Applying to the SPA Leadership Program

Leadership student speaking

Offered by the School of Public Affairs, this 15-credit undergraduate program in leadership studies nurtures a select number of talented students in the skills and knowledge required to be effective leaders in their professional careers. Admission into the SPA Leadership Program is based on (1) your high school GPA, (2) two essays demonstrating interest in leadership in public affairs, and (3) one reference (NOTE: Please give your recommender plenty of time to write your recommendation). The application process is now closed. The application process for fall 2023 will open mid-March 2023. We look forward to viewing your completed application.

Leadership students at a lecture

John F. Kennedy speaking at American University

Bringing Leadership Theory to Practice

"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." Quote from the speech that John F. Kennedy had planned to deliver in Dallas before his assassination on 22 November 1963.

Program Goals