American University

Online Washington, DC Private Regional Accreditation

School at a Glance

14 Years of distance learning
1,971 total students
20 degree programs View Programs
7 certificate programs View Programs


American University

American University was chartered by Congress in 1893 as a national university to serve the public interest and build the nation by educating active citizens who apply knowledge to the most pressing concerns facing the nation and world.

A passion for public service, an emphasis on active leadership, and a global outlook are the hallmarks of the American University learning experience. American's location in the political, cultural and media capital of Washington, DC, brings renowned faculty, prominent guest speakers and lecturers, and access to national and international institutions, media and events, to create graduates who stand out from their peers as active, socially aware and compassionate leaders who work toward creating meaningful change in the world.

Become part of the network of ambitious achievers, compassionate leaders, and socially aware citizens at American University.

Why American University Online?

American University is home to some of the most acclaimed scholars and thought leaders in the world. Students learn from award-winning scholars and policy makers, diplomats, authors, artists, filmmakers, attorneys, economists and journalists. As teachers who are as committed to learning and meaningful change as students are, they have a personal stake in their students' academic success.

Accreditation and Rankings

American University's standing as a global-reaching institution is reflected in their accreditation credentials and high rankings in major surveys and studies. American University is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools and recognized by the University Senate of the United Methodist Church.

"Princeton Review Best Colleges (2018)"

  • No. 3, College Gets High Marks
  • No. 4, Most Politically Active Students
  • No. 7, Most Active Student Government
  • The Best 382 Colleges
  • A Best Northeastern College
  • No. 18, Top 50 Green Colleges

"U.S. News & World Report America's Best Colleges (2017)"

  • No. 74, Best National University
  • No. 44, Best Colleges for Veterans
  • No. 66, Best Value Schools

"U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School (2017)"

  • No. 19, Top Schools: Public Affairs
  • No. 5, Top Public Management Administration Program
  • No. 12, Top Nonprofit Management Program
  • No. 23, Top Public Finance and Budgeting Program
  • No. 26, Top Public-Policy Analysis Program

Alumni and Employment Outlook 

American University has many reasons to be proud of its alumni. Their graduates are hard at work creating meaningful change that enriches lives and improves society - efforts built on the educational foundation gained here.

Within six months of graduating with their master's, the following alumni report being employed or continuing education:

  • 98% of MA in Economics graduates
  • 95% of MA in Strategic Communication graduates
  • 93% of Master's graduates in the College of Arts and Sciences (this includes the Department of Health Studies)
  • 94% of Master's graduates with a degree in public policy or public administration

Employers include state and local government, associations, corporations, and agencies.

Online Student Experience

American University online programs are delivered through a format that's convenient, flexible, and portable. Like on-campus, students talk about their coursework and current issues with classmates, ask instructors questions and turn in assignments, but it's all done via email, discussion boards, instant messaging and more.

Online courses at American University are as rigorous and challenging as their on-campus counterparts, and taught by the same connected faculty members, influential guest speakers and prominent lecturers. Interaction and communication with instructors and fellow students are essential components of the programs and academic success.

Online students have access to many support resources including new student orientation, a 24x7 help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers and more.

Financial Aid

Online graduate students enrolled at least half time in a Master's or PhD program may be eligible for federal loans. To apply, students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and register with the U.S. Department of Education for a Personal Identification Number (PIN).

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Degree Programs

American University Offers the Following Degree Programs Online

Certificate Programs

American University Offers the Following Certificate Programs Online

Location & Contact

Student Contact -
American University Online Learning 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington DC 20016

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