These 43 students, representing 16 states and the United Kingdom, all bring distinct and inspiring experiences. The incoming class is filled with student-workers, tutors, volunteers, student council members, journalists, athletes, debaters, and more. Academically, they earned high honors and excelled in their International Baccalaureate and Advanced Placement classes.
Welcome to the Certificate Program in Advanced Leadership Studies at the School of Public Affairs at American University! This program was launched in 1990 in order to offer students the experience, skills, and knowledge to prepare them for leadership roles in public service. Following a competitive application process, students complete the 15-credit course of study that culminates in a Certificate in Advanced Leadership Studies.
The mission of the certificate program in advanced leadership studies at the American University School of Public Affairs is to empower students by providing the requisite leadership knowledge, skills and experiences needed to lead creative and generous lives in public affairs, with intelligence and compassion.
Our webpage details how the program takes students from the theory to the practice of leadership. Thank you for visiting.
Paul Christopher Manuel, Ph.D.
Director, School of Public Affairs Leadership Program & Professor of Government
All members of the Leadership Program complete two social action projects designed to build social capital.Learn More