For specific requirements and deadlines please visit your program's requirements page.

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Step 1: Submit Application

The application can be saved and completed at your convenience. Submit as early as possible to allow time for your supplemental documents to be received by the deadline.

Arrangements for disability accommodations can be made with the Academic Support and Access Center at 202-885-3360,

Note: In order to upload transcripts, you must fill out the Institutions Attended field in the Academics section of the online application.

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Step 2: Pay Application Fee

The application fee for CAS graduate programs is $55, payable by credit or debit card. We accept Visa, Discover, and Mastercard.

Note that you must pay the fee before adding supplemental items.

The fee is waived for:

  • Active duty members or veterans of the US military 
  • Active or returned Peace Corps, AmeriCorps, or Teach for America volunteers. Participants in other nationally or internationally recognized volunteer programs may also be eligible for an application fee waiver.
  • Current AU students, AU alumni, or staff/faculty members 
  • First-generation college students 
  • Candidates for, or recipients of, eligible nationally or internationally recognized fellowship or scholarship programs. See the online application form for full details. 
  • BA/MA applicants (current CAS undergraduates)

Step 3: Submit Supplemental Items

Check your program page to see which supplemental items are required for your program.

  1. Statement of Purpose

    A successful statement will illustrate a candidate's goals, highlight their research interests, and explain how their experience is relevant to the academic research conducted by faculty in their program of interest. Please try to limit your statement of purpose to 500-1,000 words (250-500 for certificate applications).

  2. Transcripts

    All applications require transcripts from degree-seeking college institutions. A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) earned at an accredited college or university is required. AU standards ask for a minimum 3.0 GPA for undergraduate work.

    A transcript uploaded by a student is considered "unofficial." Departments use these during their review period. Official transcripts are required only after the applicant has accepted admission to American University. Official transcripts must be sent and received by a university representative and should confirm the earned degree when applicable.

    International transcripts will need to be evaluated and show equivalency of the US 4-year degree. Please include a WES evaluation with your transcript.

  3. Resume/CV

    The resume should list a candidate's relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as educational history.

    A curriculum vitae (CV) is also accepted.

  4. Standardized Test Scores
    1. General Record Examination (GRE)

      Required for all PhD programs and most Master's programs. They are not required for Graduate Certificates. Scores must be taken within five years of applying. There are no universal score requirements for programs in the College of Arts and Sciences.

      To submit GREs, use school code: 5007 (no department code). GRE scores can take up to six week to arrive after the test date.

    2. Language Proficiency Tests

      For international students whose native language is not English and who do not possess an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. institution: applicants need TOEFL test scores of at least 100 [95 for the online Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) program], a Pearson Test of English score of at least 68, or a minimum IELTS score of 7. TOEFL must be taken within two years of applying.

      To submit TOEFL, use school code: 5007 (no department code). TOEFL scores can take up to six weeks to arrive after the test date.

    3. PRAXIS

      Passing scores by DC standard on PRAXIS CORE exam required for all MA teaching degrees and MA special education, including certificates. The DC teacher licensing agency sets passing scores as: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150. To submit PRAXIS, use school code: 5007 (no department code). PRAXIS scores can take up to six weeks to arrive after the test date.

    4. Other Test Types

      To submit other test types, send a legible screen shot of your score report to

  5. Letters of Recommendation

    Recommenders will evaluate a candidate based on academic performance, motivation for program of study, intellectual capacity and/or research and writing ability.

    Letters must be sent by the recommender. Fill out the Recommendation Request form on the Supplemental Items Listing page to send your recommender a notification so that they can submit their letter.

    If you experience any errors with the Recommendation Request form or if you need to submit a new request to a new recommender, contact

Where should I send my documents?



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CAS Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081

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CAS Graduate Admissions
Office of Enrollment
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3201 New Mexico Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20016-8081