American University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.74 out of 5.0)
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  • 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

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3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2015

American University is the most supportive university I've been to with easy access to Professors. However, the cost is high.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2014

My graduate program offers a solid education in the fine arts, an intimate environment where every student receives close attention, and a supportive network upon which to enter the workforce.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

The School of International Service is among the top programs for International Relations in the country, and I'm fortunate to have been accepted. The classes offered so far have been exceptional, and there are numerous networking programs available to students to mingle with each other and alumni, and/or professionals within our field. Unfortunately, the networking events are usually the only events I can attend as everything else (i.e. presentations, book discussions, etc) tend to be during the day, which doesn't really help those of us who work during the day.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Psychology
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros- The professors are dedicated to helping you succeed if **you** want to. You have to ask for help/suggestions/counsel, but they're always willing to lend a hand. Cons- DC is an incredibly expensive city to live in and the graduate assistant fellowship precludes outside employment, leaving students' financial situations in limbo. The security of the campus is seemingly nonexistent (never see any uniformed officers) and there is no barrier to entry.
3.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2014

Overall the staff and faculty are extremely supportive and helpful. There is quite a bit of coursework but it is more time-consuming then rigorous. You are matched with a faculty advisor who is able to provide you with additional information and support if you need it but it requires you to be proactive on your end. Most of the low ratings are because the area in DC is extremely expensive and there is little to no diversity on campus.
2.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013

AU is a great place to do the post-bacc program. Professors are very accessible and the work-load is manageable, even while working part time. I feel like I have actually learned the sciences, much better than I did in undergrad.
2.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Cultural Studies
Graduation Year: 2011

I loved my time at American University. Living in the Nation's Capitol, while studying international topics pertaining to my degree of Spanish and Latin American Studies (democracy and conflict, performance activism, revolution and beyond, cultural studies, human rights, Latin American Relations, history, power, and place, political violence) was an experience of growth unlike any other. Being in an international and politically invovled context provided for discussion on a global level. Having the chance to complete a practicum relating to all these topics in the center of the city allowed me to experience and discuss the theory learned in the classroom in a real world context. The one con I would mention was the inability to write a thesis as for completion of graduation. Upon application, two options for completion of the program were offered: comprehensive exams or a thesis. In the end, the school wasn´t prepared for the thesis option, and only the comprehensive exam option was available. As a cultural and language advocate, writing a thesis seems much more beneficial.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

American University's School of International Service (not listed) is amazing. I am currently enrolled in their Masters of International Affairs program. While the academics at the school is amazing, along with their support network; the financial aid is not. I have been having a tough time securing appropriate funding to continue on with my education.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2014

The graduate history department could not be better. The educational value is incomparable. The only negative to the University is living costs.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2014

My graduate school program fully utilizes the diversity of experience from its faculty and students, which makes classroom discussions more interesting. Furthermore, the professors have experience in their fields and are not purely academics. The examples and anecdotes they share help to move theory to practice. On a similar note, American University attempts to equip its students with skills, not only theory. This is a great university and I am glad that I have an opportunity to attend American University.
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