it goes with many organizations. Now, as for the teachers, yes, it would be nice to get a little more attention and personal feedback on assignments, especially considering how much time I have spent on certain papers. But they always respond to questions, they always make corrections that need to be made (and that are constructive) and they have been reasonably flexible with my professional obligations. The point is, I AM LEARNING. I am learning a lot, actually. My readings and class material are challenging, but not impossible. If you put the work into it, just like anything, you can maintain a 4.0 average. Sure, some classes are easier to get "A"s in than others. But that is the truth for any school, isn't it? I have one I am in right now that is DAMN hard, the professor grades his essays real tough and weights them heavy in the grade. A student has to be on the ball. My point is if you are looking up reviews to choose a school to go to, don't listen to the "bah humbug" reviews in the thread. Take a class, one class (not the "Foundations of Learning", that is a B.S. mandatory class. An example of easy "A"), and see for yourself. Good luck.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 28, 2009 (email verified)

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Update stay away ....to GREAT Update on stay away. APU/AMU took care of the problem. Just spoke to the wrong person. Since then APU/AMU has been great. Financial aid, services, and everything spot on! I was very hesitant, but am glad I checked back!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 23, 2009

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It’s true! AMU is not entirely a diploma mill. At first I thought the complainers here were just idiots who couldn’t follow the school’s policies and procedures. But after completing 6 classes I began to realize how overrated the education really is at AMU. The instructors provided simple, cookie-cutter questions that any average 5th grader could answer. Of the 15 books that were assigned for my classes, I never cracked one open and yet I received an ‘A’ in 5 of my classes. The mid-term and final exams were never proctored and the instructors never gave less than a week to complete the exams. Even more surprising, my assignments were never adequately addressed; my personal feedback seemed very general and could’ve been written for any student. Though many of the instructors are experts in their fields, it seems they hold primary jobs at brick & mortar schools and work here for extra income. For those who disagree, just do a little research. Unfortunately, because placement testing is not required for enrollment at AMU, I would say that over half of the students I encountered couldn’t string more than two grammatical sentences. As part of the standard workload, students are required each week to answer Discussion Board questions and in turn respond to their classmates’ work. It was very frustrating at times to co-exist with students who have little or no basic analytical skills. Could AMU improve its education system? Sure, especially if AMU itself believed that “education is what you put into it.” If AMU delivered both asynchronous and synchronous learning, then perhaps the bar could be raised. Some possible improvements: mandatory placement testing; web conferencing tools to help build better communities (live meetings, face to face); pre-recorded video lectures on all classes; ALL exams to be proctored and timed (no open books). Otherwise it’s too easy to attain a 4.0 GPA and hard not to feel guilty about it later. Before I transferred with an A.A degree, I had some experience with online classes at a community college, but those classes required proctored exams and only 3 hours to complete – not all week with an open book. For obvious reasons, I cannot recommend AMU as a means of gaining a higher education. I understand this institution is regionally accredited, but what is accreditation without quality education? It’s a no-brainer.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 22, 2009

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World-class technology and library My undergraduate degree is from UC Berkeley (also in Environmental Science). I started the MS at AMU thinking it would be an easy way to refresh my knowledge after being out of the field for a while. Imagine my surprise at this very challenging program. The professors are quite distinguished and most of the students in my classes are professionals in the environmental field. It takes a lot of reading and research just to keep up every week. The AMU on-line library is world-class. What else can you expect since the military (or was it Al Gore?) invented the internet. At any rate, the AMU library gives you access to the world, let me just say that.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 22, 2009

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Masters in Environmental Policy- Challenging I am midway in a MS in Environmental Policy and Management at AMU. My undergraduate degree is from UC Berkeley --also in Environmental Science. I started this MS at AMU just to refresh my degree to make a transition back to environmental after being away from the field for a while. I started AMU quite smug, thinking this would be an easy on-line class. Especially since I consider myself so smart. Let me tell you, the program is quite challenging--even more so than my undergraduate degree! The professors are very distinguished in their knowledge and you really have to work hard each week to stay on top of the materials. It is paying off though. I can see how much I have learned in the last six months. The military has the world at its fingertips --especially the AMU on line library -- it is world class. Very satisfied.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 17, 2009 (email verified)

