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SPA Analytics & Management Institute

Better preparing students by sharing practical skills to work in and lead multidisciplinary teams.

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SPA Analytics & Management Institute 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

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The SPA Analytics and Management Institute (SAMI) was created to further prepare SPA graduate students by sharing practical, cutting-edge skills to work in and lead multidisciplinary teams after graduation. The institute brings leading experts from outside and inside of academia to offer students a variety of skills including mapping, compliance with regulations, creating effective presentations, policy writing for a general audience, media skills, and writing blog posts. SAMI was designed to help students develop an innovative mindset for a changing world.

At a Glance

  • SAMI offers zero-credit and one-credit classes.
  • Any combination of three classes will earn you a Certificate in Analytics and Management.
  • SAMI classes are open to current SPA Master's or Doctoral students and SPA Graduate Alumni.
  • All classes are held on the weekends.
  • SAMI courses and the certificate are great for your resume.
  • Grades and courses will appear on your transcript.

Celebrate Five Years of SAMI

Watch and learn about the inspiration that sparked SAMI’s creation, its impact on our students, and where it is headed over the next five years.

Featured Faculty

Jonathan Schwabish

Jonathan Schwabish teaches data visualization and presentation skills at American University for the SPA Analytics and Management Institute.

Meet Jonathan

Libby Nelson

Libby Nelson teaches general audience policy writing for the American University School of Public Affairs Analytics and Management Institute.

Meet Libby