American Public University
Review Averages: 8.0 out of 10
Accreditation: RA (NCA), DETC
American Public University Reviews:
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
M.A. Humanities Meh
Humanities - May 13, 2016
Really? This program does not even compare to brick and mortar programs. Hey, did you know that there aren't any admission requirements? This means that any fool with a pulse and a checkbook can join the program. And they do. Looking for students who have a solid background in humanities and earned their place here? Not going to happen. They haven't taken GREs, or have letters of recommendation, or a decent GPA to get into this school ANYONE who wants to pay gets in. All you have to do is post in discussion forums and write a few essays over a 16 week period. The instructors are ok, but the other students don't know how to read or think about complicated issues, so good luck trying to find intellectual stimulation here. If you want your degree to be worth more than a roll of toilet paper, save yourself the time and aggravation and apply to a real, traditional school with a rigorous program.
Masters in Public Administration - May 4, 2016
I researched far and wide to find an accredited, affordable, all on-line option for my MPA. APUS fit the bill. The classes are eight weeks each and teach an incredible amount of material in that time. Students are required to READ a GREAT DEAL of material however all the material is relevant. I have not yet run across any professor's 'pet project' that doesn't really relate to the class. The curriculum is focused and I definitely feel I learn the important, core topics in each class. The required forum postings can be difficult. But I don't learn with stuff that is easy. The teachers clearly describe the requirements for a good grade and are quite consistent in applying the grading matrix. I have NEVER been surprised by a grade as I know how much work went into the paper/discussion/project. 90% of the professors respond promptly. The enrollment process was easy. I have no difficulty in getting direction and/or help when I need it from the central/admission office. I appreciate the opportunity to learn in this way. It works for me and it's affordable. I encourage you to try.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
School Counseling Program of Study
Masters of Education, School Counseling - April 27, 2016
I was thoroughly challenged yet was very supported by all of my professors. For my Practicum and Internship the professors broke down the stigma of online learning by communicating with students frequently and making themselves available at all times of the day or night! I feel completely prepared to walk right into the School Counseling profession. Compared to others who attended other schools in the area, I feel that my experiences and learning from APU are way superior.
Unique possibility to obtain Degree in Intelligence studies
Intelligence Studies - April 20, 2016
APUS gave me exactly what I need. APUS is one of many online universities which provide opportunity to obtain the Master Degree in Intelligence Studies and after one year of study I can confirm that it is the best option. It is very important that the school is accredited and recognized by the United Nations Staff Selection Office. The Intelligence studies program has completely exceeded my expectations; moreover, comparing with my previous in-person Master Degree education in the same field academics in APUS is better than anything I have ever experienced with the course of study being more profound and informative. The instructors have broad experiences working at the different bodies and key posts in the Intelligence community. The staff is amazing, providing a lot of additional information and help beyond the program of studying. The APUS online library deserves special appraisal with easy to search option and multitude of useful, rare and just interesting sources, which is not possible to find on open Internet. The APUS events in the different cities of the USA allow interacting with fellow students and the APUS management. You are totally in control of what you learn and how you learn it. Even with my work without a definite schedule and extra work hours I am still able to balance work, family, and education taking one eight-week online course at a time with one-month break between classes. I recommend APUS and specifically Intelligence Study program to anyone interested in advancing the career in international security and analysis as well as for United Nations Security specialists.
Best American History Program
BA History - April 17, 2016
I earned my undergraduate degree in American history. I enjoyed the academic experience as an online learner. In order to succeed in online learning. Student's must be self-disciplined, dedicated, and committed. I learned true history from the professors at American Public University. Not only that, they encouraged me to search beyond the obvious facts for a greater understanding of our world through positive feedback, criticism, and ongoing encouragement. At American Public University, I felt like a contributing member of the diverse learning environment. I gained a greater understanding of life, the community I live in and the world. I can do more with historical facts rather than simply repeating them. I plan to challenge my history students to do the same by applying the same teaching principles I was exposed to at American Public University.
APUS Humanities Grad Student
Humanities - April 16, 2016
Having limited exposure to online classroom environments, as well as having been out of school for over twenty years, I was hesitant in my pursuit of an online masters degree; however, my internet search was clear--APUS was, by far, the clear choice for accreditation, reputation, quality, and value. The APUS Humanities program is based on the Great Books of Western Civilization, which can be limiting for students who wish to explore additional areas of interest more in depth (such as the Near East or ancient Egypt). Indeed, these areas are covered in HUMN510, albeit very quickly. Opinions and reviews of professors are subjective, so I will not get into it here; however, my assessment of the professors in this programs is as follows: they are qualified, accomplished, knowledgeable, involved, and responsive. They are the real deal; I have experienced no "hacks" thus far. Indeed, they are kept quite busy; many carry several undergrad and graduate classes, as well as sit on advisory boards, attend conferences, supervise other professors, etc. Regardless of other activities and responsibilities, each of my professors was engaged throughout each week, and returned graded assignments within a week or two (at the most). Expectations are high, so bring your 'A' game. Grading is hard, but fair. Again, your mileage will vary from one instructor to the next, but this is no program to stroll through. If you are in search of a degree mill to obtain a masters for the sake of having one, you may want to look elsewhere. The admin staff--front office, financial aid, student services, librarians--is friendly, helpful, and eager to assist. The online library seems infinite; there is no shortage of resources for your papers and research. I have even had books loaned to me from outside libraries via the Interlibrary Loan System. Consistent with perhaps any other academic setting, I have had classmates who were intelligent and engaged, sarcastic and pedantic, and B.S.-ing slugs. In one of my classes I was the ONLY student! If you are serious about a solid education at the graduate level, APUS is worthy of consideration. Be prepared to read and write, and read and write. Each class is different, however, and they have creatively approached changing the work demands throughout the program. For instance, HUMN500 is a research and writing class requiring some small essays and one term paper. In HUMN510, a moderate paper is due about every three weeks. Several two- to three-paged papers are required in HUMN520. The demands are challenging, but your reading and writing ability will improve dramatically. The only downside I will assert is the inability to "specialize" in any area. Sure, there are some electives offered wherein, based on selection, one could become more learned in, say, world religion--entire classes are offered in Hinduism and Buddhism, for instance. This program is more structured in western human culture and thought throughout history, as reflected in literature, treatise, and poetry, from the beginning of recorded history (Sumer/Babylonia) through modern time. Finally, many of the required reading materials are made available at no cost to the students either by links or uploads provided by the professors. While this can be beneficial to cost savings, I have purchased many of the books through Amazon (which were cheaper than what was offered at the student store).
