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Graduate Admissions

Graduate program applications are handled through the School of Education. The undergraduate admissions process at American University is handled separately by the Office of Admissions.

Graduate Open Houses

Join our next virtual house for an exploration of graduate school. Our Graduate Open Houses give prospective students an opportunity to talk with program staff and faculty, ask questions and learn more about the program. 


Sign up for an advising appointment or chat with a current student about any School of Education program.

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Apply to a Graduate Program

Step 1: Create Account

Once you have created an account you will be able to complete the application form. You do not need to complete the form in one sitting.
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Step 2: Pay Fee

Pay the application fee of $55. During checkout be sure to indicate if you have attended an event at AU. You may be eligible for an application fee waiver.

Step 3: Upload Required Materials

Submit your supplemental materials as early as possible to allow time for them to be received before the application deadline. After admittance, you will be required to mail all official transcripts.

Below are the Graduate Admissions Deadlines for upcoming cohorts.


International students applications will only be accepted through June 11.

Graduate Program Priority Deadline Final Deadline
MA in Teaching (Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages)

June 11

July 9

MA in International Training and Education June 11 July 9
MA in Special Education: Learning Disabilities June 11 July 9
MA in Education Policy and Leadership (Traditional and Hybrid) June 11 July 9
MA in Education Policy and Leadership (Online) June 11 July 9
Administration Supervision and Leadership Certificate June 11 July 9


Graduate Program Priority Deadline Final Deadline
MA in International Training and Education October 15 November 19
MA in Education Policy and Leadership (Online) October 15 November 19

EdD in Education Policy and Leadership Program

Application Deadline Virtual Interviews Decision to Candidates
January 28 March 2022 By April 15


Required Materials

A successful statement will illustrate a candidate's goals, highlight their research interests, and explain how their experience is relevant to the academic research conducted by faculty in their program of interest. Please try to limit your statement of purpose to 500-1,000 words.

The resume should list a candidate's relevant work experience, internships, research, awards, and/or publications, as well as educational history.

A curriculum vitae (CV) is also accepted.

All applications require transcripts from degree-seeking college institutions. A bachelor's degree (or its equivalent) earned at an accredited college or university is required. AU standards ask for a minimum 3.0 GPA for undergraduate work. For students who received under a 3.0 GPA, a supplemental statement will be required during application.

A transcript uploaded by a student is considered "unofficial." Departments use these during their review period. Official transcripts are required only after the applicant has accepted admission to American University. Official transcripts must be sent and received by a university representative and should confirm the earned degree when applicable.

International transcripts will need to be evaluated and show equivalency of the US 4-year degree. Please include a WES evaluation with your transcript.

Recommenders will evaluate a candidate based on academic performance, motivation for program of study, intellectual capacity and/or research and writing ability.

Fill out the Recommendations page on the application to send your recommender a notification. Your recommender will receive a form to fill out asking specific questions and have a change to upload a letter of recommendation, if they wish.

If you experience any errors with the Recommendation Request form or if you need to submit a new request to a new recommender, contact

Additional Materials

Not required for any programs but students may upload scores if they wish.

To submit GREs, use school code: 5007 (no department code). GRE scores can take up to six weeks to arrive after the test date.

Proof of English Proficiency is required from all applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. accredited college/institution.

To meet the English Language Requirement, students must submit scores from one of the following three tests for admission

  • Duolingo English Language Test: Due to recent English language testing and travel restrictions related to COVID-19, American University is temporarily accepting the Duolingo English Language Test as part of our admissions process for 2020 and Spring 2021 admission applications. The minimum required Duolingo score is a 120.

    Please email admissions directly at to indicate that you will be submitting a Duolingo score in lieu of TOEFL or IELTS.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): You must achieve a required score of at least 100 on the Internet-based test (IBT). Combined scores will not be accepted, nor will SOC accept the ETS MyBestScore results. The TOEFL is administered by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), and the ETS code for the School of Communication is 5007. The test cannot be more than two years old.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must achieve a minimum score of a 7.0 or higher; combined scores will not be accepted. The test cannot be more than two years old.

With permission from the SOE Office of Graduate Academic Services, students may request an English Language Waiver, email for information.

For more information, visit the International Student and Scholar Services website.

Praxis CORE (or equivalencies) is not required for admission. 

All admitted students are required to take Praxis CORE (or equivalencies) by graduation with the strong recommendation to take by end of first semester. The DC teacher licensing agency sets passing scores as: Reading 156, Writing 162, and Math 150. To submit Praxis, use school code: 5007 (no department code). Praxis scores can take up to six weeks to arrive after the test date. See Educator Testing Flyer here or visit the OSSE website for additional test types.

Some programs require portfolios or writing samples. See application for program specific requirement.