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| After being in HR and hiring so many good people who graduated from AMU/APU, I decided to go for my master's there and let me tell you, it's fantastic. You get some good and bad professors, as with any school. The class are relevant and challenging in a good way. It's great that they are accredited by the NCA and have been since 2006. I had to rate the campus and social life at a C since it's online, but that's kind of irrelevant. Anyway, if you are on the fence with this school, you should give it a try as long as you have the discipline to do online classes and regulate your own schedule. I considered University of Phoenix and Kaplan too, but they just don't look as impressive on a resume :) |
|Mar 03 2009|| 2nd Year Female --
Class 2011 |
| I was an active duty military member (and also deployed) when I completed AMU's BA-Psychology program. I think that AMU is an excellent option for deployed personnel due to the extremely military-friendly setup and faculty; in short, my personal experience was quite positive and enriching. The tuition is quite inexpensive and the material can be quite stimulating for independent learners. |
As the vast majority of students are active military (or dependents), don't expect a great deal of open-mindedness or intellectual debate amongst the student body; a great deal of bigotry and ignorance was often readily apparent to me during my interactions with fellow students. While about 50% of the students I interacted with exhibited these negative qualities, the faculty was (fortunately) very helpful and intellectually stimulating; basically, one's experience at AMU can be quite positive if one can get past the fundamentalist/homophobic/sexist/chauvinistic half of the student body (which I am correlating with the prevalence of military members within that group of students).
I completed this program because I was bored and the military was paying for it (100% TA). This degree is not directly related to my occupation (medicine), although I definitely have found many of the topics I studied to be of some use. I have since completed my enlistment and am now pursuing higher education at a brick-and-mortar institution. If you are looking for an inexpensive (possibly free) way to improve yourself academically (and are an independent learner), then I would highly recommend AMU to you.
If you find completing tasks independently and by a deadline to be challenging, then I would caution you to take only one or two classes at a time; I cannot count how many times a coworker has had to pay back tuition assistance after failing an AMU course. The courses are not that difficult but they do require sustained superior effort in order to maintain a satisfactory GPA. I would also highly recommend that you complete a two-course sequence in English (if you have not done so already); your writing ability will practically define your academic experience at AMU. There are a great deal of written assignments at the upper level (at least within the psychology program).
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience at AMU. While definitely not for everyone, AMU was the best option for me during my deployment. Please feel free to contact me if you are contemplating this institution (or the psychology program in particular).-BTG
|Feb 14 2009|| 2nd Year Male --
Class 2009 |
| AMU has an excellent undergraduate program for working adults and those serving in the military. The quality of the education was the same as I have received from "traditional" colleges. The flexability of online education made it possible for me to finish my undergraduate degree and still meet my work and family commitments. Since earning my degree I have been promoted to sergeant. I believe the Bachelor's Degree helped me during the testing and selection process within my department. |
|Feb 09 2009|| Alumnus Male --
Class 2000 |