American University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.74 out of 5.0)
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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 13,346 (7,900 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 43% part-time, 57% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $30,246
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Marketing - MBA
Graduation Year: 2019

American University has a great online MBA program that works great with my busy lifestyle of having a family and a full time career within the Marine Corps. The professors that are brought on to teach the courses are top the best and go through a strict vetting process to ensure that the same quality of instruction is delivered.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2019

I have very much enjoyed my time in the American University MPA program! I'm currently a first year student studying. My negatives first, so we can end on a positive: about 75% of my professors are adjunct. Make of that what you will. Also, the bus system is confusing and frequently wrong. I've taken to ubering to the Metro stop in order to avoid ending up on the opposite side of campus. The positives! I love my professors. Their experience is present in the classroom, and the projects are very frequently applicable to my work out of school.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2019

From the admissions process to the professors I have had nothing but consistent attention. The admissions counselor still checks in to see how I'm doing! I was not expecting this level of support and assistance. I will be volunteering to be a part of the admissions process orientation as a current student that speaks with prospective students. I highly recommend American University.
4.2 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2009

They offered a fantastic program and the professors were incredibly knowledgeable.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Engineering
Graduation Year: 2007

It is a well recognized school that provides a great education with excellent instructors,
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2013

American University is a fantastic University located in the wonderful suburbs of our nation's capital. AU is unique, diverse, beautiful and an incredible school filled with history, rigor and excellence. While it is in Washington DC, its location is ideal.
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.
5.0 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.
3.5 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).
2.6 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.
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