American University

Master of Public Administration and Policy


4400 Massachusetts Avenue Northwest

Washington, DC 20016

United States

Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Master of Public Administration and Policy

Format: Online

Program Description:

Why choose between analytics and administration when you can learn and perfect the core competencies of both? American University’s Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program combines our School of Public Affairs' top-ranked, nationally recognized and NASPAA-accredited MPA and MPP degree programs into one foundational, highly marketable credential.

Based in Washington, DC, American University places you in the center of government interplay. As a student at American University, you are uniquely positioned for success through our student-centered learning approach paired with the power of American’s extensive alumni network and connections.

Be a Leader in Public Service
American University’s Master of Public Administration and Policy degree arms you with the skills and knowledge needed to master the interdependency between public administration, policy and the critical role both play in modern governance. The online MPAP program will help you gain the ability to seamlessly and successfully navigate government’s numerous stakeholders through coursework focused on:

  • Analytics and research
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Creative thinking
  • Communication
  • Management and leadership
  • Legal, ethical and constitutional consideration in public service

In 2015, U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools ranked American University’s School of Public Affairs:

  • No. 8 Top Public Management/Public Administration Program
  • No. 12 Top Schools: Public Affairs
  • No. 24 Top Public Finance and Budgeting Program
  • No. 28 Top Public Policy Analysis Program

Education requirement: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. 

GPA requirement: A 3.0 GPA in last 60 hours (90 quarter hours) of undergraduate work.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

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