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General Information

Minimum requirements of admission:

  • A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) earned at an accredited college or university.
  • A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better cumulative grade point average (GPA) calculated on the last 60 credit hours of coursework completed in your undergraduate program and available at the time of application for admission. The Graduate Admissions office will calculate the GPA for the last 60 hours of your undergraduate coursework.
  • A 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) or better GPA in all relevant graduate work for which a grade has been awarded.
  • GRE Exam scores (if required by the academic program — see Requirements Chart for specific GRE requirements).
  • Praxis I Exam scores for all Master's and Certificate programs in Teaching. (See Requirements Chart for specific requirements.)
  • For international students whose native language is not English and who do not possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution, TOEFL test scores of at least 600 (paper) or 100 (internet IBT); or a minimum IELTS score of 7.
  • An applicant for graduate study may be admitted without reference to the undergraduate average provided that he or she has maintained either a 3.3 cumulative grade point average in a master's degree program completed at an accredited institution; or has maintained a 3.5 cumulative grade point average in the last 12 credit hours which are part of a master's or doctoral degree program still in progress at the time he or she applies; or in graduate work taken in nondegree status at American University and applicable to the degree program for which he or she is applying.



If you are applying to a graduate certificate program, you should follow the same instructions for this application with the following notations:

• Check the Requirements Chart for any specific requirements set for each certificate program.

• Your Statement of Purpose on the application should include a brief (250 words or less) explanation of why you are interested in the program.


Nondegree Applicants

If you are applying to be a Nondegree/Visiting student, the Nondegree student Web page has detailed information to assist you through the applicaiton process.



CAS generally uses a rolling admissions process. That means that you can submit your application throughout the year allowing sufficient time to be evaluated before the beginning of the semester, but not meeting a specific deadline. However, there are deadlines for some graduate programs and merit award applications. Please check the Requirements Chart for deadlines for specific programs.

All applicants who would like to be considered for a merit award, such as a fellowship, assistantship, or study grant, should submit their applications by February 1 unless an earlier date is specified in the requirements chart. It is strongly recommended that U.S. citizens applying for federal financial aid submit a FAFSA financial aid application by February 15. The FAFSA financial aid application form can be obtained on the FAFSA Web site.


How to apply

Consult the Application Checklist for application submission guidelines.

  • Fill out an application form, either online or download an application. It is strongly recommended that you apply online. As an incentive to apply online, the application fee is $50 rather than the $80 paper application fee. Submit all required transcripts, recommendation letters, test scores, writing samples, and statement of purpose. Check the Requirements Chart for specific program requirements.
  • Keep a copy of all of your documents, and be sure to submit your application by the required deadline for your program. Our peak review period is between January 1 and April 1.
  • Check your application status – if you applied online, you may log in to your application account at any time to check on the status of your application. If you applied using the paper form, you can check your application status by emailing us at
  • Once you've been admitted to your program, sign the "Acceptance of Admission" sheet in the packet of information that you received when you are admitted along with a $250 deposit to the Graduate Admissions office. The deposit will hold your place in your program and will be applied toward your tuition. If you want to pay the deposit online, you can set up a student account by following the directions on the Office of Campus Life website.