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AMU-Online vs. Traditional I have read the reviews of some of the people who say that AMU gives out degrees. That the classes are easy. That most students graduate with a 4.0. Well, those people have not done their research. Online studies are different than traditional class rooms. The mode and method of study is completely different. They both have value but I would say (my own opinion) that online course have more value. The reason is I say this is because traditional courses rely on theory, where online courses rely on the real world experiences of the students and the professor. At AMU, all the professors have worked in their field of study. When I was taking course at my traditional university, I only remember one of my professors who ever had a job outside of teaching. Some of the course may at times seem easier than in my traditional course, but I realized that I was learning more than my traditional course even though it was easier. Why was it easier? It just seem that way because it was made personal by using real examples from my work and those of the my classmates. I ask for my fellow AMU classmate who wrote "if you want to get a piece of paper (degree) without the work" to try this: Take the same course at AMU as your local University and tell me which one you learned the most from and was practical for your occupation. I also would like to end by saying that not all professors at AMU are stellar performers. That is true at any university. In fact, that is true in any field. Do not judge an entire system because you had one or two lazy or bad apples.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on August 7, 2009 (email verified)

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Challenging program I completed a Master's in Strategic Intelligence and found the courses comparable in content and difficulty to those provided through the JMIC/NDIC. It took a lot of work to get through it.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on August 5, 2009 (email verified)

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Fantastic For the busy professional. Instructors have legitimate experience / credentials. You get out of it what you put into it. Worth every penny.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 27, 2009

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What the hell!!! I just finish my third class with AMU, and I got mix feelings. My first and second classes, sometimes I seems that the profesors were not there, ONLY to get and attitude about a paper and to reply, "This is Grad School". My last teacher, swears up and down that he is this and that, BUT his instructions are misguiding, the class references are a bit old, and if you don't write the way HE wanted, well, he will flunk you. Last time I check, GRAD school papers were done either APA, or MLA style!!! Well, can't complaint too much, I only pay the difference of the TA and books...Good luck everyone.
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Cryingwolf110583 (In Progress) on July 27, 2009 (email verified)

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AMU is Supportive of the Military Way of Life I have been with AMU since 2004 and have had great experiences all around, even through multiple TDY's and deployments to Iraq. The faculty truly understands the military sacrifice and will typically work with the student to resolve any scheduling problems that arise. The classes have been challenging and applicable to my job in intelligence. As for course-work, be prepared for lots of papers. Since most students go to school online, the benchmark for grading is written: term papers, essays, and multiple discussion board posts throughout the week. I have never had an issue with TA and the advisers have always been more than helpful.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 25, 2009 (email verified)

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Challenging, if you want it to be I began pursuing a B.A. in Criminal Justice at AMU after a ten year hiatus. I had dropped out of a local community college that I attended immediately after H.S. graduation and I had intended to but been unable to return to school until three years ago. When I began pursuing my degree at AMU I was shocked by how challenging the classes were in contrast to my C.College experience. Although it seemed you could get decent passing grades with little effort, achieving an A- or A at AMU is quite challenging and forces you to study hard. I thought perhaps it was my absence from college that made AMU seem so challenging, until I attended two classes at a local major public school at the behest of my employer (both business management classes). They were much, much easier to achieve an A grade in. I am convinced that by striving for high marks AMU will offer students an exceptional educational experience. Students who wish to simply "graduate" may also find AMU a decent diploma-mill that they can put marginal effort into and still achieve passing grades. If you're looking to continue your education beyond a four year degree, put the extra effort into AMU and you'll be rewarded.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on July 24, 2009 (email verified)

