American University Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
of students recommend
(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, + 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

2.92 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2017

The graduate program at American University is competitive and highly ranked, although it is almost as expensive as high ranked programs.
3.25 out of 5.0
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Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of the graduate program that I am currently in is that we are separated into cohorts. This is a pro because you feel the support of your fellow classmates in all of your classes, and you build a network. Also, a pro is the diversity which creates an environment of consistent and constructive ideas. A con is not being able to choose one owns classes because of the cohort based model, but other than that overall I am pleased with the program.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

Accepts students utilizing a variety of artistic media. Many visiting artists and studio visits for MFA candidates. Very helpful faculty that also work as practicing artists. Studios on campus for MFA students. Space to work, create, and collaborate on a variety of art ideas and practices.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Marketing
Graduation Year: 2015

While you receive a great education and connections afterword, it is hard to financially attain if you do not come from a well-off family.
2.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: MBA
Graduation Year: 2016

Love that it's a tight knit community, some of the logistics have been disappointing considering it's a business school.
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2017

American's School of International Service (SIS) is a competative program with very learned professors and passionate students.
3.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2016

My graduate program is extremely focused and draws in a small number of like-minded students. Our career area, arts management, is very specific and it makes networking very critical. However, the AU Arts Management program is very connected around the D.C. area and are coming to dominate the arts administrative field in the area. Since the program is at night, it also gives me the ability to work part-time during the day. The major con of this graduate program, and American University in particular, is that the school is very expensive and provided very little opportunities for scholarships. D.C. is also one of the most expensive cities to live in, so the added cost of living makes paying for school very difficult.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2015

This program is a great program for people who want to work in the relatively small world of political communications. The connections to experts in the field and support in getting jobs are hands down the best thing about this program. The professors are mostly practical experts not ivory tower folks. They will teach you what you need to know to do the job and not get sidetracked too much on theory. The downsides of the program are the expense, the fact that many of your elective classes will have at least half undergraduates and the lack of financial aid.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Relations
Graduation Year: 2016

Aid is mostly loans if you're part time, not a lot of other options. Undergraduate program seems more diverse as you walk around campus but graduate is less so. But the courses are great and so far faculty seem extremely capable of giving me the skills I need.
3.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

The pros of my graduate program are: the diversity and deep knowledge of faculty, the coursework itself, the location in Washington DC, and the ability to network with students and others. The cons are: the program and cost of living in DC are quite expensive, some classes fill up quickly, and the weather in DC is terrible.
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