Department of Public Administration and Policy School of Public Affairs American University

Department of Public Administration and Policy School of Public Affairs American University

Washington, DC
student ratio
total students
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
February 1
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
15 Degrees Offered
degrees offered

Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Organization Development Certificate [leadership for organizational change]
      Master of Science in Organizational Development (MSOD) [organization development]
    • Public Administration Certificate [nonprofit management]
      Certificate [public financial management]
      Certificate [public management]
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) [public administration]
      Master of Public Administration (MPA) [key executive leadership]
      Master of Public Administration (MPA) [public administration]
    • Public Policy Certificate [public policy analysis]
      Master of Public Policy (MPP) [public policy]
    • Master of Laws/Master of Public Administration (LL M/MPA)
      Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP)
      Master of Public Administration/Juris Doctor (MPA/JD)
      Master of Public Policy/Juris Doctor (MPP/JD)
      Master of Public Policy/Master of Laws (MPP/LL M)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 155
    • Doctoral Degrees 5
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 14
    • * 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? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


72% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 674
    • Accepted 492
    • Acceptance Rate 72
    • Enrolled 148
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $55
    • Electronic applications accepted? No
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline February 1st May 1st Yes
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline November 1st Not Reported Not Reported
  • 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 Degreesbachelor's degree
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT, IELTS required, IELTS paper based

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableNot Reported

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students417
    • Female Percentage56%
    • Male Percentage44%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students417
    • Part-time Percentage48%
    • Full-time Percentage52%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino7%
    • Black / African American17%
    • White / Caucasian49%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native1%
    • Asian8%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander1%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown16%


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty46
    • Full-time Percentage57%
    • Part-time Percentage43%
    • Female Percentage43%
    • Male Percentage57%

Location & Contact

Department of Public Administration and Policy

School of Public Affairs
American University

Ward Building 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8070
United States

Dr. Alison Jacknowitz

Department Chair

Phone: 202-885-2137
Fax: 202-885-2347

Brenda Manley

Director, Graduate Admission

Phone: 202-885-6202
Fax: 202-885-2353

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