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American Public University System

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Description of American Public University System

  • Location: Charles Town, USA
  • Year of foundation: 1991
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: more than 89 000
  • Type of education: mixed.

American Public University System (APUS) is the largest private system provider of distance education. APUS was founded as the American Military University (AMU), and in 2002 american state university was added to it. Together, the two universities have created a system that is now improving in the educational sphere.

It teaches about 200 undergraduate and graduate programs for 89,120 students. The teaching staff consists of almost 2000 highly qualified specialists.

APUS has 6 schools:

  • Arts, humanities
  • Business
  • Education
  • Medical sciences
  • Science, technology, engineering, mathematics
  • Security, global research.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in American Public University System

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There are either 2 semesters or 3 trimesters (terms) in one academic year

Activities American Public University System

APUS students participate in various student organizations, honor societies. This includes:

  • National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP)
  • Associations of Information Technology Professionals
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  • Students for Space Exploration and Exploration (SEDS) Project
  • The sabre and scroll team is for history students.

APUS faculty and students participate in research designed to combine intellectual ambition with the practical application of knowledge gained as a result of scientific research.


  • Average age of students – 32 years
  • Assistance to the military in obtaining education
  • All necessary accreditations (Commission of Higher Education, Distance Learning, etc.)
  • Cooperation with educational organizations.

Facilities and equipment at American Public University System

The main building is located in Charles Town. Among the administrative offices and educational buildings there are:

  • Richard G. Trefrey Library – more than 121,900 scientific articles and journals, about 683,300 books, electronic resources
  • The observatory on the top floor of the main building is equipped with telescopes
  • Cyber Defense Center
  • Space Research Center.

Admission dates and extra charges

Additional costs include:

  • Annual fees
  • Entrance fees, fees for additional courses
  • Books, consumables.

Education takes place online. Students are given 10 years from the date of enrollment for a bachelor's degree. Master's programs range from 30 to 48 semester hours (10-15 courses), doctoral studies consist of 58 semester hours of coursework, 3 - residency.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

To apply for a bachelor's degree, the applicant must have a diploma of secondary education / its equivalent (GED, the international equivalent of high school, etc.). You should also provide a color copy of the state photo ID (civilian students), transcripts of the state exam JST/CCAF (military students).

To be enrolled in master's programs, applicants must have a bachelor's degree obtained from a regional or nationally accredited educational institution or in an international equivalent. Additionally, you must provide a color copy of the state photo ID (civilian students), transcripts of the state exam JST / CCAF (military students).

Upon admission, introductory questions may be held depending on the program.

Requirements for future doctoral students:

  • Previous education, professional practice: master's degree + 3-5 years of experience in the chosen field
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV) or resume: includes work history, professional achievements, services to the profession, teaching and research experience, etc.
  • Three reference forms of doctoral studies
  • Official transcripts
  • Essay
  • Admission interview
  • Knowledge of English
  • Transcripts of the 12 hours of the thesis semester with an average score of 3.0 (out of 4.0) at a regionally accredited educational institution in the United States
  • Non-refundable application fee of $100.

Scholarships American Public University System

The University provides many grants based on academic performance and research ability:

  • Freedom Grant Program for Military Personnel
  • Research grants for faculties: more than $70,000 for internal research, about $1,733,000 for external research.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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