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Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission Mark of Affiliation

Accredited by HLC

American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (www.hlcommission.org). HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Universities such as The Ohio State, University of Chicago and the U.S. Air Force Academy are also accredited by HLC. Read our notice for third-party comments.

Accreditation Matters

Accreditation sets the bar for standards of quality against which all schools are measured. Accreditation should be important to you because it also determines a school’s eligibility for financial aid including federal student aid, military tuition assistance, and veterans benefits. Accreditation may also influence admission to accredited graduate schools or the ability to transfer credits to other accredited institutions. View video of Dr. Karan Powell explaining the importance of accreditation. 

Specialized Accreditation

The academic programs listed here have additional specialized accreditation granted from external industry governing organizations. Specialized accreditation adds a level of rigor to the curriculum and demonstrates to employers that graduates of these programs have achieved the required knowledge and skills to perform in their professions. Specialty accreditation at APU apply to degrees in business, health sciences, and public safety. 

Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

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ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.

 

 

These programs in the APU School of Business have achieved ACBSP accreditation:

A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Accounting (B.S. and M.S. with additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation) 

A.A. in Business Administration

BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration

MBA - Master of Business Administration

B.A. and M.A. in Entrepreneurship

A.A. and B.A. in Hospitality Management

B.A. in Marketing

A.A., B.A., and M.A. in Management

A.A. and B.A. in Retail Management

A.A. in Real Estate Studies

B.A. and M.A. in Reverse Logistics Management.

B.A. and M.A. in Transportation and Logistics Management

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education

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The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs. 

Our B.S. in Nursing and our M.S. in Nursing are both accredited by CCNE. 

Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)

Master's CEPH Accredited

The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.

Our Master’s in Public Health is accredited by CEPH for a five-year term, extending to July 1, 2022. A copy of the self-study and the final report from CEPH can be requested by emailing accreditation@apus.edu.

International Fire Service Accreditation Congress 

IFASC logoThe International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) is a peer-driven, self-governing system of both fire service certifying entities and higher education fire-related degree programs. IFSAC's mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope. IFSAC has accredited these programs at the university: 

A.S. Fire Science
B.S. Fire Science Management 
B.A. Emergency and Disaster Management 
M.A. Emergency and Disaster Management 
Dual M.A. Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security

State Authorization

The university is engaged in a continuous process to certify that it is recognized as an accredited institution of higher learning by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. For more information on state specific details visit our State Authorization page.

Notice for Third-Party Comment

American Public University System is seeking comments from the public about the university in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The university will host a visit August 6–7, 2018, with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). American Public University System has been accredited by HLC since May 2006. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the college to the following address:

Public Comment on American Public University System
Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by July 6, 2018.

Contact Us

If you have questions or need further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Institutional Accreditation at accreditation@apus.edu or 304-724-3778.