Degrees and Entry Requirements

In American University’s welcoming environment, you will be surrounded by the thinkers, innovations, and opportunities that it takes to follow a lifetime passion and inspire meaningful change in the world.

Our programs, from business and communications to public affairs, sciences, and the arts, give you a broad range of academic options. Beyond the classroom, explore opportunities to deepen your experience through research and scholarship, study abroad, and skill-building internships.

American University offers 22 master's degree programs through the Master's Accelerator Program. Degrees are offered in business, political science, communication, and many others. Admissions requirements and qualifying undergraduate degrees are listed with each degree.

 

map Admissions REQUIREMENTS

  GPA IELTS QUALFYING UNDERGRADUATE DEGREES
MAP 1 3.0 6.5 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
map 2 3.0 6.0 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution
pre-sessional english 3.0 5.5 4-year undergraduate degree or equivalent from an accredited institution

Kogod School of Business

DISCOVER YOUR FUTURE

American University’s Kogod School of Business is dedicated to providing rigorous business education and research while encouraging a diverse and forward-thinking community. Our diverse population of more than 1,000 students and 75 full-time faculty hail from dozens of countries and are driven to make a difference within organizations and in the world at large.

Kogod is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International). AACSB accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for business schools worldwide.

Upon successful completion of the Master’s Accelerator Program, students will progress to the Kogod School of Business.

DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN:

  • ACCOUNTING
  • ANALYTICS
  • FINANCE
  • REAL ESTATE
  • TAXATION

 
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS 
Finance Students must have taken and passed these courses with a C or better: Microeconomics, Macroeconomics, Statistics, and two classes in Financial Accounting.
  
DEGREE SAMPLE DEGREE COURSES DURING MAP TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
MS in ACCOUNTING
(MSA)
Applied Managerial Statistics
Business Law
Financial Accounting
Financial Management
37.5 credit hours
MS in ANALYTICS
(MSAn)
Applied Managerial Statistics
Financial Accounting
Financial Management
Management Information Systems
33 credit hours
MS in FINANCE
(MSF)
Financial Management
Financial Modeling
Financial Statement Analysis
33 credit hours
MS in REAL ESTATE
(MSRE)
Financial Management
Any real estate offerings except Real Estate Financial Modeling
30 credit hours
MS in TAXATION
(MST)
Financial Accounting
Taxation of Corporations
Tax Planning: Individual and Business
Tax Research and Procedure
30 credit hours
 

School of Public Affairs

FROM KNOWLEDGE TO ACTION TO IMPACT

Our mission at AU’s School of Public Affairs (SPA) is to develop a culture of lasting impact — to empower those who seek knowledge, to conduct and apply research, to build a bridge between academic thought and policy planning, and to inspire change at every level.

The SPA’s nationally ranked programs prepare students to lead with distinction in government, nonprofit, and private organizations — both in the United States and abroad. You will benefit from our award-winning faculty, powerful alumni network, and events on campus and in DC.

We bring the world to SPA, and SPA to the world. Our location in Washington, DC, makes us a hub for leaders in public administration and policy, government, justice, and more. Our faculty spread ideas and research at events worldwide, launching conversations that contribute to critical public discourse.

Upon successful completion of the Master’s Accelerator Program, students will progress to the School of Public Affairs.

MA DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN:

  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION
  • PUBLIC POLICY
 

PROGRESSION DETAILS
  TRANSFERABLE CREDITS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION INTO
MAP 1 6 GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
MAP 2 9 GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
Pre-Sessional English 0 Complete level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework. MAP 2
 
 
DEGREE SAMPLE DEGREE COURSES DURING MAP TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
Master of Arts in Political Science
(MA)
Introduction to Quantitative
Methods in Political Science
Policy and Process
Political Analysis
The Legislative Process
33 credit hours
Master in Public Administration
(MPA)
Policy Process
Quantitative Methods for Public Managers
39 credit hours
Master of Public Policy
(MPP)
Foundations of Policy Analysis
Policy and Process
Quantitative Methods for Policy Analysis
39 credit hours
 

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

A GLOBAL OUTLOOK. A PASSION FOR HUMAN EXPERIENCE.

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN THE ARTS, HUMANITIES, EDUCATION, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

At the core of every American University graduate program is the drive to create meaningful change in the world. The College of Arts and Sciences prepares students for that mission through a challenging curriculum, enriched by our diverse and vibrant academic community.

Dedicated to excellence in teaching, scholarship, the arts, and service to its local, national, and international communities, the College provides a rich education for its students, offering challenging programs of study and fostering outstanding research, practice, and creative activity.

MA DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN:

  • ART HISTORY
  • ECONOMICS
  • INTERNATIONAL ECONOMICS
  • EDUCATION POLICY AND LEADERSHIP
  • INTERNATIONAL TRAINING AND EDUCATION PROGRAM - ITEP
  • TEACHING ENGLISH TO SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES - TESOL

MEd DEGREE PROGRAM AVAILABLE IN:

  • EDUCATION POLICY AND LEADERSHIP

 

 
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Art History Bachelor's degree in: art history, architectural history, museum studies, arts management; OR 18-24 hours of undergraduate art history coursework; students who have 18 credit hours of art history may be required to complete the 6-credit deficit during the course of their MA program.
Economics Completed courses in: Calculus I, Statistics, Microecnomics, Macroeconomics.
Education Policy and Leadership Teacher Leadership Track: Teacher of record for a class for one academic year.
International Economics Completed courses in: Calculus I, Statistics, Microecnomics, Macroeconomics.
International Training and Education Program No additional admissions requirements.
TESOL Undergraduate degree preference for English language, language education, foreign languages and literatures, linguistics, or philology.
 
