I was a former UOP student who transferred to American Public University System/American Military University in 2013. I was transferring from an associates degree to bachelors degree in public health. It was a very easy transition and they even credited me $50 for the credit transfer fee and paperwork. I didn't have any problems with their financial aid and received mine the second week after I started class. I didn't care for the way they had their classroom set up. It was hard to navigate and I just really didn't understand some of the things they did, it made no sense at all. I was a student there for about 6 months before I started having problems. For some reason their site kept showing me that I had submitted my essays and replies but my instructor never received anything. I kept reporting this matter and nothing ever came of it. I know a couple of others who had the same problem who ended up failing the class. I didn't want to fail because I have kept a 3.8 GPA with UOP and had a 2.75 (it was like that since I was transferred) with APUS. I put in a withdrawal in my 3rd week, you have until the 4th, and it showed my withdrawal had went through. I thought that was the end of it until I received an email stating I was on academic probation. Turns out the withdrawal never went through and I failed the classes. I did an appeal on it and it was denied. I was told I would have to come up with $3200 for the semester and bring my GPA average above 2.0 to start receiving financial aid. I am now transferring back to UOP due to this nonsense. The classes are cheaper but it isn't worth it if you are going to fail due to their site not working properly. I even changed out computers, went to the library, and used a friends computer at her house and it wouldn't work. I do not recommend this university to anyone who doesn't want to end up on academic probation and all this headache.
Great Professors, Great School!
I went from going to a fully in classroom learning environment to going to American Military University. I must say, this school, for being online is great!
Most of the professors are very nice and personable. They understand students have busy lives with work and other commitments. If you have a hard time meeting a deadline, just let them know so they can work something out. Obviously, if you take advantage of this, they will not work with you.
Forum boards are due mid week, Wednesday or Thursday, depending on the professor. Responses to peers forums are due by Sunday nights.
You will have assignments, like papers, quizzes, tests, and homework assignments. They are usually also due Sunday nights.
Although this is online, you still need to learn the materials. You will usually have to teach yourself and ask the professor if you have any questions/ issues. Most professors get back to you in a very timely manner (within in 24 hours). This is helpful, as long as you don't leave it until the last minute!
If you have a busy schedule and you need to take classes online, take AMU into consideration!
So far a good experience
After hearing about a good experience from a friend that got his master's degree from AMU, I decided to take a class at APUS/AMU to transfer to my local public university. I had a great experience with my 400 level political science class at AMU. Being regionally accredited, it was super easy to transfer the credits to my school. I will likely take more classes from AMU in the future, and possibly pursue a graduate degree their.
another way of sliding by...can you say UoP?
American Military University/American Public University was begun by a guy who barely managed to retire with 20 years in - a Major/0-4. It is a Tier IV school (the bottom rank) with lot's of administrators with no previous education experience - but who do need a job. Gotta paythe bills right? And they can pick it up as they go - sound familiar?
The business model is based on the military's tuiton assistance programs/education benefits. The faculty, mostly PT, are paid per student completing the class - so they have financial incentive to slide the student through. The students are largely people (open admissions - if you are breathing you are in) who were not smart enough or financially able (at a time when ROTC was begging for people) to go to college when they were 18, so now they are doing it when they are 30 and 40. Some are very good and most are simply interested in sliding by and getting the degree then working in government service where low levels of performance are encouraged so that everybody performs the same.
AMU will hand carry you through their program but you won't come out with much more than you went in with. You would not want a doctor, lawyer, or indian chief from AMU doing any work for you, but it is an easy way to get a degree and slide into a government job where performance is not important.
I got my degree through working, deploying, and family changes
I started this school in 2001. I was able to work, tend to my family, and even deploy. They went through a lot of changes over the years. For good reasons though. The classroom was easy to navigate, assignments varied and challenged me. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a way to finish college but cant go as a traditional student. For military the books were free.
Warner Robins, GA
AMU let me be in two places at once
I am a mom of three children that was given the chance to return to school for my Master's degree. I had attended a "traditional" college for my Bachelor's degree that required me to be away from my children, long hours, travel and stress.
When a friend introduced me to AMU, I was not sure about going to school online. But I applied and was accepted. Within the first week of scheduling my classes, I was contacted by my adivsor because my course load was four classes in a eight week span. They explained that the classes were intense and the two classes were considered full time for an eight week session.
I was glad that I did take the two classes. I recall my first class was a rough for me, but every step of the way, the professor explained what they needed from me and gave me ease knowing that they were helping me, instead of letting me fall.
I ran into health matter a few months after I started school and it was not what I had planned for me. I was diagnosised with a brain tumor. I contacted my professors and the outpour of compassion and prayers was wonderful. The best part of being online was that I was able to do my homework while I was in the hospital.
And that is how AMU works - it gave me the freedom to be a mom, work, handle medical issues and still enjoy life.
The best part of AMU is that facility and students, in one way or another, are linked to military and government services. Be it that they are prior service, active duty or retired, when you enter into that commroddary, you feel at home.
We stick together and don't let anyone fall. We play for keeps!
Gales Ferry, CT
AMU is the best option for active duty military members.
I completed my undergraduate studies through the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 2000, while serving on active duty in the United States Air Force. I subsequently applied for an officer's commission in the Air Force and was commissioned in 2001. I knew of the general expectation for officers to obtain a master's degree by a certain point in their career, so I started looking right away.
American Military University came up in my search and appeared to be the perfect option. As the name implied, AMU seemed specifically designed to work with military members and their highly unpredictable lifestyles. Throughout my studies, AMU instructors proved to be flexible in response to my duty-related requirements, without sacrificing academic quality.
