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
Source: NCES

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3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2017

Students of art history at American University have the advantage of easy accessibility to rich cultural resources in the surrounding area of Washington, DC. Reputable art museums such as the Phillips Collection, Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Kreeger Museum are a short metro ride away. American University also has it's own exquisite museum space that promotes the work of it's students. Furthermore, American University art history professors are some of the top scholars in their field ensuring students receive educations of the highest quality. One draw back is the affordability of housing in the surrounding area and the lack of financial funding available to students, which brings down the diversity of the student body over all.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Law
Graduation Year: 2015

I love my program so much it is very engaging and challenging. The professors are so easily accessible and for an international student this is very important. I am very blessed to be in that school.
4.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Philosophy
Graduation Year: 2015

American University is in a diverse area in the political center of our country. This allows students to fully apply their degree progress to their careers.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2015

I am currently enrolled as a graduate student at American University. I am working toward a masters degree in film and video. Overall I would rate the experience very high. The pros of the program are numerous and can be very helpful to someone looking for a career in the communications field. First American University has one of the top communications programs in the country, and especially on the East Coast. Secondly there are so many resources afforded to you by the university. There is always equipment available, computers with the latest software, and knowledgeable professors. Finally American is located in Washington D.C. which provides students with so many opportunities for get real world experience. There are some drawbacks to the program. Like most universities or really anything in life the experience is what you make of it. While classes are relatively small, it is still possible to be lost in the numbers if you do not assert yourself. Also expenses can become a factor. The tuition is not cheap and all those amenities and equipment come from somewhere. Sometimes you can get the feeling from professors and some students that you should have nothing else going in life. That there should be no work, no family, but still have infinite funds to do all these projects and trips.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: ESL
Graduation Year: 2015

The subject material is interesting, and I have learned a lot in my classes. One con, though, is that the MAT in ESOL students are grouped with the MA in TESOL students, and as a MAT student, some of the subject material that I learn is not always relevant or detailed enough to use in my classroom.
4.08 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros- diversity of material, networking, academic support Cons- lack of cultural diversity, price, lack of PhD program
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Arts
Graduation Year: 2008

The School of International Service was an exceptional program. I was able to have internships at an embassy, with international development organizations, and even found an international internship through the school’s listserv. The cost of the program is quite high and the scholarships are few and far between, but the overall experience was extraordinarily positive and if I had to do it all again I would still choose this challenging and rewarding program.
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Art & Design
Graduation Year: 2015

Excellent networking opportunities with a very well-connected faculty and student population. Lots of resources for this specific program in the area and very high job or internship placement.
4.25 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Policy
Graduation Year: 2016

Amerucan University's School of International Service is preparing me for an incredible professional career. Their MA in IER has me considering applying to their PhD program as well. Incredible school.
3.67 out of 5.0
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.
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