Partnerships, Affiliations, and Agreements

As an institution, APUS embraces and supports lifelong learning for its students, staff, and faculty. It is our belief that memberships and affiliations with organizations in our community help to ensure that:

In addition to professional partnerships, institutions of higher education often enter into agreements with other colleges and universities or organizations in order to facilitate ease of transfer of credit and academic planning. These agreements can be designed several different ways. A cooperative agreement—this might also be called an Articulation Agreement or Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)—indicates some level of partnership between the organizations and details the obligations and responsibilities of each party. An articulation agreement specifies exactly how transfer credit will be accepted from one institution to another, and how it will be applied to a degree program. These agreements may be written in terms of specific courses or entire programs. Agreements such as these not only ease transfer between two schools; they also offer the student an opportunity to more effectively plan their academic career and minimize a loss of credit. Additional details regarding academic partnerships can be found at the transfer credit evaluation center.

APUS will accept transfer credit for non-traditional learning as recommended by the American Council on Education or as validated by CLEP or DANTES exams. In order to fully recognize training that may be applicable to an academic degree, APUS has evaluated several military education programs in several areas and agreed to award academic credit above and beyond that which is recommended by the American Council on Education.

APUS has developed partnerships, affiliations, or agreements with the following institutions or organizations.  When noted the relationship is specific to AMU or APU, otherwise it applies to the entire university system.

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  • A-T Solutions, Inc. (Anti-Terrorism Training & Consulting Solutions, Inc.)
  • Advanced Technical Intelligence Center (ATIC) Analyst Boot Camp (ABC)
  • Advisory Councils on Military Education (ACME) AMU logo
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    AMU is an active member of several major state ACME’s. These councils focus on evaluating and restructuring policies related to acceptance and transfer of credit for veterans, military students and their adult family members; enhancing the educational aspirations of the military populations in the state, and making educational programs accessible in cost, location, and scheduling.AMU logo

  • AeXAMU logo
    More about AeX...

    AMU is a participating institution in  Academic Explorer (AeX,), a web based tool for assisting students with exploring and identifying their post-secondary education options in an unbiased, standardized, and comprehensive manner, anytime, anywhere. A one-stop shop, AeX contains information on programs ranging from certificate to bachelor’s and beyond. Search by degree type, location, institution, and more. Don't delay! The program that best suits your needs is a click away. AMU logo

  • Aims Community College
  • Air Force Institute of Technology (AFIT)
  • Air University Associates to Baccalaureate Cooperative (AU ABC)
  • Allen County Community College
  • Amarillo College
  • American Sport Education Program (ASEP)
  • American Trucking Association (ATA)APU logo
  • More about ATA...

    ATA members diligently train drivers to insure compliance with safety regulations and educate owner-operators to efficiently manage their single truck or multi-truck fleets to their benefit, their employees and their customers. American Public University is an affiliate member of ATA and active member of ATA’s Information Technology and Logistics Council which seeks to improve truckers’ productivity through technology. APU logo

  • Anne Arundel Community College (AACC)
  • Arapahoe Community College: Colorado Community College System
  • Army Management Staff College - Basic Course
  • Army Management Staff College - Intermediate Course
  • Association of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO)AMU logo
  • More about AFIO...

    The AFIO is a non-political educational association for current and former intelligence professionals and supports of the U.S. intelligence community. American Military University is a “Gold” level corporate member and sponsor.AMU logo

  • Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA)AMU logo
  • More about AUSA...

    AUSA is a private, non-profit educational organization that supports America's Army - Active, National Guard, Reserve, Civilians, Retirees and family members. AUSA provides numerous professional development opportunities at a variety of events both local and national. AUSA represents every American Soldier by being the voice for all components of America's Army; fostering public support of the Army's role in national security and providing professional education and information programs.AMU logo

  • Austin Community College District
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  • Garden City Community College
  • GoArmyEd
  • More about GoArmyEd...

    AMU is a participating school in Go Army Ed, an online portal that gives Army students a one-stop gateway to educational support and services, helps alleviate some of these concerns for soldiers pursuing their degrees. Through the program, students can receive information about how much tuition assistance (TA) they're entitled to, register for courses, check their grades and communicate with their colleges and universities.

  • Goodfellow Air Force Base
  • Great Bay Community College
  • Grossmont College
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  • Independence Community College
  • Institute for Supply Management - Certified Purchasing Manager (CPM)
  • Inter-American Defense College
  • International Association for Healthcare Security & SafetyAMU
  • International Association For Intelligence Education (IAFIE) AMU Logo
  • More about IAFIE...

    IAFIE is a professional organization consisting of representatives from various intelligence disciplines and academia with the goal to serve as the association for advancing research, knowledge, and professional development in intelligence education. AMU is an institutional member of IAFIE.AMU logo

  • International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)
  • More about IAEM...

    IAEM is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting the goals of saving lives and protecting property during emergencies and disasters. APUS is an affiliate member of IAEM.

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  • Labette Community College
  • Lamar Community College: Colorado Community College System
  • Lockheed Martin Center for Security Analysis
  • Lone Star College System
  • Los Angeles Police Department University (LAPDU) AMU logo
  • More about LAPDU...

