86%of admitted graduate students receive financial aid
Pursue Your Purpose
Turn your passion into action and make meaningful impact with a graduate degree from AU.
The Difference a Graduate Degree Makes
With our top-rated graduate programs, practitioner faculty who are experts in their fields, and connections to organizations in Washington, DC, and beyond, AU is your launching pad for success, wherever you want to go next.
AU Schools & Colleges
With over 140 graduate degrees, American University students choose a personalized curriculum of theoretical study and experiential learning, taught by internationally-recognized faculty in courses that take them from the classroom, to the nation’s capital, and all around the globe.
- College of Arts & Sciences
College of Arts & Sciences
The largest school at American University, the College of Arts and Sciences features more than 100 degree programs that span the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Our diverse, scholarly community offers outstanding opportunities for hands-on interdisciplinary research, internships, and creative expression.
- Kogod School of Business
Kogod School of Business
A top-ranked, AACSB-accredited institution, the Kogod School of Business offers undergraduate degrees and graduate programs, including an MBA. Students gain real-world experience through programs grounded in experiential learning and expert faculty that prepare them to lead in all sectors of business: public, private, and nonprofit.
- School of Communication
School of Communication
From journalism to strategic communication to independent filmmaking and games, the School of Communication inspires tomorrow's digital storytellers. Students learn to produce media that matter with the support of faculty who have received the highest honors in their professional field, including Academy and Emmy awards and the Pulitzer Prize.
- School of Education
School of Education
With a vibrant community and passion for change, the School of Education is dedicated to creating and ensuring excellent learning experiences for every child. Through cutting-edge research, innovative outreach programs, and the development of inspiring coursework, students address the most challenging issues in the field.
- School of International Service
School of International Service
A top-10 school of international affairs, the School of International Service prepares graduate and undergraduate students for global service in government, nonprofits, and business while connecting them to an active international network of more than 20,000 alumni. Our students graduate prepared to combine knowledge with practice and wage peace in our world.
- School of Public Affairs
School of Public Affairs
Set in the heart of our nation's capital, the School of Public Affairs is a top-ranked school of public administration and policy, government, and justice. From our politically-engaged campus, students gain access to world-class faculty members, influencers, and internship opportunities where they can have a meaningful impact on our world.
- Professional Studies & Executive Education
Professional Studies & Executive Education
Dedicated to professional and experiential learning, the Office of Graduate and Professional Studies (OGPS) offers an array of options for lifelong learners spanning the applied social sciences. Programs range from executive training courses to market-driven online master's degrees for professionals at critical junctures in their careers.
44%of students are part-time
30%of students attend online