American Public University System Online

Also known as American Military University

111 W Congress St, Charles Town, WV

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The American Public University System is an online learning entity comprised of American Public University (APU) and American Military University (AMU).  APUS has academic offices in Charles Town, WV and an administrative center in Manassas, Virginia.

Founded in 1991, The American Public University System offers a number of degree options that include associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s certificate programs and various learning tracks for a broad range of students from corporate professionals to military members to public service professionals.

APUS was created in 1991 by Major James P. Etter as the American Military University.  In 1995, AMU earned a national accreditation through the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC) then moved to a distance learning institution three years later.

Seven years later, the programs expanded and the school changed its name to The American Public University System and soon earned a regional accredited from the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

The American Public University System is an open enrollment school employing over 2,000 full-time and part-time faculty members.  The faculty is comprised of a cross-section of education professionals and executives from business, non-profit organizations, and government entities (such as Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, State Department, CIA, FEMA, and the United Nations).

APUS offers over 200 degree and certificate programs spanning 6 academic schools that include:

  1. School of Security and Global Studies
  2. School of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math
  3. School of Art and Humanities
  4. School of Business
  5. School of Education
  6. School of Health Sciences

Both APU and AMU have many viable resources available for students in terms of financial aid.  As an accredited higher education institution, several options exist to help students afford school.  These programs may include:

  • Military Tuition Assistant Programs
  • Federal Student Aid
  • Employer Contributions
  • Veterans Benefits
  • Self-Pay Options
  • Federal & State Grants
  • Private Scholarships
  • Private Grants
  • School Scholarship Programs

Details on tuition, net price calculator, refunds, withdrawals, transfer credits, and more can be found on the APUS portal.  Please visit the school’s website for more information on programs offered and consumer disclosures.

Programs Offered

The following is a list of areas of study available at American Public University System Online. Programs that have a link will take you to the program's profile page where education requirements, career pathways, and other information is available.

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Business and Marketing Studies

Computer and Information Sciences


Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Military Technology

Philosophy and Religious Studies


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Transportation and Materials Moving

*Amounts for tuition, fees, and supplies are an estimate which are calculated based on historical data and should be solely used for informational purposes only.
**Repayment rates, earnings, and loan payments are estimates and should be treated as informational tools only, contact the school for official information.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average annual "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around -. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The financial details shown on this page are an approximation. The actual costs may differ, please contact American Military University for more information.

Note: Financial aid is only available for those who qualify, check with the school for details.

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid99%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships92%$4,251
Receiving Student Loans87%$7,708

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