Bachelor's Program Overview

American Public University System, a for-profit enterprise comprised of American Military University and American Public University, is regionally accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. AMU and APU are open to both military and civilian students, though the former caters to service members and the latter to those interested in public service careers. The schools are two distinct organizations, but share many resources. Neither has a formal relationship with the U.S. military.

Approximately 40 online bachelor's degree programs are offered at APUS, including accounting, homeland security, business administration, sports and health science, and retail management. APUS does not operate any brick-and-mortar educational facilities and all degrees are earned entirely online. Students have access to many academic resources, including a 24/7 online library, writing workshops, live tutoring and mentoring.

Classes at APUS are taught in eight-week and 16-week formats and are available beginning at 6 a.m. on the first Monday of the month. The classes are generally small, too - the maximum is 25 students. Faculty must have a minimum of a master's degree and are required to complete professional development training. Students at APUS can connect with peers through The Quad, where they can join virtual service organizations, among other activities. Once a year, APUS hosts a graduation ceremony in the Washington, D.C., area.

2018 Bachelor's Program Quick Stats

  • 53,796 Enrollment
  • $270 Tuition Per Credit
  • Rolling Application Deadline

Rankings

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Student Engagement rank: 86 

Student Engagement rank:  86

Student Engagement score: 73 ?

Student Engagement score: ? 73

Faculty Credentials and Training rank: 115 

Faculty Credentials and Training rank:  115

Faculty Credentials and Training score: 81 ?

Faculty Credentials and Training score: ? 81

Student Services and Technology rank: 74 

Student Services and Technology rank:  74

Student Services and Technology score: 67 ?

Student Services and Technology score: ? 67

Peer assessment score (out of 5): 2.4 

Peer assessment score (out of 5):  2.4

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Bachelor's Program Data

Most Popular Majors

Business Administration and Management, General
17%
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
8%
International/Global Studies
7%
Psychology, General
6%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
5%
  • Applying

    Applications

    Application deadline (U.S. residents): Rolling 

    Application deadline (U.S. residents):  Rolling

    Application deadline (international students): Rolling 

    Application deadline (international students):  Rolling

    Priority application deadline: N/A 

    Priority application deadline:  N/A

    Notification of admissions:
    Data appear as submitted by school

    Students are admitted and enrolled throughout the year with courses starting each month.

