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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 seat deposit (USD $250) before April 15, 2018. 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, 2018.
  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. Enroll in or waive AU's Student Health Insurance Plan. 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 coming to AU.
  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, August 27, 2018. Transcripts must show the date your degree was conferred. The institution must provide official transcripts in a sealed envelope from the Registrar's Office.

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 three orientations, based on program. Email invites will be sent in early May.

Monday July 30:

  • MA in Film and Electronic Media
  • MFA in Film and Media Arts
  • MFA in Game and Interactive Media
  • MA in Journalism and Public Affairs

Friday, August 24:

  • MA in Game Design
  • MA in Global Media
  • 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

Admitted Students Day

Save the date! Saturday, April 14, 2018.

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.