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Welcome to the School of Public Affairs (SPA)!

There is no better time than NOW!

Congratulations on your commitment to pursue an advanced skill set that will position you as a leader with purpose for our next generation and, moreover, prepare you to confront the most pressing public challenges of our time.

SPA students enrolled for Spring 2018 should be sure to join MySPA. Important announcements are posted now! For information on how to enroll, email

Admitted Student Checklists*


✓ Celebrate your academic and professional achievements that led to your admission to one of the country's premier Public Affairs schools!

✓ Create an AU Student Account

✓ Submit your FAFSA (This information enables the American University Office of Financial Aid to consider you for Federal loan options.)

✓ Confirm your intention to join the SPA community by remitting your enrollment deposit.

✓ After rendering your deposit, schedule an in-person or telephone meeting with your Graduate Advisor! It is time to begin developing your academic plan that translates into your advanced skill set.

✓ Submit official transcript(s) showing successful completion of bachelor's degree before the first day of the term. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, certified English language translations must be provided. Mail to SPA Graduate Admissions, Office of Enrollment, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016-8081, USA or email official e-transcripts to


✓ Connect and follow us on social media

✓ After submitting your deposit, you will be invited to join the 2017-2018 Facebook Group. (This offers a forum for you to get to know your new peers while engaging with our current Graduate Student Council (GSC) on issues like housing, internships, student life. The group is only open to students who have an email address.)

✓ Join us for a Virtual Topical Information Session. Topical forums include Financial Aid, International Students, MySPA, and SPA Jumpstart. (See the listing and dates under the heading "Virtual Information Sessions)

✓ If you work/reside in the area, join us at a regional coffee chat.

✓ Visit American University's Off-Campus Housing site that offers access to living options in the area. The site also offers the opportunity to develop a student profile in an effort to identify potential roommates. Questions may be directed to or via telephone 202.885.2645.

*Students who complete the Required checklist and choose to participate in the Recommended options as part of their transition to current student status at SPA will receive a “surprise” gift at mandatory New Student Orientation. With this, we encourage you to actively engage with us in the coming months…remember a special surprise awaits!

Important Information

  1. Stay in touch...we are here to support you!
  2. Use your AU email account only and always! All correspondence will now only be sent to your "" account. Please regularly monitor your inbox.
  3. Explore the portal. It contains a wealth of information that will inform and support your student life on campus.

Important Dates

Fall Preview Day (All SPA Master's Programs)

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host Fall Preview Day that will begin with a social reception on Friday evening to be followed by a full day on campus on Saturday, November 11, 2017; 10:00am-5:00pm (EST). SPA's Fall Preview Day offers both prospective Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with faculty and their future peer network, as well as experience the beautiful American University (AU) campus and the excitement of Washington, D.C. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the vibrant AU and SPA community.

The SPA Fall Preview Day agenda will begin with a social reception in the vibrant D.C. area on the evening of Friday, November 10. The experience continues on Saturday, November 11 with a robust agenda that will include faculty current issue talks, a career service professional outcomes and networking presentation, current student/alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to the application process and SPA’s merit aid strategy.

All Spring 2018 and Fall 2018 prospective graduate students are invited to attend. Make your travel plans now to join us! More details including a detailed itinerary and travel logistics will be offered to registered participants closer to the event.

Registration Close Date: November 7, 2017

Questions & Registration:

International Graduate Student Orientation

International Graduate Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning in Spring 2018 at American University.


Questions: or 202-885-3358

Mandatory New Graduate Student Orientation

Please save the date! Orientation is your opportunity to prepare for your new academic career, and have the opportunity to be introduced to the SPA faculty, student, and staff community. This event should be considered mandatory for all new SPA master’s students beginning in Spring 2018. Additional details are forthcoming.

Spring 2018 Classes Begin

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Virtual Information Sessions



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