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CAS-Graduate Admissions
202-885-3620
casgrad@american.edu
Battelle Tompkins, Room T-21

Clowery, Kathleen T.
Associate Director, Graduate Enrollment Management

CAS-Graduate Admissions
301 MGC, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081

Admission Application Requirements & Deadlines

Please select your intended program from the list below to see application deadlines and required supplemental documents.

Arrangements for Disability Accommodations: can be made with the Academic Support and Access Center at 202-885-3360, asac@american.edu.

Admission Deadline: Candidates who submit an application by the priority admission deadline will be considered for a graduate fellowship. All applications submitted after the priority admission deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Graduate Fellowships: Applicants who complete the admission application by the priority admission deadline are also considered for graduate fellowships. There is no separate application.

Transcripts: Unofficial transcripts are accepted for admission consideration. Please note that accepted students are required to submit official transcripts prior to enrollment.

Admissions information for international students.
Descriptions of Supplemental Documents.
 

Programs

 

PhD

Anthropology (PhD)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: January 15
Fall Admission only
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Official or Unofficial Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

*Statement of Purpose: Explain how your interest in anthropology coincides with the PhD program's mission statement and research strengths.

 

Economics (PhD)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: January 15
Spring Admission Deadline: November 1
Fall Admission preferred
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official or Unofficial Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

  
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History (PhD)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: January 15
Fall Admission Only
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample**

*Statement of Purpose: Explain how your research interests are relevant to the research conducted by the department's faculty.
**Writing sample: recent written work of substantial length (master's thesis, research paper, or interpretative essay).

 

Psychology: Behavior, Cognition & Neuroscience (PhD)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: December 1
Fall Admission only
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

Interview required (by invitation only)

  
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Psychology: Clinical (PhD)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: December 1
Fall Admission only
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • GRE scores**

* Statement of Purpose should include the faculty member(s) you want to work with as well as how your clinical experience and/or research interests are relevant to the research conducted by the faculty member(s)' research conducted in the department laboratories.

** Psychology Subject test recommended but not required.
Interview required (by invitation only)

 
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Master's

Anthropology (Public Anthropology MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample*

*Writing Sample: recent written work of substantial length (senior thesis, research paper, or interpretative essay).

 

Art History (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample*

*Writing sample should be an undergraduate research paper.

  
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Arts Management (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Resume

 

Audio Technology (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission  Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Portfolio*

*Portfolio Submissions: Submit three samples of your best work. Portfolio can consist of audio production work, sound design for film or audio processing software, and source code. Include a half-page PDF document containing descriptions of the three samples. Please submit your portfolio to CASGrad@american.edu. 

  
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Biology (MA/MS)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

 

Biostatistics (MS)

Applications are reviewed year-round on a rolling basis.
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: Rolling
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: Rolling
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

*Prerequisites: Appropriate undergraduate science courses, equivalent to intermediate statistics and multivariate calculus.

  
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Biotechnology (MS)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores (Optional)
  • Resume

*Prerequisites: Appropriate undergraduate science courses or significant practical background

 

Chemistry (MS)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

  
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Creative Writing (MFA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: January 15
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample**

*Statement of Purpose: Describe your current or planned genre focus and aesthetic aims, and explain how both are influenced by your past experiences as a reader and writer of literature.
**Writing sample
Prose: Submission cannot exceed 25 pages.
Poem: 12 poems not exceeding 15 pages. Each poem must be submitted on a separate page.

  

Economics (MA)
(General, Developmental, Gender Analysis, Financial Economic Policy)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

  
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Economics, Applied (MA, online)
Please see online program site:
http://programs.online.american.edu/econ/masters-economics

 

Education

See "International Training & Education", "Special Education", or "Teaching".

 
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Educational Policy and Leadership (MEd)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume

Professional Experience: Prior teaching experience is not required, but is strongly recommended. The Admissions Committee carefully reviews each applicant's personal and professional experience to assess readiness for graduate study at American University.

 

Environmental Science (MS)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE (Optional)
  • Resume

*Prerequisite: One year of calculus & one year laboratory science required.

 

Ethics, Peace & Global Affairs (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

  
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Game Design (MA)

See School of Communications.

  

Health Promotion Management (MS)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

*Prerequisite: Exercise Physiology (may be completed after acceptance)

 

History (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample**

Early submission preferred.
*If applying to Public History, please indicate on application. Statement of Purpose: explain how an MA in History will further your career goals.
**Writing Sample: recent written work of substantial length (senior thesis, research paper, or interpretative essay).

