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As an adult student and business professional, I highly recommend this program. The instructors generally have significant real world experience to augment academic credentials. Admittedly a few were solely life long academia. Those individuals stood out in my mind, focused on minutia. One went so far as to to accuse me of plagiarism for not citing my own published work. In that case I discussed with the instructor that I was unaware that I must cite myself, We agreed on a slight grade point deduction. With that exception the course work was generally well done, This course of study is very writing intensive and you will be expected to write at a level appropriate to the class. A Masters level course will expect Masters level writing. I do recommend this school.
I just finished my final for a bachelor of science in information systems security with American Military University. This school is great in regards to understanding issues that are out of your control. In regards to financial aid, I had no issues with the university, they have always been helpful either via phone or email. Now, the degree field that I chose was pretty decent. I won't say the best, but good. You really have to study your butt off and write quite a lot of papers on various subjects within the Information Systems Security realm. This degree somewhat prepares you for professional certifications such as Security +, Network + and so on. However, in order for you to pass these certs, you will have to do additional, test-centric study. Have I learned anything in this school? Of course I have learned quite a lot! have learned how to properly manage my time! The daily week to week work load is manageable, Usually, it consists of a forum posting a minimum of 250 words (remember, you do the minimum, you get the minimum grade) and at least two 150 word minimum responses. Additionally, a test or an assignment paper that is at least 3 pages long may be assigned. Then, it's all the additional study time to prep for any topic research beyond the books. The books, which are available electronically with the tuition are alright. Not the best, but good enough to get through the program. As we know, technology is evolving every single day, and some of these books are essentially obsolete due to this fast-paced field. However, the internet is your friend, and you will get what you put in with this degree. Am I proud to say I am an AMU grad? That I am not sure yet, however, I believe so. It does have the "for profit" stigma associated with it, so it may put you at a disadvantage when it comes to work outside of the government sector. Not to bash on the school, but that's simply the stigma that surrounds ALL for-profit schools.
I completed an Associates in Business Administration at a state school. After having my first child I decided I wanted to finish my Bachelor Degree in Business as well. I was working full time and was not able to attend a traditional school. I graduated in 2014 with my Bachelor's, and I found the classes to be challenging and thorough. The professors will not let you slack off, so if you miss a deadline, or post late, you will either get points deducted or receive a 0 for that assignment or forum. The classes are set up so that if you do not participate at least 3 to 4 times a week, you will fail the class. You can only fail a class once, you get one re-try and if you don't pass the 2nd time you have to choose a different class, or a different degree if it is a core requirement. Fortunately I never had to deal with that particular issue, but you should be aware of it before slacking off. I appreciate that level of strictness because you are not attending classes, so the only way to make sure the students actually do the work and learn the material is to be strict on the deadlines. Some of the upper level courses required detailed excel work and statistical analysis problems, and the professors would post online videos to help walk students through homework and review problems. I never had an issue with Student Aid, but I always completed the aid process as early as possible, if you rush the process you will be frustrated. I found the website to be easy to use, the online library was very helpful. The school is accredited, and their classes transfer to state schools, and likewise. I have used a lot of the information I learned in my career, and was promoted as a result of the degree. If I do decide to pursue a Master's Degree, I will be attending APUS.
The PROS of this program are identical to the same as every other online BA program...identical. The added bonus is the savings. In my case, it was about a 60% savings over my second choice (Adams Online University, CO). They have a much, much higher graduation rate than PHX or CTU Online. Two coworkers were in the same titled program at the same time. We are all planning to graduate now, or just graduated. The one who went to PHX had instructor issues. The one who went to our local U (classroom setting) had scheduling issues. I had a better experience than both of them. You will study and stretch. You will graduate (they have a very high graduation rate) and you will get the job. If you want to move forward in your career and actually obtain an education than this is a great option. CONS: I had no luck working through an error (my bad) when I requested that my records be transferred until I threatened to leave the school. It was a problem time I tried to register and I was blocked from taking more classes until I got hold of a full-time staff there, rather than a student-staffer. They got it resolved in 1 day. I actually broke down and cried...then canceled my transfer to PHX. ..........So..........The balance of staff have been easy and helpful. I would recommend you Google the names of your professors when you are looking to register; some of them are more rigid than others. Some are more fun! The teachers post their phone numbers. If you google their names you'll find that they typically teach at multiple traditional and online colleges. What made me giggle is that the tests are all the same, for all the online colleges! If you Google a quiz question it will pop up under 5 universities....so save your money and go to APU/AMU. If you want a degree you will get one. No one cares about the name on the sweatshirt, not anymore. Online is the way of the future for working professionals.
I returned to school late in life and have found American Public University to be exactly what I needed. I've completed a Bachelor of Science degree and am currently working on a Master of Art degree, both in their Legal Studies program. This school has it together. Every step of the way since I first enrolled in 2014 has been professionally handled to the point that I've never had to talk with anyone on the phone. All of my issues have been handled promptly via email. Including, registration, program and financial aid issues. The instructors are outstanding and I've never had an issue with any of them. And their backgrounds and resumes are unbelievable. All are highly educated and have held top positions in the fields that they teach. I am glad I made the decision to go with APU. I've taken classes at brick and mortar colleges over the years and I can tell you that I've worked harder and learned more at APU than I ever did at these other schools. Thank you, American Public University.
I have completed five graduate level classes and have had a great experience at American Military University. Classes are much more intensive than my B&M undergraduate classes. Professors have been excellent to good, with the good instructors grading fairly and providing feedback. The excellent instructors graded fairly but more strictly while providing more detailed feedback. All instructors have answered questions regarding the classes very promptly. The online format at APUS is best suited to self-starters and if you give sincere effort you will receive a great education. The forums are an excellent communication tool that will expand your learning from your peers while providing a sense of academic community. Textbooks and supplemental reading assignments are current. Financial aid has been very responsive, I have not had to drop any classes while attending APUS. Instructors will work with you when you need an extension due to work conflicts. This is an excellent school to attend if you are in the work force and require flexibility in scheduling your classes and studying.
The IT programs are very reliable here; I have gained and learned a lot from very experienced professors. I recommend this school to everyone. the education system and the faculty are very friendly and very helpful to students. I have learned a lot in this university.
I quite liked everything about this school, except their financial aid office. The teachers were incredible knowledgeable and helpful. I learned an awful lot. My only problem stemmed from how they handled my financial aid. During my fiscal years with them, which is the 8 month period you are taking classes with them, I had more problems than I didn't. I was on the phone with them so many times to figure out what was going wrong it was kinda ridiculous. Now my biggest problem was not that it was a repeating problem, it was a slew of all sorts of things. My biggest complaint in all this, was I would call and they would give me information that was wrong. Yes, Beth you will be able to enter your classes, the start date would role around and my class would still be locked. The number of problems they had with my account seemed to be endless. Here is a few examples: a new financial aid system was installed and I didn't click through it to show I had learned about it, but I was never informed to do this. My aid was cut drastically, they marked me down as part time instead of full, I use this money to pay my rent! I had class overlap between to fiscal years and they really could not figure out how to hand out the financial aid because of it. My favorite out of all of them was when they sent me an email and told me they had over appropriated funds to me on my student loans and that I now owed them $1755. How does that even happen? The honest truth behind the last one too was I called them to make sure I was suppose to be getting the extra money, it was more than I typically received. They assured me up and down that it was the correct amount. I could not finish my last two classes with them until I paid it back. I do not have a lot of money, I have two small kids, and the financial aid was my living money. I had to take out a payday loan to pay them off, so I could finish my degree. It really was not a pleasant time for me.
All I have to say is best online school I have been compare to CTC, SLCC, and Parker University. I got hired at the EPA under the Recent Graduate Program and I am currently a Scientist for the agency. I get a fatty check every month :) Mission Accomplished!
Absolutely stay away! After a rough year, unexpected major surgery and my grandmother's death, I had withdrawn from 2 courses and failed two others. I fell .2 GPA below what is required for fin aid. I created a SAP appeal sending in over 20 documents, death cert and doctors records. They denied my appeal for financial aid. I honestly have zero clue why. They said I can "pay out of pocket". No thanks, I'm withdrawing completely. The classroom set up is extremely basic, I don't actually believe you learn anything and their financial department is miss informed about how the process works. Find any other school because this one is a joke.