    Application website: N/A 

    Application website:  N/A

    Director of admissions: Greg Hill 

    Director of admissions:  Greg Hill

    Admissions phone: (877) 777-9081 

    Admissions phone:  (877) 777-9081

    Admissions email:
    info@apus.edu

    Admissions fax: N/A 

    Admissions fax:  N/A

    Admissions requirements same as campus-based students' requirements: N/A 

    Admissions requirements same as campus-based students' requirements:  N/A

    Sometimes denies admittance to qualified applicants: Yes 

    Sometimes denies admittance to qualified applicants:  Yes

    Requirements

    Accept transfer students: Yes 

    Accept transfer students:  Yes

    Transfer students may earn advanced standing credit: Yes 

    Transfer students may earn advanced standing credit:  Yes

    Dual enrollment at separate college allowed: No 

    Dual enrollment at separate college allowed:  No

    Can earn degree entirely outside U.S.: Yes 

    Can earn degree entirely outside U.S.:  Yes

    Application essay required: Yes 

    Application essay required:  Yes

    High school completion requirements: Diploma or GED required 

    High school completion requirements:  Diploma or GED required

    Minimum high school GPA required: 2 

    Minimum high school GPA required:  2

    Academic admissions factors

    Rigor of secondary school record: N/A 

    Rigor of secondary school record:  N/A

    Class rank: N/A 

    Class rank:  N/A

    GPA: N/A 

    GPA:  N/A

    Recommendation(s): N/A 

    Recommendation(s):  N/A

    Standardized test scores: N/A 

    Standardized test scores:  N/A

    Application essay: Considered 

    Application essay:  Considered

    Non-academic admissions factors

    Interview: N/A 

    Interview:  N/A

    Extracurricular activities: N/A 

    Extracurricular activities:  N/A

    Talent/ability: N/A 

    Talent/ability:  N/A

    Character/personal qualities: N/A 

    Character/personal qualities:  N/A

    First-generation college student: N/A 

    First-generation college student:  N/A

    Alumni/alumnae relations: N/A 

    Alumni/alumnae relations:  N/A

    Geographical residence: N/A 

    Geographical residence:  N/A

    State residency: N/A 

    State residency:  N/A

    Religious affiliation/commitment: N/A 

    Religious affiliation/commitment:  N/A

    Race/ethnicity: N/A 

    Race/ethnicity:  N/A

    Volunteer work: N/A 

    Volunteer work:  N/A

    Work experience: N/A 

    Work experience:  N/A

    Applicant's interest level: N/A 

    Applicant's interest level:  N/A

    Entering Class Stats

    Applicants: 38,218 

    Applicants:  38,218

    Female applicants: 15,774 

    Female applicants:  15,774

    Male applicants: 22,444 

    Male applicants:  22,444

    Applicants accepted: 26,275 

    Applicants accepted:  26,275

    Female applicants accepted: 9,636 

    Female applicants accepted:  9,636

    Male applicants accepted: 16,639 

    Male applicants accepted:  16,639

    Applicants enrolled: 15,790 

    Applicants enrolled:  15,790

    Female applicants enrolled: 5,513 

    Female applicants enrolled:  5,513

    Male applicants enrolled: 10,277 

    Male applicants enrolled:  10,277

    Acceptance rate: 69% 

    Acceptance rate:  69%

  • Distinguishing Characteristics

    School type: For-profit 

    School type:  For-profit

    Terms: Semester 

    Terms:  Semester

    First year of program: Before-1994-1995 

    First year of program:  Before-1994-1995

    Faculty

    Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 392 ?

    Full-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: ? 392

    Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: 1,452 ?

    Part-time instructional faculty that teach courses accessible online: ? 1,452

    Average online teaching experience: 6 years ?

    Average online teaching experience: ? 6 years

    Full-time faculty with doctorate: 214 

    Full-time faculty with doctorate:  214

    Part-time faculty with doctorate: 766 

    Part-time faculty with doctorate:  766

    Full-time faculty with terminal degree: 219 

    Full-time faculty with terminal degree:  219

    Part-time faculty with terminal degree: 783 

    Part-time faculty with terminal degree:  783

    Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0 

    Full-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's:  0

    Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's: 0 

    Part-time faculty whose highest degree is a bachelor's:  0

    Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty: 0 

    Full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty:  0

    School finances online instructor training: Yes 

    School finances online instructor training:  Yes

    Required hours of initial training: 20 

    Required hours of initial training:  20

    Formal peer review of instructors: No 

    Formal peer review of instructors:  No

    Continuing online instruction education required: Yes 

    Continuing online instruction education required:  Yes

    Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 53 ?

    Full-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: ? 53

    Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: 10 ?

    Part-time course development tech staff supporting faculty: ? 10

    Class Size

    Average class size: 18 

    Average class size:  18

    Maximum class size: 25 

    Maximum class size:  25

    Class sizes:
    2-9 23.5%
    10-19 52.5%
    20-29 22.9%
    30-39 1.1%
    40-49 0%
    50-99 0%
    100+ 0%

    Programs

    Online bachelor's degree programs: 46 

    Online bachelor's degree programs:  46

    Online courses: 1,059 ?

    Online courses: ? 1,059

    Most popular majors:
    Business Administration and Management, General
    17%
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
    8%
    International/Global Studies
    7%
    Psychology, General
    6%
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science
    5%

    All Majors

    Legal Professions and Studies
    Legal Studies, General

    Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
    Business Administration and Management, General
    Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management
    Accounting
    Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
    Hospitality Administration/Management, General
    Management Science
    Marketing/Marketing Management, General
    Retailing and Retail Operations

    Psychology
    Psychology, General

    Health Professions and Related Programs
    Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
    Public Health, General
    Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

    Engineering Technologies and Engineering-Related Fields
    Aeronautical/Aerospace Engineering Technology/Technician

