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Graduate Programs

SPA is recognized as one of the nation's top public affairs schools, ranked in the top 20 for schools of public affairs by U.S. News & World Report. Our students thrive in all economic sectors-public, private, and non-profit. 96% of our graduates are employed or in graduate school, or both, within six months after graduation.

We follow the scholar-practitioner model. Our faculty are distinguished educators and scholars who serve as mentors and interact closely with their students in and out of the classroom. SPA's programs prioritize building students' theoretical foundation, developing your practical skills, and applying those skills in the workplace.

AU is situated in the recognized epicenter of the public affairs field, where leaders in public administration and policy, government, justice, law, and criminology practice their craft. Your resume will gain credibility as you choose to study, work, and live in dynamic Washington, D.C. Our class schedules cater to both full- and part-time enrollment and offer flexibility to accommodate students' internships and jobs.

Master's Degrees

Master in Political Communication

MA Political Communication

Learn the essence of politics through the interplay of message content, delivery media, and audience analysis.

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Master in Political Science

MA Political Science

Intellectual curiosity fuels this multidisciplinary program of exploratory, critical thinkers.

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Master of Public Administration

Master of Public Administration

Our program gives you the tools to meet complex public challenges with strong, capable leadership.

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Master of Public Policy

Master of Public Policy

This program shapes policy analysts and changemakers of the future.

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MS Justice, Law & Criminology

MS Justice, Law & Criminology

Tackle today’s critically important challenges at the intersection of justice and law.

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MS Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy

MS Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy

From tactical approaches to strategic solutions, just steps from the Dept. of Homeland Security.

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Executive Programs

Key Executive Leadership

Key Executive Leadership MPA

The latest knowledge, values, and skills that will build your personal leadership capacity.

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MS Organization Development

MS Organization Development

Build your core competencies, skills, and knowledge in organizational change and development.

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Online Degrees

Online Master of Public Administration & Policy

Online Master of Public Administration & Policy

Build your foundations in policy analysis and management and gain a prestigious and marketable credential.

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Dual Degree Programs

JD/MPP in Law and Public Policy

JD and Master of Public Policy

Gain a broad grounding in public analysis, program evaluation, and policy implementation.

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LLM and Master of Public Policy

LLM and Master of Public Policy

Examine the integral relationship of law to public policy, administration, and management.

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JD/MPA in Law & Public Administration

JD and Master of Public Administration

Examine the integral relationship of law to public administration and management.

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LLM and Master of Public Administration

LLM and Master of Public Administration

Ideal for attorneys who hope to innovate in the political, government, or nonprofit realms.

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JD/MS in Justice, Law & Criminology

JD and MS Justice, Law & Criminology

Cross-disciplinary study of how law intersects with theories of justice and justice systems.

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