American Public University System

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#153 Overall Score: 44 Best Online Graduate Business Programs (including MBA)

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Graduate Business Program Overview

American Public University System is a for-profit institution comprised of American Public University and American Military University, two separate institutions that share many resources. Regardless of school affiliation, students in graduate business degree programs at APUS will complete the same course work and receive instruction from the same faculty.

APUS online graduate business programs include an MBA and master's degrees in management, reverse logistics management, transportation and logistics management, accounting and entrepreneurship. Students in the MBA program have the option to complete a specialization such as homeland security resource allocation, marketing and finance. APUS is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association. The MBA and master's in accounting, management, and transportation and logistics degree programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs, a recognized accrediting body.

Students in graduate business degree programs at APUS are required to earn their degree within seven years. Courses are offered in eight and 16-week sessions that begin on the first Monday of each month. All courses are delivered entirely online and students have access to mentoring, live tutoring, career services and a virtual library, among other resources. Instructors at APUS are required to have at least a master's degree. Students interested in select graduate business degrees may have to complete prerequisite courses.

The application deadline for the online graduate business programs at American Public University System, a proprietary school, is rolling. Eighty-four percent of students are already employed when they first enroll. At American Public University System, all of the online classes are recorded and archived. Students should also note that the online graduate business programs at American Public University System are not accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, the gold standard of business school accreditation.

Quick Stats

Academic year founded 2000-2001
Total enrollment 4,646
2013-2014 Tuition (per credit) $325 (in-state)
$325 (out-of-state)
Application deadline rolling
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U.S. News Rankings

Faculty Credentials and Training rank 145
Faculty Credentials and Training score 71
Student Services and Technology rank 6
Student Services and Technology score 72
Student Engagement rank 125
Student Engagement score 51
Admissions Selectivity rank 205
Admissions Selectivity score 1
Peer assessment score (out of 5) 1.6


Application deadline (U.S. residents) rolling
Application deadline (international students) rolling
Admissions website
Director of admissions Terry Grant
Admissions phone (877) 777-9081
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School awards MBAs Yes
Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 42 full-time
Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online 83 part-time
Tenured or tenure-track faculty 0
Can earn degree entirely online Yes
Classes include campus-based students N/A
One-year retention rates
One-year retention rates
Graduation rates N/A

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Student Body

Enrollment 4,646
Average age of new entrants 35 years
Student gender distribution
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Technology & Support

Instructor response expected within (hours) 48
24-7 live tech support No

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Paying for School

Part-time tuition (per credit, in-state) $325
Part-time tuition (per credit, out-of-state) $325
Full-time tuition (per credit, in-state) $325
Full-time tuition (per credit, out-of-state) $325

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