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Defense Acquisition University (DAU) and the Key Executive Leadership Programs Partnership

The Defense Acquisition University and American University through the School of Public Affairs Key Executive Leadership Programs have established a partnership that will increase the exposure and accessibility of the Key Programs among the Department of Defense (DoD) Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L) workforce, and increase the quantity and quality of educational opportunities that allow the DoD AT&L workforce to fulfill its requirements for training and education.

Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program Opportunities

The University will grant three (3) hours of credit towards the 36 credit Key Executive MPA to any member of the DoD AT&L workforce who possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university, has at least two years of management experience, and has earned a Level I Certification in at least one DAWIA career field and are accepted and enrolled in the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program. Acceptance into the program is subject to an AU review of student applicant credentials. As a result, such students will be required to complete 33 on-campus graduate credits rather than the current required 36 credits.

The University will grant six (6) hours of credit towards the 36 credit Key Executive MPA to any member of the DoD AT&L workforce who possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university, has at least two years of management experience, and has earned a Level II Certification in at least one DAWIA career field and are accepted and enrolled in the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program. Acceptance into the program is subject to an AU review of student applicant credentials. As a result, such students will be required to complete 30 on-campus graduate credits rather than the current required 36 credits.

The University will grant nine (9) hours of credit towards the 36 credit Key Executive Leadership MPA to any member of the DoD AT&L workforce who possess a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university, has at least two years of management experience, and has earned a Level III Certification in at least one DAWIA career field and are accepted and enrolled in the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program. Acceptance into the program is subject to an AU review of student applicant credentials. Such students will receive their nine credits through (a) a six credit reduction in the number of graduate credits required to complete the Key MPA program and (b) a reduction in tuition equal to the current cost of three credits. As a result, such CLD students will be required to complete 30 on-campus graduate credits rather than the current required 36 credits.

To learn more about the program, please visit the Key Executive MPA.  

Certificate Program Opportunities

American University's Key Executive Leadership Program offers the following certificate programs:

Any member of the DoD AT&L workforce who possesses a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university is eligible to apply for any of the above certificate programs, as well as new programs that may become available. Acceptance is subject to the University's standard admission process for the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Programs.

All certificate programs are offered and taken as integrated cohort programs, with little opportunity for substitution from courses or certificates previously taken by applicants. However, the Key Executive Leadership Certificate Program contains courses or modules that may be substituted by selected DAU courses at the sole discretion of American University.

Additional Information

For additional information or questions, please contact us via email e-mail, phone (202-885-3857), or the online form.

We invite you to participate in an information session or e-mail us to schedule a time to speak with the director.