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Estimated Costs

33 credit hours at $1,482 / hour: $48,906

Travel and meal costs are not included, nor is lodging expense for out-of-towners coming to Washington for class. Students should budget for travel, lodging and meals for three residencies throughout the course of the program:

  • First Semester: 3-night Intro to Experiential Education and the Learning Community (a.k.a "The Launch") held at Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA ($1000 for non-credit course; approximately $615-$765 depending on lodging choice, which includes your room, all meals and refreshments throughout each day)
  • Second Semester: 6-night Use of Self in Professional Practice Residency held at Airlie Center in Warrenton, VA (approximately $1,230-$1,530 depending on lodging choice, which includes your room, all meals and refreshments throughout each day)
  • Fifth Semester: 11-night International Residency held most recently in Johannesburg, South Africa (approximately $3500 for travel, lodging, and meals, depending on the residency destination).

A $250.00 nonrefundable deposit is required upon acceptance to the program (applied to total cost of the program).

Guidance for Calculating Costs for Travel & Lodging

Out of town AU students often stay in local hotels with nightly rates that range from $99 to $129. These rates are subject to change. Students may also choose to stay at Wesley Theological Seminary adjacent to American University's main campus for approximately $70 per night, depending upon availability. The Seminary, however, is closed during summer sessions.

Financing Your Degree

In additional to personal savings, students may finance their education in a number of ways:

  • Employer Sponsorship: Many students receive sponsorship from their employers for costs associated with the MSOD degree.
  • Government or Private Loans: U.S. citizens may apply for federal need-based assistance. See FAFSA program. The AU Financial Aid Office can also be of assistance. Please contact 
    (202) 885-6500 or

    Information for international students.

    Students who are on unemployment benefits may be eligible for training/education funding.
  • For Veterans: AU accepts GI bill payments and participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program.
  • Segal/Seashore Fellowship Fund: The Morley Segal and Edith Whitfield Seashore Fellowship is awarded to three or four students in an annual competition. These awards are in the range of $2500-3000.
  • Scholarships & Fellowships: In addition to the Segal/Seashore Fellowship, SPA offers other donor-funded scholarships. Also consider outside sources of aid.