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Application Requirements and Deadlines

After you've found the graduate program that's right for you, begin the application process.

To complete your application, you will be required to submit an application form and additional documents and materials through our online application system. Below is a checklist of the required documents and materials that may be requested of you.

For specific graduate program requirements and deadlines please see below.

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Minimum Requirements for Admission

Minimum requirements include the following:

  • 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 course work completed in your undergraduate program and available at the time of application for admission.
  • 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 for all PhD and some Master's programs. Check specific programs below for GRE requirements.
  • Praxis I Exam scores for all certificate programs in teaching.
  • 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: applicants need TOEFL test scores of at least 100 [95 for the online Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program], a Pearson Test of English score of at least 68, 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.

Nondegree/Visiting Applicants

For information regarding nondegree programs, please see CAS Nondegree/Visiting Advising.

Description of Fees and Materials

The graduate application to CAS is available online and can be saved and completed at your convenience. We strongly encourage you to submit the application form as early as possible to allow time for your supplemental documents to be received by the application deadline.

The application fee for CAS graduate programs is $55. 

The fee may be waived for:

  • Active duty members or veterans of the US military 
  • Active or returned Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America volunteers. Participants in other nationally or internationally recognized volunteer programs may also be eligible for an application fee waiver. See the dropdown list(s) on the application form for a full list of eligible organizations. 
  • Current AU students, AU alumni, or staff/faculty members 
  • First-generation college students 
  • Candidates for, or recipients of, eligible nationally or internationally recognized fellowship or scholarship programs. See the online application form for full details. 
  • BA/MA applicants (current CAS undergraduates)

A successful statement will illustrate a candidate's goals, highlight their research interests, and explain how their experience is relevant to the academic research conducted by faculty in their program of interest. Please try to limit your statement of purpose to 500-1,000 words (250-500 for certificate applications). Your statement of purpose can be uploaded on the Supplemental Items Listing page.

General Record Examination (GRE)

The GRE is required for all PhD programs and most Master's programs. They are not required for Graduate Certificates. GRE scores must be taken within five years of applying. There are no universal score requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences. To submit GREs, use school code: 5007 (no department code). GRE scores can take up to six week to arrive after the test date.

Language Proficiency Tests 

For international students whose first language is not English, American University requires a total TOEFL score of 100. TOEFL must be taken within two years of applying. 

To submit TOEFL, use school code: 5007 (no department code). TOEFL scores can take up to six weeks to arrive after the test date.

PRAXIS 

Passing scores by DC standard on PRAXIS CORE exam required for all MA teaching degrees and MA special education, including certificates. The DC teacher licensing agency sets passing scores as: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150. To submit PRAXIS, use school code: 5007 (no department code). PRAXIS scores can take up to six weeks to arrive after the test date.

Other Test Types

To submit other test types, send a legible screen shot of your score report to casgrad@american.edu.

All applications require transcripts from degree-seeking college institutions. AU standards ask for a minimum 3.0 GPA for undergraduate work.

A transcript uploaded by a student is considered "unofficial." Departments use these during their review period.

*Official transcripts are required only after the applicant has accepted admission to American University. Official transcripts must be sent and received by a university representative and should confirm the earned degree when applicable.

International transcripts will need to be evaluated and show equivalency of the US 4-year degree. Please include a WES evaluation with your transcript.

Your Unofficial Transcripts can be uploaded on the Supplemental Items Listing page of the online application portal.

Master's programs and the PhD program in Economics require two letters of recommendation. All other PhD programs require three letters of recommendation. 

Recommenders will evaluate a candidate based on academic performance, motivation for program of study, intellectual capacity and/or research and writing ability.

The resume should list a candidate's relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as educational history. A curriculum vitae (CV) is also accepted.

Your resume can be uploaded on the Supplemental Items Listing page of the online application portal.

Creative Writing

Please submit 25 pages of prose or 15 pages of poetry. Your portfolio can be uploaded on the Supplemental Items Listing page.

Audio Technology

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 Jonathan Harper at jharper@american.edu.