When I looked into the AMU degree programs, I found a course of study specifically related to my career as an intelligence officer. The only other academic institution to offer such a program was a Department of Defense school that was difficult to get into because of limited availability, and it would have taken me away from my family for an extended period of time.
I started my masters program in 2002 with the intention of taking my time. I enrolled in one class at a time and took short breaks when the Air Force required me to attend formal training or professional military education courses. Because of available internet connectivity, I was able to continue my studies throughout deployments. This "slow and steady" approach to my program allowed me to maintain a normal family and extracurricular activity schedule. I completed my course work and graduated in March of 2008.
At the beginning of my program I couldn't have talked to the quality of AMU instructors, but now I can speak with confidence. AMU instructors are truly experts in their respective fields. When researching for papers and projects I consistently found works by my instructors being referenced by other authors and researchers. By the time I finished my degree program, there was no doubt regarding the credibility of AMU instructors.
I'll admit that I was at first a bit uneasy about online education, because I had only done in-class academic programs prior to this. The online classrooms seemed fairly intuitive to navigate and it wasn't long before I began to really enjoy this type of learning. Chat sessions and discussion boards facilitated the classroom participation that I originally thought might be lacking with online learning. This allowed people on opposite sides of the world to share and learn together, which would have otherwise been impossible.
All in all, my academic experience with AMU was outstanding! I have numerous colleagues that have completed degree programs or are currently enrolled in classes at AMU. It seems to be the "go-to" academic institution for military personnel and others in this dynamic world of the military professional.
Douglas P Master of Strategic Intelligence American Military University, 2008
Rapid City, SD
AMU/APU is a GREAT Online College for all students
The American Military University is also known as the American Public University and it is not just for the military but for civilians as well. You do not even have to be a spouse or work for the government to apply. However, it does accommodate the military also. It allows you to leave your studies for a while if you are deployed and then to pick them up when you return. If you run into a family problem and need to take some time off you can do that also. It gives you many tools to succeed.
They offer a wide range of Degrees and Certificates.
Corrections Management, Enterprise Web Applications, Explosive Ordnance Disposal,Family Studies, Fire Science, Forensics, Hazardous Waste Management, Homeland Security, Human Resource Management, IT Infrastructure Security, Infant and Toddler Care, Information Security Planning, Instructional Design and Delivery, Intelligence Analysis, Microsoft Access Database Applications, Military Leadership Studies, Paralegal Studies, Real Estate Management, Security Management, Space Studies, Terrorism Studies, United Nations, Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness, Web Publishing
Air Warfare, American History, American Revolution Studies, Ancient and Classical History, Asymmetrical Warfare, Athletic Administration, Civil War Studies, Competitive Intelligence, Criminal Justice, Emergency and Disaster Management, European History, Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis, Intelligence Studies, Joint Warfare, Land Warfare, Logistics Management, National Security Studies, Naval Warfare, Organizational Management, Post-baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Certification Program, Security Management, Space Studies, Sports Management, Strategic Leadership, Terrorism Studies, World War II Studies
**Associate of Arts**
Accounting, Business Administration, Communication, Counter Terrorism Studies, Early Childhood Care and Education, General Studies, History, Hospitality, Military History, Personnel Administration, Real Estate Studies, Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness
**Associate of Science**
Computer Applications, Database Application Development, Explosive Ordnance Disposal, Fire Science, Paralegal Studies, Public Health, Web Publishing
**Bachelor of Arts**
Child and Family Development, Criminal Justice, Emergency and Disaster Management, English, General Studies, History, Homeland Security, Hospitality Management, Intelligence Studies, International Relations, Management, Marketing, Middle Eastern Studies, Military History, Military Management and Program Acquisition, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religion, Security Management, Sociology, Transportation and Logistics Management
**Bachelor of Science**
Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Fire Science Management, Information Systems Security, Information Technology, Information Technology Management, Legal Studies, Public Health, Space Studies, Sports and Health Sciences
Business Administration, Business Administration-Practicum Option, Public Administration, Public Administration-Capstone Option, Public Health
**Master of Arts**
Criminal Justice, Criminal Justice-Capstone Option, Emergency and Disaster Management, Emergency and Disaster Management-Capstone Option, History, History-Capstone Option, History-Practicum Option, Homeland Security, Homeland Security-Capstone Option, Humanities, Humanities-Capstone Option, Intelligence Studies-Capstone Option, International Relations and Conflict Resolution, International Relations and Conflict Resolution-Capstone Option, Legal Studies, Management, Management-Practicum Option, Military History, Military History-Capstone Option, Military Studies, Military Studies-Capstone Option, National Security Studies, National Security Studies-Capstone Option, Political Science, Political Science-Capstone Option, Security Management, Security Management-Capstone Option, Transportation and Logistics Management, Transportation and Logistics Management-Capstone Option
**Master of Education**
Education: Administration and Supervision, Education: Guidance and Counseling, Education: Teaching-Elementary Education, Education: Teaching-Gifted Education, Education: Teaching-Instructional Leadership, Education: Teaching-Reading and Literacy, Education: Teaching-Secondary Social Studies, Education: Teaching-Special Education, Education: Teaching-Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
**Master of Science**
Environmental Policy and Management, Environmental Policy and Management-Capstone Option, Space Studies-Capstone Option, Sports Management, Sports Management-Practicum Option
If you have attended a community college or other college and now want to try an online college, many of you credits are probably transferable. I had attended my community college and was able to transfer enough credits to eliminate all of my elective classes.
I would recommend this college to anyone wanting to further their education or to those that are just starting out. They are very helpful and the class work, while online, is mostly interesting.