July 2021

New Courses

COLL310 Applied Interdisciplinary Perspectives

An interdisciplinary perspective can help form innovative, thoughtful, and creative approaches to solve complex challenges and issues. In this course, students will analyze connections between two or more major discipline areas in order to thoroughly examine a personal or professional experience or challenge.  This course will support students in examining career paths that align with their interdisciplinary coursework as they learn how to present diverse disciplinary knowledge effectively to others and prepare for their senior seminar. Students must have completed 60 credits to enroll in this course.

SOCI310 Military Sociology

This course will examine the military through the lens of sociological theory, specifically focusing on social factors associated with military membership, collective narratives of military members as well as the complex relationships between civilian and military stratification.  Comparisons will examine life inside and outside the military including studies of families, veterans, and retirees.  Complex social issues and movements key to military history will also be explored including the evolution of combat, human ethics, gender, race, and sexual identity.

New Programs

Undergraduate NanoCert in Business Analytics

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Business Analytics is a concentrated program designed for managers who wish to solve business problems in today’s competitive business environment using analytics for decision-making. This program provides foundational knowledge of concepts in operational, theoretical, and applied data analysis and implementation.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Compute, compare, and contrast data and data elements commonly used in a spreadsheet repository of data, statistical measures, information, and knowledge within organizational contexts.
  • Use data visualization features within spreadsheets to describe data or provide statistical measures, and formulate data visualization tools.
  • Analyze how the range of possible correlation and regression models can be obtained and used to inform relationships among variables.
  • Analyze the implications on the business decision-making process when given a set of descriptive statistics.
  • Analyze and report how historical trends in data utilization within organizations are impacting organizational decision-making in case studies.
  • Develop, propose, and provide support for alternate strategies to yield improved results.
  • Apply appropriate analytic strategies to evaluate and report on business decision-making efficacy in case studies.
  • Distinguish how various roles within the organization will influence the need for data for, and the use of information in, the decision-making process.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

BUSN250 Analytics I

BUSN350 Analytics II

BUSN450 Advanced Analytics

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Counterintelligence

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Counterintelligence is a three-course program involving the study of counterintelligence operations and counterintelligence analysis.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Compare and contrast applicable U.S. laws, directives, instructions, authorities and regulations that pertain to counterintelligence operations.
  • Conduct a basic elicitation and prepare a foreign travel counterintelligence threat briefing and a post-travel debrief plan.
  • Describe the role of counterintelligence analysis in the tactical military environment.
  • Assess a current and specific foreign intelligence service threat and apply counterintelligence indicator analysis methods.
  • Summarize the development of the National Counterintelligence Strategy of the United States.
  • Illustrate the role of counterintelligence support to the United States Intelligence Community.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

INTL408 Counterintelligence Operations

INTL409 Counterintelligence Analysis

INTL410 Counterintelligence

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Criminal Intelligence

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Criminal Intelligence is a three-course program involving the study of criminal intelligence analysis, crime analysis, and law enforcement intelligence applications. It is designed for students who wish to advance their knowledge of criminal intelligence without committing to a full degree or certificate program.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Understand critical issues in the era of homeland security.
  • Understand the criminal intelligence environment.
  • Explain the commonly employed analytical techniques used by analysts in the investigation process.
  • Explain the role of crime analysis in intelligence-led policing.
  • List and identify types of materials that qualify as Open Source Intelligence such as social media, and discuss and identify constitutional or other concerns to law enforcement when using open source information.
  • Define intelligence analysis uses against enterprise crime and terrorism and discuss and identify security, OPSEC, COMSEC, and counterintelligence issues in law enforcement.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

INTL431 Criminal Intelligence Analysis

CMRJ335 Crime Analysis

CMRJ320 Law Enforcement Intelligence Applications

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Cyber Intelligence

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Cyber Intelligence is a three-course program involving the study of signals intelligence and security, cyber warfare, and cybersecurity. It is designed for students who wish to advance their knowledge of cyber intelligence without committing to a full degree or certificate program.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Explain the role of communications security.
  • Examine the role of SIGINT against current and future threats.
  • Analyze cyberspace and cyber warfare and examine defensive strategies for securing networks.
  • Evaluate cyber war capabilities of selected nations. 
  • Identify network and security concepts as they relate to cyber-security and categorize hacker techniques and motivations.
  • Analyze defense and analysis techniques, malicious code, and iDefense.
  • Discuss data security, digital forensics, and enterprise continuity as it relates to cyber-security.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

