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Department of Public Administration & Policy


  • SPA: Public Administration
    Ward, Room

    Graduate programs: spagrad@american.edu

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Director's Welcome

We have experienced impressive growth over the past three years, while maintaining the quality of our student body, ensuring diversity of student and faculty backgrounds, and continuing our commitment to innovation. My colleagues and I are engaged in continual fine-tuning of our curriculum to reflect changes in the role of policy analysts in contemporary societies in the U.S. and abroad. This means a curriculum that produces graduates who possess not only the requisite quantitative and economic analytical skills, but also an understanding of the organizational, political, constitutional, and social context of policy analysis and how to function effectively within it. Our emphasis is the application of these skills in the “real world,” with classes geared toward this end. Illustrating this focus, our students complete a client-driven project as part of their Practicum course. Students take this course in their final semester of study, and assignments in the class include a client-based project and a 48-hour project. With the addition of new faculty and new centers to our program and the School of Public Affairs, our concentration areas are “real” (not just on paper), and we are strong in environment and energy policy, global health policy, child and family policy, social policy, national healthcare policy, and international development.

We look forward to hearing from you, and welcome any questions you might have!

Alison Jacknowitz