    AMU boasts a formal Memorandum of Agreement with the LAPD as a preferred academic institution. The university and its academic leadership program are comprised of only 5 universities, including AMU. The Web page explaining the program is available only through the LAPD intranet. AMU logo

  • Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department University AMU logo
  • More about LA Sheriff’s Department University...

    AMU is one of approximately 20 educational partners endorsed by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  LA Sheriff’s has more than 1,500 of their personnel presently enrolled in these programs and in excess of 1,000 of their personnel have earned a bachelor's or master's through their LASD University program. Go to and then click on to LASD University in the left column. AMU logo

  • Loss Prevention FoundationAMU
  • Lord Fairfax Community College
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  • National Association of Institutions for Military Education Services (NAIMES) AMU logo
  • More about NAIMES...

    NAIMES is a consortium of colleges and universities committed to promoting high quality, pedagogically sound educational opportunities for the military community.  NAIMES accomplishes these goals through advocacy for the military student, partnership with the military education community and promoting "best practices" for conducting military education programs. AMU logo

  • National Connections AcademyAPU
  • National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) APU logo
  • More about NCSS...

    Through their partnership, the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and American Public University have established a graduate-level history course specifically designed for the professional membership of NCSS. The course, HIST-681: Teaching New American History, prepares teachers to offer a professional development workshop based on the principles of Powerful and Authentic Social Studies (PASS), a program developed by the NCSS. APU logo

  • National Defense Transportation Association (NDTA) AMU logo
  • More about NDTA

    NDTA is a non-political, non-profit educational association of government, military, and industry professionals dedicated to fostering a strong and efficient global transportation and distribution system in support of national security. NDTA promotes exchange on current matters of transportation, travel, distribution, logistics and security, allowing for knowledge sharing in a non-partisan, fair, and objective environment. AMU is a Sustaining Member. AMU logo

  • National Football League Players Association APU logo
  • National High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas Assistance Centers AMU logo
  • More about NHAC...

    AMU has partnered with NHAC to include two hyperlinks on their national website presence to AMU by going to then selecting “Other Training”. AMU logo

  • National Military Intelligence Association (NMIA) amu logo
  • More about NMIA...

    NMIA is the nation’s sole joint military intelligence professional association and is focused on the professional development of military intelligence practitioners. AMU is a long-standing corporate member and supporter. AMU logo

  • National Registry of Food Safety Professionals (NRFSP) Food Safety Manager Certification
  • Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) Training Academy
  • Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP) APU logo
  • More about NCPDLP...

    The goal of the Navy College Program Distance Learning Partnership (NCPDLP) Schools is to support both the Sailor's mobile lifestyle and educational goals with rating relevant degree programs.  As a member of NCPDLP, AMU offers rating relevant degrees via distance learning to Sailors everywhere.  We provide associates and bachelors degree programs relevant to each rating, and make maximum use of military professional training and experience to fulfill degree requirements. AMU logo

  • Neosho County Community College
  • Norco College
  • North Arkansas College
  • Northcentral University (NCU)
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    Doctoral scholarship available through education alliance with NCU
    Through an education alliance between APUS and Northcentral University (NCU), APUS students and alumni may pursue a doctoral degree from NCU, a regionally accredited online university. The alliance enables our students and alumni to:

    • Save time and money by transferring up to nine (9) masters credits  towards a doctoral degree in the fields of education or business.
    • Receive a 10% scholarship to apply towards tuition for doctoral programs at NCU.
    • Receive 1:1 personalized feedback and support from NCU’s 100% doctoral faculty.

    For more information about the opportunity or to get started, visit, email NCU at, or speak with an NCU advisor by calling their toll-free number: 888-601-8475.

  • North Lake: Dallas County Community College District
  • Northeast College: Houston Community College District
  • Northeastern Junior College: Colorado Community College System
  • Northeastern Oklahoma A&M College
  • Northern Virginia Community College
  • Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Academy - In Service Training Courses
  • Northwest Arkansas Community College
  • Northwest College: Houston Community College District
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  • Saddleback College
  • Sault College
  • Sergeants Major Academy
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC) AMU logo
  • More about SOC...

    AMU is a member of the SOC Consortium which consists of approximately 1,800 appropriately accredited colleges and universities providing associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees for service members and their adult dependent family members. SOC member schools are military-friendly institutions with flexible policies that allow mobile servicemembers and their families to complete degrees rather than just accumulate course credit. AMU logo

  • ServSafe® - Food Protection Manager Certification
  • Seward County Community College
  • Snow College
  • Solano Community College
  • Southeast College: Houston Community College District
  • Southern Police Institute AMU logo
  • More about Southern Police Institute...

    AMU has joined the University of Louisville as one of only two schools to have evaluated the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Courses for potential college credit at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. AMU logo

  • Southwest College: Houston Community College District
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  • Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.APU
  • Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) AMU logo
  • More about WCPA...

    The Wisconsin Chiefs of Police Association (WCPA) is a progressive organization with more than 500 members. AMU has partnered with them on several events within Wisconsin and appears on the WCPA Web site as a partner in their education and training programs.AMU logo