#26 Top Public Policy Analysis Program

For every challenge a community faces, there’s a potential policy solution that can make a big difference. With the highly-ranked (U.S. News & World Report) MPP program, you get the chance to become a change-maker. As a student, you’ll gain the skills and knowledge needed to influence policy in a variety of institutional settings around the world.
The Master’s in Public Policy program features:
  • A choice of 10+ concentrations, such as International Development, Health Policy, or Public Financial Management.
  • Experiential learning on- and off-campus, through research, internships, and employment opportunities.
  • Small class sizes taught by award-winning faculty.
  • Access to the Center for Environmental Policy, Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research, and other research centers.

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.
  • Foundations of Policy Analysis
  • Policy Process
  • Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis I and II

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 Policy$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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