American University was founded as a Methodist institution, chartered by Congress in 1893, and intended originally for graduate study only. The University is located on an 84-acre site in a residential area of northwest Washington. American University is a member of the Consortium of Universities of the Washington Metropolitan Area, a group composed of nine universities and three colleges.
In an average year, 38 percent of the master's-level graduates find employment before graduation, 12 percent plan to continue in graduate school, and 50 percent seek employment.
The national capital area offers students a variety of educational, governmental, and cultural resources unsurpassed in the United States. Opportunities for research, internships, and part-time jobs exist in every discipline. The campus is accessible by local bus and Metro rail transportation.
Students come from all over the United States and from 140 other countries. Twenty percent of the graduate students are members of minority groups, and 18 percent are international students. Of the degree-seeking graduate students, 1,917 are women and 1,275 are men. The total number of part-time degree-seeking students is 1,748, and that of full-time students is 1,444. Of the non-degree-seeking graduate students, 174 are women and 111 are men. The number of part-time non-degree-seeking students is 256, and that of full-time students is 29.
Programs of study and degree requirements
The Doctor of Philosophy degree is offered in anthropology, chemistry, clinical psychology, economics, education, experimental psychology, history, international relations, mathematics education, political science, public administration, sociology, and statistics. The Master of Arts degree is offered in anthropology, art history, biology, communication, development finance and banking, economics, education (education leadership, special education: learning disabilities, educational technology, specialized studies), environmental policy, ethics and peace, film and video, financial economics for public policy, French studies, history, interdisciplinary studies, international affairs with comparative and regional studies, international affairs/international politics, international affairs/U.S. foreign policy, international communication, international development, international economic policy, international peace and conflict resolution, journalism and public affairs, literature, mathematics, performing arts: dance, performing arts management, philosophy, political science, producing for film and video, psychology, public communication, sociology, sociology: international training and education, Spanish: Latin American studies, and TESOL. The Master of Science degree is offered in accounting, biology, chemistry, computer science, development management, environmental science, finance, health fitness management, information systems, justice, law and society, statistics, statistics for policy analysis, taxation, and toxicology.
Also offered are the M.A.T. in elementary and secondary education and ESOL; the M.F.A. in creative writing, film and electronic media, painting, printmaking, and sculpture; the M.P.A. in public administration; the M.B.A. in accounting, business management information systems, economic development, entrepreneurship and management, finance, human resource management, international business, marketing, marketing information technology, and real estate and urban development; the M.S.O.D. in organization development; the M.P.P. in public policy; the M.S.P.H.R.M. in personnel and human resource management; and the M.I.S. in international service. The School of International Service and the School of Education offer a combined program for a Master of Arts in international peace and conflict resolution and an M.A.T. in secondary education. The School of International Service and the Kogod School of Business offer a combined program for a Master of Arts in International Affairs (M.A.I.A.)/M.B.A. The Washington College of Law offers the Master of Laws and Juris Doctor degrees. A combined J.D./M.A. is offered with the School of International Service, a combined J.D./M.B.A. is offered with the Kogod School of Business Administration, and a combined J.D./M.S. is offered with the Department of Justice, Law and Society in the School of Public Affairs. Some graduate programs are offered in the late afternoon, during evening hours, or on weekends for the convenience of part-time students. Students follow a sequence that includes completing course requirements, comprehensive examinations, and a thesis (if required) or doctoral dissertation.
Facilities & Resources
Resources of the University library support graduate curriculum and research of the American University. Library services, collections, and study facilities are located in the Jack I. and Dorothy G. Bender Library and in the Record-Score Collection in the Kreeger Building. Collections include more than 725,000 volumes, 3,200 current periodicals, 975,000 microforms, and 40,700 items in media formats. ALADIN, the online catalog with dial-up access, offers citations to monographic and serial holdings and indexes to periodical articles. ALADIN is also the union catalog of other member libraries of the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC). Graduate students have borrowing privileges at WRLC libraries and access to dozens of other research collections in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area.
