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American Military University

Military, national security, and public safety professionals looking for a premier online education.

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American Public University

Online education for service-minded working adults looking to make a difference in business, healthcare, education, government, and more.

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Our Mission

The mission of American Public University System is to provide high quality higher education with emphasis on educating the nation's military and public service communities by offering respected, relevant, accessible, affordable, and student-focused online programs that prepare students for service and leadership in a diverse, global society.

APUS at a Glance

#1 Provider of Education to U.S. Military and Veterans*
231 Degrees & Certificates
84% New Undergraduates Transferred Credit
114,000 Graduates
*Based on FY 2019 Department of Defense tuition assistance and Veterans Administration student enrollment data, as reported by Military Times, 2020
Data current as of September 30, 2021

Celebrating 30 Years

Since its inception in 1991, AMU has helped military personnel earn their degrees, and the University has become an innovator and leader in providing quality online education. Today, the university system is one of the largest providers of online higher education – offering more than 200 academic programs to students enrolled worldwide.

At each and every step of the way, I had the support needed to move toward the ultimate goal of graduating and pursuing my career ambitions.
Chanda Chann
B.A. Management, 2013
MBA 2015

In the News

American Public University System (APUS) today announced that Javier Miyares has been appointed to its Board of Trustees. Miyares is a highly respected academic leader with over 20 years of experience driving innovation and change in online higher education, most recently as president of University of Maryland Global Campus (UMGC).

American Public University System (APUS) announced that Dr. Wade T. Dyke will be leaving APUS as President to pursue a new endeavor and that Dr. Katherine Zatz, the former Chairwoman of the APUS Board of Trustees, has been appointed Acting President, effective November 4, 2021. A nationwide search for a permanent replacement is being launched.

American Public University System (APUS) and the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office have signed an agreement enabling graduates of California’s Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) programs from 116 community colleges to seamlessly transfer to APUS as a junior – with no loss of credit.
American Public University System (APUS) today announced that it has been reaccredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) for 10 years, with the next reaffirmation scheduled for 2030 – 2031.
In an effort to bring together leaders, innovators, and decision-makers from all areas of the space community, American Public University System (APUS) and the Policy Studies Organization (PSO) are hosting the second annual Space Education and Strategic Applications (SESA) Conference on September 23 and September 24.
American Public University System (APUS) has appointed Dr. Katherine Zatz to chair its Board of Trustees, effective August 1. A long-time board member, Dr. Zatz succeeds Board Chairman General Alfred M. Gray (retired), the 29th Commandant of the U.S. Marine Corps, who is stepping down as a trustee.
APUS and Miami Dade College are partnering to enable more students to earn bachelor’s and graduate degrees by pursuing guided academic pathways across business, STEM, cybersecurity, IT, computer sciences and psychology disciplines.Showing a continued commitment to make higher education more accessible, American Public University System (APUS) and Miami Dade College (MDC) are partnering to enable more students to earn bachelor’s and graduate degrees by pursuing guided academic pathways across business, STEM, cybersecurity, IT, computer sciences and psychology disciplines.
Prestigious Award Validates the University’s Highly Relevant Degrees and Courses in Reverse Logistics Management.
APUS, Founded as American Military University in 1991, Proudly Celebrates Approximately 90,000 Current Students and Over 108,000 Alumni Who Inspire Student-Centered Education and Innovation.
Partnership Expands Access to Counseling for APUS Students Including Active-Duty Service Members, Reservists, and Civilians.
APUS has committed numerous resources to help students, staff and faculty.
APUS celebrated its graduating class at its 25th annual commencement on May 22. The virtual event recognized the accomplishments of over 14,000 AMU and APU graduates from all 50 states and approximately 30 countries. Graduates range in age from 18 to 84 years old.
APUS is offering free access to its diverse library of over 200 podcast episodes to share best practices and unique life experiences that benefit both working professionals and adult learners.
Nationally recognized thought leader's student-centric vision and innovation efforts align with APUS's core mission.
Dr. Wallace E. Boston Business School launches over 30 new courses to help businesses hurdle economic challenges.
APUS and Rio Salado College today announced a partnership that enables students to earn an online associate degree with seamless admission into selected online baccalaureate programs.
APUS announced that four master’s-level students and alumni of American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU) have been named Presidential Management Fellowship (PMF) Finalists for the Class of 2021. Since 2011, nearly 60 APUS alumni have achieved this status in the highly competitive, government-run fellowship.
Highlighting its ongoing commitment to the active duty military and veterans communities, APUS has expanded support of National Wreaths Across America Day this holiday season.
Naming Pays Tribute to Dr. Boston Building APUS as a Trailblazer of Affordable Online Higher Education
APUS Offers Scholarships, Newly Launched Freedom Grant® and Ongoing Support of Military-Affiliated Events
Freedom Grant® Awards over $17.6 Million to Approximately 49,000 Students in Just Six Months
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