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Congratulations on your commitment to pursue an advanced skill set that will position you as a leader with purpose for our next generation and, moreover, prepare you to confront the most pressing public challenges of our time.

Admitted Student Checklists


✓ Celebrate your academic and professional achievements that led to your admission to one of the country's premier Public Affairs schools!

✓ Create an AU Student Account. Your AU Student Account will prove to be an integral resource for you as a graduate student. The platform is used for course registration, grade submission, financial account management, and other vital resources.

✓ Submit your FAFSA. American University's FAFSA code is 001434. The Office of Financial Aid (OFA) at American University will consider this information to consider you for Federal loan options. Questions may be directed to or 202.885.6500.

✓ Confirm your intention to join the SPA community by remitting your enrollment deposit. The $250US nonrefundable deposit is a tuition prepayment. You will see the deposit ultimately credited to your AU Student Account. Your deposit is required to hold your place in the incoming class, accept any merit aid that may be extended, and register for classes.

✓ After rendering your deposit, schedule an in-person or telephone meeting with your Graduate Advisor! It is time to begin developing your academic plan that will translate into your advanced skill set. New graduate student registration begins in late April.

✓ Access the new Graduate Student Checklist by following the navigation below:

  1. MyAU Portal Login
  2. Click on Life @ AU Tab
  3. Scroll down to "New Students" Tab
  4. Click "New Graduate Students" link
  5. Click "Start your Checklist"

✓ RSVP to SPA's New Master's Student Orientation by emailing Orientation should be considered mandatory designed as an important onboarding event as you begin your academic and student life at AU/SPA.

✓ Submit official transcript(s) showing successful completion of bachelor's degree before the first day of the semester. Please know failure to submit official transcripts may result in a hold being placed on your student account prohibiting course registration and/or merit aid allocation. If your transcripts are in a language other than English, certified English language translations must be provided. Mail to SPA Graduate Admissions, Office of Enrollment, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016-8081, USA or email official e-transcripts to


✓ Connect and follow us on social media

✓ Make plans to join your new cohort at SPA’s JumpStart. This is an exciting initiative designed to “JUMPstart” your professional development, housing search, as well as exposure to an array of resources intended to support your student life at AU/SPA.

✓ Join us for an SPA CareerStart virtual session. The dates and registration information for the sessions is forthcoming.

✓ After submitting your deposit, you will be invited to join the 2018-2019 AU SPA Admitted Grad Students Facebook group. This offers a forum for you to get to know your new peers while engaging with our current Graduate Student Council (GSC) on issues like housing, internships, student life. The group is only open to students who have an email address.

✓ Visit American University's Off-Campus Housing site that offers access to living options in the area. The site also offers the opportunity to develop a student profile in an effort to identify potential roommates. Questions may be directed to or via telephone 202.885.2645.

Important Reminders

  1. Stay in touch...we are here to support you!
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  2. Use your AU email account only and always! All correspondence will now only be sent to your "" account. Please regularly monitor your inbox.
  3. Explore the portal. It contains a wealth of information that will inform and support your student life on campus.

Confirm your intention to join the SPA community by remitting your enrollment deposit. Enrollment deposits may be paid from the point of admission until a degree cohort is full.

Contact your Academic Advisor to register for Fall classes.

Please hold the date for mandatory international new graduate student orientation. The registration process and draft agenda are forthcoming.

Please hold the date for mandatory new graduate student orientation. The registration process and draft agenda are forthcoming.

August 26, 2019: Fall 2019 Classes Begin.