    Mathematics and Statistics
    Computational and Applied Mathematics

    Natural Resources and Conservation
    Environmental Science

    Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
    Natural Sciences
    International/Global Studies
    Cultural Studies/Critical Theory and Analysis

    Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
    Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
    Forensic Science and Technology
    Securities Services Administration/Management
    Fire Science/Fire-fighting
    Homeland Security
    Crisis/Emergency/Disaster Management

    Military Science, Leadership and Operational Art
    Military Operational Art and Science/Studies
    Military and Strategic Leadership
    Weapons of Mass Destruction

    Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
    General Studies

    Engineering
    Electrical and Electronics Engineering

    Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
    Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
    Kinesiology and Exercise Science

    Philosophy and Religious Studies
    Philosophy
    Religion/Religious Studies

    Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
    Information Technology
    Network and System Administration/Administrator
    Computer and Information Systems Security/Information Assurance
    Information Technology Project Management

    Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
    Child Care and Support Services Management

    English Language and Literature/Letters
    English Language and Literature, General

    Social Sciences
    International Relations and Affairs
    Political Science and Government, General
    Sociology

    History
    History, General
    Military History

    Integration With Campus

    Can earn degree entirely online: Yes ?

    Can earn degree entirely online: ? Yes

    Classes include campus-based students: Na 

    Classes include campus-based students:  Na

    Possible in-person attendance requirements

    Orientations: No 

    Orientations:  No

    Group projects/simulations: No 

    Group projects/simulations:  No

    Exams: No 

    Exams:  No

    Delivery

    Archived classes: All 

    Archived classes:  All

    Classes can be received live: None 

    Classes can be received live:  None

    Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m.: N/A 

    Live online/on-campus classes after 5 p.m.:  N/A

    Online chatrooms: Yes 

    Online chatrooms:  Yes

    Web conferencing (webinars): Yes 

    Web conferencing (webinars):  Yes

    Skype or other visual software: Yes 

    Skype or other visual software:  Yes

    New-student orientation: Yes 

    New-student orientation:  Yes

    Review and sign ethics statement: Yes 

    Review and sign ethics statement:  Yes

    Percentage of classes with lectures: N/A 

    Percentage of classes with lectures:  N/A

    Number of times per week students must login to a typical course: N/A 

    Number of times per week students must login to a typical course:  N/A

    Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation: N/A ?

    Number of times per month faculty evaluate student participation: ? N/A

    Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: N/A ?

    Number of times per month faculty provide feedback to students on participation: ? N/A

    Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students: Majority 

    Courses requiring students to work collaboratively with other students:  Majority

    Class participation graded: Yes 

    Class participation graded:  Yes

    Exams: Yes 

    Exams:  Yes

    Same exams are administered only once: Yes 

    Same exams are administered only once:  Yes

    Exams have random question order: Yes 

    Exams have random question order:  Yes

    Exams use multifactor authentication: Yes ?

    Exams use multifactor authentication: ? Yes

    Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered: Multiple geographically dispersed settings 

    Number of settings in which in-person exams are administered:  Multiple geographically dispersed settings

    Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments: Depends 

    Anti-plagiarism screening required for essay assignments:  Depends

    Measures to instill academic integrity:
    Data appear as submitted by school

    During the first required course in all bachelors degree programs, students are taught how to use Turnitin.com as a tool for avoiding plagiarism. Students also engage in a dialogue during the Week 4 Forum with their classmates and instructors on the topic of academic integrity in which students research a current event that illustrates how being dishonest in academia may impact ones public, professional reputation. Faculty ask students to sign the honor code when submitting an assignment and/or make a statement that this is their original work. Turnitin is embedded in all identified courses in Sakai LMS. Assignments are automatically uploaded and assessed with assessments of originality reported in the grade book for the assignment.

