Foundation for a Future Degree

By participating in American University's Graduate Professional Studies (GPS), you can earn credit toward a future Master's degree. In the fall and spring GPS programs, you will earn 9-graduate credits through a seminar, an elective, and an internship or research course.

On average, graduate degrees at American University require approximately 33-42 credit hours for completion. If you apply and are admitted to a graduate program at American University, you could potentially apply the credits earned in your GPS semester to your Master's Degree requirements.* In some cases, this could be 25% of your future degree completed by way of Graduate Professional Studies!

*Course credit and articulation is subject to approval by the advisor in your intended graduate program.

Please note: students have successfully counted their credits earned through Graduate Professional Studies toward graduate degree requirements at other institutions. This is subject to the discretion of the institution the student wishes to attend after completion of their GPS semester.

Recommended Elective Options

As a Graduate Professional Studies student, you will take an elective course, in addition to your seminar and internship/research components. As you consider your elective class, it may be beneficial to reference the course requirements of degree programs that you may want to attend in the future. If you are interested in pursuing a graduate degree at American University after completion of your GPS semester, please consult with the GPS Program office over recommended elective options to satisfy future degree requirements.

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If you have questions about your elective course or how to use Graduate Professional Studies to build a foundation for a future graduate degree, please contact:

Lana Surface
Associate Director
(202) 895-4859

58 percent of students used GPS to lead into a master's program at AU or elsewhere