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At APU, we believe higher education must come with lower tuition. It must be more affordable. So we’re removing higher education barriers to give you the power to pursue your passion.
American Public University (APU) understands your desire to make a difference. We’re ready to help you achieve your goals, providing high quality, affordable education in 200+ degree and certificate programs—all convenient, accessible, and flexible. Our programs are 100% online1 with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are 0 entrance exams and programs start every month—allowing you to quickly turn your ambitions into reality.
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At APU, we believe higher education must come with lower tuition. It must be more affordable. So we’re removing higher education barriers to give you the power to pursue your passion.
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Our no-cost application can be completed at any time.
We provide no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates.2
With no entrance exams, you can get started fast. Programs start monthly.
$250 w/Military Tuition Grant for eligible students.3
"APU's education has impacted my life because it has allowed me to be more open minded and it has helped me be more cultured."Nancy Lazo | BBA, Business Administration
"With a degree from APU, I get to come to work every day and make a difference in the lives of my patients."Shannon O'Brien | BS, Nursing (BSN)
"I hope my passion and drive can be an example to others. Seeing people achieve their goals is the best part of my job."Anthony Soto | BA, Retail Management
Learn the basics of bookkeeping, accounting and auditing.
Identify administrative roles, services, and opportunities, as you learn how to support management within different organizational environments.
Prepare for the professional world through general education and business fundamentals.
Gain the interpersonal and group communication skills required for success in all professions.
Combines solid foundational coursework with hands-on learning, and it complements certifications, such as Security+ and A+.
Acquire the basics of national or international security by studying terrorists' weapons, motivations and vulnerabilities.
Learn the fundamentals of criminal justice theory, terrorism and law enforcement objectives and administration.
Supplement your culinary experience and training with knowledge and skill in foodservice management and operations.
Become proficient in functional coding and methods, analytics and analytical methods, and machine learning.
Explore healthy child development practices that are utilized in a variety of childcare and educational settings.
Explore the background and science behind explosives and the basics of emergency response to terrorist incidents.
Learn the science behind fires, the background and theory behind fire prevention bureaus and their use of fire codes.
Develop a solid foundation for academic achievement via required core classes and elective courses of your choice.
Gain a core of knowledge useful in a variety of medical-service related fields.
Gain a historical education by exploring the pivotal events and people that have influenced modern civilization.
Study the fundamentals of restaurant operations, including purchasing and storage, food service sanitation, marketing and sales and more.
Get a foundation in legal doctrine with the analytical, technical, ethical, and interpersonal skills used in a variety of legal settings.
Explore the theoretical concepts and practical applications required to manage a global workforce.
Learn the origins of armed conflict via an examination of global military powers, war doctrines, pivotal battles, political leaders and foreign policies.
Acquire the dynamic, political, and controversial aspects of the public health field.
Examine the basic process, licensing requirements, and personal attributes required to succeed in the real estate field.
Gain the basic skills required to effectively manage a variety of retail organizations.
Designed by a former NASA astronaut, you'll analyze current and historical concepts in astronomy, planetary science, space policy, and space flight, with hands-on labs in many of your core courses.
You'll learn the complex concepts, functions, and language around the supply chain industry related to moving materials, information, and finances from supplier to customer.
Compliment prior work or educational experience with an analytical, managerial approach to technical occupations.
Acquire a fundamental understanding of extremist groups, terrorism theory, terrorist weapons and national security.
Gain the theoretical knowledge, practical skills and research expertise required to address complex accounting issues.
Create your own personal path toward a degree which offers a generous 60 credits of electives, while exploring a variety of business disciplines.
Acquire a core curriculum of management, marketing, law, finance, accounting, economics, and business strategy.
Learn data analytics and mining techniques to help you meet your organization’s business objectives.
Gain the knowledge and skills you need to be part of an evolving and dynamic communication industry, with concentrations in Strategic Communication and Digital Communication and Media Design.
Learn computer-based systems, web development fundamentals, and programming essentials through 3 different concentration options.
