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Sarah Riczo, MPA ’11
As a proposal coordinator for a global charity organization, Sarah Riczo empowers families struggling with hunger and poverty to change their lives. The public funding that she connects them to provides the training needed to strengthen local economies and can lift a community out of poverty.
Sarah Riczo
SPA/MPA ’11, Proposal Coordinator, Heifer International

Are you a game changer? With a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from American University, you can make an immediate impact in government, non-profit, and private organizations—in the US and abroad.

  • Make a difference. Prepare for a career in public service, nonprofit management, or government consulting.
  • Learn from nationally recognized faculty who produce cutting-edge research in government administration and public policy.
  • Combine classroom experience with experiential learning on campus and in DC as it relates to your career and goals.

Take your first step toward making a difference with an MPA from American University.



As the center for policy and social change, DC affords MPA students nearby access to government agencies, not-for-profits, advocacy groups, and related community organizations.


From knowledge to action to impact, MPA faculty and students have been tackling complex issues through thoughtful research that educates, informs, and promotes change for over 80 years. With the rich reputation our graduates take with them, doors open to exciting opportunities.


Take advantage of unique research experiences, networking connections, and professional development opportunities. Doors open quickly due to a strong alumni network, the program’s stellar reputation, and faculty connections.
“My classes in SPA were great, but it was the people that helped me grow outside of the classroom. We are a community of world-class minds and roll-up-your-sleeves-to-get-something-done leaders—something our national officials should emulate."
Andy MacCracken
SPA/MPA ’14, Executive Director and Cofounder, National Campus Leadership Council
“The School of Public Affairs provides a fantastic opportunity to build your personal leadership toolkit in order to foster a more responsive and dynamic organizational culture that will thrive in these challenging times.”
Gwen Sykes
SPA/MPA ’01, Chief Financial Officer of the Secret Service