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If you want to go to Wal-Mart to get a degree then go here. If you want a real education do not go here. It is a corporate university and everything is cookie cutter. All the faculty seem miserable and the support staff sound like they all work at Disney.
THe program was fantastic, all the classes were very well organized and any issues that arose were very easily taken care of or at least help was easy to find to fix said issues. Classroom instruction was great and very easy to follow. with all classes being online it is a bit of a challenge if that is not what you are used to. However, the first class in the program is a class specifically designed to get you used to working in an online environment
This school is extremely flexible for my Military profession. Stateside or deployed, the administration was always able to help grant me the time to finish my work when called to deploy or when training took priority. I would say academically it was weak. The curriculum was very interesting and I learned a lot. However, you can do the bare minimum and get by quite easily. It does not offer the real interaction between instructors or students. Again, just enough to say it was done. I saw very little effort to peruse and education, but a lot of people pursuing a degree. I am surprised it is accredited.
overall quality is ok however it has a very inefficient Financial Aid department. I spent over a month of back and forth emails with no results. Few people telling me different things. Upset and frustrated. Too bad they do not have live classes like National University where I got my undergrad
Service Disabled Veterans and Law Enforcement Officers injured in the line of duty beware. As soon as APUS/AMU/APU learned that I was an SDV and LEO injured in the line of duty, the discrimination began. Without going into great detail, one would have thought I had the Plague or Leprosy. First, Financial Aid would not accept my phone calls once I disclosed my SDV status and I was denied financial aid. Secondly, when I attempted to dis-enroll from classes two days prior to the start of class they listed me as a "DP" (Drop). In other words I had to take a drop for classes that I never took, paid for, or even started. Thirdly, at the time of this posting, APUS Disabled Services declined to respond to my emails when requesting where I could file a complaint regarding the discrimination by APUS/AMU/APU.
American Military University's Intelligence Studies program put me far ahead of my peers in the intelligence field. The professors are accomplished professionals with relevant lessons to boost students' careers and understand the field. The university us geared towards working professionals so classes are designed to promote learning while giving you the time to have a career and a life. The university library is well stocked with e-books and articles on a variety of subjects to help students complete their assignments.
American Military University was the best option for me. The condensed 8 week online courses allowed me to accomplish more classes throughout the year. Taking classes online gave me the flexibility to get class work done when time allowed. I was able to achieve a positive work/life/college balance thanks to the flexible schedule at AMU. I would recommend this school to all military members wishing to pursue higher education. I had a great experience and I look forward to graduate school.
All professors, curriculum, classes and cost are excellent. Much harder than brick and mortar because they are 8 week classes and very little hand holding which forced me to be disciplined and responsible and savvy when trying to find information. Professors are compassionate and very available and the graduation ceremony was top notch. I am going to enroll in my MS in Space Studies. I haven't looked for work in the field because I already have a job but plan to look when I graduate. Most of alumni are service men/women that love the school as well. Excellent!
I attend APU and graduated with a Master of Arts in 2013. The coursework could have been more difficult but it was decent. The only issue is finding a job with the degree now. No problem with financial aid while I attended the school. Doctorate program should be offered in the future.
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.