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It worked for me I have no complaints. I found the program delivery excellent, and as a result learned a lot. In my opinion, online learning is a bit harder that what I found in the traditional classroom setting. You really have to apply yourself here.
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Swampdude77 (Graduate) on July 23, 2009 (email verified)

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Objective Comparison I have attended four "brick-and-mortar" universities to include: Texas A&M-College Station Texas A&M-Kingsville University of Texas- Pan American (UTPA) Northwestern State University. That being said I can honestly say that American Military University was not only the most challenging university I have attended, but provided the best quality of education. At any of the brick-and-mortar universities I attended (before I joined the military) I rarely went to classes did poorly on tests and still got As and Bs from professors with no real or relevant experience in the fields they taught (with little feedback as well). I no longer had the time to attend courses in person because of my work schedule so I had to find an online program. The downsides of the university is that most professors do not provide much feedback during the course and the education is on par with the effort you put in (imagine that at a university, oh my!). A lot of people are apprehensive about this school because it is an online program, but the professors are experts in their respective fields; a lot more than can be said about most traditional schools. At the four traditional colleges I attended I never read one book cover to cover, but while going to AMU I read nearly 60 books plus numerous articles, journals, etc. I finished my degree with a 3.8 GPA and was in the top 20% of my class (as indicated by being accepted to GKHS), while most schools a 3.8 GPA is no where near the top of a class and much easier to attain.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 22, 2009 (email verified)

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Not Entirely A Diploma Mill Good if you want an easy way to get a VERY cheap & easy degree to add to your resume; however, if you are actually looking to learn anything - move on.
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Xpilky1 (Graduate) on July 15, 2009 (email verified)

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Quality of Education Stands up to the Best I recently finished my BA in ME Studies. I had previously attended Brigham Young University as an Economics major for 2 years. After joining the Air Force, I became genuinely intrigued by Middle Eastern Affairs and switched majors. Over the last 2 years, I tried hard to do all the assignments and readings that were assigned by the instructors. I had always thought that the education I was getting might somehow be second-hand simply because it is an online-degree. But the materials and the expertise of the instructors to me was very similar to those I had interacted with while attending a physical campus. Nevertheless, there was still that uneasiness. That was until very recently. About 8 months ago I applied for a State Department Critical Language Scholarship for overseas Advanced Arabic Studies. This is a very competitive, merit-based scholarship awarded to students from all over the country. Well I got it. Imagine the inadequacy I felt during the orientation introductions in Washington, D.C. where I was surrounded by students from all of the Ivy League schools, and many other prominent ones...yes, ALL of the Ivy League schools, as well as some very good schools known for their developed regional programs such as UCLA, UCSB, UT Austin, George Washington University and Georgetown. Some students were pursuing their Bachelor's degrees, but most had already completed theirs and were now pursuing Masters, and even a few Doctorates. Most were focused on Middle Eastern Studies, International Relations, Islamic Studies, History, etc. I felt for sure that my ignorance would soon be revealed by simply participating in intellectual discussions that would undoubtedly arise. Well I have been in Jordan (scholarship) now for almost 2 months with these students and I have come to realize that I have been very well prepared and educated in ME studies and issues by the instructors and materials from American Military University. Of course, I do believe that one could easily skate through classes without putting in the effort that I did, but I know from experience and from talking with these other students that this can also be easily done in the nations best schools. The school (AMU) does indeed prepare the student; the materials are excellent, I had some professors better than others (which I made a point to bring up on each end of class review), and some classes were cake while some I wanted to throw out the window. It is the same at a regular university. I guess I expected much less out of an online school, but I got a much better education than what I expected, and as it turns out, one that can stand proudly next to the best schools in the country. My only CON would be the cost. I guess I shouldn't complain since TA paid for it all, but for those of you who do not receive some sort of tuition assistance, I feel like $250 per credit hour might be a little steep.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 14, 2009 (email verified)

