Accredited Online University

When you decide to pursue a degree online, it is important that you make sure the school you are researching is accredited. Accreditation ensures that you earned your degree from a university that meets well established guidelines regarding academic quality.  American Public University System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

At our University, students are priority one. Our University is committed to providing quality education, superior student resources, and affordable tuition. In fact, while post-secondary tuition has risen sharply nationwide, the University continues to offer affordable tuition without sacrificing academic quality. Tuition and costs are always transparent with no hidden charges.

  • #34 Ranking on US News "Best Online Bachelor’s Programs"
  • 190+ online programs
  • 93% of employers would hire one of our graduates again1
  • 95% of seniors say they would choose us again2
  • 94% of seniors would recommend us to a friend or colleague3
  • 85% of graduates report they’re currently employed3
  • Federal Student Aid and Armed Forces Tuition Assistance accepted
  • Low tuition: among the 10 U.S. leading providers of online education, we are on average 42% lower for undergraduate and 33% lower for graduate students4

Regional Accreditation

American Public University System is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (, 312-263-0456), a regional institutional accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation. View a copy of our 2011 Initial Accreditation letter.

Specialty Accreditations

In addition to institutional accreditation, APUS has obtained programmatic accreditation through appropriate governing organizations for specific academic programs. These specialized accreditations require a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of each accrediting organization, and collectively demonstrate that APUS is focused on academic excellence and providing the best possible educational experience for its students. As a result, APUS has enhanced the curriculum for certain programs by implementing standards from an external accrediting organization for specific disciplines or fields of study.

School of Business Programs

The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) has accredited the following programs in the School of Business:

  • Accounting - Associate of Science
  • Accounting - Bachelor of Science
  • Accounting - Master of Science
  • Business Administration - Associate of Arts
  • Business Administration - Bachelor's
  • Business Administration - Master's
  • Hospitality - Associate of Arts
  • Hospitality Management - Bachelor of Arts
  • Management - Associate of Arts
  • Management - Bachelor of Arts
  • Management - Master of Arts
  • Marketing - Bachelor of Arts
  • Real Estate Studies - Associate of Arts
  • Retail Management - Associate of Arts
  • Retail Management - Bachelor of Arts
  • Transportation and Logistics Management - Bachelor of Arts
  • Transportation and Logistics Management - Master of Arts

School of Education, M.Ed. Teaching, M.Ed. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. School Counseling

WV State Approved Educator Certification Programs (WVDOE)

For further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at, or call 304-724-3778.

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

The baccalaureate program at American Public University System is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, DC 20036, 202-887-6791.

1 - Source: American Public University System, Alumni Employer Survey, January 2006-December 2012.
2 - Source: National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), 2012.
3 - Source: American Public University System, Alumni Survey, January 2012- December 2012.
4 - Tuition figures based on lowest possible tuition rates for ten leading regionally accredited providers of online education. In-state tuition information provided by the College Board. Undergraduate tuition assumes 10 classes per year over 4 years, with bachelor’s degrees requiring between 120 and 124 semester hours (39-40 courses and 1-4 labs) depending on the program. Graduate tuition assumes 6 classes per year over 2 years with degrees ranging from 36 to 48 semester hours (12-15 courses) and require a comprehensive exam, a capstone project, or an integrative practicum.


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