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
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4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

A great program for those looking to get into the Health Promotion and Management field.
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.
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).
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