School of Public Affairs

Careers With a Purpose

The School of Public Affairs at American University offers the unique combination of top faculty experts, access to Washington, DC, and an engaged community to prepare the next generation of leaders in government, private, and non-profit organizations.

Pursue Your Purpose

Master of Public Administration
Learn the professional skills to manage and lead with distinction in government and related organizations that serve the public good. Focus on a mastery of skills and techniques required to implement, analyze, and manage complex programs, navigate organizational, human resource, and budgetary challenges in order to improve programs and policies that serve society. Learn more

Master of Public Policy
Develop, analyze, and evaluate innovative approaches to shape public policy. Advance what works. Fix what doesn't. Learn more

MS in Terrorism & Homeland Security Policy
Develop policy-based solutions that federal, state, and local governments can use to combat terrorism and the next generation of security threats. Learn more

School of Public Affairs Fast Facts

number 1 Institutional Impact in Washington, D.C. in the field of Public Administration

Journal of Public Affairs Education

TOP 10 School for Masters in Terrorism and Homeland Security

TOP 20 Schools of Public Affairs

U.S. News & World Report

Why Choose American University

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Learn from Experts

Pursue a career with a purpose with a degree from Washington, DC's first school of public affairs. Learn from leaders in political science, government, justice, public administration and policy. Our faculty are top experts in their field, and their work shapes our world.

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A Capital Location

Located in the District of Columbia, American University's campus is in the heart of the nation's launch pad for a career in public administration, policy, homeland security and counter terrorism.

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Career Outcomes

Graduates of our master's programs go on to careers in the public, nonprofit, and private sector. Across our degrees, on average, 94% of our graduates are working in their field of choice or continuing their education.

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