Within Reach. Without Limits.

American Public University welcomes Virginia Municipal League members, where higher education can unlock higher purpose.

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Join Our Community of Achievers

Your next civic duty awaits, and it’s the call to quality learning. Turn to American Public University (APU) to help you prepare for a leadership role or build your proficiency as a communicator or problem solver.

At APU, you’ll be joining a community of peers, including municipal government and public sector professionals—all motivated by a common goal: To advance their knowledge and skill through 200+ affordable, accessible degrees and certificates. APU programs start monthly. For your convenience, courses are online.

American Public University is part of American Public University System, which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Quality Programs for Municipal Government Professionals

Here are some of the most popular programs chosen by those who work in municipal government. Looking for something else? APU offers 200+ degrees and certificates. Search for others using our program finder.

Making Quality Higher Education Within Reach

Affordable Tuition For You and Your Family

Tuition for you and your family will be $332.50/credit hour for undergraduate courses and $403.75/credit hour for master's and graduate certificate courses.

Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

Tech Fee

Through this partnership, APU's $85-per-course technology fee is waived. You still have access to APU's full suite of online support.

Tuition Assistance

Tuition assistance is available for those who are eligible.


We provide no-cost ebooks for all undergraduate, doctoral, and Preferred Military Rate-eligible master’s-level students.

Entrance Exams

No standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

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Helping You Turn Ambition Into Reality

Accessible Learning

Plan around your work and life responsibilities with courses that are online and feature weekly class schedules with no set login times.

Be in Control

You can quickly turn your ambitions into reality because classes begin every month. Most classes are 8 weeks long.

Save Time

Bachelor’s degree students can transfer up to 90 credits, and master’s degree students up to 15 credits for previous academic coursework, job experience, professional training, ACE-evaluated training, and credits by exam.

Value for the Long Term

Our University System ranks in the top 11% for a return on investment.

Recognized for Quality

Part of American Public University System, accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (hlcommission.org), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. Several programs have earned specialty accreditation.

Your Time to Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU’s online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 18 students, and master’s degree and graduate certificate classes average 10 students.

Real-World Knowledge

You’ll be guided by faculty skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in real-world experience from local, state, and federal government; transit agencies; and other public sector roles.


All students have access to our advisors who are available seven days a week, as well as our robust catalog of mental health resources, including TalkCampus, a real-time, professionally monitored peer support app.

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Find the degree or certificate that's right for you

Our program finder helps you search and compare a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Start your search here.

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How To Apply

Select Virginia Municipal League (VML) in the Affiliations and Memberships field. Family members should select Virginia Municipal League (VML) Family Member in the Affiliations and Memberships field to ensure you receive any relevant educational benefits.

Take The Next Step

Classes begin November 6.

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There is no cost to apply for undergraduate and master’s-level programs.

Bring These Benefits Back to Your Organization

Learn how your organization's personnel can take advantage of these same benefits as an allied partner of APU. This gives you turnkey access to a robust suite of material to help you promote this education benefit to your workforce. Learn more here.

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