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American Public University System and National Cryptologic University Partner to Help NSA Employees Earn Degrees

Charles Town, WV— October 2, 2023 – American Public University System (APUS) today announced a partnership with the National Cryptologic University (NCU), a school within the National Security Agency (NSA), to give NSA employees accelerated options to earn bachelor’s and master’s degrees at either American Military University or American Public University

APUS has been designated by the NSA and Department of Homeland Security (DHS) as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense. Additionally, APUS is a member of the U.S. Cyber Command’s (CYBERCOM) Academic Engagement Network (AEN), a collaboration between academia and CYBERCOM to leverage capabilities and talent of both groups to provide a more robust cyber defense.

NCU students can learn more about how to transfer their NCU credit and start taking classes at AMU and APU by visiting here.

“We are honored to partner with NCU to make higher education more accessible to members of our country’s intelligence community,” said APUS Provost Dr. Elizabeth Johnson. “This agreement aligns well with the needs of those looking to pursue degrees in cybersecurity, technology, and intelligence studies.”

NCU, founded in 1965, develops and delivers curriculum in cryptology, cybersecurity, language, and leadership for agency employees, in addition to curriculum for the Central Security Service, the U.S. intelligence community, and armed services.

For more info on cybersecurity programs at AMU and APU, visit here.

About American Public University System
American Public University System (APUS) delivers affordable, high-quality, workforce-relevant higher education. With a vibrant, diverse, and inclusive, 31-year history and over 135,000 alumni from more than 100 countries, APUS is recognized for its innovative approach to online learning. APUS is in the top 11% for students’ return on educational investment, compared to 4,500 colleges and universities nationwide, according to the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (2022)1.

APUS, which includes American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU), is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an institutional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. APUS is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI). For more information, visit

1Ranking based on 20-year net present value (NPV)  

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