American Military University
American Military University - Graduate (MS/PhD) Ratings|
|Total Grad Surveys||36|
|Avg years at University||1.8|
|Research Quality||A- (8.5)|
|Research Availability||A (9.2)|
|Research Funding||A (9.0)|
|Graduate Politics||A (9.5)|
|Errand Runners||A+ (9.8)|
|Degree Completion||A (8.9)|
|Alternative pay [ta/gsi]||A- (8.7)|
|Sufficient Pay||A+ (9.7)|
|Education Quality||A (9.6)|
|Faculty Accessibility||A (9.3)|
|Useful Research||A (9.5)|
|"Individual" treatment||A (9.1)|
|Campus Beauty||A+ (9.8)|
|Campus Maintenance||A (9.1)|
|University Resource/spending||A (9.6)|
|Surrounding City||A- (8.7)|
|Social Life/Environment||A- (8.3)|
I am now in the Matser's program and have discovered that everyone's idea of APA format is not even close. (This with using citation machine). I had one professor grade my papers like a 3 year old. The final product was after all of the corrections were made over the weeks and I still got a bad grade on it with even more corrections than the first time around. There are definate grade killers. There are professors that are slow to grade, give you not only 10 essay question (400-500 words a piece) plus a written assignment of 2-3 pages and the forums with discussion. That was a bit much for one class. The Biostatistics class, the professor refused to give you any instruction on the final piece. Although all my numbers were good, he wanted a written report with APA format, which would have been nice to know or at least been given a template to follow.
The financial aid department is a disaster and the advisors don't get back to you in a timely manner. Overall-it's ok but I think that unifomity throughout the university should be looked at.
The professors in my program are all highly qualified in their fields and have very respectable credentials. They are also currently employed in the relevant fields, keeping their courses current with up-to-date research. The students are all very experienced and diverse, creating an opportunity for excellent interaction on the message boards (which replaces in class discussions). The work can be challenging, as you must keep pace on the condensed courses (eight weeks, rather than 16), but if you apply yourself ? you can get a lot of out each course. The syllabus is always straightforward, so you know what will be expected from you during the eight weeks ? if you don?t think you can handle that work at present; you have the option to drop from the course without penalty within the first week.
I am considering going back for an undergraduate certificate for more diverse professional development. Highly recommend if you are the type of person who can handle a self-study course.
Another good thing, it is easy to manage your enrollment and student service stuff.
Now on to the not so good stuff. The involvement by the professors were less than optimal. The party line seems to be just do the work and get on with it. It is difficult to do the work without clear directions. Attempts to contact professors seemed to be difficult and it seem to be a waste of their time.
The school is in a transition period after accreditation and the current students are receiving the brunt of the pain. My experience is to a limited amount of classes before I could prove the problems were a trend. I elected to depart for another school and program.Students often emailed each other behind the scenes trying to figure out what is going on or is expected.