PPIA Program

“Diversity & Leadership in Public Service”

American University

School of Public Affairs


Ranked nationally among the top Schools of Public Affairs, American University is well-positioned physically, academically, and professionally. Our prime Washington location places us in the midst of the most important political institutions of our day. Situated at the top of Embassy Row, AU not only offers all the amenities of an urban university, such as metro accessibility, cultural opportunities, and numerous housing options, but also provides the security and comfort of a campus community.

Degrees Offered

Traditional Masters Programs:
MA, Political Communication
MA, Political Science
Master of Public Administration (MPA)
Master of Public Policy (MPP)
MS, Justice, Law & Criminology
MS, Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy

Executive Programs:
MPA, Key Executive Leadership
MS, Organization Development

Doctoral Programs:
PhD, Justice, Law & Criminology
PhD, Political Science
PhD, Public Administration

Fields of Specialization/Study Tracks

social policy, health policy, environmental policy, nonprofit management/policy, public management, international development, state and local administration, public financial management, policy analysis, applied politics, comparative politics, American politics, terrorism & security studies, law & society, justice & public policy, jurisprudence & social thought, women & politics

Area Studies

(See Concentrations listed above)

Graduate Program Overview

Admissions Deadline

January 1: PhD Deadline (Fall only)
February 15: Fall Merit Award Consideration Deadline (Traditional Masters Programs)
May 1: Summer Admission Deadline, Fall International Admission Deadline
June 1: Fall Final Deadline
November 1 (Extensions Available): Spring Deadline

Admissions Overview

Each year we enroll an experienced, academically strong, and diverse group of masters and doctoral students. Most have experience in the field (either through internship, co-op, or full-time professional experience) and all are committed to public service. Our mostly \"evening-offered\" master’s curriculum allows students the opportunity to maintain employment or gain experience through internships, while completing their degree. Doctoral courses are mostly offered during the day.

Contact Information

American University
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Ward Circle Building
Office of Graduate Admissions, Suite 306
Washington, District of Columbia
(202) 885-6230
(202) 885-1435

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