American University

Where can AU take you?

American University’s online MPA program focuses on helping students promote change in the world around them. Created by Congress in 1893, AU houses some of the most renowned professors in the nation. The faculty’s expertise combined with AU’s highly-ranked curriculum offers students a unique opportunity to combine in-class learning with real-world, hands-on experience. At American University, students develop skill sets that lead them to solve the problems of tomorrow. Service, leadership, and the ability to rethink the way we look at the world’s challenges are all a part of the innovative values of a student body that will change the future. 

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Online Master of Public Administration and Policy

American University’s online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program blends foundational competencies from its 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 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.

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 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.

Key program elements:

  • 100% online
  • 36 credits
  • Submission GRE test result required
  • LSAT and GMAT may be accepted on a case-by-case basis

Online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security

The online MS in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security program prepares students to use an analytical lens to transform public policy and programs for homeland security.

Focusing on law enforcement’s national and international impact on counter-terrorism, this program offers a unique perspective on how to tackle national security issues, law and policy, cybersecurity, theories of political violence and other emerging trends.

By this program being offered online, students can learn at their convenience while acquiring advanced knowledge in economics, statistics, criminology, and law that will position them to make a global impact on counter-terrorism and homeland security.

  • American University’s online Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security is designed to give law enforcement and intelligence professionals specialized preparation in homeland security and focused expertise into fighting terrorism as a social and psychological phenomenon.
  • Taught by leading experts and covers counter-terrorism through the lenses of national security law and policy, cybersecurity policy, and theories of political violence.
  • It is unique in its focus on law enforcement as both a national and international factor. This focus naturally leads to an interdisciplinary approach that addresses both law and criminology and offers the flexibility to address emerging trends.
  • Brief on campus residency and internship required
  • Cohort based model

Why Choose American University:

  • Will equip students w/skills needed to tackle the challenges in the counter-terrorism field that are becoming more and more complex.
  • Most schools focus on management and administration in their criminal justice degrees while AU also studies terrorism as a social phenomenon
  • AU has strong ties to federal agencies that drive policy in this area.
  • AU is located in the center of where CTHS policy is created.
  • AU strengths in online adult learning will carve out unique market niche
  • In 2016, AU produced more presidential management fellow finalists than any other university in the country.
  • AU has a 98% success rate of presidential management fellow finalists becoming fellows