The American Public University System offers several options for graduate study: master's degrees, graduate certificates, and doctoral programs. Master's degree programs range from 36 to 48 semester hours (12-15 courses) of study and require either a comprehensive exam, a thesis, or an integrative practicum and a GPA of 3.0 for graduation. Students must have completed a bachelor's degree program from an accredited institution to be admitted to a master's degree program. Certificate programs are available to students who seek a shorter program focused on career development or knowledge of a specific discipline. Certificates range from 18 to 27 semester hours; typically 6-9 courses.

The American Public University System offers professional practice doctorate degrees.  Doctoral programs are comprised of 58 semester hours in coursework, 3 residencies; require a dissertation and a minimum GPA of 3.0 for graduation. 

Program Completion Rates, Median Debt, and More

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