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Congratulations on your commitment to prepare for a profession with purpose, leading our next generation in confronting the most pressing public challenges of our time! 

Admitted Student Checklists

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✓ Celebrate the 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 loans. Questions may be directed to facounselor@american.edu 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 the academic plan that will translate into your advanced skill set. New graduate student registration begins on November 16, 2020.

✓ 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 SPA_GradEvents@American.edu. Mandatory orientation is an important onboarding event as you begin your academic and student life at AU/SPA.

✓ Submit official transcript(s) showing successful completion of a bachelor's degree before the first day of the semester. Please know that 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. Please read important information about transcripts on SPA's FAQ(s). Email official e-transcripts to GraduateAdmissionsDocuments@american.edu.

Recommended

✓ Join American University’s Office of Financial Aid (OFA) for an upcoming webinar.

✓ Connect and follow us on social media. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

✓ Join us for an SPA CareerStart virtual session (see right column for dates).

✓ After submitting your deposit, you will be invited to join the 2020-2021 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, and student life. The group is only open to students who have an American.edu email address.

✓ Visit American University's Off-Campus Housing site, which offers access to living options in the area and helps you develop a student profile in an effort to identify potential roommates. Questions may be directed to offcampushousing@american.edu or via telephone 202.885.2645.

Important Reminders

  1. Stay in touch...we are here to support you!
    spagrad@american.edu
    (202)885-6230
  2. Use your AU email account only and always! All correspondence will now only be sent to your "name@american.edu" account. Please regularly monitor your inbox.
  3. Explore the myAU.american.edu 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.

The School of Public Affairs (SPA) will host virtual Fall Preview Day on Friday, November 6, 2020; 9:00am-4:00pm (EST). SPA's Fall Preview Day offers both prospective Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 master's students an opportunity to explore academic fit, engage with select faculty, current students, and staff, and to learn more about the excitement of going to school, working, and living in Washington, D.C. The SPA Fall 2020 Preview Day agenda will include faculty current issue talks, a career services and professional outcomes presentation, current student/alumni panel, as well as a session devoted to the application process and SPA's merit aid strategy. The experience is sure to enable students the privilege to envision themselves as part of the robust AU and SPA communities.

All Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 prospective graduate students are invited to attend. More details including a formal invitation and detailed itinerary will be extended to prospective students closer to the event date.

Questions: SPA_GradEvents@American.edu

Spring 2021 new student registration begins November 16, 2020. Contact your Academic Advisor to register for Spring classes.

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (ET)
Status: Space Available
Location: Online

The School of Public Affairs will be joined by the Office of Financial Aid (OFA) and AU Central (Student Accounts & Billing) for a virtual session covering information related to Federal and Grad Plus loans, AU Billing Plans, and levering various other financial sources to finance your graduate degree. The session will also host a live question and answer session.

Instructions for access will be emailed to all registrants the day prior and morning of the virtual session. Register now to reserve your spot!

Registration period closes Monday, November 18, 2020

SPA CareerStart Virtual Session: 6:00pm-7:00pm (ET)

JumpStart your career development with a SPA CareerStart virtual session. Please join your SPA Graduate Career Advisor, Rob SanGeorge, for a comprehensive overview of the robust American University career services available to you! Post-attendance, you will be invited to schedule a 1:1 coaching session, and, if your enrollment deposit has been paid, will be added to AU’s restricted social media platform that offers daily postings of internships and full-time positions in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

RSVP here.

Questions/RSVP: SPA_GradEvents@american.edu

SPA CareerStart Virtual Session: 6:00pm-7:00pm (ET)

JumpStart your career development with a SPA CareerStart virtual session. Please join your SPA Graduate Career Advisor, Rob SanGeorge, for a comprehensive overview of the robust American University career services available to you! Post-attendance, you will be invited to schedule a 1:1 coaching session, and, if your enrollment deposit has been paid, will be added to AU’s restricted social media platform that offers daily postings of internships and full-time positions in the greater Washington, D.C. area.

RSVP here.

Questions/RSVP: SPA_GradEvents@american.edu

We know that you have much on your mind as you take the exciting step of joining SPA to advance your professional skill set and career. With this, we are offering monthly "Ask Me" sessions that will enable you to engage with us to advance your pressing questions and to get answers. Each session will have deliberate focal topics but this does not preclude you from asking questions about other matters of interest. We hope you come to enjoy and anticipate these opportunities as we do all we can to support you in onboarding as a new member of the SPA community!

December 15, 2020 | 12:00noon-12:30pm (ET) | Focal Topics: Spring Course Enrollment, New Student Orientation Registration |

January TBD, 2021 | 12:00noon-12:30pm (ET)| Focal Topics: New Student Orientation, Data Science & MPP Boot Camps, Official Transcripts Due |

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. More information including draft agenda are forthcoming.

Your pursuit of an advanced skillset and profession with a Higher Purpose officially begins!