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The Governing Institute and APU support success through education.

Sharing the goal of advancing public sector innovation.

We are pleased to announce that American Public University (APU) is the only fully-online Governing Institute MPA Partner School. Through our cooperative relationship, we are working together to offer you flexible and affordable online certificates and degree programs to build and enhance careers in public service.

APU is the only four-time recipient of the prestigious Online Learning Consortium's Effective Practice Award (2009, 2010, 2013, 2014), and is ranked as a top online university by U.S. News & World Report for 3 years running (2013, 2014, 2015). As a leader in academic quality, nearly 30 graduate students and alumni honored as Presidential Management Fellowship finalists, one of the nation's most prestigious programs for leadership and public service.

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Here are a few more benefits for students at APU:

  • Open enrollment with no fee to apply
  • More than 190 degree and certificate programs
  • Monthly starts with 8- and 16-week courses
  • An undergraduate book grant offering ebooks at no charge to students earning undergraduate academic credit
  • A team of admission, financial aid, and academic advisors ready to answer your questions
  • Student-focused transfer credit policy to help you maximize  previously earned credits

Tuition Cost per Credit

  • $270/undergraduate credit hour
  • $350/graduate credit hour
  • *Military Undergraduate: $250
  • *Military Graduate: $325

*We offer our military-affiliated students a tuition grant that caps undergraduate tuition at $250/credit hour (military TA limit) and graduate tuition at $325/credit hour. This grant is for U.S. active-duty servicemembers, Guard, Reserve, military spouses and dependents, and veterans. 

Contact Information

Jennifer Lawson leads the Strategic Relations Admissions Team whose members are here to answer all educational partnership questions.

Jennifer Lawson

Jennifer Lawson

Proof positive. It's nice to know how others feel.


of seniors evaluated their experience as positive

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 2016


of employers would hire another one of our graduates

APUS Alumni Employer Survey, January 2010-December 2015


of seniors would choose us again

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 2016


of our students return for another degree

American Public Education Fact Sheet, June 2013