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Ranked among the top schools of its kind, American University’s School of Public Affairs (SPA) offers education in the fields of political science, public administration, public policy, and justice. The location in the scenic neighborhood of upper northwest Washington, DC, the position, programs, and professors - all provide a distinct advantage in educating and preparing leaders for careers in public service. As a graduate student, you will benefit from a renowned and well-connected faculty, small classes, a strong curriculum, and, of course, access to institutions of power and people of influence.

The school’s mostly evening master’s curriculum allows midcareer students the opportunity to maintain employment while completing their degree and pre-career students the opportunity to gain experience through internships during the day and courses in the evening. Doctoral courses are mostly offered during the day.

American University is a private liberal arts and research university in Washington, DC. Approximately 6,500 undergraduate students and 3,600 graduate students are currently enrolled. AU is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area.

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Academic Program

Graduate Executive Program

Key Executive Leadership MPA with a Focus in Maritime Affairs: The school established the program to serve and train senior-level federal managers who wished to expand their leadership capacity and become federal executives. The program and its graduates have enjoyed so much success that managers from state and local government - along with their peers in the non-profit and private sectors that partner with and influence the federal government -have since joined and flourished in the program. This is a 36 credit hour program.

In this programs you:

  • Have the opportunity to learn to become an extraordinary leader who works and learns collaboratively, chooses to change, acts with integrity, and leads others to do the same
  • Learn from faculty and maritime experts who are leading scholars/practitioners within government and industry who challenge students to translate public administration principles to real life action
  • Have the opportunity to work with a cohort of high-performing peers to create a mutual learning environment where information is shared, connections are made and lifetime friendships are formed
  • Increase your knowledge about public administration and maritime affairs, and develop the leadership capacity through what you read, conversations with professors and cohort members, course work, and the time for refl ection to apply those principles in the workplace
  • Implement the action learning process by identifying a project that addresses a signifi cant, long-standing, unresolved problem in your workplace, managing a team of colleagues to address the problem, creating a solution, and presenting the solution to your management, colleagues in the cohort, and your professors in the program.

SPA-AU Admissions

  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work.
  • Two letters of recommendation attesting to your academic skills and executive potential. One from your supervisor or other official and formally nominating / endorsing you for participation in the program.
  • A resumé describing your job responsibilities, including your title, GS rating or SES designation (or equivalent).
  • A statement of purpose.
  • A sample of your written work, such as a report, memorandum, or article.
  • An interview with the Director of the Key Executive Leadership MPA Program.

This program is not available now. Please visit our Washington Section or US Section for similar programs