Master of Public Administration & Policy
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
•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
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School Accreditation & Licensing
American University is accredited by:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE)
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Interview, Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Resume/CV, Statement of Purpose/Intent