INTL421 Signals Intelligence and Security

INTL440 Cyber Warfare

ISSC452 Cybersecurity

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Cybersecurity/Cybercrime

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Cybersecurity/Cybercrime is a three-course program involving the study of computer forensics as well as digital forensics to investigate network intrusions and cybercrime.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Apply basic computer and digital forensic investigation techniques.
  • Explain cybercrime and computer forensics.
  • Extrapolate the process to prepare cybercrime investigation.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

ISSC351 Computer Forensics

ISSC451 Cybercrime

ISSC457 Digital Forensics: Investigating Network Intrusions and Cybercrime Security

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Geospatial Intelligence

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Geospatial Intelligence is a three-course program involving the study of geospatial information systems, applied geospatial intelligence, and geographic information systems.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Define Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and identify GIS data portals on the internet.
  • Describe spatial data and compare the different types of modeling in GIS and when they are appropriate for use in analysis.
  • Evaluate how the application of geospatial products can improve future military, intelligence, homeland defense, and law enforcement operations.
  • Apply geospatial intelligence analyses to regional or international challenges associated with homeland defense, weather disasters, law enforcement, or sources of conflict.
  • Demonstrate the skills to lay out, save, and export geospatial maps using the Toolwire virtual lab using the Esri Geographic Information Systems (ArcMap) software Version 10.1.
  • Implement basic ArcGIS functions relating to databases, layers, labels, and features.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

GEOG200 Fundamentals of Geographic Information Systems I

INTL419 Applied Geospatial Intelligence

INTL432 Geographic Information Systems I

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Intelligence Analysis

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Intelligence Analysis is a three-course program involving the study of how critical thinking relates to intelligence analysis, structural analysis, and threat analysis. It is designed for students who wish to advance their knowledge of intelligence analysis.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Distinguish the different techniques analysts can employ in order to interpret significant events from multiple perspectives.
  • Analyze the causes and impact of an analytical failure. 
  • Apply academic and intelligence research processes.
  • Evaluate the analyst/policymaker relationship with a focus on the U.S. National Intelligence Estimates. 
  • Describe the difference between traditional and nontraditional threats to states.
  • Analyze a nontraditional threat and ways to counter that threat.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

INTL401 Critical Analysis

INTL402 Intelligence Analysis

INTL434 Threat Analysis

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Open-Source Intelligence is a three-course program involving the study of intelligence analysis, denial and deception, and open source collaboration.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Apply academic and intelligence research processes.
  • Examine content analysis, comparative analysis procedures and rational choice theory.
  • Comprehend basic theories that explain how and why denial and deception can be used to shape perception.
  • Describe the principles that determine the success of denial and deception efforts.
  • Diagnose the importance of applying objective, impartial and consistent approaches and methodologies to the handling of OSINT theory and practice.
  • Compare and contrast multiple facets of different search engines while formulating tailored semantic search terms and Boolean logic.
  • Construct OSINT intelligence products with an awareness of potential ambiguities perceived by policymakers.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

INTL402 Intelligence Analysis

INTL413 Denial and Deception

INTL422 Open Source Collection

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Retail Fundamentals

Learners will study a bundle of courses focused on retail management fundamentals. Included are courses related to retail organization fundamentals, customer relations, and retail inventory management. Learners will explore key concepts vital to retail management fundamentals.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Define the basics of retail management functions/principles.
  • Differentiate problem-solving techniques and processes and their applications to fundamental retail management situations.
  • Summarize the importance of customer relations when viewing organizational goals and professional skills required of retail employees.
  • Define the basics of retail inventory management functions and principles within a small/large organization.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

RTMG150 Retail Organization Fundamentals

RTMG200 Customer Relations

RTMG201 Retail Inventory Management

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Retail Operations Management

Learners will study a bundle of courses focused on retail operations management. Included are courses related to retail strategy, retail operations, and retail merchandising operations. Learners will explore key concepts vital to retail operations management.

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Examine the various types of retail organizational strategies.
  • Devise a set of strategic actions to address retail marketplace changes.
  • Analyze the basic operational practices and concepts associated with modern and successful retail organizations, to include social trends and their impact on retailing.
  • Describe retail merchandising operations and their importance in a competitive market.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

RTMG300 Retail Strategy

RTMG302 Retail Operations

RTMG303 Retail Merchandising Operations

Total semester hours = 9

Undergraduate NanoCert in Terrorism

The undergraduate NanoCert™ in Terrorism is a three-course program involving the study of terrorism and counterterrorism, terrorism and U.S. national security, and the forecasting of terrorism.        

NanoCert Objectives

After successfully completing this NanoCert, the student will be able to:

  • Interpret a broad history of terrorism and counterterrorism practices.  
  • Analyze the current issues affecting U.S. counterterrorism and the different approaches to counter terrorism from diplomatic, intelligence, military, law enforcement, economic/financial, and informational standpoints.
  • Compare objectives, patterns, and actors of terrorism before and after 2001.
  • Evaluate the character and influence of terrorist groups, their goals, structure, logistics, and operations. 
  • Describe trends in the use of weapons of mass destruction by terrorists.
  • Apply a terrorist forecasting methodology to a hypothetical attack scenario.
NanoCert Requirements (9 semester hours)

INTL450 Terrorism and Counterterrorism

INTL451 Terrorism and U.S. National Security

INTL454 Forecasting Terrorism

Total semester hours = 9

Program Suspensions

  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Airport Transportation Security
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Business Basics
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in College Readiness
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Counterintelligence
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Criminal Intelligence
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Criminal Justice
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Cyber Intelligence
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Cybersecurity/Cybercrime
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Economics
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Geospatial Intelligence
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Information Security
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Information Technology (IT) Project Management
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Intelligence Analysis
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Managerial Analytics
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Microsoft Access Database
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Open-Source Intelligence (OSINT)
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Professional Development for Executives/Directors
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Professional Development for Managers
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Professional Development for Senior Managers
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Terrorism
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Visual Design
  • Undergraduate Learning Track in Web Development

Program Description Changes

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management

The Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management is designed for human resource professionals interested in understanding all of the functions within the field. The program will provide an overview of issues impacting the global workforce from a generalist and specialist perspective.  While in the program, students will explore strategies to motivate, compensate, recruit, appraise, and develop an organization's talent base. Collaboration and case studies will support the importance of the human resource function to the strategic direction and effectiveness of an organization.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Examine various laws, rules, regulation, and policies affecting human capital in today’s global workforce.
  • Compare and contrast compensation packages and incentives used to recruit and retain employees in a diverse and inclusive organization.
  • Describe leading trends and issues in the field of human resource management.
  • Summarize the role of the human resource department toward the strategic direction of the organization.

Certificate in Foundations of Homeland Security

The Foundations of Homeland Security undergraduate certificate is designed to provide broad knowledge of homeland security threats. Topics include homeland security, emergency and disaster management, and intelligence analysis, with a focus on threats encountered by TSA and airport employees. This online certificate is intended for undergraduate students who want to expand their knowledge of homeland security without committing to a degree program.

Note: This program does not qualify for Federal Student Aid.

Certificate Objectives

Upon successful completion of this certificate, the student will be able to:

  • List the essential characteristics of national and international acts of terrorism.
  • Describe how the intelligence cycle relates to threats facing the United States.
  • Explain modern transportation and border security challenges.
  • Describe Emergency Operations Center operations.
  • Compare the psychological and behavioral aspects of terrorism.
  • Explain the history of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear weapons development and use.

Concentration Description Changes

Bachelor of Arts in Management – General Concentration

A general concentration allows you to take courses across a number of areas of study within your program based on your own interests.

Objectives

Upon successful completion of this concentration, the student will be able to:

  • Practice management skills related to the area of study.
  • Apply critical thinking and decision-making skills to the area of study.
  • Develop management strategies for an organizational setting in the area of study.

Accreditation and Licensure

Accreditation

What is it? Accreditation within higher education is a voluntary, nongovernmental process that gives public recognition to institutions that meet established quality standards. The purpose of accreditation is to assure the public as to the quality of an institution and its commitment to high standards through a system of continuous improvement. The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet these established standards. American Public University System (APUS) has obtained accreditation as well as specialized/programmatic accreditation. More specific information on both institutional and specialized accreditation can be found here: https://www.apus.edu/about/accreditation.

Credits and degrees earned through APUS may be recognized for promotion, assignment, and position qualification standards within the military, federal government, and private sector. For students transferring to other colleges, APUS credit is considered transfer eligible based on its accreditation. However, APUS cannot guarantee that its credit will be accepted, as acceptance of credit is always the prerogative of the receiving institution.