Learn the foundations of criminology via courses in juvenile issues, corrections and incarceration, investigative procedures and techniques, forensics and more.
Examine criminal behavior and crime scene investigation theories while studying scientific analysis' role in the criminal justice system.
Learn to strategically assess, design, and implement superior cybersecurity defense systems in the public and private sectors.
Get a solid foundation in data science with project-based coursework as you learn to tell the story in the data with data visualization.
Learn about the essentials of electrical engineering, including analog circuit design and analysis, energy conversion, radar and RF signaling and more through online coursework and hands-on lab experience.
Study emergency management and safety strategies practiced by Homeland Security and other global protection agencies.
Explore pivotal theories and works in English, American, and world literature.
Develop the knowledge base — marketing, management, operations, finance, accounting and more — necessary to be a successful entrepreneur.
Study environmental policy and management issues, including stewardship of natural resources, pollution management, fish and wildlife management and hazardous materials.
Acquire an in-depth knowledge base on fire science and management, tactical fire operations, fire safety, firefighting leadership and community fire issues.
Attain critical thinking and communication skills via more than 100 courses spanning several academic disciplines.
Acquire an understanding of government contracting within federal agencies or military and civilian defense establishments.
Helps you become knowledgeable in key areas such as accounting, legal and ethical principles, compliance, quality and safety, and informatics and analysis in a hospital, healthcare system, or medical practice.
Learn the skills required to be a health information administrator in a variety of settings, from hospitals to insurance companies.
Advance previous military or civilian training with a thorough examination of the medical and health sciences.
Study history's most fascinating events, people, and cultures — covering everything from the antiquities to modern Middle East history.
Develop a comprehensive understanding of terrorism, counterterrorism, hazard management, intelligence, law enforcement and U.S. security policies.
Learn the basics of the hospitality field, including restaurant management, event planning, lodging and travel destination and tourism.
Study human development within the context of family, community and national and international culture.
Explore strategies to motivate, compensate, recruit, evaluate, and develop an organization’s talent base.
Learn how to build and deploy networks, databases, web properties, and other IT-related assets.
Develop the problem-solving techniques required for facilitating computer-based solutions.
Learn to research, analyze, and convert data via courses covering national and international intelligence operations.
Explore theories of civic engagement and social responsibility, modern global relationships, diplomacy, foreign policy, international organizations and global development.
Gain insight into the U.S. court system, legal writing and research, legal practice, civil and criminal processes and the philosophy of justice.
Gain the management theories, concepts and practices necessary to organize, motivate and lead personnel in private, public and military environments.
Acquire the core skills of marketing, including advertising, public relations, promotions and events, market research, sales and ecommerce.
Explore advanced mathematical theory and analytical methods while sharpening critical-thinking skills used to solve science and technology problems.
Study Middle Eastern cultures, languages, religions, history, literature, politics, and more.
Gain a comprehensive understanding of military historiography with a focus on global armed conflict.
Acquire a solid foundation in biology, chemistry, physics and earth science via an exclusively online program.
Develop the professional skills of a Registered Nurse via courses designed for those who previously earned an associate degree.
Explore myths, rituals, ethics, and morality through the teachings of global contemporary philosophers.
Examine theories of government, economy, and civil society's relation to contemporary political systems.
Study the human mind and behavior through the prism of developmental, organizational, and abnormal psychology.
Examine public health issues in America and abroad, including the science, psychology and sociology associated with public health issues.
Acquire a core understanding of the cultural, political and spiritual aspects of religion.
Learn the theories and practical skills required to effectively manage a variety of retail operations.
Study reverse logistics as a key component in logistics management, retail management, engineering management and more.
Gain the principles and theories associated with various types of security, from international security to information security focused on protection of assets.
Study all forms of human behavior and interaction — from individuals and small groups to institutions and globalization.
Study space science, management, operations, economy and national security.
Learn human movement and behavior and how it relates to exercise, fitness, nutrition and health and wellness.
