American University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.88 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 161 respondents

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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 13,198 (7,909 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 45% part-time, 55% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $27,898
Source: NCES

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3.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2017

The facilities at American are really beautiful. Most of my professors were pretty helpful. I didn't like how easily my essays were graded. I feel like everyone got at least a B just for completing the assignments, which is kind of disturbing for graduate school.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2018

American University is a great school, located in the Tenleytown neighborhood of D.C. It has a beautiful campus, and is convenient to access using the Metro or the bus system. I had a great experience with professors for my Master's- very engaged and willing to make sure you get as much out of your classes as you want. Coming from a huge state school at first the campus felt small, but not having any lectures with hundreds of students was a blessing. Career Services, Financial Aid etc. are easily accessed and very helpful.
3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: Conflict Resolution
Graduation Year: 2018

American University (AU) attracts students because of its wide-range of internationally-focused curriculum, distinguished faculty and prime location in the heart of the nation's capital. Students who study at AU at any level meet a high standard of rigor and are pushed to expand their critical analysis capabilities while having the chance to network at any turn. If a student is looking to be primed to go onto a career in government, an NGO or NPO, AU will afford you the practical skills necessary to write policy briefs, understand high level research and develop the work ethic necessary in a fast-paced field. However AU lacks severely in diversity and does not offer much financial assistance to pursue a degree. The best they offer is a merit-based Research Assistant position that pays below minimum wage. Graduate students are not eligible for on-campus housing and do not receive a meal plan which creates many associated costs with this education. You will have the chance to negotiate your tuition before accepting their offer so if you are hard-pressed for cash, I recommend doing so. If you are looking for a rigorous program that is career-oriented and will develop your analytical and writing abilities, this is the program for you. However if you vie for student diversity and are not keen on networking then a less career-oriented program might be beneficial. (Please note I'm out of the country, contact via email will be best until August).
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

The school is located in an urban setting in our nation's capital. There are many domestic and international students from all walks of life to add to a well-rounded experience.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

Expensive, but it worked out for me. I made lasting friendships, got my first job at the university, and learned a lot.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2012

Intimate location on the outskirts of Washington DC. Mix of intellectual and real world experience professors. Student life is what I expected, but one downside was no football team.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2019

I am a new student at American University, but I love the school already. The faculty are sincere, prompt, and truly have your best interests at heart. I also am impressed with the Financial Aid Office's staff. They have helped me many times with getting my finances for school in order.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Real Estate Management
Graduation Year: 2018

This is a great program if you want small classes and individual attention. Professors are available to discuss your work and how to use what you are learning in the future. You have access to a range of professionals that come and speak during class periods. There are also many networking opportunities outside of class with alumni and organizations.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA in Accounting
Graduation Year: 2018

American University's Kogod School of business is an excellent institution staffed with the highest quality professors and instructors. Professors are leaders in their field: executives in residence, tenured professionals, and thought leaders active in their industry and professional associations. Kogod provides its students with abundant resources, from generous office hours and accessibility of its esteemed professors, to an active career guidance center, to free tutoring, to on-campus events geared toward gleaning the most prepared young professionals coming out of its various programs.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications (Strategic & Organizational)
Graduation Year: 2018

American University is located in a politically thriving area, better known as our Nations Capital. Though the university is tucked away from the hustle and bustle, the access and opportunity is abundant in such a small area. Although we do not have a football team, our school spirit and comradely runs high through school based activities. What I enjoy most are the professional opportunities where various schools and programs invite guest speakers and have employers handy so that students can get comfortable with interviewing and talking to persons with hiring power. As a student of the School of Communication, we are one of the closest schools to the library and to my personal opinion, have one of the best views on campus! One of the greatest advantages of the School of Communication is the relationships between students and professors. Many of the professors have extensive work history and partnerships within the fields that we are studying to strive and be apart in. The myth of graduate students are in another world doesnt fly at American, students mix and mingle everyday on the quad and student center.
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