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Knowing our accredited university system offers respected and relevant academic programs helps make that choice easier.
American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). 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.
Please visit the APUS accreditation page for detailed information about the university's accreditation.
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. Listen to University President Dr. Karan Powell explain the importance of 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.
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.
A.A. in Business Administration
BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
MBA - Master of Business Administration
B.A. in Marketing
A.A. in Real Estate Studies
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 is accredited by CCNE. We are currently pursuing CCNE accreditation for our M.S. in Nursing, but this does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 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:
Information Systems Security
National Security Agency (NSA) - Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE)
Child and Family Development
National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)
If you have questions or need further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Institutional Accreditation at email@example.com or 304-724-3778.