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If you are thinking about joining our student community, the School of Public Affairs (SPA) welcomes prospective students to visit us in the Ward Circle Building on American University's beautiful, main campus.

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Earn a PhD, MPA, MPP, or master’s degree in government, political communications, or justice from SPA, a top-ranked school of its kind in the nation’s capital. These courses of study will provide you the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle today’s complex challenges. These degrees prepare you for leadership.

At the School of Public Affairs, you will explore your field with top experts. The School's faculty are leaders in political science, government, justice, and public administration and policy. These scholars’ work shapes our world. With SPA professors, your experience in the classroom will be stimulating, challenging, and worthwhile.

American University's graduate work combines rigorous academics with unique opportunities for exciting practical application. Upon completing your degree, your mastery of your chosen field will be unparalleled.

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Graduate Student Visit Days

Spring Engagement Day(s)

Friday, March 17, 2017 (All SPA graduate programs welcome)
Friday, March 31, 2017 (MPA & MPP degree programs only)
Friday full visit schedule on AU's campus with evening social event downtown D.C.; Location TBD; 9:00am-4:30pm | 6:30pm social
Details forthcoming

Questions about these upcoming events may be directed to


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