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

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3.8 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2007

I thought American was a great place. The courses were taught by experts and the schedule was designed in such a way that you could work if you needed to.
4.6 out of 5.0
Degree: Economics
Graduation Year: 2013

American University is a small liberal arts college where the professor care for you and are willing to help you meet your career goals.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2017

The Producing Film and Video program is a great program, and has really made a difference in my knowledge and edification. On a quarterly basis, the program provides vast knowledge for those who are seeking to be producers, writers, and more. Great program!
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2018

American university has great professors who are invested in student success and personal development. It is a welcoming community and has a diverse group of students with similar minded people. American is also located in a great area for finding internships and are able to make student competitive to the work force.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2008

I attended the Washington College of Law at American University from 2005-2008 to obtain my Juris Doctor. The WCL curriculum put a strong emphasis on research and writing, with a two-semester comprehensive program that I thoroughly appreciated and has served me well in my profession (especially given that many colleagues went to schools where there was less emphasis on this part, and thus a critical component of their legal training was lacking). Unfortunately, I think almost all of my favorite professors, with a handful of exceptions, have moved on to other schools/positions/careers, so I cannot speak to much of the current faculty. I can say that the school recently had the grand opening of its new law building, which has expanded facilities and lots of resources for law students, and will be a definite bonus for anyone attending in the future.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Nutrition
Graduation Year: 2017

They have done an amazing job making this masters program work efficiently online. I still feel incredibly connected to my peers and teachers and have never lacked support or resources. So far I feel like I am getting my moneys worth
2.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2017

My first semester my classes were a joke. I didn't feel like I learned anything of value from them. This semester my classes seem more relevant and useful to the practice of teaching. It is a highly ranked program Ijust dont care for the fluffy understanding of teaching. As if all students come prepared for the next grade.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2016

The program is fantastic. The professors are experts in the field and very responsive to students. I recommend it highly to anyone interested in a career in 2nd language teaching.
5.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

All of my professors are experts in the field and have diverse research interests. Also, they have designated offices hours and are always willing to advise students. There are many resources available for professional development and networking opportunities. The workload is manageable, even for working graduate students. The class sizes are very small, which works well for in-class discussions. I wish the program was a little more diverse. Thankfully, the School of International Service has launched various initiatives to increase the diversity of the program. Also, Washington D.C. is very expensive, therefore rent is very high. However the quality of the program makes it all worth it.
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017

The only areas of concern stem from the affordability, faculty access, and financial aid. The sector of International Affairs does not offer a lot of financial aid opportunities; and that isn't so much as a negative but just a consideration for prospective students. There are a lot of scholarships outside of American University to look at as well as part time jobs on campus to help fund your life; but scholarships themselves are few and far between. The access to faculty is fine, but it is hit or miss depending on what professor you have. Many professors are working professionals in other areas. It come with an amazing learning atmosphere, at some cost. Not to say they just look at their adjunct position as a part time job, but rather, they do have a large set of responsibilities outside of the classroom. Knowing this make, take any time to have one on ones with them as a blessing; it means they really want like you and care. If it doesn't happen, its because they are spread thin as it is (don't take it personally) Living affordability, again, it a concern because of where you are...DC...its expensive and, while doable, needs you to have a plan going into it. The pros, however, vastly outweigh any of the cons. In every other category, there is no way that, is utilized to even a minor degree, you won't be able to gain real substance from you learning experience and find a place to use it once graduation comes. The workload is manageable, student diversity allows you to learn without knowing it, the alumni network is dedicated and are highly invested in wanting young professionals to succeed (and be the cause of that), and the quality of education is top notch. It's what you would expect when going for an advanced degree within the nation's capital.
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