School of Public Affairs American University

School of Public Affairs American University

Washington , DC
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
Not Reported
acceptance rate
6 Departments and Programs
departments and programs


School of Public Affairs

Ranked among the top schools of its kind, American University's School of Public Affairs offers education in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice. Our location in the scenic neighborhood of upper northwest Washington, D.C., our position, programs, and professors - all provide us a distinct advantage in educating and preparing leaders for careers in public service. As a graduate student here, you will benefit from a renowned and well-connected faculty, small classes, a strong curriculum, and, of course, access to institutions of power and people of influence.

You will be in good company in the School of Public Affairs. Each year we enroll an experienced, academically strong, and diverse group of master's and doctoral students. This past year, our students stemmed from nine different countries and all parts of the United States. Most have experience in the field (either internship, co-op, or full-time professional experience) and all are committed to public service, broadly defined. The "New Public Service" includes opportunities for work in the public, private, and nonprofit sector. Throughout your career, it is possible that you will move into and out of any of these three sectors, and the School of Public Affairs at American University provides you with the skills necessary to perform these transitions with fluidity.

The school's mostly "evening-offered" master's curriculum allows midcareer students the opportunity to maintain employment while completing their degree and precareer students the opportunity to gain experience through internships during the day and courses in the evening. Doctoral courses are mostly offered during the day.

Location & Contact

School of Public Affairs

American University

Ward Building, 3rd Floor 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington , DC 20016-8022
United States

Dr. Barbara Romzek


Phone: 202-885-2940

Brenda Manley

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 202-885-6202

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Departments & Programs

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Public Policy Analysis Certificate
    • Women, Policy And Political Leadership Certificate
    • Leadership For Organizational Change Certificate
    • Public Management Certificate
    • Nonprofit Management Certificate
    • Public Financial Management Certificate
    • Political Science Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
    • Justice, Law And Criminology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science (MS)
    • Public Administration Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Political Communication Master of Arts (MA)
    • Public Administration: Key Executive Leadership Master of Public Administration (MPA)
    • Public Policy Master of Public Policy (MPP)
    • Terrorism And Homeland Security Policy Master of Science (MS)
    • Organization Development Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 239
    • Doctoral Degrees 10
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 7
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Yes
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $55
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline June 1st May 1st February 1st
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported November 1st
    • Entrance Requirements
      • Master's DegreesGRE, statement of purpose; 2 recommendations, and resume, transcript
      • Doctoral's DegreesGRE, 3 recommendations, statement of purpose, resume, and writing sample, transcript
      • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
      • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
      • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students602
    • Female Percentage61%
    • Male Percentage39%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students602
    • Part-time Percentage40%
    • Full-time Percentage60%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American13%
    • White / Caucasian53%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown20%

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year fees$430.00
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty138
    • Full-time Percentage59%
    • Part-time Percentage41%
    • Female Percentage38%
    • Male Percentage62%




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