About Online Learning at American University

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At American University, intelligent, passionate and engaged students and faculty focus on using knowledge to bring about meaningful change.

We’re defined by our global outlook, practical idealism and a true passion for public service. At AU passion becomes action; students actively engage in the world around them; and the leaders of today train the leaders of tomorrow. 


American University offers an expanding number of online programs and classes to help you reach your professional and educational goals. Our online classes retain the rigorous academic standards and high quality of instruction expected in all AU courses while offering you the convenience and flexibility of online learning. AU’s unique online programs are designed to fit the schedules of working professionals seeking the advanced knowledge and skills needed in today’s competitive world. Although we do offer graduate online courses, we do not offer undergraduate online degrees at this time.


To advance knowledge, foster intellectual curiosity, build community, and empower lives of purpose, service, and leadership.

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American University is a leading student-centered research university where passionate learners, bold leaders, engaged scholars, innovators, and active citizens unleash the power of collaborative discovery. We partner with key organizations in the Washington, DC, region, and around the globe to better the human condition, learn from a vast array of experiences and internships, create meaningful change, and address society’s current and emerging challenges.

American University Values

  • Integrity
  • Human dignity
  • Community
  • Impact
  • Excellence
  • Free inquiry and seeking truth
  • Diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusive excellence