Why AU?

A passion for public service, an emphasis on active leadership and a global outlook are the hallmarks
of the American University learning experience.

A passion for public service, an emphasis on active leadership and a global outlook are the hallmarks of the American University learning experience.

We create graduates who stand out from their peers.

We create graduates who
stand out from their peers.

With access to our renowned faculty, prominent guest speakers and lecturers, national and international institutions, and media and events, our students engage in a multi-faceted learning environment that prepares them for any career. With an AU education, our students become active, socially aware and compassionate leaders who work toward creating meaningful change in our world.

In the heart of our nation's capital, AU is at the epicenter of politics, culture, and media.

Students studying online can engage in a multi-faceted online learning environment that conveniently and flexibly provides them with the tools necessary to learn, achieve, and gain tangible experience that will benefit them throughout their careers.

Our diversity of faculty, staff, alumni, trustees and student body, creates a thriving online community representing more than 130 countries.

The AU Online experience ensures that students immerse themselves in the melting pot of Washington D.C. in a virtual setting, connecting students and faculty both locally and around the globe.

Data-Backed Reasons
To Get An Online Master’s Degree

Data-Backed Reasons To Get An Online Master’s Degree

Get Better Job Opportunities

Get Better
Job Opportunities

Better education, better opportunities.

70%

of employers have increased the education requirements for job applicants over the past five years

27%

of employers recently surveyed now require applicants to have a master’s degree

57%

of employers recently surveyed say higher education requirements result in higher quality work

58%

of employers rate job experience as a must-have for job applicants

Online degree programs offer coursework that includes hands-on experience

American University’s online graduate programs are project-oriented, to better prepare graduates for the job market.

Online degree programs offer coursework that includes hands-on experience

58%

of employers rate job experience as
a must-have for job applicants

American University’s online graduate programs are project-oriented, to better prepare graduates for the job market.

Grow Your Network

More networking offers more job opportunities.

41%

of employees get hired through networking

The unique experiences and background of American University students add to the diverse culture of the school. Students connect with classmates and faculty through email, chat and discussion boards, and build relationships for years to come.

Garner Credibility

A well-respected degree.

83%

83%

83%

of executives say an online degree is just as credible as a degree from a traditional college

It’s not an online degree, it’s an American University degree. American University’s programs are as rigorous and challenging as their on-campus counterparts, and taught by the same prominent faculty members, influential guest speakers and connected lecturers.

Accreditation and Rankings

Accreditation and Rankings

American University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and authorized to offer online learning in most states. For further information, please consult the current list of states in which American University is authorized to offer online learning.

Princeton Review Best Colleges (2021)

U.S. News & World Report America’s Best Colleges (2021)

U.S. News & World Report Best Grad School (2021)

TheBestSchools.org (2020)