We offer over 31 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 accredited by a recognized accrediting body.
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 and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Certification, K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement, Master of Business Administration, Master of Science in Information Technology, Master of Arts in Psychology, Master of Science in Accounting.
The Graduate Certificate program is a focused program of study on a particular topic or set of issues. The certificate program appeals to students who already possess a master’s degree and seek specific knowledge in a subject area. It also appeals to students who possess a Bachelor’s degree and seek graduate-level knowledge and credentials without completing an entire graduate 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:
- Official transcript showing you have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting body. If you have earned a master's or doctoral degree from an accredited institution, submit the official advanced degree transcript in lieu of an undergraduate degree transcript
- If you 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 and fee*. TCE submission instructions.
- Begin an Application for Admission
*TCE fee waived for all United States Active Duty Military, Guard, and Reserve personnel.
Additional Transfer Credit
We 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.
Mail Transfer Credit Documents to the Following Address:
American Public University System
Attn: Student Records
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Transfer Credit Fax: 304-724-3788
Note: Graduate students may transfer up to a maximum of 15 credit hours.