American University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.74 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 162 respondents

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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

3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

My program, International Communication, has really been amazing! The classes are super rigorous and competitive and the workload is kind of crazy, but I have learned so much. I have developed friendships with my colleagues and the staff have also been really supportive.
3.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

The Public Administration graduate program at American University is nationally ranked for the precise fact that the quality of education is among the best. There are no inherent cons with this program other than the workload in some classes is excessive.
3.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

The professors are great. I am in awe of everything they have accomplished! I feel so blessed to hear their personal advice. Its hard to make friends in the graduate program and housing is really expensive.....But the School of international service is amazing
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

All of the faculty in the program had - for the most part - extensive experience in the field and were not just "academics". In every class we had guest speakers that were directly in the companies and positions that many of us will be applying for after graduation, and it was very helpful to have their input. At times the program seemed a little outdated in its focus but for the most part, the information was relevant and helpful. A lot of resources were available in terms of equipment and lab time. Unfortunately, any kind of student aid outside of loans was basically nonexistent for my field.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2010

My program was highly rewarding! The School of Education targets working professional teachers and provides pocket friendly tuition assistance programs to attract working teachers. The professors are excellent and each class was an engaging session in which everyone participated in discussions and group projects. The professors presented course content that is relevant and based on current research. When I applied for this program I was not looking for a very active campus social life as a graduate student, and its a good thing, because my school does not have a particularly lively graduate school social event calendar. While there maybe no parties for grad students, The School of Education does arrange regular speaking engagements featuring highly sought after authors and education researchers which are open to all students in the School of Education. Additionally, once I completed my program of study I officially gained access to the exciting alumni networking parties throughout the nation's capital which, in my opinion far exceed any on campus party. Overall, I would rate my graduate school education as competitive and exemplary for those seeking affordability, quality of courses, and access to a network of life-long learners.
2.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Conflict Resolution
Graduation Year: 2014

Students in the International Peace and Conflict Resolution Program have similar interests as I do, which makes a great environment.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

An excellent program that teaches both the history of public administration and where it is going in the next several decades.
4.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

My graduate program is a great interdisciplinary program that allows students to get the best of communication/media studies and international affairs. However, the program is too long with students having to complete 45 credits.
2.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2014

American University's graduate program in Film and Video offers both advantages and disadvantages. The pros of the program include its location in Washington, DC. Located in the nation's capital, students have various opportunities to engage in various communal, cultural, and political activities such as film screenings, guest speaker presentations, museum exhibits, many of which capture the city's diversity and are free. Public transportation makes the city generally accessible. The program has a strong history and foundation in documentary filmmaking, especially social and environmental documentaries. The Center for Social Media and the Center for Environmental Filmmaking both boast an extensive body or work that has won many accolades and awards. Both organizations continue to produce many important films while engaging in effective, meaningful advocacy. The school's faculty are knowledgeable, helpful, and accomplished, especially in the area of non-fiction with an exception of a few. According to the new dean, he is trying to develop the school's narrative program by recruiting respected professors, securing funding and affiliations, and creating a new track for video gaming. At the same time, the program is still lacks in human resources that specialize in narrative storytelling. A few members of the faculty are outdated, resorting to old teaching methods and material that does not reflect the technological and commercial advancement of the film industry. The selection of classes are mediocre at times because of the lack of variety, and a few courses could be packaged as DIY classes. Their rental equipment center could use improvement in the quality of equipment and general availability. The most glaring con of the program is the availability, or lack, of financial aid. The program does not provide sufficient funding considering the program's costs and the cost of living in DC. It encourages admitted students to attend with aid the first year, but that aid often decreases or is nonexistent for returning students.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

DC in general is a very expensive city and my one bone to pick with AU is that it does not have graduate school housing. But, if that doesn't matter to you, this is a high quality, competitive program that carries name recognition, especially if you intend to ultimately work in DC.
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