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American Military University

With many online degree and certificate programs in national security and public administration, American Military University (AMU) gives law enforcement, military and homeland security personnel the opportunity to choose a program best suited for individual interests and talents


The school is a part of the American Public University System, regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, North Central Association, and prides itself on its offering of quality and timely online curricula suited for police, emergency and military career students. The Distance Education and Training Council also accredits AMU.

American Military University was founded for active, working adults seeking liberal arts and professional studies degrees with a program emphasis in homeland security, national security, intelligence, and emergency and disaster management. The school maintains affordable tuition fees and offers a book grant program in which students are not required to purchase their own texts or pay shipping costs.

The grant is available to all undergraduate students seeking academic credit for their coursework. Tuition is $750 per 3 credit hour undergraduate course; $975 per 3 credit hour graduate course; and $300 per 3 credit hour course for auditing of the course (no credit).

Asynchronous course delivery means no specific login times are required to take a course. Students log on and download assignments according to their own scheduling. This makes degree progress faster because courses start monthly and run on an 8- or 16-week session so the option exists to take the more intense, 8-week course, if personal schedules allow. There is no need to visit a campus at any time for coursework or administrative tasks, but the school hosts an annual graduation ceremony (optional attendance) in the Washington DC area.

The School of Public Safety and Health administers the coursework in emergency and disaster management, criminal justice, homeland security, security management, legal studies, and public health. The current programs are in Corrections Management (undergraduate certificate); Counter-Terrorism (Associate of Arts degree); Criminal Justice (Associate of Arts, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts); Emergency and Disaster Management (Bachelor of Arts, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts); Explosive Ordnance Disposal (Associate of Science, Undergraduate Certificate); Forensics (Undergraduate Certificate); Homeland Security (Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor of Arts, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts); Security Management (Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor of Arts, Capstone, Graduate Certificate, Master of Arts); and Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness (Associate of Arts, Undergraduate Certificate).

The School of Security and Global Studies focuses on political, economic and social cultures of the world. Its programs include: Graduate Certificate in Competitive Intelligence; Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in Intelligence Analysis; Bachelor of Arts, Capstone and Graduate Certificate in Intelligence Studies; Bachelor of Arts in Middle Eastern Studies; Capstone, Graduate Certificate and Master of Arts in National Security Studies; and Undergraduate and Graduate Certificates in Terrorism Studies.

American Military University is a member of the FBI National Academy Associates Academic Partnership program and will accept up to 15 credits from the FBI National Academy for either undergraduate or graduate programs, based on the student’s course of study while attending the National Academy at Quantico, VA. The school’s Online Library contains e-books and journals, and is searchable via online classrooms or the online campus. American Military University strives to keep its curricula relevant and current and maximizes the use of new technologies.

Graduate credits may be applied to Master’s degree programs in criminal justice, homeland security, management or public administration.

Published in Law and Order, Sep 2011

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