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Great School I have no complaints about AMU. One day this school will be known for its quality. And, no I don't work for AMU. I work in the entertainment industry and I just love history. I hope they get their PhD program one day. My only wish is that I wouldn't have screwed up my GI Bill and paid into it when I was a LT. Go AMU!
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 14, 2009

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AMU Review I have attended AMU for the past 4 years. Overall an outstanding school. Several things drew me towards AMU -- online flexibility, doesn't exceed TA reimbursement, undergraduate book grant, and regional accreditation. My experience with instructors has varied from excellent to fair. However, I have also attended other colleges as a resident (not online), and found the same issues with instructors. As for faculty support, I have had success and good, accurate answers. The majority of my classes have had hard copy books. Once AMU receives TA payment, the book order goes to the book provider. Since I am in an undergraduate program, the books are paid for. How can I ask for more than the military to pay 100% TA and the college covers books? For me, a huge selling point. A person will only get out of a school what they put into a school. In other words, if you don't want to do the research, reading, etc then I don't know what you are going to get out of it. I would recommend AMU to my fellow military brethren. I enjoy th flexibility of classes (8 weeks only), the book grant, and the education I am getting through AMU.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on July 11, 2009

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STAY AWAY Great, up until you pay the TCE Fee. You are then locked in a system that is unflexible. The advisors will tell you what you want to hear, even if it's not the "Official APU policy." When you call to seek a solution (after you pay the TCE fee) you will get voicemail. So you then send an email to a nameless advisor supervisor. You will ultimately receive a "Gee sorry, I'll talk to the advisor that gave you the wrong information." This will by email of course. The closing portion will say, " this is the policy found on page 265, that MUST be followed" ........So sorry our agent gave you the wrong information, but this is the policy. Stay away unless you read the small print, before you speak with an advisor. Good luck.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 29, 2009

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AMU I am currently attending AMU persuing a BA in Human Resources Management. Overall, AMU is a very good school. It is convenient and I am able to log-in to my classrooms at anytime. Some 'online' classes requires the student to logg on during a specified time/date, but AMU is all at your own time. It is really good. The only feedback I have is that I wish the school would actually mail a hardcopy of the books needed for the classes rather than an e-copy. Personally, I can't still and stare at a computer screen to read all the time - a book is my preference.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 24, 2009 (email verified)

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Very pleased so far I was looking for a shcool that would fit my frequent military travels and that would be able to answer tuition assistance and GI Bill questions. I first looked at U fo Pheonix, they gave me the run around about my tuition assistance. A friend at the base recommended AMU. I am currently halfway through my program and I am very pleased with everything. Most of the profs work or have worked in their respected fields and are very knowledgable and quick to answer questions. If you are looking for an online degree program that you can just slack around and finish your degree, I wouldn't recommend AMU. Most courses I have taken are challenging. If you put forth the effort, you will get what you pay for, a quality education.
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Joeynguyen1124 (In Progress) on June 23, 2009 (email verified)

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Great Criminal Justice Program I am currently pursuing a bachelors degree in criminal justice from American Military University and think it is a great program. I love that I can earn my degree online while I work full time. I am half way through the program and have found my professors to be very knowledgeable and skilled in what they teach. They use a combination of textbooks, lecture notes, and videos to help the students understand the course. All of the professors I have had so far have bachelors and masters degrees related to criminal justice and have a great deal of background in the field. All of my textbooks and course materials are provided and I receive all my physical textbooks through the book grant (absolutely great!). When I first started with AMU, I thought the courses would be easy since I would be taking them online. I soon realized that was not the case. The courses are demanding and require hard work and effort. You have weekly discussion boards, quizzes, and exams like you would at any university. So far, I am very pleased with American Military University. I look forward to completing my criminal justice degree online and would recommend the university to people out there who are looking to earn a degree online. The school is accredited and affordable!
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Mike.azzarello (In Progress) on June 22, 2009 (email verified)

