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Earn Your Master of Arts in Military Studies Online

What are the enduring characteristics of the nature of war that provide continuity to the ever-changing conduct of war? How have great military leaders developed winning military strategies in conventional and irregular wars? These are among the intriguing questions you will explore by enrolling in the MA in Military Studies at American Public University (APU)—a program designed to provide deep insight into the theories, concepts, and conduct of war.

APU’s programs are online with 24/7 access and no set login times. At APU, there are no entrance exams and classes start every month, so you can begin quickly and control your schedule. Ask us about transfer credit opportunities to help you save time and money in completing your degree.

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Tuition for master’s degrees and graduate certificates. We offer many grant options. These grants represent a savings on our standard tuition rate. Request information to learn more.

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For master's programs with APU’s Preferred Military Rate for eligible students.

Entrance Exams

No GRE®, GMAT™, or other standardized test scores required. Classes start monthly.

Application Fee

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

Transfer Credit Evaluation

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

Affordable Ebooks

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Why You Should Earn This Master's From APU

Comprehensive Scope

APU’s program promotes military thought by considering the dynamic interaction of the history, theory, and doctrine of the Military Art of War using a social science methodology to produce thoughtful warrior practitioners. History lays the foundation, theory provides the framework, and doctrine guides the application.

Meeting Your Needs

You will gain an advanced level of professional knowledge as you sharpen your research and analytical skills. Tailor your studies to align with your professional goals through a robust offering of electives and concentrations.

Our Military Legacy

Founded by a retired servicemember, APU is proud of its military heritage. Your learning will be enriched by the unique insights of our largely active-duty military and veteran student population.

Frontline Expertise

Our faculty are battle-tested. They’ve held leadership roles in the military and government, including the Department of Defense, Homeland Security, CIA, and State Department.

Peer Engagement

Through clubs and organizations, like Student Veterans of America, Salute National Veterans Honor Society, and Broken Shield Wounded Veterans Society, you have an opportunity to connect with fellow students beyond the classroom.

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* All U.S. active-duty servicemembers, National Guard members, Reservists, and military families, (parents, spouses, legal partners, siblings, and dependents) are eligible for the Preferred Military Rate of $250/credit hour for undergraduate and $290/credit hour for master’s-level courses. The Preferred Military Rate, which is applied automatically, supersedes all other university grants and special rates, and cannot be combined with any other special promotions.

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