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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.


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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

✓ Submit your FAFSA (This information enables the American University Office of Financial Aid to consider you for Federal loan options.)

✓ Confirm your intention to join the SPA community by remitting your enrollment deposit.

✓ 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 translates into your advanced skill set.

✓ As a confirmed and enrolled student in SPA, you have been added to our Blackboard site called “MySPA. MySPA is a closed environment where important information will be posted for you all throughout the summer months. We will share select positions on campus/in the School, scholarship and conference announcements, notifications of relevance and interest, as well as maintain a calendar of events pertinent to your impending graduate student life. Please note there are also ways to connect by degree inside the platform and encourage discussion about housing options, class selections, and other newsworthy matters among your peers. This is an important way to stay connected with the School and begin building relationships. You may login to MySPA by visiting Blackboard and clicking the blue "Login" button. Enter your username and password. Do not type in after your username or the login will fail. Click the "Log In" button to access Blackboard environment. You can then search for SPA-999-MySPA in the field labeled "Course Search."

✓ 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 (August 23 & August 24) by emailing

✓ Submit official transcript(s) showing successful completion of bachelor's degree before the first day of the term. 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

✓ After submitting your deposit, you will be invited to join the 2018 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.)

✓ Join us for a Virtual Topical Session. Please note the date and login information for our upcoming session.

✓ 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 Information

  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.

Important Dates

Date: August 19, 2018

International Graduate Student Orientation covers important immigration, employment, and cross cultural sessions, as well as academic information specifically of interest to all international students beginning in Fall 2018 at American University.

Website: International Student Orientation

Questions: or 202-885-3358

Date: August 23-25, 2018

Please save the date! Orientation is your opportunity to prepare for your new academic career, and have the opportunity to be introduced to the SPA faculty, student, and staff community. This event should be considered mandatory for all new SPA master's students beginning in Fall 2018. Additional details are forthcoming.

Date: Monday, August 27, 2018

Your new academic and professional career commences!

Virtual Sessions

We are excited that you are embarking on your career pursuits in Washington, D.C. and beyond! To start, SPA would like to ask that you engage in at least one virtual career resource session. There is no better time than now to dig in and begin the pursuit of your profession of purpose!

School of Public Affairs: SPA Fall 2018 Cohort Next Steps Q&A

Start: Tuesday, August 16, 2018
6:00 PM (EST)
End: Tuesday, August 16, 2018
7:00 PM (EST)

SPA's Fall 2018 cohort is invited to attend general question/answer sessions through the summer. These interactive, virtual sessions will enable you to seek information to support your transition to SPA/AU/Washington, D.C. Each session will have a "general" theme but will be open to other topics of concern and interest. June will orient around JumpStart 2018; July will focus on general student life questions (housing, internship/job searching); and August will center around orientation preparation. Again, all inquiries are welcome…join the session as long as you are able.

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