Master Online

Public Administration and Policy (Online)

American University Washington DC

24 months
21744 USD/year
21744 USD/year
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Public Administration and Policy (Online) from American University Washington DC blends foundational competencies from our nationally recognized and NASPAA-accredited Master in Public Administration (MPA) and Master in Public Policy (MPP) programs to offer you a prestigious and marketable credential.


Public Administration and Policy (Online) from American University Washington DC enables you to earn a graduate degree in public administration and policy on your schedule. It also gives you immediate access to American University's vast network of policy experts, reputed faculty, and well-connected alumni.

Students at Public Administration and Policy (Online) from American University Washington DC will possess the knowledge and skills to:

  • Analyze administrative problems and craft solutions by applying knowledge of organizational management and leadership, organizational structure and culture, human resource systems, as well as the political and legal context of contemporary public service organizations.
  • Formulate, evaluate, and communicate public policies and programs using acquired analytic frameworks and methodological skills, including statistics, economics, and politics while considering their responsiveness, accountability, effectiveness and equity.
  • Incorporate a range of constitutional and ethical values into policy and administrative analysis and actions, including respect for the diversity of people and perspectives in the policy process.
  • Apply acquired skill sets, expertise, and values to real-world policy and organizational problems in a collaborative manner.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Public Administration in the Policy Process
  • Legal Issues in Public Administration
  • Public Managerial Economics
  • Budgeting and Financial Management
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Foundations of Program Evaluation
  • Organizational Analysis
  • Managing Human Capital Assets
  • Leadership in a Changing Workplace
  • Project Management

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

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36 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GRE admission requirements GRE®

Other requirements

General requirements

  • You will need a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university, and submission of your GRE or LSAT test score (waivers considered).
  • A completed graduate application
  • A $55 application Fee
  • Phone Interview with Admissions Advisor
  • Résumé
  • Statement of purpose
  • Two letters of recommendation, which may be from former professors as well as current or former employers
  • Transcripts from previous undergraduate and relevant graduate coursework (If a degree was earned outside the U.S., a course-by-course evaluated transcript is required.)

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    21744 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10872 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • National

    21744 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 10872 USD per semester during 24 months.
  • $1583/credit Summer 
  • $1812/credit Fall and Spring


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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