Analyze, evaluate and synthesize core issues central to sports finance, marketing, sociology and ethics.
Focuses on leveraging your problem solving and critical thinking skills to begin to master the complex world of supply chain management – getting products from suppliers to consumers.
Explore management theories and practices that are necessary to organize, motivate, and lead personnel in various capacities.
Explore how public policy, economics and transportation factor into logistics management.
Gain the theoretical knowledge and research skills required to address complex accounting issues found in private corporations, governmental entities and more.
Acquire the business skills necessary to excel as a problem solver and strategic thinker in a variety of industries.
Combine your commitment to optimize the training and development of athletes with your mission to own or manage a sports training facility or private coaching business.
Gain a graduate level understanding of the research and analytical capabilities required for corporate leadership or the entrepreneurial business world.
Develop the professional skills necessary to assume leadership roles within the criminal justice field via coursework focusing on national and local security issues.
Study a multi-disciplinary approach to preventing, detecting and responding to large-scale cyber threats and cyber attacks.
Develop teaching experience with specializations in K-12 administrator and supervisory roles in public schools.
Examine the theory, response, relief and recovery associated with public emergencies, disasters, and catastrophes.
Gain competency in emergency and disaster management, homeland security, hazard analysis and mitigation and crisis action planning.
Explore practical applications of business theory in marketing, management and finance with a focus on the online experience of running a business.
Explore the management tools and strategies used to resolve complex environmental problems and controversies.
Helps you sharpen your strategic decision-making skills with an eye toward ethical leadership practices, leading a diverse workforce, and quality patient-centered care in a hospital, healthcare system, or medical practice.
Enhance leadership, critical thinking and problem solving skills with a focus on health data management and clinical decision-making.
Develop the college leadership skills needed to create effective learning environments leading to student success.
Obtain a solid knowledge base of the key historical events, people and cultures that fundamentally shaped the world today.
Develop an advanced-level comprehension of homeland defense, intelligence methods, terrorism, emergency management, public health and information security.
Evaluate humankind's fundamental topics through courses in humanities, social science, and natural sciences.
Study the development and implementation of information systems via coursework on database systems, object-oriented analysis and more.
Gain an expert understanding of strategic intelligence analysis, collection, operations and the best practices associated with each.
Study the complex world of international relations and conflict resolution via a comparative study of complex international systems.
Expand existing knowledge of law, legal doctrines, legal concepts and a variety of workplace legal issues.
Explore leadership and organizational management theories and the concepts and practices required to develop strategic business initiatives.
Learn the historiography of the military and the warfare that shaped future civilizations via courses on strategy and leadership tactics.
Study strategic military operations, warfare and noteworthy military leaders in both a historical and modern context.
Acquire an extensive comprehension of national and international security policy with a focus on security and intelligence analysis.
Study the nursing theories and practices that are essential to the provision of safe, patient-centered healthcare.
Prepares you with the skills and competencies to be a nurse educator or nurse leader, while earning both a BSN and an MSN in this single program.
Learn how to manage a K-12 online/virtual classroom or school while sharpening your ability to help students achieve success through digital learning.
Explore American government theory and process, comparative politics, contemporary political institutions and political philosophies.
Combine scientific theory and principles with academic research via coursework on social and cultural diversity, assessment, personality and psychopathology.
Acquire an advanced-level understanding of public policy, administrative theory and the goals and challenges of public administration.
Gain an in-depth knowledge base on biostatistics, environmental health sciences, epidemiology, health policy and management and social and behavioral sciences.
Establish expert comprehension of the leadership skills required for research and data analysis, communication and creative thinking.
Gain advanced level knowledge of reverse logistics management, including retail and engineering management in military or civilian business environments.
Acquire an expert understanding of asset protection, loss prevention management, security program evaluation and security management ethics and administration.
Allows you to demonstrate an advanced knowledge of social science research methods and statistical analysis to examine big data in interdisciplinary contexts and career fields.
