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To learn more about the many educational opportunities SPExS has to offer, please explore our programs:

Undergraduate:

Washington Semester® Program- Established in 1947, the Washington Semester® Program is an experiential learning academic program that includes 8 credits of academic seminar in one of 12 topic areas, 4 credits of internship, and 3-4 credits of independent research or elective course.

Washington Internship for Native Students– offers American Indian/Alaska native/ Native Hawaiian students the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington DC.

Washington Semester® Summer Internship Program– Students gain hands-on skills interning for nine weeks in Washington DC with a professional organization and augment their hands-on experience by attending a seminar once a week in their field of study.

Mentorship Programs- This 15-credit fall semester program gives students admitted for the spring semester at American University an insider’s perspective on Washington, DC. Based on the highly successful academic model of SPExS’ Washington Semester program, the Washington Mentorship Program is grounded in the best practices of experiential and traditional academic learning.

AU Gap Program - American University’s Gap Program will provide you with an enriching experience in Washington, D.C. You will build a foundation for academic and professional success, while focusing on skills that can be applied in college and later in a career. This program is an excellent option if you have just completed high school and are taking a year before starting college.

Graduate:

Master of Measurement & Evaluation (Online) - Students in this program will gain a universal framework for collecting, analyzing and using data to determine project effectiveness and efficiency.  They will graduate with the leadership and practical assessment skills needed to evaluate projects in the corporate, nonprofit and governmental spheres. 

Master of Healthcare Management (Online) - This degree gives students the advanced knowledge and training in healthcare administration and operations. This program connects analytical and leadership skills, preparing graduates to meet the challenges of the complex and rapidly evolving healthcare industry.  Graduates we be ready to pursue careers in traditional and nontraditional health settings and industries, including healthcare provider organizations, consulting firms, government agencies, law firms, insurance companies, pharmaceutical research, information technology, medical software, and healthcare informatics and analytics and more.

Master of Sports Analytics & Management (Online) - The Master of Sports Analytics & Management prepares students with the analytical skills to measure the impact that technology is having in sports. Graduates will be equipped with skills and industry expertise to pursue roles in new and emerging areas of sports including performance data analytics, interactive spectatorship, mobile technology, fantasy sports, e-sports gaming and virtual reality. With this unique skill set, students will graduate prepared to pursue employment opportunities with sports leagues, sports representation, sports governance agencies, as well as organizations that are key stakeholders in the sports market.   

Graduate Professional Studies– Graduate Professional Studies is a one-semester program that introduces students to graduate level course work and internships in Washington DC in their respective field.

Washington Internship for Native Students- offers American Indian/ Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian students the opportunity to build leadership skills while living, studying, and interning in Washington D.C.

Graduate Certificate in Project Management and Evaluation - Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) of projects is fast becoming a critical management function in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector as donor organizations seek more accountability in the funds they donate. Our program will equip you with the skills necessary to design and implement program-based M&E, enabling you to advance within your current nonprofit organization with skills that are in demand.

GRE Prep Courses– Preparatory course to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The course provides instruction on the Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytic Writing sections of the exam. Sessions are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

GMAT Prep Courses- Preparatory course for the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). The course provides instruction on the Quantitative, Verbal, Analytical Writing, and Integrated Reasoning sessions of the exam. Sessions are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

LSAT Prep Courses- Preparatory course for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT). The course provides instruction on the Logical Reasoning, Analytical Reasoning, Reading Comprehension, and Essay sections of the exam. Sessions are offered during the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Special Courses:

English Language and Training Academy- The English Language and Training Academy (ELTA) offers a variety of programs. Students of all levels can improve their English skills in our intensive or part-time English Language Programs. ELTA also offers bridge programs for students who are conditionally or provisionally admitted to undergraduate or graduate degree programs at American University.

Intercultural Management Institute- The Intercultural Management Institute provides customized training for effective communication, negotiation and leadership across cultures. IMI consults with organizations across sectors and trains personnel to recognize and manage cultural differences, using them as positive leverage in the global marketplace. IMI provides academic courses, workshops, symposia and conferences covering a wide-range of topics dealing with intercultural relations.

Washington Workshops for Faculty- Modeled after the Washington Semester Program, which has provided thousands of students from around the world with a formative and unforgettable educational experience in Washington, DC since 1947, these workshops allow faculty to explore afresh issues related to their discipline and meet, in-person, experts and decision makers, as well as obtain resources for your teaching and research.

Maymester Trip: "The Balkan Route: Human Security at Europe's Borders" This May 2016 study trip to Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Hungary is open for AU and non-AU students. 

Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance (LCOP): A 132 hour ICF-certified Accredited Coach Training Program (ACTP) designed for individuals who want to develop coaching skills and apply them in realistic organizational settings.

Partnerships:

Delaware in DC - This 16-credit fall semester program gives students admitted for the spring semester at the University of Delaware an insider’s perspective on Washington DC. Based on the highly successful academic model of the Washington Semester Program, the Delaware in D.C. Program is grounded in the best practices of experiential and traditional academic learning.