We offer over 35 graduate programs and over 40 graduate certificates. We accept students for graduate-level study who have earned a minimum of a bachelor’s degree from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
To earn a master’s degree, students must complete a minimum of 12 courses and take a final comprehensive examination, thesis option, or capstone/applied research project at the end of all coursework.
Note: The following graduate programs have additional admissions requirements: Master of Education, Master of Business Administration, Master of Entrepreneurship, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Science in Cybersecurity Studies, Master of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Accounting, Master of Public Health, Master of Science in Health Information Management.
Our graduate certificates are designed to focus your study on a particular topic or set of issues. The certificate program appeals to students who already possess a bachelor’s or master’s degree and seek specific knowledge in a subject area. It also appeals to those bachelor’s students who seek graduate-level knowledge and credentials without completing a master’s degree.
Note: The following graduate certificates have additional admission requirements: Cyber Crime, Digital Forensics, IT Project Management, Information Assurance, Information System Security, Object Orientated Application Development, and K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement.
If you are applying to a graduate-level program, you must submit the following documents:
- An application for admission.
- An official transcript showing conferral of a bachelor's degree or higher from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by CHEA. Students may register for their first course after proof of a conferred bachelor's degree or higher is received and the conferral date and accreditation are confirmed. See below for mailing information.
Note: Students may submit an unofficial copy of their diploma or bachelor’s transcript or higher with a posted conferral date to their admissions representative to expedite registration. Diploma or transcript copies must show student’s name, name of school and the conferral date. Unofficial transcripts must be sent in PDF format. Students are still responsible for sending an official transcript to the Document Services address below, and will be blocked from further registration if it is not received within 15 weeks of their first course start. APUS cannot accept unofficial non-U.S. transcripts to expedite registration. For further information on having your non-U.S. transcript evaluated and sent to the University, please refer to International Admissions.
- Students who earned graduate-level credit within the last 10 years and want to have it evaluated for transfer, submit official transcripts of this coursework along with the Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) application. TCE submission instructions.
Additional Transfer Credit
APUS will also consider professional military education and specific civilian, corporate, and government training evaluated by the American Council on Education (ACE) for graduate credit. Graduate credits must have been earned within the last 10 years. Please refer to the TCE Center for full details.
Note: Graduate students may transfer a maximum of 15 credit hours into master's programs. Graduate students enrolled in a dual graduate degree may transfer a maximum of 9 credit hours and no courses may transfer into the core section.
Mail Transfer Credit Documents to the Following Address:
American Public University System
Attn: Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Institutions that use e-Script, Script-Safe, or send official electronic transcripts directly from the registrar can send those transcripts to: Documents@apus.edu. Transcripts emailed or faxed from students will not be considered official.