American University Master of Public Administration and Policy

Master of Public Administration and Policy

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American University

American University is a four year, private university in Washington D.C. With eight schools and over 160 programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, American University students are able to choose a personalized curriculum.

American University Veteran and Military Support

AU offers the following veteran and military support programs:

The university is experienced in filing your benefits because there were 425 American University students who used VA Benefits during the Fall 2018 semester.

AU also has a Veterans' Liaison Network that works to help ensure that AU's student veterans navigate the university successfully to achieve their educational objectives. American University is a Military Spouse Career Advancement Accounts (MyCAA) approved school.

About American University

American University is a private doctoral institution situated in a residential neighborhood of northwest Washington, D.C. Our total fall 2012 enrollment was 13,165, with 6,776 degree-seeking undergraduates, 3,464 degree-seeking graduate students, 1,766 law students, and 1,159 students in nondegree certificate programs, Washington Semester, or AU Abroad.

Military and Veteran Costs
  • Tuition Cost
    $ 46,615
  • GI Bill Coverage
    - $ 25,162
  • Student Veteran Cost
    $ 21,453
  • Tuition Cost-Per-Credit-Hour
  • Tuition Assistance
    - $ 250
  • Military Student Cost
    $ 0
  • This GI Bill coverage is based on full benefits remaining. Any potential costs and coverage should be verified by the university before applying.

Military/Veteran Support

  • BAH - Campus
  • BAH - Online
  • Campus SVA Chapter
  • Full-Time Veteran Counselor On Campus
  • Signed VA Principles Of Excellence
  • Club/Association for Veterans
  • Veteran Upward Bound Program
  • 8 Keys to Veterans' Success
  • Offers ROTC Program
  • GI Bill Approved Programs
Academic Support
  • Offers College Credit for Military Experiences
  • Awards Credit for CLEP Exam
  • Awards Credit for DSST Exam
Financial Support
  • Approved for Tuition Assistance
  • Yellow Ribbon Program
  • Scholarships for Military
  • Reduced Tuition for Military
School Information
  • College Type
  • Setting
  • Accreditation Type
  • Duration
    4 Year
  • Calendar
  • Avg Immediate Salary For Graduates
Student Population
  • Student Count
    GI Bill Students
  • Male
  • Female
  • Religious
    United Methodist
  • Ethnicity
    No Ethnic Affiliation
  • Gender
    Coed School
Master of Public Administration and Policy
  • Program Description

    Develop Public Affairs Leadership Skills in Our Prestigious Program

    Organizations in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors seek leaders who possess expertise in both policy analysis and management. Acquire valuable knowledge and skills with American University's online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program. The degree blends foundational competencies from our nationally recognized and NASPAA-accredited Master in Public Administration (MPA) and Master in Public Policy (MPP) programs to offer you a prestigious and marketable credential.

    Based in Washington, DC, American University is among the nation's top-ranked schools for public affairs. For over 80 years, the School of Public Affairs has transformed its students into public management leaders who serve in countless public and private functions that enhance not only the lives of its graduates, but all of society. This online two-year program enables you to earn a graduate degree in public administration and policy on your schedule. It also gives you immediate access to American University's vast network of policy experts, reputed faculty, and well-connected alumni.

    With a Master in Public Administration and Policy, you will gain critical knowledge in both policy analysis and public administration to advance your career and add value in public service. Regardless of where you live and work, you can study at an institution with a long-standing reputation for excellence and deep connections in public affairs. 



    American University is internationally recognized for its passion for public service, political activism, and location in Washington, DC—a political, cultural, and media capital. School of Public Affairs alumni report a 100-percent rate of post-graduation employment, continued graduate education, or both within six months of receiving their degree.

    Our MPAP degree arms you with the analytical, contextual, ethical, and substantive skills and knowledge critical to effectively advise public policy and lead public programs. These key skills are in high demand for careers across the private, public, and nonprofit sectors, at all levels of government.

    Upon completion, you will possess the knowledge and skills to:

    • Analyze administrative problems and craft solutions by applying knowledge of organizational management and leadership, organizational structure and culture, human resource systems, as well as the political and legal context of contemporary public service organizations.
    • Formulate, evaluate, and communicate public policies and programs using acquired analytic frameworks and methodological skills, including statistics, economics, and politics while considering their responsiveness, accountability, effectiveness and equity.
    • Incorporate a range of constitutional and ethical values into policy and administrative analysis and actions, including respect for the diversity of people and perspectives in the policy process.
    • Apply acquired skill sets, expertise, and values to real-world policy and organizational problems in a collaborative manner.

    At the helm of the online Master of Public Administration and Policy is our School of Public Affair's renowned faculty, whose Washington expertise allows us to expose students to the practical application of policy analysis and provide unique insight into public administration challenges currently facing policy experts and administrators. Our online MPAP courses are developed by faculty who:

    • Have held senior leadership positions at the American Society of Public Administration and the National Academy of Public Administration
    • Consult and train NGOs and donor agencies
    • Work with leading Washington, DC think tanks
    • Spearhead critical government-funded public policy research
    • Have personally led state legislation implementation
    • Are frequently published in leading public affairs journals
    • Are authors of leading textbooks in their field
    • Have won several prestigious awards in the field
    • Regularly appear as expert speakers at conferences and in the media


    As experts in every aspect of public service, these highly motivated and skilled educators from the School of Public Affairs develop all courses for this MPAP degree. They work in close cooperation with course instructors who mentor and guide students through the day-to-day learning process. All of our instructors hold advanced degrees in public affairs. Our instructors are well-connected professionals working in government and the nonprofit sector. Together, our online faculty delivers a comprehensive understanding of core administrative and policy analytic skills in an effective and engaging manner. Our faculty's academic credentials, real-world experience, and political and policy expertise provide you with a world-class education that prepares you for immediate success in your career.