American University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.96 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 23 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

4.32 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

I think that my program is superb in terms of the networking opportunities and support it offers you. If you want to apply for one of the major government fellowships, this is the place to be. They also have a excellent career office and academic support system. On the other hand...well, living in DC is hugely expensive, and you'll need to have some kind of job or outside source of income, since you're unlikely to get much from American University. But that would be true of pretty much top international relations program, and the advantages of living in DC almost certainly outweigh its disadvantages.
3.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

It has it's ups and downs but a perfect match for me overall!
4.36 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.
4.14 out of 5.0
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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.
4.29 out of 5.0
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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.
4.04 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.
4.75 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.
3.64 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

AU's MPP group has definitely impressed me. They are very hands on. I gave it a pretty poor rating on financial aid because I went to their financial aid office recently to ask them for resources for financial aid and they basically told me that they had none. I know that a lot of school have at least a list of outside places for scholarships. Also, the Washington, DC area is very expensive but the school and the program are pretty good.
3.57 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

Great school for grad school! They do a really great job of integrating classroom learning with contemporary issues. The professors really care about their students, and challenge them to learn more and do more. Expensive school, and not much financial aid.
3.89 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2014

The School of Public Affairs has a Graduate Gateway Program to aide students with both Graduate School and a career path. This is a good program because it provides students with an internship in which has the potential to lead to a full time position. The professors actively seeks to help students in a seminar and one-on-one sessions. The negative side to this program is it does not accept FAFSA so students are forced to seek out private loans or third party scholarships to fund the cost of tuition and housing.
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