October 2018

Program Inactivations

The Graduate Certificate in Object-Oriented Application Development has been inactivated.

Program Description Changes

Master of Science in Nursing

The Master of Science in Nursing program prepares you to be an effective leader in the nursing profession and to be an agent of change in the delivery of health care. The transformational changes occurring in healthcare today make advanced nursing practice essential to the provision of safe, patient-centered care. As an advanced practice nurse educator or nurse leader, you can help lead the change to move nursing into the future.

The Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN) program is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE), 655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, (202) 463-6930.

Note: This Master of Science in Nursing program is currently not open for admission to Tennessee residents or Washington State residents and RN license holders.

This program has specific admission requirements.

New Policies

Credit Hour Definition Policy

All undergraduate and graduate courses at the American Public University System adhere to the Federal Credit Hour Definition below (34CFR 600.2 adopted 11/1/2010):

Federal Credit Hour Definition: A credit hour is an amount of work represented in intended learning outcomes and verified by evidence of student achievement that is an institutionally-established equivalency that reasonably approximates not less than:

  • One hour of classroom or direct faculty instruction and a minimum of two hours of out-of-class student work each week for approximately fifteen weeks for one semester or trimester hour of credit, or ten to twelve weeks for one quarter hour of credit, or the equivalent amount of work over a different amount of time;
  • Or at least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) of this definition for other activities as established by an institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading toward to the award of credit hours.

Licensure Changes

Massachusetts: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Massachusetts regulations to offer programs to residents of the state.

Tennessee: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Tennessee’s regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Tennessee residents:  The R.N. to B.S. in Nursing and the Master of Science in Nursing programs are not currently open for admission to Tennessee residents.

Tuition

Tuition Rates per Credit Hour:

  • Undergraduate: $270 | $250 for military-affiliated students*
  • Graduate: $350 | $325 for military-affiliated students*
  • Audit: $100
8- and 16-Week Sessions 2 semester hours 3 semester hours 4 semester hours
Undergraduate Academic Credit $540 $810 $1080
Graduate Academic Credit N/A $1050 $1400
Audit $200 $300 $400

June 2018

Graduate Studies

The Graduate Studies and Research team focuses on providing excellent master’s and doctoral programs at APUS. We partner with graduate programs throughout the university to increase student success, develop innovative curriculum, and enhance resources for students and faculty. Our aim is to ensure that programs exemplify academic rigor at the graduate level and help students develop the research, thinking, and communication skills to contribute to their field and advance their careers.

Leadership

Dean

Dr. Jennifer Douglas

Directors

Director of Doctoral Programs - Dr. Lori Woeste

Director of Doctoral and Faculty Research and Experiential Learning - Dr. Jose Rodriguez

Staff

Senior Project Coordinator - Ms. Alexandra Huston

Senior Administrative Assistant - Ms. Veronica Naranjo

Graduate Culture

At APUS, graduate culture is defined as a community of emerging scholars and practitioners who share a commitment to research and scholarly integrity, a passion for the production of new knowledge, and expertise in the application of that knowledge in innovative, interdisciplinary contexts. The Graduate Studies and Research team supports master’s and doctoral programs across the institution in several key ways:

  • Shaping the strategic direction of graduate education at APUS

  • Guiding new program development at the graduate level

  • Creating consistent policies across graduate programs

  • Offering research resources for faculty and graduate students

  • Leading the Institutional Review Board for human subjects research

  • Providing professional development opportunities for graduate students

  • Developing strategies and programs to promote student success

Research

Providing resources for faculty and student research is a priority for our institution. The Graduate Studies and Research team supports research initiatives across the university:

  • APUS awards $100,000 in faculty research grants on an annual basis through a peer-review process.

  • Our team sponsors the 3 Minute Thesis competition annually for master’s students and offers webinars on preparing for the graduate capstone requirements.

  • Our team provides research support through the Institutional Review Board for approving human subjects research.

  • APUS partners with the Policy Studies Organization to co-sponsor conferences and two peer-reviewed journals edited by APUS faculty, The Internet Learning Journal and The Journal of Global Security and Strategic Intelligence.

Tuition and Fees

The University System operates nearly exclusively through tuition revenue and provides affordable education. The following is the current tuition/fee schedule:

Tuition

Tuition Rates per Credit Hour:
  • Undergraduate: $270 | $250 for military-affiliated students*
  • Graduate: $350 | $325 for military-affiliated students*
  • Audit: $100
8- and 16-Week Sessions 3 semester hours 4 semester hours
Undergraduate Academic Credit $810 $1080
Graduate Academic Credit $1050 $1400
Audit $300 $400

Military-Affiliated Grants

Military-affiliated students receive a tuition grant that caps undergraduate tuition at $250/credit hour and graduate tuition at $325/credit hour. This grant is for U.S. active-duty service members and their spouses/dependents, Guard, Reserve, and veterans.