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Great Choice for an Online School I began APU (the non-military part of AMU) in October 2008 for a Master's degree in Transportation & Logistics Management. I earned my BA at a brick & mortar school about 8 years ago and decided to head back to school for a career change. I looked into other schools such as the University of Phoenix, but after seeing the cost of tuition and reading some very very bad reviews I decided to give APU a try. I have no complaints about this school. In fact I cant remember the last time I learned so much in school. Sure, there can be a lot of work involved, and there is usually some type of paper due each week, but is fun material and isn't that hard, IF your willing to put the time into it. I think one of the biggest problems for online schools and their bad reviews is that people just are disciplined to do the work. I learned real fast that you have to stay on top of the assigned work and you can not slack off. Again I have no complaints about APU / AMU and would recommend it to anyone who was looking into an Online program. Mike
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 17, 2009 (email verified)

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Generally a great school, BUT... I agree with those commenting negatively about the "Intro to Learning" course. I, too, absolutely did not need to take it, but was forced. The instructor advertises himself as an "expert" in, like, 20 different "careers", beginning with real-estate, and everything in between; he blasts his own trumpet quite loudly, and demands perfect grammar from his students, tells them to "shine" and then posts and out-dated syllabus, with mistakes throughout-spelling and grammar mistakes, no less! The instructors teaching the Intelligence courses, however, are absolutely excellent-all are senior level professionals in their field, intelligent, and responsive. Other than the intro class, other nightmare experience with one of the science courses-the instructor did not use the website/online resources that came with the textbook(a really good one), and instead had students trying to navigate their way through a nightmare website meant for professionals already working in this particular field of science! I have had no problems with financial aid, because i pester them...don't leave them alone, they get sick of me, everything's all set real fast. I, too, have been to B&M schools (2 of them), and can say that AMU is higher academically than either of the 2 I attended. I really like it at AMU, and already now (mid-BA) am hoping to do Master's there as well, and even P.h.D if they have it by then! Go, try it out, I do not believe you will be disappointed, and yes, there is TONS of work to do, but that's why you enroll in college, right?
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Tsifknits (Graduate) on June 11, 2009

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THIS SCHOOL HAS CHANGED MY LIFE AND MADE ME RICH THE INSTRUCTORS ARE AMAZING BUT INTIMIDATING. THEY ARE SO HIGHLY ACCOMPLISHED, SO IT IS SOMEWHAT CHALLENGING. A GREAT SCHOOL BY ALL MEASURES BUT YOU MUST BE DEDICATED AND MENTALLY CAPABLE BECAUSE IT IS NOT A UNIVERSITY MADE FOR EVERYONE. THOSE THAT WANT EASIER SCHOOLS BUT LESS PRESTIGE SHOULD STICK WITH THE PHOENIX, TROY, DREXEL STYLE SCHOOLS. SINCE ATTENDING I HAVE HAD THE BIGGEST COMPANIES OFFER ME JOBS AND COUNTLESS GOVERNMENT ENTITIES CONTACT WITH JOB OFFERS. IT HAS BEEN HARD WORK BUT I AM SO GLAD I HUNG IN THERE. I HAVE HAD SCHOOLS THAT OFFER DOCTORATES ACCEPT MY APPLICATIONS I JUST CANT FIGURE OUT WHERE TO DO MY DOCTORATE BUT THEY HAVE ALL ACCEPTED AMU TRANSCRIPTS. ALL AND ALL IF YOU HAVE THE SMARTS AND THE ABILITY TO GIVE YOUR ALL THIS IS THE PLACE FOR YOU
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Anonymous (In Progress) on June 5, 2009 (email verified)