Examine the various challenges of the space industry, including vital historical events, the impact of politics, economic struggles and more.
Learn how to design effective movement programs for people to reach their goals in athletics, fitness and general wellness.
Gain the fundamentals and social context of sport in historical and modern society, with a focus on sports law, marketing, promotion, public relations, finance and economics.
Prepare for educational leadership and student affairs roles in higher education with this master’s program, offering unique practicum opportunities.
Focuses on the major areas of the supply chain management industry from a global perspective as you consider supply chain information, logistics network design, process/product flows, and process improvements for supply chain efficiencies.
Enhance previous effective teaching knowledge with coursework focused on instruction, curriculum and professional development.
Study the theories, challenges, goals and practical applications of teaching K-6 students.
Advance a bachelor’s degree with an in-depth exploration of teaching secondary students the political, geographic, economic and social world.
Learn the principles, policies, trends and current issues within the air, maritime and ground transportation fields.
Enhance existing accounting knowledge via courses breaking down advanced accounting topics.
Explore the origins and judicial interpretations of the U.S. constitution as well as the history of our popular culture from the Revolutionary War to the modern era.
Learn the political, economic and military factors that prompted the Revolutionary War from both the British and American perspective.
Gain a thorough understanding of ancient Greece and Roman history from their beginnings to the Age of Constantine.
Acquire the leadership, planning, marketing, budgeting and fundraising skills used when managing athletic programs in an administrator role.
Develop a business background with a focus on security executives who manage personnel, budgets, and operations.
Learn a range of therapeutic activities designed to assist children and families facing stressful events.
Explore the operational command structure and the evolution of tactical command and control during the antebellum period, Civil War years, and the Reconstruction era.
Learn the science behind climate change and global warming and its impact on the environment and society.
Study cloud computing via coursework covering virtualization and network installation, data security, governance and compliance.
Acquire a core understanding of intelligence processes and procedures in the commercial community, national security policy, corporate finance and criminal intelligence.
Acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to configure, install, manage and administer basic network infrastructures.
Examine how the U.S. uses counterintelligence and covert action to protect national security and global interests from adversaries.
Expand a fundamental understanding of counterintelligence by studying the ongoing national security challenges faced by the U.S. and its allies.
Fulfills the education requirements for business students to sit for the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam.
Study digital forensics tools and the techniques used to detect and verify cyber terrorism, cyber warfare, cyberstalking and cyberbullying.
Study digital forensics tools and techniques used to detect and verify cybercrime, cyberterrorism, cyberwarfare, cyberstalking and cyberbullying.
Examine the tools, techniques and methods used by cybersecurity experts to keep computer systems and sensitive information secure.
Study the various forensics models used to identify, collect, analyze and present cybercrime evidence.
Examine the methods for collecting and analyzing digital devices and data associated with cybercrime investigations.
Advance knowledge of ecommerce architecture, tools and technologies, analytics, videography and search engine optimization (SEO).
Gain insight into emergency operation centers along with hazard analysis, mitigation, planning and recovery.
Gain the core knowledge required to manage disaster planning and emergency operations, including risk assessment, crisis communication and disaster mitigation and recovery.
Develop leadership skills in relation to crisis planning and management, risk assessment and disaster response and recovery.
Enhance leadership skills and the ability to create positive employee relations with a solid foundation in labor relations and dispute resolution.
Study the principles and leading practices necessary to design, develop, test and implement web applications using the .NET framework.
Learn the core theories and practices associated with emergency and disaster management and environmental science and restoration.
Develop strategies for implementing sustainable design practices at the landscape scale.
Investigate the use of management tools and strategies to resolve complex environmental problems and controversies.
Focuses on the impact of energy and environmental policies, economics, global resource allocation on the implementation of sustainability practices and design.
Acquire a foundational understanding of hazardous materials and waste management, environmental law and enforcement and the management of pollution.
Explore early European history, from the rich antiquities of the medieval church, to the rise of the Papacy and the Renaissance.
