Graduate Studies | Why AU?

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  • Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies
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    gradstudies@american.edu
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    Tubman, Jonathan G.
    Vice Provost for Research & Dean of Graduate Studies

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Graduate students choose American University for a number of reasons - among them, the world-renowned faculty composed of academics and real world practitioners, its location inside the Nation's Capital, its many well-regarded academic programs, its status as the "most politically active" university in the United States, graduating the most public servants in the nation, and many more.




Brad Matanin

Kogod School of Business First Year Grad Student
Professional MBA Program

"AU fits for me because of the innovative program format of the PMBA ... it really allows me to balance my professional life with my school life."





Jaleesa Hall

School of Public Affairs Grad Student
MPA in Public Administration

"They encourage you not only to know about theory in the classroom, but how to practice it in the real world. That's something you need."





Micah Frumkin

Kogod School of Business Grad Student
MS in Sustainability Management

"AU stands apart from other graduate institutions I considered in that it's in Washington, DC and I was really looking for the exposure to the political environment."





Steven Dawson

College of Arts and Sciences Grad Student
MA in Arts Management

"What sets AU apart is ... that you can approach one of your instructors one-on-one on a first name basis and they are ready to drop what they're doing and help you."





Jennifer Cobuzzi

College of Arts and Sciences PhD Student
PhD in Behavior, Cognition, and Neuroscience Program

"I do work in a primarily research-driven program; however, I've been given the opportunity to teach since my very first day here."





Joshua Kaplan

Kogod School of Business Grad Student
MS in Sustainability Management

"I really love my classmates. I feel like I'm able to learn as much from them as I am from my professors. A lot of them are very accomplished in their fields and have come back to school ... and for me that's an educational experience in itself."





Sarah McKibben

School of Public Affairs
First Year Grad Student
Master of Public Administration Program

"When I was looking at graduate study...for AU it really came down to all P words...the People, the Places, the Professors, and the Program itself."





Michael Caughey

School of International Service
Grad Student
Major in Comparative & Regional Studies with a focus on East Asia

"AU has aptly positioned me to really succeed in Washington, DC...by making me a competitive applicant."





Marshay Hall

School of Public Affairs
First Year Grad Student
Master of Public Administration Program

"A student can expect to have their horizons broadened while they are here."





Yelena Osipova

School of International Service
First Year PhD Student

"I think this is the best place for any graduate student..."





Keith R. Towrey

School of Public Affairs
Grad Student

"American University was my only option, my best option, and I'm so happy to be here."




Erin Hinchey

CAS
PhD Student
Economics

"I love the Economics Department here, they've been fantastic, they have tons of great resources, they have tons of great researchers."

AU Graduate Programs Ranking

#2

U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Law Schools - Clinical Training (2011) for Washington College of Law


#6

U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools - Top Public Management / Public Administration Program (2009) for School of Public Affairs


#9

Foreign Policy Magazine - MA Programs (2009) for School of International Service


#68

Forbes "Best Business Schools" for MBA program - MBA programs (2011) for Kogod School of Business


#71

SETH: US News and World Report Best Graduate Education Programs (2011) for College of Arts & Science