The University operates twelve computer laboratories. In addition to the main computer lab, a general purpose microcomputer lab, and a New Media lab, there are specialized laboratories in business, communication, computer science, economics, foreign languages, law, learning services, psychology, social science research, and writing areas. EagleNet, AU's high-speed network, provides direct connection to campus computing resources and to the Internet. It is accessible via modem or in on-campus laboratories and classrooms.
In addition to on-campus laboratory facilities in biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology, some of the world-renowned laboratories in the Washington area have cooperative arrangements with the University. Through these arrangements, graduate students are able to interact with resident scientists.
Expenses and Aid
For the academic year, tuition is $1,293 per credit hour in all programs except business. Health insurance is mandatory. Fees were $90 per semester for full-time students.
Although many graduate students live off campus, the University provides graduate dormitory rooms and apartments. The Off-Campus Housing Office maintains a referral file of rooms and apartments.
Fellowships, assistantships, and graduate study grants are available to full-time students. Need-based assistance is available to both part- and full-time degree-seeking students. Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for the federal loan programs. Merit-based awards provide tuition remission or a stipend and tuition remission.
How to Apply
Applications for admission should be submitted prior to February 1 if the student is also applying for financial aid. Deadlines vary for different fields of study, but early application is always encouraged. The application fee is $50. Candidates for graduate program admission in the School of International Service, the School of Public Affairs, the M.F.A. in studio art, the M.F.A. in creative writing, and the Ph.D. in clinical psychology should apply by January 15. The application is available on the Internet or may be requested through the mail.
As a global university, AU has a long tradition of welcoming international students to our campus in the nation's capital. Today the university is home to more than 1000 international students representing diverse cultures and viewpoints from over 100 countries. This diversity is also reflected in our faculty and academic programs. American University continues to value international exchange. At International Student Services, our doors are open, and we welcome students from all corners of the world.
Who to contact
Office of Graduate and International Admissions
4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20016-8111
DEANS AND DEPARTMENT HEADS
For specific information on individual graduate programs, interested students should contact the department or office indicated. (The telephone area code for all numbers is 202.)
College of Arts and Sciences
Anthropology (M.A., Ph.D.): Brett Williams, Ph.D., Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Art (M.A., M.F.A.): Don Kimes, M.F.A., CUNY, Brooklyn (885-1670).
Biology (M.A., M.S.): Catherine Schaeff, Ph.D., Queens (885-2175).
Chemistry (M.S., Ph.D.): Nina Roscher, Ph.D., Purdue (885-1750).
Computer Science and Information Systems (M.S.): Richard Gibson, Ph.D., Maryland, College Park (885-1470).
Economics (M.A., Ph.D.): Larry Sawers, Ph.D., Michigan (885-3766).
Education (M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Ed.D.): Lynn Fox, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins (885-3730).
Environmental Studies (M.A., M.S.): Daniel Fong, Ph.D., Northwestern (885-2180).
Health and Fitness Management (M.S.): Robert Karch, Ed.D., American (885-6275).
History (M.A., Ph.D.): Alan J. Lichtman, Ph.D., Harvard (885-2401).
Language and Foreign Studies (M.A.): Olga Rojer, Ph.D., Maryland, College Park (885-2139).
Literature (M.A., M.F.A.): Jonathan Loesberg, Ph.D., Cornell (885-2971).
Mathematics and Statistics (M.A., M.S., Ph.D.): John Nolan, Ph.D., Virginia.
Performing Arts (M.A.): Naima Prevots, Ph.D., USC (885-3420).
Philosophy and Religion (M.A.): David Rodier, Ph.D., Vanderbilt (885-2925).
Psychology (M.A., Ph.D.): Anthony Riley, Ph.D., Washington (885-1710).
Sociology (M.A., Ph.D.): Bette Dickerson, Ph.D., Washington State.
Kogod College of Business Administration (M.B.A., M.S., J.D./M.B.A.) (885-1900)
Dean: Myron J. Roomkin, Ph.D., WisconsinMadison.
Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Frank L. Dubois, Ph.D., South Carolina.
Acting Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs: Ann Donahue, M.B.A., Syracuse.
Director of Graduate Programs: August Schomburg, Ph.D., Maryland.
Director of Graduate Admissions and Financial Aid: Sondra Smith, M.Ed., Penn State.
Director of Graduate Career Services: Allison Anderson, M.B.A., American.
Accounting: Ajay Adhikari, Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth; CPA.
Finance and Real Estate: Robert L. Losey, Ph.D., Kentucky.
International Business: Anne Perry, Ph.D., George Washington.
Management: Kathleen A. Getz, Ph.D., Pittsburgh.
Marketing: Gary T. Ford, Ph.D., SUNY at Buffalo.
School of Communication (M.A.) (885-2040)
Acting Dean: Glenn Harnden, M.A., Stanford.
Acting Associate Dean for Academic Affairs: Barbara Diggs Brown, M.A., American.
Film and Video: John S. Douglass, M.A., American.
Journalism and Public Affairs: Wendell Cochrane, M.A., Missouri.
Public Communication: Richard Stack, J.D., Missouri.
School of International Service (M.A., M.S., J.D./M.A., M.A.I.A./M.B.A., Ph.D.) (885-1690)
Dean: Louis W. Goodman, Ph.D., Northwestern.
Associate Dean: Nanette Levinson, Ed.D., Harvard.
Comparative and Regional Studies Division: Director, Quansheng Zhao, Ph.D., Berkeley.
International Politics and Foreign Policy Division: Director, Renee Marlin-Bennett, Ph.D., MIT.
International Communication Program: Director, Hamid Mowlana, Ph.D., Northwestern.
International Development Program: Director, David Hirschmann, Ph.D., Witwatersrand.
International Peace and Conflict Resolution Division: Director, Abduhl Aziz Said, Ph.D., American.
J.D./M.A. Program: Director, Paul Williams, J.D., Stanford; Ph.D., Cambridge.
Ph.D. Program: Director, Stephen Silva, Ph.D., Yale.
School of Public Affairs (885-2940)
Dean: Walter Broadnax, Ph.D., Syracuse.
Associate Dean: Thomas Vonk, Ph.D., Northwestern.
Government (M.A., Ph.D.): Gregg Ivers, Ph.D., Emory.
Justice, Law and Society (M.S., J.D./M.S., Ph.D.): Robert Johnson, Ph.D., SUNY at Albany.
Public Administration (M.P.A., M.S.O.D., M.P.P., M.S.P.H.R.M., Ph.D.): Claire Felbinger, Ph.D., Wisconsin.
Washington College of Law (LL.M., J.D., J.D./M.B.A., J.D./M.A., J.D./M.S.) (274-4000)
Dean, Professor of Law, and Raymond I. Geraldson Scholar in International and Humanitarian Law: Claudio Grossman, Licenciado en Ciencias Juridicas y Sociales, Chile, Santiago; S.J.D., Amsterdam.
Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs: Robert D. Dinerstein, J.D., Yale.
Associate Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs and Director of the Law and Business Program: Andrew D. Pike, J.D., Pennsylvania.
Associate Dean for Student Affairs: David B. Jaffe, J.D., American.
Associate Dean for Development and Alumni Relations: Holly Davis, J.D., Chicago.
Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs: Rebecca T. Davis, M.A.T., Trinity.
Assistant Dean for Finance and Administration: Noah A. Raskin, M.S., Johns Hopkins.
Director of the L.L.M. in International Legal Studies: Daniel Bradlow, J.D., Northeastern.
Director of the L.L.M. in Law and Government: Thomas O. Sargentich, J.D., Harvard.
J.D./M.A. Program Director: Paul Williams, J.D., Stanford.
J.D./M.B.A. Program Director: Kenneth Anderson, J.D., Harvard.
J.D./M.S. Program Director: Ira P. Robbins, J.D., Harvard.
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