Accredited by HLC
American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) (www.hlcommission.org). HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Universities such as The Ohio State, University of Chicago and the U.S. Air Force Academy are also accredited by HLC.
Accreditation sets the bar for standards of quality against which all schools are measured. Accreditation should be important to you because it also determines a school’s eligibility for financial aid including federal student aid, military tuition assistance, and veterans benefits. Accreditation may also influence admission to accredited graduate schools or the ability to transfer credits to other accredited institutions.
The academic programs listed here have additional specialized accreditation granted from external industry governing organizations. Specialized accreditation adds a level of rigor to the curriculum and demonstrates to employers that graduates of these programs have achieved the required knowledge and skills to perform in their professions. Specialty accreditation at APU apply to degrees in business, health sciences, and public safety.
Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)
ACBSP accredits business, accounting, and business-related programs at the associate, baccalaureate, master, and doctorate degree levels. Recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) in 2001 and again in 2011, ACBSP was the first to offer specialized business accreditation at all degree levels.
These programs in the APU School of Business have achieved ACBSP accreditation:
A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Accounting (B.S. and M.S. with additional ACBSP Specialized Accounting Accreditation)
A.A. in Business Administration
BBA - Bachelor of Business Administration
MBA - Master of Business Administration
B.A. and M.A. in Entrepreneurship
A.A. and B.A. in Hospitality Management
B.A. in Marketing
A.A., B.A., and M.A. in Management
A.A. and B.A. in Retail Management
A.A. in Real Estate Studies
B.A. and M.A. in Reverse Logistics Management
B.A. and M.A. in Transportation and Logistics Management
The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) is an autonomous accrediting agency contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.
Our B.S. in Nursing and our M.S. in Nursing are both accredited by CCNE.
Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH)
The Council on Education for Public Health (CEPH) is an independent agency recognized by the US Department of Education to accredit schools of public health and public health programs offered in settings other than schools of public health.
Our Master’s in Public Health is accredited by CEPH for a five-year term, extending to July 1, 2022. A copy of the self-study and the final report from CEPH can be requested by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
International Fire Service Accreditation Congress
The International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) is a peer-driven, self-governing system of both fire service certifying entities and higher education fire-related degree programs. IFSAC's mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope. IFSAC has accredited these programs at the university:
A.S. Fire Science
B.S. Fire Science Management
B.A. Emergency and Disaster Management
M.A. Emergency and Disaster Management
Dual M.A. Emergency and Disaster Management & Homeland Security
Health Information Management
The Baccalaureate Degree Health Information Management program is in Candidacy Status, pending accreditation review by the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM).