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Earn Your AA in General Studies Online

American Public University offers its popular Associate of Arts in General Studies for working adults seeking to take the next step in reaching their higher educational goals. American Public University is a leading online university offering working adults access to quality and affordable education that fits into their busy schedules. Through the General Studies program, learners explore core competencies that are highly valued in professional organizations including communication, reading, writing, research and problem-solving skills that span multiple disciplines.

Additionally, the Associate of Arts in General Studies is an ideal platform for preparing to meet entry requirements in consideration for a baccalaureate degree. Whether you’re new to higher learning or wishing to complete your degree, American Public University designed the interdisciplinary Associate of Arts in General Studies to help students enhance specific learning outcomes by examining a diverse selection of studies including English, literature, history, humanities, mathematics, science and more.

Classes are taught by practitioner instructors with experience in a broad array of fields. Many are leaders in their profession and bring their real-world expertise into the online discussion. American Public University students also connect with an expansive community of professionals who share their same passion for higher education and career preparedness.


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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.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military spouses/dependents are eligible for our Military Tuition Grant that covers undergraduate and master’s-level tuition above the military TA cap of $250/credit hour.

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$285
Per Credit Hour

Tuition for associate degrees, bachelor’s degrees, and undergraduate certificates.

$250
Per Credit Hour

For undergraduate and master’s-level programs with APU’s Military Tuition Grant for eligible students

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Textbooks & Ebooks

We provide no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduates.

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Transfer Credit Evaluation

APU does not charge to evaluate and apply eligible transfer credit.

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

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Why You Should Earn This Associate Degree From APU

We’ve earned our reputation as a respected leader in online higher education by always making you—the student—our #1 priority.

Accessible Learning

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

Save Time

Associate degree students can transfer up to 45 credits for previous academic coursework, job experience, and professional training. We also consider ACE-evaluated training and credits by exam.

Be in Control

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

Real-World Knowledge

You’ll be guided by faculty skilled in providing an engaging learning journey rooted in real-world experience from government, Fortune 500 companies, healthcare, defense agencies, technology firms, and the military.

Future-Focused

You have access to our vast network of working professional students and alumni, and our career services team provides continuous assistance.

Your Time to Shine

You always have a front row seat in APU’s online classroom. Undergraduate classes average 18 students.

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