Studio Art

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.

Master's Degree Requirements

Applicants should submit:

  • A statement of purpose
  • A completed application
  • $55 application fee
  • Current resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credit
  • Letters of recommendation

Please see the online program site for more details.


Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 15
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample*

*Writing sample should be an undergraduate research paper.

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE or GMAT scores
  • Resume
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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 by emailing a Dropbox link, Google Drive link, website link, or individual files to casgrad@american.edu or jharper@american.edu.

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

 

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

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

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores (Optional)
  • Resume

*Prerequisites: Appropriate undergraduate science courses or significant practical background

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: January 15
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

(Tracks: General, Developmental, Gender Analysis, Financial Economic Policy)
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Summer Admission: No

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

 

If you are applying to the online program, please see the online admissions requirements.

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE (Optional)
  • Resume

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

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

 


Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample

The MA in Game Design is offered jointly between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Communication. Please see the School of Communication's graduate application information page for deadlines and requirements.

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

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

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Admission: No
Summer Admission: Yes

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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).

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume


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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Writing Sample*

*Writing Sample: 10-15 pages maximum.

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
For the Nutrition Education online program, applicants should submit:
  • A statement of purpose
  • A completed application
  • $55 application fee
  • Current resume/CV
  • Official transcripts from all academic institutions from which you earned credit
  • Letters of recommendation

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

(Tracks: Experimental/Biological, General, or Personality/Social)

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

Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: Yes

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

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

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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).

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: March 1

Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1

Summer Admission: No

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts*
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

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

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1

Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1

Summer Admission: No

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1

Spring Priority Admission: November 1

Summer Admission: No

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1

Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1

Summer Admission: Yes

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

 

If you are applying to the online program, please see the online admissions requirements.
Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1
Spring Priority Admission Deadline: November 1
Summer Admission: No
Fall Admission preferred

 


Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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 $10 fee will be collected by Slideroom for the uploading of your portfolio materials.
Slideroom: Americanuniversitystudioart.slideroom.com

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: February 1 (Secondary Priority 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 Deadline: May 1

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume
  • Praxis Core scores**

*Applicants who apply by February 1st will receive best consideration.

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

 

If you are applying to the online program, please see the online admissions requirements.

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

Doctoral Degree Requirements

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: January 15
Fall Admission only

 


Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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.

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: December 1
Fall Admission only

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose*
  • Transcripts
  • 3 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

Interview required (by invitation only)

*Statement of Purpose should include the names of the faculty mentor(s) you would like to work with and a description of your research interests, experiences, and career goals.

Fall Priority Admission Deadline: December 1
Fall Admission only

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • 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)

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

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Official or Unofficial Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE scores
  • Resume

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).

Graduate Certificate Requirements

Held at the American University campus, the three-, five-, or ten-day program includes day-long courses in arts management and private meetings with leaders in arts management organizations and government in Washington, DC. Participants will earn a Certificate in Arts Management Executive Education from American University.

Deadline: Rolling Admission  


Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall Admission preferred

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall and Spring Admission only

 


Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
Deadline: Rolling Admission

 

Admission Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

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.

Deadline: Rolling Admission
Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Prerequisite courses: Statistics, organic chemistry and calculus.

Deadline: Rolling Admission


Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume
Deadline: Rolling Admission
Fall and Spring Admission only

 

Admissions Requirements: 
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission


Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Fall Deadline: July 1

Spring Deadline: December 1

Summer Deadline: March 1


Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission

Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission


Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • 2 Letters of Recommendation
  • Resume

Suspended until further notice. The certificate program in Public Sociology is currently not taking any applications.

Deadline: Rolling Admission

Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission

Fall and Spring Admission only

 

Admissions Requirements: 
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

Deadline: Rolling Admission

Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

(Tracks: French, Russian, Spanish)

Deadline: Rolling Admission


Admissions Requirements:

  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume

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

Deadline: Rolling Admission

 

Admissions Requirements:
  • Application and fee
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Transcripts
  • Resume