Graduate Admissions Requirements - SPA

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  • Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
    202-885-3753
    gradstudies@american.edu
    Wisconsin (4200), Suite 201 Washington, DC 20016-8075

    Tubman, Jonathan G.
    Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies

Mailing Address

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all programs require:

• Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university;

• Transcript from all institutions of higher learning attended. If the original transcripts/degree confirmation is not in English, certified English translations must be provided. For some programs, international applicants must provide a course by course evaluation of transcripts by World Education Services or Educational Credential Evaluators.

• 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work;

Two recommendation letters

• International students whose first language is not English, a TOEFL score of 100 IBT or an IELTS score of 7 or Pearson Test of English score of 68.

Other Schools and Colleges

College of Arts and Sciences A-G
College of Arts and Sciences H-T
Kogod School of Business
School of Communication
School of International Service
Washington College of Law

School of Public Affairs

 Area of Study   Degree Required Exam Deadline for Fall Admission Special Provisions, Application Deadlines, and Requirements
 Political Communication MA GRE
 Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
The preferred application deadline is November 1 for spring admission.
Political Science
MA  GRE Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
The preferred application deadline is November 1 for spring admission.
Public Administration (MPA)
MPA GRE
Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
The preferred application deadline is November 1 for spring admission.
 Public Policy (MPP) MPP GRE
Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
The preferred application deadline is November 1 for spring admission.
 Justice, Law & Society MS GRE
 Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
The preferred application deadline is November 1 for spring admission.
 Justice, Law & Society PhD GRE Jan. 1
Fall admission only. Three letters of recommendation and 2
writing samples are required.
 Political Science PhD GRE
Jan. 1
Fall admission only. Three letters of recommendation and 2
writing samples are required.
 Public Administration PhD GRE  Jan. 1 Fall admission only. Three letters of recommendation and 2
writing samples are required.
 Juris Doctor & Public
Administration
JD/MPA LSAT March 1
Application is submitted to WCL.
 Juris Doctor & Public Policy JD/MPP LSAT March 1
Application is submitted to WCL.
Juris Doctor & Justice, Law &
Society

JD/MS LSAT
March 1
Application is submitted to WCL.
Law & Public Administration
LLM/MPA LSAT March 1
Application is submitted to WCL.
Law & Public Policy


LLM/MPP LSAT
March 1
Contact educate@american.edu for additional details.
Organization Development
MSOD None July 15
(Executive) Dec 31 Spring preferred deadline.
Key Executive Leadership
MPA None
July 15
(Executive) Dec 31 Spring preferred deadline.
 Public Management Certificate None Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
Requirements for admission are certificate application, transcript(s), personal
statement, application fee and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international applicants.
 Public Financial Management  Certificate None Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
Requirements for admission are certificate application, transcript(s), personal
statement, application fee and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international applicants.
 Leadership for Organizational
Change
 Certificate None Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
Requirements for admission are certificate application, transcript(s), personal
statement, application fee and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international applicants.
 Public Policy Analysis Certificate
GRE  Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
Requirements for admission are certificate application, transcript(s), personal
statement, application fee and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international applicants.
 Women, Policy & Political Leadership Certificate
None Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
Requirements for admission are certificate application, transcript(s), personal
statement, application fee and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international applicants.
Non Profit Management
 Certificate None Preferred: Feb. 1
Final: June 1
Requirements for admission are certificate application, transcript(s), personal
statement, application fee and TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE for international applicants.