American University Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
of students recommend
(3.73 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 161 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: MSCHE and NASM
  • Programmatic Accreditation: AACSB, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 13,198 (7,909 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 45% part-time, 55% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $27,898
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

2.83 out of 5.0
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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
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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
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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
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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.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

This graduate program is great. I have not been there long, but both professors I have had have been very open to questions. The professors want us to succeed and do everything in their power to make sure we understand the material. The location is another plus. Located in Washington DC it is just a Metro ride away from all the local attractions, and internship/job abilities.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Non-Profit Management
Graduation Year: 2015

It's very expensive to attend this school, but it's inspiring to be across the street of the Eiffel Tower while studying.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2013

I've absolutely enjoyed my time as an American University graduate student. The Washington, DC, community and all its resources surround you and are at your disposal, and AU works hard to get you integrated into that community. The campus is the suburban environment I have enjoyed my whole life, with easy access to one of the world's great cities. And with that comes an exposure to a huge diversity of culture and people from all walks of life and all over the globe.
2.33 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

The program consists of 36 students who will be graduating in may of 2014. Being a business major during undergrad the program seems easy just time consuming due to all the projects. Many students appear not to have a good grasp on finance or accounting skills but seem to come from more of a liberal arts background. The career center is hit or miss but the people are nice. The professors make themselves available outside of class and are willing to provide any assistance needed. I just wish the program was larger.
4.42 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2014

To me, the Kogod MBA means academic excellence with a different perspective on collaboration. As a student, faculty is readily available to answer questions or help with networking opportunities and class size promotes active participation and interesting debates. MBA candidates rapidly understand that teams are not only peers who share a common academic goal, but a close network of colleagues who come from a wide array of backgrounds and are always willing to enrich your individual experience that much more.
4.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2014

The graduate program within the Arts and Sciences College within American University is great for anyone intersted in attending the Sociology program. The professors have done a variety of research and are a wealth of information.
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