    Standardized copyright policy for course materials: Yes 

    Standardized copyright policy for course materials:  Yes

    End-of-course evaluations: Always 

    End-of-course evaluations:  Always

    Course evaluation response rate: 11% 

    Course evaluation response rate:  11%

    List of Student Assessments Administered

    ETS Proficiency Profile: Yes 

    ETS Proficiency Profile:  Yes

    ETS Proficiency Profile results publicly available: Yes 

    ETS Proficiency Profile results publicly available:  Yes

    Major Field Test (ETS): Yes 

    Major Field Test (ETS):  Yes

    Major Field Test results publicly available: Yes 

    Major Field Test results publicly available:  Yes

    Peregrine Academic Services: Yes 

    Peregrine Academic Services:  Yes

    Peregrine Academic Services results publicly available: Yes 

    Peregrine Academic Services results publicly available:  Yes

    Graduation & Retention

    Credits needed to graduate: 120 

    Credits needed to graduate:  120

    Credits that must be earned through school: 30 

    Credits that must be earned through school:  30

    Total program graduates (2016-2017): 5,542 

    Total program graduates (2016-2017):  5,542

    One-year retention rates:

    Limited time to complete degree: Yes 

    Limited time to complete degree:  Yes

    Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits: 10 years 

    Maximum time to earn final 25% of credits:  10 years

    Graduation rates (2016-2017 graduating class):
  • Enrollment

    Total enrollment: 53,796 ?

    Total enrollment: ? 53,796

    Female enrollment: 17,869 

    Female enrollment:  17,869

    Male enrollment: 35,927 

    Male enrollment:  35,927

    Student gender distribution:
    66.8% of students are male

    Enrolled students with military experience: 38,250 

    Enrolled students with military experience:  38,250

    Enrolled students who are active service members: 29,754 

    Enrolled students who are active service members:  29,754

    Enrolled students who are veterans: 8,496 

    Enrolled students who are veterans:  8,496

    Average credits held by (2016-2017) graduates when starting program: 35 

    Average credits held by (2016-2017) graduates when starting program:  35

    Entering class progress toward degree:
    < 25%
    44.1%
    25% - 49%
    38.5%
    50% - 74%
    17.1%
    75% +
    0.4%

    New entrants who are first-time freshmen: 9% 

    New entrants who are first-time freshmen:  9%

    New entrants who are employed: N/A 

    New entrants who are employed:  N/A

    Composition

    Students 22 and younger: 12% 

    Students 22 and younger:  12%

    Students ages 23-39: 73% 

    Students ages 23-39:  73%

    Students 40 or older: 15% 

    Students 40 or older:  15%

    Average student age: 31 years 

    Average student age:  31 years

    Region from which most U.S. students come: South Atlantic 

    Region from which most U.S. students come:  South Atlantic

    Degree-seeking student diversity:
    American Indian
    0.6%
    Asian
    1.9%
    Black or African American
    15.8%
    Hispanic
    11.7%
    Two or more races
    4.1%
    International
    0.6%
    Pacific Islander
    0.9%
    Unknown
    6.5%
    White
    57.8%

    International

    Countries most represented by students:
    USA
    Mexico
    Germany

    Number of countries represented by international students: 80 

    Number of countries represented by international students:  80

  • Networking

    Facebook: N/A 

    Facebook:  N/A

    LinkedIn: N/A 

    LinkedIn:  N/A

    Twitter: N/A 

    Twitter:  N/A

    Technology

    Apple: Yes 

    Apple:  Yes

    PC: Yes 

    PC:  Yes

    Recommended internet speed: Broadband 

    Recommended internet speed:  Broadband

    Live streaming video: Yes 

    Live streaming video:  Yes

    Live streaming audio: No 

    Live streaming audio:  No

    Recorded video: Yes 

    Recorded video:  Yes

    Recorded audio: Yes 

    Recorded audio:  Yes

    Software-based readers: Yes 

    Software-based readers:  Yes

    Application for display on tablet computer: Yes 

    Application for display on tablet computer:  Yes

    Description of tablet application:

    Mobile Platform by Modo Labs: https://www.modolabs.com/products-youll-love/ Build custom Native Mobile Apps. Use RWD to resize/reshape content.

