At American University, our smart, passionate and engaged students and faculty focus their knowledge to create meaningful change. Our strengths in international service and public affairs inspire our sense of social responsibility and a dedication to cultural and intellectual diversity. We’re defined by our global perspective, practical idealism and a dedication to public service.

American University is a private, college-centered research university located in the nation’s capital. It was chartered by the United States Congress in 1893 to build public service, and is now home to a prestigious faculty, guest speakers and visiting world leaders who are influential practitioners and prominent thought leaders.

Join us in creating new opportunities for yourself while you help create a better world. Become part of the network of ambitious achievers, compassionate leaders and socially aware citizens at American University.

In 2018, U.S. News & World Report ranked American University:

  • No. 69, Best National University
  • No. 35, Best Colleges for Veterans
  • No. 61, Best Value Schools


Online Student Experience

American University online programs are delivered through a format that’s convenient, flexible and portable. Like on-campus, students talk about their coursework and current issues with classmates, ask instructors questions and turn in assignments, but it’s all done via email, discussion boards, instant messaging and more.

Online courses at American University are as rigorous and challenging as their on-campus counterparts and taught by the same connected faculty members, influential guest speakers, and prominent lecturers. Interaction and communication with instructors and fellow students are essential components of the programs and academic success.

Online students have access to many support resources including new student orientation, a 24x7 help desk for technical issues, a student services coordinator, financial aid advisers and more.

Programmes taught in:
  • English

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Graduate Certificate

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American University's online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management prepares you to answer the critical question today's HR professionals face — ... [+]

American University’s online Graduate Certificate in Human Resource Analytics and Management prepares you to answer the critical question today’s HR professionals face — how to increase organizational effectiveness using the latest HR technologies. Learn from industry professionals who share their expertise in technology, measurement, risk management, and communication to give you the skills you need to advance your organization.

The curriculum was developed with input from a council of industry professionals who provided advice on competencies, standards and industry trends to ensure relevancy to the workplace.

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American University's online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics builds the foundational skills you need to manage these programs by apply ... [+]

Today's organizations are investing in learning, instructional design, and talent development projects to enhance their effectiveness and fulfill compliance requirements. American University's online Graduate Certificate in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics builds the foundational skills you need to manage these programs by applying and adapting proven analytic methodologies to improve learning.

This flexible, fully online program was developed in consultation with an advisory council of current instructional design and talent development professionals to ensure that it reflects the most current thinking and research in instructional design.

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American University's online Graduate Certificate in Sports Analytics and Management builds your strengths in emergent technologies and data analysis skills that sports o ... [+]

American University's online Graduate Certificate in Sports Analytics and Management builds your strengths in emergent technologies and data analysis skills that sports organizations are looking for as digital reshapes their industry. Take courses in the strategic management of sports organizations, sports analytics, and social engagement, and sports innovation to prepare you for a variety of roles in the industry needed for mobile technology, fantasy sports, e-sports gaming, and interactive spectatorship.

The curriculum was developed with input by a council of professional in the field who provided advice on competencies, standards and industry trends to ensure coursework is relevant and applicable to today's workplace.... [-]

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MA

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The online Master of Arts in Economics, Applied Economics specialization from American University brings you real-world analysis from today's most relevant scholars, rese ... [+]

The online Master of Arts in Economics, Applied Economics specialization from American University brings you real-world analysis from today’s most relevant scholars, research institutes, and international organizations – online, anytime. It puts you at the forefront of economic debates – locally and globally. The M.A. in Economics utilizes state-of-the-art statistical software to help you master economic research methods and policy analysis.

Become a Recognized Economist

The online M.A. in Economics utilizes real-world examples to give you the knowledge and skills you need to make a true impact on the economy. Program highlights include:

Concentrated faculty strength in major applied fields of economics and a policy-oriented curriculum Faculty who are linked to think tanks, research institutes, and international organizations Hands-on training with statistical software used in applied economics research A Washington, D.C., location that provides access to an extraordinary array of professional opportunities for trained economists Lead Others Utilizing Key Knowledge ... [-]
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American University's online Master's in Strategic Communications program teaches you to plan strategic campaigns, craft persuasive messages, and effectively target diffe ... [+]

Strengthen Your Voice for a Digitally Connected World

American University’s online Master’s in Strategic Communications program teaches you to plan strategic campaigns, craft persuasive messages, and effectively target different audiences. You’ll learn to leverage the latest in digital and social tools to ensure that your messages have the greatest effect.

You’ll engage with domestic and international peers through group work, roundtable discussions, and focus groups. It’s a format tailor-made for today’s lifestyle, with easily digestible coursework that’s accessible any time and on any device.

With an online Master’s in Strategic Communication, you will be qualified for a communication career that could include jobs in business communication, marketing communication, political communication, organizational communication, public relations communication, or any company that needs strong writers and critical thinkers. You will be equipped to handle a rapidly changing environment with a solid foundation in storytelling and a clear understanding of tools and platforms available for today’s media.... [-]

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Focus your passion for positive social change in communication techniques that engage and mobilize audiences to action. The Advocacy and Social Impact concentration withi ... [+]

Communicate for a Cause: Advocacy and Social Impact Concentration

Focus your passion for positive social change in communication techniques that engage and mobilize audiences to action. The Advocacy and Social Impact concentration within American University's online MA in Strategic Communication emphasizes strategies and tactics to create change at the individual, community, and public policy levels. Coursework supports career outcomes in various areas, including politics, health care, community issues, and the nonprofit sector.

