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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. 
  • 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

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, National Guard members, and Reservists receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate, master's degree, and graduate certificate tuition at $250/credit hour. In addition, a university book grant provides no-cost textbooks and ebooks for all undergraduate and doctoral students and all military-tuition-grant-eligible master’s-level students.

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