If you have questions or need further information on accreditation, please contact the Office of Institutional Accreditation at accreditation@apus.edu, Telephone: 304-724-3778, Fax: 304-724-3779.

Regional Accreditation

American Public University System (APUS) is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). APUS is comprised of American Military University (AMU) and American Public University (APU). The Higher Learning Commission is an accrediting body recognized by the USDE and CHEA. Accreditation requires a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of accrediting organizations. Obtaining accreditation demonstrates that APUS is focused on academic excellence and providing the best possible educational experience for its students.

Further information on recognition policies and standards may be found on the following web sites:

As an accredited institution, APUS is eligible to participate in federal educational entitlement programs such as military tuition assistance, government tuition reimbursement programs, the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill, and many corporate education assistance programs. In addition, APUS has been granted approval by the Department of Education to participate in Title IV Federal Student Aid Programs.

Licensure

The American Public University System is authorized to operate as an institution of higher education by the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission (HEPC). Additionally, the American Public University System is engaged in a continuous process to certify that it is recognized as an accredited institution of higher learning by all 50 states and the District of Columbia. In this regard, the University is committed to ensuring that its academic programs, business practices, and operational activities remain in compliance with applicable regulations specific to each jurisdiction. We also work through the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA) process to ensure that when authorization or licensure is necessary, the required approvals are secured. West Virginia is a member of SARA and APUS is an approved SARA institution. Participation in SARA is intended to make it easier for students to take online courses offered by postsecondary institutions based in another state; however, SARA has no effect on state professional licensing requirements. For more information about SARA, please visit http://www.nc-sara.org/.

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

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

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

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

California: Effective July 1, 2017, an out-of-state private postsecondary educational institution must register with the California Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education (BPPE) to enroll California students. APUS is registered as an out-of-state private postsecondary institution with the BPPE and able to enroll California students.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Iowa: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with Iowa regulations to offer programs to residents of the state. Note to students: A student seeking an Iowa educator license is advised that successful completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation does not qualify you for initial educator licensure by the Iowa Bard of Educational Examiners. A candidate seeking licensure in the State of Iowa must first be licensed/certified as an educator in the state in which preparation was completed. This institution shall assist a candidate in contacting the appropriate licensing board in the state in which the candidate’s preparation was completed. This institution shall assist the candidate in understanding the requirements of the appropriate licensing board prior to the candidate’s completion of this institution’s program(s) of educator preparation. A candidate seeking subsequent licensure from the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners must contact that Board (515-281-5849; http://www.boee.iowa.gov for licensure requirements in Iowa).

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

South Dakota: As an approved SARA institution, APUS is in compliance with South Dakota 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.

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

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

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

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

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

West Virginia: The University has received Category II status from the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, which represents the final step in achieving full authorization to operate in the state.

Student Complaints: The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission encourages students to seek first informal resolution of any concern or issue. If the issue cannot be resolved informally, the student should follow the institution’s formal complaint or grievance procedure. If, after exhausting the institution’s internal grievance procedures, the institution has not responded to the student’s satisfaction or a satisfactory remedy has not been found, the student may contact the Commission for further investigation into the issue. Upon receipt of a complaint, the Commission may conduct an investigation or refer the issue to another agency that is authorized to address the issue. The Commission may contact institution officials to discuss a possible resolution. Instructions for filing a complaint with the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission can be found at http://www.wvhepc.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/Student-Complaint-Process-revised-3.pdf.

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

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

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

California Residents

The State of California established the Student Tuition Recovery Fund (STRF) to relieve or mitigate economic loss suffered by a student in an educational program at a qualifying institution, who is or was a California resident while enrolled, or was enrolled in a residency program, if the student enrolled in the institution, prepaid tuition, and suffered an economic loss.

Unless relieved of the obligation to do so, you must pay the state-imposed assessment for the STRF, or it must be paid on your behalf, if you are a student in an educational program who is a California resident or is enrolled in a residency program, and you prepay all or part of your tuition.

You are not eligible for protection from the STRF and you are not required to pay the STRF assessment if you are not a California resident, or are not enrolled in a residency program.

The STRF assessment is non-refundable and occurs at the time the first payment is made with respect to your enrollment.  The current assessment is calculated at the rate of $0.50 per $1,000 of institutional charges for your enrollment and educational program.  The actual STRF assessment will appear on your ledger.  If you have previously enrolled in the University, any STRF assessment previously paid will be reviewed for adjustments and, if necessary, credited to your current assessment and will appear on your ledger.