Curriculum Highlights Create and manage advocacy and social change campaigns based on core-messaging principles and audience-research techniques Apply social-science theories to drive strategies that achieve desired behavior-change outcomes Master social media strategies and tactics Learn state-of-the-art digital advocacy and organizing techniques Understand the legal and ethical principles that guide communication practice ... [-]
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MSc

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This 30-credit-hour online program focuses on teaching students the innovative Agile methodology for managing projects and leading teams more effectively in today's fast- ... [+]

This 30-credit-hour online degree program equips students with the skills to apply the Agile methodology to manage projects and lead teams more effectively in today’s fast-moving and global business landscape. This focus on iterative and incremental project management techniques sets AU’s program apart from other degree programs, empowering team collaboration and making organizations more operationally effective and efficient in the face of risk and change. The program links industry knowledge, technology, and leadership skills to equip learners to successfully meet the challenges and opportunities of a rapidly evolving, complex, and economically significant field.

American University designed the program with support and approval from an advisory council comprised of leading IT and project management professionals actively employed in a variety of organizations and fields, and the council will continue to provide advice to ensure the curriculum remains relevant and applicable to marketplace needs and trends.... [-]

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American University Online

American University's Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security is an online, 33-credit degree for law enforcement and intelligence professionals who w ... [+]

American University’s Master of Science in Counter-Terrorism and Homeland Security is an online, 33-credit degree for law enforcement and intelligence professionals who wish to specialize in homeland security. The program builds knowledge and skills in counter-terrorism, national security, law and policy, cybersecurity, and theories of political violence, with a unique focus on terrorism as a social and psychological phenomenon.

This flexible online program combines the benefits of convenient online learning and a practice-based curriculum with a brief onsite residency in Washington, D.C. In addition to this unique opportunity, American University offers connections to federal agencies and the opportunity to study with faculty who are leading practitioners in the field.... [-]

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American University's online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management prepares you to answer the critical question today's HR professionals face — ho ... [+]

Lead HR With Exceptional, 21st-Century Skills

American University’s online Master of Science in Human Resource Analytics and Management prepares you to answer the critical question today’s HR professionals face — how to increase organizational effectiveness using the latest HR technologies. You’ll learn to control the e-HR environment to drive wellness programs, create benefit portals, and engage employees at a higher rate with new skills in analytics and emergent HR technologies.

American offers you a unique online degree dedicated to combining complex HR concepts, new HR technologies, and key analytical skills to drive organizational growth. This 30-credit, 12-course program can be completed in as little as 20 months. Its innovative curriculum allows you to:... [-]

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American University Online

The online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics focuses on the application and adaptation of analytic methodologies to manage learning, instru ... [+]

Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics

The online Master of Science in Instructional Design and Learning Analytics focuses on developing students’ knowledge and skills in the instructional technology field to help organizations manage learning, instructional design, and talent development programs that enhance organizational effectiveness. Specifically, students learn innovative learning techniques and analytical approaches for the design, delivery, and assessment of learning.

Designed for mid-career professionals or those interested in changing careers, the program supports career goals in higher education or other settings in the private and public sectors where education, training, and development are required.... [-]

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American University's online Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation provides the skills to systematically collect, analyze and use data to evaluate the effecti ... [+]

American University's online Master of Science in Measurement & Evaluation provides the skills to systematically collect, analyze and use data to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of programs. Graduates of this program are prepared to help meet the critical organizational need to establish evaluation, monitoring and reporting systems to demonstrate the impacts of programs, projects and policies.

This degree will prepare you for work in roles leading evaluation, monitoring, and reporting of projects, programs and policies in environments that include government agencies, universities, nonprofit organizations, and corporations and businesses. Typical roles could include director of evaluation, research and evaluation analyst, evaluation scientist, head of evaluation, senior research associate, and other related technical positions across a wide range of industries.... [-]

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This program prepares mid-career professionals and career changers for a management career in sports. This master is unique among programs of its kind in its focus on dev ... [+]

This program prepares mid-career professionals and career changers for a management career in sports. This master is unique among programs of its kind in its focus on developing expertise in the analytics, new technologies and social media developments that are transforming the $500 billion world of sports.

This degree will prepare you for management roles across the sports industry, an enterprise that continues to experience steady growth. You will be prepared for emerging management opportunities in sports areas requiring an understanding of analytics and new technologies, including social media, interactive spectatorship, mobile technology, fantasy sports, e-sports gaming, performance data analytics, and virtual reality. Typical roles could include director of operations, sports information manager, business development manager, advertising sales representative, sponsorship sales representative, eSports manager, and other related positions across the industry.... [-]

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Master

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American University's online Master of Public Administration and Policy (MPAP) program combines our School of Public Affairs' top-ranked, nationally recognized and NASPAA ... [+]

Why choose between policy and administration when you can learn and perfect the core competencies of both disciplines? 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.

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