Why Choose APU Online Degree Programs

Cutting Edge, Relevant Programs
Convenience & Flexibility
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The APU curriculum includes more than 180 undergraduate and graduate degrees and certificates. Whether you’re seeking a program in Security Management, Homeland Security, or Sports Management, APU offers the relevant programs and courses for today’s job market. Just a few of the ways we stay current on industry needs: the majority of our faculty are currently working in the fields they are teaching in; we partner with industry organizations such as the National Defense Transportation Association and build programs and certificates tailored to their needs; and we rely on Industry Advisory Councils made up of corporate members who review our curriculum to ensure its relevance to the skills needed in their industries.


Despite significant rate hikes commonly found throughout the industry, APU has maintained modest tuition levels for our undergraduate and graduate courses. This, while maintaining a commitment to continuous quality assessment of our academic programs and providing the best distance learning environment possible to our students.

In fact, APU has established a book grant so that all of our undergraduate students earning academic credit are provided with textbooks, e-books, journals, and other publications at no cost to the student. If textbooks are required, they will be shipped to the student each semester directly -- at no additional cost, regardless of where they are located. This represents a huge savings for our students, since typical course material costs at any school can cost several thousand dollars over the student’s enrollment. The grant is available to all undergraduate students who are seeking academic credit for their courses, and is applicable throughout a student's enrollment in the undergraduate program.

APU also offers student federal aid, which will add alternative financial resources for many students. See the tuition and fees section for more details.


Working a shift schedule? Overloaded with personal and professional commitments? Traveling all the time? No problem. APU goes with you wherever you go. All of the courses are delivered over the Internet. The asynchronous course delivery means no specific login times are required. Simply log on and download your assignments when it’s convenient for you during the week.

At APU, you can progress through your degree path faster. First, courses start monthly, because we know your personal commitments don’t always align with a traditional semester schedule. Second, we offer 8- and 16-week sessions for many classes, so you have the option to take more intense, 8-week courses when time permits. Finally, you won’t have to worry that a course you sign up for will be dropped at the last minute due to low enrollment.


Our faculty combines relevant theory with real-world experience. Their academic credentials include such institutions as the University of Chicago, University of Notre Dame, Stanford University, Cambridge University, and Harvard University. Many are executives in government, business and non-profit organizations, including the United Nations, the State Department, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

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