American University Graduate Program Reviews

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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
  • 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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2.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2016

I think the diversity of the school is very valuable. The faculty and staff are very eager to be helpful. The school offers a lot of courses and information on the ever-expanding world of technology. However, the quality of classes and some professors is less than I expected. While some classes are challenging, others are lack-luster and frustrating. The surrounding area is great—Washington, D.C. is a great city to experience. However, the cost of living is quite high.
3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2017

American is a very competitive school with a challenging workload.
4.42 out of 5.0
Degree: Curriculum & Instruction
Graduation Year: 2015

There is a high level of learning taking place at American University, with faculty and staff ensuring that each student has the optimal educational experience. Courses are interesting and challenging, providing the student with the necessary tools to further their education and career.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2015

American University's School of Public Affairs is a great option for anyone wishing to pursue a career in the federal government. I really enjoy learning from both my professors and from my classmates, many of whom are returning to school after starting their careers. The opportunities to network are unparalleled and the financial aid offers are very generous.
2.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

The program provides good education and very good networking and career building support. Unfortunately it comes at an extremely high price tag.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Administration
Graduation Year: 2014

The strengths of the program are the excellent faculty, the other students, and the location in DC. The quality of education is great, I learned a ton from the other students in the program, and DC is a great place to be for internships and job networking. The downsides are the cost of living in DC and the small campus (with limited workspace and resources for students).
4.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

I am at the School of International Service at American U. I've only been here for about a week but already the school is providing career and academic advising as well as MANY alumni networking opportunities and speaker events with receptions. I am extremely impressed with all of the social activities and how well connected the school is to practical employees in the field.
3.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Business
Graduation Year: 2015

American University is one of the few schools in the Washington DC area that offer a degree in Taxation. It is highly rated by the Big Four companies in the region so for career outlook, it is great. However, the classes offering are quite limited.
4.5 out of 5.0
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2015

American University caught my eye when I was applying because of the location in the nation's capital but also because of how highly the current/previous students spoke about the program. So far as a student, the career center (KCCD) has been impressive with the events and career fairs and the events and guest speakers have been interesting and though provoking. The quality of professors and diversity and community among the business program is also inviting. I am glad that I chose to attend American U!
3.17 out of 5.0
Degree: Social Sciences
Graduation Year: 2015

My program, International Communication, has really been amazing! The classes are super rigorous and competitive and the workload is kind of crazy, but I have learned so much. I have developed friendships with my colleagues and the staff have also been really supportive.
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