American Public University System Graduate Program Reviews

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(4.2 out of 5.0)
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  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC and DEAC
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ACBSP
  • Campus Setting: Town: Fringe
  • Student Population: 48,623 (39,662 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 19 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 96% part-time, 4% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $6,600
Source: NCES

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3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2009

This degree program---American Military University, which functions through American Public University System---worked for me because I was able to work as active duty military (US Air Force) and get my degree online with other active duty personnel. My classmates were all extremely educated, because they were all active duty, doing hands-on work with the subjects we addressed in class; for example, in my Central Asia class, I had a Tech Sergeant actually stationed in Kyrgyzstan, who I was able to meet face-to-face on my way out of Afghanistan. This degree program allowed me to complete my Masters while on a remote tour to Greenland; in transition between Vandenberg Air Force Base in California to Peterson AFB in Colorado; on deployment to Afghanistan, as well as the month I spent in Kyrgyzstan while we waited for the airlines to bid on a contract to fly us home. The down side to an online degree is, of course, not really getting into debates with other students, which is so very central to any political science degree.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2011

Pros: Enlightening and Challenging Cons: No Phd program and alumni network is difficult to navigate
4.13 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

The American Public University online MBA program provides a strong academic core. This was my first time taking online classes and I found the professor to be accessible and honest. The class challenged my critical thinking skills and grew my portfolio of written pieces. One of the only disadvantages with the lack of direct interaction with other students. Other than our weekly forum posts, it felt a little isolating.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The online Degree program works great ofr my lifestyle and location. As a returning student that needs a flexable schedule, the online education works best.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

Well designed and flexible online program; challenging graduate courses that I feel are at par with what I would be experience in a traditional setting.
4.63 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2012

I was very pleased with the level of current and relevant knowledge that the faculty displayed during class discussions. Their depth of knowledge and experience, as well as numerous certifications, in both government and civilian security sectors, allowed for a more thorough understanding of numerous case studies; their ability to tie the often dry reading to current issues in security management as well as ethical issues in the use of security tech was more than I had expected.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2014

Great school. Wish they had scholarships though.
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Environmental Science
Graduation Year: 2015

This online degree has its pros and cons. On the plus side, the price is right, and the professors gave me the freedom to work on the subjects of greatest interest/relevance to me. Some of the professors were very much involved in the field at the same time they were teaching the class, as well. Cons, for me, included some of the work being too easy, some of the lower class level profs being ill informed on the subject matter, and a general lack of ability to really connect with professors due to the nature of online learning. It's also difficult to get valuable recommendations from an online institution unless you're really extraordinary. Overall, though, the ease of scheduling classes, the cost of classes, and the incredible convenience of working on a degree from an accredited institution exclusively from home make this an easy choice. And of course, another plus was that the university had the environmental courses I wanted/needed.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

American Public University System makes it possible for anyone to achieve your dreams! School is not out of reach if you attend here. With easy access to all study material, message boards, and teachers, learning is only a step away! Being an online program you do miss out of group projects and having a group setting of everyone meeting up and brainstorming, but as adults in the workforce that is hard to achieve anyway. I would love to see video lectures from teachers instead of just message boards.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2014

My last professor had her PhD from UC Berkeley. She was amazing and taught us so much with all the support we could want as well. When I found this affordable graduate online program I thought it would not be scholarly enough. Each of our profs has had a PhD from a great university and basically if you want a quality scholarly experience, you can get it here.
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