It is important that you keep copies of your enrollment agreement, financial aid documents, receipts, or any other information that documents the amount paid to the school. Questions regarding the STRF may be directed to the Bureau for Private Postsecondary Education, 1747 North Market Blvd., Suite 225, Sacramento, CA 95833, (916) 574-8900 or (888) 370-7589.

To be eligible for STRF, you must be a California resident or enrolled in a residency program, prepaid tuition, paid or deemed to have paid the STRF assessment, and suffered an economic loss as a result of any of the following:

  1. The institution, a location of the institution, or an educational program offered by the institution was closed or discontinued, and you did not choose to participate in a teach-out plan approved by the Bureau or did not complete a chosen teach-out plan approved by the Bureau.
  2. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution within the 120 day period before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, or were enrolled in an educational program within the 120 day period before the program was discontinued.
  3. You were enrolled at an institution or a location of the institution more than 120 days before the closure of the institution or location of the institution, in an educational program offered by the institution as to which the Bureau determined there was a significant decline in the quality or value of the program more than 120 days before closure.
  4. The institution has been ordered to pay a refund by the Bureau but has failed to do so.
  5. The institution has failed to pay or reimburse loan proceeds under a federal student loan program as required by law, or has failed to pay or reimburse proceeds received by the institution in excess of tuition and other costs.
  6. You have been awarded restitution, a refund, or other monetary award by an arbitrator or court, based on a violation of this chapter by an institution or representative of an institution, but have been unable to collect the award from the institution.
  7. You sought legal counsel that resulted in the cancellation of one or more of your student loans and have an invoice for services rendered and evidence of the cancellation of the student loan or loans.

To qualify for STRF reimbursement, the application must be received within four (4) years from the date of the action or event that made the student eligible for recovery from STRF.

A student whose loan is revived by a loan holder or debt collector after a period of noncollection may, at any time, file a written application for recovery from STRF for the debt that would have otherwise been eligible for recovery. If it has been more than four (4) years since the action or event that made the student eligible, the student must have filed a written application for recovery within the original four (4) year period, unless the period has been extended by another act of law.

However, no claim can be paid to any student without a social security number or a taxpayer identification number.

April 2021

New Courses

BUSN307 The Legal Environment of Business

Legal Environment of Business examines the influence of the law on business decisions and management. Topics explored include governmental regulation, principles of common law, litigation, contracts, torts, consumer law, employment law, constitutional issues, and corporate social responsibility. Students apply legal concepts to decision making in a case study approach.

BUSN309 Legal Research and Writing for Business

In Legal Research and Writing for Business, students will learn and practice the skills necessary for identifying, locating, and using legal resources, including primary sources of administrative, statutory, and case law, and as well as secondary authority. Students will use computer research tools, which are essential sources of information for successful business practice.  Students will also evaluate the results of their legal research in application to case studies in discussions, written assignments, and a culminating course project.

Program Description Changes

Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship

The Bachelor of Arts in Entrepreneurship offers you a practical, hands-on understanding of what it takes to be a successful entrepreneur in today’s competitive marketplace. You’ll learn about leveraging business opportunities into viable business entities as you study idea generation, marketing, management, operations, capital funding, and the legal aspects of beginning a new venture. This bachelor’s degree program is ideal if you plan to start your own venture, take over a family-owned company, or work within a startup organization.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats in the product, service, or nonprofit environments.
  • Design an appropriate business strategy to support an entrepreneurial business based on research, critical thinking, and leadership skills.
  • Evaluate analytical skills necessary to operate a business efficiently and effectively that meet strategic planning and goals.
  • Interpret concepts of contract, tort, Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), regulations, and employment law to entrepreneurial business enterprises.
  • Recommend various methods necessary to grow an entrepreneurial venture through financial analysis and capital funding options.

Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology

The Bachelor of Science in Computer Technology degree provides practical knowledge and skills designed to prepare you for technical positions in the information and related computer industries regardless of your background. Pursuing this degree will afford you the opportunity to complement your mandatory industry certifications such as Security+ and A+ with a degree. The program covers a variety of subject areas to include soft skills in human relations, computer-based systems organization processes and components, web development fundamentals, productivity applications, programming essentials, communication and network technologies, database systems and information security management. Additional concentrations allow you to choose from dozens of specific courses in order to specialize in the technology area of interest for your career. Successful completion of this online program prepares you for entry-level careers in the computer and information technology field.