Get the tools you need to help individuals hone their leadership with this certificate, aligned to Board Certified Coach and International Coach Federation Certified Professional Coach competencies.
Study vital aspects of law enforcement executives, including police administration, grant writing and organizational management and development.
Learn the science, history, construction, handling and disposal techniques associated with explosive substances.
Prepare for working with children, youth and family services with a focus on the military family structure and issues.
Gain a foundation in fire sciences, including the essentials of fire behavior and combustion, fire prevention and protection systems, emergency services and more.
Examine the policies, regulations and technical approaches to managing fish and wildlife population control and conservation.
Gain a complex understanding of ecological functions, environmental laws and the management of fish and wildlife populations.
Learn the basics of forensics, including criminal behavior, profiling, evidence collection and processing and criminal law.
Gain a broad knowledge base of homeland security threats, homeland security, emergency and disaster management and intelligence analysis.
Develop strategies to address challenging global issues, with a focus on environmental policy and management theory.
Be better prepared to head a government agency by gaining the knowledge and skill needed to manage budgeting, communication, human resources, and policymaking as a government agency administrator.
Explore major national security threats, from weapons of mass destruction to security vulnerabilities and homeland defense.
Acquire the ability to expertly evaluate defense tactics by studying weapons of mass destruction, terrorism, intelligence and consequence management.
Examine the processes, strategies and practices used by companies and managers to effectively leverage various levels of human capital.
Develop a basic understanding of employment relations and development and other aspects vital to the human resources field.
Study the implementation of infant and toddler programs in group care settings via coursework covering developmental milestones, abnormal development and disease and more.
Learn the skills needed to detect threats and secure vital information assets across enterprise networks for government agencies.
Examine the principles of information systems attack and defense, secure network design and business continuity planning.
Develop an expert understanding of secure network design, security policies and programs, cryptography, business continuity planning and more.
Develop a core understanding of the five keys to information security: hardware, software, networks, people and policies.
Study contemporary curriculum design and assessment for adult learners within a variety of learning environments.
Learn the fundamentals of intelligence analysis, including advanced qualitative analytic procedures, basic modeling and predictive analysis skills.
Gain comprehensive knowledge of how U.S. intelligence agencies assess and counter international threats in order to protect its assets.
Explore various intelligence theories and practice, data intelligence development, security threats and counterintelligence.
Gain the essential knowledge and practical skills required for website design, development and management.
Study secure network design while learning how to develop risk mitigation plans and perform intrusion detection in IT network environments.
Examine the skills vital for an IT management role, including cost and time analysis, scope assessment and budgeting strategies.
Explore the basic management and organizational skills required to oversee complex enterprise level IT projects.
Study military operations theory from the mid-19th to the 20th century, including unconventional and joint warfare strategy and implementation.
The K-6 STEAM (STEM + the Arts) graduate certificate focuses on curriculum development, lesson planning, and activity creation for formal and informal contexts.
Gain the various leadership theories and skills necessary for managing an athletic department in a K-12 charter or private school.
Study online learning formats and their impact on student achievement while developing skills necessary for hybrid instructional settings.
Enhance knowledge of literacy instruction and personalized learning to better meet the varied individual and collective needs of diverse learners.
Study the financial, educational and legal aspects of administering programs that teach K-12 learners in a virtual setting.
Advance previous state law enforcement leadership experience with professionally relevant coursework.
Gain a solid understanding of leadership process and motivation while exploring the basic principles of business logistics.
Designed for individuals holding a degree in psychology, counseling, social work, or other professions who want to transition to life coaching.
Acquire the knowledge and practical skills required to excel in the dynamic field of logistics and supply chain management.
Acquire an overview of the multi-million dollar conference, exposition and convention business, with a focus on planning, selling and servicing.
Learn the theory of database development along with entity relationship diagrams, data models, databases, table structures and graphical user interfaces (GUI).
Increase knowledge of the technology trends essential to office productivity applications using the word processing, spreadsheet, presentation and communications applications.
