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In the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks on the United States, there is great discussion about the new methods of terrorism and how to effectively counter the threat posed by terrorist groups armed with weapons of mass destruction. Political and military leaders are still grappling with strategies to combat the terrorism as witnessed by events around the world and daily in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Terrorism presents real challenges to government and national security communities due to the many different domestic and international terrorist groups, each with their own leadership, motivations, political objectives, and their own repertoire of tactics. The fact that these groups continue to evolve and mature in their capability means even greater challenges lay ahead for the U.S. military and government agencies involved in combating terrorism and in ensuring national security.

The fully developed degree program at APUS prepares students for the complexities of this field, along with preparation in a number of areas across the spectrum of weapons of mass destruction, counter terrorism and national security. In its degree programs, APUS takes an integrated approach that reflects this discipline in its current emergency state.

In addition to the institutional and general education level learning objectives, the Associate of Arts in Weapons of Mass Destruction Preparedness also seeks the following specific learning outcomes of its graduates. With reference to each of the respective areas of weapons of mass destruction, graduates in this degree program will be able to:

  • Recognize the threat to the U.S. posed by both domestic and international terrorist groups and state actors armed with weapons of mass destruction.
  • Describe the threat posed to society by chemical agents.
  • Relate the threat posed to society by biological agents.
  • Identify the threat posed to society by radiological and nuclear terrorism.
  • Review the use of detection and monitoring equipment and personal protection and decontamination practices for the first responder.

American Public University is part of American Public University System, an accredited university offering more than 180 degree and certificate programs at the undergraduate and graduate level. All courses are online, so students have the flexibility of taking classes any time or any place that fits their schedule. Our degree programs are designed to be challenging and relevant to working adults in both the public and private sectors and can help enhance their current career or prepare them for a career change.

Detailed Course Facts

Application deadline Rolling admissions Tuition fee
  • USD 8038 Year (National)
  • USD 8038 Year (International)

We charge a $50 technology fee (per course). Additional fees might apply.

Start date Any time 2015 First Monday of every month Credits 61 points
Languages Take an IELTS test
  • English
Delivery mode Online Educational variant Part-time Intensity Flexible Part-time variant Flexible Structure Fully structured Student interaction Online group works/assignments Attendance No Attendance Teacher support Continuous support with feedback on request More information Go To The Course Website

Course Content

Core Requirements

  • HLSS154 Mind of a Terrorist
  • HLSS212 Chemical, Biological, and Radiological Hazards
  • HLSS215 Regulatory Issues in Weapons of Mass Destruction
  • HLSS302 Introduction to Homeland Security and Defense
  • HLSS305 Private Sector Homeland Security
  • HLSS311 Border and Coastal Security
  • HLSS312 Port Security
  • HLSS320 Intelligence and Homeland Security

Institutional Requirements

  • COLL100 Foundations of Online Learning

General Education

  • English (Must take ENGL101-Proficiency in Writing)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Political Science
  • Science
  • Social Science

Lower Level Electives

Electives are typically courses available at your degree level that are not currently required as a part of your degree program/academic plan. Please visit the catalog to view a complete listing of courses.


USA requirements for international students

Each university in the Unites States of America sets its own admission standards so there isn't the same criteria for all the students and the university can decide which applicants meet those standards. The fee for each application is between $35 to $100. 

After the selections of the universities you want to attend, the best of all would be to contact each university for an application form and more admission information for the international students. Moreover, for a graduate or postgraduate program it's necessary to verify the admission requirements. Some programs require that you send your application directly to their department. 

Admissions decisions are based on students's academic record and different test scores, such as TOEFL, the SAT or ACT (for undergraduate programs) and GRE or GMAT (for graduate programs). Admission decision is based on your academic results and motivation.


Program requirements

English Language Requirements

IELTS band : 6 TOEFL paper-based test score : 520

To study at this university, you have to speak English. We advice you to

take an IELTS test.

Requirements

Our university welcomes international applicants from many countries around the world. We are an online university and students are not required to enter the U.S. Therefore, we do not issue I-20 or DS-2019 forms for the F-1 or J-1 student visas.

In addition to the admission requirements for undergraduate or graduate study, we may require additional documents related to residency, English proficiency, and educational background. Our institution maintains the right to require this documentation when needed.

Undergraduate Students

This category includes associate, bachelor's, undergraduate courses for transfer, and undergraduate certificates. Note: Students wishing to take individual courses to transfer elsewhere must enroll as "undergraduate corses for transfer", which means you are not seeking a degree with us. All undergraduate-level applicants must have earned the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.

