American Public University System
111 W Congress St.
Charles Town, WV 25414
(877) 777-9081
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

American Public University System consists of two online universities – American Public University and American Military University. Its origins date back to 1991 with the founding of American Military University, which offers programs in homeland security, intelligence, emergency management, and more. In 2002 it joined with the American Public University and expanded its public service-related programs. Together, the system serves more than 100,000 distance learners who hail from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, including both active duty military and civilians.

Programs Offered

Students can choose from nearly 90 degree programs offered at the associate, bachelor’s, and master’s levels. There are also 85 certificate programs available. Areas of study include homeland security, intelligence, education, emergency management, criminal justice, public safety, and national security. All courses are offered online. Unlike traditional universities that operate on a semester basis, programs start on the first Monday of every month. Most classes are taught in an eight-week or 16-week format.


The American Public University System has been regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 2006.


Admission requirements vary depending on whether you’re a first-time college student, transfer student, international student, returning alumni, or graduate student. Undergraduate applicants must have a high school diploma or equivalent. They’ll have to submit an application, a transfer credit evaluation application and bachelor’s degree transcripts if applicable, and complete an orientation. Graduate applicants must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution and submit an application and official transcript.

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