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Information for New Graduate Students

Congratulations on your admission to American University's School of Communication! Our faculty, staff and students are delighted to welcome you to our community. We look forward to working with you throughout your graduate academic and professional journey.

Next Steps

  1. Pay your non-refundable seat deposit (USD $250) before April 15. Go to the AU Student Account Creation. Enter your information. Your seven-digit AU ID was provided to you in your admit letter that arrived via email. Select Eagle Finance to pay your deposit.
  2. Sign up for events (Admitted Student Day; Webinar on How to Enroll; and Orientation).
  3. Set up your AU e-mail account.
  4. Register for classes. Registration begins on April 25.
  5. Meet with your Academic Advisor. If you are unable to attend the webinar "How to Register for Classes," feel free to sign up for an advising appointment with Jean McGee, Senior Graduate Academic Advisor. Contact GradComm@american.edu to schedule an appointment.
  6. Students are automatically enrolled in AU's Student Health Insurance Plan. If you would like to waive the insurance plan, please read the waiver information. Review AU's immunization requirements and Tuition Insurance Information and Enrollment.
  7. Get your AU One Card (ID card) at the One Card Office before the start of classes.
  8. Register with Academic Support and Access Center if you need special accommodations.
  9. Submit official transcripts from your undergraduate and/or graduation institutions by the first day of Fall classes. Transcripts must show the date your degree was conferred. The institution must send official transcripts directly to AU.
  10. Pick up your U-Pass Metro card. 

Admitted Students Day

April 14 | 9:30am – 1:00pm

You will receive an email invite after you have been admitted.

How to Register for Classes Webinar by Program

April 16 – April 23

You will receive an email invite after you have paid your seat deposit.

There will be two orientations, based on program. Email invites will be sent in early July.

Friday, August 24:

  • MA in Film and Electronic Media
  • MFA in Film and Media Arts
  • MFA in Game and Interactive Media
  • MA in Game Design
  • MA in Global Media
  • MA in Journalism and Public Affairs
  • MA in Political Communication
  • MA in Strategic Communication

Saturday, September 8

  • MA in Journalism and Digital Storytelling
  • MA in Producing for Film, TV and Video

Course Substitutions

Students in either the MA in Film & Media Production, MFA in Film & Media Arts, or the MFA in Games and Interactive Media: To request to opt-out from Boot Camp Courses (COMM 610 and COMM 663) or Principles of Photography (COMM 630), please send an email to gradcomm@american.edu, requesting instructions to opt-out either one or both courses. Write in the subject line which course or courses you wish to request to opt-out. If you are approved, you will be required to earn the credits by completing other SOC course(s).

Jean McGee, School of Communication Senior Graduate Academic Advisor

Graduate Advising

Jean McGee serves as the graduate advisor for all graduate students, full-time, part-time, and weekend, in the School of Communication.

Schedule an Appointment

Frequently Asked Questions

Log into Student Planning via the portal. The Eagle Service link can be found under the Academics menu. Select the My Progress tab to review your degree audit information. Select one of the courses that is associated with an unmet requirement. Search for available sections, then select "Add Section to Schedule." Repeat this process until you have filled out a complete schedule. You can review your plan via the Plan and Schedule tab, and you can search for classes directly via the Course Catalog tab.

No. Adding a section to your plan does not guarantee a seat in that section. You can add any class to your planner that you want and it will appear in yellow on your plan. When you attempt to register for the section, the registration system will validate that there is a seat available and that you meet all of the restrictions and/or requisites. You are not in the class until you have successfully registered for the class. When you have successfully registered, the class section will have a green check mark in the upper left- hand corner on your plan.

If you have added yourself to the waitlist for any sections via Student Planning and you want to see where you are on the list, log into the portal and select the “My Waitlisted Sections” link under Academics.