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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


✓ 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 loan options. Questions may be directed to or 202.885.6500. (Please note OFA's webinar options below.)

✓ 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 20th/in April 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 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 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. Mail to SPA Graduate Admissions, Office of Enrollment, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016-8081, USA or email official e-transcripts to


✓ 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.

✓ After submitting your deposit, you will be invited to join the 2019-2020 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 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 or via telephone 202.885.2645.

Important Reminders

  1. Stay in touch...we are here to support you!
  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.

Fall 2020 new student registration begins April 15, 2020. Contact your Academic Advisor to register for Fall classes.

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, if we have them, 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!

May 19, 2020 | 5:30pm-6:30pm (EST) | Focal Topics: Summer/Fall Course Enrollment, CareerStart Launch, JumpStart Registration | Register

June 16, 2020 | 5:30pm-6:30pm (EST)| Focal Topics: SPA JumpStart 2020 | Register

July 22, 2020 | 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST) | Focal Topics: New Student Orientation Registration, Official Transcripts Due | Register

August 17, 2020 | 12:00pm-1:00pm (EST) | Focal Topics: New Student Orientation, Data Science & MPP Boot Camps | Register

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!