    Application for display on smartphone: Yes 

    Application for display on smartphone:  Yes

    Description of application for smartphone:

    APUS uses APUS Mobile, it's proprietary mobile application for both students and faculty. APUS Mobile is supported on both iOS and Android.

    Bulletin boards: Yes 

    Bulletin boards:  Yes

    Simulations: Yes 

    Simulations:  Yes

    Online labs: Yes 

    Online labs:  Yes

    Learning management system: Yes 

    Learning management system:  Yes

    Online course development: In-house 

    Online course development:  In-house

    Courses designed by certified instructional designers: Yes ?

    Courses designed by certified instructional designers: ? Yes

    Types of Learning Management Systems Used

    Adobe Connect: Yes 

    Adobe Connect:  Yes

    Sakai: Yes 

    Sakai:  Yes

    Services

    Academic advising: Yes 

    Academic advising:  Yes

    Bookstore: Yes 

    Bookstore:  Yes

    Career placement assistance: No 

    Career placement assistance:  No

    Email address: Yes 

    Email address:  Yes

    Financial aid office/services: Yes 

    Financial aid office/services:  Yes

    Access to digitized library materials: Yes 

    Access to digitized library materials:  Yes

    Access to live librarian: Yes 

    Access to live librarian:  Yes

    Local area network: No 

    Local area network:  No

    Mentoring: Yes 

    Mentoring:  Yes

    Technical support: Yes 

    Technical support:  Yes

    Live tutoring: Yes 

    Live tutoring:  Yes

    Writing workshops: Yes 

    Writing workshops:  Yes

    Support From Faculty

    Weekly office hours (available remotely): 2 

    Weekly office hours (available remotely):  2

    Expectation that instructors will respond to questions within specific timeframe: Yes 

    Expectation that instructors will respond to questions within specific timeframe:  Yes

    Instructor response expected within (hours): 24 

    Instructor response expected within (hours):  24

    24-7 live tech support: No 

    24-7 live tech support:  No

    ADA compliance: Central office reviews each course 

    ADA compliance:  Central office reviews each course

    Tech support availability

    Weekend days (7:00 am - 5:59 pm): Always 

    Weekend days (7:00 am - 5:59 pm):  Always

    Weekend nights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm): Always 

    Weekend nights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm):  Always

    Weekend overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am): Sometimes 

    Weekend overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am):  Sometimes

    Weekdays (7:00 am - 5:59 pm): Always 

    Weekdays (7:00 am - 5:59 pm):  Always

    Weeknights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm): Always 

    Weeknights (6:00 pm - 9:59 pm):  Always

    Weekday overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am): Sometimes 

    Weekday overnights (10:00 pm - 6:59 am):  Sometimes

  • Costs

    Tuition for U.S. students (per credit): $270 ?

    Tuition for U.S. students (per credit): ? $270

    In-state, in-district tuition for U.S. students (per credit): N/A ?

    In-state, in-district tuition for U.S. students (per credit): ? N/A

    Tuition for international students (per credit): N/A ?

    Tuition for international students (per credit): ? N/A

    In-state tuition for all military veterans: N/A 

    In-state tuition for all military veterans:  N/A

    Financial Aid

    Financial aid available: Both institutional and federal aid are available 

    Financial aid available:  Both institutional and federal aid are available

    Institution is GI Bill certified: Yes 

    Institution is GI Bill certified:  Yes

    New students who use GI Bill benefits: 18% 

    New students who use GI Bill benefits:  18%

    Institution participates in Yellow Ribbon Program: Yes 

    Institution participates in Yellow Ribbon Program:  Yes

    Average indebtedness of 2016-2017 graduates: $28,614 ?

    Average indebtedness of 2016-2017 graduates: ? $28,614

    Proportion of 2016-2017 graduates with debt: 32% 

    Proportion of 2016-2017 graduates with debt:  32%

    Careers

    School tracks alumni: No 

    School tracks alumni:  No

    Postgraduate outcomes:
    Data appear as submitted by school

    APUS programs are regularly reviewed by Industry Advisory Councils to help ensure career relevancy in a changing marketplace, with some offering specialized certifications. Career services resources include virtual career fairs and resume workshops.