Graduate Admissions

Through meaningful relationships, we build national and global networks between experts and aspiring communication professionals. We seek to increase access to education through academic programs that are fast paced and versatile.

At the School of Communication, you'll work with and learn from a constellation of movers and shakers.

  • Award winning faculty who share their expertise and insight
  • Adjuncts who bring hands-on, real-world experience right into the classroom
  • Inspiring guest speakers at the forefront of their professions
  • Even your fellow students who hail from across the globe.

You'll gain full access to our academic and creative resources from our state-of-the-art video, audio, and film studios and equipment to our renowned research centers. Best of all, you'll be enveloped in the energy, ideas, and opportunities unique to Washington, DC, home to some of the world's most noteworthy communicators and thought leaders.

These programs are very rigorous and require a substantial amount of time, effort, and work. Courses are typically 3 semester credit hours each, meaning that students meet in an instructional venue (in class, online, remote site)for 2.5 hours each week and complete academic work outside the instructional venue at least 5 hours each week for a 15-week semester -- or an equivalent amount of work spread out over a different period of time. 

Author your own story and shape your own future as a media innovator. The time is now. Your place is here at the American University School of Communication.


Undergraduates apply to American University as a whole. You'll be able to indicate your intended major on your application, but that will not affect your admissions decision. It only takes one application to apply for our six schools and colleges and our more than 60 undergraduate majors.

Graduate Recruiting Events: Observe a current school of communication graduate class or attend an admissions event
We offer prestigious merit-based fellowships for graduate students in partnership with leading Washington, DC-based organizations.

A Passion for Storytelling

There are a lot more opportunities out there to create something that matters.

Nesima Aberra loves storytelling, but believes we need to expand where and how stories are told and who tells them. At AU, she explored how media shapes the way we understand our world through innovative, thoughtful, and relevant stories. Through her Dean's Internship at VOX, she's learned how to find compelling human interest angles in more complex news events. Now she's more excited than ever to use literary journalism to change the way people think and feel and help make our society more informed and empowered.

Graduate Academic Services


Our vision is to create a caring academic community that inspires change in the field of communication.

Contact Us

Office Hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.