Great online School
Sport and Health Science - April 14, 2016
BS in Sports and Health Sciences. I was nervous starting an online program, but I knew I did not want to be stuck where I am. Soon I will graduate! 4 classes left and I am looking forward to a new chapter. I started at APUS in Feb. 2010 and have been busting my butt since. I am only part time due to 2 jobs and youth sports (coach) I have not had many problems yet. There is always a computer near by, my book are electronic and having a tablet and smart phone makes reading easy. No excuses. Financial aid department has always been on top of things, always answering my questions in a timely manner. I have really enjoyed my studies, only problem, I wish I would have chosen a different degree, not sure exactly what I am going to do when I am done. But the world opens doors for BS degrees.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Psychology - April 10, 2016
APUS has many wonderful qualities, and for someone who is looking to get a quality education that offers flexibility and stability; it was the perfect fit. That being said, while attending APUS I had quite a bit of problems with the financial aid department, my professors and simply put the complete digital nature of the textbooks. APUS provides its undergrad students with book tuition, meaning you do not have to pay for your books unless you would like a physical copy of them. This is environmentally and economically friendly, but if you are like me, it is not very convenient and can actually become a problem if you are visually impaired, or have attention span problems. While yes, you can buy the physical copy of the book, not every class provides you with that option, thus forcing you to read your text on your computer screen. When you are reading 4-5 chapters a week, per class, with and upwards amount of 3-5 classes, it can be rather troublesome. The professors, generally speaking, are on your side and are willing to do almost anything to help you succeed and to pass their class. The downside that I kept running into is that there are some professors who simply will not work with you, no matter the circumstances. Which is something to be aware of if, like me, you live in a VERY rural area that is prone to power outages when the weather is inclement. The last major problem that I had with this school, was that of the financial aid dept. Every semester was the same thing, I would have to call up the financial aid dept. tell them that they have yet to disburse my loans and I would have to fight with them to ensure that my financial aid was disbursed and that my classes were covered. My final semester of APUS they had over-calculated my financial aid and I received a refund when I shouldn't have. Due to this I did not have enough funds to cover my final courses, and ended up having to pay out of pocket in order to graduate. While I did not have to pay an exuberant amount, I was more upset by the fact that they were the ones who had made the mistake, and I ended up paying for it. During my time with APUS, I had the opportunity to become rather engaged in the online extra-curricular community. APUS has many clubs, and student run organizations that you can join and participate in; you can even hold officer positions and help run these orgs. and clubs! Serving as a student leader was a lot of fun, and helped change my point of view about the school. There are many wonderful individuals who work with APUS, and I absolutely enjoyed getting to know many of them. In addition, APUS has many resources available to its students and alumni, including but not limited to: Career services (assistance with finding a job, resume writing assistance, career fairs, etc), Free online tutoring, a library filled with limitless references for all majors, minors, and certificate programs, an alumni rally, university ambassador program, student awards and honor societies, and SO MANY cross-networking opportunities. The graduation is also quite a to-do, and I am really excited to be able to attend this year. If I had the choice to do my education all over again, I think I would still choose APUS, mostly because of its strong sense of community, and ease of access. But there is definitely A LOT of room for improvement in regards to in-house affairs like financial services.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Great Choice for Pursuing Masters Degree
Management - April 9, 2016
I graduated with my BS in Criminology, Fall 1994, from a brick and mortar institution. I commenced working on my Masters Degree November 2015 after a 21 year absence!! Honestly, my BS has NOT been put to use in security, law enforcement, or corrections. I will admit that it was a scary endeavor at first because I wasn't even certain about returning to school, especially with changing majors. My first two weeks were the hardest and I considered giving up at least three times (maybe more). I am elated that I did not. I had to re-learn APA style (actually I didn't even remember it). The biggest challenges have been finding the balance with family life, working full-time, and going to school full-time; completing what seems to be excessive readings; and writing scientifically since I'm more of a "free-styler". Faculty has been great in working with me and providing great recommendations. I do miss my free time but this is worth the investment. Two years is not a long time. I am grateful that I ran out of excuses on why I should NOT pursue my Masters. The biggest recommendations that I can give anyone is to assure that you are disciplined enough to pursue online (a scheduled is still required and time management is mandatory) and to be 100% positive that this is the best route for you. I am now in my third class and continuing to push forward, anticipated graduation Fall 2017. Aim high, rise higher!! ALF
Masters in Public Administration - April 1, 2016
I had read some bad reviews of APU from several years ago and entered a bit worried. There was no need for worry as the program far exceeded my expectations. The instructors were fantastic, the hours flexible, and the tuition affordable. I am on my final capstone and thesis now. My instructor and I communicate almost daily.
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