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Austin Estes, MPP ’15
Home visits by teachers result in better reading scores and attendance for students. Data like this is what Austin Estes evaluates for the Flamboyan Foundation’s family engagement efforts in DC schools. His research helps educators work more closely with parents to support their child’s education.
Austin Estes
SPA/MPP ’15, Data Analyst, The Flamboyan Foundation

Are you ready to make an impact on the public policies shaping our future? The Master of Public Policy (MPP) is for people like you with a passion for addressing the pressing issues of our time.

  • Advance the quality of advice given to policymakers in the US and abroad.
  • Make your mark in government, academia, consulting, private enterprise, or the not-for-profit sphere with exceptional analytic, quantitative, and technical problem-solving skills.
  • Study in an intimate learning environment with access to government agencies, research institutions, and policymakers that Washington, DC, provides.

Shape the future with a Master of Public Policy from American University.



Study in the nation’s capital, the epicenter of government, not-for-profits, advocacy, and related organizations that drive policy and social change.
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Analytical Skills

Combining strong analytical and quantitative curriculum with hands-on projects, American University’s MPP program provides an innovative education that trains future leaders in the field.


With a rich history of thoughtful research spanning over 80 years and an active faculty and alumni base, the name recognition and reputation of our MPP program makes it easy for graduates to excel in their careers.
"I think I really picked the right program at SPA. I have great professors—every one of them has been magnificent. It definitely reinforced my future career plans.”
Jennifer Fernandez
SPA/MPP ’15, Housing Program Analyst, AARP Foundation
"I feel very fortunate to have chosen a program with attentive professors that took time to get to know me. They have offered advice for life in and outside of the classroom, and some that even helped guide me professionally."
Zachary Rybarczyk
SPA/MPP ’15, ORISE Fellow, US Environmental Protection Agency