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ASAE and APU support your success through education

The Governing Institute and APU support your success through education.

Governing Institute

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 respected for career-relevant academic programs. We are part of the accredited American Public University System. Our online courses fit the demanding schedules of employees like you, and many of our highly-credentialed faculty hold key positions in government agencies and public safety organizations.


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  • Courses are online with no set log-in times (asynchronous). What it's like to learn online? 
  • Classes start monthly and most are 8 weeks in length. 
  • Access to a dedicated strategic partnerships admissions team.
  • Book grant: textbooks and/or ebooks are provided at no charge to students earning undergraduate academic credit.

How to Receive Your Benefits

Future Students: Select Governing Institute as your employer when you complete our admissions application.
Current Students: Confirm that Governing Institute is listed under the employer category in your university records. Learn how.


Your Cost

Rates Effective Through 12/31/2019

Per Credit Hour:

  • Undergraduate: $270
  • Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate: $350
  • Military Undergraduate: $250*
  • Military Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate: $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.

Rates Effective 1/1/2020

Per Credit Hour:

  • Undergraduate: $285
  • Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate: $370
  • Military Undergraduate: $250**
  • Military Master's Degree and Graduate Certificate: $250**

**To minimize out-of-pocket costs, active-duty servicemembers their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that will cap undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a new master's-level book grant will be available to active-duty servicemembers, their spouse/dependents, Guard members, and Reservists, providing no-cost textbooks and ebooks for master’s-level courses.

Annual Tuition & Fees

Rates Effective Through 12/31/2019

Tuition Cost

*Annual estimates are based on published tuition and technology fees assuming 30 undergraduate or 18 graduate-level semester credit hours.Technology fees are $50 per course and are covered by grants for U.S. active-duty military service members, and for Guard and Reserve personnel when using military tuition assistance.

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Contact Information

Fred Widdowson

Jennifer Lawson

Our Strategic Relations Admissions team is here to answer all educational partnership questions.

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