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I am not sure if an undergrad degree would be the same, but I can tell you I had to work my butt off on the MPA program. You get what you give. I worked hard and my instructors made themselves available whenever I needed them. I found the program to be excellent. I attended a bricks and mortar school for undergrad so I can make a comparison. Well worth the money.
American Public University is the best school I've ever attended. From the helpful admissions people to the great teachers and advisors. I have received valuable support and encouragement the whole time. I've been to 2 other universities, prior to APU and had both on campus experiences and hybrid courses. If you're comfortable with computers then 100% online is a great fit with APU. I have been going to this school for a little more than a year and have found no issues with the financial aid, probably because I pass my courses. The tuition is the most affordable that I've found and the grad rates seem high - have you seen the photos from the last graduation ceremony? Wow, there were a ton of people and I can't wait to go! APU even provides books for free for all undergrads. The teachers message me back within a reasonable time frame and 1 teacher even gave me their phone number! The grading scale can be challenging but I am learning so much. With all the schools I've attended you get out what you put in and there's no exception at APU. No school is perfect but in my experience APU is pretty close. For those of you who haven't joined us in the 21st century, almost every single university is online or has online components. There's not really a need for physical locations for some degrees. If you want affordable costs, flexible schedules and great support teams, APU is for you! One more note, my employer reimburses me for the courses because this school is held in such high regard. Go class of 2018!!!!!!
What an absolutely terrible school. The professors are a joke, there is no consistency in their grading, they don't respond to emails quickly and then rip you apart if your paper was incorrect. Half the time the classes start before your books are even available from the library and you have to rent them just to start your class. They fight you tooth and nail when it comes for official transcripts. I don't recommend this school to my worst enemy. I feel like I have learned absolutely nothing from the professors and I'm glad I transferred so I could actually get a real education.
APUS is FOR PROFIT, note that I do not say "college" or "university." They pay professors $7.00 a week per student (think of having a class of 3 in a graduate course), so don't expect stellar effort on their part to help you. Anyone can get into this school, just show up with a pulse and a check. Courses are an easy "A," so when you need to show your "skills" to others who have the degree from traditional schools with good reputations, don't be surprised by the stares and pity from others, as it will become evident that your courses - your lousy 5 papers and discussion threads over a 16 week period amount to a pile of beetle dung. And expect employers, if you are outside the military to say, "an online degree? who is APUS? what are their credentials?" These are not questions they need to ask of an on ground, accredited university or college. Oh yeah, and guess what, they lost a student's master's degree! No record of it, NADA, never registered to the library. So it's like I never wrote a thesis for my MA in Humanities! Shows you how great my profs thought it was - completely useless, and how much APUS did not care to even register my hard work.
I am in the middle of obtaining an M.A. in Global History via their online learning environment. The good: APUS makes it very easy to apply and submit materials online. The account page is very intuitive, and there is a link for just about everything. Also, it's the cheapest route to obtaining a Masters. The bad: Books aren't finalized until the day classes start, which is annoying and unpractical. A few professors have been very kind and helpful, but the majority are not. Course expectations are not clearly outlined in the syllabus. The online "classroom" is very outdated - in the sense that the resources and materials were probably relevant at a much earlier date. There are a lot of broken links, incorrect dates, missing information regarding assignment details, etc. Case in point: my most recent course had links to many reading assignments, the majority of which were inactive. In the end, I suppose you get what you pay for. This is a for-profit, ultra cheap school. Profits are first, academics are second. That much is very clear. I would definitely not recommend this school to anyone.
Excellent choice! I completed both my Bachelor's and Master's degrees through American Military University, an APUS affiliate. I found the courses to be appropriately challenging and the faculty to be knowledgeable and helpful. There is a lot of writing involved in the Master's program and everything goes through a plagiarism check when ones work is turned in to the assignments tab, which places a high level of individual responsibility on the writer to ensure they are completing original work. I wholeheartedly recommend this school for those seeking a good online format to complete a degree. If you want an easy school, look somewhere else. AMU/APUS is not an easy "A" institution!
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.