Ranked #5 MPA Program

Leading your own organization can be as challenging as it is fulfilling. With your MPA degree from American University, you’ll be prepared to lead governmental, non-profit, and private organizations around the world. It’s the exact career outcome you’d expect from the program U.S. News & World Report named top 5 in the United States.
The Master’s in Public Administration program features:
  • A broad range of knowledge concerning public administration, public management, and public policy.
  • The flexibility to choose your concentration, such as International Management or State and Local Administration.
  • Award-winning faculty, including the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy.
  • Access to an extensive alumni network and deep connections through AU faculty.

Accelerator Admission
Details (2018)

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
GPA3.03.03.0
IELTS6.56.05.5
Available EntrySpring or FallSpring, Summer, or Fall
Qualifying undergraduate degrees:
4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution.

Sample Coursework

Below is a list of degree-related courses you might take during your Master’s Accelerator Program. Courses may change based on availability and your preferences.
  • Introduction to Public Administration and Policy Process
  • Policy Process
  • Quantitative Methods for Public Managers

Progression Details

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English Language
Credits Earned Towards Degree690
Progression IntoMaster’s degree programMaster’s degree programMaster’s Accelerator Program
Progression Requirements

GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B. We will consider students with a 3.0 (no grade lower than B) on a case-by-case basis with a holistic review of students’ records. GPA evaluated is based on degree classes only

GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B. We will consider students with a 3.0 (no grade lower than B) on a case-by-case basis with a holistic review of students’ records. GPA evaluated is based on degree classes only

Successful completion of the qualifying level in ELTA with a grade of B or higher in each course

Total credits required for degree: 39 credit hours

Tuition Costs

Advanced Master’s Accelerator ProgramMaster’s Accelerator ProgramPre-Sessional English LanguageCost Per Credit After Accelerator1Total Credits Required For Degree
Master’s in Public Administration$20,653$29,315$8,165$1,64239

Note: Pre-Sessional English Language costs represent Spring and Fall 2018. Price varies for summer semester. Please visit accelerator.american.edu/masters-accelerator/tuition for more detailed costs.

1Cost per credit hour subject to change. Number of credits and semesters remaining after completion of Master’s Accelerator varies by program and student. The average graduate student takes 9 credits per semester.


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