Students without college-level academic credits OR non-degree-seeking:

  • Applicants self-certify on their admissions application that they have received the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
  • Applicants residing in the U.S. are required to have a current U.S. residency card, appropriate current Visa, or Social Security Number card and are required to submit that documentation to APUS for record retention.
  • Depending on the country of citizenship applicants may be required to provide documentation of English proficiency to complete their admission file.

Students with previous college-level academic credits information:

Associate or bachelor degree students

  • Applicants self-certify on their admissions application that they have received the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
  • Students with previous college credit earned at a CHEA or AUCC accredited institution are required to submit a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE) Application as part of their admission process.
  • Students with previous college credit earned only at non-CHEA or non-AUCC accredited institutions are not required to submit a TCE application as part of their admission process. However, students do have the option to have these transcripts evaluated for U.S. equivalency by an APUS-approved agency and undergo the TCE for possible transfer credit.
  • Applicants residing in the U.S. are required to have a current U.S. residency card, appropriate current Visa, or Social Security Number card and are required to submit that documentation to APUS for record retention.
  • Depending on the country of citizenship applicants may be required to provide documentation of English proficiency before being able to register for class. Learn more about our English proficiency requirements.

Undergraduate certificate students

  • Applicants self-certify on their admissions application that they have received the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma.
  • You have the option to undergo a Transfer Credit Evaluation (TCE), but it is not a requirement. We may request official transcripts from CHEA or AUCC accredited institutions via the TCE process. Students that earned their college credit at a non-CHEA or non-AUCC accredited institution must have a course-by-course evaluation for U.S. equivalency conducted by an APUS-approved agency for the TCE.
  • Applicants residing in the U.S. are required to have a current U.S. residency card, appropriate current Visa, or Social Security Number card and are required to submit that documentation to APUS for record retention.
  • Depending on the country of citizenship applicants may be required to provide documentation of English proficiency before being able to register for class.
Non-U.S. Transcripts

As an international student, you must have your non-U.S. college and university transcripts (those not accredited by CHEA or AUCC) evaluated by a credential evaluation agency, listed below, that can interpret your educational background received outside the United States and provide statements of U.S. equivalencies.

Agency Issued Reports

Evaluation agencies will complete your evaluation in one of two ways:

  • Degree-only verification: Verifies the type of degree earned and whether or not the non-U.S. institution degree is equivalent to one earned at an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Course by course evaluation: Verifies whether or not the non-U.S. institution is equivalent to an accredited U.S. institution and includes a separate report that provides U.S. semester credit, grade equivalent, and level equivalent (graduate or undergraduate) for each course. This report is used for Transfer Credit Evaluations (TCE) and three year non-U.S. bachelor degrees.

Accepted Credential Evaluation Agencies

You are responsible for contacting one of these accepted foreign education evaluation agencies to have your non-U.S. transcript evaluated, and to receive procedure and fee information:

  • Office of International Education Services, Credentials Analysis Service at the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. (AACRAO)
  • Commission on Graduates of Foreign Nursing Schools (CGFNS) – We only accept the academic report which includes the earned credential equivalency and a course-by-course report.
  • National Association of Credential Evaluation Services National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Current Members Only*
  • Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE). Current Members Only*

*Because membership may change throughout the year, visit the NACES or AICE websites to see the most current information.

Agencies Should Use the Following Address to Send Transcript Evaluations:

American Public University System

Attn: Document Services

10110 Battleview Parkway, Suite 114

Manassas, VA 20109

Please note: Faxed evaluation reports are not considered official.

English Proficiency for International Students

Non-exempt, non-U.S. citizens must provide verification of English proficiency by submitting the results of a standardized test.

The university's preference is for students to submit a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score, but we would accept the other standardized tests listed below as well.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

  • Paper Based Test-520 with TWE of 4.0

  • Internet Based Test

  • Reading 21

  • Writing 23

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS)-Academic Version

    • Reading 6.0

    • Writing 6.0

    Tests Requiring University Approval First

    To submit one of the following tests in place of the TOEFL or IELTS, contact international@apus.edu for approval.

    • ACT English

    • SAT Verbal

    • Advanced Placement International English Language (APIEL)

    • General Certificate of Education (GCE)

    • International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGSCE)

    • General Certificate of Secondary Education (GSCE)

    Transcripts and Other Documentation Needed

    The following types of individuals are required to provide us additional documentation and should read the relevant sections below for details on the necessary documentation

    Note: If you are an undergraduate student with no previous college credit, or if you are a non-degree seeking student, we will not need any transcripts.

    Undergraduate Students with Previous College Credit

    If you are an undergraduate student with previous college credit and you have not earned a bachelor’s degree or above yet, we need:

    • Official transcripts sent from all previous institutions

    • TCE application for transfer credit review

    If the course work was completed at an institution not accredited by a U.S. recognized body, you will need to have a course-by-course evaluation completed by an international education agency.

