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.
SPA offers 25 degree and certificate programs
11 master's degrees, including 2 executive programs, and 2 online
3 doctoral programs
7 non-degree specialty certificates
5 master's dual degrees with Washington College of Law
MA Political Communication
Learn the essence of politics through the interplay of message content, delivery media, and audience analysis.