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Scam! APUS is just another college scam. None of the instructors are supervised, none of their credentials can be checked out(so you might be getting "educated" by somebody who has an AA, best case scenario). Department of Education can't do anything about them because they are a private college,a business and not an actual school. Any private school can get accredited, i is not based off quality of education. The books they claim to give for free as often just low quality pdf files. Somebody needs to report them to the publishing company. Now instructors at AMU do whatever they want to do. They give assignments that are not related to class, they will fail you if they do not like you or your ideas, they will not explain anything, not mentioning teach. If you try to complain to school officials, they will try their best to cover up for the instructor and convince you that you are either : 1) an idiot 2) a foreigner and therefore an idiot That being said - not foreigner friendly. You will be filing discrimination complaints like there's no tomorrow. Not military friendly as it claims to be either. If you will get deployed and try to drop out of classes - good luck getting your money back. You will keep fowarding copies of your orders and they will keep having "system errors". I love the PR team though, so many great comments that sound way unrealistic. Good job guys! Anybody who had a bad experience with AMU please do not "let it slide", file a complaint with the "office of civil rights" or at least create an online blog describing your problem. People need to know the truth and the school needs to get shut down.
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Pacnjax (In Progress) on May 29, 2009

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Tuition Issues At first I was impressed at how quickly AMU (APUS) processed my application and how easy the system was to sign up for my first classes. Any positive impressions I may have had originally have been overshadowed by the incredibly poor quality of service I've received when trying to get a refund for two courses I needed to drop. I dropped the two courses one week prior to their start date. I've been informed that it takes 30 days for them to refund my tuition to my credit card. An email to the registrar was answered "Refunds are processed by our student accounts department and generally take 30 days." The student accounts department responded "Refunds have a turnaround time of 30 days." I would NOT recommend AMU/APUS to anyone who may have a need to withdraw from a course. I get the feeling that their primary goal is not taking care of the student but rather maintaining a revenue stream.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 29, 2009

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UOP VS AMU I actually transferred to AMU from the University of Phoenix in Sept 2008. My experience has been different from UOP. First, I must admit that at UOP I never read my books I just read enough to complete the assignments. There were discussion questions, shorts papers, and power point presentations and that was it. I passed every class with an A, which was about 16 classes. Now imagine passing a class without reading and completely comprehending the reading materials. My professors provided the same feedback “Excellent work” “great job” etc…I was expecting concise feedback in reference to content, critical thinking etc… However, at AMU is slightly more challenging I actually received A’s B’s and C’s. This is mainly because they have quizzes and exams and if you do not know the answer or if you are not able to find the answer than you are SOL. Also, some of the exams are timed and require a proctor. Overall, an online degree is easier than the traditional school as I have attended traditional college as well but it just depends on the individual. In other words, my degree is not going to get me a job because I already have a career but it will be nice to say that I have one and I can say that I have learned a lot from my courses at AMU and I would be able to hold a conversation with someone who graduated from a traditional school.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on May 26, 2009 (email verified)

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Good school with a couple of exceptions I have been with AMU for about a year and a half and have been satisfied with the quality of instruction and the course materials. Most classes I have taken required a lot of writing and provided plenty of opportunity to discuss course materials on the message boards. My only real complaint was that I was required to take an extra political science class as a prerequisite for one of my core requirements. I was not pleased to have this additional requirement added but overall my experience with AMU has been positive.
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Sharrod_2000 (In Progress) on May 18, 2009

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Great for me so far Overall I have had a great experience with AMU. The classes are not a walk in the park, and I do actually learn. As with any educational institution I have had some bad Professors and classes that I did not learn much from...on the other hand; I have had more classes and professors that were worth my time. I noticed a few people bashing AMU after they took 5 classes and such!? Doesn't say much for you to quit after such a short time. Also, I am convinced that anyone who has problems with this school administrative wise...its probably not the schools fault, as I have found them to be more then helpful.
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Anonymous (Graduate) on May 8, 2009 (email verified)

