Master of Public Administration & Policy
American University

Program Details

Why choose between analytics and administration when you can learn and perfect the core competencies of both? American University’s online 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.
Located in Washington, D.C., 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.
As the economy and communities face unprecedented challenges due to the pandemic, policing, and growing public division, American University is committed to helping our students meet their career goals and preparing them to become effective public administrators and leaders for social change.
Be a Leader in Public Service 
American University’s online 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
•Management and leadership
•Legal, ethical and constitutional consideration in public service
In 2020, U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools ranked American University’s School of Public Affairs:
  • No. 13, Best Public Affairs Programs
  • No. 4, Public Management and Leadership Program
  • No. 11, Nonprofit Management Program
  • No. 14, Public Finance and Budgeting Program
  • No. 14, Public-Policy Analysis Program

% Online

100% Online

School Accreditation & Licensing

American University is accredited by:

Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)

Program Requirements & Restrictions

Minimum Education

Bachelor Degree

Admission Tests


Applicaton Requirements

Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent