Graduate Admissions

The American University School of Communication empowers you to tell stories that influence change, inspire action, and transform our communities and our world.

Each one of our graduate programs will expand your  and knowledge as a multi-platform communicator. Whether you hope to become a communication researcher; a documentary or narrative filmmaker or producer; a strategist crafting a campaign; a broadcast, print, or digital journalist; or even a game developer designing new virtual worlds, we will teach you the in-demand skills critical to your professional success. You will also learn the critical theory and foundational underpinnings to sustain your career well into the future.

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.

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

Meet with an Advisor

Meet with one of our admissions advisors in person to discuss your academic goals.

Advisor's Office Hours
Monday-Friday: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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

Schedule an Appointment

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.


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.