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Recent Graduate I recently completed my degree requirements for a BA in International Relations, and thought I'd write a little about my experiences at AMU and the program itself. In terms of support, I have no complaints. During my three years at AMU, I never had any difficulty communicating with my student adviser or program director. Additionally, I was able to utilize my TA, MGIB, and Financial Aid without any problems. Naturally there's a process I had to go through to get my funding 'online'. However, I was able to accomplish everything I needed through email and phone - calls and questions were returned promptly, and the entire process was painless. Tuition. At 250 per credit hour, it's cheaper than most 'for-profit' educational institutions, but keep in mind that 750 a class adds up - even with the help of TA & MGIB. If you follow APUS President W. Boston's blog, you'll know that the current tuition rates are likely to remain unchanged. Professors at AMU: Some are good, some are great, some I didn't like at all. Over the course of three years I found most professors to be engaging and demanding. Creativity, discussion and feedback are major components you'll come across in your academic plan. Overall, most online classes are writing intensive, and typical coarse loads included major research projects (15+ papers), 7-8 pg papers & LOTS of reading. Lower level classes typically demand multiple 4-5 pg papers, multiple question & essay exams. Now, did a few instructors run on 'autopilot'? Sure, I've come across two or three. Although, I should note that the university system is constantly providing opportunity for students to submit online assessment surveys & feedback - in fact one is available for each course you complete. If someone is dissatisfied with a course, they should annotate that dissatisfaction on a survey, or write the program director/school dean. Too easy. Overall, I found my time at AMU to be rewarding and challenging. Although still relatively unknown in the civilian sector, APUS has become highly regarded within the military and federal government - A fact which underlines the value of AMU's School of Security and Global Studies.
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Tjcaucutt (In Progress) on May 7, 2009

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A great choice I'm sorry some of you had poor AMU experiences, but mine has been just fine. Yes, teachers will sometimes run the course on autopilot, but education is always about self-motivation anyway. AMU gives you good resources--books, lecture notes, a great online library--but leaves it up to you to learn something. I write a ton for this program--more so, in fact, than my wife who attended a brick-and-mortar, accredited, private college. In fact, most mid-terms and finals are some sort of writing assignment. For some, the grad program is beneficial; however, I want to become a professional in my field, and am postponing my Masters until I EAS. A "normal" college will give me more research opportunities, internships and contact with professors. If I had no alternative, a graduate degree from AMU rivals any other online graduate program. Bottom line: Any school is what you make it. Both B&M schools and online schools have students who merely "show up to class," emitting no effort. A degree from AMU, combined with maturity, poise and a military background is sure to impress many employers.
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Anonymous (In Progress) on April 14, 2009 (email verified)

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Profs Unresponsive. Classes on Autopilot? I don't think any of the graduate profs at AMU actually TEACH. They post an outdated syllabus and canned questions, then sit back and grade papers. That's IT. They don't participate in discussions, or even tell students if they are on the right track, barking up the wrong tree, etc. You are on your own. Literally! To ask a question, you must email the prof. The books says they have 24 hours to respond, but I have had to send followups days later just to get an answer. And although the department head says papers will be graded within 7 days, I personally have had to wait three weeks to get a paper graded. Study groups are not allowed. You are basically getting your degree completely on your own. No teacher, no classmates. In one class, there is actually NO BOOK required. The prof posts the questions along with "key terms for web surfing" (I'm not kidding) and you have to Google your way to the answers. The materials they do distribute are outdated (many before 9/11), and are full of typos and grammatical errors. The profs are sticklers for using APA format, but then contradict the examples in their own syllabus and mark papers down. I kept thinking it was "just this professor" and things would get better. It hasn't. If I wasn't so many classes into my masters, I would quit.
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Marc (In Progress) on April 8, 2009 (email verified)

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American Military University I found the classes at AMU to be of a very high quality with degrees in many unusual fields. I have found my classes in Military History to be challenging. My Professors have been of a high quality which I did not find in the regular University I attended before. They had real life experience in the subjects they taught and seemed very interested in the subject matter. The one thing that I have had to get use to is the amount of writing I have had to do for my classes. I have had to write essays on every text we have read in a class plus the addition of a major paper at the end of each class. I feel as someone who is beyond the normal college age that this university is for those of us with active lives or those who are in the service who can use the flexibility of the online classroom to their advantage.
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