    Work Experience

    No work experience is required.

    Related Scholarships*

    • Academic Excellence Scholarship

      "The Academic Excellence Scholarship can provide up to a 50 % reduction in tuition per semester. These scholarships will be renewed if the student maintains superior academic performance during each semester of their 3-year Bachelor programme. The scholarship will be directly applied to the student’s tuition fees."

    • Alumni Study Travel Fund

      Scholarships for students who are already attending the University of Reading.

    • Amsterdam Merit Scholarships

      The University of Amsterdam aims to attract the world’s brightest students to its international classrooms. Outstanding students from outside the European Economic Area can apply for an Amsterdam Merit Scholarship.

    * The scholarships shown on this page are suggestions first and foremost. They could be offered by other organisations than American Public University. StudyPortals cannot guarantee that the scholarships apply to this university.

    Funding

    International applicants are required to pay each course in full using a U.S. credit card or money order. The Automatic Debit Plan (ADP) payment option is available when used with a credit card drawn from a U.S. institution.
    Suggestions for international students seeking financial assistance to fund their studies at APUS:

    • Contact their Ministry of Education – explore scholarship, grants or loan possibilities
    • Contact private lenders – companies or banks
    • Seek sponsorship from a personal investor

    Accreditation

    American Public University is part of the American Public University System (APUS), which is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The HLC accredits degree-granting institutions located in a 19-state region, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (ED), and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

    ED formally recognizes accrediting commissions that meet all federal standards, and CHEA extends recognition to accrediting bodies and their institutions that meet these established standards. Accreditation should be important to you because it determines a school’s eligibility for federal and state financial aid, and may influence acceptance of transfer credits and admission to accredited graduate schools.

    In addition to our HLC accreditation, our B.S. in Nursing program, as well as many of our business programs, have obtained specialized accreditation from external accrediting organizations in these specific disciplines.

    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.

    Institutional Accreditation

    This level of accreditation requires a significant amount of self-study and presentation of evidence to satisfy the demanding requirements of accrediting organizations. Obtaining accreditation with HLC demonstrates our focus on providing academic excellence and the best possible experience for our students.

    As an accredited institution, our university 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.

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

    U.S. Department of Education (ED)

    400 Maryland Avenue, SW

    Washington, DC 20202

    (800) USA-LEARN (800-872-5327)

    Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA)

    One Dupont Circle NW, Suite 510

    Washington, DC 20036

    (202) 955-6126

    The Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

    230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500

    Chicago, IL 60604

    (800) 621-7440

    View the APUS 2011 HLC Reaccreditation letter

    Specialized Accreditation

    In addition to our HLC accreditation, our university has obtained specialized/programmatic accreditation through appropriate governing organizations for the specific academic programs listed below. The curriculum for these programs meets the higher standards required by these external accrediting organizations.

    Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)

    Business School

    A.S., B.S., and M.S. in Accounting; A.A. in Business Administration; Bachelor of Business Administration; Master of Business Administration; B.A. in Marketing; A.A., B.A., and M.A. in Management; A.A. and B.A. in Retail Management; A.A. and B.A. in Hospitality Management; B.A. and M.A. in Transportation and Logistics Management; and A.A. in Real Estate Studies.

    The B.A. and M.A. in Reverse Logistics Management and the B.A. and M.A. in Entrepreneurship programs within the School of Business are not accredited by ACBSP. They will be eligible for accreditation once they have been standing for a minimum of two years and each has at least one graduate.

    Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

    B.S. in Nursing (RN to BSN)

    CCNE is an autonomous accrediting agency, contributing to the improvement of the public's health. CCNE ensures the quality and integrity of baccalaureate, graduate, and residency programs in nursing. CCNE serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices. As a voluntary, self-regulatory process, CCNE accreditation supports and encourages continuing self-assessment by nursing programs and supports continuing growth and improvement of collegiate professional education and post-baccalaureate nurse residency programs.

    Council for Education for Public Health (CEPH)

    At this time, our university is not accredited by CEPH, and our prior application for CEPH accreditation lapsed on January 1, 2013. However, the governing body of the CEPH, at its June 2013 meeting, formally approved our request to begin the accreditation process for our Master of Public Health program. The steps and timeline for the CEPH accreditation process are subject to modification, and there is no assurance that we (or any institution seeking accreditation) will achieve this accreditation.

    Professional Recognition and Affiliation

    Management

    Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)

    Sports and Health Sciences

    American Sport Education Program (ASEP) (B.S.)

    National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) (M.S.)

    Information Systems Security

    National Security Agency (NSA) - Information Assurance Courseware Evaluation (IACE)

    Child and Family Development

    National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

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

    WV state approved educator certification programs (WVDE)

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