Coursework in this program also meets various industry certifications including Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS), Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and CompTIA A+, Security+, and Network+. Please view course descriptions for complete details.

The program also has a completer option, which allows associate of science or arts degree holding students to transfer in a minimum of 60 semester hours of credits to expedite completing the degree - please see your advisor for more details.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate effective interpersonal skills to communicate and collaborate.
  • Analyze computing requirements to solve problems.
  • Design computer systems or technology-based projects using appropriate hardware and software technologies.
  • Develop computer systems and technology-based projects using analytical, logical, and critical thinking skills.
  • Demonstrate understanding of ethical, legal, security, and social responsibilities as a professional in the technology industry.
  • Apply current skills and tools of software applications development, network architecture, data productivity and information security analysis.

Bachelor of Science in Cybersecurity

Organizations of all sizes face constant cyberthreats and cyberattacks from both internal and external attackers. The cybersecurity bachelor's degree provides a fundamental understanding of cybersecurity theory and know-how required to strategically assess, plan, design, and implement effective cybersecurity defenses in public and private sectors.

Increase your knowledge of cybersecurity resources, tools, laws, and methods with your cybersecurity bachelor's degree. Your cybersecurity courses in the BS in Cybersecurity will provide you with the opportunity to learn from instructors with a wealth of real-world expertise.

Note: The program also has a completer option, which allows associate of science or arts degree holding students to transfer in a minimum of 60 semester hours of credits to expedite completing the degree—please see your advisor for more details.

Degree Program Objectives

In addition to the institutional and degree level learning objectives, graduates of this program are expected to achieve these learning outcomes:

  • Compare and contrast the various aspects of cybersecurity including the relationship between cyber defense, cyber operations, cyber exploitations, cyber intelligence, cybercrime, and cyber law within federal and state laws.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the processes and goals of cyber forensics investigations including the importance of search warrants and chain of custody in a forensic investigation of computer-related crimes.
  • Develop strategies and plans for security architecture consisting of tools, techniques, and technologies to detect and prevent network penetration, and to design effective cybersecurity countermeasures.
  • Analyze network designs, topologies, architectures, protocols, communications, administration, operations, and resource management for wired, wireless, and satellite networks that affect the security of the cyberspace.

Program Changes

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology - Momentum

  • ISSC321 has been removed, and ISSC221 has been added to the Momentum Requirements.

Credit Hour Definition

POLICY:

All undergraduate and graduate courses at the American Public University System adhere to the Federal Credit Hour Definition below:

Department of Education Definition (34 CFR 600.2)

https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2020/09/02/2020-18636/distance-education-and-innovation

Credit hour: Except as provided in 34 CFR 668.8(k) and (l), a credit hour is an amount of student work defined by an institution, as approved by the institution’s accrediting agency or State approval agency, that is consistent with commonly accepted practice in postsecondary education and that—

1. 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 period of time; or
  • At least an equivalent amount of work as required in paragraph (1) (i) of this definition for other academic activities as established by the institution, including laboratory work, internships, practica, studio work, and other academic work leading to the award of credit hours; and

2. Permits an institution, in determining the amount of work associated with a credit hour, to take into account a variety of delivery methods, measurements of student work, academic calendars, disciplines, and degree levels.

APUS also adheres to guidance from the Higher Learning Commission found in the policy language below:

HLC Policy Language (FDCR.A.10.020)

https://www.hlcommission.org/Policies/assignment-of-credits.html

An institution shall be able to equate its learning experiences with semester or quarter credit hours using practices common to institutions of higher education, to justify the lengths of its programs in comparison to similar programs found in accredited institutions of higher education, and to justify any program-specific tuition in terms of program costs, program length, and program objectives. Affiliated institutions shall notify the Commission of any significant changes in the relationships among credits, program length, and tuition.

Assignment of Credit Hours. The institution’s assignment and award of credit hours shall conform to commonly accepted practices in higher education. Those institutions seeking, or participating in, Title IV federal financial aid, shall demonstrate that they have policies determining the credit hours awarded to courses and programs in keeping with commonly-accepted practices and with the federal definition of the credit hour, as reproduced herein for reference only, and that institutions also have procedures that result in an appropriate awarding of institutional credit in conformity with the policies established by the institution.

