We are always excited to learn of students who wish to pursue other degree programs at American Public University System. To enroll in another APUS program, we recommend that you contact your Academic Advisor for assistance during or after the completion of your final course in your current academic program or whenever you are ready to return.
If you are currently in an APUS program, you may apply for a new program as soon as you have final clearance for graduation for your current program with APUS. In order to be final cleared, you must have already submitted your Graduation Application, and, once cleared, you would next submit the Degree Change form found in the online campus. To verify that you are fully cleared for graduation, make sure that you track your graduation process from My Graduation Info, located under the Records Menu header.
It is very important that you do NOT register for any courses for your new program until your Degree Change form has been processed and your new program is displayed for you as your online academic plan.
Certificate to Degree
If you complete a certificate from the University and then decide to pursue a related degree, you may transfer any applicable courses that apply to the subsequent degree program. The courses transferred directly from a certificate completed will NOT count towards your maximum transfer credit cap.
However, this is only if you go straight from a certificate to the related degree within two years of completing your certificate. Your initial enrollment date will remain the start date of your first course counted towards your certificate program, which will now be the start date for the program deadline of your new degree program. The grade(s) you earned in the course(s) that apply to the new program will count towards your new GPA.
Degree to Certificate
If you completed a degree and would like to enroll in a related certificate, all previously-completed APUS courses for which you earned a passing grade, as well as any outside course credit, where applicable, will be applied as residential or transfer credit.
Degree to Degree
If you completed a degree and would like to enroll in a subsequent program, the Transfer Credit department will automatically review your completed residential credit to determine what courses can be applied to your new program within 21 days from when you enroll in the new program. All applicable APUS credit for which you earned a passing grade will be considered residential credit and will not count towards the transfer credit maximums.
If you have previous transfer credit applied to your initial degree, it will also be reviewed when you enroll into the new degree program and completed within 21 days. Undergraduate credit is only applicable to undergraduate degree programs and graduate credit is only applicable to graduate degree programs.
You can apply a maximum of 46 semester hours of transfer credit into an associate degree, 91 semester hours into a bachelor’s degree, 15 semester hours into a master’s degree and 3 semester hours into a certificate. Only courses earned with a ‘C’ or higher can be applied to an undergraduate program and a ‘B’ or higher to a graduate program when applied as transfer credit.
Residential Credit Policy
All courses completed at APUS, either through a conferred degree or expired program, will be considered Residential Credit for the student’s current program as well as future program where the courses are applicable. Residential Credit will not be counted towards transfer credit maximums and will not carry previously earned course grades, thus not impacting the grade point average in the subsequent program. The Initial Enrollment Date and Program Deadline for subsequent programs will be reset based on the first course completed in the new program.
Students wishing to earn an Associate’s degree where all completed courses overlap with the requested Bachelors' requirements may not enroll in the requested program unless they enroll in a program where credentials may be earned along the way. If a student requests a change to an Associate’s program, where all courses from a conferred Bachelor's degree overlap with the Associates degree, then they may not be eligible. Additionally, students may not earn duplicative degrees (example – Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice to Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice or vice versa or Masters in Business Administration-General concentration to Masters in Business Administration- Accounting concentration or vice versa).