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 and it is no different for our online programs.

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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.

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Our location in the political, cultural and media capital of Washington, D.C., is the epicenter for learning in the world, preparing students for engaged citizenship.

Students studying online can immerse themselves in a multi-faceted, engaging 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.

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Our diversity of faculty... Why AU Image

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

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%

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

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)

#1

Most Active Student Government

#5

Most Politically Active Students

#11

Top 50 Green Colleges

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

#76

Best National University

#47

Best Colleges for Veterans

#84

Best Value
Schools

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

#13

Best Public Affairs Programs

#4

Management and Leadership

#14

Public Policy Analysis

TheBestSchools.org (2020)

#10

Best Online
Master of Public Administration Degree Program

#12

Best Online
Master’s in Communications Degree Program

#7

Best Online Master’s in Sport
Management Program

#4

Best Online
Master’s in Economics
Degree Program