The American College

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Borker Boy's picture
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Is the American College legitimate?
 
I'm interested in pursuing a master's degree and they seem to have solid program. However, I hadn't heard of them until someone mentioned them on another thread.

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What criteria are you looking for?
 
If you want to know if they are accredited, you can search for them on the U.S. Department of Education's website:  http://ope.ed.gov/accreditation/
 
The American College has been around for over 80 years and began with providing insurance agents with college-level courses to improve the perception and education of such agents.  The credential was the CLU.
 
It is my opinion that The American College offers the broadest offering of credible financial designations over any other institution.  (Yes, this includes the College for Financial Planning and the Institute of Business & Finance.)
 
They have grown their offerings to include 3 types of designation/degree programs:
 
Sales Skills:  FSS & LUTCF.  They are provided online or locally via NAIFA.
 
Academic Financial Designations:  CLU, ChFC, CASL, RHU, REBC, and CLF.
 
Graduate Degrees & Degree Programs:  MSFS (Masters of Science in Financial Services), MSM (Masters of Science in Management) & coursework for the AEP (Accredited Estate Planner)
 
If you would like more information on the College, check out their website at www.theamericancollege.edu
 
Also, check out this interview with Dr. Larry Barton, CEO of The American College:
http://www.producersweb.com/r/UCP/d/contentFocus/?adcID=464f4691bdbe3b39f1126cd3a8726d2c
 
(Note:  I am biased towards The American College as I just completed my ChFC requirements yesterday.)

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BTW, the MSFS is NOT the same as an MBA.
 
They DO have an MBA program with emphasis in Financial Planning via Webster University that you might find of interest:
http://www.theamericancollege.edu/subpage.php?pageId=382

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Borker Boy wrote:Is the American College legitimate?
 
I'm interested in pursuing a master's degree and they seem to have solid program. However, I hadn't heard of them until someone mentioned them on another thread.
 
They are THE standard for legitimate financial designations (i.e. CFP).  But I would not go to them for other sorts of degrees.

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skippy wrote:
 
 
(Note:  I am biased towards The American College as I just completed my ChFC requirements yesterday.)
 
Congrats, skippy!

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I used American college for the Education Requirement for my CFP. I was very happy with them. Im sorry I'm not sure about the them for a masters.

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