School of Public Affairs

About The School of Public Affairs at American University

Shape the future of public affairs and homeland security.

Public Affairs & Security Serving the Public Good

Study in Washington, DC, where proximity counts. With access to prominent internships, a strong alumni network, extensive job opportunities, and all that the nation's capital has to offer.

American University

Founded in 1893 by an act of congress, American University embodies the spirit of a national university, embracing a global outlook, practical idealism, and a passion for public service.

AU School of Public Affairs (SPA)

Established in 1934, American University's School of Public Affairs offers top-ranked undergraduate, graduate, and executive-level programs to build and enhance careers in public service. The school pairs access to Washington, D.C. with world-renowned faculty and transformational research that drives progress in policy, politics, and public administration. SPA is Washington, DC's first school of public affairs.

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Live and Learn in DC

Capitalizing on a balance between class time and career-advancing experience in Washington, DC, American University students distinguish themselves for their service, leadership, and ability to rethink global and domestic challenges and opportunities.

Students are encouraged to get involved, take advantage of our location, and work alongside Washington's leaders, including federal executives, policy makers, nonprofit leaders, and community activists.

SPA Research Centers

Our research centers and institutes draw on the scholarship and expertise of world-class faculty for an exceptional collaboration and exchange of ideas.

  • Center for Congressional & Presidential Studies
  • Women & Politics Institute
  • Justice Programs Office
  • Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research
  • Center for Environmental Policy
  • Political Theory Institute
  • Metropolitan Policy Center
  • Campaign Management Institute
  • Public Affairs and Advocacy Institute

American University Fast Facts

number 74

Best National University

U.S. News & World Report

number 4

Most Politically Active Students

Princeton Review

number 2

Most Educated City, Washington, D.C.


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