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Real World Impact

Adam Norikane’s passion for sustainability and social justice brought him to American University where he pursued an MA in International Affairs.

AU Alum Adam Norikane leads Zambia’s rural poverty reduction efforts at USAID. Adam and his team of experts look for win-win solutions through gender-equitable economic growth that conserves natural resources.

Realize Your Purpose

American University offers 140+ doctoral, master’s and certificate programs. Whether you are interested in upskilling in your field or advancing your career in business, film, policy, the arts or international affairs, AU offers a vast array of top-ranking academic programs taught by internationally recognized faculty.

Widely known for producing generations of public servants, AU attracts graduate scholars who aspire to further hone their skills, advance research, apply knowledge to the world’s most pressing issues and become an active part of our legacy of bold leadership.

86 percent receive financial aid

44 percent are part-time

30 percent earn online degrees

Our Schools & Colleges

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College of Arts & Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences offers more than 50 graduate degrees and certificates in the humanities, arts, sciences, and social sciences. We deliver a combination of academic training and real-world professional experience to turn your passion into impact as a future leader.

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Kogod School of Business at American University

Kogod School of Business

Learn by doing is at the center of our business education philosophy. You’ll have opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to get real-world experience, including consulting projects, co-op programs, the Center for Innovation Entrepreneurship Incubator, and capstones and practicums.

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School of Communication

From journalism to strategic communication to independent filmmaking and games, we inspire tomorrow's digital storytellers. You will learn to produce media that matters with our supportive faculty who achieved the highest honors in their professional field, including Academy and Emmy awards and the Pulitzer Prize.

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School of Education

With a vibrant community and passion for change, we are dedicated to creating and ensuring excellent learning experiences for every child. Through cutting-edge research, innovative outreach programs, and the development of inspiring coursework, you will address the most challenging issues in the field.

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School of International Service

As a top-10 school of international affairs, we prepare you for global service in the government, nonprofit, and businesses sectors while connecting you to an active network of more than 25,000 alumni. Our students graduate prepared to combine knowledge with practice to wage peace in the world.

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School of Public Affairs at American University

School of Public Affairs

The School of Public Affairs is a top-ranked school of public administration and policy, government, and justice. From our politically-engaged campus, you gain access to world-class faculty members, influencers, and internship opportunities where you can have a meaningful impact on our world.

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Washington College of Law at American University (students on steps)

Washington College of Law

As a nationally ranked law school, we provide you with the critical skills and values to have an immediate impact in Washington, DC, our nation, and around the world.

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Professional & Executive Education

Whether you seek to upskill or reskill, our professional and executive training will meet you where you are in your career. We offer learning options that fit both your schedule and career aspirations.

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