PROGRESSION DETAILS
  TRANSFERABLE CREDITS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION INTO
MAP 1 6 GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
MAP 2 9 GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
Pre-Sessional English 0 Complete level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework. MAP 2
 
 
DEGREE SAMPLE DEGREE COURSES DURING MAP TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
Art History
(MA)
Approaches to Art History; Research Methods 30 credit hours; an additional 6 credit hours for museum emphasis
Economics
(MA)

Introduction to Mathematical Economics; Research Methods; Introduction to Economic Theory*

30-36 credit hours, depending on track
Education Policy and Leadership
(MEd)

Education Program and Policy Implementation; Educational Leadership and Organizational Change; Proseminar in Education Policy and Leadership; Overview of Qualitative and Quantitative Research Strategies

30 credit hours
International Economics
(MA)

Research Methods; Introduction to Mathematical Economics

39 credit hours
International Training and Education Program - ITEP
(MA)
Research Methods; Educational Leadership and Organizational Change; Quantitative Research Education; Education and Equity in the Global Context 6 credit hours, 18 credit hours in area of specialization
TESOL
(MA)

Research Methods; TESOL Elective

36 credit hours

 

*Economics 603 – Introduction to Economic Theory is an economics degree prerequisite for MAP 1 or MAP 2 students, but it does not count toward degree requirements. This means that upon successful completion of MAP 1, students will transfer 3 credits instead of 6 credits into their degree program, and upon successful completion of MAP 2, students will transfer 6 credits instead of 9 credits into their degree program.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN THE SCIENCES

In the College of Arts and Sciences, students are given the training and experience that they need to launch successful careers in areas like economics, biotechnology, and environmental science. The faculty — leaders in their fields and active researchers — share their expertise and professional networks with students.

Thanks to this emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration, tomorrow’s teachers, researchers, and practitioners leave AU with the solid tools and knowledge needed to make an impact as professionals.

 

As a graduate student at AU, you will have opportunities to conduct research on campus or off at major research facilities, including the National Institutes of Health or the Urban Institute. You can also pursue internships and work alongside professionals at prestigious establishments across the region.

MS DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN:

  • ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
  • HEALTH PROMOTION MANAGEMENT
  • STATISTICS

PSM DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN:

  • BIOSTATISTICS
  • BIOTECHNOLOGY
  • QUANTITATIVE ANALYSIS

 

 
PROGRAM-SPECIFIC ADMISSIONS REQUIREMENTS
Biostatistics Preference for undergraduate STEM degree. Coursework required in: Linear Algebra, Calculus III, two Statistics courses.
Biotechnology Undergraduate degree required in biology or chemistry if biology component was integrated. Coursework required in: Introduction to Biology - two semesters; Chemistry - one semester. Two of the following three options: one semester of Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry.
Environmental Science Coursework required in: Calculus I and Calculus II, Laboratory Science in Physics, Biology, or Chemistry.
Health Promotion Management Coursework required in: Exercise Science or Biology.
Quantitative Analysis Preference for STEM background: Mathematics and statistics background preferred, but all fields will be considered. Coursework required in: Linear Algebra, Calculus I, two Statistics courses, Computer Programming.
Statistics Preference for STEM background: Mathematics and statistics background preferred, but all fields will be considered. Coursework required in: Linear Algebra, Calculus III, two Statistics courses, Computer Programming.
 
PROGRESSION DETAILS
  TRANSFERABLE CREDITS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION INTO
MAP 1 6 GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
MAP 2 9 GPA of 3.0 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
Pre-Sessional English 0 Complete level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework. MAP 2
 
 
DEGREE SAMPLE DEGREE COURSES DURING MAP TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
Biostatistics
(PSM)

Biotechnology; Design of Experiments; Mathematical Statistics; Regression; Research Methods

33 credit hours
Biotechnology
(PSM)

Biotechnology; Genomics; Molecular Biology; Research Methodology in Biology; Research Methods; Science of Writing; Statistical Methods

36 credit hours
Environmental Science
(MS)

Environmental Science I & II; Introduction to Geographic Information Systems; Statistical Methods

36 credit hours
Health Promotion Management
(MS)

Applied Physiology and Testing; Research Methodology; Research Methods

40 credit hours
Quantitative Analysis
(PSM)

Regression; Research Methods

33 credit hours
Statistics
(MS)

Regression; Research Methods 

33 credit hours
 

SCHOOL OF COMMUNICATION

ADVANCE YOUR OWN STORY AT SOC

AU’s School of Communication inspires leaders through excellence in teaching, research, creativity, and unique real world opportunities. We know that stories well-told influence change, inspire action, and transform the world. At SOC, we empower storytellers.

As the only program of its kind in the United States, the Master’s in Game Design drives students to stretch their capacities as designers, developers, consumers, and game administrators and apply these skills to their unique field of interest.

Our Game Lab Studio provides the opportunity to gain real-world skills in building a professional portfolio and developing games for actual clients in the nonprofit, educational, and health-related sectors.

MA DEGREE PROGRAMS AVAILABLE IN:

  • GAME DESIGN - a joint degree program with the College of Arts and Sciences  
 
PROGRESSION DETAILS
  TRANSFERABLE CREDITS ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS PROGRESSION INTO
MAP 1 6 GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
MAP 2 9 GPA of 3.25 with no grade lower than B Graduate degree
Pre-Sessional English 0 Complete level 6 of ELTA with a grade of C or better in all coursework. MAP 2

  

DEGREE SAMPLE DEGREE COURSES DURING MAP TOTAL CREDITS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE
Game Design
(MA)
3D Animation; Design of Play; Research Methods; Graduate Academic Research; Professional Development 36 credit hours, non-thesis