PROCEDURE:

All new programs, concentrations, certificates, and courses assure quality from their inception through a multi-stakeholder process involving review by the School Curriculum Committee, the Academic Leadership Committee, the executive leadership, and, if a new program or certificate, by an external reviewer, and the Board of Trustees. APUS developed the process to ensure all new programs, concentrations, certificates, and courses are current and the level of student performance is appropriate.  The APUS curriculum guidebook and program proposal templates are used as tools for stakeholders to develop and revise academic programs, concentrations, and courses based on the credit hour definition and policy language above. 

Over the past decade, APUS has used information provided through its contact hour calculator based on the traditional Carnegie unit as an additional method for ensuring course workload sits at the appropriate level.  APUS continues to evaluate and will update the aforementioned policy and corresponding procedures as needed and in accordance with applicable law and best practices for learning.

Drop/Withdrawal/Refund and Extension Policies

TUITION REFUNDS

Tuition refunds are given for courses taken for academic credit under the guidelines listed below. Students registered for a course are expected to complete all scheduled requirements (as listed in the classroom’s course syllabus) within the allotted timeframe: 8 weeks, or 16 weeks.

WITHDRAWAL COUNSELING

Students experiencing difficulties that may prevent them from completing their coursework on time should discuss their situation with their instructor. In extreme situations, they may wish to consult the Student Handbook to determine whether they should submit a formal request for a course extension or withdraw from the course entirely. Procedures for both actions are explained in the Student Handbook. Students who elect to submit a request for a course extension forfeit the option to withdraw from the course; but in most cases, a course extension is preferable because it allows time for students to complete the course and advance towards their academic goals. In addition, a course withdrawal will reduce the number of credit hours being taken during the semester and may have a negative impact on students' status as a full- time or part-time student, academic progress, and eligibility for some forms of financial aid. Required forms are available in the student eCampus.

DROP/WITHDRAWAL POLICY AND REFUNDS

If a student decides to drop from a course, the online Drop/Withdrawal Course Form must be submitted by the posted deadline that occurs before the first week of the course has ended. APUS will not consider appeals for a drop after the first week has ended based on late book arrival as it is the student's responsibility to drop the course on time.

There are student funding approval and payment deadlines for each course.  The deadlines are posted on the Academic Calendar. Students who do have not their funding approved (i.e; a confirmed Federal Student Aid package or TA approval) or have not submitted payment by the deadline will automatically be dropped from courses.

During Week One students are required to log into all courses and submit a minimum 250-word introductory forum post for each course. Students who do not submit this forum post during the first week of class will be automatically dropped from any courses in which the forum post has not been completed.

If a student earning academic credit submits an online Drop/Withdrawal Course Form after the first week of the course, then they will be withdrawn administratively and will receive a grade of "W" as long as the withdrawal was requested during the allowed timeframe. A “W” grade does not carry a grade point value and has no effect on the student's cumulative APUS GPA.

Students taking courses as Audit (not seeking academic credit) will receive a "W" if they withdraw at any time during the course. Students taking Audit courses are not eligible for any tuition refund after week 1 of their course. Course Withdrawals may be requested after the start of the second week until the beginning of the last week of the course. The date of withdrawal will be the date the request is received.

Institutional Refunds are processed as follows:

  • After a course begins, refunds will be based on the weekly course schedule.
  • Please find the appropriate session length on the Refund Schedule below to determine the refund.

Students should allow 30 days for the processing of tuition refunds.

TUITION REFUND SCHEDULES

The institution refund schedules below apply unless a specific state refund policy applies for a student and the state policy is more beneficial to the student than the below schedules.

2-Week Course - Tuition Refund Schedule

Withdrawal Request Date Tuition Refund Percentage
Before or During Week 1 100%
During Week 2 No Refund

8-Week Course - Tuition Refund Schedule

Withdrawal Request Date Tuition Refund Percentage
Before or During Week 1 100%
During Week 2 75%
During Weeks 3 and 4 50%
During Weeks 5 through 8 No Refund

16-Week Course - Tuition Refund Schedule

Withdrawal Request Date Tuition Refund Percentage
Before or During Weeks 1 or 2 100%
During Weeks 3 and 4 75%
During Weeks 5 through 8 50%
During Weeks 9 through 16 No Refund

Military TA Refund Schedule

2-Week Course - Tuition Refund Schedule

Withdrawal Request Date Tuition Refund Percentage
Before or During Week 1 100%
During Week 2 No Refund

