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Key Executive Leadership Programs

FAQ About the Key MPA

1.What is the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program?
The Key Executive Leadership MPA Program is a Masters in Public Administration graduate degree program designed for mid-career professionals typically at the GS-12 (or above) level or equivalent in a NGO, private sector, or have other leadership experience. Participants maintain employment while attending courses on selected weekends (Friday and Saturday) for 22 months. The Key Executive mission is to foster better government by educating professionals and managers to become effective, top-quality team and executive leaders. Key Executive courses provide exposure to all of the ECQs required by OPM for Senior Executive Service consideration.

2. What makes Key an "executive" program?
The Key Executive Leadership MPA Program is an "executive" program in that it offers mid-career and senior level professionals the opportunity to earn an accelerated MPA degree while continuing to work in their full-time position.

3. What is the application deadline?
Applications for the fall cohort are due by July 15.

4. Must I take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) to be admitted to the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program?
No, the GRE is not required for admission to the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program. See program requirements.

5. Does the Key Program require a minimum grade-point average (GPA) for admission?
While the Key MPA Program is highly competitive, it does not have a minimum GPA required for admission. The program considers the academic credentials along with an applicant's professional experience.

6. Can I transfer credit into the program?
Students who wish to reduce their credit load of the Key Executive Leadership MPA may be eligible to transfer credit from Key Executive Leadership Certificates or approved OPM courses. Please contact the program advisor for additional information.

7. What is included in the cost of the program?
Tuition and most fees, including the cost of textbooks.

8. What payment options are available?
Students (or their agency or other sponsor) may pay by federal fiscal year; by course; by semester; OR in a lump sum at the start of the program. Agencies may pay via training forms, government credit card or electronic transfer. Click here for more information on costs and payment options.

9. How do I apply for a student loan?
The federal government makes available low interest rate student loans for eligible U.S. citizens. Loans may be subsidized or unsubsidized. You do NOT need to wait until you are admitted to begin the student loan application process. To apply, complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The Office of Financial Aid at American University can be reached at (202) 885-6018 if you have questions regarding the loan process. AU's FAFSA code is 004134

10. How do I get to AU?
AU is located at:
4400 Massachusetts Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20016

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