  
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International Economics (MA)
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose 
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

 

International Training & Education (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume

  
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Literature (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample*

*Writing Sample: 10-15 pages maximum.

 

Mathematics (MA)

Fall Priority Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
(Fall Admission preferred)
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

  
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Nutrition Education (MS, online)
Please see online program site:
http://programs.online.american.edu/msne/masters-nutrition-education

  
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Philosophy (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

*Two tracks: History of Philosophy or Philosophy and Social Policy. Indicate track in Statement of Purpose.

 

Psychology (MA)
(Experimental/Biological, General, Personality/Social)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Admission Deadline: No
Summer Admission: No
Fall Admission only
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

  
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Public Anthropology (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

Statement of Purpose: Explain how your research interests are relevant to the research conducted by the Department's faculty.

 

Public History

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume Writing Sample**
Early submission preferred.

*If applying to Public History, please indicate on application. Statement of Purpose: explain how an MA in Public History will further your career goals.
**Writing Sample: recent written work of substantial length (senior thesis, research paper, or interpretative essay).

  
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Quantitative Analysis (MS)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

*Prerequisites: Appropriate undergraduate science courses or significant practical background.

 

Sociology (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

*Statement of Purpose: Explain how your research interests are relevant to the research conducted by the Department's faculty.

  
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Spanish and Latin American Studies (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample**

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in Spanish or equivalent knowledge and proficiency in Spanish language.
*Statement of Purpose written in English.
**Writing Sample written in Spanish, 5-10 pages maximum.

 

Special Education (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Praxis Core scores*

*Passing scores by DC standards on Praxis Core exam: Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150.

  
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Statistics (MS)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Fall Admission preferred
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

*Prerequisites: Differential, Integral, and Multivariate Calculus. Linear Algebra. Introductory course in Probability and Statistics. Students entering the MS program without the appropriate background will be expected to take certain undergraduate courses as prerequisite work.

 

Studio Art (MFA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: April 1
Spring Admission Deadline: No
Summer Admission: No
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Portfolio*

*Portfolio Submission: Please limit your portfolio to 20 images and submit it to Slideroom. Instructions for the formatting of materials are provided at the Slideroom website. A ten dollar fee will be collected by Slideroom for the uploading of your portfolio materials.
Slideroom: Americanuniversitystudioart.slideroom.com

  
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Teaching (MAT)
(Early Childhood, Elementary, Secondary, English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1, applications accepted on a rolling basis until August 1
Spring Admission Deadline: November 1, applications accepted on a rolling basis until December 1
Summer Admission: Yes, deadline is May 1
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Praxis Core scores*

*Passing scores by DC standards on Praxis Core exam: Reading 156, Writing 162, Math 150.

 

Teaching English as a Foreign Language — TEFL (MA, Online*)
*Discontinued until further notice.

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Academic Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume

*Program only offered online.

  
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other LanguagesTESOL (MA)

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Academic Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume

Background in a second language: Prior experience in a second language is not required, but is strongly recommended.

 

Graduate Certificates

  

Applied Statistics (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall Admission preferred
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

 

Arts Management (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall and Spring Admission only
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

  
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Asian Studies (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admission Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

 

Audio Production (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall and Spring Admission only
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
  • Portfolio*

*Portfolio Submissions: Submit three samples of your best work. Portfolio can consist of audio production work, sound design for film or audio processing software, and source code. Please submit your portfolio to casgrad@american.edu.

  
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Economics (Certificate)
(Applied Microeconomics, International Economic Relations, Gender Analysis)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

  
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Environmental Assessment (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Prerequisite courses: Statistics, organic chemistry and calculus.

  
 

Health Inequity & Care (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

  
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International Arts Management (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall and Spring Admission only
Admissions Requirements: 

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

 

Nutrition Education (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements: 

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

 

Post-Baccalaureate Premedical (Certificate)

Fall Deadline: July 1
Spring Deadline: December 1
Summer Deadline: March 1
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

  
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Psychobiology of Healing (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

 

Public Anthropology (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume

  
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Public Sociology (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

 

Social Research (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

  
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Technology in Arts Management (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall and Spring Admission only
Admissions Requirements: 

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

  
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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages — TESOL (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

  

Translation (Certificate)

(French, Russian, Spanish)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Prerequisite: Bachelor's degree in French/Russian/Spanish plus equivalent knowledge and proficiency in language.

 

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Certificate)

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:

  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume


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