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 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 and Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Preparation Certification, K-12 Online Teaching Endorsement, Master of Business Administration, 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.
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 or higher from an institution whose accreditation is recognized by CHEA. 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. You may register for your first course after proof of a conferred bachelor's or higher is received.
Note: You may submit an unofficial copy of either your diploma or an unofficial transcript to your admissions representative to expedite registration. However, you are still responsible for sending an official transcript and will be blocked from further registration if not received within 15 weeks of starting your first course.
- 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.
*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: Document Services
10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114
Manassas, VA 20109
Note: Graduate students may transfer up to a maximum of 15 credit hours.