American Public University System Reviews - Master's in
I had a pretty good experience at APU. While other students are correct the answers to the tests are a click away that is not true when it comes to Finance course quizzes and homework. It was very challenging and no two students are given the same set of problems and the quizzes are timed. The papers you turn in are required to go through turnitin and are checked for plagiarism so you can not just copy someone's paper. As a working mom this program was perfect for me. I went a division 1 school for my undergrad and I can tell you almost all schools are in place to make a profit whether they are for profit or not. I paid for my degree out of pocket so cannot comment on the financial aid. All and all this was a good experience and I felt on a master's level the school was very accommodating.
This is a school that has dedicated professors who are knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. The courses are well-organized and professors provide a grading rubric, as well as course syllabus at the beginning of each course. It requires effort, there is a lot of writing, and participation in the forums, but is is well worth the effort. This is for people who are vested in improving themselves with an education that requires them to put forth considerable effort. I would recommend it to anyone who is willing to put forth the effort to do the work. The only negative or drawbacks are the hours they do website maintenance, (if on PST), and the admin office is slow getting things turned around. The turnaround time on grading is clearly defined by the professors at the beginning of the class, there are deadlines, so you will be accountable for getting the work done. It is an excellent program run by professionals, people who are interested in you as a student, and your success. I did not have much interaction with the finance dept, so can not speak to the quality of service there, but student advisors are helpful, response is okay not usually quick, and the website is easy to negotiate.
I had a good overall experience while attending AMU. The program was good, and I was also inspired to self-study in many cases. I think the self-study portion was largely brought about due to everything being online. I often times found myself looking for more than just the answer. I did have some concerns during the open forums. These concerns were largely due to the obvious cut and paste replies supplied by some of my classmates. In some cases, it was obvious that the students should not have been qualified for the program. I can only hope that their grades reflected the complete lack of effort. However, I can say that the forums did allow for me to view some valuable perspectives from some of my classmates. Once again, it was a good experience overall. The admissions standards might need to be reviewed to ensure that anyone can;t just walk in. The would certainly help protect the reputation of the program.
I begin classes at APUS in Summer 2013. A 3 year program to complete my Masters Degree in Legal Studies and Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice. The classes were challenging and the professors overall were great and the classes were interesting especially the discussion forums with classmates. The format of the class was user friendly and that was a plus for me. After graduating this past August, I decided to pursue a second Masters Degree at APUS in Management and just completed my first class today. I was fortunate that 2 classes from my prior masters degree program was applied to my new masters program to fulfill an elective and concentration requirement so now I am 9 units completed. The classes require a lot of reading time, research, and self discipline to succeed.
I was completely satisfied with my experience with American Military University (part of the APUS), with exception of my final capstone thesis course. To start with, I point out that even brick & mortar schools now rely heavily on online courses, due to budget cuts. I have three college grad kids, all who attended major state universities, and all had to take up to 30% of their courses online. There was no other option, due to budget cuts. So, those shunning an online degree keep an open mind. Second, as with any school, you get out of it what you put in. AMU will not bottle feed you, but if you are a pro-active, engaged, and motivated participant student, you will do very well. All of the professors and instructors I had taught at other schools, many at big name universities (where the tuition was 2-5x as much). So, you are getting the same professors. You will also be doing A LOT of research and writing (especially at a grad level in an 8 week course). I attended undergrad brick and mortar schools, and found the online degree forum discussions were far more extensive and engaging than the physical classroom. There are sufficient tools to combat potential plagiarism, although a few cut and paste forums were obvious (and reported and dealt with). I had absolutely no problems with billing or handling my post-9/11 GI Bill payments. Books were sometimes an issue, but as I had two kids in college, I saw that is universal. Expect to utilize outside sources for grad texts. That said, three courses required no text books all the study material was research based or provided by the instructor. Several classes had lab exercises reinforcing concepts and theories and helping to break up the research paper drill. My ONLY complaint was the final thesis capstone course, due entirely to a bad luck draw of a horrible professor. Almost half the class nearly dropped the course, and all (including myself) started it with 4.0 GPAs. The first class grades were low Cs, ruing any hope of an A or final 4.0 from that point on. The prof was inconsistent, condescending, and retaliated against any student complaining or reporting her. It got so bad that the department chair had to become involved. I was ready to complete a second masters degree with AMU, but that final experience was so bad, I still cant bring myself to return. In fairness, the issue was the professor, although I believe the school could have intervened earlier to save many grades and motivate the students. Time may change my mind. Several cohorts who ended up in other capstone classes had no such problem, so I dont believe it was a school-wide issue. I question how this professor can still be employed (if she is) after so many bad student reviews. Finally, although this is a so-called for profit school (in reality, every school is), the tuition was very, very reasonable. Again, your value will be reflective of your effort.
Education is what you make of it, whether you're Abraham Lincoln reading second hand books and mastering the law or you're a rich child attending Harvard Law because your parents went. AMU/APUS is no different. There will always be some professors who are better than others, and there will be some classes with a heavier workload or a unique curriculum requiring extra discipline. Some courses I've taken, especially in my graduate studies, have been incredibly challenging and time consuming, with one class standing out in my mind requiring nearly 1,000 pages of reading per week in addition to written work. Your own initiative and discipline will win your success at this university, just like anywhere else in life. I have been a student at AMU/APUS since 2006. I finished my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and then started my Master of Arts in Ancient and Classical History. I've seen the criticism over the years of online study, especially earlier on in my decade of attendance here as the concept of distance learning threatens the profit margins of brick & mortar schools. This school has done nothing but improve my life. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to take courses online at AMU/APUS because I would not have been able to attend a brick & mortar university with all of my training and deployments keeping me out of a physical classroom. The advent of the online classroom, so well delivered by APUS, has literally opened a door for me where there previously was a wall.
My program was online and it was a very enjoyable experience.
I decided to go back to school for my Masters and reached many schools and programs. I chose APUS as they had great reviews and a very reasonable program cost. The educational program, course delivery, and faculty were excellent. From the moment I started, the advisors, staff, and faculty proved how valuable I was as a person and student. It was obvious the instructors were there and working to help you succeed. The courses were challenging and the material was relevant and current. It was certainly a lot of work and the thesis was excitingly difficult. It was great! I highly recommend this school for their consistent and honest approach to the students.
This school is very affordable compared to other universities. They also allow you to break up payments. I did not use financial aid because I didn't want to apply for loans. I found that student services was helpful with any questions or concerns I had along the way. Just call anytime and they will help. The professors were also helpful. Many professors worked in the field I was going into. I really valued their advice. The professors had their credentials were posted in the beginning of each class. I became close to some of the professors. I would say that the studying material would rate medium at difficulty level. However, I am also a good student that has always received honors in all colleges I attended. I was given plenty of field work experience and hands on assignments. We had weekly group conferences which I came to value a lot. I chose this school because it is regionally and nationally accredited and is CACREP approved (guidelines of the American School Counselor Association). I could think of a view negative experiences with the college, like processing my payments too close together or feeling disconnecting to my team of advisors because they were changed midway (due to someone getting fired). Overall, the positive outweighs the negative. I graduated 2015. The commencement hotel is very expensive, but looks so cool. I will be attending regardless of price.