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
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4.33 out of 5.0
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
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 A few members of the faculty are outdated, resorting to old teaching methods and material that does not reflect the technological and commercial advancement of the film industry.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
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.
3.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

I love American University (AU), despite the high cost of tuition and living in DC. I feel that I am receiving a quality education and my professors have been knowledgeable experts in their respective fields. The opportunities for networking in our nation's Capitol are unsurpassed, and the School of International Service has a great reputation. I am proud to tell people I meet that I am a student at American University's School of International Service (SIS). Transportation via the Metro or the university shuttle make getting to school easy. Though parking is a bit pricey it is never hard to find a parking space. I am continually impressed with my classmates and other students that I meet on campus, and I feel so lucky to be able to study with such diverse global citizens. I feel that I am among my kind of people at AU and SIS. The Career Center and Library always provide top-notch assistance on anything from internships, to scholarships, to research. My program in EPGA is definitely small, but I am so glad that I chose it. It's giving me the theoretical knowledge and practical skills for work in human rights, business ethics, and conflict resolution. Compared to other DC area schools who offer degrees in my field of study, I felt that my program at AU and SIS offered the best combination of the art and science of peace studies.
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.
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