Fees

Admission Fee $0
Registration Fee $0
Late Registration Fee $50
Technology Fee - Active Duty Military, National Guard, or U.S. Military Reservist1 $0
Technology Fee - Courses other than ENGR and ELEN1 $50
Technology Fee - ENGR and ELEN courses1 $100
Average Undergraduate Course Materials (per course) $0
Average Graduate Course Materials (per course) $100
Completion Fee: Certificate $25
Graduate Comprehensive Exam $250
Graduation Completion Fee for most degrees $100
Transcripts (each):
Official electronic
$10
Official paper
$20
Unofficial electronic
$5
1

Per Course

March 2018

New Courses

SSGS711 - Psychology of Actors in the Global Environment: This seminar examines the role and purpose of theory and also reviews and applies some of the major psychological concepts, theories and approaches regarding individuals and small groups that inform our understanding, communication, and decision making of other actors in the global environment. Year 1, Term 1.

  • Analyze the role that theory plays in assessment and application to global topics
  • Analyze motivation theories related to the assessment of individuals
  • Analyze personality theories related to the assessment of individuals
  • Analyze the role that beliefs and images play in decision making
  • Analyze theories related to the assessment of groups
  • Analyze social identity categories
  • Apply select theories to a global topic

SSGS712 - Nationalism and Identity: This seminar examines and applies some of the major macro-level multidisciplinary theories and approaches that inform our understanding, communication and decision making of other actors in the global environment. These include areas such as nationalism, perspectives on culture, and linguistics. Year 1, Term 2.

  • Analyze theories, concepts, approaches, and behavior related to nationalism
  • Analyze political and economic theories, concepts, and approaches to culture
  • Assess intercultural and cross-cultural communication theories, approaches, and concepts
  • Assess theories, approaches, and concepts related to cultural anthropology
  • Analyze theories, concepts, and approaches related to cultural sociology and human geography
  • Analyze theories, concepts, and approaches related to cultural and cross cultural psychology
  • Assess theories, concepts, and approaches related to language and linguistics
  • Apply select theories, concepts, and approaches to a case study
  • Apply theories, approaches, and concepts to a simulated real-world setting
  • Analyze lessons learned from partaking in a simulated real-world exercise

SSGS742 - National Security Decision Making: This seminar examines different perspectives on decision making processes of U.S. decision makers and other actors in the global environment. In particular, it examines and applies various disciplinary concepts, theories and approaches to decision making related to individuals and groups, case study examples of how these are applied, and also challenges encountered in the decision making process.

  • Analyze theories, approaches, and concepts related to decision making
  • Assess the strategy of the prisoner’s dilemma game
  • Critique decision making literature
  • Apply theories, approaches, and concepts related to decision making
  • Apply decision making theories, approaches, and concepts to a simulated real-world setting
  • Analyze lessons learned from partaking in a simulated real-world exercise

Course Name Changes

  • GLBS740 - Technology and Global Security

  • GLBS744 Conflict Resolution and Security

  • INTL711 - Comparative Intelligence Institutions

  • INTL712 - US Intelligence Law and Ethics

  • INTL741 - Intelligence and Policy-Making

Program Changes

Doctorate in Strategic Intelligence

  • SSGS711, SSGS712, SSGS742 has been added.

  • DOCT711, DOCT712, INTL742 has been removed.

Doctorate in Global Security

  • SSGS711, SSGS712 has been added.

  • DOCT711. DOCT712 has been removed.

Program Description Changes

Master of Science in Health Information Management: The Master of Science in Health Information Management (HIM) is designed to provide practicing healthcare professionals with the requisite knowledge and skills to enhance their careers. With a focus on healthcare data analytics and informatics, this online master’s degree utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach to its curriculum emphasizing health data management, clinical and administrative decision-making, strategic planning, and outcomes management. In addition, you will continue to build upon your leadership, critical thinking, written and verbal communication, and problem solving skills. The program is designed to prepare you to manage health information systems and people, as well as employ appropriate change management strategies within an organization.

Application and Registration Process

The university's admissions team is comprised of dedicated staff members who work to support you from the first time you request information about the university through completion of your first 8- or 16-week session here. The team provides you with guidance on enrolling in a program, understanding policies and procedures, and also acts as your liaison with financial aid, student services, and other departments at the university. If you have any questions, an admissions team member is ready to help!

Need to speak with a team member?

Admissions representatives are available Monday - Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Saturday -Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. All hours are Eastern Time (ET). You can reach us by phone at 877-755-2787 or email at info@apus.edu.