 8-Week Course - Tuition Refund Schedule

Withdrawal Request Date Tuition Refund Percentage
Before or During Week 1 100%
During Week 2 75%
During Weeks 3 and 4 50%
During Week 5 40%
During Weeks 6 through 8 No Refund

16-Week Course - Tuition Refund Schedule

Withdrawal Request Date Tuition Refund Percentage
Before or During Weeks 1 and 2 100%
During Weeks 3 and 4 75%
During Weeks 5 through 8 50%
During Weeks 9 and 10 40%
During Weeks 11 through 16 No Refund

The Department of Defense requires the University to return any unearned Military Tuition Assistance (TA) funds to the Department should a service member withdraw from a course that was paid for using TA.  If a service member withdraws from any course on or before the 60% completion date (during week 5 for an 8-week course and during week 9/10 for a 16-week course), a prorated refund will be issued back to the Department for the TA funds that were provided. The schedules above determine the prorated amount of TA funds refunded to the Department based on the date of service member’s withdrawal from a course. For example, if a service member withdraws from a course at the 60% mark (during week 5 for an 8-week course and during week 9/10 for a 16-week course), 40% of TA funds used for the course will be returned to the Department. In instances when a service member stops attending due to a documented military service obligation, the University will work with the affected service member to identify solutions that may not result in a student debt to the University for the portion of TA funds returned to the Department.

Repeat Coursework

Students are eligible for a one-time course retake for a failing grade “F”. You may retake the same course if it is still offered at APUS or a course equivalency has been established for the curriculum.

Students who received a C- or below at the undergraduate level or B- or below at the master’s level and need to transfer the course to another university or for acceptance to an outside program are permitted a one-time course retake. The new grade, regardless of whether it is lower than the first attempt, will replace the previous grade earned. Students should contact academic advising at advising@apus.edu to make the retake request. Documentation is required and the supporting materials will be sent to the Registrar’s office for review and final approval/denial of the retake request. If approved, the student will be manually registered for the retake.

Retaking a Failed Course

APUS now allows you one opportunity to retake a failed course and have your original failed grade forgiven from your GPA. The original failing grade will show as “R” on your transcript, and the previous failing grade will be removed from your GPA as long as you complete the course retake. However, you will still see your original failing grade on your personal online academic plan and on your individual online grade reports.

If you are an undergraduate student who fails ENGL101 or ENGL110 twice, you may be placed on academic suspension pending dismissal from the university. Please contact your Academic Advisor for additional assistance.

If you fail any other course required in your program twice, you will either be required to change your program or you may no longer be eligible to continue at APUS, depending upon your academic progression and if you have attempted too many courses to qualify for a program change.

Prior to August 2008

If the course start date for your retaken course was prior to August 1, 2008, the retake does not impact the original failing grade. Both failing grades will be displayed on the transcript and both will be incorporated into the GPA.

August 2008 to April 2014

If the course start for your retaken course was on or after August 1, 2008, the retake removes the impact of the original failing grade on your GPA.

On or After April 2014

Any courses starting in April 2014 or after, will only be allowed one retake. 

All failed attempts of the course prior to April 2014 will count as one failure, so as of April 2014, you will still have one attempt available to pass any previously failed course.

If you fail a required course twice in your program, you will need to change your major to a program where that course is not required.

Important to Know                                                                       

The course retake policy only applies if the exact course that you previously failed is still offered or if a course equivalency has been established in the curriculum.

This policy does not apply to comprehensive exam or capstone/thesis/practicum courses. Please see the Student Handbook for the retake policy on these course types.

Original failing grades of retaken courses will still be used to calculate SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) for financial aid and for the 150% rule of course credit attempted vs course credit earned for graduation eligibility.

The retake policy does not apply to courses that you took in programs that you have already completed. For example, if you failed a course in your Associates program, and have already had that degree conferred, you cannot have the original failing grade forgiven in your GPA by retaking it now in your Bachelor’s program.

The Army does not follow AMU’s course retake policy when it is calculating your overall GPA for TA eligibility. The Army’s GPA is independent of a GPA with a soldier's home college. It is calculated by averaging the grades for each completed course in the soldier's Army Education records.

Undergraduate Only: If you previously took a split science lecture/lab course combination, and failed one of the component courses, you will not be able to retake this science combination. You will need to take a different Science course selection to fulfill your GEN ED requirement. If the specific course you failed is a required course in your program, please contact your Academic Advisor to help you with this process.