Gain in-depth knowledge of Middle Eastern culture, religion, governance, security threats, military operations and more.
Study the primary standards and techniques for mobile website and application design, development, testing and implementation.
Study the major legal and regulatory policies that encompass environmental programs and projects in the U.S., with a focus on NEPA.
Study national and international security policies and globalization’s impact on national security and its institutions.
Gain an expert understanding of local, regional and global connectivity for informed natural resource management decisions.
Study innovative solutions for improving employee performance, managing diversity and facilitating better learning through coaching.
Gain a solid foundation in nonprofit leadership, finance, governmental relations, communications, marketing and fundraising.
Study the theories of leadership and group dynamics with a focus on proactive strategy in managing organizations.
Study the basics of legal terminology, research, writing, legal theory and a variety of legal concepts.
Complete the general education coursework and lab experiences needed for admission to most nursing and allied health programs with this 26-credit online certificate.
Learn valuable critical thinking, problem solving and communication skills along with business management and organizational psychology.
Explore the origins of national parks, forests and refugees while studying the tools and techniques used by land managers to provide ecosystem services to the public.
Broaden real estate knowledge and skills in several key areas, including real estate law, property management, deeds and leases and more.
Study the theory and practical skills required for land use planning, including hazard mitigation and preparedness and sustainable design principles.
Examine the current managerial techniques and cost control tools used to effectively operate a wide variety of restaurants.
Gain a retail management knowledge base, from managing inventory, to critical thinking skills and customer relations theories.
Study the principles and theories associated with physical security and security administration, with a focus on the protection of assets.
Evaluate security programs and their protocols while studying security theory, including industrial espionage and cyber crime.
Develop a fundamental knowledge of spaceflight history and evolution, orbital mechanics, space exploration and more.
Explore advanced orbital mechanics, past and current space exploration endeavors and the role of space in support of modern warfare.
Gain superior insight into the unique aspects of sports management in everything from marketing agencies to recreational services.
Explore defense policies of nations dealing with Europe and Asia after the fall of the Soviet state and strategic leadership in the information age.
Analyze resource and energy policy, renewable energy technologies and the societal and economic barriers to sustainable practices.
Enhance technical expertise and conceptual understanding of the design, development and integration of systems.
Learn the basics of international and domestic terrorism, counterterrorism, terrorist weapons and predictive tactics used to prevent terror attacks.
Gain a deft understanding of extremist groups, weapons of mass destruction, counterterrorism and the impact of 9/11 on political and military leadership.
Study the United Nations and its role in conflicts, mediation, diplomacy, peacekeeping and international law.
Explore the principles and practices necessary to design, develop and deploy web applications using the visual basic interactive development environment (IDE).
Acquire the fundamentals of graphic design, animation and image manipulation, enhancement and storage.
Study chemical, biological and radiological hazards, incident command, regulatory issues and consequence management.
Gain a solid knowledge core on Web 2.0 trends, technologies, content production, marketing and management.
Develop complex knowledge of World War II, including the blitzkriegs, the campaigns in North Africa and Italy and the fighting in the Pacific.
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APU ranks in the top 2% for a return on your investment, compared to colleges and universities nationwide.4
APU is part of American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org).
APU has always prioritized controlling costs and delivering value. Undergraduate tuition is $285/credit hour.3
We are committed to awarding you as much transfer credit as possible for what you’ve earned or achieved.
You always have a front row seat in our online classes. Undergraduate class sizes average 19 students.
Our advisors are available 7 days a week, faculty can be reached online, and our career services team provides continuous assistance.
1100% Online Does not apply to lab coursework, practicums, or doctoral programs.
2$0 Textbooks & Ebooks We provide no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduate, doctoral, and military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students (See footnote 3 for Military Grant Eligibility).
3Military Tuition Grant
4Top 2% Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce report, A First Try at ROI: Ranking 4,500 Colleges, based on the 20-year net present value (NPV) for completers who received federal financial aid.